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The Bowling Report (11/16/2008)

Plans have been finalized for the Geoff Gardner Memorial Fund Youth Bowling Tournament, which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14, at Westgate Bowl.

The tournament is open to any youth bowler that currently competes in a junior league in the Southeast Minnesota USBC. The format will be four games of qualifying, with the top eight scores moving on to a single-elimination roll-off.

This is a handicap tournament, using 90 percent of a 210 average (based on the bowler’s average as of Dec. 1). Bowlers are encouraged to pre-register, but can also register the day of the tournament from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Westgate. The event starts at noon and is limited to the first 80 paid entrants. The registration fee is $10.

Registration forms are available at both Winona Bowl and Westgate Bowl.

The tournament will award $1,000 in scholarships, including $400 for first place. This scholarship money was raised in March’s Geoff Gardner Memorial Fund Doubles Bowling Tournament in honor of Geoff Gardner, who passed away on Dec. 7, 2007. This is a time for Winona’s youth bowlers to benefit from the memorial fund, which was started in Geoff’s honor by his friends, family and fellow bowlers.

WBA Tournament

The annual Winona Bowling Association Men’s City Tournament is kicking off a little bit earlier than usual this year.

The event will start on Saturday, Dec. 27, and run through the second weekend of January at Westgate Bowl.

WBA secretary Bob Kosidowski said the tournament was moved up due to some commitments he has later in January. He added that it also fits in well with Westgate’s schedule.

Entry forms for this year’s tourney are available at all WBA bowling houses. Entries must be turned in by Dec. 6.

The cost of bowling is $75 per team and $15 per person for singles and doubles. There’s also an optional all-events for $5 per person.

Who’s hot?

More big scores were turned in by women bowlers in the past week.

Julie Moldenhauer tossed one of three women’s 700 with a 744 series (237-266-241) while subbing in the Sunsetters League at Westgate Bowl Wednesday night. It was Moldenhauer’s second 700 of the season.

Monday night in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate, Laurie Wiseman tossed her first 700 this year with a 729 (266-199-264).

At Winona Bowl, Sue Yeoman knocked down her first one with a 703 series (232-256-215) in the Lamplighter League. Krystal Dorman just missed on a 700 in the same league with a 697.

Other women’s honor counts for the week were recorded by Diane Marley (670, 617), Keri Prigge (652), Moldenhauer (635), Nancy Theis (631), Dorman (629), Gigi Larson (618) and Rose Schultz (614).

Geoff Schewe appears to have found his groove. The talented left-hander fired a 757 series last Friday in the Legion League at Winona Bowl, and followed that up with a 716 score Tuesday in the American League at Westgate.

Tod Walters added a season-high 752 honor count in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl, and Nick Heilman continued his torrid pace in the American League with a 745 series.

Also rolling 700s in the past week were Jeff Smelser (739), Ryan Bell (736), Rick Rockwell (712), Steve Drazkowski (712), Josh Wenzel (709), Mitch Pasche (707) and Jerry Koutsky (704).

Brandon Beech turned in the top junior score of the season in Winona Bowl’s Next Generation League with a 729 series.



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