Bowlers compete in Special Olympics Georgia tournament in Warner Robins

awoolen@macon.comAugust 28, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- Bowlers filled the lanes at Gold Cup Bowling Center and Robins Lanes Friday as they participated in the Masters Bowling Tournament for Special Olympics Georgia.

More than 1,000 bowlers and their families came from across the state to compete in the three-day tournament.

Dale Clark, of Savannah, had seven strikes during the three games where he bowled a 108, 111 and 123.

“I have been coming to these games awhile,” he said.

Clark is a lefty and uses a custom bowling ball painted like a baseball. He practices a lot during the week.

“I just love it,” he said of coming to the state games.

First time volunteer Mike Gasper, of Warner Robins, was happy to help.

Gasper had contacted Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen to ask how he could get involved with the tournament.

He is in the Air Force and had some of his employees from Robins Air Force Base come to help Friday morning when the tournament was short on volunteers.

“It is very fulfilling,” he said.

Teams from Gwinnett County had a large showing with 22 groups.

The Gwinnett County Masters team won several gold and silver medals as well as some ribbons. A ceremony was held outside of Gold Cup, where athletes were presented with their awards.

“This is our fourth year,” said Charlie Todd, one of the coaches.

Not only do they bowl, but their group plays softball, basketball, volleyball, swimming and soccer. “It helps to keep them busy,” Todd said.

Tyson Vinson-Hart was enthusiastic, not about bowling, but about basketball and his dance moves.

His coach said if there was a crowd gathered during the dance Friday at opening ceremonies, he had a good bet Vinson-Hart would be in the middle.

“He puts on a show,” Todd said.

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