New Jersey bowler reaches milestone, sets record at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

    100-year-old woman becomes oldest participant in tournament history

    2009USBCWCEmmaHendrickson2.jpgWith friends, family and a squad of grateful and honored women cheering her on, Emma Hendrickson of Morris Plains, N.J., celebrated a historic moment at the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships on Saturday as she became the oldest participant in tournament history at the age of 100.

    The record-breaking achievement wasn't the only business on Hendrickson's agenda, however.

    Her trip to this year's event also marked her 50th consecutive appearance on the tournament lanes, and with her teammates surrounding Center Aisle, Hendrickson was presented with a plaque, a boutique of flowers and a medallion to commemorate her 50 years of participation.

    She also received a pendant with her birth stone in recognition of her becoming the tournament's oldest participant. Hendrickson previously shared the record with Ethel Brunnick of Santa Monica, Calif., who competed in the 1987 event in Hartford, Conn., at 99 years old.

    "I'm excited to be here," said Hendrickson, who competed in her first USBC Women's Championships in Denver in 1960. "I'm going to do the best I can when I'm bowling."

    On her way to the record achievement, Hendrickson has left a lasting impression on the bowling world. She helped to establish the Morris County Young American Bowling Alliance and served the local youth bowlers for more than 30 years.

    The Morris County USBC Women's Bowling Association also has named a youth scholarship after her. Every year, the Emma P. Hendrickson Scholarship Award is presented to a female youth bowler, who not only excels on the lanes, but in the classroom as well.

    Hendrickson's services have resulted in three hall of fame inductions: Morris County Women's Bowling Association (1982), New Jersey State Women's Bowling Association (1995) and Morris County Bowling Association (2004). She was just the second woman to be elected to the MCBA Hall of Fame.

    2009USBCWCEmmaHendrickson.jpgHendrickson is just as dedicated on the lanes, too. Although her eyesight has diminished over the years, she still is able to compete with help from her teammates, who help her line up on her spare attempts.

    "I can see the ten pins standing clearly, but it's difficult to see what pins are standing for spares," Hendrickson said. "My teammates help me out there."

    Hendrickson and her teammates, Ruth Peterson, Ruth Rahn, Bea Reinacher and Joan Shiel, call themselves the 5 Bowling Bags. Bowling with them, and other New Jersey teams, helps to keep Hendrickson on the go.

    "I love bowling because I get to be with people," Hendrickson said. "And because I'm not at home sitting on a rocking chair."

    Several of Hendrickson's granddaughters also were in attendance at the National Bowling Stadium this weekend. Although her husband and two children have passed away, she is still supported in her bowling endeavors by eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

    Hendrickson has no intentions of stopping at 50 Women's Championships. She already is signed up for the 2010 event in El Paso, Texas, which will mark the first time the tournament lanes will be constructed in a convention center, similar to the set-up used for the USBC Open Championships.

    "Once a bowler, always a bowler," Hendrickson said. "I have always believed in that saying."

    Hendrickson celebrated her milestone appearance with a 318 series in team, 262 in doubles and 107 in singles for a 687 all-events total. Her singles began and concluded with the 107 game before she decided to sit the rest of the evening out and watch her New Jersey colleagues carry the ball.

     Presenting sponsors for the 2009 USBC Women's Championships are Eldorado Hotel Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino and Circus Circus Reno. Other participating sponsors are Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Atlantis Hotel and Casino, Sands Regency Casino Hotel, Harrah's Hotel and Casino, Club Cal Neva, and Storm Products Inc.


    2009 USBC Women's Championships

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (March 28 - July 5, 2009)


    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (946 average and above)
    1, Were Gellin (Melisa Eldridge, Bonnie Garber, Elaine Webb, Stephany Perry, Tammy Lewis), Modesto, Calif., 2,857. 2, AllAmericanBowling+Trophy, Daly City, Calif., 2,769. 3, Striking Edge Pro Shop, Wausau, Wis., 2,690. 4, The Finger Tippers, Placentia, Calif., 2,645. 5, Roll The Dice, Denton, Texas, 2,609.

    Doubles (379 average and above)
    1, Lori Wilkinson, Temecula, Calif./Lisa Nissen, Lakeside, Calif., 1,237. 2, Dana Clark Loose/Charly Boelter, Oshkosh, Wis., 1,197. 3, Pat Bennett/Susan Harad, Willow Grove, Pa., 1,176. 4, Ann Marie Robidas/Renee Martel, Danielson, Conn., 1,155. 5, Holly Fuhr, York, Neb./Kelly Lahm, Grand Island, Neb., 1,129.

    Singles (190 average and above)
    1, Christine Stevens, Renton, Wash., 662. 2, Rosie Soto, Hailey, Idaho, 659. 3, Gina Moura, Antioch, Calif., 652. 4, Chrystelle Gallo, Anaheim Hills, Calif., 642. 5, Linda Hite, Noblesville, Ind., 632.

    All Events (190 average and above)
    1, Gina Moura, Antioch, Calif., 1,891. 2, Rosie Soto, Hailey, Idaho, 1,782. 3, Kristyn D. Anderson, Yorba Linda, Calif., 1,769. 4, Lori Wilkinson, Temecula, Calif., 1,745. 5, Chrystelle Gallo, Anaheim Hills, Calif., 1,744.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (846-945 average)
    1, Dale's Weston Lanes (Joan Foster, Lynn Lehrmann, Kristine Beckley, Suzanne Soderberg, Dawn Thayer), Wausau, Wis., 2,696. 2, So Wheres Dinner, Pacifica, Calif., 2,680. 3, California Striking Divas, San Diego, 2,669. 4, Team Powerball 1, Daly City, Calif., 2,657. 5, Patio Plus Outdoor Furnit, Plymouth, Mich., 2,600.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Carolyn Oshiro, Honolulu/Janet Tabata, Hon, Hawaii, 1,145. 2, Jenifer Teper, West Valley City, Utah/Cindy Bertolina, San Diego, 1,131. 3, Heidi Banjoff, Sheffield Lake, Ohio/Beth Pranckunas, Lorain, Ohio, 1,122. 4, Amy Garrison/Colleen Baldock, Hayward, Calif., 1,121. 5, Kelly Dix, Newport News, Va./Estelle Wilson, Gloucester, Va., 1,119.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 668. 2, Lisa Ristau, Clarkston, Wash., 624. 3, Hazel Pettit, Daly City, Calif., 622. 4, Rowena DeMesa, Daly City, Calif., 622. 5, Jodi Jones, Glendale, Ariz., 616.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Rowena DeMesa, Daly City, Calif., 1,781. 2, Hazel Pettit, Daly City, Calif., 1,762. 3, Janet Tabata, Honolulu, 1,708. 4, Laura O'Brien, Newport, Wash., 1,702. 5, Laura Barcena, El Paso, Texas, 1,691.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (746-845 average)
    1, A Family Affair (Pat Walker, Brenda Probst, Sue Pagan, Dianna Kryzer, Sherill Borgstahl), Faribault, Minn., 2,556. 2, Roadrunners, San Jose, Calif., 2,531. 3, Evergreen Woodcraft, Renton, Wash., 2,521. 4, Grandmas Girls, Fremont, Neb., 2,519. 5, It's All Good, Bishop, Calif., 2,515.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Amanda Schlegel, Dayton, Ohio/Carmen Grey, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 1,077. 2, Michelle Post/Donna Keyser, Wakeeny, Kan., 1,073. 3, Janice Barnhill, Social Circle, Ga./Teresa Alexander, Conyers, Ga., 1,063. 4 (tie), Betsy Lehman, Fort Morgan, Colo./Ann Gremel, Glenwood Springs, Colo. and Pearlie Foster/Brenda Scales, San Diego, 1,061.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Nedra Cooper, Colton, Calif., 590. 2, Marilyn McCreary, Saline, Mich., 589. 3, Diane Nelson, Draper, Utah, 587. 4, Kelly Bell, Akron, Pa., 585. 5, Paula Huffer, Circleville, Ohio, 580.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Michelle Post, Wakeeney, Kan., 1,652. 2, Jayne Sonognini-Thurston, Keizer, Ore., 1,650. 3, Sherill Borgstahl, Faribault, Minn., 1,647. 4, Meg Peterson, Big Lake, Minn., 1,639. 5, Marilyn McCreary, Saline, Mich., 1,626.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Keyser True Value (Kristen Porath, Betty Ziegler, Michelle Post, Sharon Uhrich, Donna Keyser), Wakeeney, Kan., 2,364. 2, Tornadoes-4 Square, Glencoe, Minn., 2,361. 3, Gutter Gals, Port Ludlow, Wash., 2,302. 4, Kroy Industries, York, Neb., 2,291. 5, Van Note Wrecker, Ridgeville, Ind., 2,266.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Pam R. Graham/Debbie Graham, Albany Ore., 1,043. 2, Christine Cotey/Melissa Cook, Elma, Wash., 1,017. 3, Leanne Watson/Susan Herron, Incline Village, Nev., 1,015. 4, Valerie Hathaway, Shelley, Idaho/Brenda Mosbrucker, Idaho Falls, Idaho, 1,002. 5, Evelyn King/Kathy Purrington, Windom, Minn., 992.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Judy Barnett, Lemoore, Calif., 553. 2, Audrey Payton, Minden, La., 545. 3, Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 542. 4, Beverly Anderson, Cedar Park, Texas, 533. 5, Lillian Hawkins, Newnan, Ga., 531.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 1,534. 2, Kathy Kalis, Conyers, Ga., 1,498. 3, Lisa Lunsford, Reno, Nev., 1,490. 4, Gloria Dorff, Carson City, Nev., 1,470. 5, Sarah Penney, Branson, Mo., 1,457.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (650 average and below)
    1, Texas Tornados (Kerri Niemeyer, Wendy Goodnight, Kim Mitchell, Jacqueline Langlinais, Jean Burns), Lorena, Texas, 2,064. 2, Ten Pins, Anoka, Minn., 2,024. 3, Dan Loose Pools, Reno, Nev., 1,989. 4, Foxy Ladies, Harbor, Ore., 1,970. 5, Bowling Divas, Loveland, Colo., 1,952.

    Doubles (260 average and below)
    1, Leah Olson, Byron, Minn./Jody Van Ostrand, Stewartville, Minn., 869. 2 (tie), Hilda Brock, San Jose, Calif./Linda Steward, Winfield, Kan., and Marie Twite/Nancy Hentkowski, Alpena, Mich., 867. 4 (tie), Jennifer Hawkins, Fresno, Calif./Candace Alford, Madera, Calif., and Cheri M. Runke, Columbia Heights, Minn./Maggi Runke, Ramsey, Minn., 866.

    Singles (130 average and below)
    1 (tie), Iva Hopperstad, Fulton, Texas, and Cathy Salisbury, Somonauk, Ill., 490. 3, Melissa Patten, Springfield, Ohio, 479. 4, Hilda Brock, San Jose, Calif., 476. 5, Erica Brehm, Renton, Wash., 472.

    All Events (130 average and below)
    1, Erica Brehm, Renton, Wash., 1,409. 2, Hilda Brock, San Jose, Calif., 1,310. 3, Tonya Wilson, Hailey, Idaho, 1,309. 4, Jackie Brennan, Wickenburg, Ariz., 1,305. 5, Lee Wuepper, Reno, Nev., 1,301.