MERCED — The reputation of the Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club is growing as was the proof last Sunday, as groups of men and women bowlers from the San Jose and Modesto area were rolling in the first ever "Behind the Curtain" no-tap tournament at Bellevue Bowl.
Atwater's Justin Decker won the men's division with games of 277-300-273 for an 892 with handicap for $79. Charles Mook (891, $70) was second and Juan Saucedo (869, $61) third. Modesto's Robin Topie (195-198-232, 847 handicap, $77) followed Barbara Huddleston (825, $63) and Nevora Nush (811, $56). High games for women were rolled by Rikki Cascia (254), Dee Bayer (242), and Julie Egleston (234). In the men's, it was Decker (300), Neill Barcellos (300), and Tommy Cardoza (300).
A limited number was set at 56 bowlers, but the interest was so great that president LaDonna Stone had to make more curtains.
The tourney drew 44 men and 35 women.
"I wish we used a curtain in our league play, I loved it," Tommy Cardoza said. "Made me concentrate more."
Other comments were, "sure made you keep your head down." I hear that Zotar, the guru of curtain bowling, said the curtains might be down four to five inches at the next "Behind the Curtain" tournament.
Unofficial results have come in for the Cal-State Senior singles tournament held last weekend at West Lane Bowl in Stockton. Here is a list of locals who placed: Roger Ross was fifth in the A Division; Mike Coe was in 37th and Larry Valenti Sr. 52st in C; Mike Bayer ninth in D; and Mike Gomes 30th in E. Dee Bayer in the Super Senior division was in fifth.
The official results should be ready in about two weeks with the final list of place and money won. Next year's event will be held at AMF Cerritos Lanes in Southern California on Aug. 23-25.
It's open to all California USBC members who are at least 50 years of age.
Senior Open in Fresno
The 44th Annual California State Senior Open Championships are coming back to the Fresno area this year, running for five weekends from Oct. 26-27 to Nov. 23-24. The Open will have team, doubles, singles and all-events for $25 per event and $5 for all-events. The team event is a four-member team of men or women who are 50 years and older. The team event has two divisions; your doubles will have three divisions, the singles and all-events has three divisions. Your age determines what division you are in. The team will be held at AMF Rodeo Lanes in Clovis and doubles and singles at AMF Sierra Lanes in Fresno. The entries close on Sunday, Sept. 15.
Black Oak no-tap
This Friday at Black Oak Lanes, up by Tuolumne City, is their monthly senior 9-pin no-tap. The cost is only $15 and first ball rolls at 1:30 p.m. The lanes furnish the seniors with water, coffee, cookies, and popcorn during the afternoon. All access roads that were closed due to the Rim fire are now open. The squads fill up fast. To make sure that you get a spot, contact Sandy Taylor at (209) 928-9419.
What do we get for our $20 from the United States Bowling Congress? Here are a few items: League bonding, certified averages, sanctioned local, state, and national tournaments, annual convention, United Air Lines discounts, Motel 6 rates, National car rentals, charities such as the BVL and Bowl for a Cure, local assistance from our local board, e-mail assistance from USBC, complimentary one-year AARP membership for USBC members, and honor score awards. Last year 50,000 perfect games were awarded.
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.