August 20, 2010

Don Surdich on bowling: New pro shop opens

A new pro shop has opened in the area.

Under the ownership of Sean McCulloch, Castle Lanes Pro Shop is now up and running from noon to 10 p.m., closed only on Tuesdays. McCulloch is a long-time 200-plus average bowler in the Valley. He offers a full-service shop, with everything from balls to shoes, inserts to thumb slugs, and plugging and drilling.

Before the fall leagues start up, he will be offering some specials for league members from both centers. He will also be giving private bowling lessons to youth and adult bowlers.

The pro shop can be reached at (209) 261-4068.

Unofficial results have started to trickle in this week for the 5th annual Cal-State women’s championships.

As of Aug. 1, the sister duo of Renate Stolte and Gudi Ross are in third place with a net score of 1,101 in the “B” scratch doubles with a net score of 1,101 score.

Still in the “B” division was Ross was also in fourth place in the “B” scratch all-events with a 1,630.

Leading the Tequila Shooters to eighth in the “B” scratch team was head shooter Peggy Docherty, with teammates Veronica Trindade, Gloria Castro and Cathy Castro-Mohr with a 1,998.

Castro made the list on the “A” scratch singles, finishing in fifth in 5th place with a 634. She was also seventh in the “A” scratch all-events.

On the men’s side it was The Biggins in eighth place with a 2,446 in the scratch team, with team members Scott Eldridge, Sean McCulloch, Freddy Irvin, and Kevin Wagner comprising the team. McCulloch rolled a 791 scratch to take eighteen 18th in the scratch all-events.

Entries are now out for the 41st annual Cal-State senior championships. The tournament runs for five weekends, from Oct. 23 to Nov. 23. Team events are at will be held at AMF Rodeo Lanes in Clovis, while the doubles and singles will roll at AMF Sierra Lanes in Fresno. You must be at least 55 years old at tournament time. The four-person teams can be any combination of men and women, with one prize list. Doubles and singles entries are broken into four divisions based on age.

It looks like Friday the 13th is a lucky day for Larry Valenti Sr., as he rolled back-to-back 300 games at McHenry Bowl’s senior no-tap last Friday to finish in second place with a 910 set.

Second-place money paid $33. His side pots and 300 games gave him another $35.

Not bad for a bowler with a 207 average competing with seniors with carrying 150-180 averages.

He said that he didn’t mind giving away pins as he just had a great time. Summer’s End no-tap senior singles tournament is on tap for next Friday, starting at 1 p.m., with check-in at 12:30 p.m. Prior to the tourney, the bowl is having a potluck lunch at noon. Entry fee is only $14.

Yosemite Lanes’ Wayne Garber earned the win at Harbor Lanes in Eureka last weekend during the Northwest PBA regional by defeating Greg Thompson of Dayton, Ohio, 268 to 232. Garber received a check for $2,000 and Thompson $1,100.

Mark the following tournament dates on your calendar that are coming our way:

Merced/Atwater Women’s 500 Club invitational on Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. at Bellevue Bowl;

Modesto’s Women’s 500 Club is hosting its invitation on Sunday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m. at McHenry Bowl;and a first, the Top Dog senior scratch tournament on Friday, Oct. 15, at noon at McHenry with four rounds of qualifying during the day. I will have more information on these tournaments in the coming weeks.

The next scratch six-gamer at Yosemite Lanes will be next Sunday and will be the fundraiser for the Willie Taylor Scholarship Fund. The 5th annual Willie Taylor Memorial Tournament will be on the house shot, with a special entry fee of $70. A portion of the entry fee goes to the scholarship fund. The winner earns a berth into the TOC in December.

The summer leagues have ended at Atwater’s bowling centers with following league members having some great games and series: Richard Snell 249/711, Bob Weimer 233/669, Bill Barthel 242/669, Dennis Gray 239/667, Cory Phillips 257/651, Sean McCulloch 300/784, and Kristen Weimer rolling back to back 199 games.

I received the results from the Silver Foxes Bowling Club as 74 members kicked off the season opener at AMF Visalia Lanes with a couple of locals taking some cash. Atwater’s Julie Wescott won $150 for second place. Karl Von Spreckelsen, of Modesto, a newcomer in the club placed fourth for $120. Merced’s Lee Shepherd had a sixth-place finish worth $97. The club will be at McHenry Bowl in Modesto on Saturday, Oct. 9, for a singles event. Next month the club will be in Santa Maria.

Don Surdich is the Sun-Star’s bowling columnist. He can be reached at (209) 777-1111 or via e-mail at

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