On Fridays at Heartland Bowl in Sebring, the league of the Red Hot Seniors takes to the lanes and on a recent Friday, no one was hotter than Bunny Boelter as she led all bowlers with a game high of 245. That is scratch, no handicap.
The 66-year-old grandmother has been bowling for 54 years.
“We are a bowling family,” Boelter said. “Both my daughter and granddaughter are also avid and accomplished bowlers.”
Though she has never bowled a 300, she beams as she speaks of her only child, a daughter named Charly.
“She just bowled her twelfth 300 game.” She said smiling, “She does not bowl professional, but she does competitively.”
She also announced proudly that her 12-year-old granddaughter currently holds an average of 187.
When asked on what has kept her and her family into bowling for so long, she stated that it was the interaction with other bowlers.
“Bowlers are the greatest people.”
She also spoke about the differences from when she started bowling to that of today.
“Kids already have far better instructions,” said Boelter. “They are way ahead of us in the technology of the game.”
She noted that kids now may show up to a bowling alley with as many as eight balls. Each one with a different core or composition they are made of.
“Not all bowling alleys are the same and they can figure out what ball will work best on that lane.”
She noted that herself has two bowling balls and one does not work at Heartland Bowling. Responding to the question of why she would bring a ball that does not work, she smiled and said because her bag was a two-ball bag.
The bowling season there ended earlier this month and Boelter and her husband were heading back to their home in Oshkosh, Wis.