Local seniors bowl at State Games


Columnist Lee Owen Bowling


By Lee Owen

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Several months back, local seniors got together to pack Albemarle Lanes for the annual Senior Games, with several walking out as 2017 medalists.

Last weekend, those medalists were invited to compete in the state level of the North Carolina Senior Games.

The results from our local seniors was everything we could have hoped for, as they were competing against the best senior bowlers in the state.

The bowlers competed in singles, both men and women separately, then doubles of the same gender, and finally mixed doubles. In the singles category, with hundreds of bowlers across the state, there were several medalists from the Albemarle area.

Patricia Eure, bowling in the women’s 55-59 group, placed sixth, going up against a large field in her age group.

Bowling in the 60-64 age group, Debbie Winslow took home the silver medal, missing gold by a mere seven pins.

For the men, in the 60-64 age group, Bobby Winslow brought home the Gold, in a dominating fashion, winning by 33 pins, while Marve Goff showed he still has the goods, taking fourth in the 80-84 age group.

Finally, for singles, in the 90-94 age group, Vernon Lingle, one of the most competitive bowlers, even still in his 90’s, brought home the bronze.

In the doubles category, the doubles age group is based on the youngest member of the duo.

Debbie Winslow and Irma Jackson competed in the 60-64 group and brought home a bronze for finishing third, and in the 70-74 age group, Mary Watson teamed up with Gwendolyn Hines to win the Gold by more than 100 pins.

For the Mixed Doubles category, the same rules applied, with the youngest bowler determining the age group.

In the 60-64 age division, Bobby Winslow and Debbie Winslow just missed a medal, finishing in fourth by nine pins.

Congrats to all of the local seniors that made the trek to the state games and brought home some hardware.

The next step for the medalists will be the National Senior Games in June 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama, as they are only held every other year.

All medalists from this year are invited to attend. Best of luck to everyone that will attend.