By Jim Ephlin Rushville Republican
---- — Hello bowling fans! This is Jim Ephlin from the Rushville Bowl, where all the action is. This column has made some major announcements over the years such as 1.) Mel Lieland retiring, 2.) Automatic scoring, and 3.) Non smoking, but none may be as big as today’s news. Last month at the Indiana USBC delegates meeting Paul Sutton was sworn in as President of the Indiana Bowling Association. As far as I know, Paul is the only Rushville bowler to be on the board, but as of Aug. 1 he takes control of one of the finest state associations in all of America. The association has a President, three Vice Presidents and nine District Directors to cover the bowling activities in the state of Indiana. Paul started out as a Jurisdictional Director of District 5 then became director and then moved through the Vice-Presidents chairs and now this is his year to be the leader of our Association. Paul will be on the road quite a bit visiting associations, traveling to meetings and watching over various committees. I did a little research and as far as I can tell Paul started his local bowling career in 1979 as a sub in the Industrial league with Craven`s Frozen Foods, bowling with Jim Joyce, Russ Goddard, Jim Owens, Damon Brett, Mike Eakins, Al Doll and Ted Koelmel. Paul averaged 169. I am thrilled to death for Paul and wish him Gods speed in performing his duties. Becky Fancher has put Rushville on the bowling map as well as she finished second in the nation in the recently completed Senior Championships. Becky was the state champion in last year’s state Senior tourney which gave her the opportunity to be in this years National Championships in Reno, Nev. She competed in the womens 70-74 division and bowled six games trying to finish in the top six to make the cut for the medal round. She bowled a 377 and a 423 the first two sets to put herself in second place thus making the cut. They bowled three more games with Becky rolling a 373 series and with handicap scored 2037, a 225 average to finish second. She only missed the National Championship by 67 pins which is about eight pins per game. Becky received a beautiful commemorative clock plus a runners up check for $ 600 and I`m sure quite a few great memories. You can go to www.Bowl.com and on home page click on Recent News > View More and the go about 3 or 4 pages back to see the story and pictures.
We are running three summer leagues this season on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Sundays we have a youth league playing to 35 bowlers with a great reward. At the end of the eight week program everyone gets a brand new bowling ball. Tuesday we are running the first-ever Singles league. This league is unique as you are your own team and you bowl against everyone every game. We have 16 bowlers in this handicapped league with averages ranging from 105 to 212. The point system is set up so if you finish first in a game you just beat 15 people so you get 15 points, if you finish 8th then you get 7 points. We have seen bowlers move from 14th place to second place in one week with this system. It is going well for its first run and we hiope to expand upon it next summer. On Thursday we have basically the biggest summer league I remember in recent history. The bowling center is full on Thursday nights with 12 teams competing in the Mixed No Tap league. Always a popular format as bowlers get strikes for getting 9 or 10 on the first ball. Brett Bennett is doing great as he is averaging 275 for 24 games so far. In one four week stretch Brett put together the following games: 278-287-300-246-300-300-300-298-277-300-246-300. Todd Howard and James Isaac have both had perfect nights shooting a 900 series. Top average for ladies is 197 for Jenny Kuhn. Jenny and Natasha Hunter have high ladies game at 278.
Hope your summer is going well, but isn`t it going fast! Team captains should be expecting that organizational call during this month. See you soon!