Greater Grand Rapids USBC AssociationIssue No. 15-5
Dear Bowler, 

The fall/winter leagues are done!  Don't let that stop you from enjoying the sport you love.  There are loads of spring/summer leagues going on. Contact your local proprietor and see what is available.


Just a couple of notes for the upcoming months.  The Adult/Junior awards banquets will be held at Brann's on 52nd & Division this year (NEW LOCATION). 


City Tournament checks will be mailed this week!


Next year's City Tournament will be held at Park Center.


Don't forget to attend the Annual Meeting on Thursday,

May 14 at Westgate.  This is your chance to hear what is happening with YOUR association.


Greater Grand Rapids USBC Association


Bowling Council Elimination Championship 
Park Center Lanes
The final tournament of the season was held on April 18 at Park Center.  The format was  4 games over 12 lanes, match play and step ladder finals.  Congratulations to Ben Rabourn on his big win to cap off the season.  it took an average of 229 to make the cut.  After match play the step ladder finals went this way...
Mike Smith Jr. vs George Miller 238-222, Mike Smith Jr. vs Aaron Groendyk 255-238, and in the final match Mike Smith Jr. 205 with Ben Rabourn winning with a 233 game.

Congratulations to our winners...
1st place - Ben Rabourn - $599.00 plus plaque
2nd place - Mike Smith Jr. - $300.0
3rd place - Aaron Groendyk - $200.00
4th place - George Miller - $150.00
5th place - Chris Slagter - $125.00
6th place - Mike Horian - $100.00
7th place - Steve Marcus - $80.00
8th place - Eric Scott - $70.00

Michigan State Queens Championships
Westgate Bowl - April 18-19
Congratulations to our own Robin Orlikowski on winning the Women's State Queens tournament.  This year the tournament was held at Westgate Bowl.  Each year it moves around the state and hadn't been in Grand Rapids since 2007. Forty nine bowlers from around the state and one from Canada participated.  The tournament began with a four game block at 10:00 am and a 2nd block of four games at 2:00 pm.  During the first block there were three 300 games.  One by Sherry Verespej from Monroe (who also had a 298 later in the day).  And Julie Oczepek from Reese who rolled back-to-back 300 games.  Nice bowling ladies!!  The top 12 qualifiers game back to bowl a 3rd block of four games at 6:00 pm.  From there they cut to the top 8 that would return on Sunday morning for head to head match play session with the top 4 going into the step ladder finals.  Those were Julie Halstead vs Jodi Montgomery 245-182, Lisa Bishop vs Julie Halstead, 244-211.  And then Robin Orlikowski bowled Lisa  Bishop for the title, 242-214.  With Robin coming out on top to win the Queens tiara and $1500.00.  A small reception was held afterwards to honor the queen and her court.
In This Issue
Annual Meeting and Election of Board Members
The annual meeting will be held on May 14 at Westgate Bowl at 7:00pm.  Join us and get updated on what has happened during the season and what we have learned from the USBC Convention.
All Greater Grand Rapids certified bowlers are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
Coaching Clinics 
The last clinic of the season will be held on May 15 from 4pm - 8pm at Spectrum Lanes (geared towards youth members) 
Clinics are Free to all USBC Members.
($5 for Non-Members)


Contact Ron King 616-893-2155 for reservations or questions.


Travel League
The summer travel leagues are starting May 12 & 13.  The handicap league is bowling on Tuesdays - contact Bob Lomonaco @ Park Center Lanes - 532-2313 if interested.  And the classic league is bowling on Wednesdays - contact Dennis Johnson @ Clique Lanes - 456-6123 if interested.    
Besides the travel leagues there are numberous other leagues running (earn a ball league, Detroit Tiger game, etc.).
Contact your local bowling centers to find out what spring/summer leagues are available.  Find one that fits your schedule. 



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