Cedar Rapids bowling tournaments growing

Community: The 101st State Open will be in town in 2018

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Editor’s note: Lane Lafler is a director with the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association board. 

The Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association had a couple of tournaments this season, the Senior and the second annual CRUSBC Championship.

Both had great participation and seem to be growing, which is great for the association and sport as a whole.

The annual senior tournament (50 and older) was held at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center and produced 10 games over 270 with a 300 by Lonnie Clark. There also were three series over 750 with a 771 from Jerry Crowley leading the pack.

The winners of this year’s senior tournament were Da Busters in the team competition with a 2797, Steve Lawrence and Bill Eichhorst with a 1506 in doubles, Douglas Roggentien with an 816 in singles, Karla Hamdorf with 714 for women in singles, Francis Wulf with a 2220 in all events and Marcia Finley with 2076 for women all events.

The CRUSBC Championship, a handicapped event open to all members, was held at Lancer Lanes for the team event and at Berry’s Lanes in Vinton for doubles and singles events. There were 29 games over 270 (four women and 25 men) with the highs from Kay Bruce (289) and Bob Geesaman (300). There were six series over 760 (one woman and five men) with the highs from Wendy Orth (761) and Raymond Harken (777).

The winners of this year’s team events were Cotton Gallery in Division I with a 3558, Mudhens in Division II with a 3331 and Lancer Lanes #4 Porter in the women’s division with a 2901. Doubles winners were Tim Wittmer and Reggie Reicks in Division I with a 1373, Gavin Sauter and Tim Sauter in Division II with a 1250 and Stephanie Ballard and Audra VanBennekom in the women’s Division I with a 1345.

The singles winners were Richard Butler in Division I with a 744, Brett Kruse in Division II with a 709 and Betty Lopata in the Women’s Division I with a 748. The all events winners were Joel Donner in Division I with a 2169, Francis Wulf in Division II with a 2063, Jamie Norman in the Women Classic Division with a 2053, Jennifer Snow in the Women Division I with a 2050, Stephanie Ballard in the Women Division II with a 2129, Abby Moser in the Women Division III with a 2155 and Joel Donner in the Scratch Division with a 2169.

The 101st State Open Championships will be held in Cedar Rapids from February through May 2018. The Cedar Rapids association is aiming for record entries.

In the meantime, keep the ball between the gutters and may all 10 pins fall.

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