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June 17, 2013

Kokomo Bowling Association Hall of fame welcomes new class

Kokomo bowling group adds 5 new members.

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For Lawrence, bowling has been his passion for 35 years in which he’s had two 300s, a high series of 814, an 803 series with 20 consecutive strikes and 10 series over 700 while averaging 204. He served as a coach at Don Lowry Lanes and along with Tom Beale started a prayer group for youth. He was the first to roll an 800 series and 300 game in the same season.

“This is the game I love,” he said. “I’ve had two knee surgeries, but as long as it’s fun I’ll be there. It’s an honor to be inducted with some very special people, and I’m humbled to be here.”

Kelley has been at the game for 30 years; has teamed with several Hall memvers on outstanding teams and is considered an excellent spare shooter with a career high average of 186 and high series of 698 that included a 278 game. The “Hall” image runs in the family as husband Rick was inducted last year; daugher Lisa Cook in 2010 and neice Beth Perkins in 2005.

“I was shocked when I was told I was being inducted,” she offered. “I never thought I was worthy. But bowling has been my home away from home, and it has been the best time of my life. When I shot my first 200 I was hooked. This has been a very special night.”

Burge is a 30-year veteran of the lanes with a career average of 197, a high single game of 276 and high series of 748, 715, 702 and 701 along with numerous championships. She is a proclaimed tournament fanatic having competed in many local, state and national tournaments.

“I was very surprised and had no idea when I was informed I was to be inducted,” she remarked. “I love the game and now bowl in just two leagues. But to me bowling is all about family, friends and people. The game has changed, but I still love it.”

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