Mitchell wins tournament on bowling tour
Curt Mitchell of New Richmond has scored his first win on the Amateur Bowlers Tour.
Mitchell has been competing on the tour for nearly three years. He earned $3,000 in prize money for his title, which was won the weekend of Sept. 27-28 at AMF Maplewood.
He was ranked as the number two player out of 101 entries on the first day of the tournament and came back on Sunday to make the final cut. He placed at the top of the five entries in the step-ladder finals system. He finished the tournament by outbowling his opponent in the championship match 207 to 190. Mitchell has sponsors for his bowling, with Mike's Place of New Richmond and Mike's Pro Shop of St. Paul sponsoring him.
Mitchell competes in the Classic division, which is for bowlers with averages of 199 or below. He is hoping to bring his average above 200 where he can compete in the Masters division. He's well on his way. Competing at the Baldwin Bowl this season, he's carrying a 210 average.
Mitchell has one 300 game to his credit, two years ago in a league in West St. Paul. In addition to competing in these tournaments most weekends, he bowls in leagues on Monday and Thursday nights and practices frequently.
"Sometimes it's every night of the week," he said about his commitment to bowling.
Mitchell is also looking at advancing in the bowling ranks. He competed in his first Professional Bowling Association (PBA) regional tournament in May. Bowling four lanes down was Pete Weber, one of the biggest winners in pro bowling history. Mitchell said he hopes to get into more PBA tournaments to get used to the atmosphere at that level.
Mitchell is the son of Jim and Doris Mitchell of New Richmond.