Local bowler Sharon Aronson has reached the pinnacle of bowling in California, having been elected to the California USBC 2008 Hall of Fame in the Superior Performance category.
Aronson has been a top bowler in the area since moving from Southern California in 2002. Her career began in 1981 at Fresno State. She was named an All-American and achieved her lifetime-high average of 228 twice, in 2004 and 2006.
In 27 years of bowling, Aronson has averaged more than 210 for 15 years, and more than 200 for 21 years. Aronson has recorded 12 300 games and a high series of 823. She won the California Women's Bowling Association Queens Tournament in 1998 and placed in the top eight in two other years. She went on to the Women's International Bowling Congress Queens Tournament and took fifth place in 2000 and ninth in 1999. She placed second in the CWBA State Tournament doubles division in 1995 and 2005 and was high game/high series in 1996 with a 297/774 and in 1999 with 300/754.
Aronson bowled professionally as a member of the Western Women's Professional Bowlers for 13 years, winning four tournaments. She was named WWPB Bowler of the Year in 1997, 1998 and 2000, and Rookie of the Year in 1989. She's a member of the Orange County WBA Hall of Fame. Southern California Bowling Writers named her Bowler of the Year in 1999, an All-Star member in 1990, 1997 and 1999, and to the Hall of Fame in 2000.
She has recorded numerous first-place tournament finishes in Fresno, Orange County and Modesto. Aronson has been named Modesto Bowler of the Year-Women's Scratch Division for three years. Aronson was nominated by Modesto USBC President Jeff Chin and will receive her award at the State Convention in Foster City at the end of April.
THE MODESTO USBC CITY TOURNAMENT events start Friday with the Senior No-Tap Doubles at McHenry. The first weekend squads for the regular City Tournament team, doubles and singles events bowl Saturday and Sunday. The team division is set for Yosemite Lanes with doubles and singles at McHenry. Entries close for the two-weekend tournament one hour before the first squad Saturday.
Lavern Howe won the women's side of the McHenry No-Tap Black Oak Tournament with an 813 set. Inez Simas was second at 811, and Bobbie Sargent was third at 797. Jay Faughn rolled an 833 to top the men's list. Mike Sargent was second at 802, and Dennis McKinney was third at 794.
McHenry's Bowl for the Cure event netted $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen Fund for the Cure, a national organization for breast cancer awareness and research. Partnering with the USBC, Bowl for the Cure has donated more than $6 million to the Komen Fund since its inception seven years ago. Through February, McHenry bowlers donated $1 to the fund when they bowled and used their league scores to win donated prizes. All dollars raised will be given to the Komen Fund.
The March Scratch 6-gamer rolls Sunday at Yosemite on the house shot. The sweeper has a special starting time of 11 a.m. with check-in at 10 a.m.
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