BY BETTE ADDINGTON Special to the Californian
The 2014 GEUSBC (Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress) Mixed City Tournament was held the weekend of March 15-16 at AMF Southwest Lanes and drew 208 local bowlers. Event had two divisions, Adult and Senior (50+), as well as two different events, Mixed Team and Mixed Doubles. Both days offered both events so bowlers could bowl it all in one day or split it up and bowl both days.
Special thanks to Rodriguez & Associates/Maryann Barker for donating $1,000 to the prize fund. This added to the excitement of the event and many bowlers just dropped by and put together a team at the event. This year's event had 16 Adult teams and 10 Senior teams (2 were Super Senior (65+). The Mixed Doubles had 25 Adult teams and 27 Senior teams.
Stand-out games and series for the weekend came from Ron Andrews who shot yet another 300 game to add to his great season so far this year. Andrews shot his 300 while competing in the Mixed Doubles event with partner Sophia Cole. Nick Kury also got busy and rolled a nice 298 game. Veronica Davis rolled a 666 series competing in Mixed Doubles with partner Diz Francisco.
Unofficially, this year's first place winners were:
Adult Division -- Becky Hardwick, Zack Newman, Rick Matthews & Ashlee Miles (2950)
Senior Division -- Linda Perry, Rose Heisser, Charles Breeding & Gary Cole (2981)
Mixed Doubles Event
Adult Division -- Sophia Cole & Ron Andrews (1561)
Senior Division -- Veronica Davis & Ray Nearey (1517)
Winners of the Super Raffle that were drawn on Sunday at the event were:
Billie Reynolds -- won the 32" flat screen TV (donated by Rodriguez & Associates)
Shizuko Olson -- winner of bowling balls (donated by Mike Hefley/Bowler's Edge and Josh Conoway and double bowling bag (donated by Robb White/Robb's Pro Shop).
* There's a new tournament in town -- Central Valley Masters Tournament
Hot off the heels of the having the Mixed City tournament, local bowlers can now focus on a brand new handicap tournament to hit the area. It's called the Central Valley Masters Tournament and its inaugural event will take place this Sunday, March 30, at Regency Lanes. Cost to enter is $60 and the top ten spots are guaranteed with first place guaranteed at $1,000; second at $500; third at $250; fourth at $150; fifth at $115; sixth at $90; seventh at $85; eighth at $75; ninth at $70 and tenth at $65. Squad times are at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m.
Bowlers will bowl five games across ten lanes and the Top Five will bowl a roll-off. Again, this is a handicapped tournament (80 percent of 230) and the tournament will pay one in six.
There will also be optional side pots, brackets and scratch series pots. The intent is to attract all skills of bowlers to come and compete and this will be the start of the Central Valley Masters Tournament Club.
The Directors of the Central Valley Masters have been out on the lanes talking to bowlers the last couple of weeks and have been running a Win-A-Spot on several nights of bowling and the response has been excellent!
The following local bowlers have won one of these Win-A-Spot tournaments and will be bowling the event: Andrew Svoren, Bill Bumacod, Daniel Garrett, Mike Hardwick, Richard Brantley, Jeff Ellington and Darin Fox.
For more information, flyers are available at the front desk at Regency, or contact Rick Matthews at (559) 202-9987.
Thanks to tournament sponsors Affordable PC Repair, the Bowler's Edge Pro Shop and Curtis Electrical Construction.
--Staff at Regency organizes Team Regency Lanes for upcoming Relay for Life
Several of the employees of Regency Bowling Center have put together Team Regency Lanes to participate in the upcoming local Relay for Life event in May. The brain child of Janet Moore, who is the league coordinator at Regency Lanes, Moore said she felt the need to do this because "the main thing to accomplish is to cure cancer. The next thing we all want to do is bring awareness about all types and prevention. And the best way to do all that is raise as much money as we can for research and treatment! Hopefully one day no one will have to lose someone they love."
Quick to jump on Team Regency Lanes to support Moore was Jennifer Lomeli, who works in the Snack Bar. Lomeli quickly got their mission out on Facebook to alert her friends to join their efforts. Also committed to date to be on Team Regency Lanes is Ron Andrews, Christina Morcos and Joe Smith. They are looking for any interested bowlers who want to be with them on this team to let them know as well as looking for donations and sponsors.
How great is this that a local bowling center gathers its employees up for such a great cause?
Local bowlers interested in supporting Team Regency Lanes there are two upcoming deadlines: March 31 is the deadline for new teammates to join Team Regency Lanes and April 12 is the deadline for sponsorships and corporate credit card donations. More information about Relay for Life can be found at www.relayforlife.org. Stay tuned for more on this. In the works is a possible Relay for Life Bowl-A-Thon to support Team Regency Lanes. Former Regency Lanes Manager, the late Marge Langdon and the late John Burnite (GEUSBC Hall of Famer) must be smiling down on Regency Lanes to see this come about!
Weekly Super Scores
* When he's not drilling balls for customers in Robb's Pro Shop at AMF Southwest Lanes, Robb White gets a chance to enjoy the sport of bowling on the lanes and that he did on March 11 as he rolled a 300 game bowling in the Aquaducks league at AMF Southwest Lanes to add to his career. He ended the night with a 758 series.
* Last column, we mentioned that youth bowler Zack Long rolled a 711 series on March 1st at Regency Lanes while bowling in the Saturday morning youth league. I didn't have all the facts but now that I do, wow what a morning he had with games of 246-247-218. Even more incredible about this feat was he did not have an open frame until the ninth frame of the third game and it was his only one! Great bowling Zack!