This past weekend Port Clinton graduate and current Davenport University bowler, Sean Black, made history at the year-end MJMA (Michigan Junior Masters Association) Memorial Championship in Monroe, MI. Black became the first male bowler from Ohio to win the year end tournament in honor of the organization's founder Dan Ottman.
Black started the tournament Friday night with an 1112 six game set (171-185-123-213-207-213) for the first block sitting 9th. He then followed Saturday with a 1074 (203-139-200-138-202-192) second game block to drop out of the cut at 15th. With his back against the wall, Black finished the 3rd block with a strong 1250 (199-233-207-191-189-231) to be fourth heading into match play. Black went 5-3 in the first eight games of match play with scores of 168-264-167-225-234-204-192-223 to wind up 2nd heading into the last eight games of match play Sunday. Sunday was a different day however, as Black struggled going 3-5 with games of 200-206-201-179-189-184-191-197 to snag the second place spot going into stepladder.
In the semi-finals, Black went up against Ryan Winters of Livonia, MI, and won the match 239-206 putting him in the finals against Trent Mitchell of Cleveland Heights, OH. In what was a history making finals pitting two bowlers from Ohio for the first time in finals history, Black started hot and never looked back going on to win the match 216-201 over Mitchell to win the tournament which included a $1,000 scholarship and the prized golden eagle. This was also Black's first win in the MJMA joining his brothers Chris and Kevin Black as a champion in the organization.
"This is without a doubt the greatest honor I have accomplished so far in my bowling career. Being that the tournament is in honor of Dan Ottman and it happened on father's day makes this title that much more meaningful,” said Sean Black. “Dan and my father were very close friends before Dan's death so I know he is looking down with a big smile on his face. I had my good and bad times this weekend but I was able to find it in me to find a way to come out on top. This is without a doubt the hardest tournament I've ever bowled with one of the toughest patterns I've bowled on and to walk away the champion is a great feeling. This is definitely a day to remember and I will enjoy it greatly, but will need to get back to practicing because Junior Gold is right around the corner. I am very proud of what I accomplished this past weekend."