By: Bette Addington
Bakersfield, CA–The 10th annual Don Glover Masters Scratch Tournament will be taking place the weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 1) with the event taking place at AMF Southwest Lanes in Bakersfield where it originally started. $3,000 is guaranteed for First Place.
So what’s in store for the 2017 event? Besides returning to AMF Southwest Lanes, the tournament oil pattern will be a modified Bourbon Street. Qualifying squad times for Saturday are 11am for the “A” squad and 4pm for the “B” squad. Entry fee is $125 for checks for pre-registration (until Mon., Sept. 25), and $140 cash only after that date. Re-entry fee is $100 cash.
This year we hope to again attract interest for Women entrants with the PWBA 2017 Tour just concluding. Three Glover Champions will be returning including defending Champion, PJ Haggerty along with Dupree Dickey and Eddie VanDaniker. The Glover Masters also accepts Youth competition but they will need to sign a waiver available at the event. One in five qualifies (plus one alternate, if needed) in each of the qualifying squads. Top 20 scores will advance to Sunday’s finals. Bowlers will be bowling seven games in the qualifying squad. Special thanks to Logo Infusion, one of the Glover event sponsors, will be giving away two branded or masterpiece design jerseys (winner may choose to put name on the back)—one to the highest qualifier in the A squad and one to the highest qualifier in the B squad. Logo Infusion will also have a booth at the event and be running a special of any branded jersey or any background design, with logos and name for $64.99 (retail is $90+).
The Phantom Radio host, Len Nicholson, a continued Glover Masters sponsor and long-time friend of the late Don Glover, will be at the event on Saturday along with Carol King-Glover, the widow of Don Glover who will present a crisp $100 bill to the first 300 rolled at the event!
On Sunday, the competition will intensify as the Glover Masters Finals will start at 9 a.m. Finalists will compete bowling ten games of head-to-head Match Play with their last round being Position Round. The Top Five will then advance to a Step Ladder Final and the 2017 Glover Masters Champion will be announced around 3 p.m.
The Glover Tournament Committee (GTC) is unique in that they all volunteer to put this event on and the only expense is paying the lineage to the center. All other expenses are donated. With this concept, all money generated each year for that event goes straight to that year’s prize fund.
Thanks to our 2017 Glover Masters Event Sponsors: Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, Phantom Radio/Len Nicholson, Ebonite International, West Coast Governor Service, The Bowlers Edge Pro Shop/Mike Hefley, Express Delivery, Logo Infusion/Brian Cooper, Robb’s Pro Shop/Robb White, We The People/Carol King-Glover and Brunswick.