By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Two years ago, Billy Andrews captured the state senior bowling title for his class (ages 55-59) at the tournament held at Galaxy Lanes in Richmond.
This came after suffering four heart attacks over a three-year period and being taken out of the work force by his doctor.
Last year, Andrews suffered another heart attack, which forced him to take time off from bowling, thus denying him his opportunity to defend his title.
Andrews has since recovered and found himself back on the lanes, and once again in the senior tournament, this time contested at Echo Lanes in Henderson.
And like he did two years ago, Andrews won his age group (55-59) and will once again make the trip to Reno, Nev., for the national tournament in June.
“The last time I was there I came in fifth,” Andrews said. “I’m feeling pretty good about next year’s event. I know the lanes and how they oil them. That’s a big plus. They don’t oil the lanes here like they there, and you’re not allowed to practice on the lanes before the tournament.”
Andrews entered this year’s tournament with a 132 average, and with his handicap, rolled a total of 1,403. That score not only won his age group, but would have been good enough to win the 50-55 bracket.
“I’m surprised how well I bowled,” Andrews said. “My body is still recovering. On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, I opened with a double in my first game, then a triple in my second. I knew I was bowling good, but didn’t know I had won until I came home and got on-line and saw the results.”
Now Andrews has seven months to prepare for the nationals, which will be held June 1-3. He will leave London on May 30.