PBA southpaw Parker Bohn III was named the first Tony Reyes Community Service Award winner for his work primarily in two charities and a scholarship tournament.
The award is named in honor of the late PBA Tour champion Tony Reyes, who died in September 2012 from injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his home in San Bruno. An eight-time regional tournament winner, he was also one of only 22 players to have rolled a 300 game on a PBA telecast. Reyes had the Off the Sheet pro-shop and also ran a kids “Learn to Bowl” class at the 4th Street Bowl in San Jose.
Bohn, a 33-time PBA Tour champion, works with High Hope of New Hampshire, a program he has been involved with for the past 10 years.
“Tony was a friend to everyone on and off the lanes. He was one of those special people who was always trying to improve himself not only as bowler, but a person,” Bohn said.
Personally, I met Tony several years ago at Black Oak Lanes during their PBA West regional tournament, “Battle at Black Oak.” We chatted while going up the escalator. He asked me where I was from, I told him Merced. He said, “I used to bowl at Century Bowl with my friend, Jason Hurd.” I later met him again at the Masters at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. He always had time enough to take a photo with a fan, sign an autograph or just talk to you.
• AT IT AGAIN – How about breaking the record in the Black Oak Classic at McHenry Bowl, as Modesto’s Freddy Irvin rolled a 1,110 series. Irvin had games of 268-243-299 and, of course, a 300. The previous record of 1,104 was held by Joe Smith, Ed Rocha Jr. and Claudio Adreu. The Modesto USBC all-time four-game high of 1,136 was rolled by the late Modesto Hall of Fame member Willie Taylor in 2004.
• SEVEN GAMER – If you have been waiting for a great tournament, it’s here. Bellevue Bowl and Sean McCulloch are hosting a Handicap Singles 7 Gamer on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. You will be bowling seven games of qualifying and moving a pair of lanes to the right after each game. After seven games, the top five qualifiers move on to a step-ladder finals. You will use your highest USBC book average of Jan. 1, 2014, or 2012-13 book, if not then your highest summer league average for a least 21 games. Failure to submit proper averages will be grounds for disqualification. All prize money is returned. One out of five will place. The tourney is not USBC certified. Entries close 15 minutes prior to the start time. Entry fee is $60. Handicap will be 80 percent of 220.
• HALL OF FAME – We are getting very close to the deadline for the Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame and youth scholarships. Categories are either Meritorious Service or Superior Ability, for either man or woman, living or deceased. Last year, Patty Harrell and Mark E. Thompson were inducted. The youth scholarships for three $1,000 at $500 per semester and the Joyce Bigham memorial $1,000 scholarship courtesy of Don Beldon of Los Banos. The deadline is Jan. 31. The annual dinner will be held on March 29.
• BLACK OAK SENIORS – The ninth annual Senior No-Tap Tournament is set for March 7 and 14, with squad times of 1:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne City. Entry fee is $15, which includes three games of bowling and cash prizes during the day. As usual, the lanes will be furnishing coffee, cookies and popcorn. You will use your April 15, 2013, book average, if none, average of Jan. 1, 2014. They have separate divisions for men and women. I have 12 spots reserved for the 1:30 p.m squad on March 7. Last year, Ed Huddleston received a check from the no-tap. I have entry forms and if you are interested in going, get in touch with me at (209) 777-1111.