Juneau bowler Jeff Jones achieved the Alaska State USBC Bowling Association’s highest honor on March 24th as he was the lone inductee into the Association’s Hall of Fame during the 54th Annual Alaska State Open Bowling Tournament. Jones was nominated for the Hall of Fame by fellow Juneau bowlers Pete Bednarowicz and Jay Druyvestein and supported by signatures from over 100 local bowlers.
“This means everything to me,” Jones said. “It’s with an elite group of bowlers from around the state.”
Jones, enshrined for superior bowling and meritorious service, is the 48th member inducted into the hall of fame, which was started in 1972. He joins fellow Juneau bowlers Mike Fenster (‘86), Jim Burgess (’94), Jack Bodine (’97), and Ron Neilson (’01) in the hall.
“This is huge!” longtime Juneau bowler Carlene Bednarowicz said. Her husband Pete added “It is quite an honor for Jeff and a testament to his bowling consistency over the years.”
Jones bowling pedigree is longer than the sixty foot lane that he has rolled his 15 pound ball down tens of thousands of times. He began bowling in 1983 and has since excelled in a sport that demands consistency with every ball bowled. Jones set standards throughout the 2009-2010 bowling season that may never be seen again as he bowled nine perfect 300 games and nine 800 series. His season’s average was 237.67, just 0.2 pins behind the Alaska State record. Over his career Jones has bowled thirty-seven 300 games, six 299 games, and fourteen 800 series. His 825 series holds the record for the highest ever bowled in Juneau’s bowling lanes. In bowling the 825 series Jones had only four of the 36 balls bowled that were not perfect strikes.
Over the past ten years Jones’ typical league average hovers around 230 pins per game. Where a good bowler would be happy and an average bowler ecstatic with a single 230 game on any given night, Jones bowls that score game in and game out, night after night, week after week throughout the years. Tim Powers, who has been Jones’ teammates for the past six seasons, said “He is a robot on the lanes. Every ball he bowls looks exactly the same, hits the same mark, has the same speed, hits perfectly in the pocket. It typically comes down to will the corner pin carry for a strike or not. I have learned so much just from watching him bowl.”
Jones’ service to the local, regional, and state bowling community was also recognized. He is responsible for getting bowling introduced as an intramural sport in Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain High Schools and for building Juneau’s presence in the State Youth Bowling Association. Jones support also extended to the National scene as he was responsible for recruiting almost 30 bowlers to participate in the 2011 United States Bowling Congress National Open Championship in Reno, Nevada.