Darryll Nowak crowned champion at 26th Keith Kreger Memorial Singles Tournament
by Bruce Harrison on December 12,2017

Mallwitz's Island Lanes hosted the Tonawandas USBC Association's 26th annual Keith Kreger Memorial Singles tournament. Twenty-eight bowlers participated in this handicap tournament which is open to sanctioned bowlers who average 210 or lower. This year's tournament also featured a new format. All bowlers bowled in a single division. After bowling a three game qualifier the top five scores with handicap advanced to the eliminator finals.

Leading the qualifying round was Eric Schwable with 768 (699 scratch). He was followed by Michael Tylec with 760 (6667scratch), Darryl Bako with 721 (688 scratch), Brian Ferger with 717 (654 scratch), and Darryll Nowak with 714 (678 scratch). All five advanced to the eliminator finals.

In the first round of the finals, Darryll Nowak led the way with a 256 total (244 scratch), earning him a spot in the championship round. Michael Tylec's 244 (214 scratch) also earned him a spot in the champion round. Finishing third in the first round was Brian Ferger with 221 (200 scratch), followed by Eric Schwable with 217 (194 scratch), and Darryl Bako with 199 (188 scratch).

In the championship round, Darryll Nowak overcame the handicap differential and early opens with a very strong finish to roll a 230 (218 scratch) to defeat Michael Tylec, who rolled a 225 (194 scratch). Darryll Nowak earned $220 for the win while Michael Tylec received $160 for his second place finish. Brian Ferger, Eric Schwable, and Darryl Bako each earned $60 for making it to the first round of the finals.

Other scores of note: Eric Schwable (232,264 - 699); Darryl Bako (233, 246 - 688); Darryll Nowak (258 - 678); Roy Redlein (241); Michael Tylec (257 - 667); Brian Ferger (267 - 654); Edward Abbott (226).

The Tonawandas USBC Association would like to thank Art and Mary Mallwitz and family for hosting this year's tournament. For more information on tournaments and other bowling news please visit www.tonusbc.com.

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