Tweed newest Merced County USBC chief

May 27, 2013 

Karen Tweed, a director of the Merced County USBC Association was elected to serve as president by a unanimous vote of the association members last Saturday at Bellevue Bowl.

Tweed replaces Rae Coonce who had termed out with five years of service as president.

Tweed, a member of the Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame had been a big part of the Merced/Atwater Women's Bowling Association for many years serving in many capacities before they merged with the Merced Bowling Association to form the Merced County USBC Association a few years back.

She has chaired the annual Bowlers to Veterans Link (BVL) for years. A few new faces were also elected to the director's two-year position this year — Jim Mullings and Dave Egleston — at the associaton's annual meeting.

Incumbents Sean McColloch, Rae Coonce, and Sharon Roper will return as directors. There was a run-off between Roper and Gudi Ross for the final position.

New director Egleston gave short report on the USBC National Convention that he attended recently in Reno. His report centered on dues and awards for the next year that were discussed at the convention.

A total of 29 members were in attendance this year, the largest turnout in recent years. The new board will start their teams on Aug. 1. ...

According to Roper, the Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame dinner cleared $2,300 this year.

Club Mercedes rules

Club Mercedes, rolling in the Friday Night Handicap league at Bellevue, took home the first place trophy last Friday night.

Team members with their averages are: Richard Tweed (164), Roger Ross (198), Barry Kutz (182), Neill Barcellos (198), and Sean McCulloch (235).

Topping the league averages were Mike Coe with a 210 and Renate Stolte with a 165.

Black Oak PBA Open

More than 60 of the West Coast PBA members were rolling in the Battle at Black Oak Casino West Open with several northern area bowlers receiving checks.

Davis Haynes of Las Vegas took home the top prize of $2,500. Chris Kraft of Ceres, who bowled in the Commercial Classic a few years back, was 18th for $425. Will Garber of Modesto came in 19th for $425.

A great honor

Dallas Marsh, my counterpart who writes a bowling column for the Modesto Bee, was honored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3199 ladies auxiliary as its Woman of the Year.

She was recognized for being instrumental in the brick memorial at the new Veterans Affairs Clinic on Oakdale Road. Marsh has been a great supporter of veterans in many ways in the Modesto area. She is co-owner of McHenry Bowl in Modesto and a member of the Modesto USBC Association's Bowling Hall of Fame.

Super quote

Quote of the year overheard at Castle Lanes during last years association Senior Championships, a quote that will remain in my mind forever: "This in the only house in California where a spare ball will hook."

Ice bowling

I will be in Reno for the USBC Open this coming week rolling on ice. It is the first time I have ever rolled on ice before. I heard that the lanes were slick from Mark E. Thompson and Sean McCulloch — "just like ice," they said.

Wish me luck. I'll bring back a couple of snow cones.

Don Surdich is the Sun-Star's bowling columnist and can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at hereDON SURDICHUP YOUR ALLEY

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