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Dant on a roll

Published: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 4:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 5:02 p.m. CDT

There’s been two 300 games and another near miss, but none of that trio of bowlers stands on top of the 2013 Master’s Bowling Tournament. That’s how hot the bowling has been at Crown Lanes.

J.T. Dant, who seeks his third Master’s crown in four years, leads the field at the halfway point by a comfortable 72.0 to 69.27 margin of Peterson Points over 300 bowler Joe Zokal. Chris Eggers stands third at 64.46 followed by Randy Dalrymple (64.31) and Dan Davis (64.19).

Dant, won the Masters in 2010 and 2011, said it won’t be easy with all the standout bowling going on in the field.

“It’s been tough this year. There’s been a lot higher scores than there have been in recent years,” he said. “Even the same bowlers I’ve seen all year, they’ve got better and made improvements. They’re averaging scores better than I’ve seen them all year.”

Dant had a high game of 279 with a 253 average to build a 36.19 to 33.13 lead over Zokal on the first round of bowling.

The bowling really heated up Sunday with Dalrymple throwing the first 300 game of the day followed by Zokal, who recorded a perfecto for the third consecutive Sunday. David Tuft flirted with a 300 as well with 10 straight strikes.

Still, Dant was able to hold to his lead, averaging 246 with highs of 279 and 255. Can he continue to do so this weekend to earn his third Master’s title?

“God, I hope so. Sadly I’ve got to take care of a cold before I take on the bowlers,” he said.

Bowling resumes at 3 p.m. today, Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday leading into the stair-ladder finals.

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