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Ray Torres claims WCST bowling event in Laughlin

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It appears as if it might be difficult deciding the 2014 bowler of the year in the West Coast Senior Tour.

Ray Torres of Thousand Palms, Calif., in Riverside County, claimed the title in this weekend’s WCST event at Riverside Casino Lanes in Laughlin, Nev. That made it seven different champions in the seven events the WCST has held this year.

It was Torres’ second WCST championship of his career and he also was the top qualifier in the 10-game preliminary round, averaging 229.8.

The 63-year-old Torres averaged 220.8 in the eight-game round-robin finals to pick up the $700 first-place prize and hold off runner-up Ron Winger of Las Vegas, who blasted a perfect game in the finals.

Winger, who also bowled a lackluster 137 in the finals, won $500.

Thirty bowlers took part in the 60-and-older competition.

John Graham of Las Vegas took third place and won $400, Jerry Calvin of Thousand Oaks placed fourth and earned $300 and Lou Moretti of Las Vegas finished fifth and won $270.

Kevin Gannon of Lakewood, who won the WCST’s second event of the year in San Bernardino, finished sixth and earned $245.

Brea’s Ed Jamison, who won last month’s WCST event in Diamond Bar with a stirring performance in the stepladder finals, was the 18th-highest qualifier and did not advance to the finals. He averaged 198.9 during qualifying.

The WCST will be back in California for its next tournament when it stages an event Aug. 16 at Buena Lanes in Ventura. The Ventura event will have a special double-elimination format in the finals to crown the champion.

For more information, contact Dick Sanders, the tour’s owner and director, at 760-363-6064.

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