By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
Michigan’s high school bowling community cheered Holly graduate Andrew Anderson as an MHSAA champion in 2013.
Now, it can celebrate him as a “master.”
Anderson bested a 360-bowler field to win his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour championship Sunday, finishing first at the United States Bowling Congress Masters in Syracuse, N.Y. The Masters is considered a major tournament on the PBA Tour schedule.
After completing qualifying, Anderson was one of 64 competitors to make the match play. He downed Alex Hoskins of Brigham, Utah, 213-199 in the championship match. Click to read more from USBC.
Anderson returned to Holly’s bowling team for the final six weeks of his senior season after previously making the match play at the MHSAA Finals as a freshman and advancing the quarterfinals as a sophomore. He won his Division 2 championship match as a senior by 112 pins. (Click for coverage of that 2013 tournament from Second Half.)
Anderson attends Davenport University and is in his first year as a member of Team USA. He also bowled three years as part of Junior Team USA.
PHOTO: Holly’s Andrew Anderson, holding his USBC Masters trophy. (Photo courtesy of USBC.)
MUSKEGON – As Hudson boys bowling coach Mike Longmire explained it Saturday, his community is known athletically for football, wrestling and competitive cheer. In fact, the wrestling team repeated as Division 4 champion a week ago, and the cheer team won its fifth-straight Division 4 title Friday.
But sophomore Carter Fournier’s performance to cap the weekend at least puts bowling in the picture.
Fournier became his school’s first MHSAA Finals champion in this sport, qualifying as the 10th seed for match play and surviving a series of strong challenges before breaking away for a 444-392 win over Allen Park Cabrini junior Bryce Cadaret in the championship match at Northway Lanes.
Fournier had started the morning’s six-game qualifying block with a pair of 222 games, but dipped to 148 in the fourth. He rebounded in a big way with a 238 in his final game of qualifying to finish with a 1,194 total – and with the separation between 10th and missing the cut in 17th only 48 pins.
“I thought I wasn’t going to make the cut,” Fournier said. “I made it as the 10th seed, and I just kept grinding away in match play – and winning.”
First up was Burton Atherton junior Michael Demey, and Fournier won by six pins, 385-379. Next was New Lothrop’s Ashtin Andres and another lean win, 390-388.
Fournier rolled a 201 and 258 in the Semifinal to get past Jonesville’s Andrew Sackett 459-431. He carried the momentum of that 258 into the championship match, rolling a 236 to Cadaret’s 190 in the first game and taking the second 208-202.
“He was throwing the ball really well early on, but he was down every match we started, except for the final one,” Longmire said. “(I) just tried to keep him positive and keep him going and not give up, and he did a great job. He didn’t get emotional or anything; he was just steady and made good shots.”
Cadaret finished runner-up for the second-straight season. He qualified for match play as the fourth seed and dominated on his way to the Final with wins of 414-341, 469-351 and 510-364 in the Semifinal.