Baton Rouge bowler still going strong at almost 100 years old

Baton Rouge bowler still going strong at almost 100 years old
(Source: WAFB)
(Source: WAFB)
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(Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A league of women in Baton Rouge proving people don't have to let their age slow them down.

Every Tuesday, about 50 ladies meet at a bowling ally in Baton Rouge and compete against each other.

Mildred Bowie started bowling in her 50's and she's competitive.

"I bring out the best in her," she said about another player. "They play me so hard."

She joined the Golden Nugget league in 1983. The league has 58 bowlers, all 55 years and older. At 99, Bowie is the oldest. And in two weeks, on January 19, she turns 100.

"She's amazing to me," said another member.

Bowie said she started bowling when her granddaughter was three. That was more than 40 years ago as her granddaughter is 50 now.

"I love games. I just love all kind of games. I like to compete."

With strikes, spares and killer shots, her average per game is 119. The Golden Nugget ladies meet every Tuesday at Circle Bowl, on Florida Boulevard, and bowl non-stop for three hours.

"I use an eight pound ball now. I was using an 11-12 pound, but I have carpel tunnel," Bowie said.

Age hasn't slowed her down. In fact, some of her teammates said they want to be just like her when they grow up.

"I play bridge three times a week. I have a pokeno club. I work in my church. I'm pretty busy," she said.

She still drives as well.

If there's any secret to having lived for so long, she said her faith has kept her and bowling with the other ladies keeps her feeling young.

"You'd never know she's almost 100," said a teammate. "She doesn't look it or act it."

"I've had a wonderful life," Bowie said.

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