Rolling in the season-ending San Joaquin Bowling Club's Tournament of Champions at Valley Bowl in Madera were four locals making the cut to the finals on Sunday morning.
Bellevue Bowl had four local shooters taking four spots out of the top 10. Taking a third was David King for $600, fifth place was Cam Clements for $400, in seventh place was Larry Valenti, Sr. for $280, and in tenth place was Ronnie Gonzales for $190.
There was a total of 65 valley bowlers rolling last Saturday and Sunday.
The Thursday afternoon league at Bellevue had the long-time bowlers from Los Banos taking the championship of the Twilighters. Team members with their averages were: Helen Gallichio (142), Clarie Biehl (114), Rose Galli (148), and Frank Gallichio a (142). Topping the league averages were Don Sweet in the men's with a 171 and Alice Koehn in the women's with a 149.
A couple of league scores have started to come in this week. First is the Tuesday afternoon seniors at Bellevue with John Neidhardt 222/553, Larry Valenti, Sr. 257/631, Garland Moore 220/568, Judy Simpson 177/468, and Sachiko Howard 198/552.
Scotch doubles tourney
A total of 27 doubles teams hit the lanes last Sunday in the Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club's first-ever Scotch Doubles tournament at Bellevue Bowl.
Apparently it was a huge success with the men and women carrying on all afternoon and having fun. This new version of the 500 club has added many new and interesting tournaments to their schedule that has seen many clubs in the valley and the Sacramento valley participating.
Taking first place was Casey McFarlin and Matthew Cox with a 992 series for $63 each, in second had Kiki Abernathy and Rikki Cascia with a 898 for $36 each. There was a tie for third place between Diana Harvey, Hiro Yamagiwa, Marie Herrera, and Charles Mook. Fifth place was Mary Eckes and Jim Mullings, and the final spot was Dee Bayer and Peggy Docherty.
How about having 11 in a row and getting ready to roll your 12th ball, and oops, it goes into the gutter.
Well, I hear that is what happened last Saturday night during the monthly no-tap doubles mini-tourney at Bellevue. Apparently Joey Fernandez was going for a 300 game which could have been the high game of the night. Fernandez and his wife Dawn still ended up in first place for the night.
USBC changes coming
Chip Aki is the assistant tournament manager of the USBC Open and Women's Championships in Reno. I had a chance to speak with him at length during the Open.
He did tell me that next year the women's championship would undergo a major change, shifting to four player teams and new divisions.
Teams would be divided into four divisions based on their combined average for all four bowlers. There will be six averages-based divisions for doubles, singles and all-events. It again will be in Reno for 2014. This year, as expected, there was a massive electronic scoreboard. The board is unbelievable. I will have more information in the coming weeks.
The Ice Bowl
I told you that I was going to Reno for the USBC Open at the National Bowling Stadium. Well, I did. The lanes were not as bad as I thought they would be.
I started out with a double in the first game, and it was downhill after that. The team, Pazin and Myers, Inc. had a great time and plan on going back next year.
The following members were rolling with their scores: Richard Pazin had a 529, yours truly with a 476 and Dave Vant rolled a 518 with a 203 second game. Jim Hamilton, in his first Open, rolled a 546, and the leader was Larry Valenti, Sr. with a 268 for a 652 set.
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 hereDON SURDICHUP YOUR ALLEY
Ed Huddleston 230, Mike Gomes 244, Mark E. Thompson 223, Larry Valenti, Jr. 213, Louis Cantalube 187, Melissa Eldridge 234, Joanna Summerton 197, Nicole Wagner 197, John Neidhardt 246, Andre Brice 200, Marcus Kendrick 258, Todd Gilles 258, Don Layton 236, Travis Mason 257, Kevin Decker 214, Chris Elias 235, Neill Barcellos 279, Jamie Shank 184, Jessica Riley 182, Mary Ickes 192.
Kathy Alexander 539, Sharee Frazier 543, Gary Wescott 587, Larry Valenti, Jr. 616, Mike Gomes 622, Kevin Wagner 632, Mark Camp 634, Neill Barcellos 635, Jim Mullings 638, Jeremy Hurd 643, Melissa Eldridge 652, Roger Ross 656, Justin Decker 676, Sean McCulloch 682, Travis Mason 684, Doug Laidlaw 701, Mike Robins 711, Hugh Gray 727.