Friday, June 26, 2009

Advanced Clinic at Saddleback Lanes

Missy conducted an advanced bowling clinic on June 13th-14th at Saddleback Lanes in Mission Viejo, Calif. The clinic, targeting 175 and above average bowlers, was implemented as a training and educational tool to better techniques and learn higher-level skills.

The two-day clinic featured both classroom and on-the-lanes demonstrations and drills. Some of the topics discussed were lane adjustments, lane play, bowling ball dynamics and more.

Keep an eye out for future bowling clinics with Missy!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Fresno PBA Regional

This past weekend, I bowled in the PBA Sierra Open in Fresno, Calif. on the chameleon pattern.

Since we bowled in a bigger bowling center, everyone competed on one squad for qualifying. After the eight games of qualifying, I was in 9th place at +85. The pattern was pretty difficult. It only took +16 to make the cut to the top 1/3 of the field for the semis.

We then immediately bowled the 5 games of semis. The pattern played even tougher, with scores dropping, shot making and accuracy became a must. After the 5 games of semis, for a total of 13 games, I was at +135 and in 6th place. It only took +14 to make the top 16 match play finals.

All day, I played the lanes fairly straight and pretty far outside, which made transitions and adjustments a little easier. I think everyone would agree that they saw too many 2-8-10 combinations, which was really easy leave. I also went old-school and had drilled up two brand new "old" balls, which I ended up using the entire tournament. How many of you remember the old Columbia Ricochet Rebound and Blue Wicked???? Yep, those were the balls I had just drilled and used all weekend. See old balls can still work!

Then on Sunday, I bowled Mason Sherman in matchplay for the best 3 out of 5 Round of 16 finals. I lost the first game 164-236 and then came back to win the next two games 230-160 and 255-200 (I had the front 8 that game). Then I lost the 4th game189-234 to tie the match 2-2. So it all went down to the last game. I bowled well, but caught a few bad breaks and lost my shot on one lane and ended up losing 196-225.

Overall, it was a great weekend and good practice. The lane conditions were very demanding and shot making was at a premium.

Stay tuned for more news...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Up-Side to Missing the Cut

This past weekend, I competed in a PBA Regional event - Battle at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, CA.

It was the first regional I had bowled in since February and the first tournament I had bowled in in almost a month. Well, I was definitely a little rusty, as I started off well - 212, 232, 198 but then faced some bad middle games during the transition - 145 and 177. I finally got lined up later in the block, but it was a little too late.

So needless to say, I missed the cut, which was a bit disappointing.

However, being that the PBA Regional event was really close to Yosemite National Park (and I had never been there before), my boyfriend and I decided to stop by there on our way home.

For those of you that have never had the privilege of going to this absolute natural wonder, I would HIGHLY recommend it. I had always heard of how beautiful the park was, but for some reason or another hadn't actually been there before myself. I was absolutely blown away!

From the first 10 minutes of being inside the park, we saw a small bear cub in one of the meadows. Then five minutes down the road were breath taking views of waterfalls and Half Dome. Many waterfalls, hiking trails and gorgeous views later, we were back on our way home.

Although I would have rather been bowling that day, it was a great alternative and an amazing experience.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Keeping Busy in the Off Season

Hello everyone!

I know it has been awhile since I've blogged and for that I sincerely apologize.

Since there are not any national PBA or women's events until August, here's an inside scoop as to what I've been up to so far since the USBC Queens tournament...

On May 10th, I was the special guest at a Make a Wish Foundation Bowling Tournament, which raised hundreds of dollars towards granting the wishes of sick children. The event was held at Brunswick Foothill Lanes in Fontana. Check out the picture above with event coordinator Joseph De La Torre.

Then on May 23rd and 24th, I held a beginning-intermediate clinic at Saddleback Lanes in Mission Viejo. The clinic featured both classroom and on-the-lanes tips and demonstrations. Participants ranged from junior to senior bowlers, with everyone averaging 175 or below. All of the feedback was positive and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. Be on the lookout for blogs regarding upcoming clinics at Saddleback Lanes.

Then on May 30th and 31st, I was the special guest, along with Tony Reyes for the PBA Regional event - Battle at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne, CA. Tony and I bowled in the special pro am event and also met with the youth bowlers from Black Oak Lanes. See photos above.

On June 3rd, I visited the Kindergarten classes of John Muir Fundamental Elementary school. I talked to the kids about being a professional bowler and about the sport of bowling in general. I brought a few props with me - a bowling pin, a bowling ball, my shoes and a few accessories. Afterwards, all 60 kids and I went outside and bowled on the asphalt with a make-shift lane, pins and ball. See pictures above.

During June and July, I will be competing in PBA Regional events, so be sure to check out and view my blog for updated information.