Steamboat Springs bowler leads pack at 65th Open Handicap tournament |

Steamboat Springs bowler leads pack at 65th Open Handicap tournament

Steamboat Pilot & Today

— With two weeks remaining in the 65th Colorado State USBC Open Championships, Steamboat Springs bowler Dewey Whitecotton is sitting atop the singles division in both the scratch and handicapped divisions.

“I’m confident that the series will stand,” Whitecotton said earlier this week. “It’s hard to have to sit back and watch, but I’m pretty sure that series is going to be hard to beat.”

Since competing May 14, the longtime bowler, who also owns Steamboat’s Snow Bowl, has been watching the standings after each session. To date, Whitecotton’s score of 846 scratch (900 with handicap) has not been beaten. The series represents the combined scores of the three games he bowled in singles event at the AMF Northglenn Lanes.

That day, Whitecotton rolled a 278 and a 268 in his first two games, then finished the day with a perfect 300 to set the mark to beat. It was the 15th time in his bowling career Whitecotton has thrown a perfect game.

“I wasn’t really thinking about rolling a 300 at the time,” Whitecotton said. “I was trying to get to 2,100 (for all three events), and I knew I needed a pretty good series to get there.”

Whitecotton said after he threw his seventh consecutive strike during his final game, he knew he was in pretty good shape — finishing out with strikes to record the 300 was just icing on the cake.

Whitecotton also competed in the doubles event with partner Dustin Cockroft, in which he posted a 695 series, and in the team event with D & M Proshop #1 out of Grand Junction, where he rolled a 681.

In addition to his standings in singles, Whitecotton also finds himself near the top of the standings in all events. He is currently fourth in the handicapped division with a score of 2,384 and second in the scratch division at 2,222.

The United States Bowling Congress’ annual Colorado State Bowling tournament is the biggest bowling event in the state and draws thousands of bowlers from across the state to compete in singles, doubles and team events from April 30 to June 12.

This year, the tournament is being held at the AMF Northglenn Lanes for singles and doubles and the AMF Sonesta Lanes for teams. Each week, a different group of bowlers competes for prize money in all three events in both the scratch and handicapped divisions and for the overall title.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966

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