The Merced County USBC Association has reported a drop in the number of senior bowlers this bowl.
According to Keith Hunter, association manager, a total of 37 men and women took to the lanes recently for the association’s annual handicap Senior Tournament at Bellevue Bowl.
In the A division (ages 50-64), it was Rae Coonce taking first place. Coonce had games of 194-233-215 for a total of 731 and a prize of $76. In second was William King with games of 201-195-210 for 707 and $64, and in third by one pin was Jim Mullings, scoring with a 258-158-226 for 706 and $52. William Bonds placed fourth and won $45.
In the B division (ages 65-up), Mickey Wallbaum came in first with 237-227-217 for a 799 to take home $80. In second was Pete DeVries with 223-224-247 for a 764 and $67. Jim Hamilton finished third with 160-235-215 for a 707 and $55. In fourth was Phyllis Wallbaum, good for $47.
• DEADLINE COMING – Friday is the deadline for nominations for the Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame, Pioneer Award and student scholarships. Categories are either Meritorious Service or Superior Ability, for either a man or woman, living or deceased. Last year, Patty Harrell and Mark E. Thompson were inducted. The three youth scholarships are for $1,000 ($500 per semester) and there’s the Joyce Bigham Memorial $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of Los Banos‘ Don Beldon. All awards will be presented at the annual HOF dinner on March 29.
• LAST WEEKEND – Our local bowlers are making a name for themselves, as they are on the leaderboard at the Livermore Valley Tournament at Granada Bowl. The teams are Pure Luck, DDC and entry No. 28. Some members are on the board several times. In the events were Neill Barcellos Sean McCulloch, Kim Barcellos, Jamie Shank, Kim Heller, Bob Heller, Joe Faria, Deanne Katen, Jim Rowton and Annette Macklin. The LVT ends this weekend. If you want to reserve a spot, contact Tom Crane at (925) 580-5002 or TC9erfan@aol.com.
• LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS – In the Thursday night Central Valley Nisei league, two of its members rolled their first 600 series. Terry Dvorak had games of 220-224-189 for a 633 and Mike Bayer had a 168-222-232 for a 622. Our local association will be presenting them with their first 600 plaques. In the Tuesday seniors, Marge Casaletto picked up a 6-7-10 split. In the Classic on Wednesday, Tony Shukle rolled a 279/716 and Neill Barcellos posted a 279/ 687.
• 500 CLUB UPDATE – The following Merced/Atwater Women’s 500 Club members were elected during their yearly meeting: LaDonna Stone (Modesto) as president, Rikki Cascia (Atwater) as sergeant-at-arms, and directors Julie Egleston (Ceres) and Julie Wescott (Atwater). The members voted and passed on a code of conduct for the club with a ton of new rules and regulations. They also approved their tournament schedule for the year and passed out new club shirts to present members.
• SEVEN GAMES – Don’t forget about the seven gamer at Bellevue Bowl on Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. You will be rolling seven games and moving two lanes to your right after each game. After seven games, the top five qualifiers move on to the step-ladder finals. Entry fee is $60 and one out of five will place. Entry forms are at Bellevue Bowl. This tourney is not certified by the USBC.
• REMEMBER WHEN – April 1978 had some league highlights. Some top scores were Bill Murphy with a 257, Becky Granger a 202, Jane Moe a 248, Billie Holzer a 222, Alice Koehn a 202, Barbara Carbanero a 230, Nena Acosta a 201. Nick Puglizivich had a 278 game, Susie O’Hagan a 223, Jack Daniel a 202, Ray Brown a 200, Barbara McLane a 200 and Mary Del Dotto a 222.