Each Monday night, you’ll find Bob Kush at Chelsea Lanes where he bowls in the Senior House Men’s League for a team sponsored by CS Hearing.
It’s a sport that he’s spent more than 62 years enjoying.
Kush said after he moved to Chelsea four years ago, he found Chelsea Lanes and now spends 33 weeks bowling in a league there, then then spends his summers fishing.
“Like any sport,” he says, “some weeks you’re in the zone,” and recently, Kush found that zone — bowling games of 235, 279 and 191 for a 705 series – that was 150 pins over his average of 185.
For his scores, Kush was named Cottage Inn Pizza Bowler of the Week, a new award sponsored by the pizza restaurant this year at Chelsea Lanes for the top scorers of the week in either the Junior House or the Senior House League.
The next week, he bowled a 300 and had a 764 series and was 185 pins over his average, winning the bowler of the week award on back-to-back weeks.
So now he has two free Cottage Inn pizzas for his high-scoring efforts.
When asked if he did anything different those two weeks, he said he adjusted his grip a little bit but he’s been bowling with a Storm Marvel ball he purchased at Chelsea Lanes for the last two years.
Kush said he bowls for consistency and not necessarily high scores, and, that each lane has its own personality.
Of late, lanes three and four have become his favorites.
“This bowling alley treats you fair,” he said, and he’d know a little bit about that after all the years he’s spent in the sport. “And, Ed (Greenleaf, Jr. the owner) will do anything for you.”
Kush says his whole family on his dad’s side are bowlers and that’s what got him into the sport, and after 62 years, he’s still in it because bowling “is still a challenge.”