By Anthony Mitchell
For The Daily Item
Charles Newman will be looking to snap into top form today in Reno, Nev.
Newman, 56, who goes by the nickname "Snap," will compete in the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Senior Championships through Wednesday.
The Sunbury resident qualified for his first trip to the USBC Senior Championships by virtue of winning the Pennsylvania 6-Games Scratch title in the 55-59 age group.
At the Pa. State Seniors tournament late last year, Newman finished with a score of 1,447 pins over six games -- a lofty average of 241 per game -- to qualify.
Despite his long road trip to one of the country's well-known entertainment destinations, Newman will be all business while in Reno with a national championship at stake.
"I just hope I can bring the title back to Sunbury," he said. "It would just mean I'm the best in my age group in the nation. I've given every effort I can to improve my game while I'm out here."
Newman is scheduled to bowl six games over a two-day period in the Open Division. The bowlers with the top six scores in each age group for their respective division after the six games, advance to Wednesday's medal round. Each bowler throws three games in the medal round to determine a national champion.
Whether it is his newly forged place among the best bowlers in Pennsylvania, or the fulfillment of qualifying for the Senior Championships, Newman explained the trip to Nevada "hasn't sunk in yet."
It may not fully hit him until the first ball kisses a pin, but Newman certainly has the experience to handle the magnitude of an event like a national championship. Since he first put his fingers into a bowling ball when he was three years old alongside his father, Newman continued to compete and steadily improved on the lanes.
For someone who found his love for the sport with his father, the late Charles Newman Sr., Snap was able to share what he considers his most memorable moment in bowling with his own son.
Charles Newman III was on hand during a regional tournament in Windsor, Conn., in 1992, when Snap reached the finals. It marked the first time Snap's son had seen him bowl in a professional setting, though he excelled at smaller venues as well, filling his trophy case in the process.
Newman mentioned he has been the Sunbury Area Bowling Association champion multiple times, in addition to winning titles in Selinsgrove and Milton. For his sustained excellence, Newman was inducted into the Sunbury Bowling Hall of Fame in 2008, exactly 20 years after his father was inducted.
Newman would be thrilled if the Senior Championships became as distinguished a chapter in his successful bowling career.