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Surdich on Bowling: Bowl with the pros at Black Oak Lanes

It’s only a week before you can meet, greet and bowl with the male and female professional bowlers during the ninth annual Battle at Black Oak Lanes in Tuolumne on Oct. 10-12.

It’s the PBAW West Regional with the top pros on the West Coast rolling. The PBA logo has added a W for this tournament. It means that for the first time, the top female pros will compete at Black Oak.

Missy Parkin, the young star from Southern California, has signed up. The action starts Oct. 10 with the popular Pro-Am. Amateurs will use their 2013-14 book average for the tourney.

The lanes are offering three special packages for pro-am bowlers. Package A is $175, which includes a Hammer Black Widow Assassin or Legend ball, tournament entry and a T-shirt. Package B is $150 with a Storm hybrid, solid or pearl, tournament fee and T-shirt. Package C is $50 with your tournament fee and a T-shirt. Ball weights are 12-16 pounds.

This will be the first time female pros will roll against the men for the prize fund. There also will be specific prizes and benefits for women only. To sign up or for more information, call Sandy Taylor at (209) 928-9437.

No bowling center in Turlock

The proposed new Ten Pin Fun Center that was scheduled to be built in Turlock has lost it financing. The 52,000-square-foot family entertainment center was to include 34 lanes, an arcade, laser tag and a sports bar and grill. The center was approved by the Turlock City Council in 2010.

McHenry doubles

The guys got shut out, but the women collected a few bucks at McHenry Bowl’s mix-doubles handicap no-tap tournament Friday. Kim Heller and Janie Schropp each won high game pots, and T.J. Jensen won two high game pots. There were 22 double teams competing. The next senior no-tap is Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. It’s anyone’s guess no-tap.

League highlights

The Bellevue Senior had Gayle Sagin picking up a few splits – 4-5, 9-10 and 5-7-8. ... Larry Valenti Jr. was at it again, kicking off his 2014-15 season by rolling a perfect game in the Friday Night Handicap. He came close to the magical 800 series with other games of 259 and 228 for a 787 set. Last season, Valenti had three 300 games, two at Bellevue and one at the Peach Classic in Modesto. ... Marty Daniel rolled a super 290 game and 646 series. ... Association director and Hall of Fame member Karen Hunter finally got a set in as she rolled in the Commercial Classic last Wednesday night. Hunter had major back and neck surgery in San Francisco three years ago. After rehab, rolling a couple of games a week for three months, she is on her way back. Her games were 147, 115 and a 132 for a 131 average. Welcome back, Karen. ... Renee Danel, with a 147 average, rolled a super 198 in the Classic. ... Note: If you have any highlights from your league, just give me a call or email me.

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 or older are eligible. You bowl three games, moving one pair to the right after each game, then cut to the top 20. They bowl one more game, with the top 10 moving on to the last qualifying game. The top four scorers will then bowl the stepladder finals to decide the Top Dog. Early entry fee is $35, $40 on tournament day. The Top Dog is USBC certified. Contact Terry Waring at (209) 571-2695 for information or to reserve a spot. I have entry forms if you want one.

Black Oak no-tap

This Friday is Black Oak Lanes’ senior 9-pin no-tap at 1:30 p.m. The lanes furnish coffee, cookies and popcorn in the afternoon. This no-tap fills up fast. If you’re interested, call Sandy at (209) 928-9437. Entry fee is $15.