Summer Leagues Winding Down




Joshua Reid

As the summer leagues are starting to wind down, the competition is heating up, much like our weather.

The Peterson Point Doubles League on Tuesday nights is full of excitement and action right now.

With the first-place team, the Men in Black, struggling here of late, other teams have been on fire.

It’s wide open for the first-place honors and there are some high scores being pumped out. Brandon Furlong recently shot a career high 299 and Steve Hansen is back on top with high average.

Only five points separate the top five teams and it’s going to be a fight to the end. But, it’s just not our Doubles league putting out high scores. Derek Wimpee shot 288 in the Thursday night league and Scotty Ryden shot a career high 239 on Thursday night.

If you are looking for some good, clean fun, try out our Early Bird mornings on Friday. It’s full of good veteran bowlers getting together for a couple of hours. Let me tell you, these guys are good. Roger Johnson dazzled us recently striking the front 10, leaving the ragged 7 pin on the 11th shot. Congratulations Roger on your 289. The man I have my eye on for the upcoming season is Fire Cracker Open champ, Larry Weldon. He is on fire of late and is one of the nicest men you will ever meet.

As for the ladies, Debbie Gonzalez is one of our rising female bowlers in the Payson community. I see great things coming from her this season.

More importantly, I see great things coming this year out of Rim Country Lanes. With the new addition of monitors, newly cleaned carpets and more additions coming in the future, RCL is making strides to take care of our family, the bowling community.

I really believe that RCL is going to put out a lot of honor scores this year.

As you find yourself getting ready for the fall leagues, keep in mind that all the ball companies are releasing their new equipment. A company you might want to look at is Motiv Bowling.

If you’re looking to sharpen up on your game this fall, I would recommend David Leverage, as legendary Don Coombs, my coach just recently took a class with him. Leverage is willing to make the drive to Payson if local bowlers are willing to make a group lesson of four or more bowlers.

In my next column, I will talk about ball speed and how important it is to every bowler to know what RG of your ball should be rated at, related to you speed.

Good luck to all bowlers at RCL, and remember, “There is no substitution for time spent on the lanes.”

About the author

Josh Reid is an avid and passionate bowler. On July 10 he bowled in the Nevada and Southern California Masters Tournament, to which only two Arizona bowlers were invited. He was the top left-hand bowler finishing a respectable ninth place with a 228 average over 10 games on a difficult sport shot. Reid lives in Star Valley and has recently been promoted to management and events coordinator at Rim Country Lanes.

He plans on writing Lefty’s Korner monthly for customers at RCL regarding the recent bowling achievements and activities and to provide some recognition for local bowlers.


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