Golden Girls

Every Wednesday at noon you can find the Naperville Friendship League knocking down pins at Brunswick Zone on Aurora Avenue.
One group of ladies has been there since the beginning back in the 1980s.

The ladies in the Naperville Friendship League hit the lanes every week for bowling, but more importantly getting together with friends.

“We just bowl and have a great time, said Kathy McDonald, Secretary/Treasurer of the Naperville Friendship League. “We acknowledge good bowling, we lament when we don’t bowl well, but most of us are here to just have fun.”

The league is composed of 12 teams and a group known as the “Golden Girls” is not only trying to get the highest number on the board, they also have the highest number in age. At 86, 88 and 91, the friends are the oldest team.

“I started bowling when I was in high school and I’ve been on a league off and on, said Rosemary Reynertson, age 91. “It’s something that I really enjoy doing.”

Reynertson, Evelyn Matuski and Trudy Holubinka have been bowling in the league since it’s beginning. They’ve proved that their averages are a force to be reckoned with.

“Rosemary, who is 91, was 67 points over average last week and all three of them do that occasionally, they just beat the rest of us flat,” said McDonald.

The three ladies never miss a game. They say it’s something they look forward to every week.

“As my children put it ‘Mom it’s the only thing you do for yourself,’” said Reynertson. “My husband requires care, but one day a week my oldest son comes and sits with him so I can bowl.”

“It helps us stay young and we love all the friendship,” said Matuski. “The women in this league are just fantastic.”

The Naperville Friendship League is a United States Bowling Congress sanctioned team and while their scores do count, it’s really about drinking coffee with friends and having a great time.


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