Kassi Kluzik was hoping that some time in her bowling career she would feel the elation of a 700 series.
She wasn’t, however, expecting it so soon, and she wasn’t expecting the score to be so big. But Kluzik certainly isn’t complaining.
Sunday, in the team event of the Winona Women’s Bowling Association City Tournament at Nordic Lanes in Rushford, the 21-year-old Kluzik was in one of those ‘zones.’ It seemed like every time she threw the ball out on the lanes, it broke right into the pocket.
And it showed in her score. Kluzik hammered games of 234, 290 and 233 for a 757 national honor count. It was the first 700 of her young career and the third highest women’s score rolled this year. Her 290 is the top game of the season and ties her for the fifth highest ever bowled in the WWBA.
“I was surprised it was that high,” Kluzik said. “I thought if I was ever going to get a 700, it would be just over 700. It’s really exciting. I just couldn’t miss.”
What made the feat even more exciting for the Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical student is that it led her Winona Bowl team to the Division 1 title with a 3,341 series. Kluzik has been bowling on that team for two years, and she gets plenty of guidance with teammates Keri Prigge, Diane Marley and Krystal Dorman.
“I get a lot of help from Keri and Diane,” said Kluzik, who said her average in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl has been hovering between 190 and 193 most of the season. “Bowling with such good bowlers has made me a better bowler.”
While some bowlers struggled with the new alleys at Nordic Lanes, Kluzik felt right at home.
“When I was in junior leagues and on the high school team, I bowled there before the flood,” she said. “I like it there. It’s similar to Winona Bowl.”
Turning in big scores in the city tournament is becoming a habit for Kluzik. Two years ago, in her first season of adult-league bowling, she rolled a 674 series and won the singles championship. That was her best career series before Sunday.
The second annual Geoff Gardner Memorial Bowling Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 14, beginning at 1 p.m. at Westgate Bowl.
The format for the event will be the same as last year. It will be a Baker doubles tournament and the combined average of a team cannot exceed 400 (based on 2007-08 league averages). There is no handicap. Teams can be comprised of two men, two women or mixed. All teams will bowl six qualifying games and the top 12 teams (based on 48 entries) will advance to a single-elimination roll-off.
The field will be limited to the first 48 paid teams. Entry forms are available at both Westgate and Winona Bowl. The cost is $40 per team. Any USBC sanctioned Winona Bowling Association member is welcome to bowl. Teams are encouraged to register early. Last year’s event drew 64 teams and another five or six teams were turned away because the field was full. The entry deadline is Saturday, March 7.
The tournament is held in honor of Westgate Bowl and Wellington’s Pub manager Geoff Gardner, who passed away suddenly on Dec. 7, 2007. All proceeds from the tournament will be put towards Winona’s youth bowling programs.
While Winona Bowl was crowned the Division 1 team champion last weekend at Nordic Lanes, Cars N Credit claimed the Division 2 title with a 3,170 series.
Other honor counts rolled in the team event came from Diane Marley (670, 603), Sue Buermann (664), Keri Prigge (654), Tina Wenzel (632), Lindsay Serwa (625), Lisa Peterson (617), Shirley Benedict (617), Lisa Pietkauskis (613, 611) and Kim Kubis (612).
The singles and doubles portion of the tournament will be held this weekend at Winona Bowl. See Wednesday’s Winona Post for complete results.
Krystal Dorman recorded her eighth 700 series of the season Saturday night with a 737 in the Mixed Nuts League at Winona Bowl. It will likely be the last big score we see from her in a while. Later than evening, Dorman slipped on some ice and broke the tibia bone in her left leg and badly sprained her ankle.
Mandi Steffes also rolled a big score with a 711 series in the Mixers League at Westgate Bowl. Also breaking the 650 barrier were Marley (693), Prigge (668) and Sue Yeoman (657). Kluzik (644), Steffes (641), Jenny Glowczewski (629, 628) and Angie Booher (610) also tossed honor counts.
Dave Sommer nailed a 300 game last Friday night in the Masters League at Westgate Bowl. He finished with a 711 series.
Brian Fakler fired the top two scores of the week with a 783 series Friday in the Legion League and a 754 in Tuesday’s Blue Ribbon League. He also added a 729 in the City League, all at Winona Bowl.
Kevin Panek’s rifled his first honor count of the season last Thursday with a 751 in the Action/K of C League at Westgate.
Rounding out the 700 bowlers for the week were Dave Jumbeck (747), Lynn Hanson (745), Mike Beech (733), Jeff Hubbard (721), Kyle Malewicki (721, 708), Brian Frank (711), Erik Kanz (711), Bob Oebser (710), Eric Nustad (709) and Tom Donnelly (703).
Mike Gostomski has been bowling in Winona leagues for almost 50 years. Last Saturday in singles action of the Winona Bowling Association Men’s City Tournament at Westgate Bowl, he rolled his first career 700 series with a 706. Gostomski’s 797 handicap score was good for fourth place.