by Amy Lew
WINNETKA — Mario McKenzie, 46, and Mike Cohen, 53, both pre-registered as single entrants needing partners for the first Sport-Tap Doubles tournament June 4 at Winnetka Bowl.
In a previously bowled doubles event, the two finished a forgettable 14th place as a team. Then crossing paths a second time, when paired together again by chance, McKenzie, who averages 195 and Cohen a 175, outbowled 37 other teams to finish in first place.
This was no easy feat considering their competition consisted of some of the Valley’s most prominent bowlers: Charles Kenny, who’s currently averaging a staggering 242 and Johnnie Englehart, who has booked 63 perfect games and 67 800 series.
When asked about bowling the Montreal (oil) pattern, Cohen admits to having a slight edge as he has been bowling a sport-shot league at Corbin Bowl in Tarzana; however, it was McKenzie, with zero sport-shot experience who turned out to be the big winner of the day. Taking home more than $400 in winnings, McKenzie credits, “Proper preparation prevents poor performance. I was just trying to focus on my bowling and carry over all the things I’ve been practicing.”
Cohen chimes in with advice: “Don’t get angry; whatever happens, happens and let the pins fall where they may.” Positive, and also confident, “Of course I expected to win though,” Cohen half-jokes.
Looking to defend their title, McKenzie and Cohen have already pre-registered as a team for next month’s sport-tap tournament July 9 at Winnetka Bowl.
The optional 300 game side pot totaling nearly $300 will be carried over to July’s event as none of the 76 participants bowled a perfect no-tap game.
Cohen finished with a 620 series (193, 230, 197) and McKenzie recorded a stunning 762 series (288, 243, 231). The two won $386 for their first-place finish, scoring a handicap-aided 1,598.
Dave Quintero and Dave Quintero Jr. took second at 1,526 and won $260; Cari Hansen and Roger Paskell finished third at 1,474 and claimed $130; and Ida Farber and Veronica Boone placed fourth at 1,466 and earned $60.
Mike Willis, longtime Winnetka Bowl general manager thought, “It was a wonderful tournament and looking forward to the next event.” Speaking to me, Mike says, “You and Carl (Comrie) did a great job!”
Co-Tournament director, Carl Comrie, laughs and states, “The tournament turned out so good because Amy promoted it very well, BUT I would like ALL bowlers to pre-register and if you can’t come, call somebody!!” In his friendly Jamaican accent, Comrie warns, “I want this entire quote published, you hear? Bowlers need to pre-register.”
For results and pictures from the June 4 tournament as well as news and pre-registration for all upcoming events can be done on www.sportshotbowling.com
I’d like to extend BIG thanks to everyone who came out to support the first tournament of the Winnetka Summer Series. Bowlers came from several local (Valley) alleys to compete, and others even drove from as far as Riverside, Ventura and Valencia. I’d like to make a special mention to Mike Fahey, who traveled over 600 miles from Eureka, Calif.,
to bowl a 703 series (with handicap). We hope to see Mike and the rest of the participants July 9.
Pre-register on www.sportshotbowling.com or call/text Amy at (714) 293-7031.