August 22nd, 2014
Invitation to Have Fun and Get Exercise
Well, in my world, summer is officially over. Sure, there are a few more summer days on the calendar, but the Bordas & Bordas bowling league begins on Tuesday August 26, 2014 at 6:10 p.m. at St. Clair Lanes. This signals the end of my summer, since I am secretary of that league. I am also President of the United USBC Board of Directors, so I like to encourage other women to join our sport.
I gave those League details because we are in desperate need of bowlers - first time bowlers, experienced bowlers, old bowlers or young bowlers (18 or older), we don't care. The Bordas & Bordas league has bowlers from 21 years of age to those in their 80's, with averages from under 100 to over 200 (I fall right in the middle). We are the largest league in our United Bowling Association with 17 teams of five women. Well, five is how many a team is supposed to have, but this year some teams only have three or four bowlers.
The League bowls 30 weeks a year. At the end of the official season, we have a roll-off, if necessary, and then a bowling banquet catered by one of our teams, Family Market, Darla Starkey captain. After the banquet we have a No Tap tournament in which knocking down nine pins on your first ball counts as a strike. Those who constantly complain they got "robbed" (threw a good ball and left one, usually the seven or ten pin), get to find out how true that really is! I have had the dubious honor of placing last twice. At least last pays $5.00!
I have been secretary of this league for 25 years (if I survive this season!). I have had, in my bowling life, averages from 132 to 169 at some time or another. I have never bowled with a heavier ball than 10 lb., plus I am left-handed. Some say I have a disadvantage throwing a light ball and being left-handed, but I have never felt that was so. The fun part of throwing a light ball left handed is beating a right hander throwing a 14 lb. ball. I do try not to gloat!!! However, I have to admit that one time several years ago, I was not bowling well and one of the opposing team members asked me how heavy my ball was. I told her, "ten pounds," and she, trying to make me feel better about my lousy scores, said, "You can't expect to bowl well with a ten pound ball." I asked her how heavy her ball was and she said, "fourteen pounds." I asked her what her average was and she said it was something like 165. I admit I took delight in informing her that my average was 169!
Bowling is fun, good exercise (if you don't believe me, try throwing three games, two balls each and see how you feel the next day). There is a lot of camaraderie, encouragement, laughter, and just fun on Tuesday nights at St. Clair Lanes. And sometimes you can get in a zinger!
Come join us. Call the lanes at 740-695-3641 or Linda Scaggs at 304-639-6939. I'd love to talk to you about joining a league, preferably the Bordas & Bordas league, but St. Clair Lanes offers other leagues that bowl during the day or another evening.