Bowling: Weekend tourneys on docket

Entries are out for the association's two doubles tournaments and the annual BVL tournament. The three events are set for the weekends of Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 at Yosemite Lanes.

The Modesto USBC Adult Family Doubles Tournament is open to teams of related adult members. Valid relationships include spouses, children, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins. In-laws, greats, grands, and steps are also included.

The Modesto USBC Junior/Adult Tournament is on the calendar for the same time. Teams must consist of one youth and one adult bowler. The prize fund will be used for scholarships presented to the youth bowlers on the winning teams.

Both tournaments require entrants to be a current member of USBC and members of a league at McHenry Bowl or Yosemite Lanes. The tournaments are divided into three divisions by combined average: A division (400 and above), B division (399 to 300), and C division (299 and below).

Entrants can bowl multiple times in both events, but only place once on each prize list with the same partner. Saturday times are at 12:30 or 3:30 p.m. Sunday squads are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. On Oct. 21 there is only one squad, at 9:30 a.m. Signups will be open until the start of the first squad.

Running concurrently with the doubles event is the Modesto USBC Bowlers-to-Veteran's Link (BVL) Tournament. Entrants can either bowl in the tournament directly or pay an additional fee during the doubles events and use those scores to participate.

The tournament is divided into 10 divisions based on gender and average. Squads are open for entry until the last squad at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 21.

The BVL is a singles tournament that features two prize lists: a scratch list to determine the Division Champions to advance to the State Finals, and a handicap list for the cash prize fund.

The BVL was established by bowlers in 1942 to support the troops during WWII, and has continued as a major contributor to local veteran hospitals and active servicemen and servicewomen. Last year, Northern California facilities received over $80,000 to fund recreational opportunities such as bowling programs, trips & outings, library funds, bus passes, holiday parties, re-entry programs, recreational equipment, arts & craft, computers, homeless support, hygiene kits, and wheelchairs.

ED BLOMDAHL HAS stepped down as the Modesto USBC Association Manager, a position he has held since the inception two years ago of the newly merged organization. Prior to that, Blomdahl served as association secretary to the Modesto Bowling Association.

A longtime employee of Baker Graphics in Riverbank, Blomdahl recently purchased the business and wants to concentrate on its development. Pam Marksman, the former Modesto Women's Bowling Association secretary, will assume the duties on an interim basis until a new manager is hired.

Shelley Gibbs and Fritz Klatt teamed up to win the Senior One Woman/One Man Doubles at McHenry, scoring a 1,667 total score.

Mary and Jim Eccleston followed in the second spot with their doubles score of 1,604. Joyce Goblirsch and Rod Hirtzell finished third after posting a 1,588 set.

The Anyone's Guess No-Tap set for McHenry Bowl on Oct. 12 will be at the Black Oak Casino Bowling Center. Bowlers interested in participating can join the bus trip or drive individually. Call Terry or Theresa at McHenry 571-2695 for details.

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