By BETTE ADDINGTON & MIKE HEFLEY Contributing bowling columnists
The third PBA World Series of Bowling event took place Dec. 30 on ESPN from South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Many Californians were eager to watch this episode as we knew Scott Norton, of Mission Viejo, a two-time Glover Masters Scratch Champion, would be competing.
This event was significant because they would be bowling on the Chameleon pattern, which Norton won his first PBA title on two years ago, and it would also mark the return of Walter Ray Williams, Jr. to a TV final.
Norton was third seed for this tournament and was first up to bowl against Fawaz Abdulla of Bahrain in the Middle East. Abdulla, who was just getting over a chronic case of gout, came on strong in the middle of the match after Norton missed a 10 pin but Norton came on strong to overtake and win the match.
Norton then was up against Walter Ray Williams. Williams, who has 47 PBA titles against a combined total of 6 titles (Norton, Abdulla and top seed Jason Belmonte) was favored to win over Norton but kept getting tapped and Norton's strikes won him another match.
The final was against Australia's Belmonte (2011 Chameleon Champion) against Norton (2010 Chameleon Champion). Belmonte came on strong with his two-handed delivery and the match went back and forth and was close up but, once again, Norton came on strong with a turkey in the 10th that won him the exciting match 227-224 over Belmonte.
The next two Sundays will feature the World Series of Bowling finals with 90-minute programs that begin airing at 10 a.m.--The Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship on January 6 and the PBA
World Championship on Jan. 13, all on ESPN.
Be sure to watch for the upcoming PBA League competition that will also be televised on ESPN beginning Jan. 27. Scott Norton was drafted on Pete Weber's team and Dave Wodka was drafted on NBA Chris Paul's LA X team.
Bowlers: Know your league rules!
Looking at the league rules as your new league starts is sometimes boring sitting in the league meeting as rule after rule is being read. But sometimes it is very important on the outcome of how fun the league is.
The United States Bowling Congress has a complete set of rules and guidelines for league to follow by; however, many leagues have their own rules written in for their specific changes that will affect their own league. Things such as a change in percentage of handicap per bowler, how handicap is applied either by individual or by team difference, split seasons, absent bowler, prize fund as well as many other rules.
So you can see how important it could be sitting in on those boring league meetings before the start of your league, and it's much easier to change the rules then instead of in the middle of a season or to handle disputes.
Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress, which is our local association, almost always has a representative sitting in on all league meetings before your league starts. However, rules are rules and when it comes to big money, scratch leagues or big-bragging rights leagues, people sometimes get very heated attitudes in their opinion of certain rules, so make sure you understand the rules. If not, ask for clarification right then and there! In the event there is a problem or a possible protest, immediately contact one of the local GEUSBC directors as time is very important on disputes or filing protests from the date of the problem as well as certain procedures are to be followed in order for the protest to even be acceptable to file.
On a happier note, most leagues run flawless without any disputes year after year, so let's go bowling and Happy New Year
Bowlers Edge Pro Shop Christmas raffle
All the tickets have been drawn and some have been claimed and some have not been claimed!
All the winning numbers are posted on the Christmas Raffle board that is posted in the glass case across from the Control Desk at Regency so you can stop by anytime to check to see if you are one of the lucky winners holding one of those tickets that have not been claimed yet. Only one of the four Grand Prize winners has been claimed!! Could be you!!
New Wednesday Night League Starts Jan. 9 at Regency
Start the New Year bowling in a fun league! The Kern River Rafting league starts on Jan. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Regency Bowling Center. League is only 15 weeks and ends on April 17 and cost is just $17 per person. League is composed of four-person mixed teams (any combo). Sign up as a team or individually. At the end of this league you will take a 12-mile rafting experience ride down the Kern River with Kern River Tours April 20. Lunch is included. For further information or to sign up, contact Regency at (661) 325-6428.
Weekly super scores
Congratulations to PD Richardson for bowling another 300 to add to his career. Richardson bowled this 300 on Sunday night, December 23, in the Slots of Fun league at Regency.
Great bowling by Ronnie Andrews, who bowled his first ever 600 series bowling in Marge's Social Group league on Thursday, December 20, at Regency Lanes. Andrews bowled a 622 series.
And, last, but not least, congratulations to Mike Yorba who shot his career highest 800 series, an 823, bowling also in Marge's Social Group league at Regency on December 27. Yorba's games were 268-277-278 for a nice 823 series!
Jan. 5-6: San Joaquin Bowling Club Doubles Tournament at Visalia Lanes. Contact Jon at (559) 281-4444.
Jan. 19: Annual Team Life & Marge's Bowl-a-Thon for Relay for Life, 1:00 p.m. (taking signups until 12:30 that day), Regency Bowling Center, $15 per person (4-person teams), come bowl as a team or sign up as an individual and be put on a team. Bowl three (3) games. Door prizes, 50/50, lots of fun! Help raise funds for cancer research. Contact John at (661) 831-9183.