by Mike Lucas CUSBC
SAN RAFAEL – It is with great pleasure that I announce the adult award winners for the State of California Bowling Hall of Fame and Manager of the Year! In the Hall of Fame catagory we have Lou Gilless for Meritorious service and Johnnie Englehart for Superior Performance. The Manager of the Year is Johnny Humble.
Lou Gilless was a late bloomer to bowling, not starting til he was in his 20’s at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico, but he loved it and has served the bowling community for over 40 years!
Lou worked as a civil servant for the Department of Defense before retiring in 2001! Lou has been involved for many years in his local association and was also a Director on the State USBC for several years!
Johnnie Englehart started bowling at the age of 6 in the hallway of his house. His father would set up plasic pins and he would knock ‘em down! Bowled in Bantam leagues at 6 and has not looked back!!
He has bowled over 65 300 games and over 66 800 series. In 1987 he won the Mens State Scratch All-Events and came in 2nd in 2004 in the same event. He was inducted into the LABA Hall of Fame for Performance in 2004. He has a high average of 246.
His special moment was when his son Scott shot his first 300 and 800. Johnnie was there to watch it!! Johnnie also made it one for the record books when HE also shot a 300/800 series 8 lanes away!
Johnny Humble is the Manager of Kearny Mesa Bowl in San Diego. He has been a Manager for 30 years and has always promoted leagues and sanctioned tournaments.
His big tournament is the Christmas No-Tap and last year hosted 249 team entries and 410 single entries. He promotes many youth tournaments and tries to give every youth bowler a new bowling ball for joining. He also served as President of the Greater San Diego Bowling Council for 2 two year terms.
The award presentation will be held at the Hotel Picadilly in Fresno, CA on June 9th. Information available on the CALUSBC.com website!