SURDICH: Local bowlers make top 100 at 64th Peach Classic

August 11, 2013 

Unofficial results are in for the 64th Peach Classic Singles with some of our locals bowlers on the list — including two who made the top 100.

In 22nd on the main prize list was David King and in 40th was Mary Ickes. King also scored in the men's high scratch game with his 259; his winnings were not known at press time. For the first time in three years, Atwater's Sylvia Giordano did not place. Next year, Sylvia.

Silver Foxes TOC

A total of 130 bowlers were rolling at Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria in the Silver Foxes Bowling Club's season ending Tournament of Champions. The grand prize winner was Roy Thomas of Tulare who bowls at AMF Visalia Lanes. The prize fund was down this year at $11,460. As TOC champion, Thomas got a check for $1,000. Gil Martinez of Fresno took home $900, and regional PBA player Rod Tramp $800. The club paid 32 places with Leo Bradshaw getting $110. The win was the first for Thomas in the club. Richard Shaw rolled a perfect game during the tournament. Jay Faughn of Modesto took home a check for $135 for 27th. The club has dropped the Modesto centers from its schedule for next year. Still on is Bellevue Bowl with a singles event in November.

McHenry no-tap

Larry Valenti Sr. had a third-place finish in the men's high series during last Friday's senior no-tap Fun Day at McHenry Bowl in Modesto. Three different games were used, 8-pin, regular and 9-pin. Valenti took two high-game pots with a 300 and a 298. A ton of 300s were rolled during the 8-pin no tap.

U.S. Open

Wes Malott and Liz Johnson won their respective divisions in the 2013 U.S. Open in Columbus, Ohio. Malott beat the top seed, Jason Belmonte, 214-156 in the championship match. Belmo, kept bouncing the ball, like a double-dribble. It was Malott's first major victory. He was the third seed, sending the No. 2 seed Pete Weber home in the semifinals (279-182). Malott had major surgery on his left knee in May, but you couldn't tell it from how he bowled. The win was worth $50,000.

Liz Johnson, a 39-year-old right-hander, opened the U.S. Women's Open championship match with six strikes in a row on the way to 257-195 win over defending champion Kelly Kulick. The two are tied for second on the all-win list at three apiece. Johnson earned $50,000 and Kulick $25,000. In the Battle of the Sexes, Johnson rolled by Malott 194-188 for another check worth $10,000.

Walton makes a move

Jason Walton has taking his expertise in ball selection and drilling to Bowling Outfitters Pro Shop at McHenry Bowl. Walton was the manager of the pro-shop at Yosemite Lanes for years. He will split his time between Modesto and Pacific Avenue Bowl in Stockton. He just returned from a five-month stay at the National Bowling Stadium, where he was in the Hammer booth at the USBC Open.

Los Banos Bowl final

The Coffee Lanes coffee shop had a built-in clientele, and the reason was manager Angie Palermo's great food and service. Besides the bowl having its customers, so did she. One of her specialities was a Jubilee sandwich — which many tried to duplicate, but only one did. Darby Worthy finally made one. The association president and secretary took charge of their yearly "March of Dimes" singles tournament with the help of managers Dino and Wanda Turri. It was one of the big events that all bowlers looked forward to every season.

In the 1980s, Mel Soares sold his interest to night manager Dino and Wanda who kept the bowling center alive until the property was demolished to make way for the Save Mart shopping center. A few years back there was a group from the San Jose and Morgan Hill area looking into opening a bowling center in the city. They checked the Lowe's building and others. But one of their prime investors backed out. I have some great memories of the bowl and the great bowlers I met and rolled against — and there were many.

Have you ever heard the term, "goat roper"? I have. The Jubilee recipe will be in next week's column. The whole city was great to me. I want to thank Jose Torres of Los Banos and Rikki Cascia of Atwater who contributed to this article.

Don Surdich is a Sun-Star correspondent. He can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at


SCORING LEADERS: Lorenzo Alvara 201, Betty Brown 179, Keith Docherty 232, Gayle Sagin 174, Mike Bayer 223, Melissa Eldridge 265, Julie Egleston 209, Rose Souza 215, Dennis Barcellos 257, Bill Hickman 256, Hugh Gray 247, Sean McCulloch 247, Courtney Dahlin 215, Marcus Kendrick 288 (100 pins over ave), Shirley Hendrick 143 (95 ave), Roger Ross 227, Sylvia Giordano 204, Scott Eldridge 275.

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