On Sunday, Modesto's Wayne Garber becomes a television star.
He is the first bowler from Modesto to make it onto a televised PBA finals as he rolls in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue tour event on ESPN at 10 a.m.
To make the TV show, Garber averaged 245 for 50 tournament games including a 300 to make the cut for the show. The opening matches pit Mike Fagan against Mike Scroggins and Michael Machuga against Stockton's Walter Ray Williams Jr. The winners then roll against top-seeded Patrick Allen and Garber.
The winners of those matches roll against each other in the title match.
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It's going to be a colorful final as the games will be rolled on the new red, white and blue oil patterns designed by the USBC for use at local bowling centers. The patterns range in difficulty from the least challenging (red) to the most difficult (blue) and are designed to provide bowlers a better description of the difficulty of traditional "house" conditions.
Both Yosemite Lanes and McHenry Bowl will have the show turned on. Yosemite will have a bring-a-dish potluck starting at 9 a.m.
Garber urges friends to to tune in so they can "celebrate the worst approach in the history of televised bowling."
Garber's next tour stop will be close to home, at the Earl Anthony Memorial PBA stop at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, on Jan. 12-17.
Jay Faughn, Bob Hamilton, Bernice Smith and Rose Baker each won their divisions in the New Year's Eve in Paris Tournament at McHenry. Faughn topped the Men-161 and Over group with his 881 set. Don Surdich finished second at 875. Both had no-tap 300 games. Hamilton rolled a 902 series to take the top spot in the Men-160 and Under. Gordon Harvey was second at 833. For the Women-142 and Over, Smith's 881 was the winner. Janet Spooner was second at 841. Rose Baker topped the Women-141 and Under list with a 913 series; Doreen Klatt's 872 earned second.
The unofficial results of the New Year's Day Scholarship Junior Adult Tournament at Yosemite have Cameron Olmstead and Richard Martinez leading the Scratch Division. Dharnell Sariego and Jason Tehee are sitting in second, followed by Albert Olivia and Dave Bolles. In the Handicap Division, Jake and Rodney Williams top the list. Cameron Vaughn and Trevor Moore are second, and Natalie and Dwayne Hunter are third.
The first Scratch 6-Gamer of the year at Yosemite will be Sunday at 12:30 p.m.; check-in at 11:30 a.m. The Earl Anthony oil pattern will be used. The event is starting later than usual to give bowlers a chance to watch Garber on TV.
Pro-Am Tournaments for the Earl Anthony Memorial PBA Tour stop in Dublin are set to compete on Jan. 16. The Junior Pro-Am is set for 9 a.m., the Seniors for 11:15. Adults can choose from four times: 1:30, 4:30, 6:45, and 9 p.m. Call 925-828-7550 to sign up.
Kadry works at McHenry Bowl; reach her at email@example.com 571-2695