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Up Your Alley: Silver Foxes B.C. opens season today

Don Surdich

The Valley's Silver Foxes Bowling Club opens its 2009-2010 season with a doubles event at KC Bowl in Hanford. Members from throughout the Valley will converge on the center with check-in time of 10:30 a.m. and a noon start. Entry fee is $35, bowling four games of qualifying before cutting to the top three double teams in the finals.

* Don't forget the "Recession Busting" special bowling rates at Bellevue Bowl are still going on, but end on Wednesday, Aug 19. You can practice from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., Monday thru Friday for only $1.50 a game. They even offer snack bar specials on hog dogs, french fries, and nachos for only $1.50.

* A few week ago I reported about Jeff Webber rolling his first 300 game at Bellevue in the Jubilee league. Webber, after a layoff of two years, is starting back bowling this summer with his friend John Huie and their wives. He took his ball out of his locker where it sat for two years at Bellevue; he laid it on the concourse, and the darn ball split in two, from the fingers to the thumb. A friend, Ed Bachman, had a ball in his locker that Webber had used before. He used the secondhand ball from Bachman to roll his perfect game. Bachman told Webber he could buy the ball for $150. Webber did buy a ball, a Hammer Black Widow Venom, and he's bowling at a 199 clip this summer. Funny how things happen.

* I guess our $20 to USBC does not go very far, as a few awards have been dropped. Pins over average and series, all-spare games, Dutch 200, triplicate series, 7-10 and Big Four split conversions have been eliminated from the special achievement program from USBC. However, certificates and a purchasable award program will be available on for members who wish to print out or purchase items to commemorate the eliminated accomplishments. The certificate program will be available online with the launching of the new that started on Aug 3. But, those who are fortunate to roll a 300 or an 800 will receive a newly designed ring, minus the diamond. For eleven in-a-row you will receive a beautiful trophy instead of a plaque.

* I received word from Tom Crane, tournament director of the Livermore Valley Tournament, that the annual LVT will return for its run in 2010. Dates will be from Jan. 2 through Feb. 7.

* The San Joaquin Bowling Club will be at Castle Lanes next weekend for a singles event with a starting time of 11 a.m. The lanes will be oiled before the last squad of 3:30 p.m. Entry fee is $67. Last week at Valley Bowl in Madera, locals placed, as Bill Barthel had a third place finish and Larry Valenti Sr. took fourth.

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