Bowling: Missy Arndt’s ability, faithfulness get her into Lakeshore Hall of Fame
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent November 6, 2012 11:18PM
Updated: December 8, 2012 6:40AM
When longtime Hobart bowler, association board member, secretary and tournament organizer Missy Arndt received a letter stating that she was being nominated for induction for the Lakeshore Bowling Association Hall of Fame, she couldn’t fully comprehend what she was reading and, therefore, needed someone else to confirm what she was reading.
“When I received the letter, I read it twice,” Arndt said. “I then took it to my husband and told him to read it; I asked him if I was reading this correctly. I started thinking who would have written a resume for me to get me nominated into a hall of fame. But the letter also said that we needed to attend this meeting so people could vote for me.”
So Arndt gathered every family member that could vote to come to the meeting and cast a vote for her induction. It turned out to be enough, and Arndt, who served many years on the board of the Lake Suburban Women’s Bowling Association and was its secretary of the year in 2003, will be formally inducted into the hall on Sunday at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville.
“It was a big thrill,” Arndt said. “Our whole family walked into that meeting like a big clan; we took up almost the whole back row. I certainly don’t think I’m in the same league as a Lisa Anserello or my father in law (the late Frank Arndt). but I’ve now been in the sport 38 years.”
Arndt remembers those early days as an 8-year old when she started bowing at the old Pin Bowl in New Chicago on U.S. 6. She then started bowling in the youth league at Camelot Bowl in Portage and eventually joined at the Camelot Queens women’s league with her mom, Liberty Braun, and a Saturday mixed league at Hobart Lanes on Saturday. Between those leagues and subbing, Arndt found herself bowing five nights a week.
“My mom and dad (Mike Walker) definitely impacted my game early on,” Arndt said. “When I was young and didn’t have kids it was easy to bowl a lot.”
She also clearly remembers her career bowling highlight: a 843 series (on games of 265, 300, 278) in the Monday Ladies Classic at Hobart Lanes — a rare night when she was fully relaxed and throwing a consistent shot.
“I was having a good time because my nephew was there, and I was crawling on the floor playing with him,” she said of the series that’s still the high for a woman at the 16-lane center.
“I guess I was just having too much fun and not paying too much attention to what I was doing that night. I wasn’t even nervous. I also might have had something to do with the beer.”
Association manger Gene Skalba praised Arndt for her faithfulness and hard work on the administrative side of sport when she was with the Lake Suburban and presently in the Lakeshore.
“She ran the association tournaments and did a bang-up job,” Skalba said. “She’s one the best secretaries that we have in our association. She was always devoted in whatever capacity she was asked to serve in.”