Four generations make one good team at 2007 USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    20067USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg When Florence Grant of Blackfoot, Idaho, first picked up a bowling ball in the early 1950's, little did she know that she was about to introduce generations of her family to a sport that would bind them even closer together.

    Flash forward some 55 years, Grant was part of a team of four generations in her family competing in the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    She had successfully and passionately introduced her family to the world of competition, sportsmanship, fun, and a family tradition that continues to grow.

    Grant, 87, was joined by her daughter, Carla Lach, 64, also of Blackfoot. The foursome was completed when Lach's daughter, AnnMarie Keisling, 46, and her daughter, Stephanie Keisling, 23, of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., joined them.

    "I loved the sport right away," Florence Grant said. "I enjoyed the fact it was a good clean sport and something my entire family could do together."

    For Grant, this year marked her 20th trip to the Women's Championships. Her daughter Carla, was competing in her 22nd tournament. AnnMarie Keisling, competing in her fifth championships, was more proud that this year marked her daughter's second anniversary at nationals.

    Florence Grant, who still averages 118, recently won the Idaho Senior Championships for her age group. She will travel to Reno later this month to compete in the USBC Senior Championships.

    For the youngest of the four generations, Stephanie Keisling, who averages 172, said she felt honored to be competing in the championships with so many talented bowlers, but was especially proud of her great grandmother, grandmother and mother.

    "What other ways can families these days do something like this together," Keisling said. "My mother and I make jewelry together and many in our family love to fish and hunt, but bowling for us is the main way we see one another and vacation together as a family."

    At home in Blackfoot, Idaho, Florence Grant and daughter Carla Lach bowl in league competition together, while nearly three thousand miles away, the Keislings bowl in two leagues together.

    AnnMarie Keisling said it was important to her to see not only her own children bowling, but for more young boys and girls to get involved in the sport.

    "My daughter started in a youth league at a young age and today we are together, laughing, having fun and bowling with my mother and grandmother at the USBC Women's Championships," Keisling said.

    "It is just such a great tradition in our family and I know we all will have more tournaments together as a family, hopefully for years to come."

    It appears the future is now for the four-generation bowling family. Stephanie, who developed problems with her left shoe rolled a disappointing 93 in her second game during team competition, but showed spirit and determination by rebounding to roll a 211 in her next game with the same damaged shoe.

    For Florence Grant, her passion for the sport has not dimmed over the nearly six decades she has enjoyed the game.

    "I recently had a hip replacement and my game really took a hit, but I am getting stronger every day," Grant said. "This is a sport we all love for many reasons, but it is especially fun to enjoy when you see and feel it getting better and better, even at my age."

    Carla Lach said they were already encouraging her mother to participate in the 2008 Women's Championships.

    "Mom is still bowling as well as she always has," Lach said proudly. "I would be surprised if we are not all there together again next year. It is kind of a family thing, you know?"

    The Women's Championships, which is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women, will continue through July 2. Northcross Lanes hosts the team event while doubles and singles competition takes 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:


    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 Gianotti, 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 average and over)
    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.


    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, Rollin' Along, Mundelein, Ill., 2,744. 4, Mix 'N' Match II, Orlando, Fla., 2,731. 5, J M S T B, Independence, Mo., 2,717.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Kandace Little/Celeste Reynolds, Bronx, N.Y., 1,222. 2, Melanee Mangold, Stevensville, Mich./Jan Schaub, Eau Claire, Mich., 1,195. 3, Nanette Belk, Eagle River, Alaska/Carla Neffendorf, Wasilla, Alaska, 1,193. 4, Tracey Kellicutt, Lisle, N.Y./Rebecca Eynon, Newark Valley, N.Y., 1,178. 5, Dianne Kost/Rhonda Lykins, Aurora, Colo., 1,169.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Veronica Minotti, Oviedo, Fla., 676. 2, Kelly Scalici, Clinton Township, Mich., 652. 3, Melanie Kincaid, Spokane, Wash., 645. 4 (tie), Priscilla Agosto, Hinesville, Ga., and Sue Boutote, Wilbraham, Mass., 638.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Veronica Minotti, Oviedo, Fla., 1,867. 2, Lori Tapparo, Strasburg, Colo., 1,788. 3, Joyce McWhirter, Lake Station, Ind., 1,776. 4, June Dill, Bermuda, 1,775. 5, Carla Burke, Nevada City, Calif., 1,771.


    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, Barbara Whitehead, Bennett, Colo./Lori Tapparo, Strasburg, Colo., 1,138. 2, Kristi McKenzie, Cottage Grove, Minn./Krystal Kumpula, Detroit Lakes, Minn., 1,137. 3, Donna Thomas/Deborah Holland, Villa Rica, Ga., 1,131. 4 (tie), Mindy Mills/Janette Halsne, Boone, Iowa, and Susan Hemmen, China Valley, Ariz./Wanda Tucker, Phoenix, Ariz., and Kim Russell, Hamlet, N.C./ Lorie Locklear, Rockingham, N.C., 1,117.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Joan Wilson, Westland, Mich., 632. 2, Carol Smith, Siloam Springs, Ark., 611. 3, Kelly Wright, Mooresville, N.C., 607. 4, Cathy Matteson, Cimarron, Colo., 605. 5, Shirley Kahl, Oakland, Md., 600.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Cindy Lange, Lima, Ohio, 1,748. 2, Shelly Sweet, Pittsfield, Mass., 1,696. 3, Rosa Thompson, Gaffney, S.C., 1,692. 4, Cindy Reasbeck, Clarendon, Pa., 1,686. 5, Ida Hydrick, North White Plains, N.Y., 1,682.


    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, Prairie Pals, Bennett, Colo., 2,379. 4, Ness County Five, Ness City, Kan., 2,367. 5, Disney's Characters, Ronceverte, W.Va., 2,366.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Sherri Thompson, Waldorf, Md./Lorraine Golson, Cheverly, Md., 1,065. 2, Alice Toivari, Virginia, Minn./Karla Schneider, Hackensack, Minn., 1,059. 3, Karen Luedtke, Watertown, Minn./Barbara Rolf, Hutchinson, Minn., 1,054. 4, Nora Heaton, Montpelier, Ohio/Mary Ruetz, Pioneer, Ohio, 1,050. 5, Mary Schwarz/Gwyn Doenz, Pine City, Minn., 1,044.

    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, Mary Cortani, Gilroy, Calif., 586. 5, Kristen Porath, Windom, Minn., 584.

    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, Mary Cortani, Gilroy, Calif., 1,582. 5, Angela Wilhite, Princeton, Ind., 1,579.


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, We're Back (Amanda Degeis, Fredricka Robinson, Marla Parker, Mary Britts, Jessica Carpenter), Rockingham, N.C., 2181. 2, T-Dyn 1, El Paso, Texas, 2,115. 3, St. Cloud Team 2, St. Cloud, Minn., 2,090. 4, Lady Bombers, Cleveland, Tenn., 2,070. 5, Mountain Peaches, Clarkesville, Ga., 2,044.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Lauri Smith, Charlotte, N.C./Karen Hinson, 982. 2, Vivian Thompson, Blowing Rock, N.C./Angela Anstrom, Charlotte, N.C., 981. 3, Joyce Clarke, Stone Mountain, Ga./Paula Murray, Snellville, Ga., 939. 4, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas/Ann Schumann, Granbury, Texas, 936. 5, Elaine Tschirgi, Grand Prairie, Texas/Utona Brown, Arlington, Texas, 931.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Connie Parsons, Akron, Ohio, 589. 2, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas, 554. 3, Florine Raybon, Picayune, Miss., 541. 4, Carol Miller, Johnstown, Ohio, 527. 5, Anne Lorbeski, Hackensack, Minn., 519.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Marilyn Jordan, Boyd, Texas, 1,471. 2, Traci Smith, Blacksburg, S.C., 1,464. 3, Amanda Degeis, Rockingham, N.C., 1,452. 4, Connie Parsons, Akron, Ohio, 1,451. 5, April Brown, Lake Ridge, Va., 1,432.