By Bette Addington and Mike Hefley Special to The Californian
The 7th annual Don Glover Masters Scratch Tournament is only a couple of weeks away but the excitement is really starting to build as this year’s event will feature all four Glover past champions — PJ Haggerty (2007 inaugural and 2011), Scott Norton (2008, 2009), Jeff Frankos (2010) and Eddie VanDaniker Jr. (2012) — returning to Bakersfield to compete. The event will take place the weekend of Oct. 5-6 at Regency Bowling Center (820 Real Road) in Bakersfield. Saturday will have two qualifying squads (9 a.m. and 1 p.m.) and Sunday will feature the Top Ten in Match Game Finals which starts at 10am. Entry fee is $125 and $100 for re-entries (cash only day of event). First place is guaranteed $3,000.
California bowlers pretty much know who these Glover champions are, but their list of accomplishments is amazing and really rings out why the best bowlers come from California.
PJ Haggerty, our inaugural Glover champion, a youth stand-out was the 2003 CA Chuck Hall Star of Tomorrow, was on Jr. Team USA (2004-2006), and won a silver medal in Doubles (2004 Youth World Championships in Guam), was a three-time Collegiate Most Valuable Player (Fresno State), achieved (3) First Place Team All American (Fresno State), was the 2009 PBA Northwest Player of the Year, was the 2012 Pam Buckner Open Champion, and two-time Glover Masters Champion. He was recently inducted into the Nor Cal Hall of Fame. His career so far has (63) 300 games and (31) 800 series with a high of 890. And, he is a six-time PBA Regional Champion.
Scott Norton, our back-to-back champion, also a youth stand-out was also a CA Star of Tomorrow and has numerous youth accomplishments. His adult career highlights are 2009-2010 West Region PBA Rookie of the Year and then, back-to-back, 2010-2011 Notion PBA Tour Rookie of the Year title. He was selected on the First Team All American (2012-2013), has (5) Regional Titles and (3) PBA National Titles plus we watched him help win the first PBA League this past winter bowling on Billie Jean King’s team. He was just selected by PBA Reps. as one of the sixteen PBA stars qualified for the upcoming Japan Cup that will be taking place Nov. 28-30 in Tokyo.
Jeff Frankos, another former youth bowler, who’s best friend, the late Tony Reyes, both bowled in the 2010 Glover Masters and ended up bowling against each other for the title, was the Cal State Masters Runner-up in 1999 and then went on to become the Cal State Masters Champion in 2000. He has (17) PBA Regional Titles and has been the Regional Player of the Year for the West Region. He has many 300 games as well as many 800 series and served on the Columbia Staff, Vice Grip Staff and Dexter Staff.
Eddie VanDaniker, Jr., bowled for the first time in the Glover event last year and won the title. For his young age, he still has quite the resume with (96) 300 games, and his high career series to date is an 877. He has (2) PBA Regional Titles, was the 2012 CA Scratch All Events winner, as well as the 2012 Nevada Scratch All Events winner and the 2012 Don Glover Masters Champion. For 2013 he is a Team USA member where he received (4) Gold medals, (2) Silver Medals and (1) Bronze. He also is the owner of two locations of The Right Fit Pro Shop.
You’ll be able to catch these fine bowlers in action at the upcoming Glover Masters in Bakersfield along with many other scratch bowlers from the western region. This year’s event will feature the Bourbon Street pattern on wood lanes. Again this year the event is open to both youth and adult scratch bowlers. For further information on this event, go to www.geusbc.org.
Thanks to our 2013 Glover Masters Event Sponsors: Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Phantom Radio/Len Nicholson, Ebonite, The Bowlers Edge Pro Shop, Mark Baker Bowling, Robb’s Pro Shop, Fabrications by Addington, and WeShipYouSave.com
Regency Youth League
Regency Lanes junior bowlers are starting practice at 9:30 a.m. and league play starting at 10 a.m. every Saturday morning. This 2013-14 Winter season’s league will be split into two fifteen-week rounds with a four week break during the holidays (Christmas and New Year’s). And, junior bowlers have the choice of bowling one or both of the fifteen-week rounds! Week number three of the first round is coming up this Saturday and junior bowlers may still join and make up for the first two weeks if they would like. Or, mark your calendars as the second round will begin January 18.
Bumpers are also being used for the smaller children and they will be in a separate division. With nearly 20 bowlers now in the junior division, it should be a fun year for youth bowlers at Regency Lanes. Parents and Grandparents, the cost is $8 per child per week and it’s not too late to get those juniors interested in joining a bowling league to get them signed up. Just call Regency at (661) 325-6428 today for more information.
Tuesday Men’s League Update
With ten full teams hitting the floor on Tuesday nights, it will prove to be a competitive fun season. There is still room for one more team as we have a team on standby waiting to see if there will be a 12th team; otherwise, we will stick with the ten full teams. Teams are four-man and this is a handicap league. If interested, please be at Regency Bowling Center with your full team ready to bowl tonight. Practice starts at 6:20 p.m. Cost is $22 per bowler per night with a team sponsor fee of $100. For more info, call Regency at (661) 325-6428.
Regency Lanes Being Re-Coated
Be aware that the management at Regency Lanes will be having the lanes worked on starting Sunday night, September 29 and it is scheduled to be completed before the weekend of Oct. 5-6. They will be doing ten lanes at a time for this procedure which will include sanding and re-coating. This should not affect any of the leagues.
Weekly Super Scores
New season started just a couple of weeks ago and it is always interesting to see who will roll the first 300 game of the season. Last Monday night, September 16, in the Bakersfield Scratch Trio league at AMF Southwest Lanes we had three possible perfectos going. First PD Richardson set the pace with the front nine and we thought it would be him, but he ended with a 289. Then Charles Breeding started stringing the strikes but only made it to the seventh frame. But, last, but not least, Zack Newman got dialed in and for his third game of the night, shot the first 300 game of this season! This was Newman’s career 21st perfecto. He ended with a nice 751 series.
Also, earlier that day, Rick Bowman, bowling in the Monday Senior’s league at AMF Southwest Lanes came oh so close with a 299 game. A 7 pin denied him his perfecto.
And congratulations to senior bowler, Merced Solis, who bowled a nice 262 game bowling in the Primetimer’s league at Regency on Friday, September 13. This game was 100 pins over his book average!
Bowling Community Calendar
Sat., Sept. 28—Glover House Spot Roll-Off, 2 p.m., Regency Lanes. This is the final Glover House Spot Roll-Off before the main event. Scratch bowling six games across twelve lanes on the Glover 2013 pattern (Bourbon Street). Open to youth and adults. Top qualifier will get free entry into Glover Masters (Oct. 5-6). Check-in starts at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $40 (cash only).
Sat. & Sun., Oct. 5-6—7th annual Don Glover Masters Scratch Tournament at Regency Lanes (820 Real Road, Bakersfield). Saturday two qualifying squads—9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Top Ten from each qualifying squad will bowl again Saturday afternoon after 1 p.m. squad is completed. Entry fee is $125 (cash only day of tournament) and $100 (cash only) for re-entries. $3,000 guaranteed for first place. For further info, go to www.geusbc.org.