Payson Bowler Knocks Down Coveted Abt Title

Josh Reid takes a 232.65 average to finals; finishes 1st

“This is a huge deal for us to have the caliber of bowlers that will compete, including some PBA regional bowlers,” said Joshua Reid, who manages Rim Country Lanes and will be competing in both events.

“This is a huge deal for us to have the caliber of bowlers that will compete, including some PBA regional bowlers,” said Joshua Reid, who manages Rim Country Lanes and will be competing in both events. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Rim Country Lanes Director of Operations Josh Reid shined in two weekend bowling showdowns, taking first in an Amateur Bowlers Tour event and ninth in the Third Annual Mega Monsoon Scratch 8 game tournament.

Bowling Aug. 24 in the amateur preliminaries, Reid averaged 232.65 to finish first and earn a berth into the finals the following day.

Pitted against five other qualifiers, Reid again finished on top averaging 266 for four games.

In winning the title, Reid beat Billy Pretlove, 259-188, and Lynn Arthur, 269-211, to advance to the double elimination finals match. In it, Reid whipped Bryan Mitchell twice, 279-210 and 257-166.

In addition to taking first place, Reid carded an 805 series which was his fifth 800-plus score this summer at Rim Country Lanes. It was also his 9th 800-plus series of the 2012 season.

For his win, he pocketed $1,100 in prize money.

In the Mega Monsoon tournament on Aug. 25, 11-time PBA champion Ben Laughlin dominated the field of 20 of Arizona’s finest bowlers, averaging 251.25 to take first and $700 in prize money.

Reid, who was bowling with an injured thumb he cut on Friday, averaged 223 and was ninth overall winning $50.

Payson bowlers R.D. Neilson, Travis Powell, Alex Mouraux and Mark Wickie also participated.

Neilson was 13th (210), Powell 15th (209), Mouraux 17th (201) and Wickie 20th (150).

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