Oct 9, 2018
Wrap Up: Kuhl Dynasty Continues With 4th Invitational Win In 6 Seasons
MBA CHAPTER – STATEN ISLAND, NY
The sun is gone and so is the warmth. Staten Island kicked off its 2018 MBA Chapter Invitational at Rab’s Country Lanes and it was good to see so many familiar faces. “They were familiar.” Agreed Sean Kuhl. When asked to elaborate, he didn’t.
27 bowlers made it out to the pre-season event with 10 qualifiers who would battle for the Record Attendance Award. With James Ciccone being the reigning champion, people were sizing up the competition. “I’m about 5’11” if anybody really wants to know, Ciccone added.
All is right in the world once again.
While the other bowlers pre seasoned, Game 1 was officially underway with Matt Wilson (178) Jess Kuhl (171) and Kevin Rogers (161) being the standouts. “It felt great to get my season off to a great start.” Wilson said to the cluster of media afterwards. “I know it’s not the regular season, but I don’t give a shit. A great start is a great start.”
Game 2 had things falling more into focus. While it’s almost hereditary for MBA bowlers to fall off a little (or completely off the cliff) in their second game, Jess Kuhl put her foot through the wall with a 197 which gave her a 184 average at tournament’s end. With her second Invitational championship, she and her husband Sean have taken home 4 of the 6 September awards all time. “We own this event plain and simple.” Sean said while chasing his son Charles in circles around the bar.
They make it sound so easy, but it’s not. Attendance from the previous is paramount AND you have to win. Will anybody pull off the MBA Triple Crown (Chapter Invitational, Chapter Championship, World Tour) in the near future? Well, Jess Kuhl is off to a great start.
Notables for the evening include:
- After the event, a handful of dedicated league members (also, hungry and bored) descended upon Mother Pugs Saloon to hang the banner of the 2018 Roy L. Munson Chapter Championship for Kevin Rogers. With pizza on site, a few snored and even fewer cheered as it was on display for all to see. "I like this event much better when it takes place on a Saturday night." Rogers said. We agree, next year when you don't win, we'll throw it on Saturday!
Staten Island's own MBA Hall of Fame...at a bar
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