Bowling >>>Revised 06/24/2019tg




This page is dedicated to the memory of Merle Hudson.  
Merle was an active bowler right up to the time he became ill and was hospitalized with pneumonia.
Rest in peace Brother Merle. 
Merle passed away June 20, 2013, just 
three days before his 92nd Birthday.


Born June 23, 1921 ~ Passed June 20, 2013

It should be noted that the last day of open bowling at Golden Pin Lanes was on June 21st, 2019 one day and six years after the passing of our beloved friend.  
Happy Heavenly Bowling Merle.



We do not have a bowling league or team of our own.  It would be nice if someday we had the members that are interested in setting up either a league of our own or a team on one of the Tucson LGBT Leagues (if such league's exist!!)


CURRENTLY THE BOWLING PROGRAM BETWEEN TPT AND MSN MEMBERS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF THE 59 YEAR OLD GOLDEN PINS LANES.  IT SEEMS NO ONE HAD THE $2.5 MILLION TO PURCHASE IT TO CONTINUE THE BOWLING OPERATIONS SO IT WILL BE PURCHASED BY THE PIMA COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND CONVERTED INTO OFFICES.
THE GOLDEN PINS LANES LAST DAY OF OPEN BOWLING WAS JUNE 21st, 2019

>>Scroll down toward the bottom of this page 
and view 46  photo's of fun times at 
Golden Pin's Lanes<<


This was the old bowling schedule, hopefully new information will be forthcoming soon and the bowling program continued.


The Tucson Prime Timers (one of the other all male gay groups here in Tucson) has 2 scheduled bowling days and they have invited our group to come and join them for "open" bowling.  Here is the information regarding both those bowling days - - it is suggested that you check our Monthly Calendar of Events to be sure that they are still active events:


Mondays
11 am - 1 pm
BOWLING - contact James Richardson - 578-6213

Golden Pin Lanes, 1010 W. Miracle Mile

Bowl with our friends, The Prime Timers.

Ken or Ike can give you all the information you need.

The Monday match starts at 11:00AM, cost is $5.00, this includes 3 games, shoes, ball and a ticket for a free soft drink. You can't beat this deal!!

Ike and Ken

Thursdays
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bowling - contact Ken or Ike at 207-6264 for more info.

Golden Pin Lanes at 1010 W. Miracle Mile

Bowl with The Prime Timers group and our M.S.N. bowlers that have afternoon bowling fun.   

The Thursday match begins at 1PM on Thursdays, cost is $5.00 for 3 games and ball, shoes are extra. 




Golden Pin Lanes
  

Golden Pin Lanes Closing

To Our Valued Customers:

As you are probably aware Pima County purchased our building in 2018 and our yearlong lease is coming to an end.  After 59 years in business it is with great sadness that we closed the bowl on Friday, June 21 at 10 pm.

We have enjoyed the journey and we are thankful to our leagues and customers who have been by our side.  You are family to us and we will miss you.

We are proud to have been a part of the Tucson community and host to many state championships and professional tournaments.  It has been a fun ride and we hope that after we are closed our name and memories will live on.

Thank you for your loyal patronage over the years.  We wish you all the best.               The Staff at Golden Pin Lanes

Derrick Taft approaches the line, bowling with his teammates on the Superstars team in the Raytheon Estimating and Pricing Bowling Tournament during the last day of bowling at Golden Pin Lanes, Friday, June 21, 2019, Tucson, Ariz. The Superstars won the inaugural tournament.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Don Johnson got a strike and a spare in his final frame to win the $5,000 prize at the 1975 Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson. More than 400 people attended.

Harry James / Arizona Daily Star

1966 ad for Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Women bowlers from the W&J Repair team beat the opposing men's team in all three games during the 1974 Midas All-Stars League at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson. Apparently, the signs weren't as intimidating as the men would have hoped.

Arizona Daily Star file

Floyd Beaver holds a clear bowling bowl (well, clear except for the money inside) in 1974 at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Arizona Daily Star file

1968 ad for Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

News coverage of the opening of Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, in 1960.

Tucson Citizen

Pete Tountas was the long-time manager at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, and host of the PBA Tucson Open and manager of Tucson's Greek Festival. Tountas won three PBA championships in his 36-year career. He was inducted into the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame and the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame.

Jim Davis / Arizona Daily Star

Al Davis of Tucson during the 1982 PBA Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Peter Weinberger / Tucson Citizen

Bowling legend Earl Anthony during the 1982 PBA Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Dave Petruska / Tucson Citizen

Dennis Jacques turns in disbelief at his frame during the 1982 PBA Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Peter Weinberger / Tucson Citizen

ABC television crew members set lights for the 1982 PBA Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Peter Weinberger / Tucson Citizen

Travis Miller and Robin Lewis take time out from their double date to do the two-step at Cowboy Country and Western Night at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, in 1991.

Linda Seeger Salazar / Arizona Daily Star

Bowlers traded boots for bowling shoes at Cowboy Country and Western Night at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, in 1991.

Linda Seeger Salazar / Arizona Daily Star

Ralph Armstrong and Carrie Weaver swing about during Cowboy Country and Western Night at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, in 1991.

Linda Seeger Salazar / Arizona Daily Star

Don Johnson jokes with the crowd after winning the 1975 Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Harry James / Arizona Daily Star

The 1975 Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Harry James / Arizona Daily Star

Tucsonan Eric Forkel during the 1999 PBA Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Mary Chind / Tucson Citizen

Dave Arnold of Gilbert during the 1999 PBA Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Mary Chind / Tucson Citizen

Norm Duke during finals of the 1991 PBA Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson. Duke won the Open.

Jim Davis / Arizona Daily Star

Jess Stayrook converted a 7-10 split during finals of the 1991 PBA Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, but came up short for the win.

Jim Davis / Arizona Daily Star

Chris Barnes agonizes over a shot that went astray. Barnes was favored to win the tournament, but lost the final match to Duke at the MSN Open at the Golden Pins Lanes in 2000.

Tricia McInroy / Tucson Citizen

Pin spotters working on machines at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson.

Benjie Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

SSGT. Brandon Duenas from Davis-Monthan Air Force base, right, shares a high-five with Special Olympian Juan Lopez from Sunnyside High School during the annual Special Olympics Coronado Area Bowling Competition at Golden Pin Lanes in 2012.

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

Senior bowler Dave Soutar of Bradenton, Fla. holds aloft his trophy after winning the championship game of the PBA Tucson Senior Open at Golden Pin Lanes in 2001.

Aaron J. Latham / Arizona Daily Star

Laser tagger Eric Janezic, 9, takes a shot during a nine minute game at Golden Pin Lanes in 1998.

David Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

Tyler Burhans, 14, drives in an arcade game called "Rush the Rock," at Golden Pins Lanes in 1998.

David Sanders / Arizona Daily Star

Pro bowlers (l-r) Parker Bohn III and Jason Couch get in some good practice time before the start of the 1999 PBA Tucson Open tournament held at the the Golden Pin Lanes.

Sarah Prall / Arizona Daily Star

Larry Truesdell, president of the Saturday Night Vegas League, sends one down the lane during league play at Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday, Mar. 11, 2006.

Greg Bryan / Arizona Daily Star

Kenny Parks bowls during the finals of the USBC Senior Masters at Golden Pin Lanes, June 13, 2008. Parks denied Tom Baker of potentially record setting third masters win.

James Gregg / Arizona Daily Star

Tom Baker bowls during the first game of the Professional Bowlers Association Senior Tucson Open finals at Golden Pin Lanes on June 14, 2006. Baker beat Pete Couture 259-210 in the first game.

Dean Knuth / Arizona Daily Star

Tzippora Chorney, 18-months-old, has a little challenge with ball control during Toddler Bowling at Golden Pin Lanes in 2013.

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

Shown in 2014, Lorraine Sandven, 78, poses for a portrait at Golden Pin Lanes, 1010 W. Miracle Mile, in Tucson, AZ. Lorraine has been bowling since 1960, attended 50 national tournaments and is still going strong. She says bowling is her way of making friends and getting exercise.

Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

Professional bowler Bryanna Coté has a banner hanging at Golden Pin Lanes, the banner is in honor of her winning her first national title in 2016. Golden Pin Lanes held a practice for the PWBA Tucson Open on Thursday, June 6th, 2019. Tucson, Ariz.

David Martinez / for the Arizona Daily Star

Laura Plazas, a Colombian native, practices for the PWBA Tucson Open tournament. Bowlers from across the world have come to compete at the tournament. Golden Pin Lanes held a practice for the PWBA Tucson Open on Thursday, June 6th, 2019. Tucson, Ariz.

David Martinez / for the Arizona Daily Star

Falcon Pool League at Golden Pin Lanes, Tucson, on Jan. 13, 1988.

Bruce McClelland / Arizona Daily Star

A pair of well used bowling shoes waits to go back on the rack at the last day of bowling at Golden Pin Lanes, Friday, June 21, 2019, Tucson, Ariz.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Kayden Dolan celebrates nailing a spare as he and his family bowl on the last day of bowling at Golden Pin Lanes, Friday, June 21, 2019, Tucson, Ariz. Kayden's dad, Stephen Dolan, said his family usually came to the center 3-4 times a month and now are looking for a new alley to get in their bowling. "This was our favorite place," he said.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Corey Bobroski hurls her ball down the lane while bowling with her co-workers in the first Raytheon Estimating and Pricing Bowling Tournament on the last day of bowling at Golden Pin Lanes, Friday, June 21, 2019, Tucson, Ariz.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Janet Lee gets in a little good natured ribbing on her husband Victor after she rolled a strike and he left one pin standing on the last day of bowling at Golden Pin Lanes, Friday, June 21, 2019, Tucson, Ariz. The couple bowled for three hours during the afternoon and planned to come back after a meal and bowl until the lights go off for the last time at 10 p.m.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Brett Fischer winds up for his throw during a busy mid-afternoon of bowling at the last day of bowling at Golden Pin Lanes, Friday, June 21, 2019, Tucson, Ariz.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Ray Stoddard can't quite body English the last pin down, leaving one up on his throw, during the last day of bowling at Golden Pin Lanes, Friday, June 21, 2019, Tucson, Ariz.  The lanes are closing for good at 10 p.m. ending 59 years of bowling at the center, Tucson's largest, with 48 lanes and computerized automatic scoring. Pima County purchased the building in 2018 with plans to convert the alley into office space.

Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

Photo editor             Click here for link to the article by Rick Wiley in the Arizona Daily Star

Rick Wiley is the photo editor of the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson.



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