Bowling Column: Double your fun Sunday

04/23/2013 11:15 PM

04/25/2013 12:18 AM


The Merced/Atwater Women’s 500 Club is hosting one of their annual tournaments this Sunday at Bellevue Bowl starting at 1:30 p.m. The tourney consists of teams with a local 500 club member and a woman non-member guest.

It is a handicap tournament and features three games of 9 pin no-tap. You will be using your 2012 book average. Entry fee is $22 per bowler. Closing date for entries is today. Secretary Kristin Weimer told informed me that she has close to 30 doubles teams already signed up.

Weber wins TOC

Pete Weber was on top of his game in the PBA Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis. In winning, he tied Earl Anthony for the most major titles with 10. He defeated two-handed Australian Jason Belmonte 224-179 for the win. His win gave him 37 PBA majors, tying him with Norm Duke, behind Walter Ray Williams, Jr., who has 47, and Anthony with 43.

Belmonte wears a sleeve on his right arm; it is an Elbow Compression sleeve that some athletes are wearing now. Belmonte is the only bowler I have seen wearing the sleeve.

Modesto Masters

Modesto’s Nick Kelley had a long road to travel as he dropped into the loser’s bracket with a loss to John Gould of Lakeport 449-438. Kelley found the line and won the next five matches (10 games) to face Gould again. Gould was in the winner’s bracket, and had two chances to beat Kelley. He could not.

In the final match Kelly rolled a 279 for the title and a check for $3,120. Gould finished with a 233 and $1,595. A total of nearly $15,000 was paid out during the tournament.

League spotlight

The Friday Night Handicap had Joe Alexander rolling a 266 with a 173 average. ... Dave Souza rolled his personal best in the Classic with a 244 game and a 577 series. ... In the Twilighters senior league, Frank Gallichio from Los Banos rolled a 211. ... B.J. Birinham had a 209/140 average. ... Mark Mittlesteadt posted a 255/149 average in the Monday Night Merchants.

Merced County USBC meet

Our local association is holding their annual meeting on May 18 at Bellevue Bowl at 11 a.m. Up for election will be office of the president and several directors. If you have any suggestions about the tournaments or anything else, now is the time to show up.

Any doubles will do

In the Any Doubles Will Do senior no-tap at McHenry Bowl last Friday, Larry Valenti, Sr. teamed up with Norman Williams and rolled a 1,720 to take first place. Both Williams and Valenti rolled 300 games in their third game. Valenti with sharing the doubles win and the perfect game took home $66.

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

SCORING LEADERS: Kim Heller 186, Keith Hunter 200, Brian Kucius 215, John Lema 212, Kathy Alexander 208, Russ Cowperthwaite 201, Barbara Souza 132, Maria Pugliese 164, Mike Robins 279, Mike Danel 277, Phil Chernoff 257, Connie Heil 170, Kevin Heil 254, Rene Danel 202, Arnie Ohki 210, Bo Petty 189, Keith Docherty 277, Jess Donahue 195, Dominic Pugliese 173, Rae Coonce 247, Charli McMillian 190, Roy Browning 214.

SERIES LEADERS: Julia Adame 503, Betty Brown 503, Niki Abnernathy 541, Clarence Allen 561, Mickey Wallbaum 582, Ed Rowen 608, Dawn Fernandez 637, Ronnie Heil 644, Brian Liebelt 644, Bruce Ingraham 655, Jim Mullings 666, Bill Barthel 668, Neill Barcellos 670, Courtney Dahlin 678, Mark E. Thompson 713, Sean McCulloch 726.

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