Two bowlers celebrate 50 years at USBC Women's Championship

    05/12/12

    United States

    2012USBCWCJudyDugas.jpg

    Judy Dugas (pictured left) of Lafayette, La., and Mary Lou Baird of Steger, Ill., both made their United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships debuts at the 1963 event in Memphis, Tenn., and they recently joined elite company by making their 50th-consecutive tournament appearances.

    Dugas and Baird became the third and fourth bowlers of the 2012 USBC Women's Championships to reach the historic mark. Over the course of their tournament careers, they have traveled to 39 different cities in 27 states.

    "I looked forward to this 50-year celebration all year, and it was so nice to share it with our four Lafayette teams," said Dugas, a 71-year-old right-hander. "When they cheered me on, it was totally sincere. This sport unites people, and my group supported me all the way."

    2012USBCWCMaryLouBaird.jpgBaird (right), a 76-year-old right-hander, is a two-time titlist at the Women's Championships. She is a member of the 1971 and 1977 Classic Team champions.

    The Chicagoland USBC Hall of Famer knew her milestone appearance was going to be special, but she never imagined the reaction she would receive from her fellow bowlers and how it all would affect her.

    "I was just standing there waiting for my turn to march out, and I don't know how many people shook my hand and congratulated me as they filed out," Baird said. "It's just an awesome feeling to think you were able to accomplish something so personal. Everyone has been so gracious in acknowledging my achievement. I didn't realize the impact of this whole thing until today. It was really special for me. I've seen it for others, but this one is mine."

    Both Dugas and Baird competed in the Ruby Division this year. Dugas rolled a 590 series in team, 566 in singles and 509 in doubles for a 1,665 all-events score. Baird had 545 in singles, 530 in doubles and 515 in team for 1,590. All scores include handicap.

    The Ruby Division includes bowlers with averages between 150 and 179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180.

     


    Mother-daughter tandem takes Ruby Doubles lead at USBC Women's Championships


    2012USBCWCErikaKiaraShambry.jpgErika and Kiara Shambry (pictured) of Camden, N.J., both made their USBC Women's Championships debuts and found instant success as they moved into the Ruby Doubles lead with a 1,280 total May 5. Sherri Brown of Bay City, Mich., and Bernadette Montoya of Socorro, N.M., previously held the top spot with 1,243.

    Kiara, just 19 years old, led the way with games of 164, 229 and 205 for a 598 series, while Erika, 40, added 200, 191 and 186 for a 577 set and 1,175 scratch total. The pair entered the tournament with a combined average of 325 and received an additional 35 pins of handicap per game to reach their final score.

    Kiara finished her 2012 event with sets of 587 in singles and 517 in team for a 1,780 all-events total. Erika added 526 in team and 507 in singles for 1,637. Edna Rilloraza of Beaverton, Ore., leads both Ruby Singles and Ruby All-Events with 728 and 1,872, respectively. All scores include handicap.

     


    Oregon team rolls into Ruby lead at National Bowling Stadium


    2012USBCWCJungleKats.jpgJungle Kats of Salem, Ore. (pictured), got off to a strong start at the 2012 USBC Women's Championships and sprung into the top spot in Ruby Team with a 2,928 total at the National Bowling Stadium on May 10.

    Melissa Jungling and first-time Women's Championships participant Laurie Grenya led the way with matching 555 series and helped Jungle Kats to games of 900, 877 and 911 for a 2,688 scratch total. They entered the event with a combined average of 820 and received an additional 80 pins of handicap per game to reach their final mark.

    Jungling and Grenya were joined by Heather Collee (538), Tammie Gibson (537) and Julie Holden (503). Rodeo Bowl of Ellensburg, Wash., previously held the top spot with 2,872.

    2012USBCWCLogo_small.jpgPresenting sponsors for the 2012 USBC Women's Championships are Circus Circus, Eldorado Hotel Casino and Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nev. Other sponsors include Harrah's Reno Casino, official brackets sponsor, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Humana, official registration sponsor, Steltronic, official scoring system, and supporting sponsors Storm Bowling Products, Nationwide Insurance, Sands Regency Casino Hotel and Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa and MyBowlingVacation.com.

     


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    Diamond Division


    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfall as of May 11.

    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 900 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 1,100)
    1, KOs Pro Shop 2 (Susan Hess, Shari Bianchi, Darla Wolfe, Donna Heckman, Montana Ballard), Ankeny, Iowa, 3,327. 2, Mouses Cats, Port Huron, Mich., 3,317. 3, Havin Fun, Harker Heights, Texas, 3,303. 4, McClatchy Management, Citrus Heights, Calif., 3,295. 5, Mug Shots, Portage, Ind., 3,292.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 360 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 440)
    1, Sadie Oda, Seal Beach, Calif./Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 1,469. 2, Amy Kehrberg/Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 1,466. 3, Julie Schaeffer, Hamden, Conn./Cynthia Palmieri, Meriden, Conn., 1,451. 4, Marilyn Brown, Bellingham, Wash./Janice Eisenhut, Ferndale, Wash., 1,425. 5, Vanessa Chatman/Susie Shaw, Mansfield, Ohio, 1,407.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220)
    1, Jacqueline WatkinsAshby, Philadelphia, 785. 2, Marilyn Webb, Albany, Ore., 761. 3, Karla Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 755. 4, Kitty Colgrove, Alexandria, Minn., 743. 5, Leslie Gillie, Chicago, 742.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220)
    1, Mihoko Matsuoka, Japan, 2,214. 2, Tiffany LarsonBriceno, Vallejo, Calif., 2,205. 3, Niki Ryan, Johnson City, N.Y., 2,164. 4, Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 2,157. 5, Amy Kehrberg, Alexandria, Minn., 2,146.

     


    Ruby Division


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 750-899, with handicap based on 100 percent of 900)
    1, Jungle Kats (Julie Holden, Laurie Grenya, Heather Collee, Tammie Gibson, Melissa Jungling), Salem, Ore., 2,928. 2, Rodeo Bowl, Ellensburg, Wash., 2,872. 3, Three MT Pockets, Toronto, 2,865. 4, Friends of K-Bay #1, Waimanalo, Hawaii, 2,851. 5, Wild Colorado Roses, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,847.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 300-359, with handicap based on 100 percent of 360)
    1, Erika Shambry/Kiara Shambry, Camden, N.J., 1,280. 2, Sherri Brown, Bay City, Mich./Bernadette Montoya, Socorro, N.M., 1,243. 3, Gail Lynch/Cindy Flores, Waco, Texas, 1,223. 4 (tie), Kara Thomas/Lori Woodward, Stow, Ohio, and Catherine Cook, Merlin, Ore./Cindy Lawless, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,206.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180)
    1, Edna Rilloraza, Beaverton, Ore., 728. 2 (tie), Angela Gates, Delta, Colo., and Katie Bess, 687. 4, Gina Chov, Apple Valley, Minn., 685. 5, JoAnn Olson, Hutchinson, Minn., 683.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180)
    1, Edna Rilloraza, Beaverton, Ore., 1,872. 2, Tiffany Lebahn, Wasilla, Alaska, 1,870. 3, Allison Fintelmann, Sheboygan, Wis., 1,869. 4, Marcia Fox, Anitoch, Ill., 1,856. 5, JoAnn Olson, Hutchinson, Minn., 1,854.

     


    Sapphire Division


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 749 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 750)
    1, Pin Pals (Kim Normandin, Susan PricePatterson, Bev Jones, Ley Trent, Georgia Ross), Fort Collins, Colo., 2,504. 2, Bowlmor 2, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 2,487. 3, TEAM 22966, Yorkville, Ill., 2,483. 4, PA Pin Pals, Port Angeles, Wash., 2,481. 5, TX Yellow Roses, Center Point, Texas, 2,463.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 299 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 300)
    1, Pamella Overturf/Sheila Hofmann, Sutton, Neb., 1,076. 2, Lisa Johnson/Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,074. 3, Terry Cantrell/Carrie Cantrell, Phoenix, 1,070. 4, Mary Sapp/Lora York, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,068. 5, Frances Allen, Lapwai, Idaho/Jackie Soule, Lewiston, Idaho, 1,063.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150)
    1, Alyssa Kottwitz, Bridger, Mont., 601. 2 (tie), Cindy Rutledge, Collinsville, Miss., and Rachel DeWitt, Westminster, Colo., 590. 4, Christina Lecuyer, Washington, Kan., 589. 5, Deanna Kons, Jackson, Wis., 588.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150)
    1, Catherine Cook, Merlin, Ore., 1,690. 2, Amy Simon, Blooming Prairie, Minn., 1,655. 3, Lora York, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,643. 4, Alyssa Kottwitz, Bridger, Mont., 1,641. 5, Sarah L. King, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,634.

     


    Scratch Division (Actual scores with no handicap)


    Team
    1, Purple Brusers (Ginna Baray, Ana Portillo, Patty Patterson, Solanja PerezRede, Camille Sykos), El Paso, Texas, 3,026. 2, Linds Northern Stars, Blaine, Minn., 3,004. 3, Havin Fun, Harker Heights, Texas, 2,892. 4, Mug Shots, Portage, Ind., 2,851. 5, The Queens Bs #1, Loveland, Colo., 2,843.

    Doubles
    1, Julie Schaeffer, Hamden, Conn./Cynthia Palmieri, Meriden, Conn., 1,358. 2, Michelle Lee, Little Elm, Texas/Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 1,342. 3, Amy Kehrberg/Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 1,292. 4, Yako McDonnell, Danville, Calif./Tamlyn Murata, Daly City, Calif., 1,277. 5, Dawn Benson, Dunkirk, Md./Linda Peters, Glen Burnie, Md., 1,270.

    Singles
    1, Tammy Kramer, Orangevale, Calif., 717. 2, Mary Martinez, Pahrump, Nev., 701. 3, Christine Smith, Sun Prairie, Wis., 696. 4, Karla Huikko, Buffalo, Minn., 689. 5, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 688.

    All-Events
    1, Rebecca Eynon, Apalachin, N.Y., 2,093. 2, Mihoko Matsuoka, Japan, 2,061. 3, Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 2,049. 4, Karin Ciesiolka, Harker Heights, Texas, 2,035. 5, Leisa Herider, Denver, 1,987.