By Dennis Clark
TERRE HAUTE — The Landing at Fort Harrison mini-resort opened to the public last week and its eight-lane bowling facility is nestled right in the midst of this ambitious business undertaking.
Bowling had been a staple at the former Elks Country Club since it opened on the historic site of Fort Harrison, located in the northwest corner of Terre Haute overlooking the Wabash River.
If you haven’t been to this bowling facility recently, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the many renovations.
The Landing will offer its customers the latest trend in the bowling industry, boutique bowling. Boutique bowling caters to parties or corporate groups, offering a cutting edge experience in addition to food and beverages.
The Landing’s brochure states a boutique bowling experience having an “edgy ambiance.”
“We’re on the edge of technology, computerization and what not,” stated The Landings’ bowling manager Brian Carapezza on Thursday.
Carapezza is a name familiar to area bowlers, being the former owner of Lucky Strike Bowl in Clinton. He states The Landing’s light show is as good as any in the Wabash Valley.
Coming within the next 30 days, according to Carapezza, is what he calls a virtual jukebox. Any type of music imaginable can be downloaded through the Internet on site for the desired party atmosphere.
The traditional league and open bowler has not been forgotten in this transformation. After all, Carapezza is an active member in the Greater Terre Haute Men’s Association.
The 700 Club will hold its final tournament of the season — Match Games — in late March or early April. Also, an annual Elks charity tournament is slotted for January.
A former long-time Elks men’s league, the ISU Physical Plant League, will return to its “old” lanes on Mondays after the first of the year.
Bowling rates are $3 per game, shoe rental is $2.50 and league play for three games is $8.50. There are numerous private party and party rental rates for either Monday-to-Thursday or Friday-to-Sunday dates.
A one-year pass for open play or league play per person is $400, while a family pass is $800 (up to five family members). Bowling passes can be bundled with golf and/or swimming at a reduced rate.
Bowling lane hours are 4 to 10 p.m. weekdays and from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
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While President-elect Barack Obama dazzled voters in the lengthy campaign recently completed in early November, his bowling “ability” along the campaign trail was not quite as dazzling. To say the least.
During the primaries, Obama reportedly bowled a lowly 37 over seven frames on Mar. 29 in Altoona, Pa.
Obama jokingly told late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel soon after: “I hear there’s a bowling alley and obviously that hasn’t gone too well. So we’re getting rid of the bowling alley and replacing it with a basketball court in the White House.”
Instead of taking out the lanes, members of the Professional Bowlers Association are willing to perform a Presidential bowling intervention.
“Once the family is settled in, the PBA Tour will be pleased and anxious to send some of our top male and female professional bowlers in to give lessons to the President-elect and first lady on the White House bowling lanes,” said PBA VP/COO Tom Clark.
“I have one bowling tip for Obama: take a lesson from me,” said Billy Oatman, the first African American on the exempt PBA Tour. “Call Billy Oatman and he’ll get a lesson.”
“I saw the clip [Obama bowling] on YouTube and I have some tips for Obama,” added PBA star Norm Duke. “Obama’s been in a suit and tie too long. He needs to get some athletic apparel and a bowling ball that fits his hand. He needs to work on hitting the head pin because he didn’t do that very well [in the YouTube clip].”
According to whitehousemuseum.org, bowling lanes at the White House were first built in the ground floor of the West Wing as a birthday gift for President Truman in 1947 — located in the present-day Situation Room. Truman didn't care for bowling himself, but did allow staff to start a league.
The lanes were moved to the Old Executive Office Building in 1955 to make way for a mimeograph room.
In 1969, Richard Nixon and his wife Pat, both avid bowlers, had a new one-lane alley built (paid for by friends) in an underground workspace area below the driveway leading to the North Portico. That’s where its located today.
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Now back to local bowling news.
The Barnes Construction team, in a four-person mixed league at Imperial Lanes on Dec. 1, rolled a scratch game of 948 — with just a 728 team average.
In the third and final game of the night, Bob Harvey (194 average) rolled a 257, Alex Ixba (161 avg.) had a 224, Ann Barnes (170 avg.) fired a 234, while Bill Barnes (203 avg.) added a 233.
The previous high team actual game in this league was 838, obliterated by Barnes Construction by a whopping 110 pins. Their three-game team series was 2,469, exceeding a previous high of 2,360.
Thanks to Ann Barnes for the e-mail.
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Terre Haute Bowling Center
Wabash Valley Christian — High games: Tony Morris 226, Janet Swalls 169, Central Christian 743. High series: Morris 624, Swalls 460. Central Christian 2,015. (Previous week) High games: Kyle Fenton 254, Brandy Gum 162, Heart Beats 695. High series: Fenton 601, Cindy Hart 434, Heart Beats 1,863.
Wednesday Prime Timers — High games: Thomas Artman 243, Josephine Miller 187. High series: Richard Stephens 663, Ruth Johnson 495. (Previous week) High games: Rob Klemaszewski 252, Jean Zurcher 190. High series: Klemaszewski 660, Pat Stewart 492.
Guarantee Roofing — High games: Scott Johansen Sr. 300, Team 5 1,086. High series: John D. Phillips 709, Affordable Awards 3,084.(Previous week) High games: Harold Costello 279, Applied Book Keeping 1,140. High series: Guy Johnson 743, Applied Book Keeping 3,257.
Premier Homes Mixed — High games: Cody Fuller 259, Amanda Taylor 213, Chandler Construction 911. High series: Richard Rich 678, Vicki Rich 590, Stuckeys 2,492.
Nancy’s Song Bird Karaoke — High games: Carol Davis 224, TH Bowling Center 977. High series: Sarah Tharp 566, TH Bowling Center 2,634. (Previous week) High games: Stephanie Gambill 217, TH Bowling Center 902. High series: Carol Davis 598, TH Bowling Center 2,591.
THBC Prime Timers — High games: Gary Morgan 224, Pat Kays 201. High series: Bill Miller 599, Kays 517.
ANG Mixed — High games: Albert Mayes 265, Marsha Marcum 12, Shear Madness 823. High series: Mayes 691, Marcum 601, Shear Madness 2,437.
Chandler Construction — High games: Bradley Strain 217, Misty Chandler 211, Lucky Strikes 727. High series: Strain 605, Chandler 614, Lucky Strikes 2,005.
Affordable Awards Ladies — High games: Tom Bowker 275, Mandy Wilkins 249, Logans Rib-Eye 853. High series: Bowker 724, Wilkins 608, Logans Rib-Eye 2,389.
Russ Fisher Truck Parts — High games: Michael Fisher Jr. 298, Team 11 1,141. High series: Gary Myers 721, Team 10 3,198.
Thursday Youth — High games: Wade Sons and Cole Walker 202, Maria Walton 118. High series: Sons 577, Walton 315.
THBC Bantams — High games: Aiden Fellows 125, Halie Hart 78. High series: Fellows 347, Rachael Goekler 197.
THBC Preps — High games: Cory Keller 157, Emily Hazelrigg 153. High series: Michael Rogers 372, Hazelrigg 421.
THBC Juniors — High games: Corey Stephens 228, Ashley Ray 163. High series: Tanner Tuberosa 603, Ray 452.
THBC Seniors — High games: Justin Moreland 248, Mack Pepper 184. High series: Moreland 699, Pepper 525.
Affordable Awards — High games: Christina Smith 225, Casey Coffee Shop 872. High series: Smith 622, Casey Coffee Shop 2,524.
Thursday Senior Mixed — High games: B.L. Chandler 244, Pat Stewart 236, Cobras 791. High series: Chandler 617, Stewart 612, Red Birds 2,298.
Vigo Bowl Bantams — High games: Dayton Perry and Nicholas Wagner 85, Morgan Boehler 70, Hot Shots 260. High series: Perry 157, Boehler 133, Hot Shots 485.
Vigo Bowl Preps — Hgh games: Nate Nacke 154, Darian Perry 148, Silver Dragons 523. High series: Nacke 431, Perry 353, Silver Dragons 1,444.
Vigo Bowl Juniors — High games: C.J. Brooks 179, Rebecca Ruddock 182, Team 3 663. High series: Brooks 484, Madison Peabody 435, Team 3 1,956.
Vigo Bowl Seniors — High games: Nicholas Fields 222, Tiffany Lockhart 216, Ninja Hamsters 902. High series: Field 609, Audrey Nelson 589, Team 5 2,621.
Distributor’s Terminal — High games: Suzanne Finn and Peggy Allen 189, M&M;’s 626. High series: Laura Danforth 522, Gutter Gals 1,810.
School Staff — High games: Joe Bush 268, Lana Frazier 195, South Vigo 797. High series: Bush 684, Kathy Stevens 470, South Vigo 2,167.
Eagles Mixed — High games: Don Jeffers 266, Tasha Lewis Stevens 235, Pinheads 794. High series: Robert Stevens 652, Stevens 598, Pinheads 2,273.
Bell Welding — High games: Doug Smith 277, Granger 1,051. High series: Smith 721, Granger 2,968.
Baesler’s Market Senior — High games: Mike Zebrowski Sr. 267, Sue Chandler 224, Jane’s Gang 866. High series: Zebrowski Sr. 734, Chandler 561, Jane’s Gang 2,371.
The Bush — High games: Rusty Deal 300, Stultz’s Drag Racing 1,209. High series: Tom Barr 727, Stultz’s Drag Racing 3,353.
Mic’s Pics — High games: Stephanie Weishaupt 210, Bell’s Gals 563. High series: Ida Taylor 529, Bell’s Gals 1,481.
Sunday Night Mixed — High games: Jim Shepherd 246, Mysti Fisher 707. High series: Al Farmer 705, Fisher 707, The Survivors 2,321.
Wims Monday Mixed — High games: Don Dalton 267, Ann Barnes 234. High series: Dalton 778, Barnes 611, Barnes Construction 2,469.
Archie’s Tuesday Men — High games: Jim Decker 278. High series: Mike Fisher Sr. 739, TGIF 3,307.
Tuesday Morning Ladies — High games: Phyllis Grover 185. High series: Pauling Weddle 454, Riley Two 757.
Smith Trucking — High games: Scott Hill 299, Crystal Sullivan 256. High series: Jim Decker 810, Sullivan 715, Fisher Distributing 3,397.
Pizza Works Thursday Mixed — High games: Rob Laney 290, Jeeana Montgomery 621. High series: Danny Travelstead 764, Montgomery 621, Al’s Sports Bar 3,262.
Joe and Gore Thursday Men — High games: Devon Klutey 231. High series: Klutey 648, Fox Canteen 2,819.