Century Lanes hosts annual Victoria Latin Bowlers tournament
By BY ABEL GARCIA - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
July 14, 2014 at 2:14 a.m.
The second weekend in July is a tremendous showcase for bowling in Victoria with the Victoria Latin Bowlers Club hosting its annual tournament.
Century Lanes was packed with 480 bowlers, plus family, in a very competitive environment to display their bowling skills to win money and prestige in a two-day, six-game event.
In the women's event with 32 teams competing, a team from Houston, Poco Loco, won the tournament with a handicap score of 6,615. The team members are Monica Fuentes, Kerry Moreland, Gretchen Harmon, Stacie Marek and Sandra Saenz. The team had previously won the tournament in 2011. They took home a team champion prize of $2,500
A Victoria team, See What Happened Was, were runner-up for the second consecutive year. They improved their score by 129 pins from last year to post a six game total of 6,456. Team members are Denise Gabrysch, Julie Dollins, Melinda Savage, Rebekah Martinez and Terri Mason.
In third place, with a score of 6,453, was Team Correa. of San Antonio.
A team from Victoria, Tap It Out 3, won fourth-place money with a score of 6,290. Team members are Carri Lee, Pat Robles, Joanna McNary, Lori Heil and Samantha Wharton.
The last team money spot went to Clark Optical from Corpus Christi, with a score of 6,250.
In the individual event, Houston bowlers won the top three spots with only five pins separating them.
Diane Reyes was first with a score of 1,368, second went to Carrie McAbe with 1,367, and in third place, Felicia McClain with 1,363. The fourth place went to Jessica Sanchez, of McAllen, 1,349; fifth to Sharon Guinn, of Victoria, 1,348; sixth to Tangela Doakes, of Houston, 1,347 ; and seventh to Gretchen Harmon, of Houston, 1,343.
In the men's event, there were 64 teams vying for the title and prizes.
A team composed of four local bowlers and a Rio Grande Valley bowler ran away from the field with a great team score of 6,755. The Wild Mountain Monkey members are Glenn Mason, Todd Pfuhl, Joey Matson, Pedro Alva and David Hensley. They won a $4,000 prize and title.
The core of the team for many years has been Mason and Hensley with local bowlers filling the roster when needed. This year they picked great subs with Mason, Pfuhl and Matson making the top eight in the individual event, and Alva setting the pace the first day with a great set.
The second place team was I Ten Connection (6,510), of San Antonio; third Team Weasel, of San Antonio, (6,455); fourth Gotta Grind, of Houston, (6,437); fifth Team Cabanski, of San Antonio, (6,418); sixth Texas Style Clock Cleaners, of Victoria, (6,414) with members Joe Blount, Gary Hatter Jr., Glen Fortenberry, Mike Unger and Bobby Mowles.
Tied for seventh place were Time To Shine and EBI with a score of 6,411. Both teams are from Houston.
In the individual event, Glenn Mason (Victoria) rolled a great 1,479 six-game handicap total to win the title and top prize.
Joe Paez, from Clute, won second place with a score of 1,453.
Mike Stacy, of Victoria, won third-place money with a score of 1,453. Stacy had no handicap, which translates to a great 242 per game average.
There was a tie for fourth place with Victoria's Robert Gonzales and Robert Poullard, who scored 1,406.
Joe Vito, of San Antonio, took sixth-place money with a score of 1,404, also with no handicap.
In seventh and eighth place were local area bowlers Todd Pfuhl 1,397 and Joey Matson 1,393.
The tournament as usual was a success for the Victoria Latin Bowlers Club, tournament director Lee Caballero and also Victoria, with the many out of town bowlers enjoying their stay in our town.