USBC CommunicationsPublished: April 11, 2015 | Bowl.com
By Matt Cannizzaro and Mel Lindemann
EL PASO, Texas - Scott Cable of Elk River, Minnesota, knew the lane conditions at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Open Championships were going to be demanding, so it made sense for him to expect spares to be a crucial part of any success he'd have at this year's event.
As it turned out, the 48-year-old right-hander found a way around that game plan by throwing 27 strikes during his team event at the El Paso Convention Center on Saturday, including 12 consecutive strikes on the way to the third perfect game of the 2015 tournament.
Cable posted games of 237, 216 and 300, the first on this year's 38-foot Sport Bowling-certified team lane condition, for a 753 series. He had three spares during the three games, all coming in the first four frames of the day. The effort helped Team Hammer of Hudson, Wisconsin, to a 2,978 total and 16th place in the Regular Team standings. Junior Team USA Support 1 of Las Vegas leads with 3,359.
"It is by far the best 300, and it is a highlight of my bowling career, actually - not the highlight, but it is a highlight," said Cable, who made his 11th USBC Open Championships appearance. "Bowling here with my guys, and in Nationals, I don't think there is anything better. Honestly, I think that is the best I've ever felt bowling."
Cable's three-game set Saturday was the highest of his tournament career and came with some help and advice from his teammates. It also gives him a nice head start on topping his career-best all-events total of 2,001, which came in his tournament debut at the 1992 event in Corpus Christi, Texas.
"I got some good advice from my team," said Cable, who bowls league at River City Extreme in Monticello, Minnesota. "They just helped me with the moves a lot and staying down - you know, just keeping an eye on me like they always do."
Earlier on Saturday, two-time Open Championships titlist Jeff Nimke of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, tossed the second perfect game of this year's event in his final game of doubles. It capped off a 722 series, and he and Rich Abboud of Omaha, Nebraska, moved into fourth place in Regular Doubles with a 1,352 total.
Regular Singles leader, Chad Oachs of Mankato, Minnesota, rolled the first 300 of the tournament on the way to a 772 series March 24.
Doubles and singles at the 2015 Open Championships are contested on a 39-foot oil pattern, which also is Sport-certified.
The 2015 event kicked off March 7 and will run for 128 consecutive days, concluding July 12. During that time, nearly 40,000 bowlers will make their way to El Paso to compete.
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