April 21, 2009
Hall of Fame inductions added to birthday party
With a 75th birthday celebration upcoming, the local Seven Valley United States Bowling Congress will add to the festivities by inducting five new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame this summer.
Conceived in a Cortlandville Fire Station in 1934, the former Cortland Bowling Association now conducts business — along with the former Cortland Women’s Bowling Association — under the Seven Valley USBC banner these days.To help celebrate a memorable 75-year history, the association decided to kick off the new season by holding the Hall of Fame Banquet in a new time slot. Formerly a rite of springtime, the event is now scheduled for July 25 at the Walden Oaks Country Club in Cortlandville.
Jane Park, Gen Duca, Gary Loudan, Russ Teeter and Ron Marshall will be joining the Hall of Fame ranks on that special evening. Loudan and Park will go into the Hall of Fame under the Accomplishment and Achievement category, Teeter and Marshall in the Candidates for Service category and Duca in the Candidates for Golden Longevity category.
The banquet will start with cocktails from 4-5 p.m. with the dinner to follow at 5 p.m. Those wishing tickets can contact association manager Brenda Allen at 836-4323 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a closer look at this Hall of Fame group:
Gary Loudan: This McGraw resident has rolled in both Cortland associations for over 30 years, and has seven perfect games and an 800 series on his resume. He rolled 299 games on four other occasions, and had a couple of 298 close calls. Loudan holds 11 association titles, having taken top honors in team scratch, doubles, scratch, all-events scratch and all-event with handicap in Cortland tournament action.
Jane Park: A 30-year plus veteran since beginning as a youth bowler, Park still maintains a 195 average in two leagues. She also had a perfect 300 game to her credit with a high 770 among several 700 series rolled during her career. Park won several association titles including 1996 scratch doubles, 1997 scratch and handicap singles and a 1997 first place all events. She also received sportsmanship awards from 2004 and 2008 and was a 1998 and 2000 New York State Moose Mixed team member tournament champion.
Russ Teeter: While having been a past league president for five years and a secretary for many years for some 20 years, Teeter had also tasted plenty of success on lanes during his 47-year career — including a high 697 series and 297 game. He still rolls in three leagues locally and has competing in numerous local and state tournaments. He recently captured the Seven Valley senior doubles title for 2007-08, too, and has always been a dedicated promoter to the sport.
Ron Marshall: This DeRuyter icon, who has been honored as the Youth Coach of the Year on three different occasions including this past season, has bowler for over 50 years and has been a coach and mentor for over 40 seasons. He also has been a part of several local, state and national tournaments, has several 700 series to his credit and had a high single of 297. He is also a sponsor for the Fireman’s Tourney where a 300 no-tap game was rolled.
Gen Duca: A former Zonta Person of the Year in Cortland County, Duca had been a sanctioned bowler for 55 years and is still going strong. She achieved a high series of 526, a high game of 215 and a high average of 136. A participant in many local tournaments, she has maintained a positive attitude in every endeavor.
Pettit Takes Tour Title
Bryan Pettit captured the Cortland/Ithaca Bowling Tour title this past Sunday at Cort-Lanes in Cortland, beating Dave Bowling 503-364 in a two-game finale in the Grand Championship roll-off.
There were 16 bowlers on hand to bowl four games in the opening round of the Grand Championship, with the top eight advancing into the match play bracket. The top 10 scores posted with handicap were Tom Sullivan with 916, Jim Pitts 911, Ashley Golden 905, Anthony Pitts 885, Jim Myers 876, Pettit 836, Chuck Pitts 828 and David Bowling 822.
In the first round of bracket play, Bowling defeated Sullivan 449-407, Myers knocked off Anthony Pitts 432-423, Pettit eliminated Golden 476-431 and Jim Pitts beat Chuck Pitts 435-415.
In the semifinal roll-offs, Pettit topped Jim Pitts 455-421 and Bowling knocked off Meyers 461-428 to set up the championship pairing which saw Pettit prevail.
The Cortland/Ithaca Bowling Tour will return for next season with another full schedule of matches. For more information, please visit the tour’s Web site at home.roadrunner.com/~jmyers6/cibt/.
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