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Surdich on bowling: Merced/Atwater Women’s 500 Club to host Scotch doubles tournament

desurdich@aol.com July 8, 2014 

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    SCORING LEADERS: Justin Decker 254, Bob Simons 190, Dominic Pugliese 190, Mark Heffner 279, Nevora Nush 217, Peggy Docherty 218, John Nunes 224, Bruno Holte 234, Kevin Decker 224, Jess Donohoe 218, Denna Knapp 188, Sylvia Giordano 211, Carol Almeida 187 and a super game shot by John Coleman – a 298.

    SERIES LEADERS: Michelle Hass 528, Miranda Lewis 553, Ron Brewer 554, Dave Souza 556, Travis Mason 585, Bill King 624, Gary Wescott 661, Sean McCulloch 667, Larry Valenti Jr. 671, John Coleman 716, Tommy Cardoza 762.

The Merced/Atwater Women’s 500 Club is hosting its Scotch doubles tournament Saturday at 1:30 p.m. It’s open to all USBC bowlers with an entry fee of $22 per person, and you will be using your 2013-14 average or 2012-13, whichever is higher; check the entry form to be sure.

There will be three divisions: A is 355 and above, B is 330-354, and C is 329 and below. The format is teams of two, with one bowling the first ball and the second trying to pick up the spare if necessary. If the first bowler rolls a strike, positions switch. Mulligans and a 50/50 raffle will be available. Entries close Friday at 6 p.m.

O’Neill is hot – Bill O’Neill was on a mission the last couple weeks. During the summer swing in Shawnee, Okla., he was on four telecasts during the PBA’s showing at Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort.

The top four winners of the different patterns were Sean Rash, Jason Belmonte, Ronnie Russell and O’Neill plus wild card Tommy Jones. O’Neill said during the telecast, “I’ve been working real hard. I’ve tried to stay mentally right.”

The final match between O’Neill and Rash was decided early. O’Neill struck on eight of his first nine shots and held a 55-pin lead after five frames when Rash failed to convert the 4-7-9-10 split in his fifth frame. O’Neill cruised past Rash 245-181. O’Neill received a check for $10,000 and Rash $5,000.

During his four TV shows, O’Neill was rolling the new Hammer Black Widow Legend. It has a carbon fiber reinforced core and a three-year warranty. The Legend is the most anticipated Hammer release in years.

Black Oak senior no-tap – According to tournament director Sandy Taylor, the 1:30 p.m. squad is full this Friday, while the 10 a.m. squad is open.

The Black Oak senior no-tap is open to men and women age 50 and up. The lanes furnish coffee, cookies and popcorn during the afternoon. Entry fee is $15, which includes your high-game pot and series for men and women. Call Taylor at (209) 928-9437 to reserve a spot.

Yosemite scratch six-gamer – A total of 22 scratch bowlers from the valley and Bay Area competed in the June scratch six-gamer tournament at Yosemite Lanes in Modesto.

Chris Ferreira of Visalia led the qualifiers with a 1,398 for a 233 average. They were rolling on the USBC doubles and singles pattern. Ferreira defeated Modesto PBA pro Wayne Garber 247-215 in the title match, which was good for $288. Garber received a check for $210.

Ferreira earned a berth in the season-ending Tournament of Champions in December. The next six-gamer is scheduled for July 27 at noon. Coming up in August will be the annual Willie Taylor Memorial scratch six-gamer.

Black Oak honors – The Black Oak Casino and Lanes annually supports the Merced County Bowling Hall of Fame scholarship fund with great donations for the raffle. Monies raised by the raffle support the student scholarship fund.

The Play for the Cure slot tournament was held recently at the casino and raised $10,000. The proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society. What a great business and organization.

League highlights – How about getting ready to bowl and you lace up your bowling shoes. You step on the approach and know something does not feel right. A senior I know had a bowling shoe on one foot and his street shoe on the other. He’s a Hall of Fame member and rolls in the Monday Night Merchants.

Don Surdich is a Sun-Star correspondent. He can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or desurdich@aol.com.

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