Davie’s Golden Girl: 99 year old still enjoys bowling league

Published 4:58 am Wednesday, February 1, 2023

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By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

Davie County’s Nancy Tutterow celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday, Jan. 22.

Each Monday, Tutterow grabs her bowling shoes and heads to Winston-Salem’s Creekside Lanes with her neighbor, Doris Hinsdale, for the Davie County Senior Services SilverStrikers bowling league.

The SilverStrikers bowling league is comprised of 74 individuals ranging from age 55 to 99 competing for the trophy at the end of the season.

On Monday, Jan. 23, Tutterow was shocked, humbled, and surprised to find that her bowling league of 73 friends was standing together at the entrance singing “Happy Birthday” along with the Creekside Lanes staff.  The sitting area was decorated with birthday balloons, cupcakes, donuts, and a special birthday cake. This initiative was led by Roni Barney.

Not only was the party a huge surprise, Vivian Ranson announced that WXII12 News was there to cover the party. Tutterow was interviewed by Jackie Pascale of WXII. Her interview was later aired for all news broadcasts that day.

Tutterow’s bowling team is aptly named the “Golden Girls,” and her teammates are Roni Barney, Judy Phillips, and Patricia Latta.

Roni Barney tells everyone how honored she is to be a part of Nancy’s team, but most importantly that Nancy is her hero. Barney refers to Tutterow as the “Amazing Nancy.”

Tutterow’s teammate Judy Phillips was also interviewed by WXII 12 where she shared that every person in the league wants to play with Nancy, and “when you’re with Nancy, you’re going to take it all”.

On Jan. 23, Nancy’s team was leading the bowling league with four wins.

Ms. Nancy stated that “as long as she’s breathing, she’s going to be bowling.” She didn’t even start bowling until she was in her 80s.

If there is a lesson to be learned from Ms. Nancy, it’s to never quit, and you are never too old to try something new.

She encourages us all to keep going and to sign up for not only the SilverStrikers Bowling League but also the upcoming Davie County Senior Games season.

Davie County will host registration kickoff on Friday, Feb. 17 at the Brock Gym at 1 p.m. Senior Games and SilverArts is open to anyone 50 or older who lives in Davie County or turns 50 by Dec. 31. This is a celebration you do not want to miss as Davie County kicks off their 30th year of local games.

Questions about Senior Games or SilverArts? Call 336-753-6230.