Heilman wins Red Cedar Match Games
Nick Heilman of La Crosse defeated Dave Langer of Brooklyn Park, MN 217-215 in the second championship match to win the 2010 Red Cedar Match Games held Saturday at Broadway Bowl in Menomonie.
Langer advanced to the championship match through the loss side of the double elimination bracket, and needed two wins over Heilman in the championship round. Langer and Heilman both threw solid games in the first championship match, with Langer edging out the win 258-240. (Heilman opened the tenth, but could not have won even had he spared, so it was apparent he was getting lined up for game two.)
Heilman earned $850 for the RCMG win, and
Langer took home $580 for second.
Superior’s Pat Erickson finished third, earning $395,
Todd Savoy, also of Superior was fourth, earning $320
. Mike Skinner of Crystal, MN finished 5th, earning $260.
6th- Tony Reis- $220
7th Darren Heitala- $200
8th- Sam Sylvester- $180
9th Andy Mills- $160
10th Tom Ojanen $150
11th Kurt Hanke- $140
12th Mike Roh- $130
13th Mark Luttchens- $121.
The prize fund included an additional $500 from sponsors Stout Ale House and Spike’s Pro Shop.
53 bowlers signed in Saturday morning for the one day tourney. Snow and poor road conditions had a definite impact on the number of entries, with many bowlers calling in to say they would not be making the trip, and even a couple stating they were stuck in the ditch.
The scoring pace was high for the tourney, with three 300 games and a cut of +200 for the top 13. Sam Sylvester and Todd Savoy were the top two qualifiers, both earning a bye to the round of 8 bracket. The remaining eleven qualifiers rolled 4 games, with the top 6 advancing to the bracket.
The oil pattern, coined “Broadway Blue”, was a 4:1 ratio and 42’ in length. It was playable to start the day, and seemed to open up throughout the 8 game qualifying set.