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Nigh wins local stop on national duckpin tour

May 31, 2008|By LARRY YANOS

Mark Nigh of Hagerstown claimed the championship last weekend when the Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association made a tour stop at Southside Bowl.

The 40-year-old Nigh defeated defending champion Donnie Nave 158-143 in the final game of the Frank Turner Pro Classic to win $10,000.

There were 197 bowlers from the United States and Canada competing and 42 advanced in the stepladder format leading to the championship game.

"It was my first title," Nigh said. "I've been bowling on the tour off-and-on for about 10 years. I finished second to Nave in a tournament two years ago in Connecticut, I owed him one."

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The bowlers began play at Southside Bowl with an eight-game qualifier and the top 42 scores advanced. There were seven different divisions consisting of six bowlers.

"I advanced in the qualifier with the highest set (846) while going 5-0," Nigh said. "I was seeded number one overall and Nave was number two and the stepladder included eight bowlers. It got to be he and I and I got the job done."

In the stepladder finals, Scoop Goldman defeated Richard Coleman; Dennis Cabrel defeated Goldman; Dave Marsh defeated Goldman and Jeff Ferrand; Scott McGamuth defeated Marsh; Nave defeated McGamuth and lost to Nigh.

The Hagerstown resident said he stayed calm, cool and collected during his march to the championship.

"I really wasn't nervous. I knew I was throwing the ball well the entire tournament and I was confident," Nigh said. "I had been there before and I knew what it was like. It just turned out to be my day."

Nigh says he still enjoys bowling duckpins but the wear-and-tear has taken a toll on his body.

"I used to bowl three nights a week. That's not the case now," Nigh said. "Knee and back problems have slowed me down."

There were 10 bowlers in the tournament from Washington County. In addition to Nigh, the list included Steve Rudisill (last year's Rookie of the Year for the DPBA Tour), Andy Huffman, Rob Keefer, Mark Covell, Kenny Cross, Doug Stottlemyer. Gary McKinsey, Darrell Walters and Keith South.

The DPBA is composed of male duckpin bowlers and is sanctioned by the National Duckpin Bowling Congress. Duckpin Bowling is predominately found on the East Coast.

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