The big league
Members of Sun City's 38-team league benefit from tune-up at Brunswick Zone XL
Bowlers, like cars and computers, frequently need tune ups.
Sun City bowlers, being seniors, especially need “tune-ups” for their games – to improve their scores, allow them to have more fun on the lanes, and help them deal with age-related injuries, surgeries, and disabilities.
Sun City’s largest mixed league took this “tune-up” idea to a new level last week. A week before their league officially opens on September 5, they conducted a practice session supervised by experienced, skilled bowlers furnished by Brunswick Corp. During a two-hour session at the Brunswick Zone XL lanes on Randall Road, the “supervisors” watched the Sun City bowlers perform and offered advice on how to improve their performance.
“When we found out this service was available to us free of charge, we decided to start our 2012-13 season with a tune-up session like this,” Jim Packard, president of the league and N.14 resident, said. “We have nearly 200 bowlers, including substitutes and part-timers, and almost 100 of them agreed to show up for this session.”
“We have so many people recovering from surgeries and joint replacements, plus others slowed by various conditions,” he added. “They were happy to get a chance to improve their skills and learn some techniques on how to compensate for their physical limitations. Our bowlers range from those with a 70-80 average to those more skilled with averages well over 100.”
The league has 38 teams lined up to start this week. They bowl Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and the 2012-13 season stretches to next March. It is one of several Sun City leagues that bowl at establishments in Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, and Crystal Lake. It is estimated that the total number of Sun City bowlers each winter season approaches 400-500.
“I can’t see my shoes when I stand up straight, and I could stand to lose a few pounds, and my average has dropped recently from near 200 to about 160,” Packard said. “I still can bowl pretty well, but I figured I could benefit from a tune-up like this. A lot of guys who still bowl well are always looking for more consistency, and this kind of a session helps with that.”
Let’s see now…I wonder if these guys could move my hook from the 7-pin to the head-pin What’s my average? I ain’t tellin’, especially since I haven’t bowled in more than 15 years.