By Alex Vanderburg
The 14th week of play at the Uptown Bowl brought about a lot of excitement and change to the standings of the local senior bowlers league.
The biggest changes were to be found at the top of the men’s competition. In this week’s play Bill McKelvey surging results led to him toppling Bob McClinchey from the top seasonal rankings and changing the status quo in the men’s competitions.
In the weekly competition McKelvey tossed a sparkling men’s high single Game of 235 pts to take first place. High average bowler Bob McClinchey was also a force to be reckoned with as he also bowled above the vaunted 200 pts mark. He laid down an excellent 210 pts game to cinch the runner-up position. Veteran bowler Frank Potts stayed in the top three with a respectable 160 pts game. Consistency is a key talent when it comes to the doubles. It is a great accomplishment to bowl one high game but it takes talent and form to bowl two strong games.
All three top singles bowlers displayed a lot of talent and also took in the same order the top three men’s doubles. Bill McKelvey posted a very high 398 pts pair followed by a strong bowling Bob McClinchey with his tally of 386 pts and the not to be denied Frank Potts who snapped up third place with his 305 pts double. What made Bill McKelvey’s afternoon attack special is that with one point difference he has claimed the men’s seasonal high Single with his awesome 235 pts game. This relegated Bob McClinchey to second place who has a 234 pts game noted.
Rounding out this top three is Frank Potts who lays claim to third place with his not too shabby 227 pts game. Furthermore Bill McKelvey’s high double of 398 pts put him in a tie for first place of the men’s seasonal high doubles score with who else other than Bob McClinchey who has been in first place for a while with his 398 pts tally. Rounding out the top three is again Frank Potts who has been bowling well and has a 371 pts pair in the win column.
Unfortunately Bill McKelvey’s ascendance to the top three led curveball bowler Bud Miller to drop out of the top three in both seasonal competitions. He will be back. This close race nonetheless bodes well for the rest of the season as we can expect more changes among the top men senior bowlers.
In the the women’s senior bowler’s competition there was also plenty of great action. Although none of the ladies reached the 200 pts plateau there were some very good scores to report. Teammates Susan Kmyta and Velda Hol shared the weekly women’s highs honours. Both bowlers tallied a respectable 170 pts score. Cathy Carhart bowled well coming close to her personal record(174 pts) with her 157 pts effort and newly joined the top three by snapping up third place just a point ahead of Pam McBean who did bowl a personal best 156 pts game. In the last weeks we were making note of good scores by Ellen Watson and the other top ladies. They are still in the pursuit and there will be a shuffle of positions among these top bowlers.
In the weekly women’s high doubles it was Sue Kmyta who took first place with a solid tally of 327 pts. Velda Hol was runnerup with a good pair totalling 316 pts. Rose McClinchey who continues to bowl strong laid down two good games to take third place with a tally of 285 pts.
These weekly scores led to no changes in the seasonal top standings. Susan Kmyta remains in the lead in the women’s high singles with her impressive 227 pts game. Her teammates Velda Hol and Dianne Spencer still hold on to second and third with respectively 220 pts and 219 pts high single scores. This tight race is due for change. In the seasonal women’s high doubles standings these same three high bowlers claim the top honors. Velda Hol is firmly in possession the first place position with a very high 422 pts double. Susan Kmyta has a high double score of 402 pts that puts her in the runnerup position just ahead of third place Dianne Spencer’s 395 pts tally in the seasonal high doubles standing.
The weekly MIB (Most Improved Bowler) had of course to be Bill McKelvey. His great personal effort was actually a whopping 77 pts over his season average. He was not alone in bowling well over his/her seasonal average. Honourable mentions go to last week’s MIB winner Lawrence Sampson who again bowled two great games and was 25 pts over his season average. Also to Bob McClinchey who bowled 25 pts over his high average and as was earlier noted Pam McBean bowled well – 26 pts over her average. It was an awesome job by all. There were of course a few who didn’t reach their average, but as all bowlers know “there is always next week”.
The team competition had a hard fought battle between Team Vanderburg and Team Miller.
Led by the exceptional improved scores of Bill McKelvey and Pam McBean, Team Vanderburg took all three points in the well played duel. Team Watson had no problem with Team Maille who are having attendance issues. Team Watson took the full 3pts to solidify their first place position in the standings with a 20 pts total. Close on their heels is Team Vanderburg with 18 pts. Team Miller is still in third place with 13 pts. Team Maille troubles are reflected by their standing in fourth with nine pts. In the coming weeks the rankings will change depending on the form of the teams. The minimal difference in points shows how tight this competition will remain for the rest of the competition. We are hoping to find three players for Team Maille and Team Vanderburg to fill out their teams. If you are 55 plus or one of the former senior
bowlers who wish to have fun and enjoy this sport in good company, these spots are open on the Wednesday afternoons. You are in a safe environment at the Uptown Bowl and in the company of a great group of seniors. Please come and help us finish the season. Call Alex at 705 642-3090 to join.