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Naval War College Professor Sean Sullivan bowls at Seaview Lanes in Building 656.  (Photo courtesy Naval Station Newport Navalog)
Naval War College Professor Sean Sullivan bowls at Seaview Lanes in Building 656 at Naval Station Newport. (Photo courtesy Naval Station Newport Navalog).

Courtesy Naval Station Newport Navalog
Feb. 11, 2013

WESTERLY -- Sean Sullivan, a U.S. Naval War College professor, won the 2013 U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC) Rhode Island Singles Tournament recently at Alley Katz Lanes in Westerly.  

Sullivan’s four game series total outpaced the 112 bowlers in the field in the handicap division.

He rolled a total 949, with strings of 213, 234, 255 and 247.

It was the second state tournament championship for Sullivan who also won the 2008 state singles title.

“The state singles tournament is an opportunity to compete against Rhode Island’s top bowlers under challenging tournament conditions,” said Sullivan who bowls at the Seaview Lanes Bowling Center in Building 656.  

Bowlers from Sea View Lanes and the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department’s Wednesday and Friday Night Leagues have consistently fared well in USBC Rhode Island events, Sullivan said. He bowls in both leagues.  

Sullivan credits expert bowler Rick McCaull at Seaview Lanes, hired last year with 40 years of bowling and technical experience.  McCaull worked for several years at Aquidneck Lanes and HiWay Bowl in Middletown, which closed in the late 1990s leaving Seaview Lanes as Aquidneck Island’s only bowling alley.

“Rick has had the single biggest impact on my play this year,” Sullivan said. “He always starts with, ‘I was just watching and if you don't mind...,' and then we talk about playing the game. McCaull helped Sullivan with stance, stride, release and ball speed.