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Discussion: Boston Bowling Competition

in: Boston Sprint Camp 2016

Jun 10, 2016 3:12 PM # 
CSU Bowling, which is loosely affiliated with the Boston Sprint Camp, is putting on a Boston Bowling competition on Friday 10 June at 8:00 PM at Lanes and Games. Lanes and Games is about an eight minute walk from the Alewife T stop on the northern terminus of the Red MBTA Line.

The rules of the competition:
- All participants bowl one game of candlepin and one game of tenpin.
- The scoring is determined by the product of the scores of the two games.
- The first game of each type is the one that counts; subsequent games are encouraged by irrelevant to the competition.
- Scores must be submitted to CSU Bowling's VP of competition.
Jun 10, 2016 5:21 PM # 
no 5 pin?
Jun 10, 2016 11:08 PM # 
Candlepin! Haven't played that in a while. Sorry to be missing this fine outing.
Jun 11, 2016 12:16 AM # 
Will there be a follow-up competition the following week?
Jun 11, 2016 12:41 AM # 
No duck pin?
Jun 11, 2016 3:41 AM # 
We had excellent turnout tonight at this, the 2016 New England Bowling Orienteers championship. For a little regional flavor, candlepin was included as one of the events despite its inherent absurdity. Submissions are welcome from people not in attendance provided you declare a game to count for the competition before you start.

Good times were had by all, and attendance was good - about 4x CSU Bowling's actual membership and 6x what I thought CSU Bowling's membership was yesterday. VP of Finance Izzy B brought a crew including Canadian friends Emma and Christian, and Italians Giacomo and Laura were also in attendance. The only differences between geometric and arithmetic mean scoring were swapping 2nd and 3rd place, and putting 4th and 5th place in a tie. The best actual bowler in attendance, Colin B, started to come into form after the third frame of his ten-pin game with the house ball. Unfortunately, his unfamiliarity with candlepin proved his undoing. It's unclear how well a true candlepin master like Cristina can fare in this competition.

Kudos to Izzy and Michael for bowling strikes in candlepin (wtf), and to Thomas and Colin for winning the two individual events.


Bowler Candlepin Tenpin Geomean Official Place
Ian S 66 133 93.69 1
Laura 64 104 81.58 2
Colin B 44 147 80.42 3
Peter Z 54 113 78.12 4
Christian M 53 114 77.73 5
Giacomo B 60 97 76.29 6
Isabel B 57 98 74.74 7
Keegan Q 54 97 72.37 8
Emma W 46 93 65.41 9
Thomas L 77 42 56.87 10
Michael L 43 54 48.19 11
Jun 11, 2016 3:51 AM # 
The BoD of CSU Bowling is considering two new events for future competitions:

- Bowling relay: teams of at most 3 for each club compete in tenpin. The team score for each frame is the best score from among the team members in that frame.

- Limbo bowling: an individual event; the goal is to minimize your score. Gutter balls count as ten, marks are scored in the usual way. A perfect game consists of knocking over a single pin with every ball, i.e. 20. This is mostly because I think it would be funny for people to be genuinely upset when they bowl a strike.

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