Bowling World Newspaper Nov 2017

34 - November 2017 Mary Mohacsi, USBC Hall Of Fame Member, Dies At 85 By Terry Bigham Mary Mohacsi of Livonia, Michigan, a member of the United States Bowling Con- gress Hall of Fame, died Nov. 2. She was 85. Inducted to the hall of fame in 1994 in the Superior Performance category, Mo- hacsi was active during the early years of women’s pro tours, winning a regional title and a Professional Women Bowler’s Association title. But much of her suc- cess was as an amateur bowler in international, state and local competitions. She represented the United States as a member of Team USA in 1974, 1981, and 1983, competing in the American Zone Championships of the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ) events in 1974 in Caracas, Venezuela, and in 1981 in Winnipeg, Canada. She helped the five-woman team set the all-time FIQ scoring mark in taking the gold medal at the 1974 event, and led the team to an- other gold at the event in Winnipeg while also capturing gold in singles. Mohacsi had just turned 50 when she went back to Caracas in 1983 for the FIQ World Championships (now World Bowling) and earned bronze in the five-woman team event. Overall, she would claim seven medals – three gold, a silver and three bronze – and set or helped set five international records while bowling for Team USA. In 1984, she was invited to the first International Amateur Tournament, in which 15 countries were represented, and she claimed the women’s title that was na- tionally televised on CBS. Mohacsi was named the United States Olympic Committee’s Bowling Sports- woman of the Year in 1985, and was featured in the USOC magazine, The Olym- pian. She joined bowling representatives for a trip to the White House to meet President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush, and served as the group’s spokesperson. She would later say, “The whole thing was really neat. I couldn’t believe it was happening. This happens to other people. I never dreamed it would happen to me.” She won 11 Michigan State titles and 12 Detroit WBA titles. She was one of the first women in the nation to become a Certified Lane Inspector and also worked as a coach. Born October 14, 1932, in Detroit, she attended Wayne State University and taught school for 16 years. She would open a pro shop, Right Approach Pro Shop, and added a second shop, the Pocket Pro Shop, soon after. She is a member of the Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, the Michigan Bowling Hall of Fame and the Detroit Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Mohacsi is survived by her husband, Ted, and daughters Sandi Kumm and Cindy. Her son, Mark, passed away in 2012. Senior Tour to Take Fork in the Road Next Year BY CALUSBC by Fred Eisenhammer TRACY, CA – For the West Coast Senior Tour, it’s been Southern California, Nevada, South- ern California, Nevada, Southern California, Nevada, Southern California, Nevada, Southern California. Now we have Central California in the mix. This is what’s changed at the WCST. The longstanding club, nearing completion of its 25th season, will be deviating from its pattern of alternating tournaments in Southern California and Nevada. For the first time in two decades, Dick Sanders’ tour will stage a tournament in Central Califor- nia. That event has been scheduled for April 21-22, 2018 at 32-lane West Valley Bowl in Tracy, Calif., the second most-populated city in San Joaquin Valley with a population of more than 80,000. It is the first time the WCST will hold an event in Tracy and Sanders is hoping to draw bowlers from such cities as Visalia, Fresno, Fremont, Bakersfield and Taft. The last time the WCST staged an event in Central California was in October 1998 when McHenry Bowl in Modesto served as the host site for the event. “Central California was really good for us in the mid- ’90s,” said Sanders, theWCST’s owner and director. When a competing senior club popped up in the Central California area, Sanders took his organization to greener fields. The mid-1990s was actually the heyday for the WCST, which averaged more than 100 bowl- ers a tournament. A whopping 233 bowlers competed in Ventura for one tournament in 1995. At Tracy, Sanders also is planning another deviation from form. Instead of only 60-and-older bowlers being eligible, West Valley Bowl will offer two tournaments with different age divisions. One tournament will be staged for bowlers 60 and older with two money places to be reserved for bowlers 70 and older. The other tourney will be for bowlers 45 to 59. Sanders hopes to lure 15 bowlers for the lower-age tournament and 35 bowlers for the 60-and-older event. As for the WCST holding future events in Central California, Sanders was noncommittal. “It all depends on how this one goes,” he said. (California Bowling News) 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour Schedule through April More dates and locations to be announced soon. Friday, January 26, 2018 - Sunday, January 28, 2018 DHC Japan Invitational , Tokyo, Japan Monday, February 05, 2018 - Sunday, February 11, 2018 PBA Tournament of Champions , Fairlawn, OH Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - Sunday, February 18, 2018 Go Bowling! PBA 60th Anniversary Classic , Indianapolis, IN Monday, February 19, 2018 - Sunday, February 25, 2018 Barbasol PBA Players Championship , Columbus, OH Monday, February 19, 2018 - Sunday, February 25, 2018 Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by , Columbus, OH Sunday, April 08, 2018 - Sunday, April 15, 2018 USBC Masters , Syracuse, NY Monday, April 16, 2018 - Thursday, April 19, 2018 PBA Xtra Frame Maine Shootout , Portland, ME Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018 PBA League , Portland, ME