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Surdich on Bowling: Jensen still going strong

After winning big in the Camellia City tournament at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, T.J. Jensen kept going as she took first place in the senior no-tap at McHenry Bowl last Friday.

Jensen rolled a three-game handicap set of 833. She also rolled two high games with a 314 and 288. She earned $58 in winnings, plus she had a potluck lunch.

McHenry and Yosemite Lanes in Modesto have separate divisions for men and women in their senior no-tap tournaments for high game and series. The next no-tap at McHenry is this Friday, which is a one-man and one-woman doubles. The action starts at 1 p.m.

League highlights – In the Bellevue Senior, Linda Roach rolled her first 500 series with games of 186, 158 and another 158 for a 502. She will be honored by our association with a 500 plaque. Cindy Souza had some trick shots as she picked up the 1-2-4 and 10 twice in back-to-back frames.

The Commercial Classic league had first-year bowler Lauren Moosebauer with a string of eight in a row in her first game for a super 266. She followed with a 163 and 162 for a 591, just missing her first 600 series.

Marnie Hamilton, rolling in the Guys & Dolls, had a great game of 252 with a 140 average. She is now eligible to join the local Women’s 500 Club with her 557 series. Jeff Stout rolled the game of the week in the Dolls with a perfect 300 last Tuesday night for a 705 series, both career highs. Remember last week, we had two 299s rolled in the Classic, one in which Brian Rivas left a solid 8-pin on his final ball with a flush pocket hit.

Senior Top-Dog – McHenry Bowl is hosting its fifth annual Senior Top-Dog Scratch tournament Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m. All USBC card holders who are 55 years and older are eligible. The tournament has rounds of qualifying before cuts. Contact Terry Waring at (209) 571-2695 for information.

Bowl with the pros – Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne is bringing back its fifth annual Battle at Black Oak from Oct. 10-12. It is the PBAW West Regional with the top pros from the West Coast.

The action starts Friday with the popular Pro-Am tournament for men and women. This year, the PBA women will compete during the weekend. The lanes are offering special packages for Pro-Am bowlers with Hammer and Storm balls. More on this in the coming weeks. If you want info, contact Sandy Taylor at (209) 928-9437.

Remember when – The Merced/Atwater Women’s Bowling Association announced the names of its 1978-79 officers. Scheduled to begin one-year terms were Mary Vergano (President), Freddi Braxton (Vice-President), Jane Moe (Secretary), Barbara McLane (Treasurer) and Jan Perez (Sergeant-at-Arms).

In 1973, Betty Dart shot a blazing 683 scratch series and 714 with handicap to win the Women’s City Singles title. Dart rolled games of 256, 225 and 202. Winning the all-events scratch trophy was Sandy Tooke with a score of 1,700.