John Glowczewski made a bold prediction before he headed out to the USBC National Tournament in Las Vegas last week.
He told fellow bowler and Winona Bowl owner Brian Fakler that he was going to make 1,900 in all-events this year.
When it comes to local tournaments, a score of 1,900 in all-events probably won’t win anyone much money. But this is the national tournament, where it isn’t a house shot. This is a sport shot. Averaging 200 in the event is bowling very well, even for a bowler the caliber of Glowczewski.
“I kind of figured out why I hadn’t been bowling well and it’s the concentration part,” he said. “I wasn’t switching on the light when I got on the approach. Mentally, you have to be on your game.
“Bowling on the sport condition (in the Gardner Classic League at Westgate Bowl) helps a lot. You get more tuned in. You can’t expect to throw the ball to the right and expect it to come back to the pocket.”
Glowczewski rolled a 692 series in the team event, a 641 in doubles and a 618 in singles. His 1,951 all-events score had him sitting in 13th place after last weekend’s play.
It’s the best all-event score he’s thrown at the national tournament since his 1,986 back in the late 1980s. This was the 20th national tournament that Glowczewski competed in.
“That’s a real good score,” he said. “I figured if Nick (Heilman, who tossed a 1,957 a week before) could score out there, I could too. Usually you can’t play outside of second arrow out there, but it held up for quite a while.”
The field for the second annual Geoff Gardner Memorial Bowling Tournament is filled to capacity.
Next Saturday, 48 teams will compete in the Baker doubles tournament at Westgate Bowl beginning at 1 p.m. (all bowlers should check in by 12:30 p.m.).
Some of Winona’s best bowlers will take part in the event, including Josh and Jeremy Wenzel, Geoff and Greg Schewe, Seth and Bill Bonow, Dale Bartelson, Mike Durnen, Mark Walters, Kyle Malewicki, Brad Bartelson, Jeff Fakler, Tim Pozanc and Bob Bigelow for the men, and Keri Prigge, Julie Moldenhauer, Keri Wegman, Tina Wenzel, Lisa Pietkauskis, Kassi Kluzik and Shirley Benedict for the women.
But very few of the bowlers mentioned above can be partners because of the 400 average cap being used, which evens the field out considerably.
We’ve had some business really step forward to help out this year. Almost 40 door prizes will be awarded at the event, including two new bowling balls and numerous gift certificates.
Again this year, all proceeds from the tournament will go to the youth bowling programs in Winona.
Geoff and Greg Schewe were on a record-breaking team last weekend in the La Crosse Men’s City Bowling Tournament at Pla-Mor Lanes.
The Schewes, who bowl in a La Crosse league on Wednesday evenings, teamed with Nick Heilman, Scott Curran and Chris Wurzel to record a 3,746 scratch series, which is the highest men’s series ever bowled in La Crosse.
Geoff Schewe led the way with an 813 series, Curran fired an 803, Heilman threw a 793, Greg Schewe shot a 698, and Wurzel pitched in a 638.
The Winona city record for high men’s scratch series is a 3,716 by Coldwell Banker back in 2000.
Wednesday turned out to be quite a night for the women bowlers in Winona.
Keri Prigge pounded out a season-high 758 series (268-242-248) in the Sunsetters League at Westgate Bowl, Diane Marley fired a 716 (226-266-224) in the Lamplighter League at Winona Bowl, and Mandi Steffes turned in a 706 (233-215-258) in the Mixers League.
Monday night was also very good for the women. Dana Jonsgaard rifled the best series of her career with a 683 honor count in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate. Also Monday, Steffes blasted a 663 and Jenny Glowczewski carded a 657 in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate, and Angie Booher tossed a 657 and Wendy Fakler flattened a 654 in the Spinners League at Winona Bowl.
Also notching 600s for the gals were Prigge (642), Sue Buermann (640), Marley (633), Sue Yeoman (629), Dawn Bronk (628) and Lindsay Serwa (601).
Mary Steffen recorded a double-double (so to speak) on Monday in the Alley Gaters League, rolling a career-high 277 game and her first career 600 (608). In the same league, Bridget Skelton rolled her first 500 series with a 502.
Brian Fakler was in one of his grooves Tuesday night in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl. He tallied a 300 his first game and a 290 in Game 3. He dipped a little bit in the middle game with a 195 for a 785 series.
Adam Stockhausen also nailed a 300 game last Thursday in the Action/K of C League at Westgate en route to a big 791 series. Also topping the 750 mark was Ross Harrison with a 771 series in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.
Rounding out the men’s 700 for the week were Mike Beech (743), Larry Walters (741), Larry Hock (726), Bob Bigelow (726), Fakler (723), Brad Bartelson (720), Jeff Hubbard (720), Kyle Malewicki (713), Randy Skappel (711), Tim Wangen (709), John Prigge (709), Brad Kanz (706), Aaron Serwa (705), Steve Maliszewski (704) and Joe Jasnoch (700).