Grandmas and Grandpas comes to an end at Rivergate Bowl

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; There&8217;s no more joy in bowling, for the 19th Grandmas and Grandpas Tournament has come to an end.

The fun-filled bowling tournament, which spanned the last seven weekends, wrapped up Sunday afternoon with the final groups.

Anne Hash with Rivergate Bowl said this year was one of the best yet.

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&8220;We had over 240 teams this year,&8221; she said. &8220;It started out 19 years ago as just a one weekend tournament and it has grown every year. It&8217;s been great.&8221;

By Sunday afternoon, the unofficial winners for several of the events had been announced.

Tommy Griggs of Vicksburg took home the win in the Grandpas Singles event; Sherri Burges of Silverhill, Ala., came away with the prize in the Grandmas Singles; Lawrence Aromy III and Darrell Cortez of Hammond, La., won the Grandpas Doubles; and Nancy Ross and Diane Colman of West Monroe, La. finished first in Grandmas Doubles.

Overall results were not expected to become available until today.

Carol Tomko, who was expected to be named the overall tournament winner, said the Grandmas and Grandpas were all about having a good time.

&8220;I got in it because I&8217;m a grandmother,&8221; she said. &8220;This tournament really is one of the best ones I participate in. I moved here eight years ago and wanted to get in one like this, and I just always had a great time.

&8220;And, sometimes I bowl pretty good, like today.&8221;

Debbie Torrez, the captain of Tomko&8217;s team, Debbie&8217;s Grandmas, agreed that the tournament was all about fun.

&8220;A lot of people come out here just for the prizes, but most of us come out for the spirit and to just enjoy bowling together,&8221; Torrez said. &8220;I just wanted to have fun.&8221;

Hash said the tournament came out of an idea to fill more lanes in the summer, and now had become one of the bigger tournaments in the state.

&8220;In the bowling business summer is usually a dead time,&8221; she said. &8220;That&8217;s what made us come up with this tournament. We started 19 years ago and now we&8217;re drawing from Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and we even had one from Florida this year. They&8217;re coming from all-around.&8221;