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Bowling: Kim Bridges, Trudi Markul inducted into state hall

KIm Bridges Lake Statiposes with her championship plaque after winning Post-Tribune Women's Awards Bowling Tournament Saturday May 26 2012 Stardust

KIm Bridges of Lake Station poses with her championship plaque after winning the Post-Tribune Women's Awards Bowling Tournament Saturday May 26 2012, at Stardust Bowl II in Hobart Ind. | Scott M. Bort~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 21, 2013 6:50AM



To be inducted into a hall of fame at a young age is rare in bowling, but it’s happened to a handful of Northwest Indiana men and women when it comes to local association halls.

Young, of course, is relative. The ones I’m thinking of range in age between 35 and 40 years old and have been inducted into the Lakeshore Association Hall (the Greater Calumet Area Bowling Association Hall of Fame has an age limit of at least 45 years old to be in).

But Kim Bridges takes the young success thing in bowling to a whole new level.

She’s 32 years old, but has already been inducted into multiple halls of fame with her latest being the more prestigious so far — the Indiana Women’s Bowling Association.

Bridges was inducted recently into the state hall with fellow Lakeshore Association bowler Trudi Markul, who earned her honor for meritorious service. Markul has done everything in the sport from state association committee chair to local association president to successful tourney organizer (she helped begin the popular Snow Bowl Tournament in 1996) to high school bowling coach. Oh, and she’s also won four local association tourney titles over the years.

Markul is in the group of bowlers who help the sport survive. Bridges is part of the group that owes Markul its gratitude for running the tourneys those bowlers frequently win.

Where do I start with Bridges? She has nine state tourney titles, a USBC women’s national tourney title, multiple local association titles and two Post-Tribune Tournament titles (including last season). In league play she has 14 perfect games, including one in 1993 at the age of 13 (at the time it was the second-youngest female ever), three 800 series — including a high of 857 in the 2002-03 season — and three 299 games.

Needless to say, both are beyond worthy inductees. It’s just that Bridges’ honor makes me and most of you reading this feel much older.

Post-Tribune Tournaments: The annual P-T youth and adult invitational tournaments are coming soon. The 11th annual youth scholarship event will be May 11 at Stardust Bowl II in Hobart (girls and boys in separate tourneys), while the adult events will be on May 25 and 26 at Stardust Bowl III in Dyer — women on Saturday and men on Sunday. The qualifier lists have been posted at post-trib.com/sports and will be updated each week through the end of the season. Entry fees have changed, with all youth entrants costing $10, while the highest adult entry will be $15, based on qualification (women who roll 600 series or higher in league play, men who have rolled 780 or higher, 300 game or won local sport shot tournament). For more details, call or text (219) 331-5600 or send an email to sgorches@post-trib.com.

Record-high series: Speaking of P-T qualifiers, this week’s King of the Week might be the most impressive of this season. Emmanuoel Fokianos broke the LaPorte city record with an 879 series in the Madison Men’s league at Casey’s Lanes. He actually missed twice in the set, contrary to the immediate reaction to that number being that you’d only miss once with a 279 somewhere. He had games of 289, 290 and 300 to earn a spot in May’s P-T Tournament.

Stardust III King of the Hill is back: The popular Stardust III King of the Hill sport shot tourney will begin its spring session at 10:45 p.m. Friday. In the past year, entries have approached 100 with first place paying close to $400 most of the time. The entry cost of $25 includes high game side pot for each of the three games. For more details, call 322-3666.



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