GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass Open at Caveman Bowl finished Monday night with Mike Dias beating Hall of Famer Dale Eagle 229-224 in the championship. The match lasted less than 20 minutes, but it was the culmination of four straight days of high level bowling in Grants Pass.
It was the first year that the PBA50 Tour held an event in Grants Pass. Kevin Croucher, the owner of Caveman Bowl and tour director John Weber worked hard to bring this tournament to Southern Oregon. In addition to his role in organizing the tournament, Croucher also competed. The weekend was a unique experience for Croucher as he tried his best to focus on winning the event while also hoping that everything ran smoothly.
“You really can’t do that because you’re always watching and you own the place so when something goes wrong next to you, you’re concerned about that,” Croucher said. “I have a great staff so when you can rely on them to do their job then it’s a lot easier to focus and concentrate out there and it really is that. It really is mental. The bottom line is between your ears is what we’re talking about, so great staff, helped me a lot, made it so I can bowl.”
Croucher advanced to the round of 16 before losing to Dias, the eventual champ. Croucher said he will be working with Weber to try and bring this event back to Grants Pass next year.