Local women shine at Bay Area seniors tourney

Local seniors made a good showing in the California USBC 26th Annual Women's Senior Singles Tournament held recently at Cloverleaf Bowl in Fremont.

Lina Carlson posted a 1,335 to lead the way in the Class B Division. Joyce Goblirsch placed second at 1,304. Goblirsch also posted the High Scratch Series for the division at 608. In the Class A Division, Claudelle Bonaccinie, our local association vice president, finished fifth at 1,280. The annual tournament is open to women 55 or older, and is divided into five age classifications. With her win, Carlson will represent the state in the USBC National Women's Senior Championships next June at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

This weekend starts the 2nd Annual Modesto USBC Adult Family Doubles and Junior/Adult Doubles tournaments, both at Yosemite Lanes.

Two related adult family members team up for competition in the Adult Family Doubles.

In the Junior/Adult Tournament teams consist of one youth bowler and one adult bowler. Scholarships are awarded to the youth winners. The two events run Saturday and Sunday, both this weekend and next. Entries are available at the bowling centers and must be turned in by the first squad this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. In both tournaments, participants can bowl unlimited times, but can only make the prize list once with the same partner.

Running concurrently with the doubles events is the Bowler-to-Veteran Link Tournament. This tournament is a qualifier for the California State BVL Finals and a fund-raiser for local veteran's facilities. Scratch scores are used to decide the 11 division winners who will advance to the state finals, and handicap scores are used for two cash prize funds, a men's and a women's. Bowlers may bowl this tournament only, or use their scores from either of the two doubles events.

The October Scratch 6-gamer rolls at noon Sunday at Yosemite. Check-in is at 11 a.m. This qualifier for the year-end Tournament of Champions will be rolled on the PBA Cheetah pattern.

Also at 10 a.m. Sunday, the finals for the U.S. Women's Open will be rolling at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno. Winners from the previous four quarterfinal brackets who have advanced to this level are Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Shannon O'Keefe, Lynda Barnes and Liz Johnson. They are returning to vie for the Open crown and the $25,000 top prize.

In the first semifinal match, two-time professional champion Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, will take on Team USA member O'Keefe from Rochester, N.Y. O'Keefe earned the top seed in the single-elimination quarterfinals.

In the other semifinal roll-off, Barnes, a reigning U.S. Amateur champion and 10-time Team USA member from Double Oak, Texas, will be matched against Johnson, an 11-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist and 1996 U.S. Women's Open winner from Cheektowaga, N.Y.

Tickets are available for the ESPN televised event for only $10 by calling 800-514-BOWL, ext. 3283 or e-mailing

TERRY AND THERESA'S McHenry Senior No-Tap will bus to Black Oak Lanes outside of Sonora for competition Friday. If you are interested in bowling, call either at 571-2695 for available spots.

The annual Pumpkin Shoot is on the calendar at McHenry on Oct. 26, with the party and bowling from 4-5:30 p.m. Prizes are given for costumes in seven categories, and the Decorate-a-Pin contest going on now will be judged. Frank-n-stein refreshments, spooky music, and bowling in the dark will be featured. All participants will win a pumpkin for carving.

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