Granada Bowl in Livermore is still celebrating its 49th annual Livermore Valley Tournament, one of the longest running weekend tournament in Northern California. The tourney started on Dec. 7 and will continue through Feb. 2. This classic tournament has it all: Besides offering your normal team event, doubles and singles, and all-events scratch and handicap, they offer optional events such as bonus singles, combo singles, senior singles. For the shooters who will be rolling, they have brackets scratch and handicap. Teams can be all men, all women, or mixed. Entry fee is $28 per event, with all-events $6. For more info you can contact Tom Crane, tournament director at (925) 447-5600 or via e-mail at TC9erfan@aol.com. You can download a LVT entry at www.granadabowl.com.
Nominations have now opened for the Hall of Fame and the Pioneer Award. Nominees must have 20 years of membership to our local association, unless the nomination is in the posthumous category. Pioneer Award nominees must have been involved in the support of bowling for 30 years or more. Nominations for both awards are open until Jan. 31. It is about time to consider our bowlers that you think have made an impact on the sport. Applications are available at Bellevue Bowl or any USBC board member.
K.C. Bowl falls
Larry Valenti Sr., who was bowling last weekend at K.C. Bowl in Hanford, said part of the roof caved in there during the San Joaquin Bowling Club’s doubles tournament. The first squad had finished their qualifying round; the second squad had rolled about four games out of six when the roof caved it. The owner of Freeway Lanes in Selma was rolling in the squad. After the club returned the second squads entry fee, the owner of Freeway said that the club could finish the tourney at his house. The Valenti men placed second in the doubles and each received checks for $269.
Ebonite International has come out with a new package for bowlers no matter what your bowling ability. If you’re a novice, intermediate, or expert, the package is available at pro shops at Bellevue Bowl, McHenry Bowl and Yosemite Lanes. The package consist of a mid-performance Ebonite Cyclone in black-gold-silver, a black ball bag, wild grip sack and an Ebonite hand towel. So, if you’re thinking about getting a new ball in the near future, you might want to look into this offer now. When you check it out, ask for the Ebonite Cyclone Performance package. You can check with your local pro shop.
HOF youth scholarships
If you are an association bowler who has children or relatives who are graduating and planning to attend a college, university or a trade school, the Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame has a program for your student. The Hall will award three $1,000 scholarships at $500 per semester. A Joyce Bigham memorial $1,000 scholarship is also presented by Don Beldon of Los Banos in memory of Bigham, a Hall of Fame member. The student that is awarded the Bigham scholarship will receive $1,000. Applications are now being taken for the youth scholarships that the Hall of Fame will be awarding this year. Requirements are on the application forms, which are available at Bellevue Bowl.
Senior tourney is Saturday
The Merced County USBC Association is hosting their annual two division senior tournament this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Bellevue Bowl. All local men and women members who are 50 years or older can compete. There will be two divisions according to age. A division is 50-64 and B will be 65 and up. The entry fee is $25 for three games of regular bowling. Men and women will compete together, no separate divisions. This tournament is USBC certified.