Drake, Golembowski being inducted into HOF

The 34th Annual Warren USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet will be held May 17 at Aulizios’ Catering & Banquet Center on Youngstown Road in Warren.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available at $15 per person or $25 per couple.

For tickets call Chuck Daubenspeck at 330-898-4153.8

Being honored into this year’s Hall of Fame is Jerry Drake Sr. and Randy Golembowski.

Drake was born Sept. 12, 1952, and started bowling at the age of 8.

Drake has bowled three 300 games, the first in 1997, three 299 games and six games with 11 strikes in a row. His high series is 795 and his high league average is 227. Drake started bowling in 1960 and has bowled in leagues every year since, but one, when the 1985 tornado went through Newton Falls destroying Newton Lanes. In 1995, he won the singles league at Twinstar Lanes and in 1997 he was part of the team shooting the high actual series in the area with a 3476 team series.

Drake has bowled in many tournaments throughout the years. He has participated in 10 Ohio State Tournaments, seven Warren City Tournaments, 15 Warren Men’s Masters/Challenge Tournaments, four Warren Senior Masters and six Moose State and International tournaments. His high finishes in the Warren Masters/Challenge are eighth and 10th. He won the Warren Senior Masters in 2010, and finished seventh in 2007. In 1993, he won the Portage County Doubles Masters with his partner Greg Martha.

Drake has served as a league secretary and sponsored teams. He has helped coach junior bowlers in the Newton Falls Youth Leagues. He has also been a member of the Newton Falls Jaycees and the Windham Lions Club.

Drake has been married to his wife Kris for seven years, he has two sons, Bryan and Jerry Jr, and he has five grandchildren.

Golembowski was born Nov. 27, 1951. He is a 1970 graduate of Warren G. Harding High School. He joined the U.S. Army in 1971 and served until 1973. Randy has 3 children, Randy Jr, Lori, Donald and 5 grandchildren. He retired from Novelis (Alcan) in Warren, Ohio, where he served as Chief Shop Steward and Union Vice President.

Golembowski started bowling at the age of 13, and he has been bowling in men’s leagues for more than 40 years. While bowling in the 1970’s, he went from an average of 193 to a 217 average the next year to earn the most improved award.

Golembowski has seven 300 games, with the first rolled in 1988, three 299 games, two 298 games and more than 20 11 in a row games. He has three 800 series, the first coming in 2002, with a high of 806.

Golembowski has been a successful competitor in the former Warren Masters/Warren Men’s Challenge Tournament with 11 appearances in the finals. He won the title in 2000 and has five finishes in the top five. He has finished second three times – 1984, 1988 and 2006. In 2011, he won the Joe Scarnecchia Warren Senior Masters title, and he also has finished third in 2012 and second in 2011. In the Warren City Tournament, he won the all events titles in 1998 and has one team title.

He has bowled in the Ohio State Tournament many times with a highest finish of fourth place in the Scratch Optional Team Event in 2007. He has competed in the ABC/USBC National Tournament 12 times, with the first time being 1971. He competed for five years in the PBA Regional Tournaments, and had a best finish of fifth in Dearborn, Mich. in the early 1980’s.

He’s also placed first in the 2011 Slovak National Tournament Doubles Event with Barry Spears; first in the Slovak National Tournament Team Event; first in the Ohio Inter-City Tournament Team Event; first in the Ohio State Moose Tournament Team Event; first in the Junior-Senior Tournament with Bruce Boyd; second place in the Slovak National Tournament All Events; third place in the Hoinke Doubles Event with Jim Valentine; and first in numerous Sweeper Tournaments.