Local bowler advances to provincial roll-offs


A Fort Frances resident will represent Sunset Country at the provincial pins-over-average (P.O.A.) roll-offs set for Thunder Bay in February.
June McNally, who currently bowls out of Balmertown, earned a berth on Sunset Country Team #1 by finishing tops among the women competing in the zone round held there Saturday and Sunday.
Aided by a whopping score of 307 in her fourth game, McNally finished the five-game roll-off at +246 above her entry average of 135.
Her other scores were 142, 120, 155, and 197.
But two other Fort Frances bowlers didn’t fare so well in Balmertown.
Kathy Bois wound up at minus-43 below her entry average of 191 after rolling games of 121, 179, 173, 173, and 266.
Toni Benning, meanwhile, finished at minus-63 below her entry average of 213 with games of 221, 181, 153, 206, and 241.
Among the men, Mike Cox of Atikokan (who bowls out of the Fort Frances Bowling Club) just missed earning a provincial berth after finishing in fifth place overall in Balmertown.
Cox had games of 203, 164, 194, 246, and 175 to wind up at +32 above his 190 entry average.
Mike Gervais finished at minus-17 below his entry average of 166 after games of 180, 146, 176, 173, and 138.
Rounding out the local bowlers, Rick Walton was at minus-196 below his entry average of 181 with games of 181, 154, 131, 129, and 114.
Kyle Hamilton of Balmertown topped the men by finishing at +232 above his 181 entry average while John MacDougall of Dryden was second (+172 above his 161 entry average).
They will join McNally on Sunset Country #1, along with Kim Pavey of Kenora, who finished in second place among the women (+75 above her 130 average).
Making up Sunset Country Team #2 are Roger Peterson of Dryden (+117 above his 195 entry average), Jesse Sidor of Balmertown (+65 above his 188 entry average), Sherry McCoy of Balmertown (+69 above her 133 entry average), and Trisha Lundstrom of Dryden (+59 above her 151 entry average).
Next up for local bowlers in the zone round of the Hi-Lo Doubles and Executive tournaments, which is set for Jan. 12-13 in Fort Frances.
Also featuring a pins-over-average format, the top two H-Lo Doubles teams and the winner in each of the President, Secretary, and Treasurer divisions of the Executive tournament will advance to the provincial roll-offs in late February in Thunder Bay.