An open invitation to all local league adult and youth bowlers, the 2013 Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress Awards Banquet will be held on Nov. 2. The banquet will take place at the Eagles Hall (downtown on 17th & H), starting at 5:30 p.m. This year's banquet will again be a combined adult and youth banquet. Tickets will be $20 per adult for choice of steak or chicken dinner or $5 for youth for a burger or hot dog plate but must be purchased in advance (deadline to purchase tickets is Oct. 29). There will be an open no-host bar. Come see who will be recognized for their 2012-2013 season accomplishments. Tickets are available from GEUSBC President Ray Neubig, VP Vicki Taylor or Lisa Isbell (at AMF Southwest Lanes) or from Diz Francisco, Michelle Dunn or Nancy Weber (at Regency Lanes). For further information or to purchase tickets, contact GEUSBC President, Ray Neubig at (661) 333-8969.
BVL Week is Oct. 28--Nov. 3
The local BVL (Bowlers to Veterans Link) Week is next week starting on Mon., Oct. 28 through Sun., Nov. 3. Directors from GEUSBC (Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress) will be visiting leagues for a number of things. If your league voted 100 percent to donate to the 2013 BVL fund, they will be collecting that amount from your league secretary. If your league did not vote 100 percent for BVL, donations will be accepted. All money collected becomes our association's amount that is sent to CUSBC (our state association) as our annual donation with all the other state associations that do the same. It should be noted that because of the generous donations from state league bowlers for BVL, California is the top contributing association across the USA for the 2012-13 season once again with a total contribution to BVL for $129,766.33! This marks the fifth consecutive year of growth for the sport of bowling's oldest and most successful charity.
Besides collecting donations from leagues, directors will be distributing BVL In-League Tournament entry forms for those bowlers wishing to use their scores from league that day to enter the BVL tournament. Entry fee for In-League is $15 per bowler. The annual BVL tournament for 2013 will be held on Sunday, November 17, (two squads, 12 noon and 2:30pm) at Regency and the cost to bowl that day will be $20. Bowlers have the option to enter with their league scores during BVL Week or bowl at the tournament on Nov. 17, or do both.
There will be a raffle held for a BVL Lotto Hat for some lucky league bowler to win that day or night of the visitation.
Bowling Tech: Bad bowling practice
Ever wonder why some bowlers seem to bowl well on most all conditions while others are limited maybe to a single bowling center or oil condition pattern?
Probably one of the most overlooked parts of the game is oil pattern recognition, ball reaction, and adjustment. Hey, let's face it, if it was that easy everybody would average 240! We have all had league nights or tournament play where we were well under our established average, but as long as you learn from those bad outings, you are moving forward with a better understanding of adjusting to the conditions.
Staying relaxed and quickly adjusting to a condition or a ball reaction that you see is probably the biggest key to scoring well. We have all seen bowlers in league play use a different ball on one lane than the other lane and shoot 300s, or possibly even 800s. Even tournament bowlers sometimes moving across pairs of lanes switch bowling balls pair-to-pair shooting big games and big sets.
If you want to truly get better, you must practice in different houses and on much diverse conditions, everything from oily flooded, dirt dry, and even spotty reversed block conditions. Remember, having an open mind and a couple different hand-release positions goes a long way compared to pissed off and tired of bowling for that night?
Weekend bowling at Regency
Rainbow Bowling is still going strong every Saturday night at Regency Lanes (820 Real Road) starting at 6:00 p.m. Congratulations to Andrew Svoren, who recently won $216 in the Shootout on Saturday, Oct. 12. Rainbow Bowling is open to adult bowlers and gives a whole new look to open bowling as there are many chances to win money. For more information, contact Regency at (661) 325-6428.
And don't forget the Coffee Club tournament every Sunday morning starting at 11 a.m. With the lanes at Regency recently re-coated, the conditions couldn't be better! This event is open to all adult bowlers. You bowl four games and draw for a partner and it is handicapped. Come out and join the fun!
AMF Southwest Lanes Wednesday night league opening
League bowlers still looking for a league to join this winter season, the Gambler's Anonymous league at AMF Southwest Lanes (3610 Wible Rd.) just started and bowls every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. League is accepting teams and individuals. Call now for more details on this popular, fun league (661) 834-2695.
State Bowling Writers 10th Annual Phone Card Drive underway
The 10th annual Phone Card Drive for the Troops is currently underway. This drive is conducted by the CBW (California Bowling Writers) and is held to collect donations each year to purchase AT&T phone cards to send over to troops serving overseas. Any amount of donation is appreciated. Deadline to make donations is Dec. 31. Phone Cards are then purchased so that they can be delivered to the troops overseas for Valentine's Day, 2014. Donors can also give names of servicemen and women currently serving to send these Phone Cards directly to them. Donations can also be made "In Honor" or "In Memory Of."
In the last nine years, this phone card campaign has had a cumulative total of over $59,000 which has enabled CBW to send approximately 2,400 125 to 300 minute cards! Donation forms can be downloaded from the CBW website, www.calbowlingwriters.org., or contact Bette Addington (661) 345-1629, for a form today.
PBA World Series of Bowling V returns to Las Vegas this week
Are you ready for some serious bowling? PBA (Professional Bowling Association) will conduct the fifth annual World Series of Bowling from Oct. 25 thru Nov. 3 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.
This event, which draws the 2012-13 season to a close, will have a sold-out field of 240 of the world's most talented players representing a record 22 countries. Bowling fans can catch the action by watching more than 60 hours of live online coverage on Xtra Frame, the PBA's exclusive webcasts (to subscribe, visit PBA.com and click on the Xtra Frame link); live scoring on pba.com, or 14 hours of nationally-televised coverage on ESPN over seven consecutive Sundays starting December 1. Many of the 2013 Glover Master entrants will be competing including 2013 Champion PJ Haggerty, Scott Norton and Dave Wodka.
Also included with all the festivities will be an end-of-season battle for the PBA's most prestigious honors including Player of the Year and eligibility for the 2014 PBA League Draft. New this year will be a PBA50 Finals and a PBA Regional Players Invitational Finals, which will be contested on Nov. 3. If that is not enough, there also will be optional PBA All-Regions Singles and PBA West Region Member/Non-Member Doubles tournaments over the Nov. 1-3 weekend. And, the Teen Masters Grand Championship will be decided on the television lanes in South Point's Exhibition Hall B on Friday, Nov. 1!
For a complete roster of players, go to www.pba.com/Rosters/Details/1955.
October is National Learn to Bowl Month
BPAA (Bowling Proprietors Association of America) has designated October as National Learn to Bowl Month. With the winter league starting a month ago, they are hoping centers will reach out to those new to the sport of bowling and offer a Bowling 2.0 program to help them become better bowlers this season. They are offering centers a share of a $10,000 Giveaway. There are three categories of centers: under 16 lanes, 16-24 lanes and 25 lanes and over. Centers in each category that roll over the most bowlers per lane in November will be eligible to win cash prizes. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to share your success stories of how you have helped your bowlers Bowl Better in Four Weeks with Bowling 2.0.
Weekly super scores
Let's hear it for the girls: Last week had two of our local female bowlers roll some great games and both had a great series as well. Both of these ladies also are currently serving as directors on our GEUSBC Board as well!
-- Lisa Isbell, subbing in the Bakersfield Scratch Trio league when her husband, Terry's average was too high to fit the team's cap he was scheduled to sub on, rolled games of 279-279-220 for a nice 778 series and really had the guys on the league take notice on Monday night, Oct. 14, at AMF Southwest Lanes.
-- Michelle Dunn, bowling in the Tuesday Ladies Handicap league at Regency on Tuesday, Oct. 15, put together games of 197-233-194 for a 624 series.
Carlie Medina III gets 300 game number 51: Bowling again in Marge's Social Group league at Regency Lanes on Thursday night, Oct. 17, just two weeks from when he rolled his 50th 300 game, Medina does it again. He started the night out with a 289 game, followed by a 300 and finished with a 247 for a nice 836 series. After such a terrific start for the night, many thought he was on his way to breaking the City record that he currently holds for high series of 879.
Oct. 26: GEUSBC (Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress) Board Meeting, 11 a.m., Regency Lanes.
Oct. 28-Nov. 3--GEUSBC BVL (Bowlers to Veteran's Link) Week. GEUSBC Directors will be visiting leagues to pass out BVL In-League Tournament forms for those bowlers wishing to enter as well as picking up BVL league contributions.
Nov. 2: GEUSBC 2013 Awards Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Eagles Hall (17th & H St.). For info, contact GEUSBC President Ray Neubig at (661) 333-8969.