7/23/13

Smith happy with Day 2 of 2013 US Open

Team USA member and Ebonite Staff member Steve Smith found the lanes more to his liking in Day 2 of the 2013 Lipton Bowling’s U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio. 

Smith, of San Diego, rebounded from a sub-par opening day to post a 1,647 eight-game score and move closer to a 200 average in the 264-player event. The tournament is being hosted at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Lanes and Holiday Lanes.

“Today was definitely better than yesterday,” said Smith, who recorded 1,548 at Holiday Lanes. “There was a lot more push through the fronts at Wayne Webb’s, and the midlane is a lot better here. The ball didn’t over hook or didn’t skid too far. I think it was a better playing field today.”

The Ebonite Innovate was the ball Smith used at Wayne Webb’s. He says he made the switch after the second game and it made all the difference.

 “I was 22-over going into the last game,” he said. “I hit a bad pair to finish and shot 174. I didn’t move far enough left, but I’m happy with what happened overall.”

The goal right now for Smith is to make the cash cut. Only 25% of the field will advance to the casher's round before the field is cut to the top 24 bowlers for match play.

“I’m hoping to go at least100 over to give myself a chance to make the cut,” said Smith, who still has eight games to bowl at Columbus Western Bowl. “The scores aren’t very high, but I don’t really pay attention to the scores out there. I’m trying to do the best I can.”

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