There is a lot going on here in Florida. In our area, Clearwater/Seminole/Largo area, we have 9, possibly 10 Junior Gold youth bowlers, preparing to go to Buffalo, NY to bowl in the North Pointe Junior Gold tournament in July. This past Sunday they had a bowl-a-thon at Seminole Lanes to raise money to help the families with travel expenses. They had a silent auction and door prizes and had lots of fun. Seminole Lanes donated the lineage so everything that was brought in is going to the families to make this trip.They are working on other ways to raise money for trip. If anyone wants to make a donation, please contact me at email@example.com
AT SEMINOLE LANES:
This coming Saturday, May 3rd, the Gulf Coast USBC youth leaders, Stephen Della Monica, John Della Monica, Nick Kominik, Ciara Goodale, Shawn Murphy, Phillip Reckner, Nick Borries & Marques Houston are having their first tournament that they put together, and it will be held at Seminole Lanes. This tournament will be a 9 pin no tap doubles tournament. It is not certified. However any winnings will go in the youth’s SMART account. The tournament information can be found on Gulf Coast website at www.gcusbc.org
Then on Sunday, May 4th, at Seminole Lanes, The Southwest Florida Classic Tournament will be holding a tournament. Check in is at 9 am and they start bowling at 10 am. This is a junior gold qualifier. Please go to www.seminolelanes.com and to tournaments and you can print the flyer. Seminole Lanes welcomes Southwest Florida Classic to our area.
On Saturday, May 10th the Lighthouse of Pinellas will be having a bowl-a-thon, from 1-4 pm, visit their site for more information. http://www.lighthouseofpinellas.org/
On Sunday, May 18 @ 1 pm, the 100+ tournament will be held at Seminole Lanes, it is a doubles tournament and your ages must equal 100 or more.
AT LIBERTY LANES:
At Liberty Lanes in Largo, this coming Saturday, May 3rd, they are having a Senior Scratch Sweeper. Check in at 11 am and bowl at 12:15pm.
On May 10 – Trio Tournament, check in 5:30 pm and bowl at 6 pm. Limited to the first 24 teams.
Gulf Coast USBC:
On April 19th, Gulf Coast USBC had their annual meeting, inducting two for ability and two for meritorious service into Gulf Coast USBC Hall of Fame. For ability, Billy Wilder, Jr, from Liberty Lanes & Walt Davis, Jr, from Seminole/Sunrise Lanes and he is also the Gulf Coast USBC President. For service, Georgeanna Jones who bowls at Sunrise Lanes, and is the Sgt. of Arms for Gulf Coast USBC, and Michael Crosby who bowls at Seminole Lanes and is a coach for the Troy Carlson Handicap league at Seminole Lanes on Saturday mornings. Also two youth bowlers were inducted into the Gulf Coast USBC Youth Hall of Fame for ability and they were Kristian Sieradzki who bowls at both Seminole Lanes & Liberty Lanes and Brandon Lownsbury who bowls at Seminole Lanes. Lifetime Achievement award went to Patsy Wedding.
Also elections for positions that were open on the Gulf Coast USBC Board, openings were for President, 2nd & 4th Vice President, and Sgt. Of Arms and 6 director positions. The following won the positions, Celeste O’Neill, President, James Strickler, 2nd VP, Christina McCombs, 4th VP, and 5 director positions went to Lenora Stewart, Patsy Wedding, Teresa Larabee, Yolanda Houston and Valerie Doss. There is an opening for another 2 year term for director, if anyone is interested, they can go to www.gcusbc.org and go to board positions and fill out application form and turn it in.
On April 22nd, myself, James Strickler & Wanda Rottloff traveled to Reno and attended the USBC National Convention. We attended classes, learning about tournaments, new youth programs, membership, rules. We also attended the annual meeting on Thursday and Friday and we will have a report about that soon. We returned on Saturday, April 26th. Patsy Wedding, Florida State Youth President & Scott Tice, Florida State Youth Association Mgr., also attended with us. Others from the Florida State USBC WBA & BA Toni Maddux, WBA President, and Bob Peters, BA Association Mgr.
Gulf Coast is having their Invitational Strikers Club tournament on May 10 & 11th at Liberty Lanes. This tournament you had to qualify to bowl in the tournament. Men had to bowl a 210 or better all 3 games in a series, and ladies and youth bowlers had to bowl a 170 or better. Entry forms went out to secretaries a couple of weeks ago. If you think you bowled to qualify and have not received an entry form, go to www.gcusbc.org and look at the Strikers Club page and find your name. If you cannot find your name and you think you qualified contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you an entry form. The tournament will run, you bowl 4 games, throw your lowest game out. The top 5 in each division will go on to the stepladder finals. Winners receive cash, Strikers Club CUP, and a Striker’s Club Champion shirt. Youth will receive SMART Scholarship and cup and shirt.
On May 16 & 17, Wanda Rottloff, 1st Vice President and I, 2nd Vice President will be traveling to Ft. Myers for the Florida State USBC WBA Annual Meeting. Then we will return on May 17th.
On May 24th starts the Florida State USBC Youth State Tournament with Doubles/Singles being held at Seminole Lanes and Team Event being held at Liberty Lanes. The tournament runs on weekends, May24-25, May 31-June 1, June 7-8, June 14-15, and June 21-22. Looking forward to seeing the kids from around the state.