HAMMOND | Most bowlers would be pretty happy with a series better than 800.
But Pat Johnson came away disappointed from his round in the Times/Pepsi Classic on Saturday at Olympia Lanes.
"I let them off the hook in the ninth frame. I threw it bad," he said. "I was striking out for 858."
Johnson, the bowling pro at Bluebird Lanes, turned in the third best score in Class A at the end of the first squad Saturday. His second-game 299 propelled him to an 834 series.
"I wanted to be No. 1," Johnson said. "I like to win. Winning a tournament is big. It gives you credentials and it means people respect you."
The Chicago resident and his team "Who Cares" won the Illinois state USBC scratch team championship only two weeks ago.
"I've been in the zone for the last month or so," Johnson said. "I've been mentally focused and putting the right bowling balls in my hand."
Jesse Lane started his day as well as possible, rolling a 300 in the opening game. Olympia manager Mike Kozy presented Lane with a 300 game trophy Saturday for a separate perfect game he rolled during league play.
"Last week, I went 236, 248, 288, when I changed pairs (of lanes)," Lane said. "This week, I just instantly when back to where I started out last week and it was fine."
Things only got worse from there, though. Lane posted a 244, then a 213 and finally a 216 to finish with a 760 series. That score falls 11 pins shy of the one he put up a week ago.
"That second game, I threw three just horrible balls," Lane said. "I don't know how. I need to keep working on my accuracy."
Lane finished second to Jay Bridges in Class A in 2009. It still leaves a bad taste in his mouth. Lane ranked among the qualifiers Saturday but wasn't high enough to guarantee himself a spot in the semifinals. His work schedule will make it tough to come back today for to try to improve his score.
Wayne Dean was still the Class A leader at 847 after the first squad Saturday. The top six bowlers all rolled 800 series.