Bowling leagues spring up

By Geoff Lee

March 14, 2018 2:09 PM

Jody MacDonald, owner of Lloyd Lanes rests her hands on a set of computerized pedestals for entering players’ names to track scores on overhead computers. Spring leagues are set to start up by the end of the month at the 12 lane facility as the installation of lane equipment continues.  GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

Lloyd Lanes will be fully open to the public and a slate of spring bowling leagues by the end of March.
That’s the word from owner Jody MacDonald who had six of 12 lanes up and running for a couple of private bowling parties held on the weekend as the installation of lane equipment winds down.
“In two weeks we start,” she said a week ago following a successful registration drive for spring leagues at the 5/10 pin facility at 6822-56 Street.
Bowlers can also register online at the website for everything from morning tots, morning ladies, seniors, mixed adult evening and fun kids leagues.
MacDonald said the response in the early going has been really good.
“There’s a lot of people excited about it and asking questions and phoning in about it and coming in to sign up,” she said.
Lloyd Lanes also offers birthday packages and welcomes group bookings and school groups without 10 pin bowling available in the first month.
“We’ve just got five pin to start and they’ll becoming in to put the conversion lanes in once the parts that were back ordered come in,” said MacDonald
“Crews are still working on installing the ball racks and the returns and just getting the computers tied in with the pins.”
She said the 5/10 pin conversion system for the full 12 lanes of bowling will be pretty simple to operate when everything is assembled.
“You go to the back and flip a switch and it goes to 10,” she said.
There will be no grand opening celebration for awhile as MacDonald and her staff of 10 employees are jumping right into parties and bookings—with a Christmas party already slotted in.
The phone line and Lloyd Lanes’ social media sites have also been active with well-wishers and local bowlers.
“Everyone’s been so supportive—it’s awesome —you don’t see that with all new businesses so it’s been good,” said MacDonald.
“There’s lots of excitement for the bowling.”
The closure of Border Bowl in Lloydminster in May 2015 forced local bowlers to play out of town.

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