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May 3, 2013

BOWLING: Bowles takes title at Galaxy

RICHMOND — 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.

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