Robert “Peanut” Johnson “cashed” (Placed high enough to earn a cash award) at the National Seniors Tournament, which was held at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., last week. He finished seventh in the 70-74 age group and earned $160.
Only the top 11 scorers won cash prizes.
Johnson’s 1,360 handicapped total for six games included a scratch 623 series on the first day. He had qualified for the national tourney by winning his age group at the Kentucky Seniors Tourney at Galaxy last October.
Johnson, who bowls in the Galaxy Classic League in the winter, fell one position short of qualifying for the medal round. The top six scorers bowled three additional games to compete for trophies and the first, second and third place money of $1,000, $600 and $400, respectively.
Galaxy Cash League
Andrew Magedanz led this league on Monday with a 290 game and 768 series, followed by Matt Cracraft at 269 and 665.
A 600 series was also bowled by Mike Hilvers (643), Mark Rogers (633), Aaron Rose (630), Gary Cromer (620), Shawn Barton (620), Thomas Maybourg (619), Matt Joyce (607), Paul Miller (605) and Mark Walters (605).
With two weeks remaining in the season, the Leftovers (John McQuarter, Kymmi Bowles, Randy Burgess and Todd Young) lead the league by five games in their quest for the first-place prize money of $1,875.
No-Tap Doubles League
In addition to regular strikes, nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues.
Brandon Simpson bowled two no-tap 300 games on Tuesday, and Lewis Jones, Jr., Lynn Estes and Gary Holtzclaw each rolled one no-tap 300 game.
This was the fifth no-tap 300 game of the summer for Jones, Jr., the fifth for Estes, and the fourth and fifth for Simpson. The next-best men’s games were 280 by Bobby Abrams and 266 by Bill Bowles.
An 800 series was rolled by Simpson (866) and Jones, Jr. (855). A 700 series was bowled by Bowles (795), Estes (760), David Robinson (754) and Abrams (721).
Sara Zuercher led the league’s ladies with a 273 game and 772 series. Narita Rose bowled the second-best women’s game (263), and Tina Hisle rolled the second-high women’s series (694).
The next-best women’s games were 262 by Hisle, 258 by Novel Davis, 251 by Donna Fourre, 246 by Pat Holtzclaw, 233 by Sandy Reynolds, 231 by Sue Hegelmeyer and 230 by Mary Mink.
A women’s 600 series was also bowled by Rose (683), Davis (665), Beverly Shearer (659), Ellen Spurlock (636) and Fourre (627).
Splits were converted by Faye Willis (5-6), Betty Lou Masters (2-7) and Kyle Shultz (4-5 and 6-7-10).
Bluegrass State Games bowling this weekend
The bowling events at the 30th anniversary edition of the Bluegrass State Games will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Eastland Lanes in Lexington.
There will be singles and doubles competition in sanctioned and open divisions for five age groups - 8 and under, 9-12, 13-19, 20-54 and 55 and older. Handicapped scoring will be used in the sanctioned divisions, and scratch scoring in the open divisions.
The top four scorers after three games will advance to the medal round and compete for gold, silver and bronze medals.
The entry fee is $25 for one event or $35 for two events. The deadline for entry by mail has passed, but on-line entries will be accepted until midnight tonight. Also, bowlers may register on the day of the tournament by paying an additional fee of $5.
Participants may begin bowling at one hour intervals from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. The medal rounds are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Entry forms and additional information are available at www.bgsg.org.
Bowling was dropped from the Bluegrass Games a few years ago because of the low number of participants. I was among those who worked to get bowling reinstated. All Madison County bowlers are urged to join in this fun experience and help keep bowling as an integral part of the Bluegrass Games.
The 50th annual Kentucky State Bowling Association Jamboree was held at the Galactic Alley in Cynthiana last Saturday and Sunday. Representatives from Kentucky’s local associations made plans for the annual state tournament and annual KSBA meeting.
The state tournament will be held at the Cardinal Lanes in Paducah on the first three weekends in November. The annual meeting will take place on the first weekend of that tournament.
The state tourney will return to its usual format of handicapped only. Last year, bowlers were offered an option of bowling in a separate scratch division. Also, the tourney will change to four-person teams, rather than the five-person teams used previously.
Entries close Oct. 24. The entry fee is $30 per bowler for each event with $16.50 going to the prize fund. The KSBA will add $5,000 to the prize fund. Registration forms are available at the Galaxy Center.
Several other announcements and decisions were made at this meeting.
Pete Atkeson from Lexington was selected as the new KSBA Association Manager. The manager selected at last year’s Jamboree has resigned, and retired manager Corky Steinmetz had been serving as the interim manager.
A proposal by MCBA president Harvey Poynter to change the format of the state tournament to include regional qualifying tourneys was discussed at length.
Under Poynter’s plan, each of the seven KSBA zones would hold a tournament with the top scorers moving on to the state finals. It is anticipated that this would increase state-wide participation in this event. This proposal will likely be considered at the annual meeting in November.
The Hall of Fame committee recommended James Noe, a member of Galaxy’s TGIF League, for membership in the KSBA Hall of Fame. The induction will take place in Paducah this November.
The 2014 State Seniors Tournament is scheduled for the Briar Lanes in Somerset on October 4 and 5. There will be competition in six age groups - 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and older. The age group winners at this tourney will be eligible to bowl in the National Seniors Tournament in July 2015.
This week’s top scores
Andrew Magedanz 290
Matt Cracraft 269
Aaron Rose 262
Randy Burgess 259
Mark Rogers 247
Paul Miller 232
Matt Joyce 231
Mike Hilvers 225
Thomas Maybourg 225
Mark Walters 224
Shawn Barton 223
Charlie Jason 223
Gary Cromer 217
Terry Jackson 215
Todd Young 213
Adam Cummings 213
Bill Bowles 211
Brandon Simpson 205
Daniel Cordial 201
Bobby Abrams 200
J.J. Reisig 200