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Surdich on Bowling: Haugen wins the Battle at Black Oak

A total of 48 male and female PBA members took to Black Oak Lanes for the PBA West Regional ninth annual Battle at Black Oak last weekend in Tuolumne.

Three-time national champion Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix took home the trophy and a check for $2,500. Placing second and earning $1,300 was David Haynes of Las Vegas.

The ladies were well represented with Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills placing fifth for $800, Lindsay Boomershine of Brigham City, Utah, finishing 15th for $460 and Jasmine Coleman of Manteca taking 16th for $400.

They were rolling on the PBA Regional tour Viper pattern, which measures 39 feet. Up next for the PBA is the Sands Regency West/Northwest Challenge on Friday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

Merced County Doubles – Our association is holding a handicap doubles tournament Saturday at Bellevue Bowl with two squads, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. It’s two men, two women or mixed and is a USBC-sanctioned tournament open to Merced County USBC members only.

All members will use their USBC book average of 21 games or more. The association will have a 50/50 raffle and optional brackets for this tourney.

Entry fee is $25 per bowler. Forms are available at Bellevue Bowl.

League highlights – Tina Alonzo was hot in the Central Valley Nisei league, as she rolled a 218 game. Alonzo carries a 124 average. In the same league was Michael Bayer with a career-high game of 268. Gene Broussard kept his 230 average intact by rolling a smooth 680 in the Commercial Classic.

DOD and Friends tourney – More than 125 bowlers from Southern California, the Bay Area and Merced/Atwater area met at Rancho Bowl in Santa Maria last weekend for the annual Department of Defense tournament.

Nine games were rolled, and the top money winners from the area included Kim Heller ($240), Ed Huddleston ($238), Jenny Avellar ($204) and Dee Maryland ($100). Bringing home a trophy was Lisa Maples as the Handicap All-Events winner for women.

In a computer-generated program, all bowlers were hooked up with each other’s scores for the weekend. They also had a ton of brackets and high-game pots of scratch and handicap for men and women run by Keith and Peggy Docherty.

This annual event is run during Columbus Day weekend. The DOD also has a tourney in Las Vegas in March. Johnel Maryland of Atwater is the area representative.

Rancho Bowl is going through a major renovation. AMF installed new red and black leather settees, ball returns, scoring monitors, electronic menus at the desk and restaurant, and a tall counter on the concourse with tall chairs with phone hookups. The ball racks were removed from the settee area to create more moving space and room for ball bags.

The biggest new investment for their bowlers were eight 152-inch screens that drop from the ceiling. Rancho operations manager Larry Cobb said buffing the synthetic lanes would be next.

San Joaquin Bowling Club results – The San Joaquin Bowling Club held its monthly singles tournament at remodeled KC Bowl in Hanford last Sunday. Larry Valenti Jr. placed fourth for $175 and Ronnie Gonzales fifth for $152. A total of 35 valley bowlers competed.

Senior no-tap – Yosemite Lanes is hosting its monthly senior no-tap singles tourney Friday at 1 p.m. Check-in starts at 12:30 p.m. There are separate divisions for men and women for the high-game pot and total series. Entry is $13.