As hard as it was to say good-bye to someone the local bowling community knew so well, it was also a wonderful time to reflect on how he has influenced so many of us. At his Celebration of Life held last Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church downtown, it was so touching to see so many bowlers and golfers attend wearing their favorite shirt in honor of Bud. He was involved here with bowling for nearly 60 years. Sandy Gray recalled “Bud managed the Delano Lanes with Jim Henson when I bowled there!”
Not only did Bud manage centers and own pro shops, he was a heck of a bowler as well and is the first person in Bakersfield to roll a sanctioned 300 game which he accomplished in 1959. In 1995 he was inducted into the BBA (Bakersfield Bowling Association) Hall of Fame for Superior Performance. If you bowled in Bakersfield as a league bowler over the last thirty years, you probably have had a new ball drilled by Bud. He was the “go to” guy that bowlers flocked to for that perfect fit and to help enhance their game.
Friends and fellow softball players held a memorial softball tournament in the late John Matteson’s honor the weekend of October 13-14 at Franklin Fields in Taft. The event raised close to $3,000 for his wife, Mattie and the kids. Local bowler, Shannon Branch’s Women’s team placed second. Thanks to all that participated and helped remember this great guy and honor his legacy!
Tues., Apr. 30: Bill & Barbara Chrisman of Storm Bowling featured on American Restoration on the History Channel at 10pm ESDT.
Tues.-Sat., Apr. 30-May 4: USBC National Convention, Silver Legacy, Reno, NV
Sat. & Sun., May 4-5: Pepsi State Youth Finals, Classic Bowl, Daly City, CA
The Storm Nation was lit up on April 6 recognizing the local trio team, Zack Newman, Diz Francisco and Sean Ambrose for setting the record for the highest trios scratch series City record! All three bowlers were using Storm bowling balls and it is so exciting to see the company picked up on it and let them be nationally known. This record was bowled on February 18 at AMF Southwest Lanes as they competed in the Bakersfield Scratch Trio league.
Anyone still wanting to get a Tony Reyes tribute emblem, here’s the info. Cost is $5 (check or money order payable to PBA) for each patch. Proceeds from the sale of these patches go to the Tony Reyes Family Fund. To order, send your payment to PBA, c/o TR emblem, 615 Second Avenue – Suite 680, Seattle, WA 98104. Be sure to include your name and return address.
Bowling back on Saturday night, March 23, at the Rainbow Bowling, Mike Maloy threw a series of strikes to win the $950 jackpot that has been building since Rainbow Bowling was brought back to Regency Lanes several months back. To win this jackpot, a bowler bowling in Rainbow Bowling needs to have their name drawn first and then be the last one striking against all the other people that night who have their name drawn to try and win this jackpot. Then, after the bowler out strikes all his competitors, he then needs to throw two more strikes to win the jackpot. Congratulations, Mike Maloy!