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Avid bowler rolls into town for Show-Me State Games

Gail Menke, left, and Kathy Goeggel, team members for Show-Me State Games doubles bowling, give each other encouragement between frames. The two have been bowling together for more than five years as part of the City Diners team in St. Louis.

COLUMBIA — A tall woman wearing a green-collared bowling shirt, white shorts and blue knee guards picks up a bowling ball from the ball return. She rolls the ball down the lane and it knocks down nine pins.
Gail Menke, 69, of St. Louis has been bowling since she was 10. She was a semi-professional bowler and has been inducted into the St. Louis Bowling Hall of Fame and the Missouri State Bowling Hall of Fame. She has bowled three 300 games and had more than 200 series of 700 or greater.
Sunday is Menke’s first time bowling as a senior in the Show-Me State Games.
“I almost got a strike,” Menke says as she returns to the table of the AMF Town and Country Lanes in Columbia.
Menke gives her companions high-fives before she sits down.
“See how we all high-five? We pass on the good stuff. We don’t have any of this,” Menke says as she makes a fist.

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