The Peoria area was well represented last weekend at the Frank Vincent Memorial Doubles Shootout at Western Bowl in Champaign.
The tournament, put on by Illinois Hall of Fame bowler Gene Vincent, who started the event to honor his father, Frank, who died of cancer in 2013.
"This year’s event benefits the Alzheimer’s Association because my son-in-law’s dad died from it," Vincent said.
It attracted 64 teams on Saturday for the regular doubles event, and 63 for Sunday’s mixed doubles.
The strong duo of Steve and Sammy Taylor won the Saturday event to pick up $1,500, while Dave Bartlett and partner Ashley Gargano claimed the mixed title and $1,700 on Sunday.
Steve Taylor got off to a big start on Saturday, opening with games of 280, 288 and 258 for an 826 series. He averaged 258 for his six games, helping him and his brother qualify fourth for the eight-team bracket finals.
They beat Donnie Sweet and Will Keiser in their first match, and then knocked off top-seeded Jim Fehlberg and Chris Shipman in the semifinals. In the title match, the Taylors beat Tammy Walsh and Ambrosio Medrano Jr.
Other area cashers on Saturday were the duos of Tommy Barnwell and Travis Anderson, Andy Stone and Larry Larsen, Josh Barnwell and Mark Walker, Brad Moore and Rob Johnson, and Mike McBride and Mike Peters.
Walker got off to an even better start than Steve Taylor, opening with games of 256, 297 and 290 for an 843 series. He and Josh Barnwell, who opened with 768 series (220, 280 and 268), finished in 11th place.
In the mixed event, Steve Taylor and Hailey Jepson just missed the top-five stepladder finals, finishing in sixth place. Bobbie Sweet and Josh Barnwell also cashed, finished in 13th place.
Chad Barnes averaged about 245 for the event, but finished in 22nd place with partner Kristen Cowan, while Andre Campos finished with a 1,441 total (240 average) and placed 19th with partner Danielle van der Meer.
Gene Vincent said that next year’s events will be held on the weekend of March 28-29, also at Western Bowl, and would be even bigger.
HIGH SCORES: Austin Markley rolled his 17th career 300 on Monday at Landmark Lanes during the Bill Mastronardi-Striketown Bowl Masters league. His Linn Lanes team edged WingStop, 26-24.
Harley Bollinger had the high set of the night, a 799, on games of 279, 241 and 279. A seven-count on his fill ball in Game 2 ended up costing him an 800 series. His Roxy’s Lanes team also dropped a 32-18 decision to league leader Plaza Lanes.
Also just missing an 800 set and a 300 game was Tony Wysinger, who rolled a 798 on games of 266, 298 and 234 for his T&D Windshield team. His team beat Landmark Lanes, 34-16.
The league travels to Pekin on Monday for a session at Sunset Lanes.
MASTERS ON TV: The finals of the USBC Masters will be broadcast live from the Gold Coast lanes in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. Monday on FS1.
The five finalists will be determined on Sunday night for the stepladder finals. Fans can watch the livestream coverage of the Masters match play rounds on FloBowling.
UPCOMING: Linn Lanes in Canton will host its annual Father/Son tournament starting next weekend, with different divisions for parents and grandparents to bowl with the youth bowlers.
The tournament will run every weekend in April except for Easter weekend, which is April 20-21. Entry fee is $25 per team, and squads are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and at 1 p.m. on Sundays.
Plaza Lanes also will host the Generation Gap Adult/Youth Tournament next weekend.
Entry fee is $12 per person, and the event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on both days.
There will be divisions for 11-under boys, 11-under girls, 12-up boys and 12-up girls. All scholarship monies will be returned 100 percent, and the Greater Peoria Bowling Council has added $1,500 to the SMART scholarship fund for the event.
JOHNNY CAMPOS is the Journal Star bowling columnist. He can be reached at 686-3214 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JohnnyCampos59.