How about being 80 years old and nearly rolling a 300 game? One of our senior bowlers had a string of 11 consecutive strikes and almost bowled a perfecto.
You know what pin stood in his way? The 10. Jerry McMillian came oh so close last week in the Central Valley Nisei league at Bellevue Bowl. His almost gem was sandwiched between games of 222 and 216 for a 737.
This is McMillian’s first 700 series in our association and the highest in his long career. His previous high game was a 279 – twice – and his series had been a 719 twice. He has a different approach with a little skip before he hits the foul line, like a jump. But, it works for him. He told me that, “I had some luck during the string, a couple of 10 pins wiggled then fell over.”
The last couple of seasons, McMillian has averaged in the 190s. He also bowls on Tuesday afternoon in the Bellevue seniors.
Seven games – Bellevue Bowl’s Handicap Singles 7 gamer is on tap for this Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. You will be rolling seven games and moving two lanes to the right after each game. After seven games, the top five qualifiers move on to the stepladder finals. You must use your highest USBC book average as of Jan. 1 of this year, or 2012-13 book. If not, then highest summer league average for at least 21 games. All prize money is returned. One out of five will place. Entry fee is $60. Entries close 15 minutes prior to the start time. The tourney is not certified by the United States Bowling Congress. This tournament is open to all valley bowlers.
Silver Foxes update – A total of 134 bowlers participated in the Silver Foxes Bowling Club’s doubles event at Sierra Lanes in Fresno on Saturday, with a prize fund worth $3,618. Atwater’s Sylvia and Michael Giordano finished in 11th place with 1,813 for a check of $194. Coming in fifth place was the team from Merced of Mike Coe and Larry Valenti Sr. with a score of 1,869 for $262.
The club will be at Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria on Saturday at noon for a singles event. If you remembered, part of the roof at K.C. Bowl in Hanford caved in during the San Joaquin Bowling Club’s tournament. The bowl is replacing their roof and the March and June tournament at the bowl have been canceled. The June tourney will be hosted by Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne City.
Black Oak no-tap – Out of the three squads of the Black Oak Lanes Ninth annual Senior no-tap, two are full. There are 50 openings on the 10 a.m. squad on March 14. Entry fee is $15 for three games of 9-pin no-tap and cash prizes. High games for both men and women will be paid out after every game, and high series at the end of the squad. Final payout will be a combination of all three squads and checks will be mailed out. The lanes will provide the seniors with coffee, cookies and popcorn during bowling. To reserve a spot on the 10 a.m. squad, call Sandy Taylor (209) 928-9437 today. Don’t forget: This Friday is their monthly senior no-tap tournament starting at 1 p.m.
PBA notes – Australia’s Jason Belmonte now holds the Professional Bowling Association’s average record. Belmonte’s 228.81 average during the 2012-13 season for 422 games bowled topped the previous record of 228.47 by Norm Duke during the 2006-07 season.
Belmonte defeats Sean Rash in the battle between the fiercest rivalry of the two most recent PBA Players of the Year, Belmonte this season and Rash in 2011-12. They rolled in the first head-to-head battle in the inaugural PBA Super Clash. The first game went to Belmonte, 258-238. Rash came back in the second game, 258-241. Both had splits in the final game. Belmonte had a four-strike string to win the match 244-222, and the overall match 743-718.