BREWER – Candlepin bowlers will receive one final chance to win $6,160 in prize money this weekend in the Charles H. Milan Sr. Memorial Sweepstakes at the Bangor-Brewer Bowling Lanes.
Shifts are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and bowlers can re-enter in an attempt to improve their scores from any of the past three weekends of competition.
Dave Richards of Plaistow, N.H., has rolled up the tourney’s highest score, a 10-string total of 1,411. Doug Blackler of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is second with 1,406.
“I think Richards’ score can be beaten,” said Charlie Milan III, the lanes owner who brought the tourney back after a 10-year absence to commemorate his grandfather.
Milan, who has won more than 20 state bowling titles, thinks weather can play a role in the tourney.
“I really think that colder weather has a big play for plastic pins. The lower humidity and colder weather always makes for higher pinfall. That’s always been a theory of mine,” he said.
About 100 bowlers have competed in the tourney and one of Canada’s best – Tony LeBlanc of Moncton, New Brunswick – will roll this weekend.
Also vying will be two of Massachusetts’ best bowlers: Tommy Olszta of Sturbridge and Jeff Atkins of Springfield.
Some top Maine bowlers expected to compete are Milan’s son, James, Russ Nealey of Otis, Chip Carson of Bangor, Dave Vigue of Fairfield, Charlie Lounder of Ellsworth and Elbow Dority of Bangor.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 30 finishers, with the winner taking home $1,000.