Local league bowlers, this weekend is your time to shine as your association, Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress, will be holding the annual Mixed City Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at AMF Southwest Lanes.
This tournament is handicapped (90 percent of 230) and features two divisions, Adult and Senior (50 and older), as well as two events, Mixed Team and Mixed Doubles. Entry fee is $25 per person per event. And entries will be accepted day of event, provided there are lanes available. Mixed Team event is at 10 a.m. both days and Mixed Doubles is at 1:30 p.m. both days. Mixed Team is comprised of four bowlers: two men and two women. You may bowl more than one team event but you must change two team players. Seniors (50 and over) may bowl with Adults in the Adult division, but Adults may not bowl with Seniors in the Senior division. A Senior is 50 years or older as of March 15, 2014. Handicapped mixed brackets will also be available.
For the Adult division, if there are 40 or more teams entered, $1,000 will be added to the prize fund.
For the Senior division this year, a special prize for the highest scoring Super Senior Team and Mixed Doubles, for entrants 65 and older!
Entry forms are available at local centers so talk to your friends in league and get a team put together. It's not too late. Winners will be recognized at the annual GEUSBC Awards Banquet in October.
Also, directors from the GEUSBC have been visiting lanes selling tickets on the Super Raffle for this event. The winner need not be present and the Super Raffle drawing will be held on Sunday at AMF Southwest Lanes at the tournament. Special thanks to Rodriguez & Associates for donating a 32-inch flat screen TV, Bowler's Edge for a bowling ball, Josh Conoway for a bowling ball and Robb's Pro Shop for a two-ball bag for this year's Super Raffle. Tickets are just $1 each or six for $5. Tickets for the Super Raffle will be available at the tournament as well as chances to win items for the regular raffle.
Ebonite Demo Day March 24
Open to everyone, so be sure to mark your calendars, as Regency Bowling Center will be hosting an Ebonite Demo Day starting at 3 p.m. This is free, but bowlers need to bring their favorite ball to speed up the process of fitting you with one of the new balls to try. There will be three different bowling balls to try out.
This Demo Day will still be going on when night leagues are underway that Monday night so bowlers can use any of the demo balls during league.
New Central Valley Masters club
Central Valley Masters is the name of the new tournament club with its inaugural tournament on March 30 at Regency Bowling Center. There will be two squads: noon and 2:30 p.m. owl 5 games across 10 lanes. Top 5 roll-off.
This new tournament club, which hopes to run up and down the San Joaquin Valley, has a $1,000 guaranteed first place with an entry fee of only $60 (1 in 6) plus optional side pots, brackets, 3-6-9 pots and big game bonanza pot.
This is a handicap format tournament with the handicap being set at 80 percent of 230, making it fair for all levels and skills of bowlers. For more information, flyers are available at the front desk at Regency, or contact Rick Mathews (559) 202-9987.
By the looks of initial responses, this tournament looks like it could be a big hit with the San Joaquin Valley Bowlers with its next stop being scheduled at either AMF Visalia Lanes or Porterville Lanes. Thanks to tournament sponsors Affordable PC Repair, the Bowler's Edge Pro Shop and Curtis Electrical Construction.
-- This item was contributed by Mike Hefley
Weekly super Scores
-- Dan Long rolled another 300 this season bowling in the Scratch Trios league at Regency Lanes on March 3. Bowling against opponent, Charles Breeding, the two were both stringing the strikes through the sixth frame. Breeding ended with a 279.
--Again, at Regency, on March 4, two 300 games were bowled. First one was by Ron Andrews doing a solo 300 on his pair of lanes this time. Then Joe Smith hit the 300-barrier bowling in the Mexican-American Mixed league soon after Andrews threw his perfecto.
-- Bowling over at AMF Southwest Lanes on March 4, Andrew Svoren, threw three great games of 276, 267, 289 for his new career high series of 832. But it didn't stop there; as Svoren recorded his career fifth 300 game on March 5 bowling in the Gambler's Anonymous league at AMF Southwest Lanes.
--On March 6, well-known local bowler, Joe Cantu, shot his first ever 300 game bowling in the Stockdale Men's league at AMF Southwest Lanes. Cantu is 74 years young.
-- Mike Tripp bowled an 821 series on Feb. 20 in the Stockdale Men's League with games of 266, 279 and 276.
-- Youth bowler Zack Long rolled a 711 series on March 1.
March 15-16: GEUSBC 2014 Mixed City Tournament, AMF Southwest Lanes. Entry forms at local centers. Adult and Senior divisions. Mixed Team event at 10 a.m. both days; Mixed Doubles at 1:30 p.m. Entries accepted day of event. For info, call (661) 328-0415.
March 22-23: Youth Pepsi District 5 Finals, Zodo's, Santa Barbara, 661/331-2695.
March 23: Bakersfield 500 Club's annual Spring Fling, AMF Southwest Lanes, 661/832-3846.
March 24: Ebonite Demo Day, 3 p.m., Regency Bowling Center, 661/324-6303.