Charles Budzyn has been one of the best bowlers in Burlington for many years.
Budzyn has won numerous tournaments over the years, including doubles and team events in the City Tournament.
But the singles championship had always eluded Budzyn.
That’s until Sunday.
Bowling in the final squad on the final day of the Burlington Area Open Bowling Championship at KingPins, Budzyn rolled the match he’d been waiting for in singles. Budzyn rolled a 789, which after adding 35 handicap pins, was a total of 824. That was 48 pins better than runner-up Aaron Miller from East Galesburg, Illinois.
Finally, Budzyn added the one missing piece in his trophy cabinet.
“It feels good,” Budzyn said. “I’ve played in a few teams that have won and a few doubles teams that have won, but it’s my first title in singles. It’s one that you work hard at and put in the effort and it’s finally starting to pay off to throw.
“Aaron Miller bowled the first weekend. He bowled really well.”
For Budzyn, president of the Burlington Area Bowling Association, it was the culmination of two hectic weekends.
The team event was bowled at the Tombstone Bowl in Monmouth, Illinois. The singles and doubles were held at KingPins.
Budzyn also won the all event title with a total of 2,272 pins. Kevin Henkens and Thomas Boche came in second with a total of 2,227.
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Jim Ferrill and Thomas Rettig won the team title together with a total of 1,548. That was 25 pins better than runner-up Randy Kester and Don Meisner.
The feat made all the more astonishing for Ferrill and Rettig was that they rolled their winning series into the first squad on day one on January 15.
“It feels good to be able to hold on all this time. If you shoot first, everyone knows your number and they’re all behind it,” said Ferrill, who bowls four nights a week. “Everything just fell off perfectly. One attack after another. I shot a 678 and my partner shot 620-something. I didn’t expect to last the whole tournament, but it did.”
Ferrill has been part of the winning team twice in the past, but this was his first doubles title.
“I won the team event twice, both times by one pin,” Ferrill said. “If you’ve been bowling for 40 years, you’ll be lucky in the end.”
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Case-New Holland won the team event with a total of 3,489 pins. ME Painting from Monmouth, Illinois came in second with a total of 3,482.
Members of the winning Case-New Holland team were Maria Drain, Lori Orth, Johanna Beason, Chris Drain and Kevin Henkens.
“This was the first time we’ve bowled the team event in Monmouth, Illinois,” said Budzyn. “They joined our association a few years ago. We brought the team event to that house. Charlie Brown is doing well there. He always treats our association well.”
Budzyn was pleased with the overall tournament, with many high scores, a good turnout and a lot of fun for everyone.
“The team event was fully booked. We had 24 teams bowl. Doubles and singles we had a full squad the first weekend and this weekend we had 20 teams pitching the first team and 15 the second. It was a pretty good turnout overall,” Budzyn said. “We had a lot of good scores. I know Jim and Tom are very good doubles bowlers. They raised that score last Saturday and it held. It’s hard to beat that score when you see 1,550 for two guys. All in all it was a very good tournament.”
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1. New Holland Case, 3,489; 2. ME painting, 3,482; 3. Pinheads, 3,461; 4. Pullen Racing, 3.452; 5. Squatch and Friends, 3,440; 6. Case, 3,435; 7. Splits Happen, 3,425; 8. DX, 3.412; 9. Pocket Pounders, 3,362; 10. DDs, 3,348.
1. Jim Ferrill/Thomas Rettig, Burlington, 1,548; 2. Randall Kester/Don Meisner, Burlington, 1,523; 3. Thomas Boche/Andrew Smith, Burlington, 1497; 4. Ed Budzyn, Jr./Jim Ferrill, Burlington, 1492; 5. Gerry Marshall/Dian Marshall, Burlington, 1485; 6. Kyle Shores/Brett Levins, Burlington, 1.456; 7. Chris Afvoer/Kevin Henkens, Burlington, 1454; 8. Don Mesiner/Kyle Kaestner, Oquawka, Illinois, 1.453; 9. David Dixo/Randall Kester, Burlington, 1439; 10. Christopher Braun/Darwin Cooley, Burlington, 1435.
1. Charles Budzyn, Burlington, 824; 2. Aaron Miller, East Galesburg, Illinois, 776; 3. Kevin Henkens, Burlington, 771; 4. Gregory Miller II, East Galesburg, Illinois, 756; 5. tie, Jake Shores, Burlington, Chris Drain, Burlington and Mike Lowary, Burlington, 753; 8. William Trimbnle, 752; 9. Troy Painter, Keithsburg, Illinois, 747; 10. Tom Stansbury, Monmouth, Illinois, 746.
All events disabled
1. Charles Budzyn, Burlington, 2272; 2. tie, Kevin Henkens, Burlington and Thomas Boche, Burlington, 2.227; 4. Jim Ferrill, Burlington, 2.196; 5. Jake Shores, Burlington, 2187; 6. tie, Randall Kester, Burlington and Charles Brown, Keithsburg, Illinois, 2.185; 8. Kyle Shores, Burlington, 2,180; 9. Thomas Rettig, Burlington, 2,178; 10. James Rhinehart, Biggsville, Illinois, 2.174.