Bowling returns to Tucumcari

William Thompson

Dawayne Malone, owner of Mountain View Bowl on S. Lake Street, has reopened Tucumcari’s only bowling alley after a summer respite. Bowling leagues are forming and league play begins the week of Sept. 20.

Malone said about 100 Tucumcari residents bowled in leagues last year. “We have a men’s league, a women’s league and a mixed league,” said Malone. “Teams can form on their own or they can call here and we will sign them up and assign them to a team.”

Teams are made up of four bowlers each and league play will last 28-30 weeks according to Malone. “Each team bowls three game per week,” he said. “Men must purchase a membership in the American Bowling Congress for $15 and women must purchase a membership in the Women’s International Bowling Congress for a little over $12.”
In addition to the one-time membership fee, each person must pay $11.50 per week. The fee covers bowling, prize money and other fees. Malone said the prize money is not much. “Most people don’t bowl for the prize money. It’s about the competition and being able to socialize with people,” said Malone. “If you want to be gung ho and try to win, you can. If you just want to enjoy yourself, you can.”

City Manager Richard Primrose is a long-time bowler at Mountain View Bowl. “I’ve been bowling in leagues ever since Dawayne opened the bowling alley, about 27 years ago,” said Primrose. “I enjoy competing and I enjoy the camaraderie. There are many different people from different walks of life competing.” In addition to competitive bowling, patrons can take advantage of the Mountain View’s snack bar. Malone said he has two 27-inch televisions. “We serve hamburgers, Philly steak sandwiches, corn dogs, French fries and onion rings,” he said. “We also have a full liquor license,”

Mountain View Bowl is open 6 p.m. to around 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to around 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Many groups schedule parties at the bowling alley on Sundays.
Call 461-2133 to join a league.