Master Bowlers' Association of Alberta

Official website of the Alberta Master Bowlers

August 2014

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Welcome back for another great season!

 The AGM was held May 25, 2014 in Red Deer.  Everyone who attended the meeting had their name put into a draw for a pair of bowling shoes sponsored by Sanders Pro.  This year’s recipient was Jerry Budnyk of Edmonton.  He was a very happy winner!!

National Success

 The 2014 Nationals were held in Winnipeg with Alberta once again making a great showing!

 The Alberta contingent won the Aggregate for the third year in a row. Congratulations to the entire contingent.

 Our Tournament Division Ladies team finished in 2nd place bringing home a silver medal.

 The Alberta Tournament Men brought home bronze medals.

 The Teaching Ladies finished up in 4th place, while the Teaching men were 6th.

 The Senior Division team finished in 5th place.

 Following a 3 way tie for 3rd place, Monique Dunis won the Teaching Ladies Bronze medal!

 Greg Gigliuk finished in 3rd place in the Senior Division Singles event winning a bronze medal as well.  Greg was forced to play left handed this year following shoulder surgery last December.  He encourages everyone to try it out!!

 Jennifer Baker qualified second in the Tournament Ladies Singles Division and won her first match with games of 258 and 290.  Jenn took the final match to 3 games but was defeated by only 13 pins in the final game.  Congratulations to Jenn on her silver medal!!

 Aaron Arndt was the defending Tournament Men’s Division Champion this year in Winnipeg, having won the singles title last year in Calgary.  Aaron qualified 2nd in the match play leading up to the stepladder in Winnipeg.   He won his first match in 3 games, which led him once again to the final.  Aaron and his opponent split the first 2 games and then brought it all down to the 10th frame of the final game.  It was a very exciting finish, with Aaron once again coming out victorious and winning the gold medal and his second singles title in a row.  The final game was 333-320, in Aaron’s favor.  Congratulations to Aaron!  This is a feat that has never been accomplished before in the men’s division.

Alberta Masters Members Honored

 We would like to congratulate Greg Gigliuk and Brian Rossetti.  At the National Banquet, each of these gentlemen received the Master Bowlers’ Association of Canada “Award of Excellence” for Dedication and Performance.

 Greg and Brian join Dianne Violini, Bruce Morter, Fran Clarke, Willy Moyes, and Lynn Howell in this elite group.

 Greg has been a board member for 30 years and has provided valuable input to the success and growth of our organization.  He has served as President, Past President, Tournament Director, Master/Youth and Master/YBC Director, and is currently our Treasurer.

 On the performance side of the award, Greg has excelled thru coaching at the YBC level, the Open and the Master Bowlers’ Association.

 On the lanes he has had success at both the Open and the Masters, as well as having appeared on CBC and TSN. Greg has bowled a perfect game and was selected as one of the top 100 bowlers of all time in Canada.  Greg also competed on the 1st and only Canada Winter Games team in 1983 in Chicoutami, Quebec, where the Alberta team finished 4th

 Brian has been a valuable member of both the Alberta and the National Master’s boards for over 18 years.  Currently Brian holds the office of President in Alberta and Vice-President for the Master Bowlers’ Association of Canada.

 As well, Brian has excelled on the lanes by representing Alberta as a bowler and a coach for many years.  His success has led to a life membership in Alberta, induction into the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame, and a ten year invitation to instruct at the Saskatchewan Summer Bowling School.  In addition, Brian was selected to be the spokesperson for 5 pin bowling on CBC television on Sports Day in Canada.

 Congratulations to Greg and Brian, both very deserving recipients of these awards!

Alberta 5 Pin Cards

This will be the first reminder of the season regarding Alberta 5 Pin Cards.

All Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta participants are required to have an Alberta 5 Pin card by November 30th of the current bowling season.  Should you happen to make a National team without a card, you will be disqualified and not allowed to go to the National event.

The 5 pin cards must be purchased through a local proprietor or directly through the Alberta 5 pin office.

Upcoming Community Sport Clinic

 The Master Bowlers’ Association of Alberta is hosting a Community Sport Clinic on Sunday, September 28, 2014, at the Sherwood Park Bowling Centre from 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

 The cost is $70.00 and is payable at the clinic.  If you are interested or know of anyone else who is interested in joining the Masters, please contact Ernie McLellan at 780-449-7102 or  to register.  The registration deadline is Monday, September 22, 2014.

Master/Youth Tournament

 Included with this newsletter you will find an entry form for the Master/Youth Tournament.  These entry forms are to be forwarded to Maria Wood.  Maria’s information is included on the entry form. (Link to forms)

 The Master/Youth Tournament will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at Paradise Lanes in Calgary, with a shift at 3:00 p.m. and also a 7:00 p.m. shift, if necessary.  Entry fee is $50.00 per bowler!

 Please note that the dress code for this tournament for the Master bowlers is as follows:  Full Alberta Uniform, no Master’s golf shirt or shorts.  Masters not in full uniform will be disqualified.  This will be strictly enforced.

Late Renewal Fee

 Please note the late fee of $10.00 if renewal fees are not paid by September 21st of the current bowling season.

The 2015 Nationals will be held in Hamilton, Ontario, from June 27, 2015 – July 3, 2015!! 

 June 27 and July 3 will be travel days.

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