Entry forms are being finalized for three Modesto USBC tournaments set for the weekends of Oct. 18-19 and 25-26.
Coming back this year is the Junior/Adult Doubles event with $600 in scholarship money added by the association. The doubles teams are made up of one adult and one youth bowler and will be divided into three divisions based on team average. All prize money will be paid in scholarships to the youth bowlers on the top scoring teams.
The second tournament, the Adult Family Doubles, runs the same time period. Teams are made up of two adult bowlers who are related. Immediate and extended family members, including in-laws, greats, grands and steps are valid. Again there are three divisions based on average.
The third event is the long-running City BVL Tournament. This event raises money to send to the Bowler-Veteran Link program that supports hospitalized veterans. Money raised locally stays in Northern California facilities.
The tournament is a qualifier to decide Modesto representatives to the State BVL Tournament early next year. Winners are determined in 11 average divisions by their scratch scores. The tournament pays out a prize fund based on handicap scores with a separate list for men and women. If you're bowling in the Junior/Adult or Family Doubles tournaments, you may sign up to use those scores for the BVL event.
To update everyone on Raymond Waring's fight against bone and lung cancer, there's good news. His latest scans show his lungs are cancer-free. He'll continue chemotherapy and have surgery soon on his arm. The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and support.
Wayne Garber claimed his second Scratch 6-Gamer title this year when he won the September sweeper Sunday at Yosemite. Garber qualified second at a plus-43, well behind leading qualifier Ed Silva of Manteca at plus-121. In the first stepladder match, Garber defeated Steve Munson 209-195 before meeting Silva for the title. Garber rolled a 244 to Silva's 210 to secure the $320 first-place purse. The October 6-Gamer meet is set for this Sunday at noon with check-in at 11 a.m. It's one of three remaining chances to qualify for the year-end Tournament of Champions.
Rod Hirtzel and Al Ehrler shared the top spot for the Yosemite "55 & Older" No-Tap Tournament with each shooting an 824. Bob Wright was next with a 784. Elaine Van Holland topped the women with a nice 906 set. Betty Gerritsen finished second with a 900. Rose Baker was third with an 839.
This Friday is a "One Woman/One Man" Doubles No-tap at McHenry. Competition starts at 1 p.m. with check-in at 12:30.
In-house qualifying started for the NorCal Junior Adult Championships and runs through Oct. 12. This is a good year to bowl the event, as the State Finals are set at Yosemite Lanes the first three weekends of November. Teams are made up of one adult and one youth, and one out of every five qualifying teams advance to the finals. Entries are available at the bowl desks.
A youth beginning learn-to-bowl class is being offered at McHenry this Saturday and Oct. 11 at noon. The two-day, two-hour package costs $5, including all bowling, shoe rental, instruction and handouts. June Brown, a USBC Silver level coach, will instruct.
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