Sat., Nov. 1: GEUSBC Board Meeting, 9am, Westchester Bowl.
Sun.-Fri., Nov. 2-14: GEUSBC BVL In-League Tournament. Enter the 2014 GEUSBC BVL Tournament using your league scores. Entry forms available at all centers but you must pay for your entry before you bowl for the day you wish to use your scores.
Sat., Nov. 15: GEUSBC BVL Tournament, AMF Southwest Lanes, squads at 12 noon and 2:30 p.m.
Another bowling season in the books and lots of smiley faces for this year's award winners. Approximately 80 bowlers were in attendance. GEUSBC (Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress) President Ray Neubig fired off the festivities that was held at the Eagles Hall downtown, and then lots of awards were handed out.
Starting with an Invocation, then the Eagles famous dinner, a GEUSBC introduction of the board, then straight into this years’ Hall of Fame inductees – Wanda McKibben (posthumously) for Meritorious Service and Ed “Clinton” Wallace for Superior Performance.
Bowling in the JAT (Junior Amateur Tour) event held at Sam’s Town, Oct. 18-19, local youth bowler, Zack Long, brought his game and averaged 232 in qualifying which put him at +252 to qualify as top seed for the Finals. Long won his first two games in Match Play but just missed winning the third to end up placing second in the tournament. Congratulations on some super bowling, Zack!
Hot off his appearance at the 2014 Don Glover Masters here in Bakersfield on Oct. 4-5, JT “Action” Jackson will take on 17-time PBA tour champion, Chris Barnes, in a winner-take-all duel at the World Series of Bowling IV on Friday, October 24, live from the South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Jackson, 37, a lefty has one PBA Regional title. You can catch all the action to this one-game showdown match that will be webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. They will be bowling for $10,000! To catch this event online, you need to subscribe to the new XF season ticket program. To enroll, visit PBA.com and click on XF Season Ticket link. This event will be online at 2:15 local time on Oct. 24.
With the 2014 season came the realization that USBC (United States Bowling Congress) will be discontinuing many league bowling awards that bowlers have become accustomed to receiving. To fill this sudden void, the local GEUSBC has been looking at awards to purchase. The GEUSBC Awards Committee is currently in the process of revamping the award structure to comply with USBC. League secretaries will soon be receiving a copy of the awards that will be offered so they can get their league bowlers rewarded this season. However, the average of the bowler will play into whether the award will still be given—i.e., to receive a 500 series award, the bowler needs to have an average of 140 and below; for a 600 series, 170 and below; and a 700, 200 and below. Again, this is currently in the works. Final award sheets will be passed out soon to league secretaries as well as available to league bowlers at centers.
When the Glover Tournament Committee prepared for this year’s event over the last nine months they felt they needed to do some changes to entice more bowlers to come and bowl this event. It was more or less a make-or-break year for this event as the last couple of years the number of entrants had leveled off and not shown any increase and since this event’s committee strives to have one of the biggest prize funds offered to participants, it came down to seeing what could be done differently. But, little did the committee know, this weekend had some major surprises in store!
The annual GEUSBC (Golden Empire United States Bowling Congress) Adult & Youth Awards Banquet will take place this Saturday night, October 11, at the Eagles Hall (corner of 17th and H downtown). This Banquet is open to all bowlers and will be honoring the winners of the 2013-2014 local tournaments (BVL and Mixed City) as well as induct two very deserving people into the GEUSBC Hall of Fame and announces the Bowlers of the Year (male and female). Tickets must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be sold at the door. For further information on how to purchase tickets, contact GEUSBC President Ray Neubig at (661) 333-8969 or GEUSBC Vice President Vicki Taylor at (661) 809-6214.