On March 26, 2014, 27 bowlers competed at the Front Range Challenge Tour’s penultimate stop of the 2013-2014 tournament season known as the Lion Championship presented by www.shopgsi.com
at King Pin Lanes.
Both eventual champions had to climb the stepladder, but a close qualifying round would see Mike Starke and Justin Perez as the leaders. Joining Mike in handicap would be Dan Krynovich, Jason Latham, and Clay Prater. Joining Justin in Scratch would be Peter Miller, Don Starke, and Robbie Marion.
In the scratch finals, on the fickle Lion pattern, Don Starke defeated a lost Robbie Marion 203-159. He would then advance to face the southpaw Peter Miller, who rolled a consistent 180 game, but was not match for Don Starke's 221. It had been over a year since he had won, and Don Starke was now advancing to face Justin Perez in the title match.
In the handicap finals, The Alternate, Jason Latham would face off against tour newcomer Clay Prater. Prater struck early and often, parlaying a 242-196 victory into a faceoff against the lefty Dan Krynovich. A tight battle resulted in Krynovich thinking he had the match won, but an errant 10-pin attempt cost Dan The Man the match by a score of 223-219.
The scratch title match was a clash between two of the hottest bowlers around, Don Starke and Justin Perez. It started blow for blow, but it wasn't long before Justin lost his look on the lanes and fell to Starke by a score of 233-160. It was Don Starke's second career title.
The handicap title match would be a faceoff between the rookie Clay Prater and the man who dominated the day on the Lion pattern - Mike Starke. The two bowlers exchanged strikes, opens, and spares, but in the end the newcomer would reign victorious 230-215.
The Track Hx05 drawing was won by Danny Regis - a hat trick! We will have another drawing for equipment and accessories at the Track Open Championship on April 27
, the final event of the regular season. The name of the track ball we will have will be announced soon!