By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist
Brandon Simpson continued his high-scoring pace with three more 700 series (773, 750 and 709) last week at Galaxy. Simpson has bowled eight 700 series in the past three weeks.
John Hickam (763), Tyler Morgan (704) and Neil Haggard (702) also bowled a 700 series last week.
Hickam and Brandon Lutes tied for the high game for the week, at 278.
Narita Rose bowled the top women’s game (257) and series (618) for the week.
Dause Memorial Tourney a success
The second-annual Lemetta Dause Memorial Tournament was held on March 24. Lemetta, an avid bowler and member of the Galaxy 600 Club for women, was lost to cancer in December 2011.
The proceeds from the tournament ($1,235) were contributed to Hospice Care Plus in honor of Lemetta.
A total of 61 bowlers participated in the tournament, which used the 3-6-9 and no-tap formats. Bowlers were awarded free strikes in the third, sixth and ninth frames and nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counted as a strike. This scoring pattern contributed to higher-than-usual scores.
The 10 men and ten women with the highest scores selected one of the prizes which had been donated by local businesses and individuals.
Mark Rogers and Lewis Jones Jr. tied for first place among the men with a score of 1,163 for four games. Each man rolled two 300 games with the enhanced scoring system.
The other men who finished in the top 10 were: Mike Huser, David Norman, Bill Bowles, Carl Daniels, Steve McKnight, Randy Burgess, Terry Jackson and Jim Hisle.
Narita Rose bowled the high score for the women, at 1,074, which included two 300 games.
Brenda Marcum, Kymmi Bowles, Novel Davis, Beverly Shearer, Amy Felty, Margaret Tilsley, Velma Cruse, Tina Hisle and Jan Stepp completed the list of top women scorers.
More than 30 door prizes were awarded to those bowlers who did not place in the top 10, but whose winning ticket numbers were drawn.
Harvey Poynter, president of the Madison County Bowling Association, and Velma Cruse, manager of the Madison County Women’s Bowling Association, served as tournament directors.
Annual meetings set
The Madison County Bowling Association’s annual meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Galaxy. The agenda will include the election of officers and board members. All MCBA members are invited.
The annual meeting of the Madison County Women’s Bowling Association will be held on April 13 at 1 p.m. at Galaxy.
Plans for the state women’s seniors tournament at Galaxy in October will be discussed. All women league bowlers are welcome.
Last week’s league highlights
Three men — John Hickam (763), Brandon Simpson (709) and Tyler Morgan (704) — bowled a 700 series on Monday.
Brandon Lutes (278) and Morgan (276) rolled the highest games.
Seventeen men bowled a 600 series led by Lutes, Lewis Jones Jr. and Mark Daly, at 694 each.
Others who reached the 600 series level included Glenn Masters (688), Matt Wieczorek (676), Shawn Barton (669), Bruce Watson (666), Ronnie Thomas (657) and Joe Reichel (650).
Spider Weaver (642), Neil Haggard (629), Todd Young (629), Joe Bailey (624), Randy Burgess (619), Ron Gugel (618), Aaron Rose (608) and Mark Rogers (604) completed the roster of 600 series bowlers for the night.
Three women — Regina Barton (561), Andi Daly (514) and Kymmi Bowles (504) — rolled a 500-level series.
This league completed its 2012-13 season Tuesday. Narita Rose set a new high for the season with a 257 game on the final night. Rose also bowled the high series for the night at 618.
Michelle Ratliff rolled the second-best game (204) and series (555).
Splits were converted by Carole Bales (5-8-10), Brenda Williams (3-6-7-10), Emma Lee Tate (3-10), Velma Cruse (5-6) and Janie Secchi (4-5-7 and 3-10).
Substitute Beverly Shearer bowled a 189 game and 501 series.
Greenhouse Tech (Brenda Marcum, Shella Cobb, Velma Cruse and Linda Combs) finished as the champion team with 73 wins.
The runner-up was Snooty Fox (Mary Mink, Donna Haney, Narita Rose and Tammy Daniel) with 70 wins, while third place in the 10-team league was captured by Striking Beauties (Ellen Spurlock, Jan Stepp, Ruby Jo Ward and Amy Felty) with 68 wins.
Narita Rose swept the individual awards for the season with the high average (171), high series (638) and high game (257).
The best averages after Rose were compiled by Bridget Settles (163), Shella Cobb (159), Amy Felty (153) and Tammy Fourre (152).
Settles (577), Cobb (572), Michelle Ratliff (555) and Brenda Marcum (552) bowled the second through the fifth-highest series scores.
The best games after Rose were 237 by Keeley Gadd, 224 by Cobb, 222 by Carole Bales and 212 by Fourre.
Most improved honors went to Settles.
The high game (185) and series (507) were bowled by Connie Bowlin. Bridget Settles was next in both categories with a 181 game and 489 series.
Jan Barnes, Sherry Ernst and Dewey Locker each converted a 2-7 split and Merle Motley picked up a 4-5-7 split.
The best games by league members were bowled by David Norman (267), Lewis Jones Sr. (235) and Bill Bowles (232).
A 600 series was rolled by Bowles (648), Jones Sr. (620), Norman (617) and Lewis Jones Jr. (612).
Three substitutes achieved high scores. Brandon Simpson bowled a 267 game and 750 series, John Hickam rolled a 278 game and 682 series and Mark Rogers recorded a 234 game and 619 series.
The high women’s games were 180 by Pat Holtzclaw, a season-best 171 by Debbie Jones and 170 by Jenny Norman.
Holtzclaw (497) and Kymmi Bowles (422) bowled the highest women’s series.
Tina Hisle bowled the top game (228) and series (546). Beverly Shearer rolled the next-best women’s scores with a 168 game and 468 series.
The high men’s series were 543 by Carl Daniels and 537 by Russell Truesdale, while the best men’s games were 217 by Steve McKnight and 209 by Russell Jones.
Friday Night Mixed
Neil Haggard led the members of this league with a 255 game and 702 series. Lewis Jones Jr. rolled the second-best game for league members (238) and John Hickam the second-high series (680).
A 600 series was also bowled by Jones Jr. (643) and Donnie Barger (620).
Substitute Brandon Simpson rolled a 269 game and 773 series.
Narita Rose led the league’s ladies with a 222 game and 604 series, followed by Kymmi Bowles, at 189 and 471.
Merle Meade (652) and Ollie Gasser (568) bowled the high series, while the top games were 237 by Gasser and 227 by Meade.
Miranda Reffitt bowled the top women’s game (199) and series (561). Beverly Werner rolled the second-best women’s game (194) and Sara Zuercher the second-high series (495).
Splits were converted by Jennifer Richmond (6-7-10), Fred Tilsley (3-10), Margaret Tilsley (3-10 and 2-5-7) and Pat Harris (6-7-10 and 3-6-8-10).
Tim Wells bowled a no-miss 191 game.
Steve McKnight (607) and J. J. Reisig (601) bowled the high series scores, while the best games were 237 by Lance Dickert and 225 each by McKnight and Ronnie Norris Sr.
The best women’s series were 379 by Carolyn McKnight and 374 by Mary Mink. Mink (149) and McKnight (146) also bowled the high women’s games.
Steve McKnight picked up a 6-7 split.
Bad Bowlers No-Tap
Nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues.
Anthony Taulbee bowled the high game (268) and series (745), followed by Gary Cromer, at 256 and 742.
Adam Cromer rolled a 704 series and Steve Dickey a 626 series.
April Brumfield led the league’s ladies with 198 game and 521 series, followed by Joanna Dickey, at 173 and 433.
Last week’s top scores
Brandon Lutes 278
John Hickam 278
Tyler Morgan 276
Brandon Simpson 269
Randy Burgess 268
David Norman 267
Mark Daly 266
Shawn Barton 259
Lewis Jones, Jr. 258
Neil Haggard 255
Matt Wieczorek 245
Joe Reichel 245
Spider Weaver 244
Joe Bailey 241
Glenn Masters 237
Ollie Gasser 237
Lewis Jones Sr. 235
Ronnie Thomas 235
Bruce Watson 234
Mark Rogers 234
Donnie Barger 233
Bill Bowles 232
Gary Cromer 231
Merle Meade 227
Patrick Wells 226
Steve McKnight 225
Ronnie Norris Sr. 225
Carl Daniels 223
J. J. Reisig 223
Lynn Estes 222
Todd Young 221
Ron Gugel 220
Raymond White 219
Ronnie Hurd 218
Aaron Rose 217
Ritchey Wilmot 217
Bobby Abrams 216
Ron Roberts 213
Tim Wells 213
Don L. Johnson 213
Ronnie Norris Jr. 213
Don R. Johnson 212
Mike E. Bryant 209
Russell Jones 209
John Rice 208
Russell Truesdale 208
Craig Richmond 207
Clifford Rose 205
Gary Holtzclaw 204
Anthony Taulbee 204
James Noe 204
Ronald Richmond 204
Tim Lainhart 203
Brian Ford 202
Colin Green 201
Narita Rose 257
Tina Hisle 228
Michelle Ratliff 204
Regina Barton 201
Miranda Reffitt 199
Mary Mink 195
Beverly Werner 194
Sue Hegelmeyer 191
Beverly Shearer 189
Kymmi Bowles 189
Andi Daly 188
Ruby Jo Ward 187
Shella Cobb 182
Pat Holtzclaw 180