Local Senior Games, OBX Tourney entry forms now available


Mike Hawkins Bowling Columnist


By Mike Hawkins

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Entries forms are now available for the 35th Annual Albemarle Senior Games with two events scheduled to be held at Albemarle Lanes. The local house will host the first two events of the 7-week games, bowling and billiards.

On Monday, March 25, at 9 a.m., the men will hold their singles bowling competition, while the ladies compete in billiards. At 1:00, that afternoon, the men and ladies will trade places for the ladies to bowl and the men to step down to the pool room.

On Tuesday, March 26, at 9 a.m., the men will hold their doubles event, while the ladies will compete in doubles at 1 p.m. Mixed doubles will follow on the next day at 9 a.m., with a 1 p.m. shift being added if entries warrant.

The Albemarle Senior Games, sponsored by the Albemarle Commission Area Agency on Aging, are sanctioned by the North Carolina Senior Games, Inc..

The minimum age to compete in the Senior Games is 50 on or before December 31, 2019. Age categories start at 50-54 and increase in 5-year intervals. The final category includes all participants age 90 and above.

Complete rules and entry forms are available at any area Senior Center. There are also forms available at Albemarle Lanes. All entries and payments are due on or before February 15.

Any questions about these events can be directed to Ashley Lamb, Albemarle Senior Games Coordinator, at 252-426-5733, ext. 232 or our Senior Games Ambassadors, Marve Goff at 252-482-5812 or Fred Hill at 252-207-5746.

Albemarle Lanes also has entry forms available for the OBX Annual Association Tournament. Unlike many “city” tournaments, OBX opens its entries to any sanctioned member of USBC. The tournament is scheduled for March 9-10 and entries will close on February 23. Complete rules and details are available at Albemarle Lanes.

Mark Tarkington opened 2019 in midseason style by posting leading numbers in both Fellowship and Martin Luther King league last week. He tossed games of 259 and 249 on Tuesday night and cruised to a 710 series, then cranked out a 256 as part of a 689 on Thursday.

Jevon Simpson’s 231-611 trailed only Tarkington’s night during Tuesday’s Fellowship clip while Paul Lacher added a nice 231 game as well. Ironically, Lacher only trailed Tarkington during MLK as he posted a nice 234-610. Starly Darnell added a 212-578 during MLK.

Bobbi Jo Tarkington topped the Fellowship ladies with a 185-519, followed by Brittney Gaumond’s 182 game, while Stephanie Winslow’s 193-506 led the ladies during MLK action.

John Turner tamed the pins to the tune of a 234-625 to lead the men of Monday Night Mixed followed closely by Rondell Christian’s 214-611. Paul Lacher added a 225-593, while Papo Perales (229) and Jeremy Beasley (227) added other nice games.

Bonnie Sawyer’s 180-504 paced the ladies of the Monday night session, followed by Susie Thomas’s 180-474, and Sharon Hoffler’s 154-445. Noreen Walton claimed the ladies’ top game with a 180.

Stella Miller’s 173-495 during All American Ladies was the top performance from either all-ladies league from last week. Patsy Sanders followed with a 186-478 during All American.

Susie Thomas (166-465), Sharon Hoffler (153-402), and Kathleen Thomas (153-402) paced the Albemarle Rollers.

Ben Hawkins topped all youth bowlers on Saturday morning with a nice 191-528, followed by Thomas Adams’ 178-508, Bryce Hawkins’ 177-480, and Joshua Davenport’s 180 game. Jason Nistler also posted a new personal high game of 137.

Elizabeth Scaff paced the young ladies with her 148-389, followed by Violet Olds’ 134-360, and Lindsay Porter’s 131-351.

The youth will wrap up their final Pepsi Tournament qualifying next weekend and I’ll share those results next week.

Until next week, good luck and good bowling.