Bowling Backyard: Greenfield’s O’Neal contends in nationals at nearby paths

Bowling Backyard: Greenfield's O'Neal contends in nationals at nearby paths

Tandess O’Neal may have expected better scores to wrap up her childhood bowling profession, yet she was unable to have picked a superior spot.

The Greenfield champion, and ongoing alumni of Greenfield-Central High School, is one of 560 bowlers in her age bunch, U18, contending this week in the 2021 Junior Gold Championships.

Strike Force Lanes, 1539 West Main Street, is one of six focuses in the Indianapolis region facilitating the public titles for youth bowlers, which started July 9 and wraps up Saturday with title matches in eight (four young ladies, four young men) divisions at Expo Bowl in Indianapolis.

Division finals matches at Expo on Saturday will be broadcast and displayed sometime in the not too distant future on the CBS Sports Network.

On Tuesday, O’Neal, who qualified for the occasion by completing second in a neighborhood competition in August, had the chance to play one of her four passing rounds at her usual hangout spot.

“It’s fantastic,” O’Neal said. “I never suspected we’d get to this point having (the Junior Gold) in Indy and I’d get the joy of bowling at my own middle. It’s truly fun and I’m happy to see (Strike Force Lanes proprietors) Rob and Linda Barnhart here. It’s ideal to have my old neighborhood individuals here.”

It’s the third time O’Neal, who will be proceeding with her bowling and training at Marian University starting in the 2021-22 school year, has equipped for the public competition.

She contended and put 40th in the U15 division in 2018 in Dallas. She qualified for the U18 in Las Vegas last year, yet the competition was dropped due to the Covid pandemic.

O’Neal started bowling as a fifth grader. By eighth grade, she had become the Indiana state champion, winning the center school title. She helped lead her secondary school group to a third-place finish in the state competition this previous season.

“I’ve been bowling since 5th grade and I began at Strike Force Lane in the center school program. I’ve grown up here,” O’Neal said.

Most as of late, she won the Indiana Queens Tournament in May and followed it up by winning the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star Tournament last month. She was group skipper for her express’ top pick group.

Those abilities that have made her one of Indiana’s best were totally sharpened here at her old neighborhood bowling alley.

“This is most likely my last competition here. It’s ambivalent,” O’Neal said. “I realize I’m continuing on to greater and better things, but on the other hand it’s miserable knowing I’m not going to contend here once more. Burglarize and Linda have been in my corner and Greenfield’s corner for such a long time and have consistently upheld youth bowling. At whatever point I am here they generally say, ‘Howdy’. They are generally so cordial and they treat we all truly well.”

After Tuesday’s second round of qualifying, O’Neal was in the pack in the huge U18 field.

She played Monday at Championship Lanes in Anderson and played her third round Wednesday and the present fourth round at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

In the U18 young ladies competition, members bowl four games every day (Monday-Thursday) trying to be one of the best 80 to make Friday’s Advancers Round. Later on Friday, the gathering will get limited to a 16-player knockout section.

O’Neal is one of three Hancock County players bowling in different divisions. New Palestine’s Alyssa Cain and Greenfield’s Alyssa Cash are playing in the U15 young ladies competition, which incorporates almost 300 bowlers. The entirety of their passing rounds occurred in Indianapolis.

At her home office on Tuesday, O’Neal got having a hard time with rounds of 152 and 154. She completed a lot more grounded with rounds of 175 and 181. She bowled a turkey in the last game with strikes in outlines 5-7.

The greatest test for O’Neal, and her kindred rivals, is acclimating to the oil designs for every path.

Ordinarily, focuses have a “house design” intended to give the bowler a bigger edge for mistake. Proficient competitions and bigger occasions like the current week’s Junior Gold, utilize a “sport design” intended to make it a lot harder to hit the pocket.

Zach Weidman, who runs the master shop at Strike Force Lanes and is O’Neal’s mentor, said the game example can take 20-30 pins off a bowler’s normal.

O’Neal, who found the middle value of 219 during the secondary educational season, conceded being somewhat baffled with how her initial two days went. She is confident the remainder of the week will improve. On Wednesday, she had her most impressive performance of the competition, rolling a 199.

She’s very perseverant. She doesn’t surrender. Regardless of whether she has had a terrible game, she continues onward,” Weidman said. “A great deal of children will get disappointed and surrender. She doesn’t do that.”

“My one objective during the current week was not to get excessively disappointed with myself,” O’Neal added on her competition trusts. “I realized the initial two days I’d battle the most with the more troublesome (sport) shots.

“I’m truly content with myself that I didn’t allow my two 150-games to get me down. We’re at the midway imprint, it’s just up from here.”

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