>The 41st Budweiser Invitational No-Tap Singles Championships are coming up for the Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club.
The tourney rolls Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at Bellevue Bowl in Atwater.
The first 50 entries will get a Budwesier Invitational towel and miniature Budwesier bowling pin courtesy of Delta-Sierra Beverage of Modesto. There are three divisions based on average, and each division winner will get a $100 check from Budweiser.
Entrants will use their 2013 book averages, and must be active 500 Club members and a USBC member. All bowlers will have a buffet lunch included in their entry; guests will be $5. The lanes were full last year. Entry forms are at Bellevue Bowl and Black Oak Lanes. Entries cost $25 and close Oct. 16.
Mixed City Champs
The Mixed City Double Championships are no longer. In the past it was strictly a mixed doubles. It has a new name this year Handicap Doubles tournament hosted by the Merced County USBC Association. It will be Oct. 19 at Bellevue with squads at 1 and 3 p.m. Lanes will be oiled between squads. The association thought a change would offer more bowlers a chance to bowl. There will be mixed, two-men and two-women teams. Entry fee is $25 per bowler.
500 Club membership
Your local Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club is having its annual new-member drive. It costs only $10 to join. Anyone who joins before Dec. 31 gets a club shirt. What a deal, join the club for only $10 and get a $35 shirt.
So, if you are an association member and you have rolled a sanctioned 500, 600 or even a 700 series you are eligible to join the fastest growing 500 club in the valley. They host fun-filled tournaments about every three months or so for members and out-of-town bowlers.
Camellia City results
A few association members placed in the annual Camellia City (Sacramento) Women's 500 Club handicap no-tap tournament at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. Taking first in B division doubles was the team of Merced's Nevora Nush and Gustine's Kim Heller with a score of 1,466. In C singles, Phyllis Wallbaum of Newman scored with a 693. There were more than 200 women bowlers from Northern California rolling in the Camellia.
There were several 700 series last week. Cam Clemens rolled a 721/254, Casey McFarlin a 740/278, Marty Daniel 717/257 and Jess Ramirez 703/256 in the Classic. The Central Valley Nisei had Charles Mook with a 680 and Don Harcksen a 664 set. In the Guys & Dolls, Dennis Barcellos had a 279 and Julie Wescott rolled a 244.
Silver Foxes results
There were 95 senior bowlers on the lanes at Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria last weekend. A total of $2,600 was paid out to 24 places. Taking first was Jim Brodie of Modesto edging out Gordon Hurtt 222 to 212 for first plays. The next event will a singles tournament Saturday at Rodeo Lanes in Clovis starting at noon. The check-in desk opens at 10 a.m. The club will be coming to Bellevue Bowl on Nov. 9 for a singles event.
On a sad note, some of our early area bowlers will remember Jeanne Purkey, a long-time secretary for the club. She passed away recently. I met her in my very first Silver Foxes tournament at K.C. Bowl in Hanford in 2005.
Don Surdich is a Sun-Star correspondent. He can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org