Trail’s five-pin bowlers burned up the lanes at the provincial playdowns in Langley and Surrey over the weekend, picking up three medals and narrowly missing the podium on two other occasions.
Glenmerry Bowl’s senior boys team took home silver, while singles bowlers Jacob Plett and David Langille each grabbed bronze.
The performance is one of the best for a relatively small club going against the bigger centres.
“When you compare if to a lot of other years, for us to get three medals is really pretty good for here,” said Glenmerry Bowl’s Ron Sandnes.
Tim Flack, Jeffrey Horan, Joshua Mack and Devon Fulton threw a combined four-game score of 3,610 good enough for second place, behind powerhouse Port Coquitlam with 3,946. The team bowled consistently, including a high score of 1,003 in their third game. Vernon came third with 3,566.
In singles, the combined score of five games bowled determines the winner. Junior boys’ bowler Plett had the hot hand, leading the field after the first three games with scores of 278, 228 and 247. However, the Glenmerry bowler faltered just when his opponents caught fire, as gold-medal winner Josh Burgmann finished with scores of 344 and 227 and silver medalist Daniel Foster bowled 301 and 256 compared to Plett’s last two games of 177 and 152.
Langille bowled to bronze in senior boys with a combined score of 1,096. The gold went to Tyce Koenig who came back to beat Tyler McLean 1,360 to 1,339.
Tessa Anderson of Beaver Valley Lanes narrowly missed a podium finish in the bantam girls, coming fourth and trailing the bronze-medal winner Ava Loehr of Kamloops by a mere 20 points over five games.
Kennady Kerraif also finished strong but came up short, finishing fourth among senior girls bowlers with a cumulative score of 1,022.
When the last pin fell, all participants got together to enjoy a banquet and an opportunity to socialize with other bowlers.
“We’re really proud of them,” said Sandnes.
And the best part is that they really enjoyed themselves, he added.