BY BETTE ADDINGTON AND MIKE HEFLEY Contributing bowling columnists
An annual tradition in Bakersfield to keep the late Bud Hannaman's dream alive -- a local 10-gamer tournament that traditionally had been on Super Bowl Sunday -- will be held this coming Sunday (Feb. 17) at Regency Lanes. Hannaman loved to put on tournaments here locally to give bowlers a chance to experience bowling in a tournament. Organizers Russ Tweedy and Gary Cole have kept this event going when Hannaman was unable to run it due to his health. We lost Hannaman in March of 2012.
Bowlers will bowl 10 games across 20 lanes. The tournament starts at 10 a.m., and check-in is at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $60 if you sign up before Feb. 17 or $70 the day of the event. Tournament also features same-day payout to winners. You can also enter brackets and side pots.
This is also a handicapped tournament (80% of 220). Bowlers can use either their 6-Gamer average, their 2011-12 Book average, their 2012 Summer, or their current average of 21 games. If you don't have any of the above, you enter at 220. For information, contact Russ Tweedy (661) 303-2007 or Gary Cole (661) 302-7630.
14TH MAMBO Open adds Friday squad
Bowlers who enter the annual MAMBO (Mexican-American Bowling Organization) Open Tournament that will be taking place July 12-14, 2013, at South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, it was just announced that they have added a 2 p.m. squad on Friday, July 12 for either Doubles or Team. For further information, visit their website at www.mambo.org or email Pete or Pat Montalvo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entry form is available online to reserve your spot. Remember all fees for reserved spots are due no later than June 15.
USBC Women's Championships Changes to Four-person teams in 2014
There is good news for local women's teams dreading the efforts to assemble teams of five ladies to compete in doubles! Starting in 2014, the USBC National Women's Tournament will change from five- to four-player teams! In addition to that change, the event will return to an all-scratch format. Teams will be divided into four divisions based on their combined averages and there will be six average-based divisions. Also, the 2014 event will be held on 44 specifically-constructed lanes inside the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno Registration for the 2014 tournament will begin April 1, 2013. A new price structure will also be in effect in 2014. Entry fee per player for team, doubles, singles and all-events will be $140 ($44 per event and an optional $8 for all events). Total for a four-player team will be $560. There will no longer be a processing fee for teams entering online; however entering by mail, fax or phone will require an additional $10 processing fee per team and $10 for each doubles/singles set.
PBA action on ESPN
The PBA League continues Feb. 17 on ESPN at noon PST with the finals of the Mark Roth Classic and the Mark Roth round of the PBA League competition from Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan. Catch the action to see what PBA League team emerges to the Semi-Final. Also, this Sunday, two-time Tour titlist, Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, will take on Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, Ariz., in the Mark Roth Classic championship match.
Two more PBA League telecasts remain (Don Carter round on March 3 and the Earl Anthony round on March 24). The Elias Cup will be contested at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis and telecast on April 7 at 11 a.m. PST on ESPN.
Weekly super scores
-- Brian Kim rolled his third career 300 game Jan. 28, bowling in the Bakersfield Scratch Trio league at AMF Southwest Lanes. This was Kim's first 300 game using the two-hand delivery. Kim, who had a rough start for his first game that night, made an adjustment on the lanes and bowled the 300 game for his second game of the night and continued with four more strikes into his third game!
-- Bill Bumacod has been on a serious bowling roll. Besides posting some great scores bowling in his nightly leagues--279 game with an 810 series for Thursday night Marge's Social Group league on Jan. 31 at Regency--he's won the Coffee Club tournament the past two Sunday mornings at Regency with his partners and is probably the participant that has won the most since Coffee Club began a couple months ago.
Feb. 12: GEUSBC Youth Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Regency Bowling Center.
Feb. 17: 17th annual Bud Hannaman/Post Super Bowl 10-Gamer, Regency Lanes, 10:00 a.m. (check-in at 9:00 a.m.), 80% of 220 (based on 6-Gamer avg.; 2011-12 Book; 2012 Summer; or current avg. of 21 games), Entry fee $60 before Feb. 17; $70 day of. For information, contact Russ (661) 303-2007 or Gary (661) 302-7630.
Feb. 24: West Side Lanes Alibi No-Tap Doubles Tournament, West Side Lanes in Taft, squads at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. For information, call West Side Lanes at (661) 765-6677.