Mackeys triumph at tourney

Posted: Friday, November 27, 2009

Over the weekend 22 teams from around the Kenai-Soldotna area descended upon Alaskalanes to bowl in the annualThanksgiving Scotch mixed doubles handicap tournament.

Nancy and James Mackey, who bowl on the Thursday evening "Dirty Dozen" league, took first place with scores of 151, 138, 142 and 167 for a score of 1,090 with handicap. The duo bowled 106 pins over their entering average of 123 for the four-game block.

Second place went to Cari Winger and Nathan Jester with scores of 212, 110, 162 and 118 for a handicap score of 1,034. Cari and Nathan also bowl on the Thursday evening league on the M&J Plumbing team, which is currently in fourth place with a record of 11-5.

Gloria and Scott Walden placed in third with scores of 143, 127, 112 and 127 for a total of 1,013 with handicap.

High game for the tournament went to Teresa and Karl Liedes with a 223. For second high game there was a tie between the team of Phyllis Cousins and Don McGhee, and Peggy Marchant and Karl Liedes. Both teams rolled a 215.

The Scotch format is a system of doubles play where two bowlers on each team roll alternate shots throughout the game. The only time a bowler ever completes a frame on his or her own is when scoring a strike.

A big thanks goes to Dave Coulter for getting the ball rolling on this event. He did an outstanding job. Many of us are already looking forward to bowling the event again next year.

While most of us stayed toasty warm here on the peninsula, youth bowler Tasha Waterbury made the 500-mile trip to Fairbanks to compete in the Nugget Open at Fort Wainwright.

Tasha averaged 190 for the 24-game marathon and placed fifth out of a field of 12. Tasha had a high game of 241, which occurred on Sunday. On that day, she averaged 202 for the first six games. Eight out of the 24 games that Tasha rolled were over the 200 mark.

Little bit ...

Did you know that it is mathematically possible to have 1,023 different spare combinations?

Bowler's Corner is submitted by Randy Stiedl. For any question or comments, e-mail

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