This year’s tournament honoree is Kim Kopf.
Kim was born in Pontiac, where bowling has always been a part of her life. Her Mother Norma, worked at Hartford lanes, where Kim started bowling at the age of 5. Her Dad Robert would take her to his league. Her older brother Randy, who she practiced with, also drilled all of her bowling balls at the beginning and continued to coach her and go with her to all her tournaments.
Kim has five Queens Titles to be proud of.
In 1985 she won the Michigan Queens Tournament by maintaining a 225 average. Also that same year she won the Kalamazoo Queens Tournament.
She continued by winning the Battle Creek Queens in 1992 and 1995
And then in 2011, she became the first women to win both state Queen titles when she won the State Senior Queens tournament.
She has participated in over 25 state Queens tournaments.
She was also on the Ladies Professional Tour in 1986 and participated in 6 tournaments.
Kim has rolled 6- 300 games, several 299’s and her high series is a 794. Her highest average was a 223 and bowling in three leagues this past season maintained 200 averages in all of them, the highest a 209.
Kim was the first woman bowler in Battle Creek to roll a 300 game and to have 4- 700 series in a season 748, 738, 712 and 703.
She was a member of the first women's team to break the 3,000 mark with a 3130 contributing a 279 – 695 to the score which at that time was 8th in the Nation.
In the Battle Creek City Tournament she was the All-Events winner in 1984, 1989, 1990 and 2002, Singles Champion in 1997, Team Champion in 1984,1987,1990,1996 and 2002 and Doubles in 1994.
In addition, she won the Doubles Actual titles in 1997, 2003 and 2007 in Lansing where she also won two King & Queens Tournament titles as well as the Lansing Area 600 Tournament Doubles title.
For her accomplishments, she was named bowler of the year in 1989, 90 and 91, and a member of the All Star Teams from 1990-1996 and again from 2000-2002.
Kim has been inducted into three Halls of Fame for her Superior Performances -, Battle Creek in 2000, the Lansing Hall of Fame in 2014 and the Michigan State WBA Hall of Fame in 2008.
Among her highs in her bowling career are being coached by Buzz Fazio and all the people she has met and bowled with that she now considers her friends.
As a side note - Kim opened the tournament and then bowled the first squad rolling a 299 game in her first game . . . . . .