For three years the Salvation Army and Town and Country Lanes have teamed up to bring a bowling tournament to the community that not only provides fun for all interested bowlers but also provides assistance to those who need it the most.
July is Home Energy Month in Oklahoma and while some have no trouble paying increasing energy costs, there are others who struggle to make their payments and rely on utility assistance programs from the city of Altus to keep their home running uninterrupted.
The purpose of the tournament is to ensure that these beneficial programs can continue to help those in need by raising the funds through a fun family event.
“This is our third annual tournament. It attracts both league bowlers and those who maybe don’t bowl as often,” Town and Country Lanes alley manager Brent McKnight said. “Last year, all participants ended up earning gift certificates worth much more than their entry fee.”
A Scotch Doubles tournament is played by a team of two bowlers working together to come out victorious and it is played in a way in which teamwork and communication are essential for success.
Scotch Doubles is played by having one member of the team bowl the first ball while the second member of the team bowls the second ball. If the first bowler did not get a strike, the second person is responsible for knocking down the remaining pins to pick up a spare.
The team of bowlers with the highest score at the end of the game wins not only the game but bragging rights as well while simultaneously helping provide energy assistance to many needy families in the Altus area.
The Salvation Army and Town and Country Lanes want to drive home the importance of the tournament and why such an event is needed in Altus.
While they expect all who show up to participate to have fun, they want competitors to know that this is much more than just a game of bowling to many citizens in the Altus community. This is also a way to keep things running smoothly at home for those struggling financially.
“Although there will be prizes for first place,” McKnight said. “The greatest prize is helping out our local community with the Salvation Army’s fundraising efforts.”
The third annual Salvation Army Scotch Doubles Bowling Tournament is scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. July 20 at 1616 E. Broadway St.
The registration fee for the tournament is $20 per doubles teams, and all interested bowlers are required to register in person at least 30 minutes prior to the event.
Registration can be completed at the Salvation Army Offices at 1100 N. Park Lane, The Salvation Army Family Store at 110 N. Main St., or at Town and Country Lanes at 1616 E. Broadway St.
For others not looking to bowl but wanting to add their name or their companies name to the event, sponsorships are also available and can be purchased by contacting The Salvation Army Offices at 580-482-8577.
For more information about this event and others, contact Brent McKnight at 580-482-6614 or Maj. Ben Walters at 580-482-8577.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.