Two youth bowlers awarded Modesto USBC scholarships

Kyle Courtroul and Brittany Marckese have been named the recipients of this year's Modesto USBC scholarships announced by Scholarship Chair Bruce Webb.

Courtroul has been awarded the Modesto USBC Memorial Hall of Fame Scholarship in the amount of $2,000. Courtroul, a graduating senior from Beyer High, will attend Modesto Junior College with a major in Fire Science. He is a past NorCal All-Star and a two-time qualifier for the National Junior Gold Championships. He averaged a 209 this past season, and has rolled a perfect 300 game.

Courtroul and Marckese were awarded the Director's Scholarship in the amount of $125 each. Marckese will be a senior at Enochs High, and averaged 176 this season. The Director's award is available to children of league bowlers in Modesto, and can be won each of their four years of high school.

RICK FRANCIS OF MODESTO came up from the third place qualifying position to take the win in the July Scratch 6-Gamer at Yosemite. Top qualifier was Noel Vasquez from Sacramento at a plus-149, with Francis qualifying third with a plus-39.

After advancing through the stepladder, Francis met Vasquez in the final round, defeating him in a 256-221 match. The win was good for $347 and a spot in the year-end Tournament of Champions. Vasquez was last year's T of C winner.

Wayne Garber is still heating up the lanes in the PBA West Region events, finishing second in the Snake River Open in Burley, Idaho.

In this tournament he received a little pay-back for his 212-181 win over Craig Tuholski in the previous tournament, the Vanessa Brown Open in Modesto. The Snake River championship match pitted the two against each other again, but this time Garber lost with a 244-224. The title was worth $2,000 to Tuholski, and Garber's second place earned him $1,200.

TWO LOCAL YOUTH BOWLERS made a good showing at the National Junior Gold Championships just competed in Detroit. Rose Brown from Modesto and Paul Hogan from Manteca both made the final cut to the top 16 youth in America, and advanced to the final match game competition.

Brown, with a 3-4-1 record, placed 12th among girls, and Hogan, at a 1-7-0 record, finished 16th among boys. Both earned scholarships for their efforts. More than 1,700 of the top youth bowlers from around the nation qualified to compete in the prestigious weeklong event.

BOWLING WILL BE FEATURED again on TV with an "Orange County Choppers" episode about the making and delivering of a "Strike Ten" bowling bike to Bowl Expo National Convention in Florida. The episode will be telecast on TLC at 6 p.m. on Aug. 7.

This Friday, a Senior No-Tap is set for 1 p.m. at McHenry. Check-in is at 12:30 p.m.

Election of Association Directors will be held at the Open Meeting for the Modesto USBC on Sunday at 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at Yosemite Lanes and is open to all sanctioned league bowlers.

The Peach Classic Tournament at McHenry and the Save Mart Summer Doubles at Yosemite continue through July 27. The Peach has only two weekends left with squads Saturday and Sunday at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The five-game handicap singles tournament expects to pay over $35,000 in seven different prize funds. The Doubles run daily whenever lanes are available. Bowlers can "wheel" their entries -- bowl more than one entry at a time -- paying only additional prize/expense funds.

Dallas Kadry can be reached at or 571-2695.