Kadry on Bowling: Modestan wins at Armed Forces Bowling Championships

By Dallas KadryMay 27, 2014 

Sgt. Rose Brown of Modesto won top honors in the female category at this year’s Armed Forces Bowling Championships.

Brown started bowling at age 4 and became one of the top bowlers in the country. Before she joined the Army, she was a member of Team USA’s bowling squad and bowled competitively in international events.

Brown took home the top prize at this same event in 2010, winning the overall competition but losing the singles event by one pin. This time was a different story. She not only won the overall competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., but also the singles event and the mixed doubles portion. Brown’s team finished second in the overall female team category as well.

Brown missed the past two years of competition when she deployed to Afghanistan, where she worked with Afghan National Police and the brigade’s female engagement teams in Regional Command South. She is currently a military police officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 508th Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division. ...

Charlie Francis, the newest member of the Modesto Bowling Hall of Fame, died over the weekend. Francis was voted into the Hall in March and was to be officially inducted at the association’s annual banquet in October. He will be remembered for his long-time commitment to local bowling in the Meritorious Service Category. He served on numerous committees and held many offices including President from 1993-95. Francis had a passion for the youth bowlers and was instrumental in starting the Youth Scholarship Program. Graveside services will be held at Lakewood Memorial Park Saturday at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the youth bowling programs at both centers. Send donations to the Modesto USBC, 3700 McHenry Ave., Modesto, CA, 95356, and they will be distributed. ...

After qualifying in the top spot for the Yosemite Scratch Six-Gamer, Mike Mayo of Bakersfield went on to take the title, a berth in the year-end Tournament of Champions and $316 in first-place money. He defeated local Dwayne Hunter in the final stepladder match 266-227. Hunter took home $240 for his second place finish. ... Tim Brady scored his first 300 game during the Tournament of Champions at McHenry. His team placed fourth in the event. ...

Jay Faughn topped the men’s side in the Friday Senior Fun Day No-tap at McHenry with an 884 set including two no tap 300 games. Bob Holmes (864) was second and Earl Purcell (858) third. On the women’s side, Janet Spooner shot a 797 to take the lead. Loretta Stigman (795) was second and Beth Simss (790) third. David Brown scored a no-tap 300 game in his set.

The Ladies Trio Tournament rolls Monday at McHenry. Check-in is at 9 a.m., tournament scoring starts at 9:30. ... This weekend, the Peach Classic Tournament runs at McHenry with squads at Noon, 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. both days. Rick Bates rolled the score to beat the first weekend of 1,160 for the five games. Will Garber earned the bonus money on Saturday with an 1,110, Bates on Sunday with his top score, and Julius Batiste, of Vallejo, on Monday at 1,080.

June Brown, a bronze certified coach, will be holding weekly drop-in instructional practice clinics at McHenry every Wednesday through the summer from 4-5 p.m. Cost is $5 each session including bowling, shoe rental and take-home materials.

For more information, call Kadry at 571-2695 or email mchbowl@aol.com

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