It's hard to believe that anyone has had a better start in the Bill Mastronardi/Bud Light Masters traveling league than the one by Brad Moore this season.
After just two weeks, he is averaging a smooth 268.5 and is 16-0 in head-to-head matches for the Safari Bowl team.
Moore opened the season with a 785 at Twin City Lanes in Bloomington, and followed that up with his 23rd career 300 game and an 826 series (his eighth career 800) at Landmark Lanes.
That's not bad for a bowler who was taken late in the final round of the draft and was the 31st player chosen out of 36.
That has helped the Safari team jump out to the early eight-point lead in the league standings.
It hasn't hurt that two of his teammates (Rob Johnson and team captain Mark Stenger) are also averaging 240-plus in the early going.
A few weeks ago, Moore mentioned that he had a lesson scheduled in the Chicago area with USBC Gold Level Coach Bill Spigner, who is one of the top coaches in the country.
So when Moore started bowling these big numbers, I figured it was the result of the lesson with Spigner, a USBC Hall of Fame bowler and three-time PBA champion.
It turns out that wasn't the case.
"Wish I could take credit, but he had to cancel the lesson," Spigner said when I contacted him. "He shared a couple of videos with me a year ago, and I recommended a couple of things based on limited knowledge of him.
"He has an athletic game, and with some refining and experience, could take it to a higher level on tougher conditions. He has to want to do it. You know how hard it is branching out. It's good to see he is doing well."
Moore will try to continue his hot streak in the Masters on Monday when the league travels to Linn Lanes in Canton.
SAFARI SUCCESS: Shane Taylor ended up winning the six-game scratch sweeper at Safari Bowl last weekend. But he needed an extra game to beat Moore.
The two bowlers tied for first place with 1,490 and had to have a one-game rolloff to determine the winner. Taylor won, 226-204, to earn the title.
HALL OF FAME: Before merging into the Peoria River City USBC association, the Greater Peoria Bowling Association and the Peoria Women's Bowling Association both selected their final Hall of Fame classes.
The GPBA inductees will be Pete Burdette, Brian Davis and Ron Schmidt. The PWBA honorees will be Leigh Scott and Cynthia Jordan in the Outstanding Bowler category, Judy Troxell and Brenda Bushnell for Meritorious Service, and Nancy Topping as Pioneer Bowler.
UPCOMING: Sunset Lanes in Pekin will be hosting monthly Winter Singles Sweepers, starting on Oct. 15 and running through Feb. 11. There also will be a final championship sweeper on March 11 for bowlers who participate in at least three of the five regular sweepers.
The format will be four games across eight lanes, and pay ratio is one in four. Handicap is 90 percent of 220, starting time is 10 a.m., and entry fee will be $30. There also will be a ball raffle (one ticket per sweeper entry) sponsored by the Sunset Lanes Pro Shop. So the more tournaments somebody bowls, the better the odds of winning the ball.
The highest non-cashing Sunset league bowler will get his or her entry back.
Plaza Lanes will host a Halloween Handicap Trios tournament starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.
Entry fee is $180 per three-person team, and handicap will be 80 percent of 220, using the 2016-17 averages.
Teams will roll four game on four different pairs, and then the cut will be made to the cashing teams for two-game Baker matches.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at email@example.com or 686-3214. Read his Spare Change blog at blogs.pjstar.com/sparechange, or follow him on Twitter at @JohnnyCampos59.