Bowling: Towne Academy tournament reaches 10

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, 2019-11-11 18:37:43


Hard to believe that the annual team tournament at Towne Bowling Academy in Rotterdam has reached its 10th (aluminum anniversary) year.

Started in 2010, the handicap event for four-person teams consistently has been one of the best draws of the winter. Stretched out over eight weekends, the tournament features 23 squads — from Dec. 7 through Jan. 26 — and guarantees $4,000 to the team winner.

Entry fee is $160 per team.

There also is an optional singles event, in which bowlers can pay an additional $15 and use their team score, as well as a 3-6-9 jackpot for $10.

Handicap is 90 percent of 225, up to 50 pins a game. There is a limit of two PBA or PWBA members per team. Multiple entries are permitted, but identical teams can cash only once.

For more information, call Towne Academy at 518-355-3939.


The squad times (teams entering any of the first three squads receive free entry to a future squad):

Friday, Dec. 6: 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 20: 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 22: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 29: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3: 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 5: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 11: 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 12: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17: 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19: 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 25: 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 26: 10 a.m., 2 p.m.


Local scene

Brandon Boyer of Hudson Falls has been recognized in the USBC record book for most consecutive occurrences of back-to-back 300s. Boyer rolled back-to-back perfect games for the fifth time in September at Kingpin’s Alley. His first came in 2014. … Natasha Bidwell of Rotterdam was the lone Capital Region casher in a New England Bowlers Association event at Cranston, R.I., earning $180.

Because of the Veterans Day holiday, the Albany League Bowlers Association of New York has extended its early-bird deadline to Tuesday. Entries postmarked by Tuesday qualify for the $15 discount in entry fee.

National news

The audience for the “PBA Clash,” which aired Nov. 3 following NFL on Fox, was down 14 percent from last year. The viewership total of 1.481 million still represents bowling’s biggest audience of 2019, 31 percent higher than the Tournament of Champions (1.131 million). … The PBA, recently purchased by Bowlero, has added $400,000 to its 2020 tour purses.


Former PWBA star Michelle Feldman, who owns Falcon Lanes in Auburn, recently suffered a major stroke, according to a GoFundMe page set up on her behalf. Known for having one of the highest rev rates among women’s bowlers, Feldman, 43, won 12 PWBA titles and made the TV finals of the 2002 Empire State PWBA Classic, the tour’s lone stop in the Capital Region. … The USBC Hall of Fame Class of 2020 will have at least four inductees: Patrick Healey Jr. (outstanding performance), Bob Learn Jr. (veterans), Andrew Cain and Jim Zebehazy (both meritorious service). Eight others, all for superior performance, have been placed on a ballot for consideration by a USBC panel of Hall of Famers, board members and veteran bowling writers: Patrick Allen, Bryan Goebel, Wes Malott, Randy Pedersen, Mike Scroggins, Mark Williams, Marianne DiRupo and Tammy Turner.


Pete Dougherty’s column is published Tuesdays during the bowling season. Items to be considered for publication can be submitted by fax (518-454-5819) or pdougherty@timesunion.com.

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