A total of 198 valley men and women seniors were competing in the annual senior no-tap tournament at Black Oak Lanes. Some of our Bellevue Seniors received a few bucks back from Black Oak during their 8th Senior no-tap held the first week of March.
In the women's division it was Dee Bayer in 13th with an 811 for $22, and Charli McMillan in 17th with a 781 for $15. Modesto's Anja DeBoer with a score of 895 took first for $80.
Besides rolling 300 games in the tournament, Richard Moore and Jim Mullings also placed in the final standings in the men's division. Moore finished in 12th for $27, Dan Roberson in 14th for $22, Mike Bayer in 15th for $20, Mullings in 18th for $15 along with Ed Huddleston in 19th for $15.
The men's winner was Mike Silva of Sonora rolled a couple of 300 games on his way to a 900 series good for $100.
Hall of Fame dinner
If you need a ticket to the annual Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame dinner, just ask any association member as they are selling them. Patty Harrell and Mark E. Thompson will join the Hall this year. The association is also selling raffle tickets for a couple of electronic gizmos, and iPad and a Wii.
The dinner will be held on April 13 at the Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Road. Tickets are also available at Bellevue Bowl for $17 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Courtney Dahlin was at it again as she rolled a 288 for a great 690 set. ... Almost hitting the magical 800 series was Josh Gray with games of 244, 268, and 258 for a 770. ... Mark Mova was going for it with a 279 games. ... Anthony Tucker 189/106 average. ... Geneva White 170/124 average. ... Patrick McGee 220/153 average.
Do you need to sharpen your game or a first year bowler who needs help? Well, my friend Steve Plant is a USBC certified Bronze coach. He gives lessons every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at McHenry Bowl. The cost is only $5. This includes two games of bowling with lessons, a hot dog, drink, and chips. What a deal.
Our association scratch bowlers have a chance to bring home $3,000 in the Brusswick 17th Modesto Masters next month on April 6-7 at McHenry Bowl in Modesto. The $3,000 is guaranteed first place money.
Qualifying squads will be held on Saturday at 12:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m., and you will roll seven games across 14 lanes. Lanes will be stripped and oiled before each squad. A shirt with a collar and slacks are approved wear for the Masters.
The top 16 or 24 bowlers based on total entries will qualify for the finals based on total pin-fall. Top qualifiers will return on Sunday at 9 a.m. for match play final round. Match play is a double-elimination format with two-game matches. There shall be one cash prize for every four entries. Entry fee if $125, and entries will close 15 minutes prior to each squad. To reserve a spot, call Wayne Garber at (209) 524-9161.
Swing into Spring
A special senior no-tap was going on last Friday at McHenry Bowl as they were hosting their Swing into Spring Crazy Bowl.
They started with the first game of 8-pin and if you rolled a split, it counted as a strike just like the 8-pin count did. Game two, they played 8-pin no-tap without the split. The final game was a regular 9-pin no-tap.
There must have been seven or eight no-tap 300's rolled on Friday. Janie Schropp and yours truly rolled 300's in our second games. We both came home with a few dollars.
Don Surdich is the Sun-Star's bowling columnist and can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tony Shukle 233, Cindy Souza 150, Carol Brewer 202, Sharon Roper 171,
Jerry Hill 246, Ronnie Gonzales 248, David Garcez 246, Billy Pimentel Sr. 199,
Jim Boyenga 222, Jim Souza 194, Joyce Tuoto 161, Edward Padron 232,
Monty Stone 248, Marie Herrera 214, Dennis Labuga 233, Carol Almeida 210,
Rod Hoofard 234, Key Koehn 204, Sharee Frazier 203.
Kim Barcellos 544, Tom Brewer 550, Peggy Docherty 553,
Jerry McMillian 589, Jess Donohue 598, Joe Powers 630,
Caren Thompson 653, Bob Weimer 656, Doub Laidlaw 671,
Tyler Davis 683, Cam Clemens 710, Sean McCulloch 708, Travis Mason 731