Shaffer bowls 813 at USBC tourney

BILLINGS ó Butte bowler Harry Shaffer took over the scratch singles lead Saturday after bowling a 298 game and 813 series at the Montana USBC Association Open tournament in Billings.

Shaffer made his move while competing at Sunset Bowl on the fifth and final weekend of the tournament, which was held at both Sunset and Fireside Lanes.

His 813 is tied with Bozemanís Jeffrey Beck for the top three-game series at state. It was the fifth 800-plus series of the tournament.

His 813 in singles took over the lead from Billings bowler Bob Hanson, who was sitting in first at 805.

The state tournament included 541 five-member teams and nearly 1,700 bowlers. About $75,000 in prize money will be awarded to the top participants.