Super bowling

Posted on 06 Sep 2007 at 4:30pm

Metroplex group hits the lanes on Friday nights



STRIKE A POSE: Lewis King, president of Friday Night Out. (DANIEL A. KUSNER/Dallas Voice)

Here’s an SAT verbal comparison: Football is to Texas as gay bowling is to Dallas.

If you’ve hit the lanes at USA Bowl on any night of the week, you’re liable to run into a mega-church turnout of queer leaguers. USA Bowl is where the Dallas leagues meet Oak Lawn Bowling Association, the TNL Ladies League, the Cedar Springs Fun Bunch Doubles League and the LAMBDA Mixed League.

Well, another GLBT group of ten-pin players is ready to roll: Friday Night Out bowling league. But this Metroplex league meets in Plano.

According to president Lewis D. King, Friday Night Out has been in existence for about four years. The membership is on the small side, which could be enticing, because at USA Bowl, sometimes the turnouts are so large that every lane is taken.

King, a hairstylist, joined Friday Night two years ago that’s when one of his lesbian clients tried fixing him up with another bowler. The match wasn’t perfect, but the activity was a refreshing change from tavern hopping.
Bowling also brought back fond memories. Growing up in England, King remembered the fun times he spent at the local alley when his parents had joined a league. Since King joined two years ago, his scores have improved.

“My average was in the low 80s when I started. Now I’m hitting the upper 120s,” he says.

GET IN THE GAME

Friday Night Out bowling league begins fall season on Sept. 7. League meets at 7 p.m. at Plano Super Bowl, 2521 Ave. K in Plano. Cost $15, which includes lane fees and contributions toward end-of-season prizes. Individual bowlers will be assigned to teams. For more information about the league, call 972-754-3444.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 7, 2007

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