by Jim Kohner
If you’re a fan or like to participate in bowling tournaments, February and March are great months in Winona.
The good news about most of the events is that they’re for both men and women.
Here’s what’s coming up:
**The Winona Athletic Club Tournament begins this weekend and runs through the last weekend of March. The tourney offers a team event, singles, doubles and all-events. The cost is $10 per event, with $7 going into the prize fund. There are no set times for the tournament. Bowlers need to contact Joe Schaefer at 459-7285 to schedule a day and time to bowl. Entry forms are expected to be at the bowling alleys very soon. The tournament is open to both men and women.
**There will be a little added twist to this month’s King/Queen of the Hill on Friday, Feb. 20 at Winona Bowl -- handicap. In the hopes of attracting more bowlers, it will be a limited handicap event based on 80 percent of a 215 average. The maximum handicap is 15 pins per game for men and 20 per game for women. The cost is $25 and it starts at 9:15 p.m. Bowlers can either pre-register at Winona Bowl and sign up that night.
Bill Bonow, who’s been running the King/Queen of the Hill tournaments, said he’s hoping to run a big event late in March with separate men’s and women’s divisions at the Athletic Club.
**The second annual Geoff Gardner Memorial Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 14, at Westgate Bowl. The event is a Baker doubles tournament consisting of six qualifying games, with the top 12 teams (based on 48 entries) advancing to a single-elimination roll-off. The combined average of the doubles team cannot exceed 400. Teams can consist of two men, two women or mixed. The cost is $40 per team.
The tournament is limited to the first 48 registered teams. Entry forms can be obtained at both Winona Bowl and Westgate Bowl.
The annual Winona Bowling Association Men’s City Tournament banquet will be held on March 21 at Westfield Golf Club.
City tournament awards and checks will be handed out at the banquet. Tickets will be available in the near future from WBA board members.
If you’re looking for a place to chat with bowlers, find out when and where tournaments are, or are seeking league highlights, check out the website created by Bob Prenot Go to www.winonapins.ning and create your own profile, then join the discussions and blogs with other bowlers.
Two youngsters and two veterans led this week’s bowling for the men.
Josh Wenzel rolled the week’s high score with a 786 national honor count in the Legion League at Winona Bowl last Friday. His series was highlighted by a 297 game. He was followed closely by Geoff Schewe, who blasted a 780 series Tuesday in the American League at Westgate Bowl. Schewe also fired a 718 in the Legion League.
Veterans Tom Donnelly and Ross Harrison showed they still have a little spark in their games. Donnelly turned in a 300 game Tuesday night in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl, while Harrison tossed a 737 series Monday in the City League and a 706 in the Legion League, both at Winona Bowl.
Other men’s honor counts for the week came from Greg Schewe (740), Dustin Schewe (736), Troy Evans (730), Dave Bohn (718), Joe Jasnoch (716), Kevin Wachowiak (715), Tom Bell (715), Rick Prenot (715), Jerry Koutsky (712), Justin Spalding (711), Steve Walters (709), Wes Palokangas (705), Brent Gora (704) and Ed Vorbeck (700).
Angie Booher blasted her second 700 series of the season Saturday with a 704 in the Mixed Nuts League at Winona Bowl. Included in that big series was 289 game, which is the second highest game rolled this year by a woman. It also ties Booher for the sixth highest women’s game ever recorded in Winona.
Mandi Steffes nailed a 676 series Wednesday in the Mixers League at Westgate, and Diane Marley knocked down a 667 the same night in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl. Dana Jonsgaard added a season-high 650 in the Sparkers League at Winona Bowl last Thursday.
Also rolling 600s for the gals were Keri Prigge (643), Kim Kubis (632), Marley (615), Joy Donnelly (611), Sharon Neitzke (606), Tammy Bigelow (606) and Jaime Goerts (606).