Fulton professional bowler Mike Tryniski is enjoying a nice run on this year’s Pro Bowlers Association Regional Tour.
This past weekend, he finished fourth at the Howell Lanes Senior Open in Howell, New Jersey.
Tryniski finished the main round of games in 10th place, good enough to qualify for the head-to-head matches to determine a champion.
He rolled a 264, along with games of 247 and 237 to win in the round of 16. He barely survived the round of 8, splitting the first two games and winning the decisive match by just two pins.
But Tryniski rolled a low game of 179 in the single-game semifinal and had to settle for fourth place.
The finish was worth $750 and more than 17,000 points in the system that determines seeding for a national title among regional pros.
Tryniski is rolling well. He’s fourth on the overall points list among East region senior bowlers and is the only one in the top ten to have bowled just four events. Others have bowled as many as seven.
He’s also fourth in earnings in the East region, with a little more than $2,500 so far, but his per-game average of 225.87 is tops in the region. He’s made the finals in all four events that he’s entered. As a result, he’s four-for-four in cashes.
The Regional Tour is a way, according to the PBA Tour, for top PBA players to keep their skills sharp while staying closer to home and for local or senior bowlers to bowl tournaments under professional conditions.
The season ends with East and West regional tour championships. The winners qualify for the PBA Tour’s Tournament of Champions. Some regional players can earn their national PBA Tour card for the following year through the regional tournament system.
Tryniski is a former touring PBA pro who has bowled professionally for more than 26 years. He’s a Fulton native who operates Lakeview Lanes’ pro shop and has coached the Fulton boys varsity bowling team.