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New leaders emerge in Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz divisions

The Ruby and Sapphire divisions saw new team leaders emerge this week at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships taking place at the South Point Bowling Plaza.

In the Ruby Division, three of the four members of Road Trip of Naperville, Illinois, recently found success at the USBC Open Championships in Reno, Nevada, and continued their hot streak on the championship lanes in Las Vegas as they moved into the lead with 2,266.

From left to right: Belle Garcia, Susan Schlink, Jan Schmidt and Mari Gallegos.

After moving into the Classified Team lead at Reno’s National Bowling Stadium, Susan Schlink, Jan Schmidt and Belle Garcia teamed with Mari Gallegos to roll games of 669, 785 and 812 at the Bowling Plaza to surpass VA Wildcards of Stafford, Virginia, which led with 2,215.

Schmidt’s 605 led the effort and was followed by Schlink (574), Gallegos (560) and Garcia (527).

McGuire Construction of Esbon, Kansas, moved into the top spot in the Sapphire standings after posting games of 665, 665 and 560 for a 1,890 total. St. Croix River Rollers of Stillwater, Minnesota, previously led with 1,835.

Debra McGuire paced McGuire Construction with 514, and she was joined in Las Vegas by Kim Davis (487), Kim Grams (467) and Jeneane Nelssen (422).

Ruby Team features four-player teams with combined entering averages of 650-724, while Sapphire Team is for teams with combined entering averages of 574 and below.

Sapphire Doubles, Singles has new leaders

Marge Vieira of Ripon, California, and Suzanne Ruiz of Delhi, California, teamed to take the Sapphire Doubles lead at the 2016 USBC Women’s Championships, while Carolyn Fleming of Trenton, Illinois, moved into the Sapphire Singles lead.

Ruiz led the doubles effort with a 560 series, while Vieira added 525 to help the pair get to 1,085 and pass the 1,073 total posted by Janet and Arianne Sward of Grasston, Minnesota.

Fleming used the momentum of a big second game to secure the lead with 619. She rolled games of 191, 258 and 170 to move ahead of Judy Mason of Greer, South Carolina, who had 591.

Sapphire Doubles includes bowlers with combined entering averages of 290-319, while Sapphire Singles has bowlers with entering averages of 145-159.

Michigan bowler takes lead in two events

Sue Browne of Garden City, Michigan, leads Topaz Singles and Topaz All-Events at the 2016 USBC Women’s Championships.

Browne rolled games of 154, 177 and 187 to take the lead in singles with 518, and her nine-game total, which included 513 in team and 471 in doubles, pushed her into the all-events lead with 1,502.

Topaz Singles and All-Events features bowlers with entering averages of 129 and below.

A look ahead

2016USBCWCLogo.jpgThe final live stream from the 2016 USBC Women’s Championships will take place May 28 at 11 a.m. Eastern as defending Diamond Singles champion Brooke Bower of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, puts her title on the line at the Bowling Plaza.

Bower captured the title in 2015 with games of 257, 257 and 267 for a 781 series, the third highest singles total in tournament history. Her doubles and singles competition will be broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV.

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, Logo Infusion (Kristin Nieter, Rocio Restrepo, Michelle Sterner, Terysa Wojnar), Oregon, Ohio, 2,656. 2, Golden Approach 2, Dayton, Ohio, 2,642. 3, 3 Webbers And An Outcast, Omaha, Neb., 2,629. 4, Strike Out Diabetes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,601. 5, Women of Bowlers Connection Pro Shop, Altoona, Iowa, 2,570.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 650-724)
1, Road Trip (Mari Gallegos, Belle Garcia, Susan Schlink, Jan Schmidt), Naperville, Ill., 2,266. 2, VA Wildcards, Stafford, Va., 2,215. 3, Garden Center Lanes, Alexandria, Minn., 2,206. 4, Tom Kelley’s Pro Shop, Carter Lake, Iowa, 2,150. 5, Gumbo Pin Gals, Shreveport, La., 2,132.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 575-649)
1, Toooo Hot!!!! (Crystal Espinosa, Cynthia Martinez, Margaret Romero, Betty Veitch), Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,115. 2, DC’s Finest Ladies 4, Capitol Heights, Md., 2,005. 3, Lane Surfers, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,996. 4, Jack in the Box, Aurora, Ill., 1,994. 5, Bling Team, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 1,991.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 574 and below)
1, McGuire Construction (Kim Davis, Kim Grams, Debra McGuire, Jeneane Nelssen), Esbon, Kan., 1,890. 2, St. Croix River Rollers, Stillwater, Minn., 1,835. 3, Four of a Kind, Lincoln, Neb., 1,807. 4, Gastmann Pest Control LLC, Hastings, Neb., 1,805. 5, Custom Duct, Alexandria, Minn., 1,803.

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, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill./Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 1,413. 2, Charly Boelter, Oshkosh, Wis./Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 1,369. 3(tie), Katie Garcia, Wichita, Kan./Shannon Sellens, Copiague, N.Y., and Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La./Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas, 1,358. 5, Isabella Correa/Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 1,345.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with combined averages of 350-379)
1, Andrea Sharp, Stafford, Va./RoxAnn Artzer-Crowder, Berryton, Kan., 1,234. 2, Bete Krause, Bartlett, Ill./Cynthia Taylor, Belvidere, Ill., 1,199. 3, Kimberly Tulo, San Clemente, Calif./Nemia Moore, Fort Smith, Ark., 1,183. 4, Ari Bulthuis/Denise Bulthuis, Chicago, 1,176. 5, Janet Hrasch/Connie Kus, Palatine, Ill., 1,153.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with combined averages of 320-349)
1, Kitty Cody, Citrus Heights, Calif./Chris Mahana, Eagle, Idaho, 1,167. 2, Amy Miller, Newport, N.C./Kathi Finley, New Bern, N.C., 1,135. 3, Mari Gallegos/Belle Garcia, Chicago, 1,133. 4, Michelle Brownell/Tina Kunka, Spearfish, S.D., 1,108. 5, JoAnn Olson, Hutchinson, Minn./Denise Gann, Odenville, Ala., 1,101.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with combined averages of 290-319)
1, Marge Vieira, Ripon, Calif./Suzanne Ruiz, Delhi, Calif., 1,085. 2(tie), Janet Sward/Arianne Sward, Grasston, Minn., and Tracey Avery, Dameron, Md./Ginger Baker, Abbeville, S.C., 1,073. 4, Ann-Marie Davis, Lithia, Fla./Randi DeVillier, Riverview, Fla., 1,068. 5, Viola Mueller/Liane Butitta, Neenah, Wis., 1,064.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with combined averages of 260-289)
1, Nancy Jette, Beaverton, Ore./Pamala Conrad, Hillsboro, Ore., 1,014. 2, Linda Armbrister, Soland, Maine/Barbara Clark, Rockville, Md., 998. 3, Barbara Travis, Havelock, N.C./Delia Hibbs, New Bern, N.C., 990. 4, Carol Yerkman, Elkhart Lake, Wis./Susan Bonnett, Kiel, Wis., 987. 5, Carol Hovdet/Kristen Porath, Windom, Minn., 983.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with combined averages of 259 and below)
1, Judy Moreman/Rosalinda Walker, Danville, Ill., 914. 2, Brenda Dana, Bedford, Wyo./Heidi Barkdull, Thayne, Wyo., 880. 3, Sheri Kemp/Sharon Shimmin, Cokeville, Wyo., 879. 4, Cathryn Woelfel/Debra Mueller, New Holstein, Wis., 872. 5, Carol Williams/Marguerite Elhardt, Brunswick, Ga., 871.

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, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 746. 2, Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 738. 3(tie), Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, and Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 732. 5, Daphne Smith, Simpsonville, S.C., 724.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Billie Roberts, Rockford, Ill., 673. 2, Lindsey Szachta, Charlotte, N.C., 657. 3, Stacy Lau-Snow, Chantilly, Va., 638. 4, Candy Duffey, Lenoir, N.C., 633. 5, Sherry Rieben, Omro, Wis., 629.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Alyssa Keyser, Bridger, Mont., 638. 2, Patsy Northey, Cambridge, Wis., 631. 3(tie), Teresa Person, Tigard, Ore., and Catherine Macari, Islandia, N.Y., 630. 5, June Dill, Bermuda, 628.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Carolyn Fleming, Trenton, Ill., 619. 2, Judy Mason, Greer, S.C., 591. 3, Mary Jane Shelton, San Antonio, 584. 4, Erin Bright, Chicago, 582. 5, Donna Fontenot, New Iberia, La., 580.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Marlana Ayers, Plymouth, Minn., 552. 2, Rosan Hallstrom, Tillamook, Ore., 548. 3, Helen Heritage, Bonners Ferry, Idaho, 540. 4, Kathy Morton, Slater, Mo., 539. 5, Marci Bunting, Long Beach, Wash., 532.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Sue Browne, Garden City, Mich., 518. 2(tie), Judy Moreman, Danville, Ill., and Rachel Ruiz, Montebello, Calif., 503. 4(tie), Diane O’Connor, Dexter, Minn., and Doreen Gehrke, Salt Lake City, 498.

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, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,129. 2, Kristin Nieter, Homewood, Ill., 2,098. 3, Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., 2,085. 4, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,050. 5, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,038.

Division 2 – Ruby
(For bowlers with averages from 175-189)
1, Mindy McNeal, Gurdon, Ark., 1,758. 2, Stephanie Owens, Laurel, Md., 1,755. 3(tie), RoxAnn Artzer-Crowder, Berryton, Kan., and Nancy Sharp, Salem, Ore., 1,735. 5, Lindsey Szachta, Charlotte, N.C., 1,733.

Division 3 – Emerald
(For bowlers with averages from 160-174)
1, Kathi Finley, New Bern, N.C., 1,788. 2, Mari Gallegos, Chicago, 1,708. 3(tie), Rexiene Smith, Tampa, Fla., and June Dill, Bermuda, 1,690. 5(tie), Jacqueline Morris, Temple City, Md., and Diane Thorne-Bakker, Palos Park, Ill., 1,675.

Division 4 – Sapphire
(For bowlers with averages from 145-159)
1, Cindy Combs, Chicago, 1,673. 2, Erin Bright, Chicago, 1,636. 3, Diana Yu, Monterey Park, Calif., 1,609. 4, Denise Caldwell, Ostrander, Minn., 1,605. 5, Elsie Cooper, Clinton, Md., 1,604.

Division 5 – Amethyst
(For bowlers with averages from 130-144)
1, Sabrina Gunn, Lee Summit, Mo., 1,579. 2, Nancy Jette, Beaverton, Ore., 1,518. 3, Kim Grams, Campbell, Neb., 1,510. 4, Sarah King, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,493. 5, Norma Rodriguez, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1,482.

Division 6 – Topaz
(For bowlers with averages of 129 and below)
1, Sue Browne, Garden City, Mich., 1,502. 2, Judy Moreman, Danville, Ill., 1,430. 3, Rachel Ruiz, Montebello, Calif., 1,424. 4, Emma Lee Tate, Richmond, Ky., 1,388. 5, Maryann Medellin, Dallas, 1,380.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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