Twenty four of Northern California's top scratch bowlers will roll for the 2012 Tournament Champions title Sunday at Modesto's Yosemite Lanes.
Six different oil patterns, sampled from the European Bowlers Tour, will be used across 12 lanes. Each pair of lanes will have a different shot, with a long pattern of 40 feet or more and short patterns of 35 feet or less.
The top 12 bowlers will cash, with the top-five qualifying for the stepladder finals.
The Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club is hosting its annual meeting Sunday, Jan. 13, starting at 1:30 p.m. at Bellevue Bowl.
On the agenda is the proposed 2013 tournament schedule, starting with the Club Championship in February. The bylaws committee has a few recommendations for the club. Up for re-election are vice president Dee Bayer, secretary Kristin Weimer, treasurer Mary Ickes and directors Jan Pettigrew and Nevora Nush. Nominations will also be taken from the floor. The directors will be discussing how to recognize the club champion and high-scratch game winner.
All 500 members are invited to attend, and all women bowlers who have rolled a 500 series in a sanctioned league can join the club during the meeting.
New Year's Eve
Don't forget that Bellevue Bowl is hosting two parties next Monday.
There will be family moonlight bowling from 6:30 p.m to 9:30. It includes party lights for moonlight bowling, free shoe rentals, hats and noisemakers, two pieces of pizza and a soft drink, as well as door prizes. The cost: $15 for adults; kids 4 to 12, $12; and kids 3 and under are free.
The adult party runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., and your $20 admission includes moonlight-style bowling party hats, horns, leis, noisemakers, free shoe rentals, door prizes, and the Spare Room lounge is offering bar specials.
A champagne toast will ring in the new year, and breakfast will be served after midnight.
Both parties fill up fast, so call (209) 358-6466 for a spot.
I hope you found either a new bowling ball, bag, or shoes under your tree Christmas morning. With new balls coming out every month, the selection is great -- ranging from high performance to a entry-level balls. New shoes run about $35 for Dexters, the largest bowling shoe maker.
In Classic, Courtney Dahlin lit up the lanes with a 254 and a super 724. ... Josh Gray recorded a 257/654. ... Rae Coonce turned in a 232/624. ... Nathan Flanagan almost rolled a triplicate with a 246, 246 and 215 for a 707. ... Bob Weimer had a 245/588. ... David Jarrad went above and beyond his 130 average with a 212.
Black Oak's monthly senior no-tap is Friday, Jan. 4, starting with sign-ups at noon and first ball rolling at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $15, which includes high-game pot for men and women that is paid after each game. The lanes will have cookies, coffee, and popcorn during the afternoon for its seniors. To save a spot call (209) 928-4348.
Don Surdich can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.