By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist
The feature attraction at Galaxy this week was a tournament to crown the house champion for the year.
Only two leagues were in action as most leagues have not yet opened their summer seasons.
Ronnie Thomas bowled the high game with a 289 score in the Galaxy Championship Tournament, while the high women’s game was 219 by Mary Mink in the Cash Money League.
Galaxy Championship Tournament
Twenty-seven bowlers took to the lanes for the second-annual Galaxy Championship Tournament on April 28, which was open only to Galaxy league bowlers.
Participants were granted a handicap of 90 percent of the difference between their averages and 210.
After the participants had bowled three games, the 16 bowlers with the highest scores, including handicaps, advanced to double-elimination match play.
The top five qualifiers and their handicapped scores for three games were — Gary Cromer (737), Anthony Taulbee (704), Miranda Reffitt (684), Bill Bowles (684) and Tyler Morgan (671).
The others who advanced to match play included Ron Roberts, Joanna Abrams, Todd Young, Mike E. Bryant, Shawn Barton, Carolyn McKnight, Ronnie Thomas, Steve McKnight, Kymmi Bowles, David Norman and Narita Rose.
Kymmi Bowles used good bowling and a favorable handicap to win four games and finish on top in the winner’s bracket.
Ronnie Thomas emerged as the winner of the consolation bracket. Thomas narrowly missed rolling a 300 game in his first match game as he opened with 10 strikes, but he left the eight pin on his 11th ball and finished with a score of 289.
Bowles and Thomas then met in a best-of-three series for the tournament championship. This series featured Bowles’ straight balls against the smooth left-handed curves of Thomas.
Bowles and Thomas split the first two games, but Bowles won the third game to take the title and the $230 first-place prize.
Thomas won $138 for his second-place finish and Gary Cromer earned $92 for finishing third.
Because he had to work his way through the consolation bracket, Thomas wound up bowling 13 games for the day.
The tournament featured 113 games and lasted for nearly eight hours.
Steve McKnight led the members of this league on Monday with a 220 game and 639 series, followed by Ronnie Norris Jr. at 212 and 545. Substitute T. J. Tudor bowled a 224 game and 595 series.
Mary Mink led the league’s ladies with season-best scores for a game (219) and series (446).
Rosemary Marrioneau bowled the second-best women’s game (157) and Carolyn McKnight the second-high series (403).
Nine pins down with the first ball in a frame counts as a strike in no-tap leagues.
John Hickam rolled the second no-tap 300 game of the young summer season and the first 800 series (808).
Gary Cromer rolled the second-best game (286) and Ron Roberts the second-high series (740).
A 700 series was also bowled by Josh Jackson (724), Lynn Estes (723), Bobby Abrams (709), Bill Bowles (708) and Todd Young (708).
Narita Rose led the ladies in the league with a 276 game and 696 series. Joanna Dickey bowled the second-best women’s game (256) and Joanna Abrams the second-high series (663).
A 600 series was also rolled by Jim Hisle (697), Tina Hisle (658), Cromer (647) and Carl Daniels (634).
Two more leagues to open
A league with four-person teams is scheduled to start tonight and another four-person team league is slated to begin on Monday.
Both of these leagues feature free lineage with all the fees going to the prize fund. This will result in large pay outs at the end of the season.
Bowlers can call Galaxy at 624-4444 or come early to the first session to join one or both of these leagues.
Women’s top 2012-13 performances
The official United States Bowling Congress season runs from Aug. 1 to July 31 each year. However, the majority of the action in sanctioned leagues occurs between August and April. Thus, this is an appropriate time to recognize the top accomplishments by the bowlers at Galaxy this season.
The top achievements by women in the three major statistical categories — average, series score and game score — are noted in this column. The top achievements by the men at Galaxy will be listed in next week’s column.
Bowlers who participate in a sanctioned league this summer will have an opportunity to join these leaderboards or move up.
The averages listed are the bowler’s best average in any one sanctioned league. The USBC does not combine scores from multiple leagues. A bowler must roll at least 21 games in a league for an average to be recognized as official.
Best 2012-13 women’s averages
Regina Barton 194
Miranda Reffitt 184
Narita Rose 178
Sara Zuercher 175
Tina Hisle 175
Sandy Reynolds 172
Gail Campbell 171
Andi Daly 170
Beverly Shearer 165
Bridget Settles 163
Novel Davis 162
Rita Morgan 162
Connie Bowlin 161
Best 2012-13 women’ s series
Narita Rose 707
Regina Barton 671
Miranda Reffitt 654
Novel Davis 615
Sara Zuercher 603
Gail Campbell 598
Beverly Shearer 596
Sandy Reynolds 583
Tina Hisle 582
Bridget Settles 577
Shella Cobb 572
Rita Morgan 572
Andi Daly 564
Kymmi Bowles 562
Best 2012-13 women’s games
Narita Rose 277
Miranda Reffitt 263
Regina Barton 259
Sandy Reynolds 244
Keeley Gadd 237
Beverly Shearer 236
Sara Zuercher 236
Tina Hisle 235
Bridget Settles 235
Jan Barnes 234
Gail Campbell 233
Christy Richmond 233
Novel Davis 230
This week’s top scores
Ronnie Thomas 289
Gary Cromer 256
Ron Roberts 237
Tyler Morgan 236
Shawn Barton 234
Todd Young 231
T. J. Tudor 224
Steve McKnight 220
Bill Bowles 216
Ronnie Norris Jr. 212
Mike E. Bryant 211
Sam Spangler 205
Donald Spivey 203
Mary Mink 219
Miranda Reffitt 215
Kymmi Bowles 204