Atwater’s Bayer is fourth at USBC Seniors in Reno

July 15, 2014 

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    SCORING LEADERS: Dick Miller 223, Keith Docherty 245, Niki Abernathy 171, Bill Dills 214, Patty Harrell 220, Kristen Weimer 179, Mike Coe 235, Gene Frazier 244, Sachiko Howard 188, Barbara Huddleston 170, Jim Souza 179, Bernita Miller 158, Jeff Stout 238, Jessica Riley 203, Joe Powers 191, Bob Weimer 180, Suzanne Couture 174, Danny McGhee 200, Larry Valenti Jr. 278, and Scott Eldridge with a 300.

    SERIES LEADERS: Keith Docherty 550, Sylvia Giordano 558, Peggy Docherty 578, Louis Cantaloube 587, Justin Decker 612, Bruno Holte 627, Lance Ollenborger 628, Gene Frazier 640, Mike Giordano 648, Cam Clemens 651, Jeremy Hurd 661, Chris Elias 666, Larry Valenti Sr. 673, Roger Ross 691, Casey McFarland 697, Larry Valenti Jr. 730, Ruben Ruiz 732, John Montoya 749, Scott Eldridge 764.

Representing the State of California in the Super Senior Women’s division (75+) of the USBC Senior Championships was Dolores (Dee) Bayer of Atwater.

Bayer rolled a scratch 534 in her first qualifying round, a 474 in her second round and a 491 in the medal round for a total with handicap of 2,012 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

She was listed in second place for the day, dropped to third the second day and made the cut for the final six bowlers in the medal round. Bayer finished in a tie for fourth place for $230. First-place winner Jackie McLellan of Ontario, Canada, received a Crystal bowling pin plus $1,000; runner-up Betty Daily of Mississippi earned a USBC commemorative clock and $600, and Dortha Lawson of Kentucky collected a USBC plaque and $360 for third. Bayer missed third by 17 pins.

There were 29 bowlers in Bayer’s division. More than $40,000 was awarded on the final day, and 12 champions were crowned from a field 400 men and women from the United States and Canada.

Bayer is the second association member to compete in the Senior Championships. Larry Valenti Sr. made the trip to Reno in 2012.

Rodriguez nips Kulick for Queens

In a real battle for the USBC Queens at the National Bowling Stadium, Colombia’s Maria Jose Rodriguez edged Kelly Kulick 190-189.

Rodriguez, 25, a right-hander rolling the Hammer Black Widow Legend, missed the 2-4-5-8 in her final frame. Kulick was forced to throw a double to become the third player in history with three USBC Queens titles but left the 10-pin to give Rodriguez the title.

Before the championship match, Kulick couldn’t miss as she breezed by Missy Parkin 255-220, Jennifer Higgins 268-209 and Tannya Roumimper 248-137. Roumimper had split problems and fell behind by 55 pins.

Rodriguez, a former standout at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, was the No. 1 seed. She earned $20,000 and the coveted Queens tiara. Kulick earned $10,000. Watching Kulick string strikes in her first three matches, I thought she was a sure thing to win. No strings in the championship match.

Bowlers ESPY award

Nominees for the 20th annual “Best Bowler” ESPY Award are Jason Belmonte, Wes Malott, Sean Rash and Pete Weber. Weber won the ESPY in 2002, 2004 and 2013. Rash won the ESPY in 2012 and Belmonte in 2011. Malott has never won the award. Walter Ray Williams Jr. has won the award seven times.

Manteca handicap tournament

Hey, tournament bowlers, Manteca Bowl is hosting its summer singles tournament Saturday at 12:30 p.m. This is a four-game handicap with a guaranteed $400 for the top spot. Your 2013-14 league average will be used. Entry fee is $35. This is a USBC-sanctioned tournament. If you are interested and need more info, contact the bowl at (209) 824-2889.

Comments about Glenn Allison’s 900

Bob Heller of Gustine said, “That is one hell of a feat to accomplish. Using old tech knowledge, I don’t think our pros could do it with the equipment he used back then on the same oil pattern and wood lanes.”

Larry Valenti Sr. said, “I like it, an amazing accomplishment.”

And Nevora Nush said, “Don, our opinion is that because the lanes were judged to be noncompliant, then the ruling was correct. Your column didn’t mention what exactly was said was wrong with the lanes.”

McHenry senior no-tap

McHenry Bowl in Modesto is holding its bi-monthly senior 9-pin no-tap Friday at 1 p.m. Signups begin at 12:30 p.m. Entry fee is $15, which includes your high game pot and series for men and women. The bowl has a pot-luck lunch at noon. Make sure you bring a dish.

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

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