OTTUMWA – Year after year. Generation after generation.
Bowling continues to be a sport with roots that grow deeper and deeper within the city of Ottumwa. Never was that more evident than in the three latest inductees into the Ottumwa Area USBC Hall-of-Fame on Saturday
Terry Glick, Dixie Wright and Stan Foudree were honored as the 2019 inductees during the annual Ottumwa USBC banquet at the Hotel Ottumwa. Glick, Wright and Foudree combined have spent almost a full decade bowling in various leagues and served in various offices helping to support the sport’s growth within the city.
For Foudree, a staple of the Midwest Men’s Recreational League for over 20 years, the honor adds to a family legacy. The former Ottumwa Bowling Association City Tournament doubles champion joins both his mother and father, Patty and Arvene, as hall-of-fame bowlers.
“I’ve tried to think about what it is about bowling that is so beloved by multiple generations. It’s the competition. It’s getting together with the same team members, who are almost like your family, every week. There’s just something about releasing that ball and, when it’s successful, watching it crunch through the pocket. It’s a feeling that you get in golf when you strike the ball just the right way. When you release that ball and you know you’ve thrown it good, when you get that strike, that feeling is what it’s all about.”
Foudree has certainly had his fair share of strikes over the years, bowling a 300 game four times and a 299 in three other games. Foudree is an Ottumwa Bowling Association City Tournament doubles champion, has been on the league championship team in various seasons and has rolled many 700 series with a high series of 751.
“My dad a pro shop, so I’ve been involved with the sport from a very young age,” Foudree said. “We have a lot of bowling history in my family. It really is a generational sport.”
Glick, meanwhile, also can trace family to the his start in the sport of bowling. Starting from a young age, Glick found success taking first place in a Bowlathon sponsored for muscular dystrophy by Casey’s, winning a Columbia White Dot bowling ball in one of his first tournaments.
“My brothers (Dallas and Steve) are both in the hall-of-fame. We all started out in the same league together,” Glick said. “What people don’t understand is that there’s more competition between myself and my brothers then between our team and another team. We don’t care if we win or lose against the other team. We want to beat each other.”
Glick bowling often at Leo’s Bowling Alley and bowled on multiple leagues over the years including Sunday Mixed, Thursday Night Mixed, Wednesday Night League at Bridge City Bowl and the Men’s Rec League holding all offices except treasurer. Prior to association’s merger, Glick was a member of the Ottumwa Bowling Association board, holding every position over the years except treasurer and executive director.
“Being the youngest of the three brothers, I had to work twice as hard just to compete on their level,” Glick said. “For me to be able to do what they were doing at that certain time was almost surreal. You grow up kind of idolizing your older brothers, but you also want to beat them at the same time.”
Glick was the OBA’s president in 2008-09, playing an integral part in the planning and preparation for the men’s state bowling tournament that was held in Ottumwa the following year ,and was a state board member from 2012-19 holding the position of vice president. Among the league awards earned by Glick over the years of bowling in Ottumwa includes a league championship, high average, most improved, Dutch 200 and all-spare game.
Tournament awards for Glick includes eight city team championships (two back-to-back scratch and handicap, one Ottumwa all-events, one Ottumwa singles and one jamboree championship). Glick’s high game is a 299 with a high series of 798 and a high average of 221. Glick carried a 200-plus average for nearly 20 years.
”There are times when you’ll have a great shot and you think you just nailed it only for one pin to be left standing,” Glick said. “As I get older, it’s a way for me to continue to compete. There are a lot of sports you can’t continue to do as you get older, but you can always bowl. You can also help each other out to get better if you notice someone’s stance or where someone is releasing the ball. Everyone wants to see each other do well every night.”
Wright started bowling over 51 years ago, bowling in leagues at both Ottumwa houses including the Thursday Morning Bowl for Fun, Champion 55, Alley Cats, John Deere, Tea Timers and Sunset Recreational. Wright held a director position on the Ottumwa Women’s Bowling Association for four years and has been a member of the state and local 600 club for over 15 years.
Wright’s high game is a 235 with a high series of 620 bowled on Nov. 2, 1992. Wright’s high average is 174.
“Bowling is one of those sports that, just when you think you’ve got it figured out, will take right back down to an amateur status,” Foudree said. “It’s a really tough game. You can walk out that week thinking you know exactly where you’re going, you come back the next week and it will humble you.
“I remember one time I was bowling anchor on a team and all I had to do was throw the ball right down the middle of the lane to win the game,” Glick added. “As sure as I’m standing here, I threw that ball right in the gutter and we lost by two pins. You talk about being humbled? That was it.”