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Bowling heads division after two tournaments

[mk1]By Paul Paternoster

Although many MIT students may not realize it, there is a bowling team at the Institute. Actually, there are two bowling teams. Since 1980, the men's team has participated in the Massachusetts Conference. This year marks the first year of a women's team at MIT.

Men's team captain Bob Davidsen '86 is extremely optimistic about this season. The Engineers are off to the best start in their five-year history, currently riding atop the Massachusetts Conference after two tournaments.

The season schedule includes eight tournaments. Each tournament involves 16-18 teams from the Mass. Conference and the RICONY Conference (including schools from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York).

At each tournament a team will be involved in two types of competition. In the morning each squad will bowl three games head-to-head with another squad. Every member of this five man team will be matched with a member of the other squad.

In the afternoon each team faces another club in a doubles competition providing three doubles teams competing head-to-head. It is possible for a team to earn 27 points in each mode of competition.

MIT took 78 out of a possible 108 points in its first two tournaments, propelling the club to first place. Last weekend in Lowell, the Engineers took 18 out of 27 points from arch-rival RPI in the five-man match. They followed this by capturing 18.5 points in their doubles matches against SUNY Albany. The effort against RPI earned the team a second place trophy for team high series (2704 pts).

Jeff Arenberg '86, who finished second in the conference last year, has paced the Engineers. Of the 12 games he has played, 11 have ended up in the win column. Dan Margolis '87 is currently second on the MIT totem pole, having won 9.5 out of the twelve games he has bowled.

Davidsen is not far behind with nine wins. Filling out the rest of the team are Rich Berg '89, Craig Gilchrist '89, Tim Shirley '87 and Phil Pan '86.

While MIT still has six tournaments remaining, Davidsen is already looking forward to the playoffs. "If we win the division, we automatically get to bowl in the sectionals. If we win the sectionals, then we go on to the nationals, which are in Houston this year." Davidsen's team will pursue its quest Sunday when MIT travels to Schenectady, NY, for tournament number three.

In the meantime, the women's team, led by captain Erica Shane '86, is getting a feeling for bowling at the college level.