The Modesto Bowling Hall of Fame has announced the 2008 selection of Wayne Garber to the Hall in the Superior Performance category. Additionally, the Board recognized Al Walter with the prestigious Pioneer Award for his contributions to bowling.
Garber's induction into the Hall of Fame was a given. His bowling career is filled with records, including the highest average in Modesto, twice recording a season average of 241, 85 games of 300, 25 series of 800, and three 1,100 four-game sets.
He held the Association High Average for 16 of the 21 years he's bowled in the adult ranks, including a run of 11 years in a row with averages ranging from 226 to 241. His list of titles in local, state and national events covers a full page, including the 2003 Modesto Masters, PBA West Region Open, California Scratch All-Events and two Peach Classic championships. He holds 11 records in the Cal State Masters Tournament and is fourth on the All-Time Money List for the event.
Garber has been bowling since his dad, Ron, also a Hall of Famer, started teaching him the game at age 4. His youth achievements foretold his future in bowling. He was a five-time NorCal All-Star member, won the Cal State Tournament-Doubles with partner Mike Wolf and was named Bowler of the Year for the youth tournament tour, the Junior Central California Bowlers.
Walter has been an avid bowler and major supporter of bowling in Modesto for more than 30 years. He holds his own with scratch bowlers, posting five 300 games, two 800 series and two City Tournament titles during his career. At age 72, he is currently averaging 208 and bowling in two leagues. But it's Walter's dedication off the lanes that earned him this special award. He was active in the past Modesto Men's Bowling Association for many years, holding several offices and chairing numerous committees before being elected president for a two-year term. During his tenure, Walter helped establish the scholarship program that continues today. Walter has sponsored teams in leagues and tournaments for more than 30 years, and has been a co-sponsor of the Modesto Masters since its inception 12 years ago.
YOUTH BOWLER ANTHONY FIRPO rolled his first perfect game in the Scratch Masters, and almost had his second in the same set. After starting with his 300, he rolled a 200 and 201. In his fourth game he started with the first 11 strikes before leaving an 8-count for a 298 and 1,099 series. Firpo, who has bowled for five years, is a Beyer High senior averaging 209.
This Friday, a Yosemite Lanes 55 & Older No-Tap is set for 1 p.m. Check-in is at 12:30.
Two scholarship programs are now offered through the Modesto USBC. The first is the Memorial Hall of Fame Scholarship given to youth bowlers that are graduating seniors. Bowling, academics and services are all criteria. Scholarship applications are available at the bowling centers and must be returned by April 15.
A new award, the Director's Scholarship, is designated for high school students (grades 9-12) whose parents or grandparents have bowled in a Modesto sanctioned league. Applications are available at the bowls and must be returned by June 6.
Local bowler John Kincanon shot a hole-in-one during a SIRs Golf Tournament. He dropped it in on the 11th hole at Dry Creek Ranch GC in Galt. Will it be a 300 game next, John?
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