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Sue Lacks wins senior state bowling tournament

Sue Lacks almost decided against participating in the Virginia State USBC Seniors bowling tournament held in October at Riverside Lanes in Danville. In retrospect, she’s glad she did, bringing back a state championship in the 60-64 age group singles class (three division handicapped) with a score of 806, winning $180 in the process.

She also won first-place in all events in the Class three division with a score of 1,511 and took home $100 for that accomplishment.

Lacks will donate her prize money to assist the Good Samaritan food pantry at First Baptist Church and the Angel Tree project at Grace Baptist Church.

Two others in Lack’s group had high finishes at the state tournament, Barbara Talbott with a fifth-place finish in the all events Super Seniors division with a score of 1,411, winning $34 for her efforts.

Lillian Hardy had a third-place finish in the singles class with a score of 738, taking home $78.50.

Another Halifax County bowler, Nannie Throckmorton, also made the trip to Danville to compete in the Super Senior (75-80) division.

The championship was the first for Lacks at the state level, and she admitted she almost decided against competing this year.

“Most times I don’t do too well (at the state tournament), but I just had a really good day,” said Lacks.

“I had a 185, 217 and 170, and that last one I just wanted to make sure I had a decent game.

“It’s the best I’ve ever bowled at a state tournament.”

A bowler for over 30 years, Lacks bowls in a pair of leagues, including the Seniors and Friday Morning Ladies.

I enjoy it a lot and the weather cannot bother you, but I do take off in the summer for golf, Lacks added.

The competition is always tough at the state level, and bowling on unfamiliar lanes makes a state championship even more difficult to obtain, she noted.

Lacks said she bowled once before at Riverside Lanes but recalled she didn’t do well.

In total, counting all the age groups, there were 272 ladies competing in the state tournament, according to Lacks.

“I was really tickled to win it.  I’ve had good sets before and some higher, but not at times when it really counted,” said Lacks, whose winning margin was about 40 pins.

The bowling community in South Boston is friendly but competitive at the same time, and that atmosphere has produced a large number of championship bowlers over the years, Lacks added.

Most are in the local Bowling Hall of Fame, a distinction that hasn’t fallen in her direction just yet, but Talbott, one of her bowling partners, is a member.

“She wants you to bowl well, even when you’re competing against her, and that’s a sign of true sportsmanship,” said Lacks.

She simply shrugged her shoulders when talking about possible induction into the local bowling hall of fame.

“I’d be honored if that happened,” she commented.