By Jennifer Hartwig, Hunter Army Airfield Public AffairsJuly 20, 2011
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - For the first time in seven years intramural bowling returned to Hunter Army Airfield, July 12-14.
Five units comprised of five bowlers each competed for lane supremacy, but from the first day of the three-day competition, one team stood apart from the rest. With a combined score of 2,526 in the first game, the 260th Quartermaster Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Brigade, built a lead that no team could catch. During the second day of competition, the 110th Quartermaster Company scored 18 more points than the 260th Quartermaster Bn., but after 260th amassed a 493-point lead on day one, it just wasn’t enough.
The men from the 260th QM Bn. finished the tournament with a three-day total of 6,923 " more than 600 points ahead of the second place team.
The real battle of the competition was for second place, as the 512th QM Company finished only 44 points behind the 110th QM Co., with a total of 6,234.
One individual stood out from the rest " Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tyronne Haslett, 260th QM Bn., who bowled the high game (279), high average (243) and highest series (728) of the tournament. He attributes his success to lots of practice " up to three times a week " and a not-so-secret tip.
“Never bowl with a house ball!” he said with a laugh.
He began bowling with friends during lunch in 2004, and spent a lot of the early years getting “beat up” by more experienced bowlers, which was motivation to practice and improve. But he also has another reason to bowl.
“It’s a good stress reliever,” Chief Warrant Officer 2 Haslett said. “Getting away from work for an hour during lunch, and throwing the ball down as hard as you can " it gets a lot of stress out.”
He was joined on the championship team by team captain Sgt. 1st Class Kenny Waters, Staff Sgt. Eric Carpenter, Staff Sgt. Keith Hayes and Staff Sgt. Antwan Diggs.
According to the sports director, the tournament was put on hold for seven years because of the deployment schedule of the units on the installation. He said the success of this year’s edition was thanks in large part to those who assisted in the tournament.
“The Hunter Bowling Lanes staff was a great support to the Soldiers, and they really contributed to the success of the tournament,” said Hunter sports director Mike Hughes. “It was a fun tournament for all of the units, and everyone has told me they’re looking forward to next year’s installation bowling event.”