K of C State Bowling tournament returns to Flint area

BURTON — The 79th annual Michigan Knights of Columbus Bowling Tournament will return to the Flint area in 2020 for the first time since 2008, hosted by Burton Council 10170 and held at Richfield Bowl in Genesee Township.

Karl Zawalski, Bowling Association secretary, said about 400 Knights are expected to bowl in the regular tournament and about 135 in the officers’ tourney which precedes the regular competition where prizes will be awarded in various divisions. The officers’ tournament will be conducted Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 16, while open division competition is planned from Saturday, February 15, to Sunday, March 8, with competition to be held each weekend during the tournament.

Each year, the association honors a knight from the area where the tournament is held. The 2020 honoree is Abel Guerrero of Mt. Morris, a longtime bowler in the Flint area Knights of Columbus Bowling League and a member of the State Bowling Association from 2002 to this year. Guerrero, a member of Mt. Morris Council 4285, also is a past president of the State Bowling Association.

His wife, Helen, will share in the honor, to be given at the beginning of the afternoon session at 1 p.m., February 8.

Zawalski said deadline to enter the tournament is January 8, 2020. All participants must be Michigan Knights of Columbus members in good standing and be prepared to show their current membership card. Zawalski’s email address is kzawalski@wideopenwest.com. An entry form is on the association website, michigankofcathletics.com along with other information.

Richfield Bowl is a 48-lane facility at 5340 Richfield Road. Tournament headquarters is the Best Western Plus, 6075 Hill 23 Drive, Flint.

The 2021 State Bowling Tournament will be held in the Detroit area.

The Knights of Columbus is an international fraternal organization of Catholic men founded in 1882 in New Haven, Conn., by a Catholic priest to assist widows and orphans. It has expanded greatly in its charitable work and now has about 1.9 million members worldwide, 60,000 of them in Michigan.