Young bowler wins first event
BLACKFOOT — Six-year-old Spencer Gohr has grown up in a family of bowlers.
His father, Shad, grandparents Gary and Karen Keith and great-grandparents have have enjoyed both the social and competitive aspects of the sport.
Either this season Spencer, Shad and Karen teamed to win the inagural Curtis MacFee Memorial Youth-Adult tournament at Pindale Lanes.
"It was special for us because Curtis has been like an older brother or uncle to our family," Karen said. "Every kid who has gotten to know him has loved him."
MacFee died in a four-wheeler accident in August of 2012.
"When we lost him, Spencer was bright enough to say he's watching over us," Keith said.
The tournament was Spencer's first official competition. He, his dad and his grandmother formed one of 18 three-person teams. They won the tournament by seven pins.
"Spencer's dad worked here all through high school," Keith recalled. "The win means a lot to us where Curtis was such a part of our family."
Not only did MacFee and Keith's family learn from one another and compete against one another in bowling, they've also gone toe-to-toe in bass fishing tournaments.
Spencer's bowling ball memorializes that connection. The specially made ball Spencer uses has three bass painted on its surface.