MERCED — Veterans of our armed services helped us out by keeping us safe, so now it's time to help them get back into shape.
Our local association is asking for a small donation, only $10, to register to bowl in a fund-raising tourney for them. The tournament will be Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. at Bellevue Bowl. There will be separate divisions for men and women and boys and girls. Winners of each division will qualify to represent our association in the state finals in Southern California.
Last year we raised $1,808. Lets break that record this year.
I've heard that our Bowlers to Veterans Link chair (and our association president), Karen Tweed, has something up her sleeve for this event.
Bowl for Veterans
Gold Country USBC and Black Oak Lanes are teaming for their third no-tap Bowl for Veterans four-person team tournament Saturday, with three squads of 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Bowl three games for $15. What's special about this tournament is that you don't have to belong to a league to bowl. They are having free drawings during the day for some great prizes: Seven Sister dinners, $10 meals at Black Oak Cafe, $15 meals at the Mill and Black Oak bowling balls. All of the proceeds 100 percent go to help the veterans. To reserve a squad, call (209) 928-9419. If you want to bowl and don't have a team, give them a call and they will hook you up on one.
A night of firsts
Dave Souza got his first 600 series and his highest game ever, rolling in the Central Valley Nisei league. Souza had games of 180-279-191 for a 650 series. In his 279, he had a four bagger, then a solid seven pin, and then he went off the sheet.
Tuesday night, in the Guys & Dolls, Jeremy Hurd had his first sanctioned perfect game. He was warming up for the 300 with games of 185 and 162 before hitting his gem. Hurd has rolled a couple of 298s and 299s to his credit.
Marty Daniel put on quite a show in the Commercial Classic on Wednesday night with games of 233-269-263 for a league high 765 set. Also, in the Classic, Larry Valenti Sr. rolled a 673 with a 289 game which came close to Larry Jr.'s 255 game and 680 series.
The "I Can't Believe It" team from Bellevue Bowl placed in the top 10 in the Jubilee playoffs at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. The team of Jonny Ernest, Neill Barcellos, Bradley Dehart and Thomas Swaenpoel placed ninth, each earning $125. Good bowling guys.
Bowl for a Cure
Members of our Merced/Atwater Women's 500 Club will be out and about getting donations from bowlers and the community for the Bowl for a Cure program. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Bowl for the Cure program.
This year, USBC said "Let's roll to a Million" for breast cancer research and awareness. The club will be collecting donations throughout October. Look for them during league play. As bowlers, we all know someone who has fought breast cancer. Our local club is now registered with USBC as a Bowl for a Cure event.
Early results from the San Joaquin Bowling Club's Bowler of the Year competition has Fresno area Chris Hatter in first, Steve Lewis of Mariposa in third and Merced's David King in seventh.
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.
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