Emma Hendrickson brings 99 years of wisdom to USBC Women's Championships


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    2008USBCWCEmmaHendrickson.jpg She came dressed in an embroidered and scalloped peach shirt, yet beneath the smiling grandmotherly stance, there's a reason why Emma Hendrickson's teammates affectionately call her The Warhorse. Hendrickson's staying power ties for the record as oldest participant in the 92-year history of the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    "There have been so many great memories and friendships over the years," Hendrickson, of Morris Plains, N.J., deadpans. "Being my 49th consecutive tournament I've seen about everything you could imagine."

    Her matching age-mate was Ethel Brunnick of Santa Monica, Calif., who competed at 99 in the 1987 Women's Championships.

    An enthusiastic bowler since 1945, Hendrickson rolls weekly in two leagues, where her average was 141. Fellow teammates of The 5 Bowling Bags are Marion "Bunny" Brock, Ruth Peterson, Bea Reinacher, and Captain Joan Shiel. They aren't sure how long they've been together, but 85-year-old Brock remembers when she met Hendrickson.

    "I've known her since she was 80," said Brock emphatically.

    Teammates help Hendrickson "locate" the pins, due to her diminishing eyesight. "I help her to the line, then tell her which pins are there; she pictures it all in her mind when she aims," said Peterson.

    Hendrickson began bowling in the New Jersey Morris County Women's Bowling Association in 1953, was vice president in 1956, and president from 1960 to 1971. As co-founder of the Morris County Young American Bowling Alliance , Hendrickson also served there and on the state YABA in a variety of positions. Concluding those 37 years, and a total of 52 years of bowling service, she retired in 2005.

    She's inducted into three Halls of Fame: Morris County Women's Bowling Association (1982), New Jersey State Women's Bowling Association (1995), and Morris County Bowling Association (2004). In 2003, the Metropolitan Bowling Writers' Association honored Hendrickson with a special service award, and the Morris County Women's Bowling Association established a scholarship fund for junior bowlers named for her.

    Hendrickson also had a career, retiring as a medical secretary from Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital. She was married to George until his 1984 death, and their two children, Richard and Carolyn, are also gone. But, a gang of relatives remains and looks forward to celebrating her 50th tournament, and new record at 100 years old in 2009 in Reno, Nev. That includes eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

    Hendrickson, who turned 99 in March, attributes her longevity to "hard work, keeping busy, and making time for everything."

    "I had a lot fun this year," said Hendrickson. "Detroit's a nice city and I bowled good."

    Hendrickson finished her 2008 USBC Women's Championships with a 275 series in team, 395 in singles and in 336 doubles.

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    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Detroit All Star Bowlers, Macomb, Mich., 2,772. 2, M-66 Pro Shop, Battle Creek, Mich., 2,693. 3, Z Bad Girls, Wakeman, Ohio., 2,647. 4, The Roxy, Winneconne, Wis., 2,620. 5, BL, Livonia, Mich., 2,589.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Angie Pluta, Mishawaka, Ind./Shawn Corpe, South Bend, Ind., 1,188. 2, Melissa Wickham/Christina Ebinger, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,182. 3, Shirley Watkins, Clinton Township, Mich./Zoanne Madonia, Eastpointe, Mich., 1,167. 4, Melany Barrett, Paw Paw, Mich./Sue Hoyt, Otsego, Mich., 1,164. 5, Olivia Pitts, Vermillion, Ohio./Rachael Delserone, Amherst, Ohio., 1,159.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Laura Holmes, Winneconne, Wis., 666. 2, Alicia Lamb, Hales Corners, Wis., 642. 3, (tie) Michelle Untiedt, St. Peter, Minn., and Tempel Johnson, Southfield, Mich., 635. 5, Jennifer Clark, Lowell, Mich., 622.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Laura Holmes, Winneconne, Wis., 1,831. 2, Tamika Glenn, Belleville, Mich., 1,765. 3, Rachael K. Delserone, Amherst, Ohio., 1,758. 4, Alicia Lamb, Hales Corners, Wis., 1,750. 5, Melissa Lynch, Macomb, Mich., 1,748.


    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Davison Land Surveying, Davison, Mich., 2,647. 2, Beer Factor, Warren, Mich., 2,640. 3, Turbo Grips III, Utica, Mich., 2,619. 4, CA Striking Divas #1, San Diego, 2,618. 5, Ladies Night Out 2, Commerce Township, Mich., 2,597.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Diane Gipson, Davison, Mich./Marilyn Platz, Flint, Mich., 1,109. 2, Jeanine Brouillette, Baton Rouge, La./Donna Hall, Houston, 1,098. 3(tie), Deb Martzall, Denver, Pa./Denise Woodworth, Mohnton, Pa. and Jacqueline Yurkunas, Novi, Mich./Tyann Davis, Covington, Ga., 1,096. 5, Judi Tracey/Erica Cutler, Fort Wayne, Ind. 1,095.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Sharon Ryan, Davie, Fla., 653. 2, Liz Brinkman, Beatrice, Neb., 609. 3, Shirley Watkins, Clinton Township, Mich., 600. 4, Deb Ayers, Kearney, Neb., 599. 5, Michelle Busch, Waterford, Mich., 596.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Karen Linebaugh, Romulus, Mich., 1,744. 2, Michelle Busch, Waterford, Mich., 1,728. 3, Shirley Watkins, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,724. 4, Lauren Gdula, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,692. 5, Beverly Westermann, Warren, Mich., 1,686.


    Team (746-845 average)
    1, Glad To Be Here, Romulus, Mich., 2,477. 2, AMP Bowling Supply, Dekalb, Ill., 2,465. 3, Colorado Wild Flowers, Calhan, Colo., 2,452. 4, We Came To Play, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,447. 5, Travlin Tooters #1, Pensacola, Fla., 2,436.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Kathleen Woods, Pasadena, Calif./Norvel Short, Altadena, Calif., 1,119. 2, Bonnie Hafermann/JoAnn Marti, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., 1,088. 3, Rae Lipkowski/Karen Linebaugh, Romulus, Mich., 1,082. 4, Roxanne Midgley, Eastpointe, Mich./Marilyn Belans, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,075. 5, Jane Gibson, Meridian, Miss./Cindy Rutledge, Collinsville, Miss., 1,071.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Mary Perunovich, Brooklyn Park, Minn., 608. 2, Evelyn Beauchesne, Lawrence, Mass., 592. 3, Kathy Whittaker, Avondale, W. Va., 589. 4, Mary Laemers, Sterling Heights, Mich., 585. 5, Barbara Brinks, McBain, Mich., 576.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Darla Moorhead, Perham, Minn., 1,660. 2, Donna Sutherland, Macomb, Mich., 1,648. 3, Carol Underwood, Odessa, Texas., 1,627. 4, Gail Rosenbrock, Linwood, Mich., 1,611. 5, Cheryl Moon, Harper, Kan., 1,591.


    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Michael's Foxie Ladies, Romulus, Mich., 2,409. 2, Nightingale Lanes, Holly, Mich., 2,331. 3, Tornadoes 4 Square Builders, Glencoe, Minn., 2,319. 4, Howard City Lanes, Howard City, Mich., 2,306. 5, Burgoyne's Bombers, Campbell Hall, New York, 2,297.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Christie O'Connor, Riverview, Mich./Martha M. Vargas, Detroit, 994. 2, Diana VanOeffelen, Kent City, Mich./Bert Anderson, Sparta, Mich., 987. 3, JoAnn Campbell, Doylestown, Pa./Joyce Larson, Morrisville, Pa., 986. 4, Nancy Ivey/Margaret Freeman, Jackson, Tenn., 980. 5, Lori Maier/Lorelie L. Blank, Buffalo City, Wis., 973.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Laura VanGilder, Rice Lake, Wis., 551. 2, LouanneVerba, Slatington, Pa., 536. 3, Stacey Bush, Columbus, Ohio., 527. 4, Victoria Munoz, Chicago, 525. 5, Louise Kirkwood, Argonia, Kan., 522.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Lorelie L. Blank, Buffalo City, Wis., 1,504. 2, Dawn Downer, Garden City, Mich., 1,502. 3, Kylie Sedersten, Sutton, Neb., 1,496. 4, Victoria Munoz, Chicago, 1,482. 5, Jan Lambert, Bellefontaine, Ohio., 1,477.


    Team (650 average and under)
    1, No Split!, Royal Oak, Mich., 1,956. 2, Custom Engineering, Bay City, Mich., 1,943. 3, Kens Barber Shop, West Branch, Mich., 1,930. 4, Incredible Screwups, San Bernadino, Calif., 1,924. 5, Team Livonia, Livonia, Mich., 1,914.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Beverly Noble, Prairieville, La./Jerry Burdette, Baton Rouge, La., 931. 2, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn./Brenda Finstad, Annandale, Minn., 913. 3, Willa Freelend, Marquette, Neb./Pamela Johansen, Central City, Neb., 891. 4, Cindy Meyer/ Karen Baldwin, Virginia Beach, Va., 888. 5, Melissa Patten/Carol Lloyd, Springfield, Ohio, 878.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Hope Oddonetto, Globe, Ariz., 481. 2, Tammy Bromley, Edmore, Mich., 477. 3, Jackie Lijewski, Bay City, Mich., 472. 4, Nancy Thomas, Kearney, Neb., 471. 5, Janet Ochs, Prescott, Mich., 469.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Willa Freeland, Marquette, Neb., 1,385. 2, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn., 1,346. 3, Cheryl SmithTasca, Chelsea, Mich., 1,311. 4, Joleen Linder, Holdrege, Neb., 1,304. 5, Sharon Kelly, Wales, Mich., 1,293.