Bowling for Scholarships

-- Staff reportMay 22, 2013 

Everyone was there -- Laverne and Shirley and their side-kicks Squiggy and Lenny, The Village People, bull riders and rodeo clowns.

They all gathered at Sierra Lanes in Oakhurst May 18 for the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors Bowling Tournament to raise money for high school scholarships for next year's seniors.

"I just want to thank the 18 teams and 72 players who all who came out to bowl and raised more than $4,000 for scholarships for our students," said event chairperson Mary Pence, who recently retired from Century 21 Ditton Realty.

The winning team, with a combine three-game score of 1,870, was Shari Allman, Kris Gregory, Jacque Smith and and PJ Grant of Sierra Telephone.

Having to live for the next year with the honor of having the lowest team score of 1,111 was Kamps Propane bowlers Dave and Cindy McIntyre, and Andy and Lorena Botkin.

The day's high three-game individual score (578) came from Scott Johnson bowling for 47th Place Carpet One.

The Best Team Costume award went to the bull riders and rodeo clowns from WJ Bradley Mortgage Capitol. Team members were bull riders Andrew Pence and Eric Wood, with clowns Scott Runtzel and Tad Uhl.

Costume honorable mention awards went to Tim Allen Construction with team members Tim Allen, Chris Fiske, Joe Whitfield and Stephanie Whitfield dressed as The Village People and Century 21 Ditton Realty's Laverne & Shirley team made up of Kenny and Melissa Buller and Travis and Laurie Humphries.

More than 30 raffle prizes provided by Mountain Area real estate offices and area businesses, were given away after lucky names were drawn by 7-year-old Bo Jones (Bass lake Realty) and 9-year-old Cody Brown (Yosemite Brokerage).

Pence thanked those who donated raffle prizes and cash for the event, the staff at Sierra Lanes for assisting with the event and recognized Robert Guerrero of Framer's Insurance, Val Allen at Chicago Title, Michele Martinez of First American Title and Shelly Adkins of Bass Lake Realty and association president Laurie Humpries of Century 21 Ditton Realty for working so hard to make the event the success it was.

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