Two of New Mexico’s best professional bowlers were honored Saturday by induction in to the state Bowling Hall of Fame.
Gary Skidmore, winner of six national tour titles, and Mike Miller, winner of three — including the PBA national championship, a major — were added in the high-performance category.
Both come from bowling families with a long tradition of excellence throughout New Mexico and especially the Albuquerque area.
Skidmore and his wife, Eve, own Holiday Bowl and Leisure Bowl, while Miller is co-owner, along with Steve and Dana Miller Mackie, of Tenpins & More in Rio Rancho.
Miller also gives many private lessons, sharing his vast knowledge built up by more than 20 years on the PBA Tour. One of his pupils, Demos Quintana, bowled 289, 257, 269 (815) in last Monday’s round of the “Penny Pinchers” league at Tenpins & More.
Several other regular league bowlers at Tenpins & More were honored at the annual awards presentation, including Sabrina Vargas (“Star of the Future”), Adrienne Hare (“Female Bowler of the Year”), plus Samantha and Donna Dowd, Perry Hampel and Kallista Fritts.
In other local news from the lanes:
• Three local teams took the top three placings in Sunday’s “Rick Smith Memorial Doubles” tournament at Tenpins & More.
In Class 2, Carson Opela and Angel Ortega, Rio Rancho High School teammates, combined for 1,295, including handicap to beat two father-and-son teams; Jordan Vaughan and Christina Ward finished second, two pins out of first in Class 3; Class 1 went to Sam Pinge and Brad Harvey (1,397) over Elizabeth Romero and Tom Garcia (1,386).
. Garcia, also getting lessons from Miller, shot a tournament-best 778 set that included a 279.
Oct. 5: First of four weeks free Learn-to-Bowl classes; 11 a.m.
Oct. 6: Handicap Doubles Marathon; 8 a.m.
Oct. 10: First of four weeks free Learn-to-Bowl classes; 9:15 p.m.