As the last bowler standing after the eight bowlers were drawn for the Shootout, Becky Hardwick won $74 and had she thrown two more strikes, it would have been a $740 payday!

She wasn’t done just yet as she was also drawn for the 5-Striker, which had a $730 pot!  After throwing the first strike, she took the option to take the 15 percent and $182 for throwing the one strike.  Probably a safe choice because if you don’t strike on the next one, you lose it all.

Next week’s Rainbow July Fourth weekend will have almost $1500 up for grabs between the 5-Striker and the Shootout!

Rainbow Bowling starts at 6 p.m. every Saturday night at Regency Lanes (820 Real Road) and is open to all adults.  Come get out of the heat and join the bowling fun!  Information sheets are at Regency’s front desk or call (661) 325-6428 for information.

Bowlers, make sure to drop by Regency Lanes when you are in the area and get your ticket for the drawing as the big $30,000 Prize Giveaway is currently under way and winning tickets are being drawn each week and one of them could be you! No purchase is necessary and summer league bowlers just need to drop by the Regency front desk and get a ticket each week to be entered to win.  No purchase necessary. This drawing runs through August 26, 2013.  Drawings are held each Monday.  Each weekly drawing will be for between 20 and 30 individual prizes ranging in value from $20 to $1,500!  Each entry ticket is only good for the specific week you get it.  You can get your ticket anytime during regular business hours.  Don’t delay, get your ticket in the weekly drawing today!!

Loss of two local men who shaped bowling in our community

Two funerals, both last week, honoring two men who were known by many local league bowlers. We lost both John Burnite (June 19) and Earl Cummins (June 24) in the same week.  Both were Veterans.  Both served in the U.S. Army.  Both served in the Korean War.  Both loved the bowlers and helping them.

Burnite, 77, has been involved in bowling on both the board of the former BBA (Bakersfield Bowling Association) and was currently active as a Director for the Golden Empire USBC.  Not only had he served as Association Manager for the BBA, but he served as President for the Golden Empire USBC.  He was also a member of the Golden Empire USBC Hall of Fame for Meritorious Service.  Besides serving on the board, he was active for many years getting teams together to bowl both local, state and national tournaments and well known for doing that feat.  He was dedicated to Relay for Life and worked with the American Cancer Society by running an annual Relay for Life Bowl-A-Thon, along with his wife, Pat, which he recently named after the late Marge Langdon at Regency Lanes in January every year as well as participated every year in the Relay for Life event.

Cummins, 85, was maybe not as flamboyant as Burnite but was a dedicated league bowler who not only bowled in leagues for many years with his wife, Evelene, but was always there to help bowlers.  Even if he was not bowling, he would still love to drop by Regency and visit with bowlers, and, of course, help them with their bowling if they asked for his help.  The staff at Regency was part of his family and he will be deeply missed.

AMF Southwest New Changes

If you haven’t been inside AMF Southwest Lanes (3610 Wible Road) recently, drop by and check out their new Quibica monitors that were recently installed on the lanes!  They also added new surveillance camera monitors on the concourse. 

Barry Benner Fundraiser

Thanks to all the league bowlers and friends of long-time local league bowler, Barry Benner, that contributed to the weeklong fund-raising ball raffle.  The winner of the bowling ball (donated by Diz Francisco), was Alex Maddox.  Mike Harmon won the consolation prize (box of Dewar’s Chews).  Francisco, a close friend of Benner’s organized the raffle along with Melissa Grant (Barry’s daughter).  They raised over $800 to help Benner with his medical expenses for his recent health setback.

GEUSBC Youth Board Meeting

The Youth Board of the Golden Empire USBC (United States Bowling Congress) will be having a meeting at Regency Lanes on Tuesday, July 9, starting at 5:15 p.m.  Local youth bowlers and parents are invited to attend.

CBS Sports Network Encore Presentations of GEICO PBA Summer Swing Finals

Catch the scheduled encore presentations of the GEICO PBA Summer Swing finals which include an eight-hour marathon of the four primary events this Saturday, July 6.  The Lucas Oil Badger Open will re-air at 11 a.m., the Wolf Open at 1 p.m., the Bear Open at 3 p.m., and the Milwaukee Open at 5 p.m. (all Eastern time).

The GEICO Summer King of Swing will be Tuesday, July 9 at 7 p.m. (premier) and 10 p.m. (encore), July 13 at 5 p.m. and July 16 at 7 p.m. (again, all Eastern times). 

Youth Webinar

The July webinar is titled “The Best Kept Secret in Bowling:  Bowlers Ed and will focus on how you can utilize the Bowler’s Ed program (through USBC) to grow the sport and build community partnerships and relationships.  This webinar takes place on Tuesday, July 2 at 11 a.m. Pacific and is being put on by the youth development team at the International Bowling Campus.  For further information, log on to

Bowling Community Calendar

Tues., Jul. 9:  GEUSBC Youth Committee Meeting, 5:15 p. m., Regency Lanes.  Open to all local youth bowlers and their parents.  For information, contact Mike Hefley at (661) 331-2695.

Sun., Jul. 21:  2nd annual Bud Hannaman Memorial Tournament, 10 a. m., Regency Lanes.  Four gamer.  $60 entry fee.  For information, contact Russ (661) 303-2007 or Gary (661) 302-7630.