Kadry on Bowling: Modesto USBC bowling tournament begins this weekend

mchbowl@aol.comMarch 11, 2014 

The Modesto USBC City Tournament kicks off its two-week run Saturday.

The team event rolls at Yosemite, and doubles and singles will compete at McHenry. Squad times are 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays.

The tournament has three team events: men and mixed with a five-person roster, and the women’s event with four bowlers per team. Doubles will have three prize lists – men’s, women’s and mixed, and singles – men’s and women’s lists.

Teams can bowl multiple times but may only cash once on the prize list with three of the same players.

Participants can bowl multiple times in doubles with different partners and in singles multiple times, but only place once in the prize list. Entry fee is $20 per event. Bowlers can enter on a walk-in basis up until the last squad time. Entry forms are available at both centers.

Senior doubles – The Modesto USBC Senior City Doubles Tournament will roll the first day Friday of the two-day event. The second and final squad will be the following March 21. The tournament will be competing at 1 p.m. at Yosemite both days. Entrants must be 50 years or older and bowl in a Modesto league. Teams may be all men, all women or mixed, but with only one combined prize list. Bowlers may bowl twice but with different partners. Entries are at the bowling centers.

A first for Kraft – Chris Kraft of Ceres won his first career Scratch 6-Gamer at Yosemite to take home $370 and a berth into the 2014 Tournament of Champions. Kraft started the day with a 264 and never looked back. He topped the qualifying field with a 1,369 total . In the final stepladder match, he met Rich Custer, who won the last two tournaments. Kraft defeated Custer 213-195. Custer took home $280 for second.

‘Fun’ this weekend – The “Senior Fun Day” No-Tap Tournament rolls at 1 p.m. Friday. The three games will be 8-pin no-tap, 9-pin no-tap and one regular game. Potluck starts at noon, with check-in at 12:30.

Masters tournament – Reservations are open for the Brunswick Modesto USBC Masters Tournament. This year the event will be held on April 5 and 6 at Yosemite Lanes. Qualifying squads are on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The field leaders will return at 9 a.m. Sunday for the two-game, double-elimination finals. The tournament will be rolled on the Yosemite “House” shot. Entry fee is $125. Call Jim Gordin or Wayne Garber at (209) 524-9161 for information.

For a cause – The first “Strike Out Suicide” bowl-a-thon for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is on April 5 at McHenry Bowl. No bowling skills are necessary, so come have fun while helping a great cause. There will be prizes for colored pin shots and a silent auction. Lunch is at noon and bowling starts at 1 p.m. To sign up or get more information, call Stacey at (209) 571-2695.

Et cetera – With the cost of college these days, it’s time for students, with help from their parents, to apply for scholarship money. The Modesto USBC offers two scholarships, one to graduating seniors and the other to all high school students. The applications can be picked up at either bowling center and must be returned by April 15.

• Entries are out for the California State 2014 Youth Championships held this year in Bakersfield. AMF Southwest Bowl will host the team event, and Regency Lanes will host doubles and singles. The tournament will run weekends from July 12-27. Entries are at the bowling centers.

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