Bowling: Pin Heads find Gold at Yosemite tourney

The Pin Heads team out of the King & Queen league took top honors in the 2007 Pot of Gold Tournament at Yosemite. The team scored a 2,925 -- including a 586 handicap -- to take the win. Eric Gomes paced the team with his 688 set.

Teammates Gomes, Carlos Maldonado, Kip McArthur and Randy Green will share the $480 first-place prize. Bowling out of the Draft league, the Heyden team finished second. Kelly Lewis, David Shaw, Scott Eldridge and Jason Dewar tallied a 2,635 and added a 213 handicap to finish with a 2,848 score. Dewar's 776 series helped move the team up in standings. The foursome took home $320 for their efforts. Placing third at a 2,829 score, the Ten Minute Lube & Oil team won $220. Low to cash was 2,748.

Running concurrently was the Senior Pot of Gold Tournament, with The Splitters proclaiming the championship. The team from the Go Getters league included Phylliss Peiffer, Charles Denny, Ruben Romero and Jerry Bradley. Bradley rolled a 684 set to boost the team to the top. The quartet shot a 2,880 set -- including a 447 handicap -- to win $200. Bruce's Harem out of the After Lunch Bunch league finished second with a 2,758 total. Teammates Ellen Burton, Grace Webster, Elaine Van Holland and Bruce Webb will share $160. The No. 2 team from the After Lunch Bunch league finished third for $120. Ray Gamble set the pace with his 686 set and Frank Adams followed with a 679. Madeline Maze and Vern Shafer filled out the team roster.

NINE LOCAL veterans made their way to Houston to compete in the National Veterans Golden Age Games. No locals made it to medal-winner status in bowling, but several earned gold, silver and bronze awards in other events.

The Veterans Golden Age Games are open to senior veterans that receive care through a VA medical facility. Competition is divided into seven age categories in ambulatory, wheelchair, or visually impaired divisions. Over 600 vets competed in this year's event. Locally, all vets are welcome at the drop-in bowling program on Friday mornings at McHenry Bowl starting at 9:30 a.m.

This Friday, a Senior No-Tap Tournament is on the books for 1 p.m. at McHenry. Check-in is at 12:30.

Sunday, the September Scratch 6-Gamer is on for a noon start at Yosemite. Check-in is at 11 a.m. The sweeper will be rolled on the Chameleon oil pattern. This is one of the last four qualifiers before the year-end Tournament of Champions.

THE MODESTO USBC will hold its monthly board meeting at McHenry on Sunday.

The meeting starts at 9 a.m. and is open to all bowlers. The meetings are scheduled on the third Sunday of each month and are rotated between the two Modesto bowling centers. A new service the association is providing to the bowlers is a bowling clinic held after each monthly meeting.

The clinics will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon and are open to all members from youth to seniors. Cost of the program is only $5, which includes bowling, shoe rental if needed, and all instruction. Because of limited lanes, signups will be on a first-come first-served basis that morning.

For more information, contact Dallas Kadry at 571-2695 or