Dave Bolles bowled the competition over when he took the title in the 12th Annual Brunswick Modesto City Masters Tournament this past Sunday.
Bolles, from Salida, earned the $3,000 first-place prize after a comeback from the losers bracket to defeat second-place Kevin Harlin out of Milpitas.
At the end of Sunday's match play, both Bolles and Harlin were the only finalists still in the winner's category. It looked like Bolles had a lock on the win until he missed a seven-pin in the 10th frame. That left the door open for Harlin to double and win the match by one pin.
Bolles dropped to the losers bracket to face the remaining survivor, Steve Warren from San Diego. Bolles stayed alive in a close 438-411 match. Again pitted against Harlin, who had been waiting in the wings with no losses, Bolles had to win two matches to earn the title. He did so handily with a 521-403 the first set, followed by a 535-386 the second. Harlin took home $1,750 for the second spot, and Bolles was awarded the title.
Leading up to the Finals, Tony Reyes, a national PBA champion from San Jose, topped the Saturday qualifying rounds by scoring a seven-game total of 1,787, which translates to a 255 average. Champion Bolles qualified at sixth with a 1,736, and runner-up Harlin qualified ninth at 1,715. Local Rick Francis also made the cut in 13th.
Salida's Bill Hamilton missed the top-16 cut of 1,687 by one pin, rolling a 1,686. But luck was with him on Sunday, when two of the finalists were no-shows by the time deadline, and he advanced to the finals. Hamilton finished ninth/12th overall for $500 and Francis in 13th/16th overall for $300.
Local bowlers earned six of the 42 prize checks. Rose Brown of Modesto, one of the area's talented youth bowlers, decided to test her skills against some of the top bowlers on the West Coast. She finished 21st, missing the cut to the finals by only 14 pins, and earned $200 in scholarship money.
Jason Dewar (32nd) and Wayne Garber (41st) also cashed for $200. With 167 participants from California, Nevada, Washington, Idaho, and Arizona, this was the largest field in the history of the event. Total prize fund came in at nearly $19,000, thanks to the sponsorships by Rick Hamlin of Brunswick, Al's Appliance, Cal-West Roofing, Don's Masonry, McHenry Bowl, Yosemite Lanes and the Modesto USBC Association.
ELEVEN OF OUR local youth bowlers have advanced to the State Finals of the USBC Pepsi Youth Championships set for May 3-4 at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley.
They earned their spots at the regional event held at Bellevue Bowl in Atwater, and have a chance to travel to Detroit in July for the Nationals. Rose Brown, Scott Christensen, Myles Duty, Anthony Firpo, Robert Ford, Will Garber, Seth Jaggers, Brittany Marckese, Jacob Setchell, Kelly Smith and Artie Ramirez will represent Modesto.
Seniors, look in the back of your closets and get dressed up for the Rock Around the Clock No Tap this Friday at McHenry Bowl. Bowling starts at 1 p.m., with check-in at 12:30.
APPLICATION DEADLINES for the Modesto USBC 2008 Scholarships have been extended to June 10. The Memorial Scholarship offers up to $4,000 in awards shared between multiple winners.
The scholarship is for graduating seniors who are local youth bowlers. The Director's Scholarship is set for children or grandchildren of local league bowlers and can be won multiple times from grades 9-12.
Dallas Kadry can be reached at email@example.com or 571-2695.