Augusta's Holiday Bowl had signs on its door Tuesday morning stating that the bowling alley was closing down. That leaves bowling leagues and the location of the high school season in question.
The Augusta Holiday Bowl was closed down Tuesday morning. Bowlers were greeted with a sign on the front door stating that the bowling alley has been sold unexpectedly due to financial complications. The sign also said that anyone who left personal bowling equipment there can pick up their stuff at the storage unit across from Candace Kunkel’s office on Walnut street until Thursday night. Shirley Cummins was the current owner of the bowling alley. The Holiday Bowl has been a business in Augusta since 1958. The future of the building and whether it will remain a bowling alley is unknown. Two women present at the alley said that the Ladies’ Monday Night bowling league had just completed another set of matches the night before. They said they were unaware of any hints that the alley was closing down. Bowling tryouts were scheduled this week for the Augusta High School boys and girls teams. They have been moved to the El Dorado Prairie Bowl and will resume next week. "Prairie Bowl and El Dorado High School have graciously offered us the use of some of their lanes next week so that we can complete the tryout process," Augusta High School athletic director Doug Law said. "...We’d certainly like to see the situation with Holiday Bowl resolved within that time frame. They’ve been great to work with and the bowling alley is an asset to the community." Apologies were made on the sign to all of the bowling leagues that will have to be relocated or canceled as a result. The current bowling leagues included Ladies’ Monday Night, Business Men’s, Recycled Teen and Sunday Night Mixed. An option would be to bowl in El Dorado or Wichita. Bill Hallmark, who just began running a youth bowling program this fall, said there’s a slight possibility that the bowling alley may be purchased and reopened in a couple of months. Until then, Hallmark said the youth league will have to stop until further notice. Check back with the Gazette in the coming weeks for developments on this story.