This 4-lane bowling center was established in 1997 in Cut Knife. It is community-owned, and currently runs leagues Monday through Thursday. League bowlers range in age from 5-90!
Cut Knife has many people whose efforts led to the development of this recreational facility. In 1997, Todd Schwindt was the leader who coordinated all efforts. Fundraising and organizing volunteers were the main two areas needed to get these lanes up and running. An amazing number of people stepped up and helped out where they could. The next highlight was in July of 1999, when computer scoring was installed.
In 1998-99, Cut Knife Country lanes began its Youth Bowling Program. In 2002, we had our first YBC attend the 4-steps event. We have also had youth compete in numerous out of town tournaments, including the Winter Games, 4-steps Zones and Provincials. Also, we have been able to host the Zone finals a few times. Our program is running stronger than ever today. YBC runs after school hours, registration is in September, and we finish the season with a banquet and awards ceremony at the Curling Rink. All Cut Knife bowlers, young and old, look forward to the April banquet!
Cut Knife has also been represented annually at the Provincial and National events by the adult bowlers. Many have commented how fortunate they feel to have been able to travel across the country and compete in a great Canadian sport. Many friendships are built, nation-wide! This wouldn’t have been possible without the bowling center being open here in Cut Knife.
Here are some noticeable highlights:
We have had many bowlers compete nationally in the Master’s program. 5-pin Open, National Classified’s, TSN Pins Game, and the Senior Summer Games. We even have had gold medalists from several of these events.
-Tracy Anseth… TSN Pins Game Title
-Paul Loran… gold in the Master’s
-Len Anseth… gold in the Master’s
-Paul Rak… gold in the Master’s and the Senior Summer Games
-Mary Ramsay… gold in the Master’s
Paul Loran threw a perfect 450 game in league play!
Len and Tracy Anseth were also honoured, as they were named to the Canadian 5-pin Top 100 List in 2009.
In conclusion, many people from this community and near-by ones continue to support the bowling center in many different ways. They know who they are, and how much they are appreciated! We all believe this is a great facility to promote healthy, active living, 5-pin bowling is a lifelong sport, and Cut Knife is proud to have their Country Lanes.