Abel Garcia writes a weekly bowling column for the Victoria Advocate.

The Victoria Latin Bowlers Club 42nd Annual Invitational is scheduled for competition July 13-14 with the same enthusiasm of many years past.

With the help of the many club members, the tournament originated in 1977 with men bowling at the 16-lane Palace and the women competing at the 10-lane Woodlawn. Bowlers from various parts of Texas made the trip to Victoria to participate and enjoy themselves in the activities.

When Century Lanes opened for business, it provided expansion for entries, and currently the tournament hosts 64 men’s teams and 32 women’s competing three games Saturday and three games Sunday. Teams have journeyed from the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and other towns for a chance to win money in the tournament, brackets and other side events. Last year, after hearing how good the Victoria tournament was, two bowlers from Kansas City decided to join a long participating team to be able to compete.

There is always great bowling, with several 300 games bowled throughout the years and the winning individual six game total being very high.

The men’s opening squad will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, with the women’s squad scheduled for noon. A second men’s squad is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, the men’s 4 p.m. squad from Saturday will compete in the morning squad time, the women at noon and Saturday’s morning squad will compete at 4 p.m.

Tournament director Lee Caballero and crew are ready for another weekend of busy activity.

The many out-of-town bowlers are welcome to enjoy our hospitality, and good luck to all the participants.

With the Rolling Thunder League not participating this week due to the July 4th holiday, scratch scores were minimal.

Brandon Olson led the Summer Sunday Strikers League with a very nice 253 high individual game contributing toward a 621 series.

Jacob Silgero was high in the (no tap) Funtappers with a 731 series. John Martinez rolled the high game of 290.

Judy Reyna was high in the Funtappers with a 248 high game and 667 series.

Two more local bowlers who placed in the recent Texas UCBC Open were Eric Smith in Division 3 singles and Christine Speer in Division 3 All Events.

The texasbowling.com website server has been down for maintenance and I haven’t been able to get the final results of the women’s annual state championship. I will post any area winners when I get the information.

A reminder to league participants that after Aug. 1, the dry towel rule goes into effect. After competition starts, ball cleaning additives cannot be used for that competition.

On the PBA Tour, lefty Jakob Butturff won the 2019 PBA Lubbock Sports Shootout for his seventh career PBA title. He defeated top seed England’s Stuart Williams 194-188 in the stepladder finals. Williams had the lead going into the 10th frame, but a 2-4-6-10 split open in the final frame cost him the game. Butturff did not double in the game but marked all 10 frames for the win. Butturff’s first PBA Tour victory was also in Lubbock in 2016.

In the first step-ladder match E.J. Tackett denied Pasadena’s Anthony Lavery-Spahr his chance at his first PBA title with a 279-204 win. In the second match, Tackett lost his strike line and game to Butturff 235-185, setting up the finals match against Williams.

SUMMER SUNDAY STRIKERS 1ST TEAM #3 Women: S. Trojacek 411; G. Mitchell 362; Men: B. Olson 253-621; M. Osterson 574; L. Eakins Jr. 553; J. Campos 221; FUNTAPPERS (No Tap) 1ST EASY SPARE Women: J. Reyna 248-667; R. Wortham 230-626; L. Conchola 229-583; Men: J. Silgero 254-731; C. Flood 246-729; N. Picard 278-728; R. Vannostrand 274-725; J. Martinez 290-708; M. Svatek 242-697; J. Weber 266-682; R. Lyman 254-674; L. Starling 259-653; CENTURY YOUTH 1ST TEAM 4 Girls: S. Wharton 191-479; A. Sanchez 98-222; Boys: M. Garcia 183-499; B. Boehmer 111-305; PEEWEE 1ST TEAM 2 Girls: A. Capall 116-191; M. Capall 63-126; K. Church 60-119; Boys: C. Rinald 100-183; E. Garcia 81-151; J. Shoup 78-147.

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