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Bowling Hall adding four new members

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Gazette staff
October 21, 2009
— Judy Kahl, Pat Leitz, Bill Shrier and Craig Brace are this year’s inductees for the SCWI/USBC Bowling Association Joint Halls of Fame.

The enshrinement dinner is Saturday at the Janesville Elks Club. It will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 and the induction ceremony.


All tickets were purchased in advance.


The four inductees have a 153 years combined bowling experience. Each inductee said they have made great friendships, enjoyed promoting bowling and are honored to be an inductee in the Class of 2009.


Judy Kahl

The Janesville resident is being inducted for meritorious service and superior performance.


Kahl has been a member of the SCWUSBC—formerly JBA/JWBA-SCWWBA—for 37 years and been bowling for 40 years. She began bowling in 1970 in the Summerettes League at Playmore (currently RiversEdge).


Among her accomplishments, Kahl has trophies for league high game and series, and triplicate scores of 210, bowled in 2007. She had a 179 high average in the 2006-07 season. Her career high game is 277 and high series is 649, both bowled during the 1988-89 season.


“Not in my wildest dreams,” Leitz said of her thoughts of joining the Hall. “I’m not one of the elite bowlers.’’


But Kahl worked hard for the sport as a volunteer, and it paid dividends.


Kahl’s service record includes seven years on the association board of directors, nine years as secretary/treasurer in the Sunday Mixed League at the former Back O’ The Yards and extensive volunteer work with junior bowlers.


“I like to say, ‘I taught (local standout) Steve Tabbert everything he knows about bowling.’ ” Kahl said.


Kahl credits Monty Paulson of the former Back O’ The Yards for his guidance and Joe Paniagua for changing her approach from five to four-steps.


Her list of competitions includes 14 national tournaments, along with city and state tournaments.


Kahl married her husband, Ron, in 1963. They have two children, Michelle and Greg, and two grandchildren, Lindsay and Travis, and a special great baby, Tayanna Rose.


Pat Leitz

The former Edgerton resident is being inducted for meritorious service and superior performance.


Leitz has been an SCWUSBC member for 39 years and has been bowling for 40 years. She has bowled at El-Ra, the former Franklin Gardens, Blackbridge, RiversEdge and Northern Inn, her former home lanes.


During her career, Leitz has served on the local association board, was secretary of her Thursday Night League for more than 25 years, secretary of her Sunday Nite Mixed League for four years and was a delegate to a national bowling convention in Miami. For several years, Leitz led a team in an eight-pin no-tap tournament in Stoughton.


Leitz’s grandfather, Dwayne VanAlstine, was inducted postumusly into the Hall in 1976. He died while bowling in 1962.


“Ever since then, my kind of dream was to follow in his footsteps,” Leitz said. “Eventually, it happened to me.’’


Leitz has bowled in the Hoinke’s, State Queens, Tournament of Roses and the national tournament through the last 22 years. She appeared on “Bowling for Dollars” national television program and was a member of the former Janesville all-star teams.


A fingertip bowler, who throws a reverse hook to the left pocket, Leitz has a 299 game and several 700 series.


“I thew a backup ball, but I consider it a reverse hook,” Leitz said. “It is such an unorthdoxed method to throw the ball, and I still bowled all the high scores. I’ve pretty much taught myself how to throw with the finger tips.’’


Pat is married to David, and they and have five children—Dennis and Randall Rucker, Kevin and Keith Leitz, and Shelly Zartman. The Leitzs recently moved to Hayward, where they promptly joined a bowling league on Tuesday.


Bill Shrier

The Brodhead resident is being inducted for meritorious service and superior performance.


Shrier has been a SCWUSBC member for 28 years and has been bowling for 29 years. Shrier started in the Tuesday Night Late Men’s League at Cardinal Lanes in 1980 and still bowls in that league.


Shrier also bowled in the Sunday Afternoon Goodtimers couples league from 1981-90. In 1999, he began bowling in the Saturday Night Live couples league with Cardinal Lanes proprietors Jack and Jen Binko.


Among his accomplishments, Shrier had a 199 average in 2006-07, a 279 high game and a 700 high series.


A dedicated bowler, Shrier was the president and secretary/treasurer of the Tuesday Night Late Mixed league. He was on the Janesville Bowling Association’s board of directors and the Janesville Youth Bowling Association board for 16 years.


Shrier found his niche assisting young bowlers and the youth leagues.


“I enjoyed working with kids,” he said. “I have stayed involved with bowling and have been on the board and have met a lot of people.’’


Shrier currently is on the SCWUSBC board of directors as Cardinal Lanes representative. Other service achievements include lane certification for Cardinal and Albany Lanes.


As a competitive bowler, Shrier entered several Evelyn Kettle Memorial Tournaments with youth bowlers from Cardinals Lanes. He helped his wife, Phyllis, with organizing and running the JYABA tournament for seven years.


Shrier has bowled in the association tournament for 15 years and the state tournament for 10. He bowled his first 700 series in a Steel Workers Union tournament in the early ’90s in Beloit.


Shrier, a Vietnam veteran, has been married to Phyllis for 36 years. They have two children, Missie and Jason, and three grandchildren.


Craig Brace

The Janesville resident is being inducted for meritorious service and superior performance.


Brace has been a member of the SCWUSBC for 32 years.


“It was bit of surprise, and a humbling honor,” Brace said of his selection to the Hall. “Only two males and two females get in every year, so it’s an honor.’’


“My late father-in-law got me started when he needed a substitute for a Tuesday Night League,” said Brace, who began bowling regularly when he was 21. “I subbed that year and the next year, and my wife and I went into a couples league, and I started bowling on a regular basis.’’


On the lanes, Brace has averaged more than 200 in leagues for the last nine years. He had the league high game and average in several men’s and mixed leagues through the years at El-Ra, Blackbridge and Back O’ The Yards. Brace recently bowled his first 300.


“I think I’m getting better as I get older,” Brace said. “My average has actually gone up.’’


In tournaments, Brace was the 1976 Gazette/WCLO singles champion, was third in the State Moose Tournament, had a top 25 all events finish and 40 singles finish in the 2003 state tournament and was third in doubles in the City Tournament. He has competed in three association tournaments, 23 state tournaments and 11 national tournament appearances.


Brace’s high average was 221 in 2007. He recently marked his first 300 and he has a 793 high series, falling one mark short of an 800 series three times.


Brace’s service record includes president, secretary and treasurer for many men’s and mixed leagues through the past 25 years.


Off the lanes, Brace was a member of Janesville Parker High School’s 1971 WIAA boys state championship basketball team and the 1972 team that advanced to the state semifinals.


Craig is married to Yvonne. They have three children—Chris, Mike and Katie—and three grandchildren.




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