You may know of good friends engaging in similar leisure pursuits, but I know of a core coterie of bowling enthusiasts intermingling amongst the tri-states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. This coterie consists of mixtures of Southeast Asian ethnicities from Laotians, Khmers, Chinese, Hmongs, and Vietnamese players partaking in what many may deem similar to as a traveling league—a very far and arduous distance from my hometown of Saint Paul might I add. Amid this group were about 30-40 members, growing larger with each passing year, and their ultimate goal is to outwit one another in a friendly free-for-all battle of bowling, to distinguish the best from the rest. Their latest venture was held in Milwaukee this Saturday May 9, 2009 at the AMF Bowlero Lanes.
Everyone came abundantly equipped, as each participator in this tourney came prepared with their own accessories as well as other miscellaneous accompaniments that came along with bowling, which included several or more of the followings: personal bowling shoes—not like the stinky used house loaners you usually get; to the bulky bowling bags, some wheels strolled to some fashionable tote-sized carriers holding one of a kind individually tailored bowling balls—some balls more ostentatious than others; to a wide array of knick knacks from personal wrist-braces, gloves, to the colorful resin grip bags, and protection tapes for the thumbs and fingers; and lastly, to the delicate cares in pampering their bowling babies with the usage of oil-free towels in preserving the cleanliness of their bowling balls from the excess oil.
These bowlers weren’t the novice individuals using house balls; these were players that have been slowly perfecting their game with practice. Their games were purely as magical and consistent with Xs and marked 9s with slashes in scores upward to the 200+ on every single game played. Most bowlers were achieving high scores as good as the pros playing through the PBA (Professional Bowling Association) tours.
Here are the champs of the day:
1st Place: TKO
2nd Place: Tou Yang
3rd Place: Tied between Sunny Her and Zathia
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