Lewis Jones Jr. joined the 700 club at the Galaxy Center for the 2008-09 season, with a 749 series in the Friday Night Mixed League.
His series included games of 266, 258 and 225. The 266 score was also the top game of the week.
Friday Night Mixed
As noted at the top of the column, Lewis Jones Jr. led the way in this league, while Ronald Richmond had the second-highest game (231) and series (566). Robert Johnson (214) and Jack Noe (201) also had 200 games.
Miranda Rowe led the women with a 156 game and 419 series, while Sue Johnson had the second-highest game (154) and Michelle Albertson had the second-highest series (401).
Merle Meade had the top game (215) and series (564) last week, while Terry Malin was next for the men at 182 and 515.
Pat Harris (194) and Margaret Tilsley (189) had the highest games for the women. Tilsley had the highest women’s series at 504 and Helen McKnight was next at 500, which included a season-best 187 game.
Splits converted included the 5-10 by Harold Stoll, the 5-10 by Nancy Malin, the 3-10 by Terry Malin and the 4-5 by Helen McKnight.
Harriette Williams bowled the highest game with a season-best 181 score and Maxine Patton was second at 177. Patton also had the highest series (482), while Linda Bowles was next at 477.
Season-best games were bowled by Brenda Ault (172), Sharon Meadors (169), Jane Ann Whitaker (165) and Kathy Palmer (162).
This week there will be a roll-off between the teams which finished first in the fall (Patton’s Pals) and the first-place winners in the spring (Pin Up Girls). Also, the teams that finished second in the fall (Mark Makers) and in the spring (Jazzy Ladies) will have a roll-off.
Bowling is back in the Bluegrass State Games
After an absence of two years, bowling is included among the sports to be contested at the 25th anniversary of the Bluegrass State Games in Lexington this summer.
The bowling includes competition for both sanctioned bowlers and open divisions for age groups from age 8 to 55 and up. The bowling is scheduled for July 25 and 26. Go to www.bgsg.org for information and registration forms.
There will also be bowling for special needs persons on July 18 and 19.
National bowling news
Emma Hendrickson of Morris Plains, N.J., made history at the 2009 USBC women’s championships in Reno, Nev., last week. She became the oldest participant in tournament history at age 100.
It was Hendrickson’s 50th-consecutive appearance in the national championship tournament.
Malone, age 81, was hoping to be the 11th bowler to reach the 100,000-pins mark in Open Championships, but he fell just 10 pins short at 99,990.
Bowling on TV
There has been some interesting bowling competition on television during the past few weeks.
The final PBA tournament of the season was the PBA Open, which attracted 415 entries. Mike Scroggins defeated Norm Duke in the final match and took home the trophy and $100,000 first-place money.
A couple weeks ago, Jason Belmonte, the Australian bowler who rolls the ball with two hands, qualified for the Sunday show and won the $25,000 first-place money.
Belmonte does not insert his thumb into the ball, but he does insert two fingers of his right hand and holds his left hand on the front and bottom of the ball. Delivering the ball this way allows him to give the ball more revolutions. He started using this delivery when he was too small to hold the ball with one hand and he has continued to use this method with great success.
Local bowlers use a great variety of approaches and styles of delivering the ball, but there are no local bowlers who use a two-handed delivery at present. One bowler used this method to bowl a 300 game in a local no-tap tournament two years ago, but he has moved out of the area. Only three of his 12 strikes were no-tap strikes (nine pins on the first ball of the frame).
Professional women bowlers had their final competition of the season televised on ESPN April 12. The winners of six televised women’s tournaments this season competed for a first place prize of $25,000.
This competition used a unique scoring system developed by Hall of Fame bowler Johnny Petraglia. In this system, a bowler bowls until all 10 pins are knocked down in a frame. The bowler’s score is the number of balls he or she rolls in 10 frames. Low score wins. A perfect score is 10, a strike in each frame. There are no bonus balls for a strike in the 10th frame. A bowler who leaves a split is in trouble in this scoring method as it is likely that three rolls or more will be required to clear the pins.
The bowlers competed in two groups of three with the bowlers with the highest scores eliminated.
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard was nearly eliminated in the first round, but she came back to take the title and set a new PBA television record with 20 consecutive strikes over three games.
A King of Bowling series will be shown on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. on five Wednesdays in April and May. Two top PBA bowlers compete each week for a chance to knock off the king and become the new king.
The final match of the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship was televised recently. An NCAA committee selects eight teams to compete for this title. The University of Nebraska defeated Central Missouri, 4-1, in a 4-of-7 match-off in the finals for their third title in the last six years.
The college competition uses the Baker System, in which five team members bowl two frames each. One bowler bowls the first and sixth frames, one the second and seventh, one the third and eighth, etc.
Bowling teams from Kentucky colleges compete in the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Championships.
College teams in this competition must finish among the top four men’s or women’s teams in four regional tournaments to qualify for the national tournament.
Teams from Pikeville College, the University of Louisville, Bellarmine and Morehead State bowled in the regionals. The Pikeville men’s and women’s teams were the only teams from Kentucky to qualify for the national tournament. The Pikeville women were the defending national champions.
The Pikeville women defeated Penn State and Robert Morris, but were eliminated after losing to Central Florida and Erie Community College in the double-elimination tournament.
The Pikeville men defeated Robert Morris, but lost to Rochester Institute of Technology and North Dakota State.
Perennial power Wichita State won both the men’s and women’s titles. Many professional bowlers came from Wichita State.
Last week’s high scores
Lewis Jones Jr. 749
Lewis Jones Jr. 266
Ronald Richmond 231
Merle Meade 215
Robert Johnson 214
Jack Noe 201
Margaret Tilsley 504
Helen McKnight 500
Pat Harris 194
Margaret Tilsley 189
Helen McKnight 187
Harriette Williams 181