Photo courtesy of Tropic Lanes

Emily Larson defeated Bryan Larson, her father, to win the Independence Open bowling tournament over the weekend at Tropic Lanes.


The finals of the first Independence Open bowling tournament was a family affair. 

And it was Emily Larson who won family bragging rights.

Emily Larson defeated her father, Bryan Larson, in the finals of the two-day tournament with a handicap score of 189-179 Sunday at Tropic Lanes. 

Bryan Larson avenged an earlier loss to his daughter by forcing in “if-necessary” match with a 209-143 win in the first championship game.

Emily Larson, the No. 5 seed after five games of qualifying, survived the 16-person double-elimination bracket by defeating Debbie Olson (196-181), Ray Basuel (173-126) and Stefan Macahilas (173-166).  

Jeff Kiefer was the top qualifier, sporting a 215.2 average for five games. He recorded the tournament’s highest game, a 256. 

The tournament was bowled on a sport oil pattern. Another tournament is scheduled for July 29 at Tropic Lanes.    

Independence Open


Emily Larson def. Bryan Larson, 143-209, 189-179. 

Third place 

Bryan Larson def. Emily Furgione 226-157. 

Winner’s bracket

First round

Jen Gunderson def. Jeff Kiefer, 196-134; Stefan Macahilas def. Thien Vonghakhone, 180-152; Ray Basuel def. Dan Kiefer, 236-212; Emily Larson def. Debbie Olson, 196-181; Manny Narra def. Keith Morin, 189 (9)-189 (8); Bryan Larson def. Abby Brown, 198-196; Philip Obas def. Sonia Streitmatter, 182-149; Emily Furgione def. Dustin Ohler, 218-179. 


Stefan Macahilas def. Jen Gunderson, 175-152; Emily Larson def. Ray Basuel, 173-126; Bryan Larson def. Manny Narra; Philip Obas def. Emily Furgione. 


Emily Larson def. Stefan Macahilas, 173-166; Bryan Larson def. Philip Obas; 


Emily Larson def. Bryan Larson, 208-171. 

Consolation bracket

First round

Jeff Kiefer def. Thien Vonghakhone, 233-206; Debbie Olson def. Dan Kiefer, 170-168; Abby Brown def. Keith Morin, 214-159; Dustin Ohler def. Sonia Streitmatter, 156-153. 

Second round

Jeff Kiefer def. Ray Basuel, 175-128; Jen Gunderson def. Debbie Olson, 190-136; Emily Furgione def. Abby Brown, 204-187; Manny Narra def. Dustin Ohler, 181-162. 

Third round

Jeff Kiefer def. Jen Gunderson, 237-178; Emily Furgione def. Stefan Macahilas, 199-183. 


Jeff Kiefer def. Philip Obas, 235-206; Emily Furgione def. Stefan Macahilas, 199-183. 


Emily Furgione def. Jeff Kiefer, 214-155.  

Qualifying (5 games, pinfall handicap)

1. Jeff Kiefer, 1,076; 2. Manny Narra, 1,003; 3. Philip Obas, 999; 4. Ray Basuel, 987; 5. Emily Larson, 979; 6. Emily Furgione, 968; 7. Abby Brown, 942; 8. Stefan Macahilas, 935; 9. Thien Vonghakhone, 926; 10. Bryan Larson, 925; 11. Dustin Ohler, 916; 12. Debbie Olson, 914; 13. Dan Kiefer, 912; 14. Sonia Streitmatter, 888; 15. Keith Morin, 870; 16. Jen Gunderson, 867; 17. Josh Morin, 857. 


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