It's never too late to hit that elusive perfect game. Take Harold Walker for instance. The 76-year-old has been bowling for 60 years, but it took until Monday in the Mixed Scratch to record his first 300 game.
He put it together with a 193 and 256 for his highest series of 749. Walker is averaging a 190 this year, but got up to 198 several years ago. His high game before his perfecto was a 279 with a high series of 723.
Sunday was Brandon Kring's day when he rolled in the Scratch 6-Gamer Tournament at Yosemite. He dominated the qualifying with a score of 1,558 averaging 259 in the process. At a distant second in qualifying was Brad Bufkin (1,486), 172 pins back. Kring waited in the wings during the stepladder finals, but didn't cool off. In the finals he beat D.J. Edenstrom 210-203 for the first title of the year and a $304 prize. The win also guarantees him a berth in the year-end Tournament of Champions.
Jim Cronkite and Doreen Klatt topped the men's and women's prize lists in the McHenry No-Tap with identical scores. Each posted a 905 set. Among the men, Jim Bass was next (879) with Jim Mullings third (871). Fran Lockwood (860) was second among the women with Mary Mount (854) third.
Friday is the deadline for the Modesto Bowling Hall of Fame and Pioneer award nominations. Forms are available at McHenry Bowl and Yosemite Lanes; they're due by midnight Friday.
Monday morning brings the February Women's Trio Team Tournament to McHenry. It starts at 9 a.m. with a potluck; bowling starts at 9:30.
Next week kicks off local qualifying for the 2013 California State BVL Tournament. There's a change from past qualifying, in that league bowlers will be asked to donate $1 prior to league matches. League scores bowled that session will be handicapped and used for the tournament standings. Winners in each of 11 divisions will represent Modesto in the State BVL on March 30 at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park. Divisions are determined by average.
Entry forms are out for the Modesto USBC City Tournament. McHenry will host team events while doubles and singles will roll at Yosemite. The tournament runs the weekends of March 2-3and March 9-10. There will be two squads each day at each center. The Team Event has four divisions scratch, men, women and mixed. There will be five-person teams for scratch, men and mixed divisions. The women's division will have four per team.
Entry forms are also out for the Modesto USBC Senior City Doubles Tournament at McHenry. Squads will be on both Fridays (March 1 and 8) at 1 p.m. Entrants must be 55 or older and bowl in a Modesto league. Bowlers may bowl twice but with different partners.
Dallas Kadry is an employee of McHenry Bowl; reach her at email@example.com or (209) 571-2695