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South Carolina bowler leads three events at 2016 USBC Women’s Championships

Daphne Smith of Simpsonville, South Carolina, had an exciting 24-hour run at the South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas and stepped off the lanes April 15 as the leader in three events at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships.

The 35-year-old right-hander (pictured) kicked off her second USBC Women’s Championships appearance April 14 by helping Atlanta’s Finest of Lithia Springs, Georgia, into the Diamond Team lead with a 2,534 total, and she continued strong the following day by setting the bar in Diamond Singles (724) and Diamond All-Events (1,957).

Smith’s singles set started with nine consecutive strikes on the way to a 264 game, and she added 226 and 234 to coast into the top spot. She had 655 in team and 578 in doubles to reach her all-events tally.

“We were pretty pumped after taking the lead in team, and it had us feeling really good about doubles and singles because it’s the same pattern,” Smith said.

“From Game 1 to 2 in doubles, I saw the ball start to pick up early, so I tried to make an adjustment with my hand to get the ball to push through and carry, and that created some issues. I tried a different ball, which split a couple of times, before making another ball change to something that cleared a little longer and finished through the pins better.”

Teams in the Diamond Division enter the Women’s Championships with combined averages of 725 and above. Bowlers in Diamond Singles and All-Events have entering averages of 190 and above.

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Oregon bowler takes Emerald lead at South Point Bowling Plaza

Teresa Person (pictured above) of Tigard, Oregon, decided her 2016 USBC Women’s Championships appearance was going to be different compared to her previous 12 visits, and now she finds herself leading Emerald Singles.

The 56-year-old right-hander fired games of 228, 230 and 172 to finish with a 630 series April 17, surpassing Diane Brown of Georgetown, Texas, who previously held the top spot with 617.

The big change for Person from previous years was bringing a different demeanor to the lanes. That positive outlook helped her finish the opening game with six consecutive strikes, and she added six more to start Game 2.

Emerald Singles features bowlers with entering averages of 160-174.

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Virginia team emerges with Ruby lead at USBC Women’s Championships

A consistent performance helped VA Wildcards of Stafford, Virginia (pictured above), move into the lead in Ruby Team on April 20.

Led by Andrea Sharp‘s 691 set, VA Wildcards rolled games of 722, 747 and 746 for a 2,215 total. Sharp was joined by RoxAnn Artzer-Crowder (576), Wanda Volpp (553) and Rosanne Alwine (395).

A look ahead

2016USBCWCLogo.jpgThe top female bowlers in the world will be making their way to Las Vegas for the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Las Vegas Open at nearby Texas Station starting April 29. The event is the first of the 2016 PWBA season.

The PWBA Las Vegas Open will last until May 1, and the finals will air on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, June 7. For more information on the PWBA Tour, visit PWBA.com.

For more information on the Women’s Championships, click here.

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2016 USBC Women’s Championships Team Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 725 and above)
1, Atlanta’s Finest (Tinickia Fleming, Daphne Smith, Devera Buckley, Vanina Carlton), Lithia Springs, Ga., 2,534. 2, AZ Heat II, The Colony, Ariz., 2,418. 3(tie), Last Minute Ladies, Henderson, Nev., and AZ Heat I, The Colony, Ariz., 2,395. 5, Atlanta’s Finest 2, Lithia Springs, Ga., 2,248.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 650-724)
1, VA Wildcards (Rosanne Alwine, RoxAnn Artzer-Crowder, Andrea Sharp, Wanda Volpp), Stafford, Va., 2,215. 2, Greg’s Towing, Akron, Ohio, 2,126. 3, Lazy Nut Farm, McMinnville, Ore., 2,123. 4, Wild Bill’s Wings and Bowling, North Platte, Neb., 2,058. 5, Marci’s Dream Team: The Cubic Zirconias, Wichita, Kan., 2,057.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 575-649)
1, Bling Team (Jeannia Barnett, Joni Bunting, Deanna Lundin, Pam Pacheco), Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 1,991. 2, River Queens, Box Elder, S.D., 1,979. 3, Southern Stars 1, Mount Holly N.C., 1,935. 4, Twisters, Champlin, Minn., 1,930. 5, Bowling Buds, Ontario, Canada, 1,923.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 574 and below)
1, Sweet Treats (Connie Reminger, Cindy Cross, Sarah Cross, Jennifer Gobell), Granite Falls, Minn., 1,776. 2, Trouble Makers, Preston, Conn., 1,766. 3, Kentucky Country Gals, Berea, Ky., 1,764. 4, Sloto Maniacs, Alpena, Mich., 1,761. Southern Stars 2, Mount Holly, N.C., 1,755.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships Doubles Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with combined averages of 380 and above)
1, Michelle Dragon/Angela Wolfe, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,232. 2, Anjanette Hogan, Grandview, Mo./Erika Wallace, Kansas City, Mo., 1,207. 3, Vanina Carlton, Lithia Springs, Ga./Devera Buckley, St. Louis, 1,173. 4, Tinickia Fleming, Greenville, S.C./Quantrelle Green, Douglasville, Ga., 1,160. 5, Stacey Dault, Chandler, Ariz./Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 1,153.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 350-379)
1, Andrea Sharp, Stafford, Va./RoxAnn Artzer-Crowder, Berryton, Kan., 1,234. 2, Cindy Busch, North Franklin, Conn./Lori Bailey, Hebron, Conn., 1,137. 3, Kimberly Molnar/Tonya Humble, Las Vegas, 1,113. 4, Debbie Stalnaker, Akron, Ohio/Shelby Zorbas, Canton, Ohio, 1,109. 5, Nan Kavanaugh, El Sobrante, Calif./Kris Cobridge, Orangevale, Calif., 1,107.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 320-349)
1, Mary Edwards/Judy Stanczyk, Lincoln, Neb., 1,074. 2, Rachel Kaske, Hugo, Minn., Kellen Gustafson, St. Paul, Minn., 1,062. 3, Kristen Saunders/Karen Saunders, Norfolk, Va., 1,058. 4, Kristi Marusich, Henderson, Nev./Tammi Duffy, Las Vegas, 1,057. 5, Dawn Lambrecht, Belle Plaine, Minn./Janet Turner, Pine City, Minn., 1,049.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
1, Sheree Bryant/Sharon Durrant, Fall Creek, Ore., 1,034. 2, Christine Gregory/Cathy Moultrie, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,025. 3, Elizabeth Jacobs, Apollo Beach, Fla./Rexiene Smith, Tampa, Fla., 1,018. 4, Patricia Post, Andover, Minn./Linda Paine/Minneapolis, 1,015. 5, Wauneta Loft, Ord, Neb./Jean Mierisch, Riverview, Fla., 1,009.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with combined averages of 260-289)
1, Carol Hovdet/Kristen Porath, Windom, Minn., 983. 2, Anne-Marie Cole/Donna Vanderhoff, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, 981. 3, Tina Bailey/Mona Bailey, Rock Hill, S.C., 949. 4, Melanie Wyant, Dallas, N.C./Peggy Krueger, Mount Holly, N.C., 936. 5, Diane Wright, Jacksonville, Fla./Julie Billings, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 927.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with combined averages of 259 and below)
1, Brenda Bass, Conroe, Texas/Linda Brown, Albuquerque, N.M., 956. 2, Margret Smith, Douglasville, Ga./Debra Dale, Dickinson, Texas, 950. 3, Floydel Lang/Sue Sophan, Florence, Ore., 845. 4(tie), Susan Rielly/Jessica Donohoe, Darlington, Wis., and Dawn Congo/Laura Hunter, Scottsdale, Ariz., 840.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships Singles Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
1, Daphne Smith, Simpsonville, S.C., 724. 2, Donna Throop, Hemet, Calif., 636. 3, Shelby Zorbas, Canton, Ohio, 632. 4, Regina Taddy, Arlington, Texas, 623. 5, Jennifer Martin, San Jose, Calif., 620.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Sunni Hearin, Newcastle, Wash., 621. 2, Dorothy Culpon, McKinney, Texas, 603. 3, Maritza White, Newark, Del., 591. 4, Linda Kimes, Bunker Hill, W. Va., 587. 5, Elizabeth Cross, Chandler, Ariz., 584.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Teresa Person, Tigard, Ore., 630. 2, Diane Brown, Georgetown, Texas, 617. 3, Anna Blish, Highmount, N.Y., 598. 4, Brittney Brynell, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 592. 5, Paula Hackett, Chico, Calif., 591.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Denise Caldwell, Ostrander, Minn., 571. 2, Tina Shanklin, Cullowhee, N.C., 563. 3, Linda Lesure, Las Vegas, 562. 4, Lynda Wright, St. Cloud, Fla., 559. 5, Theresa Lombardi, Rohnert Park, Calif., 529.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Marlana Ayers, Plymouth, Minn., 552. 2, Norma Rodriguez, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 518. 3, Kristin Rogers, Portland, Ore., 502. 4(tie), Anaraquel Serranno, Kissimmee, Fla., Penny Raia, Windom, Minn., and Angela Russell, Hutchinson, Minn., 497.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Margret Smith, Douglasville, Ga., 569. 2, Nellie Rivera, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 465. 3, Jodi Buchnoff, Kerman, Calif., 464. 4, Lisa Carpenter, Darlington, Wis., 457. 5, Jessica Donahoe, Darlington, Wis., 456.

2016 USBC Women’s Championships All-Events Results

Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

Division 1 – Diamond
(For bowlers with averages of 190 and above)
1, Daphne Smith, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,957. 2(tie), Tinickia Fleming, Greenville, S.C., and Andrea Sharp, Stafford, Va., 1,895. 4, Erika Wallace, Kansas City, Mo., 1,862. 5, Jessica Bingham, Arlington, Texas, 1,778.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, RoxAnn Artzer-Crowder, Berryton, Kan., 1,735. 2, Megan Crevelt, Las Vegas, 1,711. 3, Kimberly Molnar, Las Vegas, 1,690. 4, Margaret Vassar, Riverside, Calif., 1,654. 5, Courtney Greenhagen, Glendora, Calif., 1,648.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Rexiene Smith, Tampa, Fla., 1,690. 2, Teresa Person, Tigard, Ore., 1,652. 3, Brittney Brynell, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,648. 4(tie), Jamie Shatek, Elma, Iowa, and Linda Bauer, Frazee, Minn., 1,605.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Denise Caldwell, Ostrander, Minn., 1,605. 2, Kristen Porath, Windom, Minn., 1,576. 3, Sara Brockling, Ontario, Canada, 1,563. 4, Tina Bailey, Rock Hill, S.C., 1,521. 5, Sharon Johnson, Montgomery, Ill., 1,518.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Sarah King, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,493. 2, Norma Rodriguez, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1,482. 3, Amil Davis, Glade Hill, Va., 1,473. 4, Rachel Kaske, Hugo, Minn., 1,455. 5, Beryl Weibel, Pahrump, Nev., 1,448.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Margret Smith, Douglasville, Ga., 1,675. 2, Kasey Johnson, Payson, Utah, 1,309. 3, Lynn Demkey, Grandville, Mich., 1,289. 4, Vivian Purcell, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1,287. 5, Mary Lucas, Catawissa, Mo., 1,278.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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