Tonight we had our last week of bowling league, which means we found out our ranking and received our payout and special awards.*
Good Man earned a magnet for a 150+ game. I earned magnets for a 150+ game and a 400+ series.
I also won the award for the Most Improved Average (Female). I increased my average by 16 pins, which was the most of anyone on the league. That award came with a magnet and a small cash prize.
(Side: My true average is 115.19. Good Man’s is 115.69. I caught up!)
Our league has ten teams. As a team, Team Hanmi ranked eighth for our highest handicap game score. We scored dead last for team scratch game, scratch series, and handicap series. With those rankings you might expect we’d be lucky to break into the top five for points.
Well, we took second place!
팀 한미 화이팅!!
I was shocked. I thought we’d take third, but not second. We were close, though, because we were only ahead of third place by a half a point.
After we got our awards and cash payout, we played a fun no-tap game. In a no-tap game, if you get nine pins on the first ball, it counts as a strike. We were playing so that if your average was 140 or under, eight or nine pins counted as a strike. If your average was over 140, nine pins counted as a strike.
We were playing in a friendly competition for top two individual prizes. Neither Good Man nor I did well enough for either, but his high score was 222 and my high score was 274. We were bowling against a strong bowler who scored three perfect games in a row with the no-tap scoring. It was a lot of fun to play that way, and a nice way to end the season.
I’m really glad we joined a bowling league, and I wish I could join one this summer. Alas, it looks like I won’t be joining another league until next year’s Ball and Chain league returns!
*A note about terms for non-bowlers: a game is pretty self-explanatory. A series is your total score of three games. Scratch is your raw score, and handicapped is the score after they add your handicap.
At league, awards can be earned for highest average, most improved, if you score over a certain game or series, etc. Many of these awards depend on your average. For example, someone with a 200 average would not get an award for scoring 150, because that’s just not impressive. As far as I know, the United States Bowling Congress sets the criteria for the awards.