Kadry on Bowling: PBA announces plans for women’s regional tour

Professional female bowlers will once again have a regional tour program for competition.

The Professional Bowlers Association has scheduled three of their tour stops in each of their six regions designated as a PBAW competition point event. The six regions are the PBA East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest and West/Northwest. For local female hot shots, the three PBA West/Northwest regionals will be bowled on Aug. 22-24 in Citrus Heights, Sept. 26-28 in Daly City, and Oct. 10-12 at Black Oak Lanes in the Battle at Black Oak.

At the regional events, women will bowl against men, but there will be a supplemental women’s prize list and PBAW points awarded. After the regional schedule is completed, the PBAW point leader in each region will receive a paid entry into the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas on Oct. 24 through Nov. 2. The six regional qualifiers will compete in a special six-game, round robin Champion's Challenge Match Play round on Oct. 24. The top two women from the match play round will compete for the PBA Women’s Regional Finals title. For more information, go to

Modesto USBC is looking for bowlers to serve on the association board. One vice president and six directors will be up for election at the next annual meeting. Qualifications for a director are simple: A person must be a league bowler and member of the association. If you bought a sanction card when you bowled in your league last season, you are an association member. Meetings are held monthly, and your help will be needed for association tournaments and programs. Applications are at the bowl desks and are due back by noon on July 20. The meeting is scheduled for July 27 at 11 a.m. at McHenry Bowl.

The last Bonus Day for the Peach tournament is Friday and two special squads are scheduled at noon and 2:30 p.m. Regular squads will run Saturday and Sunday with three squads both days – noon, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Call 571-2695 for more info or to reserve a spot.

Dee Bayer was the high scorer and topped the women’s prize list at the Yosemite No-Tap Tournament with her 884 set. Kim Heller finished second with an 861 series. Charlie Nishiguchi scored an 866 and led the men’s side. Harold Walker’s 862 score put him in second, and Abe Abston took third at an 855 total.

Friday is the Junior/Senior Firecracker Doubles at McHenry starting at noon with a BBQ lunch. The competition starts at 1 p.m.

On Monday, the Ladies No-tap Trio Tournament is set for McHenry at 9:30 a.m. Check-in is at 9 a.m.

The youth fireworks booth in the McHenry Bowl parking lot is open through Friday evening. All proceeds go to the youth bowling program. Bowlers receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase.

Since many bowlers are taking up a delivery using no thumb, USBC has clarified their rulings on the number of holes allowed in a bowling ball. Bowlers not using their thumb to bowl can either have a thumb hole or a balance hole, but not both. If the ball has both a thumb hole and a balance hole, the bowlers need to plug at least one of them.

Neil Stemmel, managing director and technical committee chair for USBC, said, “This rule is strictly for bowlers who do not use their thumb regardless if they use a one-handed or two-handed delivery.” The rule takes effect on Aug. 1 for the fall/winter season.