Bowling club ready to roll


— Steamboat Springs' bowling alley owners Wayne and Jane Garrison are hoping a new program will spark the return of junior bowling in Steamboat Springs.

"We've already had about 33 kids sign up, so we are off to a good start," Wayne Garrison said of the Cartoon Network Bowling Club.

The club is a new promotional program that offers children a chance to get official Cartoon Network merchandise just for bowling at the Snow Bowl every Sunday.

Garrison said the new program is not a league but a club where young bowlers and their parents come to the Snow Bowl every Sunday and bowl two games. Garrison said the young bowlers will be introduced to new games and have a chance at winning a variety of different prizes.

"I'm not sure how often we will do it, but we might have an eight pin no-tap (bowlers are credited for a strike if they get eight pins) or some sort of Scotch doubles tournament (where parent and child take turns throwing the ball) just to shake things up and keep it fun."

The children will receive a bowling ball, T-shirt and 50-minute Flintstones video upon completion of the club. Cost is $15 per team (one parent and one child) every week.

"We want to stress that this is a club," Garrison said "It's a non-competitive format and there are no standings. We just want the parents to come out with their kids and have some fun."

Garrison said every session will be capped at 24 bowlers. He said he thinks he has enough interest to fill one session now. Another session may be added if there are enough teams to fill another session.

Garrison said he also hopes the program will build enough interest at the junior level to eventually add a league.

"We just want to get this thing off the ground and rolling and then we will see where it goes from there," Garrison said.

The children can choose from four different Cartoon Network characters, including the Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Dee-Dee or Johnny Bravo as a theme for the ball and shirt included in club membership.

The program will start Sunday at the Snow Bowl. For more information, or to sign up, contact the Snow Bowl at 879-9840.


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