Jean Crews and Elaine Ingersoll (from left) used the day’s best single game and series to beat Red Fletcher and Curtis Drayden for the Gold Medal in the 65-69 age bracket of NW La. District Senior Olympics Scotch Doubles at Holiday Lanes in Bossier City. (Click photo to enlarge)
After going ”abroad” to share high game honors in NW La. District Senior Olympics Singles Bowling at All Star Lanes earlier in the week, Elaine Ingersoll teamed with Jean Crews to pace scoring in Scotch Doubles competition Friday at Holiday Lanes in Bossier City.
The top duo calls Holiday Lanes home, Elaine holding a 168 average there and Jean a 143.
“This is our house,” Elaine said after she and Jane had a 46 pin edge over the next highest team, Paula and Larry Hadwin.
Elaine is part of a NW La. District Senior Olympics first family. Her father, the late George Labonte, taught her the game beginning when she was 16. Her mother, Doris, won a Shuffleboard Gold Medal in the National Senior Olympics. When the YMCA of Shreveport-Bossier established the district games in 1992, the Labontes were among its advisors as to the conduct of the senior games. Both George and Doris are former Athletes of the Year for the NW La. District. And Elaine and her father made up one of the first father-daughter bowling teams in district bowling competition.
“We just love this house,” Elaine said after Friday’s victory “The lanes are nice and smooth. Today we just picked one another up when we needed to. Jane’s right handed and I’m lefthanded and that worked in our favor when we had to pick up spares.”
The winners’ series opened with a 189, followed by a 166 and capped with a 200, the high game of the day. In their age bracket, the winners bested Red Fletcher and Curtis Drayden by 69 pins for the Gold Medal for bowlers 65 to 69 years old.
Other Gold Medals went to Gayle Pearce-Bill Laurenson, 497 in the 55-59 age group, the Hadwins, 509 in 60-64, Lajuana Ramey and Richard Rice, 491 in 70-74 and Notra Odoms-Jim Draper 483 in 75-plus.
55-59: Gayle Pearce-Bill Laurenson 497 Gold, Rose Kuplesky-Jane Pace 393 Silver.60-64: Larry and Paula Hadwin 509 Gold, Mary Foise-J.R. Morse 431 Silver, Ann Barber-Kathy Hayes 395 Bronze. 65-69: Elaine Ingersoll-Jean Crews 555 Gold, Red Fletcher-Curtis Drayden 486 Silver. 70-74: Lajuana Ramey-Richard Rice 491 Gold, B.J. Ellison-Glenda Kenes 451 Silver, Minnette McElhannon-Kay Staples 387 Bronze. 75-plus: Notra Odoms-Jim Draper 483 Gold, Gary and Mary Price 444 Silver, Betty Hustead-Dick Hainey 434 Bronze.