by Fred Eisenhammer
TARZANA – Winning the After-Thanksgiving Doubles No-Tap Tournament is getting to be old hat for Gene Lane.
For the second straight year, Lane’s team claimed first place in Corbin Bowl’s handicap no-tap doubles tournament.
Lane, who averages 172, combined with a sizzling Jim Harvey to finish with a composite 1,760 for their three-game series, a mere seven pins ahead of the second-place team of Ken Riley and Caleb Griffin. “
Jim shot 890 so he held us up,” said Lane, who teamed with David Regul last year to claim the top prize. Harvey blasted scores of 300, 290 and 300.
“I messed up once,” said Harvey, who failed to strike only in the first frame of the second game. Harvey averages 212 and has an 897 no-tap series to his credit.
Although Lane said he bowled much better last year, he blistered a 300 in his second game and a powerful 243 in the finale to finish with a 696 series. He opened with a 153.
“They just let me tag along,” joked Lane about his winning teammates. “Sometimes I get lucky.” In no-tap, bowlers are awarded strikes if they knock down nine or 10 pins on their first ball. As a result, there were a handful of perfect games turned in during Friday night’s action.
Michelle Silver, Harvey’s wife, led the way by blistering three perfect games, giving her a memorable 900 series. It was Silver’s first 900 in no-tap.
“It was kind of fun. I got a little nervous on my last shot,” said Silver, whose final shot was a legitimate strike. Silver teamed with Nga Azarian to place third with a score of 1,719.
Thirty-three teams took part in Corbin Bowl’s fourth annual no-tap tournament.