By Bette Addington and Mike Hefley
The last couple of weeks have been great for Bakersfield’s PD Richardson. He started by winning the second week of the Coffee Club on November 25 at Regency Lanes with partner Bill Bumacod. Richardson shot games of 211, 218, 197 and 213 that helped them to a score of 1818. Besides that, he was in the 3-6-9, which only he and Bumacod were able to be eligible for that day so they competed against each another to see if either could win the $90 pot. PD did just that.
This past weekend, Richardson competed in the San Joaquin Bowling Club Singles Tournament at Regency. The tournament had 31 entries with several from Bakersfield coming to support this event coming to town. Although he qualified seven for the top eight, and then came in sixth after four games of Match Play, Richardson soared to the top, tying with Clovis’ Joel Laster with a score of 1508 — a first for San Joaquin Bowling Club to have a tie for first place. This meant they had a one game roll off to determine the champion and Richardson emerged again for his first San Joaquin title bowling, a 236 game against Laster’s 205. Congratulations PD!
JBT (Junior Bowlers Tour) California Baker Open
Local bowlers Jimmy Hefley and Andrew Svoren made their way to Canoga Park Bowl this weekend to participate in the annual JBT California Baker Open along with 24 total 5-man teams.
The lane conditions were absolutely brutal, with many teams not shooting a 200 game at all in the 12-game qualifier. Neither Andrew nor Jimmy’s team made the top 12 team cut, although Hefley won the halftime nine pin or better strikeout contest that leaves the last man standing, good for $50.
For results of the winners and how the other teams placed, go to www.juniorbowlerstour.com.
Pro Shop Christmas Raffle Update
With three more weeks to go in the annual Bowlers Edge Pro Shop Christmas Raffle, the winners are already lining up to claim their prizes as more than $800 in gift certificates were given away the first week alone.
As in years past, winners need not be present and tickets are on sale at the front desk at Regency Bowing Center during business hours. There are five Grand Prize winners this year — four receiving a $200 gift certificate to the Bowlers Edge Pro Shop and the fifth receiving the radio-controlled monster truck located in the front case across from the front desk at Regency.
California Bowling Writers’ 9th Annual Phone Card Drive On Now
The 9th annual California Bowling Writers Phone Card Drive for the troops is currently under way. If you or your company are interested in being part of this year’s drive, conducted to raise funds to purchase phone cards to send overseas to our troops so they may call home on Valentine’s Day, please log on to the CBW website at www.calbowlingwriters.org to download a donation form. Deadline for donations is December 31. Over the past eight years, the CBW has a cumulative total nearing $50,000, which has enabled them to send approximately 2,400 125- to 300-minute phone cards to our troops. You can also designate a serviceman or servicewoman you would like to receive one of these cards as long as you give us their branch, unit, rank and name along with your donation. Any donation amount is appreciated.
PBA’s 2012-13 ESPN Coverage Begins on December 9
ESPN begins its coverage of PBA starts Sunday, with Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour men’s and women’s two-hour finals that airs at 10 a.m. The next five Sundays will feature the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IV finals that are 90-minute programs also airing at 10 a.m. Scott Norton will be on the Dec. 30 show that is the Chameleon Championship.
VIP Program Returns for USBC Open and Women Championship Entrants
If you are planning to bowl either the 2013 USBC Open or Women’s Championship tournament that takes place in Reno, consider the VIP package. This VIP package can be purchased exclusively on bowl.com/VIP or call (800) 514-2695, ext. 8418 and costs $229.95. This VIP package was introduced for last year’s Open Championship in Baton Rouge and sold out.
The VIP package includes:
· VIP polo shirt
· VIP lanyard and credential
· One-hour coaching session on the 900 Global Showcase Lanes (features the tournament lane conditions)
· VIP Welcome/Express tournament check-in
· VIP photo package
· Complimentary locker
· Express weigh-in (Open Championships only)
· Wine-tasting package (Women’s Championships only)
· Complimentary seating at USBC-televised events
· Discount at on-site USBC SportStore
· Bowling Ball Express discount
· VIP venue tour
· Bonus: $25 food and $25 beverage credit at Eldorado, Circus Circus or Silver Legacy (hotel stay required)
VIP packages do not include entry fees for the tournament and anyone interested must purchase their VIP package at least 30 days prior to their dates of competition.
Registration for both the Women’s Championship and Open VIP program is open now. The USBC Women’s Championships runs from April 12 while the Open Championships opens on March 30 and both are in Reno.
Local Winter League Bowlers Receiving USBC Membership Cards
If you purchased your USBC Sanction Card when winter leagues started in September, you should be have received your USBC Sanction/Membership Card in recent weeks. These are mailed to the address that you filled out or that was listed on your sanction card application when you paid $17. If you have not yet received your card via mail, please contact the Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress office at (661) 328-0415.
Weekly Super Scores
Congratulations to Diz Francisco on bowling a 300 game while competing in the San Joaquin Singles Tournament December 2, at Regency Lanes. Francisco bowled the 300 for his sixth game in qualifying, which boosted him to be the No. 1 seed for match play. Francisco placed fifth in the tournament and received an extra $50 for his 300 game.
Bowling Community Calendar
Sun., Dec. 9: Bakersfield 500 Club Christmas Party, 1pm, AMF Southwest Lanes. For further info, contact Linda Wright at (661) 747-9101.
Sat. & Sun., Dec. 15-16: San Joaquin Bowling Club 8th annual DeMarco Singles Memorial, Rodeo Lanes, three squads (11:30am, 3:30pm and 6:30pm). $1,000 for 1st place based on 90 bowlers. For further info, contact Jon at (559) 281-4444.