BY TUCK MILLER
The Danville Men’s Bowling Association will be having a meeting on Monday at Spanky’s Banquet hall at 7p.m. They will be discussing a slight fee increase to accommodate new state dues and other issues involving local bowlers. I would encourage the bowlers to turn out in big numbers.
Remember, the City Senior Tourney is still scheduled for April 27-28. There are still openings, and would love to see this tourney packed out. If you are 50 years of age or over, you qualify.
This is a handicap tourney, and your last year’s average will be used to determine how much handicap you will get.
The first three games will be bowled at Bulans, with the last three being rolled at Lincoln Lanes.
The top five bowlers at the end of play at Lincoln’s will compete in a step-ladder roll-off to determine this year’s champion.
First things first — Looks like our big bowler this week is Joe Rich. Rich bowls in the Thursday Lutheran League, and this last week rolled a 286 — his highest game ever with 10 strikes in a row.
Let’s start off with the No Tappers on Monday Nights. No really outrageous scores this week, but we did have some 50 or more pins over average.
Brock Dieu rolled a 264 — 72 pins over his 192 average while John Nixon, normally averaging a 164, rolled 73 pins over for a 237. Shooting one pin under John was Pam Jones with a 236, 71 pins over her 165 average. Leeann Palmer rolled 60 over her 142 average for a 202, while Mallory Buss topped out with a 192, 62 pins over her 130 average. Karen Hoskins knocked out the 5-7 split.
The Tuesday Nite Go Getters were looking good on election night, and we have the returns.
Gary Holycross was the top bowler of the week as he rolled a 251, 80 pins over his normal 171 average; Harl Miller rolled 61 pins over his 141 norm to tally a 202; 162 average bowler Tracy Smith rolled 51 pins over to garner a 213 and the second highest in the league was Joe Blagg, rolling 58 pins over average for a 232.
Bub Tiffin picked up the 5-7, Houston Key slapped out the 5-10, and Jon Castle converted the 2-4-10.
The Senior League reports that Terry Bell rolled 54 pins over for a 246, while Raymond Berlin topped out with a 196, 56 over average, and Pam Jeffers, who was substituting for her Mom that day, rolled a 209, which was 74 pins over her average. She also had a 508 series, which were 103 pins over her normal series average.
Shirley Lamm picked up the 6-7-10, and 4-5-7, while Ernie Harvey corralled the 5-7, and the 3-6-7-10. Not to be left out, Jim Thomas was the split master. He converted not only the 4-5-7, but the 5-7 twice.
Rule of the week
Let’s read what the USBC says about handicapping:
100g/1 — What is a good handicap percentage for a league with members who have a wide range of averages?
According to Rule 100g, Item 1, the percentage shall be 100 percent unless otherwise provided by league rules. USBC recommends using 100 percent handicap because previous studies have shown that higher handicap percentages help to equalize competition.
100g/2 — What is the most effective system of handicapping?
The individual method is most effective. A scratch figure should be set higher than any bowler’s average in the league and all bowlers are handicapped from that figure. For example, if the highest individual average is 222, the base figure for handicapping could be set at 230 allowing for average improvement, and 100 percent of 230 could be adopted by the league. The players’ individual handicaps are added together for the team handicap. With this method, each bowler as well as each team has the benefit of handicap. When the league awards individuals for high handicap game and high handicap series, it is simple for the secretary to determine which league member is in contention because individual handicap is already included.
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Until next week, let’s have fun and knock ‘em down.
Tuck Miller writes about bowling on Thursdays. You can reach him by e-mail at email@example.com.