Bowling column for Tuesday, August 7, 2018
By: Bette Addington

–GEUSBC Bakersfield Scratch Open – This Sat., Aug. 11 – AMF Southwest Lanes

The first tournament put together by the newly-formed Golden Empire USBC Tournament Committee is this weekend! The Bakersfield Scratch Open takes place on Sat., August 11/National Bowling Day and is at AMF Southwest Lanes. There are two qualifying squads—one at 9:30am and the other at 2pm. $1,000 is guaranteed for first place (based on 50 entries). Cost to enter is $80 for 6 games of qualifying. Tournament is open to everyone! Tournament oil pattern is Statue of Liberty. For further information on this event, go to or email

–Celebrate National Bowling Day at The BLVD!

On Saturday, August 11, from 8am-10am, you can bowl at The BLVD! for just $2 a game with just $2 for shoe rental (up to 6 people per lane). So if you’ve been wanting to check out bowling and experience The BLVD!, here’s your time to do it! Offer is valid on Sat., Aug. 11 from 8am to 10am only and is subject to availability. The BLVD! is located at 3200 Buck Owens Blvd. across from Zingo’s Café.

–2018 Diddy Watts Youth State Singles Challenge – Aug. 11-12, Rancho Bowl, Santa Maria

Good bowling to all our GEUSBC Youth bowlers who qualified as semi-finalists to compete in this event which was formerly the Youth State Scratch Tournament. This weekend will be the last chance qualifier, which will be on Aug. 11 at 1pm at Rancho Bowl. The Finals will take place on Sun., Aug. 12 at 9am at Rancho Bowl. Any questions, direct them to Andre Eubanks at 323/252-7904 or you can email him at

–EBI Demo Day on August 2nd, AMF Southwest Lanes—REVIEW

What an afternoon/night! Local bowlers came out in force to try an array of bowling balls that are just being released this week. Many youth bowlers took advantage of trying some balls out too and were thrilled with the words of advice they received from the guys running this demo—Adam Ishman/EBI District Sales Manager from Las Vegas, Joe Goldstein, Sr. EBI Staffer from San Jose, Mario Ortiz from Visalia, along with local EBI Staffers Zack Newman & Carlie Medina III. Diz Francisco was also helping the local youth to understand the different ball types. The Demo Day was originally scheduled from 3pm-6pm but since there was so much interest from local bowlers, they extended the hours through the first half of Robb’s Ball league that night. Joe Goldstein, Sr. later remarked, “I’ve never seen such enthusiasm from bowlers as we have here today! This is great! Most of the time when we run these, people will come out and try maybe one or two balls and then just start goofing off but not here. Some of these guys started at 3pm and tried balls up until their league started at 6:30!” Adam Ishman even stayed and bowled in Robb’s Ball league rolling a high game of 267 with a 761 series.

Robb White/Robb’s Pro Shop is taking orders for any of these balls that were at the Demo Day until next Tuesday (Aug. 14) if you would like to get one before Fall leagues are underway. “We get the order in and get the balls in for customer as soon as possible,” said White.

–Annual League Officers Appreciation Day/Secretaries Workshop – Sat., Aug. 18 – AMF Southwest Lanes

If you are an officer for one of the leagues you bowl in, or know who is, please remind them that the Golden Empire USBC League Officers Appreciation Day/Secretaries Workshop is on Sat., Aug. 18, starting at 1pm at AMF Southwest Lanes in the meeting room down behind lanes 1-10. This is open to Fall league officers so they can come pick up their league packets, meet the officers and directors of the Golden Empire USBC and find out what is new for the 2018-19 bowling season. This is also a good time to bring any questions/concerns you may have with your league to get them answered. If you have any questions about this event, you can contact Nancy Weber, our Assoc. Manager at 661/204-1484 or go to our website or email at or Hopefully every league will have a league officer attend this function.

–Kids Fest is Sat.., Aug. 18 at AMF Southwest Lanes

The annual Kid’s Fest will be taking place from 1pm-5pm on Sat., Aug. 18 at AMF Southwest Lanes (3610 Wible Road). This event gives kids (1) hour of FREE bowling plus FREE shoe rental and a FREE $5 Arcade card! There will also be $1 soft drinks and $2 pizza slices available.

–2018 CUSBC Senior Singles Tournament, Aug. 16-19, Rancho Bowl, Santa Maria

You could win this and be the champion of your age division which will then qualify you to the 2019 USBC Senior National Championships! There is an Open division and a Women’s division. Age classifications are as follows: 75-over (Super Senior); 70-74 (A division); 65-69 (B division); 60-64 (C division); 55-59 (D division); and 50-54 (E division). It’s a handicap tournament (90% of 220). Walk-ins & re-entries are welcome; however walk-ins are based on lane availability and no walk-ins accepted ½ hour prior to the start of the squad. Squad times are at 2pm on Thurs., Aug. 16 (if needed); then at either 9am or 2pm Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-19.

Also, note, Walk-Ins must bring their average printout in order to enter brackets.

Cost to enter is $50 for 6 games. If you would like to pre-register, you can either go to, download application and pay online or you can write a check, payable to CUSBC and mail entry to Mabel Sheasley, Sr. Singles Tourn., 2069 E. Orwood St., Stockton, CA 95205-3223. Any question, contact Mabel at 415/492-8880, ext. 312 or email her at

–Bowling the 2018 USBC Open Nationals Experience

Caught up with a trio of local bowlers—Stephanie Sanders, her daughter Kira, and teammate Steven Fernandez—who traveled to Syracuse, NY, recently to compete in the 2018 USBC Open Championships to get some idea of what it was like to compete in this event.

Stephanie had bowled the USBC Nationals in 2017 so she had one under her belt, but it was Kira and Steven’s first time to compete. As far as their personal bowling backgrounds, Stephanie has bowled now for about 30 years, Steven for about 14 years and Kira just about 2 years.

Back in March, another teammate, Kevin Hale, decided to put the team together with Brett Barnhill, and a date was selected so the planning could start. They ended up bowling the last weekend which were the last squads available—July 7, 7pm for Team & July 8, 7pm for Doubles/Singles. They also competed in the Bowler’s Journal and 40 Frame Game side tournaments.

The traveling excursion was a two-week vacation and they rented a van and drove from Bakersfield to Syracuse. Good thing because Stephanie took (3) balls; Steven took only (2); and Kira took (4)! It took about five days to get to Syracuse with three stops. On the way back they took their time with more stops so they could visit with family, etc. They stayed in New York from July 4 thru July 9th. Their most memorable stops were Mt. Rushmore, Niagara Falls and (4) different Six Flags locations! It was Kira and Stephanie’s first time to visit New York, but Steven had been there before.

Back to bowling the Open Nationals, I asked how bowling this tournament felt as opposed to bowling a local tournament and Steven said, “The stakes were higher in my eyes.” And, Kira added, “The atmosphere is different. You feel more professional when bowling Nationals.”

When asked how the lanes were dressed, Steven said, “Both patterns for Team event and Doubles/Singles were tricky shots.” Stephanie inserted, “Team 38ft. and D/S 43ft. Pretty difficult must have good control of ball speed.” Kira was more optimistic saying, “They really weren’t that bad. Nothing too difficult as long as you know your mark to be throwing and picking ups spares.”

Were they impressed with how the event was run? Stephanie said, “This event is usually ran very smooth but this year they were a little behind because of other bowlers taking their time. We started an hour late for our D/S event.” Steven liked it saying, “I was very impressed.” And Kira said, “Very impressed! Everything felt so new.”

Asking for their recommendations or words of wisdom to bowlers who might be contemplating competing in the USBC Nationals, Steven said, “I would recommend bowling at different houses as often as possible so you can work on your game in different conditions.” And both Stephanie and Kira said, “Do it. You won’t regret it.” The 2019 USBC Open Nationals will be in Las Vegas, NV!

Looking back on their experience, Steven ended saying, “I bowled a little above my average which I’m proud of.” Both Stephanie and Kira are thrilled as they placed in Doubles and Stephanie also placed in All Events! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your experience!

–Gabriella Mayfield’s Recent Visit to Texas

Gabriella Mayfield took a much-deserved vaca and closed Mt. Mesa Lanes so she could load up all her bowling equipment and drive to Texas the end of July to take in the tournaments and festivities surrounding the annual Storm PBA/PWBA Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles held at Copperfield Bowl in Houston July 27-29. She bowled in the Beauty vs Beast side event which is the top 5 women and top 5 men from last year who qualify for the Baker format and this event was giving out $6k! And, she sponsored this event (in memory of her Grandmother) with event coordinator Donna K. Conners!

The main event, Striking Against Breast Cancer Mxd. Doubles drew a field of 79 teams. Gabby teamed up with Steve Pavlinko, Jr. from New Jersey. Champions were the team of EJ Tackett and Liz Johnson.

–What’s Up at AMF Southwest Lanes – 3610 Wible Road, 661/834-2695
Hours:Mon.-Thurs., Open at 12 noon; Close at 11pm
Fridays, Open at 10am; Close at 1am
Saturdays, Open at 11am; Close at 1am
Sundays, Open at 11am; Close at 11pm
Open Play Prices: Monday-Thursdays, Open-4pm – $3.64; 4pm-8pm – $5.04; 8pm-Close – $3.64
Fridays, Open-4pm – $3.64; 4pm-6pm – $5.14; 6pm-Close – $5.74
Saturdays, Open-6pm – $5.14; 6pm-Close – $5.74
Sundays, Open-6pm – $5.14; 6pm-Close – $5.74
Upcoming Fall Leagues:
– Gambling Fever – Sunday nights, 6pm, mixed teams, no-tap, league bowls sweepers in Vegas, next season starts on Sun., Aug. 19th!
– PBA Mondays – Monday nights, 6:30pm, Match Play Singles, 4 games individual Match Play on certified Sport conditions, handicapped 80% of 200. League bowls for 30 weeks on 3 different Sport patterns. League begins on Mon., Sept. 10. For more info, contact Diz Francisco at 599-3097 or front desk.
– Vegas Funtime League – Tuesday nights, 6:30pm, teams are 4 bowlers, $18 per week per bowler. League meeting will be on Tues., Sept. 11 at 6pm (first night of league). Get 3 Days & 2 Nights in Vegas, $3,000 paid to first place team, all teams cash/In-squad cash prize drawings. Cocktail Party, Awards Dinner & Entertainment, Breakfast & Lunch Buffet.
– Stockdale Open League (formerly Stockdale Men’s) – Thursday nights, 6:30pm, teams are 4 men, 4 women, or 4 mixed. League bowls for 34 weeks (32 qualifying weeks/8-week sessions), $25 per week per person, handicapped 80% of 230 (max. of 60 pins). League meeting will be on Wed., Aug. 29, at 6:15pm in the Meeting Room at AMF Southwest Lanes. League starts on Thurs., Sept. 6th. For more info or to sign up, see Front Desk at AMF Southwest Lanes.
– Mexican American Men’s League – Friday nights, 6:30pm, teams are 4-men with a weekly 4-point win system. League bowls for 35 weeks. League meeting will be Sat., Aug. 25, at 5pm at Magoo’s Pizza on District Blvd. League starts on Fri., Sept. 7th. For more info, contact Joe Guerra at 809-8840.

–What’s Up at AMF Westchester Lanes – 1819 – 30th Street, 661/324-4966
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., Open at 2pm; Close at 10pm
Fri., Open at 2pm; Close at 1am
Sat., Open at 11am; Close at 1am
Sun., Open at 11am; Close at 10pm
Open Play Prices: Monday-Thursdays, Open-4pm – $3.64; 4pm-8pm – $5.04; 8pm-Close – $3.64
Fridays, Open-4pm – $3.64; 4pm-Close – $5.14
Saturday, Open-Close – $5.14
Sunday, Open-Close – $5.14
Upcoming Fall Leagues:
Monday nights – Spare Me & Adult/Jr. Doubles, 6pm, starts Sept. 10
Tuesday nights – Tuesday Ladies Handicap, 6pm, starts Sept. 4
Wednesday nights – Kern Bell & State Farm, 6pm, starts Sept. 12 (State Farm, Sept. 19, closed league)
Thursday nights – GR8 Times & UPS Store, 6pm, starts Sept. 20 for GR8 and Sept. 13 for UPS Store
Sundays – Coffee Club, 11am, ongoing
Sundays – Lights Out, 3pm, starts Oct. 21
Join a league this Fall and get 20% off food & drinks, (2) FREE practice games per week, 10% off parties & events and exclusive league coupons & birthday extras!

Now thru Mon., Sept. 3rd: Sign up NOW for “Summer Games” Season Pass. Bowl (3) games every day, all summer for (1) low price. Sign up NOW at Children (15 & Under) Standard Pass is $9.95; Passport is $43.95. For Adults (16 & Over) Standard Pass is $15.95; Passport is $48.95. Pays for itself in (3) visits or less! Mon.-Fri., open at 8pm; Sat. & Sun., open at 4pm.

–High Five!!
– Congratulations to newly-married couple Andrew Svoren and Carolina Alvarez who tied the knot this past Sunday, August 5th, in Las Vegas!!

– Diz Francisco reported that several Golden Empire directors helped with the Special Olympics that competed at AMF Southwest Lanes on Sun., Aug. 5 competing in the 2018 Kern Regional Bowling Competition. Special kudos to GEUSBC Youth Director & Coach Phil Chow, GEUSBC Directors Jessica Allred and Taylor DelTiempo along with CUSBC Youth Committee Director McKenna Powers and local youth bowler Troyance Powers. They volunteered as scorekeepers and/or lane monitors for this event.
– Our local youth competed in the 2018 CUSBC Youth State Championships at Keystone Lanes in Norwalk on the weekends of July 21-22 and July 28-29 and posted some pretty awesome scores to place this year. More details in the next column. Don’t have enough room this submission—too much good stuff!!

–Weekly Super Scores
– Congratulations to Craig Dowd, who, subbed on a league on Wed., Jul. 25, at AMF Southwest Lanes while he just stopped by to tune up some of his equipment and put together three great games of 241-268-290 for a nice 799 series!
– Congratulations to Stephanie Sanders, bowling in her No-Tap Gambling Fever league, Sun., Jul. 29 at AMF Southwest Lanes, for shooting her highest no-tap series of 855. She had two “almost” no-tap 300 games in the mix putting together games of 287-268-300.


Sat.-Wed., Aug. 4-15: 11th Las Vegas August Military Team Classic, South Point, Las Vegas,

Sat.-Sun., Aug. 4-Sept. 23: 29th Fresno Bowling Championship Tourn., 8 weekends, Rodeo/Bowlero Lanes, Clovis, 559/252-4884

Tues., Aug. 7: Junior Gold (U20), CBSSN, 8pm EST

Wed., Aug. 8: Golden Empire USBC Board Meeting, 6pm, AMF Southwest Lanes

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 10-12: PBA Tony Reyes Memorial West/NoWest Member Non-Member Doubles, 4th Street Bowl, San Jose,

Sat., Aug. 11: National Bowling Day!

Sat., Aug. 11: National Bowling Day at The Blvd., 8am-10am, $2/game and $2/shoe rental (up to 6 bowlers per lane), subject to availability, 3200 Buck Owens Blvd.

Sat., Aug. 11: Golden Empire USBC Bakersfield Scratch Open, squads at 9:30am and 2pm, AMF Southwest Lanes, open to everyone, or email

Sat., Aug. 11: XFrame Tournament, squads at 4pm & 6pm, OakTree Lanes, Diamond Bar, 562/228-3960

Sat., Aug. 11: PWBA Twin Cities Open (live), CBSSN, 5pmEST

Sat. & Sun., Aug. 11-12: CUSBC Diddy Watts Youth Challenge, Rancho Bowl, Santa Maria,

Sat. & Sun., Aug. 11-12: Bronze Level Coaching Cert. Class, Fresno State University,

Sun., Aug. 12: JAT (Junior Amateur Tour) Fun Event/Pre-Reg., 9am, Cal Bowl, Lakewood,

Sun., Aug. 12: Scratch 8 Gamer, 11:30am, Mira Mesa Lanes, San Diego, 858/578-0500 or

Tues., Aug. 14: USA Bowling (U12), CBSSN, 8pmEST

Thurs.-Sun., Aug. 16-19: CUSBC Senior State Singles, Rancho Bowl, Santa Maria,

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-19: 15th New Mexico Open, Rio Rancho, 505/892-7117 (after 12pmMT)

Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-19: PBA Dave Husted West/NoWest Open, Milwaukie, OR,

Sat., Aug. 18: Golden Empire USBC League Officer Appreciation Day/Secretaries Workshop, 1pm, AMF Southwest Lanes

Sat., Aug. 18: Kids Fest, 1pm-5pm, AMF Southwest Lanes

Sat., Aug. 18: PBA Gold Pin Scratch 6-Gamer, 1pm, Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl, 925/828-7550

Sat., Aug. 18: PWBA Columbus Open (live), CBSSN, 5pmEST

Sun., Aug. 19: HammerPins Alibi No-Tap Handicap Tourn., 1pm, West Lane Bowl, Stockton,

Sun., Aug. 19: San Joaquin Bowling Club Doubles Tourn., squads at 10am & 2pm, Valley Bowl, Madera, 559/385-8837

Sun.-Wed., Aug. 19-22: 8th Laughlin Blast No-Tap Doubles Tourn., Riverside Lanes, Laughlin, 619/251-9600

Tues., Aug. 21: USA Bowling (U15), CBSSN, 8pmEST
Bowling High Scores for Tues., August 7, 2018

Bowling High Scores from AMF Southwest Lanes
–No Youth Scores reported–


290 – Craig Dowd; 289 – Tim Brust, Charles Gabriel; 288 – Mike Maloy; 280 – Rick Bowman; 278 – Chuck Grove; 277 – Andrew Svoren, RJ Richardson; 269 – Mike Yorba; 267 – Charles Breeding, Cico Johnson, Adam Ishman, Brian Maurseth; 266 – Greg Smotherman, Michael Brown; 265 – Doc Victor; 264 – Zack Newman; 259 – Jeff Ellington, Mike Hefley; 258 – Eric Grider; 257 – Diz Francisco, Kevin Harris, Matt Sanchez; 256 – Mike Wafford, Mark Bess; 255 – Sean Ambrose, Claudio Carbajal, Phil Chow; 254 – Mikey Harmon; 248 – James Morrow, Kevin Hale; 247 – Jesse DeLaHerran, Norris Richards; 246 – Charlie Roberts, Perry Rogan; 245 – Ron Erickson, Bill Field; 244 – Kevin Dobbs, Greg Owens; 243 – Macy Bishop, Greg Hernandez; 239 – Robert Fox, Shawn Kennemer; 238 – Paul St.Laurent; 237 – Caxon Moore, Richard Sanchez, Nick Garcia, Carlie Medina III; 235 – Ely Reyes, Zack Long, Randy Hale; 233 – John Gonsolus; 232 – Billy Weeks; 231 – Bill Bumacod, Glenn Yeoman

Youth Boys:


799 – Craig Dowd; 761 – Adam Ishman; 756 – Rick Bowman; 745 – Mike Maloy; 728 – Chuck Grove, Brian Maurseth; 725 – Zack Newman; 713 – Tim Brust; 711 – Michael Brown; 710 – Diz Francisco; 705 – Phil Chow, Kevin Hale; 701 – Charles Gabriel

Youth Boys:


258 – Lenore Espinoza; 251 – Lisa Isbell; 248 – Nancy Curran; 241 – Bee Rivera; 238 – Racquel Vergara; 236 – LaDonna Helton; 233 – Tracye Hicks; 226 – Stephanie Sanders; 223 – Lorri Howell; 215 – Sonya Dorado, Jana Richardson; 213 – Sue Wiggins, Bette Addington; 211 – Barb Francisco, Patty Ward; 210 – Dunisha Wright; 208 – Virginia Planck; 203 – Patricia Alonso; 201 – Patricia Cole,
Irene Villalobos, Louise Ludd; 200 – Nancy Carr

Youth Girls:


681 – Lisa Isbell; 669 – Lenore Espinoza; 652 – Bee Rivera; 631 – Stephanie Sanders; 625 – Racquel Vergara; 604 – Nancy Curran; 602 – LaDonna Helton

Youth Girls:

Bowling Scores from AMF Westchester Lanes
–no scores reported–
Youth Boys:
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Youth Girls:
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Tournament Results:

–Coffee Club*
Sun., Aug. 5, 11am
AMF Westchester Lanes

Handicap Doubles: 1. Billy Weeks & Caleb Miller (1696); 2. Bette Addington & Eric Grider (1677); 3. LaDonna Helton & Alex Garcia (1672).

Handicap Singles: 1. Caleb “Pudge” Miller (868); 2. Russ Tweedy (867); 3. LaDonna Helton (848).

3-6-9 pot was not hit again carryover pot is now at $220! Alex would like to thank Ron Andrews, Brit and staff for a nice shot! And, “L.A.” Donna for always being there. Special shout-out to John Curtis and Pudge for your Excel specialties to enhance the new Addington system!

–Coffee Club
Sun., July 29, 11am
AMF Westchester Lanes

Handicap Doubles: 1. LaDonna Helton & Andrew Svoren (1602); 2. Mike Helton & Pudge Miller (1563); 3. Eric Wisdom & Thomas Stancil (1561).

Handicap Singles: 1. Andrew Svoren (859); 2. Pudge Miller (843); 3. Norris Richards (816).

3-6-9 carryover is at $170! Thank you to Ron Andrews and his staff for another good slick shot! And thank you, Ron, for the donuts this week! What would I do if I didn’t have Norris and “LA”Donna? We start with the ’18 Book Averages next week.

*Coffee Club is on Sunday mornings starting at 11am at AMF Westchester Lanes. Cost to enter is $20 for 4 games, blind doubles draw. Optional high pots, singles, and 3-6-9. Handicapped and fun bowling with some great local bowlers! And, NEW, once a month, a No-Tap Tournament will be scheduled!!


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