Daughters pay tribute to their late father at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (March 16 - July 2, 2006)

    2006USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg With approximately 55,000 women participating in the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships presented by the Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, it's safe to say that bowling brings people together. For sisters Pat Foster, Clara Conley and Janice Cook, all of California, their friendly sibling rivalry on the lanes May 27 ultimately became a tribute to their late father, Dale Starkey.

    Starkey, of Roseville, Calif., died May 19 at the age of 82 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Prompted by his widow, Esther, the grief-stricken family decided to keep their commitment to head to Reno's National Bowling Stadium and bowl in the USBC Women's Championships.

    Now all retired, the sisters have been bowling since before they were teenagers. Foster's average is 174, Conley's is 165 and Cook's is 149. Together, they've participated in a total of 27 national tournaments. Their father's death last week naturally left them reeling, and wondering if they should even come to Reno to bowl.

    "We're trying to get back into the swing of life," Cook says, adding that there have been several deaths in the family within the past three weeks. The sisters say it was their 80-year-old mother, also a bowler, who ultimately reminded them what their father would say.

    "Mom said, 'Nope, we're going,'" recalls Foster. "'We're going to do this. Dad would have wanted this. He wouldn't want us sitting back, crying. He would have told us to go for it.'"

    Go for it they did. As they wrapped up game one of singles play, the astonished sisters realized they finished with the exact same score and accomplished it nearly the same way. "I got a spare and a strike in the tenth frame," explains Conley, 57, the middle sister. "I got my 181, and then Pat was up after me."

    Next up was Foster, 55, who struck and spared in the 10th frame for 181. With the patience of a saint, Cook, the oldest at 59, finally gets her turn to talk. "I also got up there and had a spare and a strike in the 10th for 181," Cook recalls. "I was hoping for two strikes, to beat the two of them, but it didn't work out that way."

    Sisters to the core, they quickly engage in a friendly debate. "I was the youngest, so I figured I had to beat her," Foster says, shooting a look at Conley. "I couldn't let my older sister beat me."

    "That's OK, because she's got the higher average," Conley reminds her. Just to be fair.

    The three women begin talking all at once, then just as abruptly they stop, laughing at their good-natured display of sibling rivalry. Certainly, Starkey would smile at their exchange, and the way they still pick at each other over little things. In a moment of unity, the three sisters all agree on one thing.

    "We bowled our 181 just for Dad," they say. "This one was for you, Dad."

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    Top five division leaders with hometowns and pinfall:


    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Strike 3, Sun City, Ariz., 3,021. 2, C&S Bowling Supply I, Plainfield, Ill., 2,946. 3, Laurel Bowl, Johnson City, N.Y., 2,917. 4, Valley Bowl Pro-Shop, Spokane, Wash., 2,911. 5, Miche's Mob, Irvine, Calif., 2,877.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Carrie Meares, Seneca, S.C./Lisa Wagner, Duluth, Ga., 1,331. 2, Dianna Innerst, San Jose, Calif./Cathy Johnston, Folsom, Calif., 1,274. 3, Cherylle Secl-Cross, Marne, Mich./Carole Morgan, Wyoming, Mich., 1,263. 4, Bonnie Vaughan, Englewood, Ohio/Rae Parks, Vandalia, Ohio, 1,234. 5, Nicole Van Deventer/Laurie Clark, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,231.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Shannon Duplantis, New Orleans, 707. 2 (tie), Valerie Carrillo, Montebello, Calif., and Dawn Convay, Las Vegas, 691. 4, Lisa Wagner, Duluth, Ga., 683. 5, Alisha Caballero, Riverside, Calif., 678.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Lisa Wagner, Duluth, Ga., 2,097. 2, Lisa Stevens, St. Charles, Ill., 1,991. 3, Kelly Borysiewicz, Franklin Square, N.Y., 1,989. 4, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 1,967. 5, Patti Gleason, Palatine, Ill., 1,928.


    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Village Bar II, Omaha, Neb., 2,842. 2, Washington Mojo, Ferndale, Wash., 2,818. 3, Cavalettes 1, Sacramento, Calif., 2,811. 4, The Queen Bs 1, Loveland, Colo., 2,807. 5, BeauBien Street Saloon, Troy, Mich., 2,781.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Pam Schulz, Longview, Wash./Valery Hubbard, Kelso, Wash., 1,264. 2, Irma Day, Helotes, Texas/Julie Howard, San Antonio, Texas, 1,223. 3, Deidre Hicks, Morris, Ill./Joyce Underwood, Marseilles, Ill., 1,215. 4, Tonya Justinger, Painesville, Ohio/Marina Rimes, Madison, Ohio, 1,203. 5, Janet McLeod, Redding, Calif./Susan Fuller, Cottonwood, Calif., 1,196.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Kristine Kiesling, Las Vegas, 686. 2, Wynn Brandon, Reno, Nev., 676. 3, Paula Hallead, East Wenatchee, Wash., 674. 4, Casea Little, Longview, Wash., 670. 5 (tie), Dawn Jessie, Atlanta and Jean Almaria, Lexington, Ky., 662.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Maika Winkler, Antelope, Calif., 1,856. 2, Christel Butler, Kannapolis, N.C., 1,853. 3, Holly Fett, Las Vegas, 1,852. 4, Kristine Kiesling, Las Vegas, 1,804. 5, Wynn Brandon, Reno, Nev., 1,802.


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, Jax 1, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,734. 2, The X Effect, Purcellville, Va., 2,692. 3, Southern Girls V, Pomona, Calif., 2,690. 4, Centennial Lanes 2, Hays, Kan., 2,658. 5, Team 20022, White Bear Lake, Minn., 2,640.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Sharon Cassidy, San Mateo, Calif./Elaine Van Otten, Pacifica, Calif., 1,171. 2, Kim Illhardt, Seguin, Texas/Janice Kuhen, San Marcos, Texas, 1,169. 3, Jeanna Brown, Bloomington, Ill./Joan Kaufman, Heyworth, Ill., 1,154. 4, Deborah Nowak-Frick, Walkerton, Ind./Pat Dukarm, South Bend, Ind., 1,141. 5 (tie), Janet Bowcutt, Henderson, Nev./Shelley Hall, Long Beach, Calif. and Becky Compton/Deborah Konwinski, Kentwood, Mich., 1,135.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Judith Kaufman, Winslow, Ill., 620. 2, Julie Andres, American Canyon, Calif., 619. 3 (tie), Joyce Moss, Columbus, Ohio and Linda Urbanek, Poway, Calif., 616. 5, Bonnie Magnussen, Wyoming, Ill., 615.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Shelley Hall, Long Beach, Calif., 1,774. 2, Nikita Williams, Oakland, Calif., 1,767. 3, Becky Carter, Anaheim, Calif., 1,741. 4, Pearl Cates-Bullock, Durham, N.C., 1,735. 5, Cheryl Blosch, South Wayne, Wis., 1,705.


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Unbowlievables, Meridian, Idaho, 2,530. 2, Idaho Pick-Up Gals, Pocatello, Idaho, 2,501. 3, Just Marked, Oakland, Calif., 2,458. 4, D.C. Rollers Team 3, Brentwood, Md., 2,449. 5, The Happy Hookers, Mesa, Ariz., 2,418.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Ronda Lutz, Paris, Idaho/Teresa Singleton, Montpelier, Idaho, 1,083. 2, Anne Greer, Rainier, Ore./Alonnie Bolton, Oakland, Ore., 1,075. 3, Sandy Jackson, Minden, Nev./Sylvia Griffin, Detroit, 1,072. 4, Vivian Bisinger, Floyds Knobs, Ind./Kathy Smith, Greenville, Ind., 1,068. 5, Jamie Huyser, Kearney, Neb./Connie Huyser, Johnson Lake, Neb., 1,062.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Nancy Galinat, Harrold, S.D., 638. 2, Robin McGinnis, Petrolia, Pa., 598. 3, C.C. Deaky, Los Angeles, 596. 4, Carmen Trader, Defiance, Iowa, 593. 5, Billie Crane, Montpelier, Idaho, 589.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Jennifer Reed, Hamilton, Va., 1,680. 2, Stephanie Dowd, El Paso, Texas, 1,644. 3, Jen Helton, Huachuca City, Ariz., 1,609. 4,Veronica Dugenio, Branchburg, N.J., 1,608. 5, Ginger Engel, Pahrump, Nev., 1,601.


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, Bear Nasty, Monticello, Minn., 2,187. 2, North Idaho Crushing II, St. Maries, Idaho, 2,111. 3, Tumbleweed Lanes, Ness City, Kan., 2,096. 4, Lundeen Ford, Annandale, Minn., 2,091. 5, Shelton-Christmas Town, Shelton, Wash., 2,079.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Kathy Belmer, Manteca, Calif./Regina Antunes, Stockton, Calif., 973. 2, Jenna Cameron/Debra Ingram, Springdale, Ark., 962. 3, Sharon Carroll/Dee Carroll, Newport, Wash., 945. 4 (tie), Lorna Robinson/Holly Rybensky, Omaha, Neb. and Dorothy Gabbard, Camden, Ohio/Michelle Poe, College Corner, Ohio, 941.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Barbara Dynes, New Castle, Ind., 593. 2, Rose Postle, Rice Lake, Wis., 554. 3, Connie Monk, Yelm, Wash., 549. 4, Shelly Bloch, Ramsey, Minn., 538. 5, Ashley Rivera, Kingsville, Texas, 536.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Linda Azuma, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,491. 2, Connie Monk, Yelm, Wash., 1,481. 3, Kristine Ferguson, Greenville, Mich., 1,475. 4, Michele Burzinski, Soldotna, Alaska, 1,447. 5, Karen Clements, Blair, Neb., 1,443.