The 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic PVA / AWBA Invitational was held September 24-26th at Short Pump Bowl America in Glen Allen, Virginia, with 23 bowlers from 13 states registered to compete. The festivities began with a bowling clinic co-hosted by PVA and the AWBA and attended by a dozen bowlers, many of whom were newcomers to the sport hoping to hone their skills and potentially enter bowling events in the future. Our doubles competition featured 9 teams, with the winning duo of Carl LaGroterria and Wayne Webber followed by Brooks Martin and Dave McGinnes in 2nd place and Rick Mahaney and Michael Tucker finishing third. On Friday evening, Mid-Atlantic PVA hosted an Up & Down event, pairing each of our registered wheelchair bowlers with a pair of stand-up bowlers representing our partners throughout the community. With 20 teams and a total of 60 bowlers, it was a night of friendly competition, and a chance to showcase wheelchair bowling as a sport which displays genuine ability, and not disability. The team of Rick Mahaney, Jeff Rodgers and Jarrett Barbee held-on to secure 1st Place honors. Saturday and Sunday featured our singles competition. In the A-Division, Carl LaGroterria was a roll-off winner over Wayne Webber to lock-up the 1st Place prize. Michael Marcheskie was the winner of the B-Division, with a roll-off victory over Dave McGinnes. Our Scratch Division had Dave Nelson Jr. and George Holscher going head-to-head in the roll-off finals, with Dave finishing on top in 1st Place. As always, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of PVA is honored to host this event in association with AWBA. A strong expression of appreciation goes out to each participant and their families, along with our partners, supporters and volunteers. A special thank you to Keith Cooper of PVA National for attending the event and coordinating our highly successful and well-attended clinic.
Additionally, our thanks to Storm Bowling, ABC Medical, USBC, Logo Infusion and Bowl America for their unwavering support. And when it comes to support, we must also thank the PVA Mid-Atlantic team of Sarah Lake, Sue May, Evelyn Jones, Sabine Coiner, Dee Hunter, Hailey Radcliff and Madison Lathrop for their dedication and effort in making the event a huge success. My thanks to all who attended the event, and we look forward to seeing you again next fall for the 6th Annual Mid-Atlantic PVA/AWBA invitational.
Carl LaGrotteria Wayne Webber Frank Goebel Randall Pope Richard Mahaney
Frank Goebel defeated Richard Mahaney 139/136 Frank Goebel defeated Randall Pope 128/127 Carl LaGroterria defeated Frank Goebel 137/131 Carl LaGroterria defeated Wayne Webber 161/160
These Scores are WITHOUT the handicap
Michael Marcheskie Dave McGinnes Keith Green Michael Tucker Johnny Holland
Michael Tucker defeated Johnny Holland 225/212 Dave McGinnes defeated Michael Tucker 200/190 Dave McGinnes defeated Keith Green 223/212 Michael Marcheskie defeated Dave McGinnes 226/202
Dave Nelson Jr. George Holscher Brooks Martin Eddy Hutchens Keith Scott
Brooks Martin defeated Keith Scott 151/144 Brooks Martin defeated Eddy Hutchens 183/151 Dave Nelson Jr. defeated Brooks Martin 160/159 Dave Nelson Jr. defeated George Holscher 231/194