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Bowling: Get ready for the Infinity Series at Sport Shot Classic

Overhead view Infinity 50 — this year's P-T Fall Sport Shot Classic oil pattern.

Overhead view of Infinity 50 — this year's P-T Fall Sport Shot Classic oil pattern.

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Kym Gossett loves bowling sport shot tournaments. There’s no other way to describe it.

She doesn’t shy away from them, even if women have to compete against the men. So when there’s a separate women’s division and there’s a non-house shot on the lanes, she might as well be licking her chops.

Gossett has reached the top five of the Post-Tribune Women’s Awards Tournament the last two years. She was the top qualifier two years ago before losing to Kim Bridges in the final. Last year she finished third.

She has also competed in every P-T Sport Shot Classic, and she plans on being at the next one this Sunday when the P-T Fall SSC will take place at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer.

And she has momentum after winning the Lakeshore Bowling Association Queens title last Sunday at Ray’s Lanes in Lake Station. It was an oil pattern slightly tougher than a house shot, and there was a separate women’s division, so Gossett was in the zone.

She earned the top seed after five games of qualifying, then defeated Jada Mocaby 194-172 in the stepladder final.

Winning the Lakeshore Masters title was Dave Fowble, who also earned the top seed, then defeated Rob Krooswyk 206-187 in the final. Hopefully, Fowble will be on hand for Sunday’s P-T SSC, but I’m pretty sure Krooswyk will be there after he won the P-T Fall SSC last year.

The best part about the P-T SSC is that, unlike every other King of the Hill sport shot tourney in the area, there are separate divisions for men, women and youth, but everyone bowls together. Many adults have expressed their fondness of getting to compete next to future adult bowlers. Sometimes, adults will help the kids with adjustments on the tough lane condition since they aren’t competing for the same prize fund.

People helping people, right?

Oh yeah, some of you are reading this waiting for the oil pattern to be revealed.

We’re going with the second in our new Infinity Series of oil patterns. Why the word “infinity?” Because there will be areas on the front part of the lane with zero oil on the boards. That produces a ratio on the specifications in which one side is infinity. Our oil pattern in one of the sport shot classics last year was 1-to-infinity where we had a high volume of oil between 10 to 10 down to the 40-foot mark, and zero oil outside of 10. This time we’re calling the shot Infinity 50 because the heavy oil will go 50 feet down the lane with the zero outside (see diagrams of the oil pattern).

Good luck on picking the right break point from that dry outside.



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