By Dean Acker
Register Bowling Columnist
Only three leagues were operating this week, but the 2013-14 bowling season will be in full swing next week at Galaxy as all the fall leagues will be in action.
The high-level Galaxy Classic League will open its new season on Monday with an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. followed by the first night of competition.
The non-sanctioned Cash Money League will also start at 7 p.m. Monday.
The Bad Bowlers No-Tap league will start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. This fun league provides an opportunity for bowlers of all skill levels to improve their skills while bowling in a no-pressure league.
The Wednesday Wonders League was originally scheduled to start this week, but the opening has been delayed until next Wednesday. An organizational meeting at 6 p.m. will be followed by the first session of the fall.
Space is available for individuals in all of these leagues. Call Galaxy at 624-4444 or come early on the first night to join one or more of these leagues.
Condolences to the Bryant family
The members of the local bowling community extend their condolences to LuAnn Bryant upon the passing of her husband, Michael C. Bryant. Mike was a long-time member of the Wednesday Wonders League.
This women’s league opened its new season on Tuesday morning with 10 teams. The league will bowl a split season of two 15-week sessions.
Connie Bowlin (189) and Linda Bowles (188) bowled the high games on the opening day. Bowlin and Bowles also tied for the high series at 486.
Splits were picked up by Janell Williams (5-7), Barbara Hendren (5-6), Brenda Ault (7-9) and Sue Hegelmeyer (5-10).
Keeley Gadd (212) and Carole Bales (198) rolled the high games in this league on Tuesday.
The best series scores were 524 by Dawn Bydal and 517 by Gadd.
Betty Lou Masters rolled a no-miss 196 game.
Splits were converted by Masters (4-7-10), Brenda Marcum (3-10), Karen Hendrix (2-7), Faye Willis (3-10) and Jelemia Sanders (5-6-7).
Gail Campbell led this league Wednesday morning with a 180 game and 521 series. Genny Bryant was second in both measures with a 172 game and 476 series.
Splits were converted by Campbell (3-10), Pat Harris (3-10), Joyce Kearns (5-6 and 2-6-7-10) and Beverly Shearer (2-7).
This league opened its new season Thursday night with nine teams.
Beverly Shearer bowled the highest game of the new season in any league with a 254 score which was part of a 598 series. Tina Hisle rolled the second-best women’s game (179) and series (490).
The best men’s series were 594 by Mike Huser and 571 by Bobby Abrams. Huser and Abrams tied for the high men’s game at 212.
Senior state tournaments
Bowlers from across the state will converge on Richmond this fall to bowl in the Kentucky State Seniors tournaments at Galaxy.
The state tournament for senior men is scheduled for Sept. 28 and 29, while the senior women’s tournament will take place on Oct. 5-6.
Each tourney will feature competition in six age groups — 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 and over. The winners in each group will advance to the national seniors tournaments in Reno, Nev. in July 2014.
USBC senior records
Because the Galaxy Center is hosting the Kentucky state tournaments for men and women this fall, I felt it would be interesting to take note of some of the records for senior bowlers as recognized by the United States Bowling Congress. Several of the most impressive records are noted here.
Oldest bowler in a sanctioned league: Men — 107 Gene Scala, Jericho, NY in 2012-13; Women — 103 Maude McIntyre, Fresno, Calif. in 1993-94, Jeralean Talley, Inkstar, Michigan in 2002-03 and Lucy Severine, Johnstown, Pa. in 2008-09.
Oldest doubles team: 203 — Art Shaver (103) and Bill Hargrove (100) in the 2001 USBC Open tournament.
The oldest bowler to roll a 300 game: Men — 90, a man in Fullerton, Calif. in 2012 who asked that his name be withheld. (Was he being stalked by an old girlfriend?) Women — 81, Ollie Harbin, Overland Park, Kans. in 2009.
Highest three-game series by a senior bowler: Men — 890 by Don Markgraf, Wisconsin at age 71 in 2001; Women — 827 by Karen Pullman, Utah at age 58 in 2001 and Carol Teel, Florida at age 53 in 2009.
The highest average for a senior bowler: Men — 250 by Jim Hosier, of New Jersey in 2011-12 at age 53; Women — 225 by Carol Teel from Florida in 2011-12 at age 56.
This week’s top scores
Mike Huser 212
Bobby Abrams 212
Carl Daniels 203
Beverly Shearer 254
Keeley Gadd 212
Carole Bales 198
Betty Lou Masters 196
Connie Bowlin 189
Linda Bowles 188
Narita Rose 185
Dawn Bydal 184
Janie Secchi 180
Donna Haney 180
Gail Campbell 180