Florida seniors strike big at Senior Games bowling in Titusville

Michael Brunier basks in victory with his teammates, Christine Srock, Lisa Polonczyk and Chuck Thivierge. The Senior Games bowling events in Titusville were fierce and some of the oldest players in the Senior Games participated.

The River Lanes Family Entertainment Center hosted two days of bowling in Titusville from Dec. 5-6. The alley’s 32 lanes are equipped with flat screen displays, automatic scoring and high-definition large screen televisions.

General manager of River Lanes, Charlene Harmon, said she was excited to see how the seniors would perform.

“We’re thrilled we were chosen to host the Senior Games this year. We hold tournaments all the time, but this one’s really unique. We have the players well spaced-out today," Harmon said.

Jack Appel, of Boca Raton, and Stan Corwin, of Boynton Beach, became the first Florida Senior Games bowlers to compete in the 95-99 age group at River Lanes in Titusville. With their combined three game score of 833, they set records in three different age groups. Appel and Corwin set the 85-89 age group record in 2011, the 90-94 record in 2016 and the 95-99 record this year.

Michael Brunier of Lakeland, Florida earned a gold medal in the mixed team event. Brunier was excited to qualify for nationals, because next year the national Senior Games will hold its first mixed team event in bowling.

“It’s good practice for us to represent our state in the national games,” Brunier said.