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WCST bowlers return to action Saturday at La Habra

The WCST is enjoying an influx of bowlers this year.
The WCST is enjoying an influx of bowlers this year.
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After a seven-week respite, the West Coast Senior Tour will return to action Saturday with a bowling tournament at La Habra 300 Bowl in La Habra, Calif.

It’ll mark the fourth WCST tournament of the season and the third in California. The WCST has scheduled six events in California and six in Nevada this year.

The tour has enjoyed somewhat of a resurgence this year after suffering through a sub-par turnout for many of its events in 2013 – which included having to cancel a tournament planned at La Habra 300 Bowl in October because of a lack of participants.

But this year, the WCST has enjoyed a robust turnout for its first three tournaments. Thirty-eight bowlers took part in the WCST’s last event in March in Las Vegas. The WCST perhaps has benefited from its newly changed age-60-and-over eligibility rule for its tourrnaments.

One familiar face will be returning Saturday to the WCST after a year’s absence because of injuries. That would be John Sowell of Vista, who has won the WCST title four times.

Sowell’s last championship came in May of 2012 when he defeated favorite Kevin Gannon of Lakewood in an electrifying two-game showdown in the finals.

Sowell finished with a two-pin victory over Gannon to claim the Super Senior title with scores of 238 and 202.

Gannon, the WCST’s all-time leading money winner, has already chalked up a WCST victory this year, outdistancing the field in San Bernardino in the WCST’s second event of 2014.

For more information, contact WCST owner and director Dick Sanders at 760-363-6064.

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