Extra Frame: Kathi Tucker has excelled in region, at state level
By Anthony Nasella Post-Tribune correspondent December 3, 2013 11:30PM
Updated: January 5, 2014 6:46AM
Schererville native Kathi Tucker has distinguished herself in the bowling community with a solid 20-year adult career that resulted in her induction into the Indiana State Women’s Bowler Hall of Fame two years ago.
So it was just a matter of time before she would receive recognition on the local level for her performances in the region and statewide. Her career includes a 200-plus league average in almost every season the St. John resident bowled in since becoming an adult bowler and a decade-plus track record of championships at the Indiana state women’s tournament.
On Sunday, Tucker will be formally inducted into Greater Calumet Area Bowling Association Hall of Fame at the association’s awards dinner at the Dynasty Banquets in Hammond.
“It’s really nice to have people think highly of me,” Tucker said. “I started bowing in youth leagues at 10 years old, and it’s been a very satisfying career thus far. Any recognition is gratifying — whether at the state or local level. You go out and do your best, and thankfully it’s brought a lot of success.”
Tucker has excelled at the state tournament. She was a scratch team champion in 1988 (2,820), the scratch doubles champion in 1992 (1,243), and the handicap all events champion in 2001 (2,178).
In addition, she was a scratch four-member team champion (2,446) and the 12-game scratch all events champion in 2003, a scratch five-member team champion in 2005 (2,999) and the scratch all events champion in 2008 (2,149). She also bowled a pair of 300 games in the state tournament.
Tucker also has a fifth-place USBC national tournament (doubles) accomplishment (1997) to her credit.
On the local level, Tucker has rolled more than 13 300 games, has a career-best 825 series, has won two Post-Tribune tournaments (2007 and 2009) and two Pepsi Classics (2002 and 2006), was a women’s double “I’ scratchteam champion in 1988 and a Division I team champion at the Lake Suburban WBA Tournament in 2003.
“I have so many people to be thankful for in my success,” Tucker said. “My husband Rick, his parents (Dick and Janette), my parents (John and Barb Novelli), Mark Kofoid, Bob Kammer Jr., (the late) John O’ Keefe, Lisa Anserello and Sandy Postma — all of them have impacted my life and career.
“And my two daughters (Brookelyn and Madisen) are the most important people in my life.”