Bauman to compete in national tournament

Gloversville bowler Ed Bauman Sr. practices at Starlite Lanes on Friday in preparation for his trip to Reno, Nev. to compete in the USBC Senior National Tournament at the National Bowling Stadium, July 31 through Aug. 3. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — Last October, Ed Bauman Sr. made his fourth trip to Liverpool to bowling in the New York USBC Senior Tournament at Flamingo Lanes.

It proved to be a successful trip as he and doubles teammate Ken Dubois captured the tournament championship for the 55-59-year-old bracket with a 1,498 total.

Bauman continued his hot bowling at the tournament, posting a second-place finish in the six-game combined behind Sam Ventura of the Syracuse area, who edged the Gloversville bowler 1,534-1,526.

However, his 756 triple in the 55-59 singles division placed his third behind Ventura (803) and Don Towsley (768) and earned his a spot on the New York State roster to have a shot at bowling for the National Championship later this month in Reno, Nevada.

“I am in the 54-59 bracket and the competition is more than I ever thought it was,” said Bauman who carries a 222 average. “There are a lot of good bowlers.”

The USBC Senior Championships open on July 31 with the competition running through Aug. 3 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

Qualified bowlers from the state tournaments will bowl six games over two days, competing in the Open Division or Women’s Division against more than 400 bowlers for an estimated prize fund of $40,000.

“There is a practice on Tuesday [July 31] and then on Wednesday and Thursday there are qualifiers,” Bauman said. “Then on Friday, if you make it through the qualifiers, the top six in each age class bowl for the national championship.”

The top six bowlers from each age group advance to the medal round and bowl three more games to determine a national champion in each division – 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74 and 75-plus.

Even though Bauman and DuBois won the doubles title they will not be competing for the national title.

“Ken Dubois and I won the overall doubles and the state USBC gave us medals,” Bauman said. “It is probably one of the highlights of my bowling career. This was our fourth time bowling in the tournament and we have always cashed and met a lot of nice people.”

Bauman, who works at Townsend Leather in Johnstown, started bowling in the junior leagues at Sunset Lanes (now Starlite Lanes) when he was seven and is currently two-night a week bowler.

On Saturdays, he competes in the Afternoon Delight League at Arterial Lanes with his wife Marlene.

Both Marlene and Ed have been inducted into the Fulton County Bowling Hall of Fame.