August 29, 2023
Members compete in bowling tourney

For Hermann Sons Life Statewide Bowling Tournament final (official) results and payouts, click HERE.

The words thank you are said over and over, but I have to say “THANK YOU” to all the bowlers and workers at the Hermann Sons Life Statewide Bowling Tournament held July 29-30 in San Antonio. You all deserve a pat on the back for coming and bowling and for the non-bowlers who came out to work, thank you for taking time out of your weekend to come and help.

Opening ceremonies included President and CEO Robin Czarnek who shared a few words. She presented a check from the Home Office to Tournament President Janice Dueitt. This check goes toward increasing the prize fund each year.

In 2023, we lost one of our bowlers who also served as second vice president, Nancy Pietsch of La Grange. In her honor, George Eilert and Thomas Petras of La Grange threw out the first ball. It was a very special moment for the tournament and for the bowlers.

This year we had bowlers from Austin, Boerne, Comfort, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Fredericksburg, San Marcos, Rockdale, Houston and La Grange. We even had two men come from Ada, Ok.

A total of 30 teams participated in the tournament which was up by one over last year. We all hope this is a sign and that we will go up even more next year. Remember you can have two non-members bowl with two members or just get those two non-members to join Hermann Sons Life.

New to our tournament this year was a young man from Fort Worth who bowls two-handed. This is the new thing among the younger bowlers.

High game honors go to Darlene Hampton with a 226 and high series honors go to Trisha Burns with a 594 and Trisha also had a 225 game. Other high games and series go to Pam O’Connor with a 201-512; Kim Illhardt, 206-542; Carma Kimm-Herndon, 205-588; Shannon Jones, 201-562; and Kecia Andries, 209-579.

Now the men must understand there was some great bowling, but I can’t list all of you, so I’m going with the high and to the rest of you, sorry but great bowling!

High game and series go to Mike Faulkenbery with a 259 game and 686 series. Tied with Mike for high game is Dale Potter who had a 259 game and 634 series. Other games and series were Rodney Ottmers, 246-658; Joseph Rodriguez, 233-641; Trey Castor, 237-643; Bryan Beauchamp, 243-627; Max Maxwell, 233-624; Keith Crenwelge, 234 -647; Allan Werner, 246-680; Dorian Villegas, 225-617; John Gates, 244-627; Terry McFarland, 241-621; Rob Cline, 236-64; Troy Smith, 237-60; Justin Justice, 233-604; Bill Jackson, 225-605; and Ronnie Burns, 222-612.

Congrats to all the high scorers.

Thank you to all the bowlers who bowled with people they had never met and to those that at the last minute let me put them on a team with strangers. Those strangers are now your friends and maybe you will want to come and bowl with them again in the future. Thanks to those who answered my calls and found me bowlers when I needed them.

The tournament site for 2024 will be at Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth. The dates will be July 27-28. So put this date on your calendar and make plans to come bowl and have fun like we did in 2023. Come and make memories and history with us.

The final official tournament results and payouts will be announced in the October newspaper along with photos of the winners.

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