BY BETTE ADDINGTON AND MIKE HEFLEY Contributing bowling columnists
"New" was the theme of this year's 6th annual Don Glover Masters Scratch Tournament Saturday and Sunday, at Regency Bowling Center. The event had a new location, a new, higher guaranteed first-place share ($3,000) and this year's champion, Eddie Van Daniker, was new to the tournament.
The event was dedicated to the memory of PBA great Tony Reyes, who died Sept. 28 due to injuries suffered in a car accident. Reyes, who has bowled in the Glover tournament several times, was also friends with a lot of our local bowlers as well as Glover tournament bowlers.
Weekly super scores
--Great bowling by Frank Cornejo Oct. 4 in Marge's Social Group league at Regency. He rolled 10 strikes in a row for a nice 289 game which was also 100 pins over his average.
--Also notable on that same league, Ron Andrews, established an average of 237 the previous week since he has not bowled for a couple of years and was shocked but this past week when he bowled he raised it up even higher to a 256 average!
Sun., Oct. 14: Bakersfield 500 Club Fun Doubles, 1 p.m., AMF Southwest Lanes. For information, contact Linda Wright at (661) 747-9101.
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 20-21: CUSBC Prince & Princess Tournament, Tyme to Bowl, Oroville, CA. For information, log on to www.calusbc.com.
Sun., Oct. 21: Pepsi Youth Coach Workshop, 1 p.m., AMF Southwest Lanes.
Mon., Oct. 22: GEUSBC Youth Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Regency Lanes.
Wed., Oct. 24: GEUSBC Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., AMF Southwest Lanes.
BOWLING HIGH SCORES FOR TUES., OCT. 9, 2012
BOWLING HIGH SCORES FROM REGENCY BOWLING CENTER FOR WEEKS 4-5 OF WINTER LEAGUES ENDING OCT. 3, 2012.
MEN'S 250+ GAMES
280 -- Mike Maloy; 278 -- Punky Adame; 277 -- Steven Lewis; 276 -- Hughie Wilkinson; 268 -- Casey Rosenblad, Jeff Roper, Jerry Barker; 267 -- Elwood Elliott, Arnold Hall; 265 -- Diz Francisco, Nick Camba; 258 -- Phil Cook, Kenny Clarke, Jr.; 257 -- Richard Mott, Mike Hardwick, Bill Bumacod; 255 -- Bill Young, Russ Tweedy
182 -- Noah Dunbach; 164 -- Seth Florez; 101 -- Hunter Long
MEN'S 700+ SERIES
785 -- Mike Maloy; 731 -- Phil Cook; 724 -- Diz Francisco; 721 -- Mike Hardwick; 706 -- Casey Rosenblad
283 -- Mikey Hardwick
WOMEN'S 220+ GAMES
239 -- Stephanie Sanders; 234 -- Cheryl Lamberson; 224 -- Tracye Taylor, Becky Hardwick; 222 -- Jana Richardson; 220 -- Michelle Mormann, Kathy Flautz
177 -- Courtney Hardwick; 150 -- Maigen Gordillo; 146 -- Samantha Lackey; 137 -- Allissa Sweet; 118 -- Jasmine Sanchez; 89 -- Taylor Long
WOMEN'S 600+ SERIES
651 -- Stephanie Sanders; 639 -- Becky Hardwick; 626 -- Tracye Taylor; 616 -- Jana Richardson; 612 -- Cheryl Lamberson
346 -- Allissa Sweet; 289 -- Stephanie Tackett
HIGH GAMES AND SERIES FROM AMF SOUTHWEST LANES
MEN'S HIGH GAMES
289 -- Robert Mayo; 288 -- Zack Newman; 279 -- Sonny Pollard, Eric Grumbles, Ron Erickson; 278 -- Cody Lewis; 277 -- Glenn Yeoman, Aris Anadilla; 276 -- Robert Fox; 268 -- Randy Carter; 266 -- Rick Bowman; 264 -- Don Apple; 259 -- Norris Richards, Mark Bess; 258 -- Lester Knight, Randall Carter, Brian Kim, Charles Breeding; 257 -- Andrew Svoren; 255 -- John Boyles; 250 -- Darin Fox
MEN'S HIGH SERIES
742 -- Charles Breeding; 714 -- Sonny Pollard; 702 -- Randy Carter, Andrew Svoren, Rick Bowman
WOMEN'S HIGH GAMES
255 -- Candy Sutton, Sue Wiggins; 243 -- Ravanna Richardson; 215 -- Caroline Liles, Lorri Howell; 214 -- Candy Abbott; 209 -- Patricia Courson, Roxanne Graham; 208 -- Pat Jones; 206 -- Wati Thompson, Joanne Varner; 205 -- Verna Slape, Lorraine Steele; 202 -- Vicki Taylor; 201 -- Linda Couser, Susan DeCant, Dianna Gagliardi
WOMEN'S HIGH SERIES
621 -- Sue Wiggins
-6th Don Glover Masters Scratch Tournament
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 6-7, Regency Bowling Center
Champion -- Eddie Van Daniker, Chatsworth, CA - $3,000
2nd -- Dave Wodka, Henderson, NV - $1,500
3rd -- Mason Sherman, Woodland Hills, CA -- $1,000
4th -- Jess Stayrook, Bakersfield, CA -- $700
5th -- Tony Knuth, Oceanside, CA -- $600
6th -- Rod Tramp, Porterville, CA -- $500
7th -- Derryck Mertz, Fremont, CA -- $450
8th -- Zack Newman, Bakersfield, CA -- $425
9th -- Chad Uyehara, Fresno, CA -- $400
10th -- Jason Heggemeier, Castaic, CA -- $375
11th -- Donald Benner, Palmdale, CA -- $295
--Marge's Super Senior No-Tap Doubles Tournament
Thurs., Sept. 27, 2012, 1pm, Regency Lanes
1st -- Barbara Jauch & Vern Spangler (1791)
2nd -- Karla Williamson & Tom Farrell (1679)
3rd -- Cynthia Carr & Sandy Kellner (1611)
--AWBA (American Wheelchair Bowling Association) Golden State Tournament
Sponsored by Cal-Diego Chapter of PVA (Paralyzed Veterans of America)
September 21-23, 2012, AMF Southwest Lanes
Doubles Event Champions -- Stacey Sanders-Clowers & Harvey Clowers, Bakersfield
Ups and Down Champions -- Eddy Hutchins, Colorado & Katie & Steven Shepard, Bakersfield
"A" Division Champion -- Merv Kapa, Las Vegas, NV
Scratch Division Champion -- Al Uttecht, Fountain Valley, CA
"B" Division Champion -- Kristie Rudder, Orange County, CA
Saturday's two qualifying squads drew a total of 45 entrants -- an improvement from last year's field. Dave Wodka, from Henderson, Nev., was the leader in the "A" qualifying squad with 1,324. Wodka's first game out was a 257. Bakersfield's Zack Newman came in second (1,258). Others from Bakersfield who made the cut were Carlie Medina III (1,237), Jess Stayrook (1,236), Mike Mayo (1,195) and Donald Benner (1,187). Kiel Jordan, Fresno, and formerly of Bakersfield (1,251). The "B" squad's leader was Mason Sherman of Woodland Hills with a 1,239. Two from Bakersfield made this squad's cut: Joe "JP" Smith (1,158) and Aris C. Anadilla (1,124). Aris' dad, Aris Anadilla, missed the cut by three pins. The Top 20 from qualifying squads "A" and "B" then bowled again on Saturday to cut the field to 10 for the semifinals Sunday morning. Donald Benner posted games of 217-196-217-212 and was sitting in fourth until rolling games of 191 and a sixth game of 144 which dropped him from fourth down to eleventh just missing the cut by three pins.
Dave Wodka again led the way for the Top 10 with a 1,290. Wodka, who has won a national Tour title plus (14) regional titles and placed second or third in the last couple Glover events, is also the district sales manager for Ebonite International. Bakersfield was fortunate to have two bowlers, Stayrook and Newman, in the mix. Stayrook, who just recently moved back to Bakersfield has six national tour titles and one major and is one of only three bowlers to pick up the 7-10 split on national TV. Newman has been a steady competitor in the Glover events every year placing in the top 10, placing third in 2011. The field was set and the match play semifinals were bowled to determine the top five for the stepladder finals.
Seeded fifth was Tony Knuth of Oceanside against fourth seed Mason Sherman of Woodland Hills. This match was close with both bowlers having a double going into the 10th but Sherman took the match 193-171. Next up for Sherman to face was third seed Jess Stayrook, the only lefty in the top five. Sherman started stringing strikes in the sixth that shut Stayrook out of the match 230-196, even though Stayrook ended with a turkey in the 10th.
Sherman progressed on to take on second seed Eddie Van Daniker of Chatsworth. This was again another close match but Sherman had a split in the 9th which cost him and he was defeated 189-202 which lead the way for second seed Van Daniker to bowl top seed Dave Wodka in the final match. Van Daniker started the game hot with a double while Wodka, 41, started out steady but threw a split in the fourth frame and then a missed single pin in the fifth put his game in trouble. Although neither Wodka nor Van Daniker, 26, were stringing strikes, it was a double for Van Daniker in the eighth and ninth that sealed the deal. Van Daniker defeated Wodka 203-174. Van Daniker became the 6th Glover Masters Scratch champion.
Van Daniker has been bowling since the age of 4 and is from Maryland, but for his 22 years of bowling, what a resume! He has one Regional Title/Southwest Region. He won All-Events for both the 2012 CUSBC Open Championships (where his 800 series helped him accomplish that) as well as the Las Vegas Open (with a 300 game). He is currently on the Storm & Roto Master Staff along with Turbo Grips. He has 95 300 games and 37 800 series--his highest 877. Although he's not a leftie, Don Glover would have been so proud to have him win his event! Van Daniker said he "thought this tournament was very well run and would like to thank the Glover Tournament Committee for having this event." He felt the lanes were "very challenging", but "nice scoring" although "spares were at a premium!" Be sure to watch as Eddie Van Daniker will be bowling in the upcoming World Series of Bowling in Las Vegas, Nov. 2-11 (he started Tour in 2006). He was at the tournament with wife Nicole, and they are expecting a daughter, Mckenzee, who is due right after the World Series event is over!
2012 6th annual Don Glover Masters Scratch results:
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 6-7, Regency Bowling Center
1. Eddie Van Daniker, Chatsworth, $3,000
2. Dave Wodka, Henderson, NV - $1,500
3. Mason Sherman, Woodland Hills, $1,000
4. Jess Stayrook, Bakersfield, $700
5. Tony Knuth, Oceanside, $600
6. Rod Tramp, Porterville, $500
7. Derryck Mertz, Fremont, $450
8. Zack Newman, Bakersfield, $425
9. Chad Uyehara, Fresno $400
10. Jason Heggemeier, Castaic, $375
11. Donald Benner, Palmdale, $295
Thanks to our 2012 Glover Masters Event Sponsors: Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hi-Standard Manufacturing, GASSCO, Phantom Radio/Len Nicholson, The Bowlers Edge Pro Shop, and Fabrications by Addington.
Remembering John Matteson
Local league bowlers were shocked to hear the news that we lost John Matteson, 42, suddenly on Sept. 20 due to heart complications. He was a member of three leagues this season--Stockdale Men, Mexican-American Men and was president of the Gambler's Anonymous league. He was recognized at this year's GEUSBC (Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress) Awards Banquet as he picked up the 7-10 Split last season.
Although his services have already taken place, there is still another sport function coming up that he has been involved with. Besides his love for bowling, he was also an avid softball player, as are many of our bowlers, so his softball friends put together the "Johnny 'Smokestack' Matteson Memorial Tournament that will be taking place this coming Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14 at Franklin Fields in Taft. Saturday's tournament is for Men teams and Women teams; Sunday is Coed teams. Entry fee is $150 (all of this goes directly to family). This fee is for three guaranteed games with prizes for first place. For further information, contact Joey at (661) 805-3215.
League bowling seems to be struggling in many communities across the USA and even worldwide. If you have finally decided to bowl this year, but still haven't found a team or league to bowl in, check in at any of the local bowling centers. All of them have single openings or even team openings on many of the nights during the week.
Blame it on the economy or blame it on an election year, whatever the case may be, bowling is way off on league bowler count so far this season. Once seen as a recession-safe sport, many of bowling's industry leaders are even puzzled with the continuous decline of the past couple years.
Although league bowling may seem to be taking a dip, many other specialty bowling parties and open-play numbers are holding their own and even seeing some increases. Whatever the case, maybe bowling will always have its place as a competitive sport and recreational game. Long live bowling! Let's all call out a friend who hasn't bowled in a while and get them back in the game today.
Bowlers need educating although some seem to know it all! With the changes in the game, equipment, lane conditions and even their physical ability, most bowlers need updates as to what's going on. Also equally as important is the training and teaching of the game for beginners, no matter what their age is.
Educating bowlers is a good thing. The more they understand about the game, the more fun they should have, and the better the chance of them becoming a lifetime bowler with family and friends. Plenty coaching is available to local bowlers. Check with any of our local bowling centers to find out who their coaches are in-house. Last but not least, the educational books on bowling's many publications can be found online or at local bookstores.