Greg Pullen and Becky Bowden lead Classic Lanes' bowlers into December
Larry Mason

Dec. 5, 2006 - Greg Pullen shot his second 781 series of the season, this one on Sunday night, while Becky Bowden rolled her highest series of the year, a 762, on Monday night, giving the duo top honors for the week at Classic Lanes. Five others also shot 700 series: D.J. Kast, Tarry Davison, Bruce Michaelson, Neldon Smith and Roy Schutz.

Greg Pullen shot a 781 series for the second time this season, with games of 234, 268 and 279 in the process of collecting his sixth 700 series so far this fall. The series pulled Greg's Sunday Mixed League average up to a 220, which places Mr. P. in sixth place on the high average board. Pullen is averaging 204 in the men's Thursday night league. Currently, Greg holds sixth place on the high game list, where he shares honors with David Gholson, both men having shot 289s. In fact, Pullen has shot 289 twice to date. With just a little bit of luck, both could have been honor scores. Pullen's 781 is the second highest series of the year, just 12 pins behind series chart leader Darreyl Dixon's 793. Pullen is tied with Tarry Davison on the high series chart.

Becky Bowden has come into her own, it would appear. Just last week, Becky had shot her second 700 of the season, along with the first ever perfect game registered by a woman at Classic Lanes. This week, Becky rolled her third, and her highest 700 series, a 762 produced during the Ladies Monday Night League. This time around, Becky rolled games of 276, 208 and 278. Had she not opened in the 10th frame of Game 2 and the first frame of Game 3, she probably would have reached the 800 honor series level. Becky rolled 28 strikes, one spare, and had four open frames, two splits she didn't convert, and the open frames in Game 2 and Game 3, already mentioned.

This was Becky's first time to bowl with the ladies this year, and as a result of her Monday performance, she finds herself holding a 254 average in that league. That Monday night average also pushed her to first place on the high average board, where she displaced season-long leader Tarry Davison's 234, at least temporarily. Becky's 762 series moved her to sixth place on the high average chart, up two slots from last week. Bowden is tied with Tarry Davison and Darrell Green for first place honors on the high game list, where all three have perfect games. Tarry's a little more in first place than Becky or Darrell, however, because he has shot two 300s this season, right? I guess it depends on how one wants to look at it. One thing is for certain, Becky leads the ladies in the high average, high series and high game categories, and is giving the men a run for their money as well.

D.J. Kast shot his second 700 series of the season on Thursday night, tossing games of 205, 279 and 244 to finish with a 728. The series moved him to 14th place on the high series chart, where he joins David Soeder. The series raised Kast's Thursday average to a 203, but his highest average comes out of our Sunday league, where he boasts a 216, which ranks 16th on the high average board. D.J. has rolled 279 twice this fall. He is tied for seventh place on the high game list with six other men. D.J. shot a 636 series on Sunday night.

Tarry Davison could only muster a 724 series this past Sunday, shooting games of 226, 265 and 233. It is, however, his 10th 700 series of the season. Tarry's closest competitor in this category is David Gholson, who has accounted for seven 700s at this time. Tarry continues to average 232 on Thursday and 227 on Sunday. And, even though Tarry has been bumped out of first place into second place on the high average board by Becky Bowden, he continues to hold the highest sustained composite average of the season, a 230, for 75 games in two leagues. Becky's composite average is a 227 for 48 games in three leagues. Tarry is in first place on the high game list with his two perfect games, and ranks second on the high series chart with a 781. Tarry is tied with Becky and Darrell Green in the former category, and with Greg Pullen in the latter. Tarry rolled a 636 series on Thursday night.

Bruce Michaelson, one of our retired U.S. Air Force veterans and a Greenville resident, shot his fourth 700 series of the fall leagues this past Thursday, finishing the night with a 710, made up of games of 264, 248 and 198. Michaelson's best series to date is a 737, which ranks 10th on the high series chart. Bruce holds third place on the high average board with a 225 from the men's Thursday night league. His top game is a 270, which holds 10th place on the high game list, where he joins Wayne Womack.

Neldon Smith, one of our retired U.S. Navy veterans, shot his second 700 series of the fall, this one on Thursday night. Smitty rolled games of 266, 245 and 193 to complete the evening's play with a 704 total. Smitty's highest series at present is a 732, which holds 11th place on the high series board, one slot behind Michaelson. Neldon holds a 210 average in the Thursday league, which places him in a three-way tie with Vincent Smith and Michael Carter for 14th place on the high average board. His best game at this point in the season is a 267, which places him in a four-way tie for 13th place on the high game list.

Our final 700 series for the week, a 702 shot on Tuesday night, was rolled by another of our Greenville bowlers, Roy Schutz. Roy shot games of 210, 278 and 214 to garner his first 700 series of the season. The series moved him to 22nd place on the high series chart. Roy is averaging 206 in both the Thursday and Tuesday leagues. He ranks 17th on the high average board, where he joins three others. This week's 278 is Roy's best game of the year. It places him in eighth place on the high game list, where he shares honors with Mike Kopecky and Turk Morgan.

Deborah Crist bowls on Monday night. She averages 114, which means she will routinely produce around a 342 series for her teammates. This past Monday, however, Deborah shot games of 125, 137 and 164 to give her team 426 pins, finishing the night with a single night average of 142. Ms. Crist finished the night 84 pins over her series average. All three games were over her single game average. Nice bowling, Deborah.

Tina Garces bowls on Sunday nights. She averages 102, which means she normally bowls around the 306 series mark. This past Sunday, however, Tina tossed three very consistent games, 126, 135 and 126, to complete the evening with a 387 series, 81 pins over her series average, and a one night average of 129. Nice shooting to you too, Tina.

Others who bowled well this week include: Bo Duncan (682), Jason Keller (676), Mike Fletcher (664), Ace Wiginton (647 Tuesday/628 Thursday), Mike Gilliland (647), Charles Harred (643), Jason Parmer and Scott Roach (642), Steve Edwards (640), Wes Campbell (632), Harold McClure (631 Sunday/609 Thursday), Cliff Whitney and Keith Ethridge (629), Turk Morgan (625) and Vincent Smith (622).

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