Warm greetings from sunny Bermuda by way of Charlotte at 2007 USBC Women's Championships

    05/19/07

    United States

    Northcross Lanes and AMF Carolina Lanes in Charlotte, NC (April 12 - July 2, 2007)

    20067USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg What do you get when you have 30 Bermuda athletes in Charlotte for the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships?

    You get a great group of competitors having a lot of fun. And oh yes, you do get one loud complaint. Turn up the heat!

    With a cold front having settled in across the eastern half of the U.S., temperatures have been pushed down in the Greater Charlotte metro area to the mid 40's overnight, with highs in the upper 60's. That, according to more than a few Bermudians gives good merit to requests for warmer temperatures for mid-May.

    Bermuda bowling co-organizer Gloria Ray and her group of six teams look forward to their trip to the Women's Championships each year.

    "As usual we've had a great time," Ray said. "It did get a little cool for us, but we always come to the Women's Championships no matter where it is. We're not afraid of the weather."

    A contingent from the island has made their way to the Women's Championships for years and the participants enjoy competing in the competitive atmosphere of the event.

    On the island of Bermuda - a 21-square-mile island located 650 miles east of North Carolina - Ray and co-organizer Frances Trott say there are just two bowling centers for locals and tourists to enjoy. The centers are on opposite ends of the island and combined, have a total of thirty-four lanes, with one center limited to just 10 lanes.

    Admitting that when you think of Bermuda, bowling is not the first image one would get, Ray said the locals take the sport very seriously. "The two bowling centers are packed every night," Ray said. "They would be packed if they were double in size too. Bowling is popular on Bermuda. "

    Tourists, Ray said, often bowl on stormy days and many Bermudians bowl in league play more than once a week. Ray, born and raised in Bermuda, was bowling in her 31st Women's Championships.

    "This group with me this week is just the first of two that will be competing this year in the championships," Ray said. "A smaller group will be coming here next month."

    According to Ray, bowling organizations from Chicago, New York and other cities have made Bermuda a regular vacation spot and hold bowling events here on an annual basis."We also invite many of the professional bowlers every year," Ray added. "We may not be the bowling capital of the world, but we might just be the bowling island of the world."

    Conversely, bowling in the Women's Championships has enabled the bowlers from Bermuda to visit different parts of the U.S. "It has been a real education," Ray said. "Its just a wonderful way to get to go to so many wonderful places and meet so many people."

    Plans are already being made for the 2008 USBC Women's Championships in Detroit. "I am sure we will have just as many, if not more attending next year," Ray said.

    In addition to Bermuda, the other foreign countries represented in the Women's Championships are: Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Japan and Puerto Rico.


    Division 4 leaderboards undergo makeover


    Boston Scientific of Maple Lake, Minn. moved into third place in Division 4 team (with a 2,026. The team was led by captain Janet Sahli's 472 series, Catherine Reilley contributed a 459 series, followed by Christine Potter (419), Marie Sahli (352) and Judy Potter (324).

    Buoyed by their strong performance in team Marie and Janet Sahli, joined forces to roll a 916 series in doubles competition good for fourth place.

    In Division 4 singles (130 and under average), Carol Miller of Johnstown, Ohio bowled a 527 series on games of 124, 198 and 205 to move into third place.

    The Women's Championships, which is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women, will continue through July 2 at two suburban Charlotte bowling centers. Northcross Lanes in Huntersville, N.C., will host team squads each day while doubles and singles competition will take place at AMF Carolina Lanes in Matthews, N.C.

    The USBC Women's Championships is sponsored by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev., as well as Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider.

    Top five division leaders with hometowns and pinfall:

    CLASSIC DIVISION


    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Ebonite Bowlers Map (Shannon Pluhowsky, Lauren Takahashi, Sandra Terrell, Kim Terrell, Leanne Barrette), Roseville, Calif., 3,210. 2, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,165. 3, U-Can Bowl 2, Milwaukie, Ore., 3,153. 4, Together Once Again, North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,136. 5, Four Friends and the Sub, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,107.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y./Susan Jeziorski-Smith, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,385. 2, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City/Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,369. 3, Maxine Nable, Costa Mesa, Calif./Carol Gionatti, Henderson, Nev., 1,358. 4, Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah/Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Bay View, Ohio, 1,352. 5, Susanne Nawojski, Lancaster, N.Y./Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1,328.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 745. 2, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 739. 3, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 726. 4, Shari Wells, Louisville, Ky., 716. 5, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ariz., 715.

    All Events (190 and over average)
    1, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,161. 2, Leanne Barrette, Roseville, Calif., 2,093. 3, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 2,087. 4, Lil Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 2,078. 5, Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah, 2,031.


    DIVISION 1


    Team (846-945 average)
    1, VA FL Friends (Dawna Taylor, Mildred Williams, Carole Staus, Marilyn Hatch, Rebecca Williamson), Palm Coast, Fla., 2,798. 2, It's All About Us, Melbourne, Fla., 2,777. 3, Mix 'N' Match II, Orlando, Fla., 2,731. 4, Coral Lane II., Logan, Ohio, 2,699. 5, California Girls I, Wildomar, Calif., 2,674.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Melanee Mangold, Stevensville, Mich./Jan Schaub, Eau Claire, Mich., 1,195. 2, Nanette Belk, Eagle River, Ark./Carla Neffendorf, Wasilla, Ark., 1,193. 3, Tracey Kellicutt, Lisle, N.Y./Rebecca Eynon, Newark Valley, N.Y., 1,178. 4, Diane King, Lancaster, Ohio/Darlene Travis, New Straitsville, Ohio, 1,158. 5, Deborah Salyer, Seale, Ala./Teesha Geyer, Phenix City, Ala., 1,158.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Veronica Minotti, Oviedo, Fla., 676. 2, Kelly Scalici, Clinton Township, Mich., 652. 3, Melanie Kincaid, Spokane, Wash., 645. 4, Sue Boutote, Wilbraham, Mass., 638. 5, Kathy Liuzza, Rolling Meadows, Ill., 635.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Veronica Minotti, Oviedo, Fla., 1,867. 2, Joyce McWhirter, Lake Station, Ind., 1,776. 3, Carla Burke, Nevada City, Calif., 1,771. 4, Barbara Ott, Two Rivers, Wis., 1,745. 5, Mary Sue Gaffke, Cedar Springs, Mich., 1,740.


    DIVISION 2


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, The Quack Pots (Denise Dorothy, Annie Gallant, AnnMarie Robidas, Renee Martel, Karen Cronk, Kim Tourtellot), Coventry, R.I., 2,703. 2, First Security Bank, Fosston, Minn., 2,608. 3, All Star Bowl, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,580. 4, Divine Divas, Stone Mountain, Ga., 2,569. 5, Country Gals, Great Mills, Md., 2,560.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Kristi McKenzie, Cottage Grove, Minn./Krystal Kumpula, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 1,137. 2, Donna Thomas/Deborah Holland, Villa Rica, Ga., 1,131. 3 (tie), Mindy Mills/Janette Halsne, Boone, Iowa, and Susan Hemmen, China Valley Ariz./Wanda Tucker, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,117. 5, Traci Hall, Antioch, Tenn./Diana Benedict, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,109.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Kelly Wright, Mooresville, N.C., 607. 2, Cathy Matteson, Cimarron, Colo., 605. 3, Donna Woods, Stone Mountain, Ga., 598. 4, Cynthia Johnson, Amite, La., 597. 5, Cheryl Leifermann, Glencoe, Minn., 596.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Cindy Lange, Lima, Ohio, 1,748. 2, Rosa Thompson, Gaffney, S.C., 1,692. 3, Cindy Reasbeck, Clarendon, Pa., 1,686. 4, Barbara Reed, Frankfort, Ky., 1,675. 5, Tina D'Elia, New Bern, N.C., 1,663.


    DIVISION 3


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Margie's Munchkins II (Deb Cooper, Pam Noblitt, LuAnn Pelsor, Angela Crouch, MaryAnn Frakes), Columbus, Ind., 2,407. 2, Alley Cats Plus, Huntersville, N.C., 2,385. 3, Disney's Characters, Ronceverte, W.Va., 2,366. 4, Fort Knox Pin Pals #2, Radcliff, Ky., 2,359. 5, Beachy Mamas, Jacksonville, N.C., 2,353.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Alice Toivari, Virginia, Minn./Karla Schneider, Hackensack, Minn., 1,059. 2, Karen Luedtke, Watertown, Minn./Barbara Rolf, Hutchinson, Minn., 1,054. 3, Nora Heaton, Montpelier, Ohio/Mary Ruetz, Pioneer, Ohio, 1,050. 4, Mary Schwarz/Gwyn Doenz, Pine City, Minn., 1,044. 5, Susan Schroyer, Geneva, Ill./Danine Trattles, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,034.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Alice Smith, Prescott, Mich., 620. 2, Robbie Thompson, Harrisburg, N.C., 595. 3, Yvonne Madalena, Albuquerque, N.M., 593. 4, Jessica Brown, Bismarck, N.D., 583. 5, Hilda Copeland, Euclid, Ohio, 578.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Alice Smith, Prescott, Mich., 1,599. 2 (tie), Kathy Kean, Monument, Colo., and Gina Coles, Jackson, Tenn., 1,587. 4, Angela Wilhite, Princeton, Ind., 1,579. 5, Jeanne Steuhl, Milford, Pa., 1,566.


    DIVISION 4


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, St. Cloud Team #2 (Judy Christofferson, Wendy Theisen, Lisa Theisen, Ann Schnaith, Kari Brunskill), St. Cloud, Minn., 2,090. 2, Lady Bombers, Cleveland, Tenn., 2,070. 3, Boston Scientific, Maple Lake, Minn., 2,026. 4, Paradise Ladies, San Juan, P.R., 2,017. 5, Mustang Lanes, Mora, Minn., 1,995.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Joyce Clarke, Stone Mountain, Ga./Paula Murray, Snellville, Ga., 939. 2, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas/Ann Schumann, Granbury, Texas, 936. 3, Elaine Tschirgi, Grand Prairie, Texas/Utona Brown, Arlington, Texas, 931. 4, Janet and Marie Sahli, Maple Lake, Minn., 916. 5, Michelle Girlica, Taylor, Mich./Tara Cannatella, Brownstown Township, Mich., 911.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas, 554. 2, Florine Raybon, Picayune, Miss., 541. 3, Carol Miller, Johnstown, Ohio, 527. 4, Traci Smith, Blacksburg, S.C., 515. 5, Teresa Liming, Davison, Mich., 514.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas, 1,471. 2, Traci Smith, Blacksburg, S.C., 1,464. 3, Carol Miller, Johnstown, Ohio, 1,417. 4, Fay Augustine, Duluth, Minn., 1,398. 5, Sonya Harrison, Columbus, Ind., 1,394.