The Papa King of Fond du Lac Bowling

To become proficient in bowling, or any sport for that matter, it helps the athletes a great deal if they learn the proper techniques early on.  A good coach/instructor is the vehicle that delivers those techniques.  Dave King of Fond du Lac has helped many bowlers in the area achieve great success.

At 75 years young “Kinger” has been bowling for 60 years.  After 25 years with Mercury Marine King retired in 2001.  He spent the next ten years volunteering his services as a coach/instructor to the youth of Fond du Lac.  With the help of Tom Dolan, the president of the club that guided the direction of high school bowling in the area, Dave was given the opportunity to work with over 500 kids to hone their skills in bowling.  Students from St. Mary Springs Academy, Fond du Lac High School, North Fond du Lac High School and Winnebago Lutheran High School were helped by King.  Five of the students he mentored became exceptional enough to earn college scholarships in bowling.Dave King Column Photo

Many of Mr. King’s former students continue to bowl with great success in leagues and tournaments not only in Wisconsin but wherever their travels have taken them.   Says King, “Watching the smiles on the faces of the kids after successfully mastering the skills of bowling has provided me great joy and continues to ignite my enthusiasm for the sport.  Helping instill discipline, championship bowling, good sportsmanship, love of the sport and participation in a life-long physical activity fuels my continued involvement in bowling.  It brings me joy watching the kids who have come through the youth bowling program in Fond du Lac achieve their own bowling success.”

King is very much appreciative of the help and generosity received from Carol and Mike Trepanier and Mary Jo and Gary Hilbert who provided their lanes free of charge for use by the high school and bantam level bowlers which allowed him to assist and teach the young bowlers.  He also credits his good friend and local professional bowler, Norb Wetzel, with giving him the insight on the latest bowling technology which he was able to pass on to his students aiding them in their overall approach to bowling.

Of course Dave King had to learn in order to teach.  He went through a great deal of training/instruction in order to become certified as a bowling coach.  He attended the prestigious Dick Ritger Academy in Ithaca New York to become certified as a Bowling Instructor.  He also became certified as a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Olympic One and Two coach as well as being certified as a USBC Bronze and Silver Coach.

As a bowler King has practiced what he preached.  In 1976 he qualified for the Wisconsin bowling television champion of champions tournaments taking 1st place in Oshkosh, 2nd place in Shawano and 4th place in Plymouth.  He has bowled a perfect 300 game and came within 1 strike of perfection on four other occasions with a 296 and three 290 games.  In 2008 he blasted a 780 series and in 1995 obtained a career high average of 215.

Dave King has served the Fond du Lac Bowling Association with distinction for years.  As member of the association for 40 years he served as a League Vice President (10 Years), Secretary/Treasurer (6 years), Director (5 years) and a team sponsor (12 years).   He also coached the Fond du Lac Recreation Summer Bowling League Program for 5 years.  All of his accomplishments coupled with his dedicated service to Fond du Lac bowling were instrumental in his being inducted into the Fond du Lac Bowling Association Hall of Fame.  But it’s not just bowling where Dave King has served our community.  He has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for over 40 years, a board member of the Fond du Lac Quarterback Club, Fond du Lac Blue Line Hockey Club and St. Joseph’s Holy Name Society.  He has coached little league baseball, coached St. Mary Springs Academy middle school football team and Fond du Lac Blue Line Hockey.

When asked who he would like to thank for supporting him he immediately listed his wife of more than 50 years, Lillian, whom he said, “understands my passion for the sport and knowing enough to call a bowling alley to find me.”  He also listed all his children and grandchildren whom he stated, “all give joy to my life and each in their own way enjoy bowling with Papa King.”

Dave King continues to bowl, he continues to teach bowlers at all levels and he continues to be Fond du Lac’s “Papa King” of bowling.

George S. Kulas

2013 Fond du Lac Senior Bowling Tournament

On Friday October 25, 2013 eighty senior sanctioned league bowlers in either the Fond du Lac Bowling Association (F.B.A.) or Fond du Lac Women’s Bowling Association (F.W.B.A.) converged on Ledgeview Lanes to participate in the fourth annual Fond du Lac area Senior Singles Handicap Bowling Tournament.

The tournament, which has grown in size every year since its inception, was once again managed by its originator, Norb Wetzel.  Norb had a great tournament crew assisting him consisting of: Carol Wetzel, Mary Behnke and Judy Ciofani.

The sponsors were The F.B.A., F.W.B.A., Norb’s Pro Shop, Preferred Chiropractic, S.C., Holiday Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Trepanier’s Backyard Bar and Grill, Personal Touch Flowers and Gifts, Philly’s on The Miracle Mile, Gifts and Gab of Pebbles and Ledgeview Lanes.

The men’s divisions were ages 55-64, 65-74 and 75 and over. The women’s divisions were ages 55-69 and 70 and over. Unlike most other bowling tournaments this one is always filled with a great deal of other features that add to the fun and excitement beyond the usual concentration on scoring.

Golden Years Awards were presented to Joann Bilse the oldest female participant in the tournament and Gordon Worm the oldest male bowler. Two men over 90 years young, along with eight other men and five women over the age of 80 participated in this year’s tournament. The women over the age of 80 were presented floral bouquets while the men over 80 received Budweiser mugs.   Gift certificates from The Gift & Gab were presented to Sarah Wetzel and Dick Butzen for being the first female and male to enter the tournament.  A very nice award was presented to George Kulas in appreciation for his writing about Fond du Lac area senior bowling.

Gift certificates from Philly’s on The Miracle Mile were awarded to the bowlers who rolled the lowest score in the first game on each pair of lanes (names omitted upon request).  Gift certificates for a dinner at Ledgeview Lanes were awarded to the bowlers who shot the highest score in the second game on each pair of lanes.  Bowlers whose last two digits of their score equaled their age for the first or second game were awarded $5.00.  Before each game a bowlers name was drawn to roll one ball down the lane.  A strike paid $30.00 while any count less than ten paid $1.00 a pin.

The top ten bowlers in each age division received cash payouts. The age division champions also received nice bowling pin trophies.

The champion in the women’s division age 70 & over was Jean Wiley with a fine three game series of 638.  Mary Price showed she can hustle as much on the lanes as she does on a pool table as the “shark” shot a nice 611 to take home the trophy in the women’s age 55-69 division.

In the men’s division age 75 & over Gordon Worm fired a fantastic 700 series to garner the coveted trophy.  David Verges returned to the senior circuit and scorched the lanes.  Dave blasted a tournament high 749 series, while at the same time, capturing the age 65-74 men’s division title.  Jim (“Bugsy”) Mand was hot on the trail of Verges all day; the lefty was gaining momentum when he simply ran out of frames.   Still, Jim’s sizzling 716 series was plenty enough to capture the men’s 55-64 division crown.

The tournament was again very well run and very much fun. The number of competitors, the excellent scores and the variety of activities during the tournament proved to be a formula for a successful and enjoyable event.

George S. Kulas

2013 SENIOR TOURNY WINNERS

The Wetzel Brothers Keep Rolling Along

Norb Wetzel is a bowling icon in Fond du Lac.  His brother, Larry, recently has shown that there is more than one Wetzel in town who can put up some high scores on the lanes.  Both these fellows have shot two of the highest series this year in the Fond du Lac Bowling Association (FBA).  The 66 year old Norb fired an outstanding 835 series to go along with three other 800 series this season while his older brother Larry, age 70, has blasted a career high 826 series.

For thirty-five years Norb has been a premier bowler, instructor and bowling pro shop owner.  Hundreds of bowlers have come to rely on Norb for assistance and advice on the mental and physical aspects of the game as well as what equipment is best for their particular style.

But it is as a bowler where Norb has excelled to a point where many outstanding bowlers can only dream of.  Through hard work, dedication and a commitment to the game Norb was able to hone his skills so well that by 1981 he was talented enough to become a bowler on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) tour where he has performed with distinction.

In October 1999 Norb became a PBA champion winning the Villages Senior Invitational in Florida.  He has placed 2nd five times in Senior PBA Tournaments and has won two PBA Midwest Regional Tournaments. He was the first PBA Senior Bowler to roll back to back 300 games and the first PBA Senior to win a title outdoors.

In addition Norb has won two Wis State bowling all event titles and one doubles event as well as two Wis Non-Pro events, three Midwest Bowler events, two Midwest Bowlers Alliance events and a Wisconsin All-Star Team title.   He has also won several FBA Scratch Match, Singles and Team Tournaments.

The last two years Norb’s combined league average was 232 just short of his highest league average of 238.  As a professional his average is a remarkable 218.   He has rolled thirty-five 300 games and twenty-eight 800 series including a high of 856.  For 19 seasons Norb has earned a spot on the regular or senior FBA all-star teams.  In 1991 he was inducted into the FBA Hall of Fame an honor he says is a highlight of his career.  Today he continues to bowl on the PBA50 Tour (formerly the PBA Senior Tour).

When asked what he most cherishes about bowling professionally Norb said, “Getting the respect of my peers on the professional tour and to have them consider me to be a real competitor is an awesome feeling.”  Norb adds that as a pro-shop owner he very much appreciates, “the awesome customers I have been privileged to work with the past 32 years.”

As for those who have helped him during his career Norb states, “My wife Carol, who saw more in me than I saw in myself, and continues to push me.  My brother-in-law, Doc Hanson, who encouraged me to follow my dream.  My very close friend, Dale Traber, who never gave up on me and would not take quitting as an option.”

Of course Norb’s older brother Larry has also encouraged him throughout the years.  Now it appears Larry too has begun to make a name for himself among Fond du Lac’s bowling community.  The newcomer to the FBA senior leagues demonstrated that on February 20, 2013 when his 826 series put him alongside his brother as one of the few senior bowlers to reach the coveted 800 mark.  Bowling in The Boda’s Men’s Senior League at Parkway Lanes Larry fired games of 269, 278, and 279.

After retiring in 2006 Larry, with encouragement from Doc Hanson, began bowling in the senior leagues in town.  He raised his average to 200 last season and 203 this season along the way shooting near perfect games of 290 and 289.

When asked what was going through his mind during the 826 series Larry responded, “After I bowled the first game of 269 I thought to myself I should just try to relax and roll good shots the second game.  When I bowled the 278 second game I thought, let’s not blow this chance of getting a 700 series because I haven’t had one in over two years.  But after I started with the first 5 strikes in the last game I felt this could be something special.  So I tried to stay relaxed and get through the last 5 frames making good shots while my teammates, Joe Schroeder, Bob Seidl, and Jim (Bugsy) Mand  helped me stay loose and have fun with it.”

Larry credits Dave King with helping him get his foot work and shot making on track when he began bowling in the senior leagues.  He adds that Norb provided the expertise on equipment and helped him with understanding lane conditions and oil patterns to match his ball delivery.

Larry says he is really glad that he started bowling in the senior leagues where he has made many new friends and where he enjoys the great competition.

Great competition it is and by their presence the Wetzel brothers certainly have helped make it that way locally while Norb has also put Fond du Lac on the bowling map nationally.

George S. Kulas

Larry & Norb Wetzel

Wightman Keeps Rolling Along

Dave Wightman started out the New Year with rockets blazing– rockets to the pocket that is. Bowling in the Wednesday Boda’s Senior League at Parkway Lanes on January 2nd Wightman became the first bowler in the Fond du Lac Bowling Association to slam a 300 game in 2013 and the first senior league bowler to do so this season. Wightman added games of 256 and 224 for a sensational 780 series which is the high series this season for a senior league bowler.

Bowling for over a half-century the 65 year old Fond du Lac Bowling Association Hall of Famer and all-star keeps getting better with age. At age 13 Dave bowled in his first adult league compiling a 160 average (1960-1961) and he never looked back. Since then he has rolled six 800 series’, seventeen 300 games, seven 299 games, one 298 and seven games with eleven strikes in a row. His highest league average, an outstanding 234, was obtained during the 2001-2002 season. That same season he fired his high career series of 830 on games of 256, 288 and 286. On January 27, 2009 he blasted two consecutive 300 games along with a 224 game firing the first 28 strikes and finishing with 33 of 36 strikes for an 824 series.

He retired in December 2009 from Mercury Marine where he worked for 38 years but he certainly did not retire from bowling. He continues to average well over 200 compiling a composite average thus far in his career (52 years) of 200.1.

Of his latest 300 gem Wightman says, “I tried to think about taking one ball at a time and took deep breaths before each shot to help keep my composure”. His teammates, Ted Agnello, Gary Ernst and Tom Slater helped keep him relaxed with small talk. Agnello took some of the pressure off as well as he too was on fire blasting a 729 series during the same set. Not many of the other bowlers in the league realized Wightman was on his way to a 300 until the 10th frame when word spread throughout the house that Wightman had the first nine. Then most were watching him as they tried not to be conspicuous while Dave continued to roll his “Track-Rule” ball with precision into the pocket on his last three shots in the 10th. As all the pins fell on the last shot the placed erupted with applause, handshakes and pats on the back for Wightman.

When asked what is most memorable about his bowling career Wightman responded: “A few years ago our 5 man team consisting of myself, Sid Silcock, Steve Kocos, Tim Zorn and Tim Lemke came within 4 pins of breaking the city record; it was exciting when we all were hot at the same time. Three other things come to mind the back to back 300’s, my first 800 series and having both my sons, Eric and Doug shoot a 300 game.”

No doubt Dave Wightman will be adding many more high scores to his lengthy bowling resume. At age 65 he is just getting started in the senior leagues!

George S. Kulas

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Birschbach Makes Run at State Badger Queens Bowling Tournament

Local bowler and two-time women’s FBA all-star, Janis Birschbach, made quite an impression on the lanes at the 22nd Annual Badger Queen Scratch Bowling Tournament held at AMF Lanes in South Milwaukee on January 6 and 7. This year’s tournament hosted 64 highly skilled women bowlers in Wisconsin and bordering states, bidding for this prestigious title and a share of a prize purse worth thousands of dollars. The tournament qualifying began Saturday, January 6 with all participants bowling two blocks of four games each for a total of eight games. The top 16 qualifying scorers would then advance to bowl Sunday in a match play competition to reach an eventual champion.

The lane conditions during qualifying were relatively difficult causing most bowlers to battle with a low scoring pace. Birschbach began the first block of qualifying with a steady performance, knocking down 784 pins over 4 games. The initial effort seeded Birschbach in 17th place, just outside the cut of 16 at the start of the second block. Birschbach was satisfied with the current scenario, knowing the chance was there to make a move up the standings. And move she did! Birschbach didn’t waste any time turning things in her favor in her fifth game, delivering a torrid streak of 10 strikes in a row for an outstanding 286 score. Janis continued her smooth rhythm to finish strongly in her final three games to finish with a whopping 903 pins for her final four games. Birschbach had quickly climbed the position ladder all the way to a stunning 1st place , averaging nearly 209 along the way to an eight game pinfall of 1687. Birschbach and the 15 other qualifying scorers that followed, advanced to the next day for match play competition and a chance for the title.

The tournament play resumed on Sunday with all 16 finalists starting from scratch and seeded to bowl six head-to-head match games. The twist was the victor of each game was awarded 30 bonus pins. After these six games of match play, the field would be cut again to the top five bowlers. The advancing five players would compete in a championship round, step-ladder format for the title of Badger Queen.

The field on Sunday, was extraordinarily talented, so each match was very intense. The day produced many long runs of strikes and high scores across the board. Birschbach started in a big way by boasting a 676 pinfall in the first three games, winning each of those three matches in the process. Birschbach hung with the top positions with respectable scores, however took losses, in the fourth and fifth games. Birschbach entered the sixth, and final game of match play, seeded in 6th place. For Birschbach, this meant a victory could solidify a spot in the championship finals. Birschbach got off to an early lead in this decisive match, but unfortunately ran into open frames late in the game which resulted in the loss to her opponent. Birschbach’s total pinfall for the day was 1239 (206.5 average) plus 90 bonus (3-3 record) for six games, good for 8th place and a $180 check.

For this year, the Badger Queen title belongs to Lindsey Siegel, from Gurnee, IL, who absolutely dominated the match play field with a 6-0 record, and capped the amazing performance with a 279 game in the title match. So for Janis, it was not meant to be. However, this performance was encouraging in what was only her third attempt in this annual tournament. She plans to build on the experience and continue participation of the tournament for many years to come. Birschbach’s past acheivements include a Badger Women’s Elite finish of 7th place in 2010, a perfect 300 game rolled in 2011, and many local tournament accolades.

WOMEN’S SINGLES SCRATCH TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The 22nd annual WOMEN’S SINGLES SCRATCH TOURNAMENT was held at Karl Ray Lanes the weekend of January 5th and 6th, a Tournament designed with three divisions, Division 1 for bowlers with a 185 average and higher; Division 2 for bowlers with a 160 to 184 average, and Division 3 for bowlers averaging 159 and under. Though scores were low this year in all divisions, bowler enjoyed the tournament and all the extras provided by sponsors.

Linda Bard with a high 214 game, won Division 1 with a 575 three game total. Second place was taken by Debbie I. Spoerke rolling a close 574 series; and Carol Jean Goebel not far behind with a 572. Linda Bard also won the High Game award for her Division, having tied Kathy Mentink’s 214 game, but winning with using the second high game rolled to break the tie.

In the second Division for bowlers 160 to 184 averages, Sue Uttendorfer surprised herself when she rolled a 219 high game, 38 pins over her entering average, winning the Division with her 580 three game total. Again not far behind, losing by only one mark, Sara Karweick took second place with a 574 series. Finishing out the top three, Sarah Luedtke finished with a 565 series, and took over the High Game with her 221 game, winning the Division 3 High Game Award.

Divison 3 for bowlers with averages lower than 159, was won by a first time entrant into the Tournament. Linda Wittnebal rolled the high score of 512, taking home the trophy. Following in second place, Ann Gurno with 490, and Karen Martin, 469. High Game award for the Division was won by Jen Rintelman with her 201 game. A Division 3 bowler also won the “Most Pins over Average” special award for rolling most pins over average in the second game. Tina Kaiser rolled a 183 game, 39 pins over her 144 average.

The Tournament also features an Optional Doubles event, which bowlers may enter as many times as they like, but with different partners. The partners averages are added together, divided by 2, which then determines the Division their doubles are rolled in. Division 1 was won by Deb Spoerke and Sue Uttendorfer rolling 1154 doubles total. Sue Uttendorfer also tied up with Mary Blumke and won first place in Division 2 with 1092. The 3rd Division winners, Tina Kaiser and Becky Frane won with 1002 doubles total.
Opening the tournament each year, a special pre-tournament competition is held each day sponsored by Norb’s Pro Shop of Fond du Lac. Each year certificates are awarded the winners who compete in knocking down pin counts until a winner is determined. Winners this year are Carol Boehning and Linda Wettnebel.

Congratulations go out to all our winners this year, and we hope to see all of the bowlers again next year.

2013 Division Winners

2012 3rd Annual Senior Bowling Tournament

On Friday October 19, 2012 seventy-five senior sanctioned league bowlers in either the Fond du Lac Bowling Association (F.B.A.) or Fond du Lac Women’s Bowling Association. (F.W.B.A.) converged on Ledgeview Lanes to participate in the third annual Fond du Lac area Senior Singles Handicap Bowling Tournament.

The tournament was managed and organized by Norb Wetzel who had a great tournament crew assisting him consisting of: Carol Wetzel, Mary Behnke, Judy Ciofani and Dick Schmitz. The sponsors were The F.B.A., F.W.B.A., Norb’s Pro Shop, Preferred Chiropractic, S.C., Holiday Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Trepanier’s Backyard Grill and Bar, Personal Touch Flowers and Gifts, Philly’s on 4th and Ledgeview Lanes.
The men’s divisions were ages 55-64, 65-74 and 75 and over. The women’s divisions were ages 55-69 and 70 and over. Unlike most other bowling tournaments this one was filled with a great deal of other features that added to the fun and excitement beyond the usual concentration on scoring.

Golden Years Awards were presented to Gladys Lamers, who at age 93, was the oldest female participant in the tournament and Tony May who at 92 was the oldest male bowler. Ten men and six women over the age of 80 participated in this year’s tournament. Women over the age of 80 were presented floral bouquets.

A mug and gift certificate were awarded to Sandy Hanson and Roger Behnke for being the first female and male entrants in the tournament. Prizes were awarded for bowlers who scored the lowest in each of the three games (names omitted by request). After the first two games names were drawn to roll a ball down a lane; a strike paid $30.00 while less than a strike paid $1.00 per pin knocked down. Additionally any game or series ending in “25? won a certificate for Philly’s on 4th. During each game and in each age division rolling two or three strikes in a row (depending on division) won either a Ledgeview or Philly’s on 4th certificate. Plaques were awarded to the male and female bowlers who rolled the most pins (scratch) over their average. Ed Wolf, age 85, showed the pins no mercy as he hit with intense fire power 96 more of them than his average while Donna Klintworth, at 82, rolled her ball with extreme accuracy firing 18 pins over her average.

The top six bowlers in each age division received payouts ranging from $75.00 for 1st place to $10.00 for tenth place. The age division champions also received nice bowling pin trophies. The champion in the Women’s Division 70 & over was Ruth Kohlmann with a fine three game series of 611. Trudy Kennedy received the trophy in the women’s division age 55-69 shooting a nice 609. In the Men’s Division age 75 & over Ed Wolf’s fantastic 741 series garnered the coveted trophy. In the Men’s Division age 65-74 Don Halbach became the tournament’s first two time champion (2010) as he held off some late chargers by shooting an outstanding 705. Finally in the Men’s Division age 55-64 Robert Von Rotz didn’t give the competition much of a chance to catch him as he scorched the lanes blasting a tournament high 782 series.
The tournament was again very well run and very much fun. The number of competitors, the excellent scores and the variety of activities during the tournament proved to be a formula for a successful and enjoyable event.

George S. Kulas

Oldest Tournament bowlers — Tony May and Gladys Lamers

Oldest Tournament Bowlers 2012 L.to R. Tony May & Gladys Lamers

Award winners listed from left to right: Ruth Kohlmann, Bob Von Rotz, Donna Klintworth, Ed Wolf, Trudy Kennedy and Don Halbach
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Tony May a Seasoned Veteran Bowler

By:George S. KulasTony May

On any given Monday afternoon during the bowling season a large group of senior keglers converge on Ledgeview Lanes in Fond du Lac to participate in the Pizzaville Senior Men’s Bowling League. Many of these sportsmen are well prepared and arrive early, ready for some serious competition. Lugging carts filled with two, three or four bowling balls housed in multiple ball bags they plod along to their assigned lanes. Unsure upon arrival of which ball to pull out of their arsenal to attack the conditions on the lanes that day they meticulously clean each one, tape up their thumb and fingers, do warm up stretches and generally prepare for “combat bowling”. Just before the pre-bowling practice period begins a lone bowler enters. Carrying one bowling ball he slowly strides with a gait of confidence to his assigned lanes not in a hurry and not particularly concerned about the competition for that day. This fellow has been around for awhile and doesn’t take a bowling session too seriously. During World War II he served overseas with the wartime intelligence agency Office of Strategic Services (OSS) which coordinated espionage activities behind enemy lines for the branches of the US. Armed Forces and which was the predecessor to what is today the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). So this seasoned veteran, Tony May, is not very nervous about some “combat bowling”. With Tony May what you see is what you get. Usually a very consistent bowler he often times exceeds his average quietly obliterating the competition before they realize what hit them. This happened as recently as December 26, 2011 when the 92 year old fired a 246 game and a 642 three game series beating out most of the other senior bowlers some of whom are young enough to be Tony’s grandson. Mr. May has been bowling for 45 years and continues to average around 170. The highest average he held was a very impressive 200 at age 85 in 2005 which put him on the Fond du Lac Bowling Association’s Senior All-Star Team. He fired an astonishing perfect 300 game at age 83 and then did it again a year later at 84! His high series was a remarkable 790 which he also blasted at age 83. After a 36 year career with Sears and Roebuck Tony retired in 1983. When asked what he enjoys most about bowling Tony responded, “I enjoy bowling with my teammates as well with our competitors–I have made a lot of friends throughout the years bowling and look forward to seeing and being around many of them every Monday afternoon”. When another Monday’s competition is over Tony is one of the first bowlers in the parking lot while many are still back inside packing up their equipment. As Tony drives away he is most likely smiling and saying to himself, “boy that was fun”!

2011 Fond du Lac Area Senior Bowling Tournament

On October 28, 2011 seventy-three senior sanctioned league bowlers in either the Fond du Lac Bowling Association (F.B.A.) or Fond du Lac Women’s Bowling Assoc. (F.W.B.A.) converged on Ledgeview Lanes to participate in the second annual Fond du Lac area Senior Singles Handicap Bowling Tournament.
The tournament was managed and organized by Norb Wetzel who had a great tournament crew assisting him consisting of: Carol Wetzel, Mary Behnke, along with Judy and Joe Ciofani. The sponsors were The F.B.A., F.W.B.A., Norb’s Pro Shop, Preferred Chiropractic, S.C., Holiday Dodge and Jeep, Trepanier’s Backyard Bar and Grill and Ledgeview Lanes.
The men’s divisions were ages 55-64, 65-74 and 75 and over. The women’s divisions were ages 55-69 and 70 and over. Unlike most other bowling tournaments this one was filled with a great deal of other features that added to the fun and excitement beyond the usual concentration on scoring.
A Golden Years Award was given to Gladys Lamers, who at age 92, was the oldest participant in the tournament. Ten men and eight women over the age of 80 participated in this year’s tournament. Women over the age of 80 were presented floral bouquets. Special “friendship” awards were presented to Larry Wetzel and Diana Klement for their continuous displaying of good sportsmanship while at the same time tactfully providing constructive criticism. Bill Ryan received an “inquisitive” award.
Prizes were awarded for lowest score in the first game in each age division and splits left and/or converted throughout the tournament as well as the highest first game score for both men and women. Charlene Ollerman rolled the high first game for women with a 172 while Bob Asencio blasted a 244 game. Both received a Hopper’s Sweatshirt for their efforts. Plaques were awarded to the man and woman over the age of 80 who bowled the most pins over average. Ollerman also garnered that award for the ladies while Woody Bilse claimed it on the men’s side.
During each game the first strike bowled by a woman and the first double by a man received a gift certificate from Trepanier’s Backyard Bar and Grill. Two names were drawn after the first two games from tickets issued at sign-in. These bowlers then had a chance to roll one ball down the lane. A natural strike paid them $30.00 less than that paid them a dollar per pin. Bowlers who rolled splits in each game received a fish fry gift certificate from Ledgeview Lanes.
The top six bowlers in each age division received payouts ranging from $75.00 for 1st place to $10.00 for tenth place. The age division champions also received nice bowling pin trophies. The champion in the Women’s Division 70 & over was Sandi Kunz with a three game series of 604. Marilyn Ryan received the trophy in the women’s division age 55-69 with a 614. In the Men’s Division age 75 & over Woody Bilse fired a fantastic 730. In the Men’s Division age 65-74 Bob Asencio shot a whopping 734 to lead all bowlers while in the Men’s Division age 55-64 Chuck Schuette rolled an excellent 684.

George S. Kulas

2011 Women’s City Tournament Results

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