In Honor and Memory of our Founder, Wayne Raguse
The Masters was founded in the late 80's by Peoria Journal Star columnist, Wayne Raguse. Devoted to the positive promotion and representation of bowling, Mr. Raguse felt Central Illinois was lacking a prestigious bowling environment for scratch bowling. His vision was to afford this area's best bowlers an opportunity to showcase their many talents on a weekly basis through the development of this league.
In order to accomplish this feat, sponsorship was the key to bringing the best bowlers together. Through his efforts, he managed to secure our corporate sponsorship with Brewers Distributing Company of Peoria, IL. Brewers' devotion to scratch bowling is the reason we have grown to become the #1 scratch bowling league in Central Illinois.
Over the years our league has gone through many changes and trials. In the beginning, teams were drafted with rosters of up to eight bowlers on each team. This had to be changed simply due to the desire for everyone to bowl on a regular basis. Roster sizes were tried at many levels, eventually arriving at the normal
five person teams with floating subs. Today's format is four person teams, floating subs and a greater number of teams.
This league has always been a travel league with the exception of one year held entirely at one house
and one year split between two houses. Once again, through the trials, we have found for the most
challenging and competitive environment, that this league functions best by traveling to several houses.
After a two year absence, this league went through some major adjustments in 2006. A new concept of the four person teams, securing team sponsors to compliment the prize fund, which at that time was over $21,000.00, and utilizing modern technology to improve communication and publicity of our league. All of these improvements has revitalized and strengthened the efforts of its fore-fathers, and keeps the long tradition of the Masters going. Hopefully, this great tradition and devotion continues through the efforts of each generation to follow.