Bowling: Humble Kelly Gough deserving of hall of fame honor
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent October 1, 2013 10:38PM
Kelly Gough will be inducted into the Lakeshore Bowling Association Hall of Fame next month. | Steve T. Gorches/Post-Tribune
Updated: November 3, 2013 6:39AM
Valparaiso native Kelly Gough admitted she was floored when she received a letter that informed her that she was voted into the Lakeshore Bowling Association Hall of Fame by her peers.
Few would argue the honor, which will become official when she’s inducted next month at the association’s annual banquet on Nov. 10 at Duneland Falls in Burns Harbor, is deserved. In a 13-year career in the Lakeshore Association, Gough has rolled six 800 series, 14 300 games, five 11-in-a row games and a high season average of 234.
Of the four 300 games that Gough bowled in the past year alone, one came at the 2013 State Queens Tournament, where she shot a 268, 300 and 268 for an 836 series. In the 10-game block, she rolled an impressive 2,336 and proceeded to win the tournament in one of the closest finishes ever.
“It (being voted into the Hall of Fame) was phenomenal,” Gough said. “I really had to the read the letter again because I was blown away that somebody would take the time and write a letter like that to the board. I was so very blessed to have a friend who would do that and then have everyone who voted me in; it was a special kind of feeling.
“Sometimes you don’t realize things like that until it happens. Oh, wow! I just go out, have fun and do my thing. We have our nights of bowling. Everything happens so fast all the time. Now, I get to the smell the flowers for a second. It’s pretty nice.”
Gough started bowling at the age of four and continued until high school, where she took a break from to play other sports. After high school, she rediscovered bowling as she got together with friends. As time progressed, her desire to improve her game followed.
In the years that followed, Gough has been the been the association bowler of the year, high average honoree, Post-Tribune Women’s Tournament champion and P-T bowler of the year twice.
“My mother, Marsha, really pushed me along the way to realize certain things — of what’s important and what’s not,” she said. “(Hall of Famer) Lisa Anserello also impacted my game; she’s a very caring person a phenomenal bowler. She’s one of many great bowlers who I can name — all who my mother introduced me to. I’ve been very blessed.”