Gary Ullery’s 10th career 300 game as part of a 736 series and Mike Hall’s first 300 in a 719 set highlighted last week’s scoring. Jeff Meyers rolled 762 at Rainbow for the highest men’s set of the week. Mike Sipple came in at 749 at White Oaks. Bobby Greene led Wilson Lanes with 735 and Nick Atkinson and Jeff Bell had 728 and 717 respectively at Sherwood Lanes.
Becky Torrington had 721 at The Bowler and Stephanie Miller had 645, which included a 278 game, to lead the women. Kasey Sullivan was high junior bowler this week with 646 and Wes Weems shot 618. Katherine Corbin led area junior girls with 577 at Wilson.
Also, I’d like to recognize senior bowler George House for his first career 600 series at Rainbow Lanes. One of the greatest aspects of bowling is that bowlers of all ages can still compete and enjoy the sport.
In tournament news from last weekend, Kasey Sullivan finished fourth out of a field of 58 youth scratch entrants in the second Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament. For his fourth-place finish, Kasey took home over $500 in scholarship money.
This weekend, the ladies will have their All-Star Tournament at the Bowlerama in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The highest average women from each center will compete as a team in a similar format that the men bowled two weeks ago.
Also this weekend, Wilson Lanes will be hosting the inaugural Chuck Parson Memorial Bowling Tournament. This handicap singles tournament will feature a $500 first prize for just a $20 entry fee. Proceeds will be used to help fund the Hampshire County Parks and Recreation Department summer youth programs. Chuck Parsons was a long-time top area bowler who passed away on Oct. 26, 2012. Chuck bowled in numerous local state and national tournaments throughout his career.
If you are ever looking for a quick fix to your game, you can start from the ground up. Proper footwork and balance will help you repeat shots, increasing your scores and consistency. Approaches in bowling centers are not uniform and some may be incredibly sticky and some may actually seem slippery. Modern bowling shoes come equipped with adjustable soles and heels, to help you combat variances in approaches.
Most bowlers are constantly looking at the next shiny new bowling ball to fix their game, but a good pair of shoes may help you even more. Once you have the proper footwear, you need to work on your footwork.
One of the most common errors is taking too large a first step. Striding too far immediately sets your weight back, instead of over top of your feet. With your weight back, you also lose leverage and power. When your weight is too far back, you can also land more on your heel causing you to stick and pull the ball left (for a right-hander) of your target.
Most of us pick out a target 15 feet out on a 60 foot lane. A one-board “pull” will be a four-board error at the pins and turn a possible strike into a likely split.
Bowling is a sport of continuous adjustments and corrections. The next time you feel out of time, try taking a smaller first step and see if that doesn’t help your balance and your scoring.
Joe Mullenax is the bowling columnist for the Cumberland Times-News. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org