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September 1, 2013

Presbyterian Women's Bowling League striking 50 years of fun and fellowship

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Presbyterian Women's Bowling League rolls into its 50th year with the 2013-14 season starting Thursday at Frontier Lanes, 3524 N. Washington St. About 20 women are registered for four-member teams to play each week at 9-11 a.m. from September through May. New members and substitutes are encouraged to come out and give bowling a try.  No experience is necessary and the group plays with all ability levels in the non-sanctioned league. Members do not need to be Presbyterian and there are women of all faiths having fun together.

“It's all about the fun,” Cath Fowler said. “Anyone is welcome — just call the church office — 405-372-5580. If a team doesn't have enough players one week, we give them a bye and round out the team with the Holy Ghost.”

Fowler's mom, Dona Cooper, founded the league with the late Jane Struthers who was the wife of long time Presbyterian minister the late Rev. Dr. James Struthers.

“We met in the church parlor with the bowling manager 50 years ago,” Cooper said. “He explained how a bowling league works and we just struck out on this adventure.”

Cooper said other original team members included Thelma Burton, Linda Williams, Evelyn Johnson, Jane Durham and Barbara Stunkel.

“Very few of us knew how to bowl,” Cooper said. “Some came to the first meeting enthusiastic, some with reservation and some at the point of a bowling pin.”

When Mary Williams moved to Stillwater from Wales, she had never seen a bowling alley. She's been bowling for 49 years now and doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon. In between her bowling turns, Williams knits and said she has met many wonderful people through the years in the bowling league. Her first average was 57 but within five years she was stepping up to the line to throw an all spare game and winning most improved bowler titles. The next year, Williams and several league members entered a city tournament with Evelyn Johnson and Jane Durham going all the way for first and second place.

Cooper documented the league's progress on the 25th anniversary saying:

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