Tom Wann said he could not imagine McPherson without bowling.
Starlite Lanes, which has been idle for more than 3 months, will be re-opening Oct. 2 at 900 W. Kansas.
Wann will be serving as the manager. The lanes were purchased by George Yang and Julie Ni of Panda Properties back in June.
Wann, who has been around bowling for more than 40 years, said it will be a family affair as his wife and children, as well as his mother, will all be involved.
Nettie, his mother, has run the youth bowling leagues for more than 40 years and will continue in that capacity.
Wann has been hard at work making changes. Everything has been freshly painted and a concession stand has been added. Much work has been done on the lanes and his son, Lucas, will be in charge of maintenance.
Wann said, “we are bringing a new attitude,” to Starlite, which has been a McPherson fixture for more than 50 years. Cliff Hutts had owned the lanes for more than 30 years before retiring after purchasing the business from Vance Carlson.
What this also means is that McPherson High’s bowling team still has a home. There was concern the Bullpups would have to go out of town to practice, but with Starlite up and running again they will remain home. Herb Halinksi has been the school’s coach since the inception of the program and Wann served as his assistant in the past. Both the boys and girls have won a state championship in the short time there’s been a program and Quinten Sloup was an individual state champion.
This will be quite an undertaking for Wann, as he has his own business T-N-D Sales Service and Design, which is located on 429 N. Highway 81 By-Pass. But he said after much time, consideration and prayer, he believes this will be a great opportunity as he wants the bowling boom to return to McPherson.
Wann said the new phone number for Starlite will be 620-480-2667. Leagues are forming and there will also be open bowling.