Rodes Gregory, a native of Kentucky, has lived in Columbia for 22 years. He's retired twice, the first time after 20 years with the U. S. Army and the second time after 14 years with General Electric.
Last year, Gregory and his wife Regina began bowling in the Club 55 league at Brunswick Columbia.
Regina, averaging 87, shot a game that was 118 pins over her average the first month of the season to become Bowler of the Week.
It took Rodes a little longer to claim that honor, but in Week 29 of the season, he did it.
"I got a new bowling ball," he said. "And I made sure that the weight wasn't 16 pounds, this one's just 13 pounds, 7 ounces and I can swing it a lot easier, get a lot more speed on my delivery and that moves the pins
around much better."
After switching to the new ball Gregory posted a 199 game and a 537 series, both personal highs.
That set was 106 pins over his average series that week and that made him Bowler of the Week.
Club 55 year-end tourney
On May 12, Brunswick Columbia played host to all the Club 55 Bowlers of the Week in a year-end Bowler of the Year tournament.
Fred Conaway of Columbia was Bowler of the Week for Week 7, earning him a spot in the Bowler of the Year tournament.
After retiring in 1977, Conaway turned to tenpin bowling.
Still recovering from a hip replacement in May 1992, he's raised his average from a season-low 110 to 116.
In the year-end tournament, Conaway bowled 84 pins over average to become Club 55's Bowler of the Year.