Summer league schedule concludes
Larry Mason

August 24, 2004 - The slate of summer leagues wrapped up their various schedules this past week. The Old Folks won Sunday's mixed league championship, the Misfits claimed Tuesdays mixed crown and HKA took the men's trio league honors. The summer bowlers were, once again, up to the task of helping to sustain Classic Lane's string of uninterrupted 700 series, now well into its fifth year.

Over the course of the summer, 20 men produced 28 averages of 200 or more. Leading the list was Cliff Whitney, who registered a 219.8 average in the men's trio league, as well as a 212 average in the Tuesday mixed league. Whitney, in addition to booking top average, also accounted for the summer's highest three-game series, a 782, as well as the highest four-game series, a 1,082. Whitney booked four 700s and had three series of 900 or better. He placed fifth on the center's high game list with a 279, a distinction he had to share with Dickie Harrison, Justin Parmer and Mark Smith.

David Gholson, who was edged out of first place on the high average list by Whitney on the last night of league play, finished play with a 219.63. Gholson completed the Sunday mixed league with a 207 average. Gholson shot two 700s and had two four-game series of 900 or more. He was one of three bowlers to hit the 1,000 pin level, shooting a 1,016. On one occasion, Gholson actually shot a three-game series of 804 this summer, but the ABC folks will not recognize David's effort, because it occurred in games two through four during the Thursday men's trio, rather than games one through three. Still, it was an 800, which is no small accomplishment. Recognized or not, his was only the eighth 800 ever shot at Classic Lanes. On the high game list, David ranked ninth with a 269, where he joined Wes Campbell and Bruce Michaelson.

Speaking of Campbell, he claimed the third highest average of the summer, finishing Sunday's schedule with a 217. He produced a 215 average in the men's trio league, and had a 211 average in the Tuesday mixed league. Wes registered four 700 series and one four-game 900 series, a 925, over the course of the summer. He ranked seventh on the high series list with a 738. Campbell's highest game was a 269, good enough to claim ninth place on the high game list.

Smith produced the center's fourth highest average of the summer, a 216, established during the Sunday night mixed league. Mark rolled two 700 series over the past 12 weeks, both 741s. He ranked fifth on the high series list. Smith fired a 279 for his highest game, missing a perfect game by a single pin, a feat he shared with Harrison, Cliff Whitney and Justin Parmer.

The most consistent bowler of the summer had to be Mike Gilliland, who rolled in both the Tuesday and Thursday leagues and had a 215 average in both. He ranked fifth on the high average list. Gilliland rolled three 700 series, and had two four-game series of 923 and 910. His 753 three-game series placed him in third place on the high series list. Mike was one of three bowlers who managed to toss perfect 300 games this summer, which placed him in first place on the high game list. Joe Kirkpatrick and Greg Pullen were the other perfect game producers.

Michael Carter shared fifth place high average honors with Gilliland, holding a 215 average from Tuesday night's mixed league. He had a high game of 223, which held 34th on the high game list. His 645 series placed him in 31st position on the high series list.

Darreyl Dixon took sixth place on the high average list, shooting a 214 in Thursday's men's trio league. Dixon claimed the fourth highest game of the summer, shooting a 289. He was fourth on the overall list because Kirkpatrick shot three honor scores ahead of him. Dixon's highest series was a 759, the only 700 series he compiled during the summer, which allowed him to claim second place on the high series list. He had one 1,000 four-game series, and three 900-plus series.

Ray Howser claimed the summer's seventh highest average, a 213. Howser's high series was a 719, which placed him in 10th place on the high series list. Ray's highest game was a 277, which gave him the right to claim either ninth or seventh place on the high game list, depending upon how one wants to count Kirkpatrick's three honor scores. Does Joe rank first with a 300, as well as second with his 298 and third with his 290, or is he just tied for first with his 300?

Speaking of Kirkpatrick, the highest of the three summer league averages was a 210, which he earned in the Thursday trio league. Joe ranked 10tb on the high average list as a result of his 210. His Sunday average was a 207, and his Tuesday average was a 206. Kirkpatrick shot a 300 honor score, yet another first. He will receive a ring for the first two and a plaque for the third. Joe shot four 700 series this summer, the highest of which was a 737. It was good enough to place him eighth place on the high game list. Joe fashioned two 900 plus four-game series, the highest being a 927.

Neldon Smith and Pullen both held 208 averages at the end of the summer, putting them in a tie for eighth place on the high average list. Pullen was one of the three individuals who threw a perfect 300 game in the summer, his first ever. Pullen had a high series of 720, ninth on the high series list, and produced one 900-plus four-game series, a 956. Neldon's highest series of the summer was a 668 for three games and 897 for four games. His highest game was a 265.

Michaelson claimed the summer's ninth highest average, a 207. His highest series was a 713, good enough to claim 13th place on the high series list, and his highest game was a 269, ninth on the high game list, depending once again, on how one chooses to treat Kirkpatrick's three honor scores. Bruce was one of a handful of Greenville bowlers who made the trek to Classic Lanes each week.

Jason Parmer has been in the doldrums for some time now, but he was able to breakout long enough to fashion a 204 average on Sunday night, which gave him claim to 10th place on the high average list. He held a 196 on Tuesday and a 194 on Thursday. His highest series was a 718, placing him 11th in that category, and his top game was a 280, which nudged him into fourth place on the high game list. His game may well be on the road to recovery, and we expect to hear more from Jason this fall/winter.

David Strain ended Sunday's league with a 202 average, and landed in the 11th place on the high average list. He had a high series of 692, 17th highest on the high series listing. His best game of the summer was a 245.

Harold McClure and Harrison both closed the summer season with 201 averages. Actually, Dickie had a 201 in two leagues, Tuesday's and Thursday's. McClure's 201 average came in the Thursday league, while his second league average of 194 came in the Sunday league. Harold's highest game was a 279, and his highest series was a 685.

Gary Davidson, Larry Siegert and Jason Keller closed the summer's play with 200 averages. Gary's came on Sunday, Larry's on Tuesday, and Jason's on Thursday. Davidson's high game was a 276, Siegert's a 268, and Keller's a 277. Gary shot a three-game high series of 671, and had a 940 four-game series, while Keller recorded a 693 for three games, and a 916 for four. Siegert ended the summer with a high three-game series of 666.

And those were just the folks who had 200 or higher averages.

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Larry Mason writes a weekly column on the bowling leagues at Classic Lanes. His column appears on Tuesday.

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