Latin Bowlers Club tourney draws big field
Four hundered and eighty bowlers competed this past weekend to seek money and prestige during the 36th Annual Victoria Latin Bowlers Club Tournament.
As has been the case for many years, the bowlers were not only trying to win the team event but also vying to post the highest individual score.
The Century Lanes was packed with 64 men's and 32 women's teams that were intent on scoring well enough to win money in numerous side events, such as team and individual high games, double events, and eliminator pots.
In the ladies division, the Valley Latin Bowelrs No. 1 team, was the overwhelming champion, beating their nearest rival by 180 pins. Team members were Ana Yancey Martinez, Madge Carr, Jessica DeLeon, Jessica Sanchez, and Lori Garza. Martinez also won the individual women's title and Sanchez placed fourth.
Two Victoria teams secured the second and third money spots with great bowling of their own.
In second place with a 6,327 pin count was the team, "See What Happened Was" with members Denise Gabrysch, Melinda Savage, Teri Mason, Michelle Ligon, and Rebakah Martinez.
Team Ten Pins Down recorded a 6,309 pin fall for third place. Team members were Lori Heil, Joanna McNary, Pat Robles, Samantha Wharton, and Carri Lee. McNary placed third in the individual standings.
This event paid five places, with the teams PMS and We Got This winning fourth and fifth place respectively.
The men's team division paid eight places with team Bad To The Bone, from Houston, taking the title with a total of 6,515 pins. Team members were Robert Poullard, Larry Goss, Augustine Velasquez, John Salas, and Jesse Aderete. Poullard placed fifth in the individual standings.
A Corpus Christi team, Clark Optical, recorded the second highest team total with a 6,490 pin fall. Members of the team were Mike Silguero, Lee Contreras, Tomas Salinas, Fern Salinas, and Jerry Clark. Contreras won the men's individual title.
The team, 8, 9, 10, from McAllen, won third place money with a score of 6,362. Team members were Charlie De La Fuente, Robert Carr, Oscar De La Fuente, J. R. Cuellar, and Alex Gonzales. Oscar De La Fuente placed second in the individual standings.
Three Victoria teams claimed the last three spots with Stroud's Vending winning sixth place with a score of 6,273. Team members were Larry Stroud, Steve Zeplin, Jim Mooney, T.J. Mooney, and Tom Crowe. Crowe placed fourth in the individual standings.
In seventh place was the team Mr. 300 and Company with a score of 6,269. Members of the team were David Espindola, Tony Fuente, Robert Vasquez, Javier Hernandez, and Marcus Espindola.
Claiming the last money spot was Team O with a score of 6,262. Team members were Dave Matthews, Daryl Megele, Kevin Stacy, Mike Osterson, and Mike Stacy. The son and father duo of Kevin and Mike Stacy placed seventh and eighth in the individual standings.
The women's individual winners were champion, Ana Yancy Martinez 1,431, 2, Christina Barber 1,376, 3, Joanna McNary 1,366 (Victoria), 4, Jessica Sanchez 1,351, and 5, Noreen Lindsy 1,343.
The men's individual winners were champion, Lee Contreras 1,464, 2, Oscar De La Fuente 1,405, 3, Ray Rendon 1,401 (Victoria), 4, Tom Crowe 1,400 (Victoria), 5, Robert Poulaard 1,385, 6, Adam Martinez 1,377, 7, Kevin Stacy 1,374 (Victoria), 8, Mike Stacy 1,363 (Victoria).
Chris Watson, from San Antonio bowled a 300 game during the tournament.
Local bowlers who are not scheduled to bowl in this tournament next year, should contact tournament manager Lee Caballero, there is usually a need for individual bowlers to fill in a team vacancy.
The members of the Victoria Latin Bowlers Club, as usual ran a very successful tournament.