First, I would like to thank all bowlers and their families who attended the 3rd Annual Midwestern Invitation Bowling Tournament. Secondly, I would like to thank the Bowlero staff and the Joliet USBC members for being lane judges for our roll-off and the great sponsors and volunteers who supported this event.
After a brief break, we could reconnect with old friends for the love of bowling. Everyone in attendance said they had a wonderful time and looked forward to our next tournament. The Bowlero staff had nothing but great things to say about our game and expressed their interest in hosting future events.
Vaughan has received very positive feedback from the participants. Please note that Vaughn is working with AWBA and Bowlero to clarify expectations of the lanes’ oil conditions and plans on providing this info to the bowlers before next year’s tournament.
Having excellent communication with all bowlers is essential for having a successful tournament. Overall, the game was a great success, with special thanks to the hard work of the tournament committee.
Johnnie Baylark, Jr.
Vaughan Sports Director Keith Cooper is very excited about the future of the Vaughan bowling tournament and engaging more new athletes in wheelchair bowling. Keith is particularly passionate about dynamic ramp bowling and the instructional clinic, explicitly making sure all interested individuals have the resources and knowledge to access the sport of wheelchair bowling.
Dave Nelson triumphed over Mark Shepard for top honors in the Scratch Division. George Holscher placed 3rd, Albert Martin Placed 4th, and Shawn Beam rounded out the scratch division roll-off finalists in 5th place. The A division top honors were taken by Charles Scott, a dynamic Ramp bowler. The final standings in the A division are Michael Marcheski in Second, Vaughan Chapter Associate member Kenneth Hill, William Leavitt, and Henry Walters. Three First time tournament participants from the Vaughan Chapter were in the B Division roll-off. At his first tournament was Vaughan Chapter Member Dylan Pickett, who took home the first-place award. New Vaughan Bowler Cheryl Gerdes placed second. Rob Duckworth placed third. Accomplished USA tennis athlete Roosevelt Anderson placed third and could be overheard saying he was bringing his competitive accomplishments in tennis to the bowling community.
Twenty-Three of the Thirty-Five bowlers are Veterans. The Midwestern tournament had two novice bowlers and five first-time tournament bowlers. Six-chapter presidents were present at this year’s tournament. Tony Jungblut, a novice bowler, took home the Up Down bowling Prize. We want to thank our National Sponsors, Storm Bowling, IAMBOWLING, USBC, BPAA AND SPORTAID for the continued support of the sport of Wheelchair Bowling.
Interviews with Josue Cordova, Vaughan Chapter President, and Vaughan Sports Director can be found here. https://www.facebook.com/AWBAorg