Bowling column for Tuesday, August 4, 2020
By: Bette Addington

–CONTINUED CLOSURES – No change. Same-o, same-o. Let’s hope we can start fall leagues in September.


All the great bowling recently from tournament travel partner, Patricia Alonso, must have rubbed off as the three traveled to compete once again in the Sam’s Town Open Trios tournament the weekend of July 24-26 in Vegas. This was also the weekend of the PBA Member/Non-Member Doubles at Southpoint so Friday started out early for Andrew as he competed in this event on the first squad. Smith competed as well.

Then came Saturday and off Patricia, Joe and Andrew went to bowl at Sam’s Town bowling all three squads. The third squad of the day, Andrew lit it up contributing a 300 as lead-off man. Craig Dopson bowled a 190 and Joe Smith came oh-so-close ending with a 299 for their team.

Sunday they were back at Sam’s Town for another day of bowling. CBT’s Ramsey Basurto, along with his wife Elysia and CBT’s Kapi Cruz teamed up for the first squad of the day and ended up with a terrific series of 2263 which is currently 1st in the Trios Team standings. Ramsey rolled a 300 game with a scratch 779 series. The 300 was rolled for his final game. Congratulations Ramsey, who is also sitting in 4th place in Singles!

But the third squad came alive on Sunday again for Joe and Andrew as they teamed up with Joe Gilliland from Vegas. Andrew had a 690, Joe G. had a 693 and Joe Smith contributed a 300 game with an 816 series for a team total of 2193 which is currently in 3rd place in the Trios Team!! Joe’s 816 has him in 1st place in the Singles with Patricia Alonso and her 810 sitting currently in 2nd.

Great bowling by all!!


Even with CA centers closed, there are tournaments out there. July 31-August 2 was the 12th Cal Bowlers Tour Reno Invitational held at the newly-remodeled National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV. Patricia Alonso, along with Andrew Svoren and Joe Smith made the trip to go bowl this event along with GEUSBC President Zack Long and Central Valley Masters’ John Curtis, Chris Gregory and Ian Byers. It looked like everyone had a great time at the event. Andrew Svoren was at it again with on his current 300-a-week pace bowling a 300 at now the National Bowling Stadium!! He bowled his 300 in the Doubles event with Patricia Alonso.

Patricia ended up hitting the jackpot just before leaving to return home by getting a Royal Flush on a Poker machine at the Golden Nugget Casino in Sparks for the amount of $4,350!! When you got it, you’ve got it!!


The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed another CA bowling center. On July 24th, Mike Hillman, owner of Cloverleaf Bowl, posted a heartfelt post on Facebook stating he was going to have to close Cloverleaf Bowl. So sad considering he had been fighting to save the center after the land on which the center sits was sold to developers who intended to construct high-end condominiums. The community and bowlers rose to the occasion and tried to keep the center but the developers were not interested. But there was still a glimpse of hope that the center still had time and hoped to reopen. They had even pushed back their 22nd annual Hillman Memorial Scholarship event, originally scheduled in late May to Aug. 8-9. A serious piece of CA bowling history, gone.


Be sure to check with the tournament director whether an upcoming event is a go or not as it changes from day-to-day, even hour-to-hour! Many of them are trying their darndest to provide events for bowlers to compete in but are up against city, county and state health regulations.


To help bring you up to speed on what has been nationally cancelled or postponed indefinitely, here’s what we know:

–ISC/ITC Sectionals—postponed indefinitely
–USBC Senior Queens—cancelled
–USBC Masters—cancelled
–USBC Convention—cancelled
–PWBA Tour—cancelled
–USBC Queens—cancelled
–PBA Tour – scheduled to start April 6, status—West/NoWest scheduling events
–Super Senior Classic—postponed until later this year
–USBC Senior Masters—cancelled
–USBC Senior Championships—postponed to 2021
–PBA World Series of Bowling Finals (Storm PBA XI Animal Pattern Champ.) – postponed indefinitely (Fox Sports is planning multiple re-broadcasts of PBA World Champ, PBA Tourn. of Champions & Roth-Holman PBA Doubles Champ. finals on FS1 and FS2 (check your local listings for dates and times).
–PBA Playoffs—postponed
–PBA League Draft—postponed
–Intercollegiate Team & Singles Championships—cancelled
–2020 USBC Open & Women’s Championships—cancelled
–Bowl Expo scheduled for July 2-6 in Aurora, Colorado—cancelled
–TNBA 2020 National Championship Tournament scheduled from Aug. 6-17, Las Vegas—cancelled
–TNBA 2020 National Convention scheduled for Aug. 10-11, Las Vegas—cancelled
–USA Bowling National Championships – cancelled
–Youth Open Championships – cancelled
–USBC Junior Gold Championships – cancelled

For local tournaments, check my calendar at the end of this column on what has been cancelled and scheduled to date.


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    Weekends (Open-Close) $42/Hour, per lane*
    Shoes – $4/person—Socks – $2.50/pair
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  • AMF Southwest Lanes – CLOSED –3610 Wible Road – 661/834-2695,
    Hours of Operation
    Mondays – CLOSED
    Tuesdays – 4pm – 10pm
    Wednesdays* – 4pm – 10pm
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    Saturdays – 12 noon – 12 midnight
    Sundays – 12 noon – 10pm
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  • To Doc and Joyce Victor on the recognition/recent story in The Bakersfield Californian on their son, Ben, who is a renown sculptor of statues and has created more of this statues that are on display at the US Capitol rotunda than any other living artist.
  • Former Bakersfield standout and State Star of Tomorrow, Tony Rose, was finally presented his 800 ring recently in his league in Las Vegas that he rolled last year. Leagues in Vegas had been cancelled for the last few months and are now back bowling again.
  • Another State Star of Tomorrow, Wesley Low, recently bowled a 900 series, for his first 3 games for a 10-gamer competing in the 44th Ponderosa Singles Classic at Glenfair Lanes in Glendale, AZ. Low, 23, is the 36th bowler to bowl a 900 Series in USBC history. He bowled this on July 19th.


  • Our sincere condolences to Jonathan Eskew and his family in the loss of his Mom, Sandi Eskew, on July 11th. Jonathan was the former President of the Bakersfield TNBA Senate.


Sat., Mar. 21: USBC Open Nationals, National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV—CANCELLED. (2021 will be in Las Vegas, NV)

Sat., Apr. 18: USBC Women’s Nationals, SouthPoint, Las Vegas—CANCELLED. (2021 will be in Addison, IL)

Now-Aug. 30: Sam’s Town Open Trios Tournament, Sat. & Sun., squads at 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Las Vegas, NV, entry fee $105 per trio team, walk-ins welcome/reservations recommended, 702/454-8022

Sat., Aug. 1: Bowling Bass Spec. goes into effect on NO balance holes

Sat., Aug. 1: USBC Youth maximum age change from 20 to 18

Sun.-Fri., Aug. 2-7: 2020 Teen Masters, Richmond, VA,

Wed.-Thurs., Aug. 5-20: Military Team Classic, SouthPoint, Vegas—CANCELLED

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 7-9: PBA Tony Reyes Memorial West/NW Member/Non-Member Doubles, 4th Street Bowl, San Jose—CANCELLED

Sat., Aug. 8: CUSBC Diddy Watts Challenge Finals, Rancho Bowl, Santa Maria—CANCELLED

Sat., Aug. 8: National Bowling Day, 2020

Sat. & Sun., Aug. 8-9: Elite Bowling Club #4 Squad Scratch 5 Gamer, Canyon Lanes, Cabazon, 909/450-9415—SOLD OUT!

Sat., Aug. 15: Golden Empire USBC Annual Secretaries Virtual Workshop, via Microsoft Teams, 2:30pm, 661/623-5707 or 661/204/1484

Sat. & Sun., Aug. 15-16: CBT Beat the Board Doubles, Sat. squads 10/12/2/4; Sun. squads 10/12/2, Sunset Lanes, St. George, UT, 661/481-8007,

Sat. & Sun., Aug. 15-16: 24th Brunswick Modesto Masters, Yosemite Lanes, Modesto, 209/524-9161

Sun., Aug. 16: 12th Laughlin Blast/Sr. No-Tap Handicap Doubles, Riverside Lanes, Laughlin, 619/251-9660


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