Kenner’s Justin Veitch qualifies for match play at USBC Masters
Justin Veitch of Kenner hung on through the final five games to land one of 64 spots in match play at the United States Bowling Congress Masters in Reno, Nevada, late Thursday.
Veitch finished 15 games of qualifying in a 62nd-place tie, averaging 197.2 over a difficult oil pattern that has challenged the world’s greatest bowlers for the last three days. Only eight of 216 bowlers in the field averaged 210 or better.
Veitch is the first New Orleans-area bowler to reach the match play portion of a professional bowling event since former Chalmette resident Stevie Weber was competing regularly on the PBA Tour about a decade ago.
Veitch entered the final day of qualifying in 36th place in the field of professionals and amateurs, and despite failing to bowl a 200 game in his final five-game qualifying block, held on to his spot inside the cut line.
The remaining 64 bowlers head on to a double-elimination match play tournament in which bowlers go head-to-head in three-game matches decided by total pins. Veitch’s opening draw? No. 2 seed and PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke at 2 p.m. CDT Friday.
After two days of bracket play, the five remaining bowlers advance to the stepladder finals Sunday afternoon on FS1.
The remainder of the tournament is being live streamed by BowlTV and FloBowling. Results are also available at bowl.com.
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