Any sibling rivalry Tom and Tim Hartley had has long since evolved into mutual respect.
“Tim is an excellent coach, he has helped me so much,” Tom said. “Last summer, we bowled together in a doubles league and it really helped me. I listened to him and it paid off.”
The payoff was a pair of city titles as Tom, 52, won both the handicap and scratch all-events titles recently at the Greater Dayton United States Bowling Congress Men’s Senior Tournament at Bowl 10 Fairborn. Tom posted scores of 2,258 and 2,177, respectively, in the Division B event for bowlers 50-59.
“It’s nice to see my brother do well,” Tim said. “I’m glad I could help him.”
Not to be outdone, Tim, 51, also collected a pair of titles, winning both the Division D (50-59) handicap and scratch singles events with scores of 825 and 823. One year earlier, Tim took home the all-events and team titles in his first senior tournament appearance.
“It’s definitely not easy,” Tim said of his senior tournament success. “It’s only easy when you’re bowling good and you can’t bowl good all the time.”
Tom and Tim, two of eight children in the Hartley family, were both athletes growing up. At 5-foot-9, Tom played soccer and baseball while his younger but bigger brother Tim, 6-foot-4, played basketball and football. And all of the Hartley children bowled.
“But my brother and I are the only ones who are still at it,” Tim said.
Tim found success on the lanes earlier as far as honor scores and tournament titles but Tom was never deterred.
“Tim would be in the paper a lot and people would tell me they must have typed my name wrong,” Tom said, smiling.
So when Tom needed some help fine tuning his game, he knew exactly who to turn to.
“I mainly needed to work on my timing,” he said. “But it’s hard to diagnose yourself because you can’t see what you’re doing wrong.”
That’s where his little brother came in.
“I spent the whole season trying to work on the things Tim helped me with,” Tom said.
And, now, he has the championship titles to prove it.
GDUSBC Men’s Senior Tournament Champions
* Division A (60 and older)
Handicap and scratch: Red Bean Bag Theory 2 (Gary Reed, Mike Burns, Woody Ellington, Jerry Swope) 3,025/2,812
* Division B (50 - 59)
Handicap: Griffin’s Team, 2915 (Art Griffin, Mandy Wilson, Mike Burns, Jeff Parks) 2,915
Scratch: Beach’s Parkroe (Jerry Roe, Joe Hoelscher Jr., Bobby Beach, Jeff Parks) 2781
* Division A
Handicap and scratch: Jerry Swope/Craig Baker 1,485/1,475
* Division B
Handicap and scratch: Bobby Beach/Mike Lamb 1,554
* Division A (70 and older)
Handicap/scratch: Eugene Neal 743/638
* Division B (65 - 69)
Handicap/scratch: Roy Miles 815/748
* Division C (60-64)
Handicap: Kevin Johnson 756
Scratch: Dana Spitler 717
* Division D (50-59)
Handicap/scratch: Tim Hartley 825/823
* Division A (60 and older)
Handicap: Mike Langham 2,169
Scratch: Mike Kahler 2,080
* Division B (50-59)
Handicap/scratch: Tom Hartley 2,258/2,177