Every Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. this August the Plano Senior Bowling League have been practicing their skills and searching for new members.
Roy Taylor, 85-year-old Plano resident and league president, said the league is all about having fun and meeting new people.
Ginger Landry, 76, and her husband Gabe, 78, have been members of the league for 11 years. According to Ginger, the couple’s first date was at a bowling alley. Both have been hooked on bowling ever since.
Jean Elliott, an 80-year-old Plano resident and avid bowler, said she started bowling back when duckpin bowling was popular — a miniature version of bowling with small pins and balls that originated on the East Coast in the early 1900’s.
“We are all in the same boat. We are all getting old,” Ginger said. “A lot of these people don’t ever give up. It is the fun of bowling. But it is also the camaraderie.”
Some senior leaguers believe the sport is growing in popularity in people of all ages.
“I think bowling is coming back. You see all these young kids bowling,” said Rudy Varney, 65 of Plano. “It is cheap. Where else can you come in an afternoon and spend hours having fun.”
Gabe, who has survived open heart surgery, a knee replacement and rheumatoid arthritis, said hitting the lanes with his wife and friends is better than turning into a couch potato.
“It is a whole lot better than sitting at home watching TV,” Gabe said.
Gabe steps into the lane, begins his wind up and releases a ball with a nasty spin.
The result is a perfect strike and a round of applause from fellow leaguers.
“I’ll take that one,” Gabe said.
Someone asks, “How did you do that?”
Gabe replies, “I don’t know.”
Well, it certainly isn’t beginners luck.