This weekend is the second annual Modesto Bowling Weekend at Yosemite and McHenry. The bowling centers have teamed up with the Modesto USBC Bowling Association to celebrate. Festivities run all day and evening Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Bowling is only $5 per person for two games with shoe rental. Food and drink specials, prize giveaways and a drawing for a flat screen TV will be offered at each bowl. Watch for the ad in this weekend’s Modesto Bee.
Congratulations to all of the league champions from the summer session. Fall leagues are set to start next week so if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s time. A variety of leagues are offered from beginners to scratch bowlers and for youth, adult, seniors and families. Trip and merchandise leagues are also on the schedule. Call Theresa or Todd at McHenry – 571-2695 or Wayne at Yosemite – 524-9161. League schedules can be found online at mchenrybowl.com or yosemitelanes.com.
Beth Sims was the high bowler in the Yosemite 50 and Over No-tap Tournament and topped the women’s list with a score of 888. Dee Bayer finished second with an 877. followed by Marilyn Nienaber with an 857. Don Surdich, who writes the bowling column for the Merced Sun-Star, won the men’s side with an 883 total. Ed Tanner took second place with an 871, and Jim Cole was third with an 862.
Teammates Dave Moren, Thomas Teague and Rick Ealy won the Mixed Kegler Trios Tournament at McHenry with a 2,456 score. Ealy paced the team with an 814. Ken Thomas, John Garcia and Rick Lazaro finished second at 2,406. Lazaro posted two no-tap 300 games and a 256 for an 856 set. The third-place team of Chris Johnson, Michelle Brasher and Earl Purcell turned in a 2,221 score.
There still are a few days left to roll in the Anytime Handicap Doubles Tournament at Yosemite. It ends Friday. Doubles teams can be mixed, men, women or in the century category. Bowl anytime lanes are available.
A few local bowlers competed in the PBA Region Capital City Open at Fireside Lanes in Citrus Heights this past weekend. Wayne Garber was the lone bowler who made the cut to round-robin match-play rounds. He finished eighth with a 6-6 record and brought home $575.
If you bowled a summer league at McHenry, you are eligible to compete in the Sizzlin’ Summer No-tap Doubles Tournament running this week, with squads at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on most days. Bowlers can bowl multiple times in three divisions – Men, Women and Mixed – but they can only place one in the prize list with the same partner. Walk-ins are welcome. Call 571-2695 for more information.
Next year starts a new chapter in the United States Bowling Congress’ (USBC) tournament schedule. The National USBC Mixed Championship will be added to the current lineup of the Open Championships, held in El Paso, Texas, in 2015, and Women’s Championships. The Mixed will be joining the Women’s championships at the National Bowling Stadium (NBS) in Reno from April 10 to June 30. It will feature four-player mixed teams, mixed doubles and open singles competition and have the same average-based divisions as the Women's Championships. In 2016 the two will head for Las Vegas, and the Open is set to follow them at the NBS in Reno. Online registration for the 2015 swing is open now.