The 41st Budweiser Invitational No-Tap Championship rolls this Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. It is hosted by our local Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club.
The first 50 entries will receive a custom designed Budweiser Invitational towel and miniature Budweiser bowling pins, courtesy of Delta-Sierra Beverage of Modesto.
There are three divisions, according to your average: (A) 160 and above; (B) 148 to 159; and (C) 147 and below. You will use your 2013 book average. All bowlers will receive a buffet lunch at noon included in your entry, guest will be $5. Check-in desk opens from noon to 1 p.m. The club will feature a 50/50 money raffle, special raffle prizes during the day, and a door prize.
Entry forms are at Bellevue Bowl and Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne. Entries close today at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $25. Come join the fun.
Our local association is hosting its first Handicap Doubles tournament this Saturday, with two squads at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Lanes will be oiled between squads. Teams will use their 2013 book average. Teams will consist of mixed, 2 men or 2 women. There is only one division. You can register 15 minutes prior to squad time. Entry fee is $25 per bowler. Entry forms are available at the desk at Bellevue.
This Saturday you can roll in the 4th annual Top Dog Senior Scratch tournament at 12:30 p.m. at McHenry Bowl. If you are 55 years and older you can compete. The tournament is USBC certified. Entry fee is $30 if paid by this Friday or $35 on the day of the tournament. Three rounds of qualifying before the top 4 bowlers roll a step ladder final to determine the top 4 place. Entry forms are available at the pro shop at Bellevue Bowl. For more info, contact Terry at (209) 571-2695.
She's back: I'm talking about Barbara Bustos. You never see her, but you can hear her. After a layoff of a few years, she is starting to roll as she came back with a 567 series and then a 579 with a 221 kicker in the Classic. How about birthday boy Mike Robins, who turned 34 on Wednesday night and rolled another 700 number 38. Also in the Classic was Bob Weimer with a 256/693.
The old guys were stroking in the seniors on Tuesday as Jim Mullins shot a 276/671, Larry Valenti Sr. 256/685, and Manny Salazar a 253/653. The Guys & Dolls saw the Hickman brothers scoring with Brian a 702 and Eric a 652.
USBC Queens 2013
Latvia's Diana Zavjalova became the first foreign player in more than 20 years to win the USBC Queens as she defeated USBC Hall of Famer Leanne Hulsenberg of North Ogden, Utah, 190 to 160 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone in Henderson, Nev. recently.
Zavajova became the first No. 1 seed since 2009 to secure the title, and she did it in her first Queens's appearance. She earned $20,000 and the traditional Queens tiara, Hulsenberg earned $10,000. Hulsenberg, who has made more than 100 television appearances in her career, threw 15 strikes in her first two matches, but was plagued with poor carry in the finale. The 1999 Queens champion missed two single-pin spares late in the game, costing her a chance at becoming the ninth bowler with two Queens victories.
Local bowlers might remember Hulsenberg, who went by the name of Leanne Barrett before she got married several years ago. She and Kim Terrell (Kearney) would compete at the monthly scratch 6-gamer at Yosemite Lanes. She worked for Steve Cook's Bowling Supply in Sacramento, and after Cook purchased Fireside Lanes in the city, she also worked there. They both now work for Storm bowling, she as a marketing coordinator and her husband Gary as a sales coordinator for their pro-shop programs.
Matt Cannizzaro, a USBC writer contributed to this article.
SINGLE GAMES: Bill Simpson 243, Phillip Hayes 246, Mike Danel 277, Betty Brown 187, Sachiko Howard 175, Dick Miller 200, Nollie Smith 167, Wayne Kammerdiener 178, Ron Brewer 177, Doug Laidlaw 237, Bill Helms 192, Alice Koehn 190, Jenny Avellar 220, Alyson Larimer 169, Marie Herrera 200, Brian Hickman 247, Eric Hickman 266, Kay Koehn 202, Bob Weimer 246, Ryan Szraki 234.
SERIES LEADERS: Annette Macklin 538, Manuel Frade 551, Louis Cantaloube 565, Bill Botwright Jr. 647, Mike Danel 655, Tim Halloran 674 ,Chris Elias 685, Neill Barcellos 693, Mike Robins 713, Mike Giordano 724.
Don Surdich is a Sun-Star correspondent. He can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.