Our History

Our tournament has been in existence since 1989. It all started out with a group of us from the King's Rook Club. We all thought we were better than one another at bowling. One night John Lytle stopped in at the Rook and heard us all bragging about how good we are at bowling and invited us to bowl off at Eastway lanes. So we decided we would have some fun and make it a handicap tournament. We also decided we could charge a little extra and give whatever we could to the top scores, and they would have the opportunity to donate that money to their choice of a children's charity. We had 123 adult guys and girls compete in this great sport of bowling. We also had a spaghetti dinner that was cooked up for us by Brenda Moore and we joined up at the Kings Rook Club for the banquet and announcements. 5 sponsors donated sponsor fees, door prizes and give-a-ways. Our first year we collected $481.00 for 2 different Children's Charities, and had $276.00 given away in prize money. After the 1st year we decided that no more prize money would be given away and all money raised would be donated to the top bowler's charity choice. We started to name the tournament each year using a name from the bowler who came up with the best name, and they would have money donated to their charity. We did that for 12 years. We are now over 28 years and still going.
     We understand the needs families have with their childrens abilities, and we want to try to help them with the money we raise. 
 
     Here is the list of the bowler who placed 1st over the years. The (*) by the name means that person has participated in all years to date along with Sue Swoger, Nancy & Karen from Eastway Lanes and Rick Makowski. They are all known as the "ORIGINALS"

Year

Winner

H/c Score

Annual

Date

Bowlers

Total Raised

Grand Total

1989

Susan Makowski

764

Kings Rook "Rock-N-Roll"
1st
Annual

4/9/89

123

$481.00

$481.00

1990

Rodney Widdowson

765

"Rock-N-Bowl"
2nd Annual

4/22/90

163

$1,349.00

$1,830.00

1991

Kirk Werner

764

"Bowl For A Goal"
3rd Annual

4/14/91

189

$2,125.00

$3,955.00

1992

Preston Brida

754

"Keggling For Kids"
4th Annual

3/15/92

199

$2,330.00

$6,285.00

1993

Martin Quinn-Tie-Lisa Madara

736

"Strike The Wood"
5th Annual

3/21/93

194

$2,627.00

$8,912.00

1994

Bill Ostrum

707

"Candy Striper"
6th Annual

3/20/94

184

$3,013.00

$11,925.00

1995

Jacque Orzechowski*

796

"Wood-Be-Bowlers"
7th Annual

4/9/95

199

$3,772.00

$15,697.00

1996

Dean Jacobs

739

"Lace-Em Up"
8th Annual

3/17/96

204

$4,478.00

$20,175.00

1997

Colleen Jennings

766

"Leather" Be Strikes
9th Annual

3/23/97

222

$5,020.00

$25,195.00

1998

Bill Ostrum

726

"Tin-th"
10th Annual

3/22/98

178

$5,170.00

$30,365.00

1999

Tim Orzechowski*

763

"Steel a Strike"
11th Annual

4/11/99

193

$5,533.00

$35,898.00

2000

Mike Guerriero

767

"Pearls of the Earth"
12th Annual

4/30/00

227

$5,803.00

$41,701.00

2001

Bob Hayes

770

13th Annual

3/25/01

251

$9,641.00

$51,342.00

2002

Rich Fabin

758

14th Annual

3/24/02

286

$11,525.00

$62,867.00

2003

Lisa Stroup

737

15th Annual

3/30/03

352

$13,481.00

$76,348.00

2004

Marlene Barczynski

741

16th Annual

3/28/04

355

$14,788.00

$91,136.00

2005

Bill Schroth*

777

17th Annual

3/20/05

368

$18,336.00

$109,472.00

2006

Mike Potts

767

18th Annual

3/26/06

402

$22,346.00

$131,818.00

2007

Carol Niedzwiecki

790

19th Annual

3/25/07

406

$22,765.00

$154,583.00

2008

Don Sandison

741

20th Annual

3/30/08

407

$25,679.00

$180,262.00

2009

Larry Hoganson

850

21st Annual

3/29/09

397

$24,978.00

$205,240.00

2010

Matt Passalinqua

794

22nd Annual

3/28/10

387

$27,023.00

$232,263.00

2011

Rick Eggleston

823

23rd Annual

3/27/11

395

$24,438.00

$256,701.00

2012

Mark Hooks

776

24th Annual

3/25/12

376

$23,266.00

$279,967.00

2013

Bill Zinz

772

25th Annual

3/24/13

405

$29,167.00

$309,134.00

2014

Brian Carney

788

26th Annual

3/23/14

404

$30,052.00

$339,186.00

2015

Brandon Mlakar

771

27th Annual

3/29/15

407

$33,909.00

$373,095.00

2016

Geoff Bach

777

28th Annual

4/3/16

401

$31,209.00

$404,304.00

2017

Gary Kyle

802

29th Annual

3/27/17

402

$28,075.00

$432,379.00