Seniors, now is your time to shine in the 4th annual Top Dog Senior scratch tournament to be held at McHenry Bowl in Modesto. The event will be held on Oct. 19 at 12:30 p.m.
All current USBC cardholders who are 55 years and older can compete. The tournament is USBC certified.Entry fee is $30 if paid by Oct. 18 or $35 on the day of the tournament.
Round one: Three games moving one pair to the right after each game. Cut to the top 20. Round two: Top 20 bowlers will roll one game. Cut to the top 10. Round three: Top 10 bowlers will bowl one game. Round four: Top 4 bowlers roll a step ladder final to determine top four places.
Entry forms are available at the pro-shop at Bellevue Bowl. For more information, contact Terry at (209) 571-2695.
There have been two of our association members who have been crowned State BVL Champions. Sonia Kishell won the B division in the women's and Fred Ruell won the C division in the men's. Each state division winners will receive a jacket, medal and a watch. There are five divisions for men, six divisions for women, and a boy and girl divisions.
The Monday Night Merchants had Sean McCulloch with a 734. ... Todd Gilles lit up the Classic on Wednesday night with a 717. ... The Friday Night Merchants had Justin Decker rolling his second 700 in two weeks with a 705.
Black Oak Lanes is hosting their monthly senior 9 pin no-tap this Friday starting at 1:30 p.m. Entry fee is $15. High games for men and women are paid out after every game. Coffee, cookies, and popcorn are furnished during the afternoon. Call Sandy at (209) 928-9300 to reserve a spot.
Women's City circa 1968
I received a copy of a Merced Sun Star bowling article from Feb. 12, 1968, from a good friend of mine, Paul Gomez. His wife Belva highlighted the week's action, as detailed by former sports editor Dick Rassmussen. The former Merced residents now live in Atascadero. Here's an excerpt:
"Belva Gomez of Merced rolled her first 200 game on the way to two championships in the Merced/Atwater Women's City tournament last weekend at Bellevue Bowl in Atwater. Mrs. Gomez took the all-events title with a 2007 score including her handicap, and also won the singles championship with a 654.
Mickey Spotts trailed Gomez in the singles with a 652 score. Mary Prince teamed with Suzie Crandell to win the doubles crown. Mrs. Prince bowled a hot 525 series to lead the winning duo. Betty Brown was the all-events winner. She had a 586 in the team event, 512 in doubles, and 575 singles, giving her a winning total of 1673.
The all-events runner-up was Joyce Stanley with a 1642. Mary Cardoza had the tournament's high series of 646, including a 254 game on her way to her third place 1624. Save Mart won the team event on the strength of a thrilling finish. Dee Young, the team's anchor woman picked up the four pin in the 10th frame to cinch the win by five pins over Bud's Place 2929 to 2924.
Virginia Meter, shot a 209 final game for Bud's Place. They paid down to 30 places in the women's handicap singles. Bellevue Bowl gave out approximately 50 pins to participants who rolled 200 games."
If anyone has old clippings from the Sun-Star, please let me know!
Connie Heil 193, Bradley DeHart 223, Patty Harrell 197, Ed Rowen 242, Doug Laidlaw 268, John Ward 214, Kim Barcellos 220, Curtis Horne 224, Ryan Szraki 231, Roy Browing 212, Diane Sousa 201, Jenny Avellar 204, Barbara Bustos 199, Rodney Alday 235, Mark E. Thompson 289, Danny Coggins 236, Lorenzo Alvaro 243, J D Lawson 214, Tom Bass 238, Janice Hicks 202, Tim Halloran 218.
Billy Pimentel 530, Courtney Dahlin 553. Karen Ferrero 557, Julie Wescott 592, Rae Coonce 603, Jim Hamilton 635, John Neidhardt 651, Deanna Cimmino 652, Peggy Docherty 654, Nathan Flanagan 654, Ruben Ruiz 657, Mike Giordano 663, Gene Frazier 671, Brian Liebelt 676, Brian Liebelt 676, Tony Shukle 677, Dennis Gray 681, Brian Hickman 692, Larry Valenti Jr. 696.
Don Surdich is the Sun-Star's bowling columnist and can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at email@example.com.