Feldman breaks record on way to Classic Singles lead at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    2009USBCWCMichelleFeldman.jpgMichelle Feldman (pictured left) of Auburn, N.Y., shot the highest individual series in the 90-year history of the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships on her way to take over the lead in Classic Singles on Friday.

    Feldman, who won two Professional Bowlers Association Women's Series titles this season, became the fourth woman to reach the 800 series mark in tournament history and the second since Wednesday. Feldman rolled games of 279, 249 and 288 on her way to an 816 series, surpassing Kendra Gaines' 812 in the 2000 tournament. Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., shot 805 in team event Wednesday.

    After struggling in team and doubles, Feldman finally found a pair to match up with her high-rev game.

    "In doubles, I used every ball in my bag to try and find a reaction," said Feldman, who won Classic Singles and All-Events in 2003. "When we moved pairs, it was night and day. I was able to use my favorite ball and had a great look."

    Feldman hopes to use this performance as a stepping stone into the USBC Queens, which starts Saturday at the National Bowling Stadium.

    "Tomorrow will be a brand new day," said Feldman, who finished second in the 2004 Queens to Marianne DiRupo. "It depends on who you are bowling with, if you have the right ball in your hands and if you're in the right part of the lane. I'm hoping to carry the momentum from tonight to tomorrow."

    Feldman, who also owns 10 Professional Women's Bowlers Association titles, added 565 in team and 533 in doubles for an all-events total of 1,914.


    Guerrero, Larson take Classic Doubles lead

    2009USBCWCClaraGuerreroJeniferLarson.jpgClara Guerrero (left) of Austin, Texas, and Jenifer Larson (right) of Tupper Lake, N.Y., finished strong Friday night to overtake the lead in Classic Doubles at the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    Guerrero and Larson each closed with matching 252 games to secure the Classic Doubles lead with 1,404. Robin Romeo and Jeanne Naccarato previously held the top spot with a 1,361 set. Guerrero shot 728 with Larson adding 676.

    The pair bowled doubles together for the second consecutive year after first meeting at last year's Women's Championships.

    "We were both subs last year," Larson said. "We were both the odd person out with our crossing teams, so bowling doubles was our first meeting."

    Although they weren't familiar with each others games, their second pairing resulted in a much bigger set.

    "I bowled so poorly in doubles for her last year," said Guerrero, who competed in the Professional Bowlers Association Women Series this past season. "I knew I had to bowl better this year."

    Guerrero hopes to continue her success at the USBC Queens, which starts Saturday at the National Bowling Stadium.

    "I definitely feel good after the way I bowled today," Guerrero said. "The tournament environment and pairings will be different, but I have confidence going in."

    Following her doubles performance, Larson continued to strike in singles. In her second game, she struck on her first 11 shots before getting seven on her final ball for a 297 on her way to a 714 series.

    "I just wanted to throw it good in the 10th frame," Larson said. "I had some poor 10th frames earlier in the tournament, so I just wanted to throw it good."


    First-time participant rolls into Division 2 Singles Lead

    2009USBCWCNicoleEvans.jpgIn her first United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships appearance, Nicole Evans (pictured) of Buena Park, Calif., put together a personal best series to take the lead in Division 2 Singles.

    Coming in with a 165 average, Evans rolled games of 180, 248 and 218 for a 646 series. Division 2 consists of bowlers with averages between 150 and 169.

    As she made it through her first tournament at the National Bowling Stadium, Evans was not only taken in by the event and center itself, but her fellow competitors on the lanes. With the USBC Queens starting on Saturday, many of the top female bowlers in the country joined Evans during her doubles and singles event on Thursday.

    "I was actually pretty nervous," Evans said. "Between the environment around you and all of the great bowlers here, it can get pretty intimidating."

    Despite those nerves, Evans followed a simple game plan for success.

    "I just threw the ball and got it going," Evans said.

    Evans added a 439 series in team and 467 in doubles for a 1,552 all-events score.

     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 over)
    1, Together Once Again (Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Lynda Barnes, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Andrea Fleming, Tammy Boomershine), Keller, Texas, 3,322. 2, Alpha Pool Plastering, Newhall, Calif., 3,286. 3, Shootin' Nines, Indianapolis, 3,251. 4, Husky Shox, Wichita, Kan., 3,202. 5, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,143.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Clara Guerrero, Austin, Texas/Jenifer Larson, Tupper Lake, N.Y., 1,404. 2, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M./Lindsay Baker, Amherst, N.Y., 1,384. 3, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md./Kassy Golden, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,371. 4, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, Wash., 1,361. 5, Annie Hunt, Forestville, Md./Stephanie Dyson, Clinton, Md., 1,331.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 816. 2, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 761. 3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 758. 4, Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, 723. 5, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 720.

    All Events (190 average and over)
    1, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,172. 2, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 2,161 3, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 2,160. 4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,139. 5, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,053.



    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, Hawaiian Punch, Kapolei, Hawaii, 2,626.

    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, Daniela Pfister, Columbia, Md./Debra Sinek, Odenton, Md., 1,128. 4, Heidi Banjoff, Sheffield Lake, Ohio/Beth Pranckunas, Lorain, Ohio, 1,122. 5, Amy Garrison/Colleen Baldock, Hayward, Calif., 1,121.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Linda Freeland, Dade City, Fla., 694. 2, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 668. 3, Sandie Ruskey, Everett, Wash., 640. 4, Lisa Ristau, Clarkston, Wash., 624. 5, Gwyn McClintock, Brighton, Mich., 623.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Rowena DeMesa, Daly City, Calif., 1,781. 2, Jodi Jones, Glendale, Calif., 1,763. 3, Hazel Pettit, Daly City, Calif., 1,762. 4, Stephanie Laney, Warner Robbins, Ga., 1,740. 5, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 1,735.



    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, Murrey Girls, Elkton, Ky., 2,541. 3, Roadrunners, San Jose, Calif., 2,531. 4, Evergreen Woodcraft, Renton, Wash., 2,521. 5, Grandmas Girls, Fremont, Neb., 2,519.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Michele Anderson, Arlington, Texas/Aldaria Brown, Harbor City, Calif., 1,150. 2, Amanda Schlegel, Dayton, Ohio/Carmen Grey, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 1,077. 3, Michelle Post/Donna Keyser, Wakeeny, Kan., 1,073. 4, Janice Barnhill, Social Circle, Ga./Teresa Alexander, Conyers, Ga., 1,063. 5 (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, Nicole Evans, Buena Park, Calif., 646. 2, Nedra Cooper, Colton, Calif., 590. 3, Marilyn McCreary, Saline, Mich., 589. 4, Diane Nelson, Draper, Utah, 587. 5, Kelly Bell, Akron, Pa., 585.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Michelle Post, Wakeeney, Kan., 1,652. 2, Jayne Sonognini-Thurston, Keizer, Ore., 1,650. 3 (tie), Kathy MacDonald, Commerce Township, Mich., and Sherill Borgstahl, Faribault, Minn., 1,647. 5, Meg Peterson, Big Lake, Minn., 1,639.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Friendship Squad-F (Joyce Arbogast, Nettie Miller, Jewell Hutchison, Virginia Priestman, Michelle Schirer), 2,382. 2, Keyser True Value, Wakeeney, Kan., 2,364. 3, Tornadoes-4 Square, Glencoe, Minn., 2,361. 4, Friendship Squad-L, Fredonia, Kan., 2,303. 5, Gutter Gals, Port Ludlow, Wash., 2,302.

    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, Kim Stark/Pamela Zindel, Wichita, Kan., 1,000.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Judy Barnett, Lemoore, Calif., 553. 2, Cindy Nerison, Maplewood, Minn., 550. 3, Stacey Culver, Howard City, Mich., 547. 4, Audrey Payton, Minden, La., 545. 5, Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 542.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 1,534. 2, Pam R. Graham, Albany, Ore., 1,506. 3, Pamela Zindel, Wichita, Kan., 1,501. 4, Kathy Kalis, Conyers, Ga., 1,498. 5, Lillian Hawkins, Newman, Ga., 1,495.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (650 average and under)
    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, Comfort Inn, Manderson, Wyo., 2,018. 4, Dan Loose Pools, Reno, Nev., 1,989. 5, Foxy Ladies, Harbor, Ore., 1,970.

    Doubles (260 average and under)
    1, Tracey A. Reed, Sherman, Texas/Evelyn Green, Irving, Texas, 916. 2, Kayla Robertson, Council Bluffs, Iowa/Marilyn Rumple, Ralston, Neb., 904. 3, Leah Olson, Byron, Minn./Jody Van Ostrand, Stewartville, Minn., 869. 4 (tie), Hilda Brock, San Jose, Calif./Linda Steward, Winfield, Kan., and Marie Twite/Nancy Hentkowski, Alpena, Mich., 867.

    Singles (130 average and under)
    1, Sharon Goulet, Fowlerville, Mich., 499. 2, Carol James, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 494. 3 (tie), Iva Hopperstad, Fulton, Texas, and Cathy Salisbury, Somonauk, Ill., 490. 5, Melissa Patten, Springfield, Ohio, 479.

    All Events (130 average and under)
    1, Erica Brehm, Renton, Wash., 1,409. 2, Melissa Patten, Springfield, Ohio, 1,369. 3, Sharon Goulet, Fowlerville, Mich., 1,353. 4, Carol James, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,340. 5, Pam Righetti, Harbor, Ore., 1,322.