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LAS VEGAS — Cody Morrow made the most of his first tournament appearance in the United State Bowling Congress Open Championships last month.

Morrow, who resides in Eugene, bowled a 690 in three games June 4 at the South Point Bowling Plaza to take the lead in the Standard Division, finishing ahead of Don Erickson of Renton, Wash., who previously held the lead in the standings with a 680.

Morrow's performance came two weeks after a tornado hit his home center, the Capital Bowl in Jefferson City, on May 22.

Morrow bowled a 248 and a 216 in his first two games, and he needed a 217 to take the lead in his division.

Morrow bowled six consecutive strikes in his third game, finishing with a 226 to win the division.

During his USBC Open Championships debut, Morrow also bowled 537 in doubles and 417 in team for a 1,644 all-events total.

The Standard Division is for bowlers who entered the tournament averaging a score between 156 and 175.

Morrow competed with the team Bowlingers, which also consists of Centralia's Dennis Whittle and Jefferson City's Matt Johnson, Holly Butler and Clinton Wehmeyer.

The USBC Open Championships began March 9 and concluded Tuesday.

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