Veteran bowlers receive Malone awards for Times-News Open milestones

When veteran bowler Bob Montgomery Jr. throws his first ball in the opening round of the 59th Times-News Open at Greengarden Lanes on Saturday, he will have accomplished something only one other person has accomplished in the entire history of Erie’s most prestigious bowling tournament.

Prior to Saturday’s second shift, which begins at 1 p.m., tournament director Dave Hewett Montgomery, 69, will present the Buddy Malone Competitive Spirit Award, a new award that honors bowlers who have participated in 50 Times-News Opens.

This year will be Montgomery’s 51st TN-Open, which equals Malone’s score of 51. However, Malone’s were consecutive, while Montgomery missed one tournament during his years, in 1989.

Malone, 94, is expected to attend to present the award to Montgomery with Hewett.

“I love bowling” was the main reason Montgomery gave for his longevity. “I really liked it. I hope to make another 50 tournaments,” he said with a laugh.

What he likes most about the tournament is “just meeting all my friends I’ve always bowled with,” he said. “The camaraderie, the stories that fly, just joining in, is amazing.”

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