NORM'S TENPIN BOWLING PAGE
Latest Update Monday, September 04, 2006
Tenpin bowling is a sport for a lifetime. I am 82 years of age and have bowled in leagues and some tournaments since my teen years. I am, currently, bowling in the Golden Oldies and Valley Leagues in the 2006-07 season. During the summer I bowled in the Summer Golden Oldies League.
I had back surgery in the summer of 2003. As a result of complications, there was considerable nerve damage. At one point, I was almost completely paralyzed below the waist. I've regained much of my mobility but the nerves have not completely regenerated and, probably, never will. My balance is the main problem affecting my game. I have, finally, worked my way back to a four-step delivery after using using one, two and three-step deliveries in 2004 and 2005.
I ysed a two-step delivery
Since then, after a lot of rehabilation, I have made considreable progress but, at the end of August 2004, I am not yet ready to bowl at my accustomed level. I bowled all summer in the Summer Golden Oldies and Summer Gold Card Leagues. Using a two-step delivery (I can take four steps or I can swing the ball but my balance is not good enough to do both at once) I am averaging in the neighborhood of 160. This fall, I'll be bowling in the Golden Oldies and Valley Leagues and may sub in one or two other leagues.
and had planned to bowl in the same three leagues in the 2003-04 season (see the links at the left). Because of problems with my right hand, wrist and elbow my average in all three leagues dropped below 180 in the 2001-02 season from a high of 191 two seasons ago. I was bowling better at the end of that season, well enough that I used my higher than usual handicap to win the individual point leadership in the LI Thursday Strikers League. In the 2002-2003 season I got back to the 180's in all three leagues, the highest 187 in the Golden Oldies League.
Click here for more about my bowling history.