By Steve Peterson
About 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, 23 bowlers reported to Akron Lanes all with hopes of winning first place and a $100 prize in the annual Masters Bowling Tournament.
About nine hours later, a rookie was the winner as Jesse Heeren of Akron won the top prize. He beat Darren Jacobson in the final two match-up, 230-181.
Heeren, a member of “Team Heyl,” is in his first year of bowling. “This was my first time in the tournament. I had a good day,” said Heeren, age 29, a member of the 2002 Akron-Westfield State Champion football team.
Heeren had the top score and had to wait until the other four step-ladder finalists all squared off against each other. That was a good thing as Heeren said that he was tired after a day of bowling. He usually competes in the Thursday night men’s league at Akron Lanes. His weekly average this season was 144. When a visitor came in during the early evening hours he was told that Heeren was 120 pins above his average. Heeren rolled a 244 best game on Saturday.
Bob Nielsen beat Luke Nielsen for fourth place, 220-191, with Luke taking fifth place and a $55 cash payout.
Bob Nielsen beat Paul Klemme, 207-185 for third place, with Klemme taking fourth and $65 earnings.
Jacobson beat Bob Nielsen, 189-178 for second place with Bob Nielsen taking third and $75 earnings.
Heeren then out dueled Jacobson for the title. Jacobson took home $85 for second.