PRINCETON — J.T. Dant won the Princeton Bowling Association’s Masters Tournament for the third time in four years Sunday night.
He defeated Randy Dalrymple in the final match to take home the trophy and a cash prize of $525.85.
“That was one of the toughest tournaments I have bowled. These guys bowled awesome. I am very impressed. They definitely kept me on my toes,” Dant said. “So, it was awesome. I appreciated bowling with everybody. It was a very good tournament. I am very happy with how things rolled out. I was very surprised, actually.
Dant said some help from Joe Zokal, the third-place finisher, before the tournament was a big help.
“He helped me work some things out. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am right now,” Dant said.
Dant leaped ahead on the first day of the four-day tournament leading with a total score of 1,819 points. It proved to be the difference. Zokal led the second day with a score of 1,814 compared to 1,781 for Dant and 1,705 for Dalrymple. Dalrymple had a better Saturday in total scoring than Zokal and Dant.
But, it was Dant’s first day that allowed him to stay in the lead in total scoring by 15 going into the championship match. In points, Dant was slightly ahead with 130.20, Zokal had 130.05, and Dalrymple had 126.38.
Dant had won 20 matches at that point, Zokal 21, and Dalrymple 18. Then Dant tacked on one more win to take the tournament.
Dalrymple led the ladder with 241, Dant was just behind with 233 and Davis had 228.
All of the top 10 finishers took home a cash prize. Dalrymple won $433.83, while Joe Zokal took third place and a cash prize of $354.95. Dan Davis and Chris Eggers rounded out the top five at fourth and fifth place.
“The tournament was really good. We had a lot of good games,” tournament director David Camp said. “The step ladder shows we had quite a few good bowlers and overall the field averaged 208. We had a lot of good shooting. I thought we would have a couple of more three hundreds but we didn’t quite get there.”