By Susan Jenior
Rootstown’s Pat Adolph has already established himself as one of the best bowlers in the area. So, it is no surprise that his son is also an awesome bowler.
Put the two of them together at a USBC Adult/Youth Tournament and, no surprise to anyone, they both will come out on top.
The USBC-sanctioned Adult/Youth Tournament rolled off at LeElla Lanes in Washington Court House. Sponsored by the Ohio Bowling Alliance, championships for the team, as well as scholarships for the youth, were awarded at the conclusion of the event.
For the Adolphs, it was the perfect venue for both Patrick and his son, 10-year-old Jackson, to showcase their skills.
The tournament had eight shifts of adult/youth bowling over two weekends. The father-son duo from Rootstown were in the lead over all bowlers by 90 pins.
Adolph bowled the one shift at 9 a.m., but that was all they needed.
Pat and Jackson each bowled a three-game series.
“I am so proud of him,” said Pat about his son. “He bowled over his average and seems to have a knack for this tournament bowling thing.”
Jackson carries a 111 average in the youth leagues at Spins Bowl in Kent.
At the adult/youth tournament, Jackson rolled games of 195-138-161 for a 504 series, his first-ever 500 series. The 195 was his personal-best high game.
“We practiced the night before the tournament,” said the father. “We bowled two games just to try and figure out the lanes.”
Pat had no problem figuring out the lanes. His series: 264-246-300 for an 810. It was Pat’s 34th career 300 game and 24th 800 series.
Adolph bowls in leagues at both Spins Bowl in Kent and Kent Lanes.
“It was extremely fun bowling with my son,” said Adolph. “We both bowled well and carried the pins.”
The duo plan to do more adult/child events.
“As the kids get older, we can travel a little more and do tournaments,” said the father. “Jackson tags along with me to my own tournaments so he knows what is going on.
The two even had matching T-shirts for the tournaments and look forward to continuing the success they enjoyed in their very first event.