New leaders emerge at USBC Women's Championships

    06/11/11

    United States

    2011USBCWCYoungsWelding.jpgYoung's Welding 1 of Chanute, Kan. (pictured), vaulted into first place in Ruby Team, and Estelle Dixon and Maude Chattam of Calhoun, Ga., took the lead in Sapphire Doubles at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., this week.

    Connie Turner, the captain of Young's Welding 1, made her 25th United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships appearance memorable by helping her team into first place with a 2,982 total June 8. Strike Force 2 of Anchorage, Alaska, previously held the lead with 2,858.

    "This is just crazy," Turner said. "It's just unreal. You can't imagine. We don't come here because we think we're going to win money. We come for fun."

    Young's Welding 1 scorched the lanes for scratch games of 792, 909 and 903. An additional 126 pins of handicap per game helped the group take the lead. Ruby Team is for teams with combined averages of 750-899. Handicap is 100 percent of 900.

    Cindi Major led Young's Welding 1 by firing a team-high 231 game en route to a 551 series and was followed by Anne Kluin (539), Linda Schoenhofer (511), Joan Newman (506) and Turner (497). All five bowlers are right-handers.

    In Sapphire Doubles, Chattam and Dixon, who are first cousins, grabbed the top spot with a 1,095 total June 5. Doris Marcinkus and Shelia Pfeifer of Waukegan, Ill., previously held the lead with 1,092.

    The right-handed Dixon rolled a season-high 491 scratch series, featuring a 170 game, while the left-handed Chattam had a 457 for a 948 scratch total. An additional 49 pins of handicap per game helped the pair into the lead.

    Dixon was a whopping 113 pins over her 126 average, while Chattam bowled 82 pins over her 125 average.

    "Team event was lousy for me," Dixon said. "So in doubles, I just gave it my best shot. I didn't do anything different. I just tried to make my spares."

    Dixon, 64, and Chattam, 71, both started bowling in the late 1990s. They have been teammates since and bowl together in the Monday Night League at Calhoun Bowling Center.

    The Sapphire Division includes doubles teams with combined averages of 299 and below with handicap being 100 percent of 300.

     


    Iowa bowler leads Ruby All-Events in Syracuse


    Shannon Sutton of Alta, Iowa, was raised in a bowling family, and she had her relatives by her side as she took the Ruby All-Events lead at the USBC Women's Championships this week.

    Sutton rolled a 604 series in doubles and added 573 in singles and 547 in team for 1,724 scratch all-events total, and an additional 14 pins per game lifted her into the top spot with a 1,850 handicap total. Andrea Brown of Greensboro, N.C., previously held the lead with 1,818.

    "We call our teams the Iowa Neighbors because that's what we are," said Sutton, a 31-year-old right-hander. "Once a year, I get to see and bowl with my sister, grandmother, cousins, aunts and others, and we get pretty caught up in that. I knew I did well, but not that well."

    Sutton, the bookkeeper at Office Elements, began bowling when she was 5 years old and accompanied her father to many USBC Open Championships. This year marked her third appearance at the Women's Championships, and while she enjoyed Syracuse, she cites Reno as her favorite location and the National Bowling Stadium as her favorite venue.

    "This was a good competition for me, and I really didn't have to adjust my ball much," Sutton said. "It was very smooth, and it broke well after pretty much consistently going between the first and second arrows."

    Sutton's high series of 654 occurred during the 2010-11 league season at her home center of Century Lanes, where she carries a 168 average. Bowling has played a significant role in her life, and she even was awarded scholarship money for college through the Iowa Bowling Council's Certificate of Recognition.

    "I've really enjoyed the opportunity to travel and bowl so many places," Sutton said. "I'd love to be able to take this award this year, if my score holds."

    Behind Sutton, Cindi Major of Columbus, Kan., and Jessica Strasser of Hawley, Pa., moved into second and third place in Ruby All-Events with 1,831 and 1,827, respectively.

    The Ruby Division is for bowlers with entering averages of 150-179. Handicap is 100 percent of 180.

     


    Illinois bowler celebrates 50 years at USBC Women's Championships


    2011USBCWCSavannahCopeland.jpgSavannah Copeland's (pictured) enthusiasm for bowling was on display at the at the USBC Women's Championships when she was honored for making her 50th tournament appearance June 7.

    The 82-year-old right-hander from Waukegan, Ill., was the third bowler to reach the coveted milestone this year at the Oncenter Convention Center.

    "I love bowling," said Copeland, who made her tournament debut at the 1961 event in Fort Wayne, Ind. "It's such a tremendous sport. It keeps you going. It's the spirit and the competitiveness. I just love it."

    After receiving a standing ovation in the squad room, Copeland was escorted down Center Aisle by Women's Championships Tournament Manager Eric Pierson. With the same exuberance she exhibits on the lanes, Copeland stressed the importance of having fun before the squad started bowling for score.

    Copeland received a spring bouquet, engraved plaque and a gold pendant to commemorate her milestone.

    "I have met so many people and made so many friends," Copeland said. "It's just so wonderful. With bowling, I don't know whether people know this or not, but almost everywhere you go, you make friends. That's what makes bowling so wonderful."

    Copeland ranks the 1963 tournament in Memphis, Tenn., and the 1971 tournament in Atlanta among her favorites.

    "I was a delegate for the convention in Atlanta," Copeland said. "We wore these wonderful pink hats. That was one of my highlights. I love to travel and go from one place to the other."

    Copeland, a member of the Sunset Heart Beats, finished with a 380 series in team and added a 367 in doubles and 323 in singles for a 1,070 scratch all-events effort. She competed in the Sapphire Division (149 averages and below), and finished with a 1,322 handicap all-events total.

     


    A look ahead


    The defending Sapphire Doubles champions, Shirley Barnes of Wilmington, Del., and Debbie Kennedy, of Elkton, Md., will receive their gem series trophies prior to their team event June 13 at 6 p.m.

    2011USBCWCLogo.jpg Sponsors for the 2011 USBC Women's Championships sponsors include Turning Stone Resort and Casino, official brackets sponsor, Humana, official registration sponsor, Miller Lite and Molson Canadian, official beer sponsors. Supporting sponsors include Storm Bowling Products, Nationwide Insurance, The Oncenter, Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau, Caz Limo & Tours, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, US Steltronic, official scoring system, and Brunswick, official lane provider.

     


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    92nd USBC Women's Championships


    Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., United States (April 7 - July 3, 2011)

    Diamond Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Combined average of 900 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 1,100)
    1, Eagles Edge Pro Shop (Joyce Biondo, Tracy Luncsford, Keri Caduto, Tina Becke, Jonquay Armon), Des Plaines, Ill., 3,416. 2, Shootin Nines, Indianapolis, 3,347. 3, All Star Cut Ups, Denham Springs, La., 3,332. 4. Sugar N Strike, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,317. 5, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan. Ill., 3,305. 6, WOW, Davenport, N.D. 3,302. 7, Del Rosa Bowl, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,298. 8, Miller Time Girls, Aberdeen, Md., 3,290. 9. Team EFX, Sun City, Calif., 3,275. 10, Total Sports Complex, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,269.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 360 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 440)
    1, Trish Manna/Suzy Minino, Omaha, Neb., 1,532. 2, Tracey Magnuson, Faribault, Minn./Diane Marget, Champlin, Minn., 1,500. 3, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,470. 4, Aleta Sill, Livonia, Mich../Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,462. 5, Elizabeth Hubler-Rike, Grand Rapids, Mich./Sharyl Jahn, Rockford, Mich., 1,461. 6, Susan Jeziorski/Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,459. 7, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C./Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 1,456. 8, Jamie Nelson/Paula Siebert, Muskegon, Mich., 1,450. 9, Davie Mae Leskoske, Clinton, Utah/Tanya Leonard, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 1,433. 10, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y./Ashly Galante, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,429.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 180 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 220)
    1, Brittany Signor, Watertown, N.Y., 806. 2, Brenda Pugh, La Mesa, Calif., 796. 3, Beth Reese, Haymarket, Va. 794. 4, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 775. 5, Julie Ryan, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 772. 6, Katie Mae Pritchard, Coon Rapids, Minn., 771. 7, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C., 768. 8, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 763. 9, Kip Olivas, Lenoir, N.C., 762. 10, Tracy Lawrence, Maplewood, Minn., 759.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 180 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 220)
    1, Elizabeth Hubler-Rike, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,270. 2, Beth Reese, Haymarket, Va. 2,229. 3, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 4, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,189. 5, Salena Barone, Cary, N.C., 2,188. 6, Bonnie Smith, Lakewood, N.Y., 2,181. 7, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 8, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151. 9 (tie), Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., and Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 2,143.

     


    Ruby Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Combined average of 750-899; Handicap is 100 percent of 900)
    1, Young's Welding Inc. 1, (Joan Newman, Anne Kluin, Connie Turner, Cindi Minor, Linda Schoenhofer) Chanute, Kan., 2,982. 2, Strike Force II, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,858. 3 (tie), Striking Ladies, East Kingston, N.H., and Hope, Indian Springs, Ala., 2,829. 5, Alley Oops, Carrizo Springs, Texas, 2,821. 6, California Dreamers 2, Cypress, Calif., 2,819. 7, Wild Things, Conyers, Ga., 2,820. 8, New Girls on the Block, Stow, Ohio, 2,810. 9 (tie), Alabama Rollers, Phoenix City, Ala., and Lobstah Gals, Westbrook, Maine, 2,809.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 300-359; Handicap is 100 percent of 360)
    1, Marla Maley, Reno, Nev./Nancy Ferretti, Sparks, Nev., 1,235. 2, Laura Hurlburt, Arcadia, Neb./Melisa Hurlburt, Gordon, Neb., 1,230. 3, Tina Ballas/Jeanette Moran, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1,225. 4, Cindy Boatman/Melissa Boughner, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,213. 5, Krystal Heuser, Elwood, N.J./Ann Earley, Ventura, Calif., 1,211. 6, Dianna Coykendall, Mount Vernon, Ohio/Susan Combs, Howard, Ohio, 1,209. 7, Kimberly Dauer, Mankato, Minn./Vicky Strassburg, Hanska, Minn., 1,202. 8, Kimberly Prichard, Council Bluffs, Iowa/Nila Bolli, Burwell, Neb., 1,198. 9, Darryln Hamilton, Tea, S.D./Toni Crittenden, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,194. 10, Karen Steward, McKinney, Texas/Nicole Platz, Iowa City, Iowa, 1,191.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Renita 1, 1, Camille McQueen, Long Valley, N.J., 702. 2, Renita Merritt, Conyers, Ga., 681. 3, Norma Perry, Dubuque, Iowa, 676. 4 (tie), Arlene Vilhauer, Highmore, S.D., Patti Kroll, Big Lake, Minn., and Cindi Blaison, Walden, N.Y., 674. 7, Kathy Meidlein, Newnan, Ga., 671. 8, Linda Kay Weatherford, Sulphur, Okla., 669. 9 (tie), Linda DeGandi, Westport, Ore., and Vola Bridges, San Antonio, 668.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Shannon Sutton, Alta, Iowa, 1,850. 2, Cindi Major, Columbus, Kan., 1,831. 3, Jessica Strasser, Hawley, Pa., 1,827. 4, Andrea Brown, Greensboro, N.C., 1,818. 5, Donna Schank, Huntersville, N.C., 1,817. 6, Ana Fukuchi, Cerritos, Calif., 1,815. 7 (tie), Tina Arend, Pueblo West, Colo., and Lindsey Dieter, Lockport, Ill., 1,810. 9, Charlotte Musser, Akron, Ohio, 1,808, 10, Paula Thomas-Gereke, Wellingon, Ohio, 1,805.

     


    Sapphire Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Combined average 749 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 750)
    1, Dianne`s Dreamers (Keelie Burgett, Debbie Scovel, Lindsey Dieter, Diane Gleason, Dianne Waldon), Wilmington, Ill., 2,558. 2, Auto Way Bowl, Minden, Neb., 2,521. 3, Greenville Girls 2, Temple Hills, Md., 2,487. 4, Bernies Alterations, Pleasant Lake, Ind., 2,455. 5 (tie), Great Western Gas Co., Burwell, Neb. and Arky's Angels, Pine Bluff, Ark., 2,417. 7, Lane Burners, Lexington, Tenn., 2,396. 8, NE Strike and Spare Bowl, Lexington, Neb., 2,393. 9, Bermuda Cedars, Devonshire, Bermuda, 2,386. 10, Sunbowl, Windom, Minn., 2,379.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 299 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 300)
    1, Maude Chattam/Estelle Dixon, Calhoun, Ga., 1,095. 2, Doris Marcinkus/Sheila Pfeifer, Waukegan, Ill., 1,092. 3, Heather Clark, Rumney, N.H./Kim McCart, Ashland, N.H., 1,088. 4, Phyllis Franklin, Paducah, Ky./Martha Lents, Benton, Ky., 1,083. 5, Amy Ellingson/Alyssa Kottwitz, Bozeman, Mont., 1,074. 6, Lori Scarbrough, Hobbs, N.M./Charlsie Kemp, Eunice, N.M., 1,073. 7, Lynn Schott, Gordon, Neb./Andee Harris, Lincoln, Neb., 1,070. 8 (tie), Denise Everett/Kate Dyer, Decatur, Ind., and Bobbie Pickle, Birmingham, Ala./Ann Peeples, Dora, Ala., 1,069. 10, Lynn Whitten/Glenda Jacobsen, Minden, Neb., 1,064.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Lucille Reinert, Thiensville, Wis., 633. 2, Karen Ritter, West Trenton, N.J., 619. 3, Julia Sweat, Hueytown, Ala., 617. 4, Sharon Knox, Seguin, Texas, 612. 5, Marcella Meastas, Killeen, Texas, 595. 6, Faye Stewart, Scott City, Kan., 587. 7, Nancy Prizler, Austin, Minn., 586. 8, Melissa Voss, Jackson, Minn., 584. 9, Jennifer Khubchandani, Gurnee, Ill., 582. 10 (tie), Carole Mills, Franklin, N.J., and Kathy Dow, Corinth, Maine, 580.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,721. 2, Debbie Kidwell, Mineral Wells, Texas 1,704. 3, Karen Ritter, West Trenton, N.J., 1,691. 4, Tami Wilson, Bentonville, Ark., 1,660. 5, Antoinette Clark, Richmond, Calif., 1,659, 6, Marsha Schwanke, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,653. 7, Theresa DeShazior, Opalocka, Fla., 1,640. 8, Marcella Meastas, Killeen, Texas, 1,639. 9, Faye Stewart, Scott City, Kan., 1,637. 10, Diane Slusher, Southington, Ohio, 1,629.

     


    Scratch Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Actual team scores with no handicap)
    1, Shootin Nines (Keli Callahan, Amanda Beck, Jenifer Larson, Brenda Mack, and Shannon O'Keefe), Indianapolis, 3,305. 2, Team EFX, Sun City, Calif., 3,275. 3 (tie), Eagles Edge Pro Shop, Des Plaines, Ill., and Aleta Sill's Bowling World, Kettering, Ohio, 3,224. 5, Striking Is Fun!, Oregon, Ohio, 3,194. 6, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,192. 7, Team 23321, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,177. 8, Great Balls of Fire, Shelton, Conn., 3,163. 9, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan, Ill., 3,161. 10, Magic of the Southwest, Slidell, La., 3,124.

    Doubles
    (Actual doubles scores with no handicap)
    1, Aleta Sill, Livonia, Mich./Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,462. 2, Susan Jeziorski/Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,459. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Lisa Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,427. 4, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C./Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 1,423. 5, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio/Tracey Distel, Lansing, Mich., 1,420. 6, Tracey Magnuson, Faribault, Minn./Diane Marget, Champlin, Minn., 1,419. 7, Suzy Minino/Trish Manna, Omaha, Neb., 1,418. 8, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,395. 9, Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 1,384. 10, Kari Schwager, Rogers Park, Ill./Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla., 1,382.

    Singles
    (Actual scores with no handicap)
    1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 763. 2, Hollie Brannen, Marshfield, Mo., 750. 3 (tie), Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C., and Dora Nettleman, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 744. 5, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 741. 6, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 738. 7, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 733. 8 (tie), Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, and Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 727. 10, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 721.

    All-Events
    (Actual scores with no handicap)
    1, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151. 4, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,126. 5, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,123. 6, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,110. 7, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 2,100. 8, Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., 2,085. 9, Michelle Sterner, Niagra Falls, N.Y., 2,084. 10, Tracey Stevens, Dunellen, N.J., 2,077.