Maybe Shelly Bonow should join her husband at the bowling alley a little more often.
Last Friday, Seth Bonow’s wife made a rare appearance at Winona Bowl for a surprise birthday party for her father-in-law, Bill Bonow.
It just so happened that Seth was bowling in the Legion League that night. He bowled so well that his wife might have an open invitation to come along on Friday’s a little more often.
Bonow rolled the highest series in Winona this year and the ninth highest score ever in the Winona Bowl Association with an 834 national honor count. He strung together games of 289, 277 and 268 for the huge score.
“My whole family was out there for this,” Bonow said. “My wife was at the CBA (Central Bowling Alliance) tournament last year when I took second place. Now the running joke around the house is I only bowl well when she’s there.”
While his score made the Winona record book, it was not his career high. Bonow tossed an 835 series about 10 years ago when he lived in Texas. His previous high series in league play in town was an 812.
The hard-throwing Bonow said his score Friday could have been even higher.
“I had only one bad ball,” he said. “The rest were all right there. I left either a 10-pin or a 4-pin. It could have been 20 pins higher. The first game I left a solid 10-pin on my first ball and a 4-pin on my last ball.
“Once I got in a groove, I didn’t even have to look where I was standing on the lane. I knew I was in the right spot. It was just a feeling.”
Bonow, who was averaging 221 going into last Friday, said the 834 series has not been the highlight of his season so far. The score he’s most proud of is the 758 he bowled a few weeks ago in Westgate Bowl’s Thursday league that uses the PBA conditions. That’s the highest score in the Geoff Gardner Memorial League since they started using the sport shot last year.
“I’ll take that one,” Bonow said. “That was on a tougher shot. It’s not that Winona Bowl has an easy shot. If I go out of town to a tournament and it’s that condition, I know I can do it again.”
Here’s one last reminder to all junior bowlers about the Geoff Gardner Memorial Fund Youth Bowling Tournament, which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 14, beginning at noon at Westgate Bowl.
Entry forms are available at both Winona Bowl and Westgate Bowl. The event, which is paying out $1,000 in scholarships, is open to any youth bowler who competes in a junior league in the Southeast Minnesota USBC. The entry fee is $10. All bowlers will roll four qualifying games, and the top eight will move on to a single-elimination roll-off. It is a handicap tournament.
Bowlers can pre-register by filling out an entry form and dropping it off at Westgate. There will also be registration from 10:30-11:30 a.m. the day of the tournament.
It was a big week for first-time 700 bowlers.
It started in the Legion League last Friday when Jim Jenson turned in his first career national honor count with a 706 series. Tuesday in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl, Luke Christopherson tossed a 721 series and Pat Stiehl added a 720 for their first 700s.
Brian Fakler makes honor counts look too easy at times. He blasted a 790 in the Blue Ribbon League, a 729 Monday in the City League, a 728 Saturday in the Mixed Nuts League and a 712 in the Legion League.
Jeff Smelser is quietly having quite a year in the American League at Westgate. He tallied a 758 series on Tuesday.
Other 700s for the week came from Bob Bigelow (743), Robbie Waldera (738), Brad Bartelson (737), Tod Walters (732), Jeremy Wenzel (732), Mike Durnen (730), Scott Schultz (724), Kyle Malewicki (718), Bob Prenot (709), Ben Oldenburg (707) and Josh Wenzel (704).
Keri Prigge has put together impressive scores in back-to-back weeks in the Sunsetters League at Westgate. She rolled a 745 series last Wednesday and a 686 this week.
Laurie Wiseman fired her second 700 of the season Monday in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate with a 717 series. Mandi Steffes also broke 700 for the first time this year in the same league with a 704.
Krystal Dorman (690, 640), Kim Kubis (675, 616), Diane Marley (673, 622), Prigge (635) and Steffes (610) all rolled multiple honor counts in the past week.
Also cracking the 600 mark were Pat Ellefson (623), Sue Buermann (616), Kelly Kukowski (615), Angie Booher (611), Lisa Pietkauskis (610) and Amy Christie (602).