Michigan bowler rolls to strong finish to take lead at 2019 USBC Open Championships

By David McCord and Aaron Smith
USBC Communications

- David Carroll of Grandville, Michigan, rolled three late strikes in his final game Saturday at the 2019 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships to sneak into the lead in Regular All-Events.

The 30-year-old right-hander gave himself an opportunity to get to the lead after delivering a strike in the ninth frame of his third game of singles, and he filled 29 pins in the 10th frame to secure the top spot by two pins with a 2,009 total. Warren Meyer of Melbourne, Florida, previously led with 2,007.

Carroll rolled sets of 730 in singles, 655 in team and 624 in doubles to reach the top spot in the standings. He also moved into third place in Regular Singles, which Meyer leads with 761.

After starting his singles set with games of 258 and 279, the transitioning oil pattern began to cause havoc for Carroll as he opened two of his first five frames. Although the chance at the first 800 series of the 2019 USBC Open Championships and the lead in Regular Singles slipped away, he was unaware he still had an opportunity to get to the top spot in all-events.

His main objective at that point was to make sure he finished strong regardless of the final score.

"After the fifth frame, I knew singles was out of reach," said Carroll, who made his third Open Championships appearance. "I just told myself to do the best I can."

Heading into the 10th frame, Carroll had yet to double in Game 3 but made a slight adjustment with his eyes in order to get back on track.

He prides himself on being able to consistently execute on the lanes and was happy he was able to walk away from the 2019 evet making the best shots he could.

"My ultimate goal is to come out and bowl well," Carroll said. "If I end up leading all-events for a while, that's great. But at the end of the day, I just want to bowl well and make good shots."

Regular All-Events features bowlers with an entering average of 176 or higher.

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