2009 USBC Women's Championships reaches halfway point


    United States

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

     The 2009 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships reached the halfway point of its 100-day run at the National Bowling Stadium on Saturday.

    Through 50 days of competition, more than 17,150 bowlers have taken to the lanes, one scoring record has fallen and the tournament welcomed the oldest participant in its 90-year history. The remainder of the 8,330 five-player teams will make their way to Reno before the event concludes on July 5.

    The action and excitement on the lanes began on March 28 and has been steady as bowlers compete daily in team, doubles and singles in five average-based divisions. The 2009 tournament marks the event's fifth visit to the one-of-a-kind Stadium and sixth trip to Reno overall.

    2009USBCWCMichelleFeldman.jpgMichelle Feldman (pictured left) of Auburn, N.Y., who recorded two victories in the Professional Bowlers Association Women's Series this season, posted the highest series in Women's Championships history on the way to the lead in Classic Singles (190 average and above) late last month. Her 816 series surpassed previous record holder, Kendra Gaines of Orlando, Fla., who shot 812 at the 2000 tournament.

    2009USBCWCRobinRomeo.jpgFeldman's 800 series was the fourth in tournament in history. The third was shot earlier the same week by USBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo (right) of Newhall, Calif. Romeo bowled an 805 series in her team event. She added a 689 in doubles and 678 in singles to take the Classic All-Events lead with 2,172, the second highest all-events score in tournament history. Leanne Barrette-Hulsenberg set the record in 2005 with 2,231.

    2009USBCWCEmmaHendrickson.jpgEmma Hendrickson (left) of Morris Plains, N.J., made history of her own when she walked into the 2009 Women's Championships and became the tournament's oldest participant.

    Hendrickson, who turned 100 years old on March 24, competed in her 50th consecutive tournament on April 18. With her appearance, she broke the record she shared with Ethel Brunnick of Santa Monica, Calif., who participated at 99 years of age in 1987.

    Hendrickson's story quickly made its way from one coast to the other and landed in newspapers across the country. Film of her bowling at the tournament made it onto ESPN's Top 10 Plays and ESPNEWS. She will be appearing on Live! With Regis and Kelly on May 22 to bowl against host Regis Philbin, who challenged her to a bowling match shortly after her appearance at the Women's Championships.

    Hendrickson also will appear as the bowling spokesperson for the 2009 New Jersey Senior Olympics in Woodbridge, N.J., from September 11-13.

    The energetic right-hander already is signed up for the 2010 Women's Championships, which will be held in El Paso, Texas. More than 2,800 teams have signed up to take part in the 2010 event, which will see the introduction of an arena setting and a new format that includes just three average-based divisions.

    "The experiences of the first 50 days have made the tournament fly by," said first-year Women's Championships Tournament Manager Eric Pierson. "The staff's goals for the remainder of the tournament are numerous as we prepare for a convention center atmosphere in El Paso. We need to not only continue the traditions held within this event, but also make next year the most exciting tournament the women have ever seen."

    The Women's Championships did take a short break in April for the USBC Queens, which featured 251 of the best women bowlers in the world battling for a $30,000 top prize. In the end, it was Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who took home the title. Johnson was the Classic All-Events champion at the Women's Championships in 2008.

     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, 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 above)
    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, Trish Manna/Suzy Minino, Omaha, Neb., 1,338.

    Singles (190 average and above)
    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 above)
    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, X-Out 2 (Cynthia BlairMcManus, Dorothy Copeland, Stephanie Gardner, Jolita Perry, Mona Wheeler), Lorton, Va., 2,787. 2, Tahoe Girlies, Cave Rock, Nev., 2,701. 3, Dale's Weston Lanes, Wausau, Wis., 2,696. 4, Spare Chasers, Ramsey, Minn., 2,681. 5, So Wheres Dinner, Pacifica, Calif., 2,680.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Rebecca Swanson/Gloria Knatcal, Mankato, Minn., 1,208. 2 (tie), Estella Brown-Secrest/Wanda Pettigrew-Jones, Detroit, and Darlene Smith, Lakewood, Colo./Laurel Rhodes, Englewood, Colo., 1,182. 4, Kristi LaCroix/Jamie Nelson, Spokane, Wash., 1181. 5, Kelly Scalici/Michele Chaney, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,174.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Linda Freeland, Dade City, Fla., 694. 2, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 668. 3, Teresa Bond, Gurnee, Ill., 648. 4, Sandie Ruskey, Everett, Wash., 640. 5, Jeri Espinoza, South San Francisco, Calif., 639.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Rowena DeMesa, Daly City, Calif., 1,781. 2, Sheryl Spagnoletti, Howell, Mich., 1,779. 3, Jodi Jones, Glendale, Ariz., 1,763. 4, Hazel Pettit, Daly City, Calif., 1,762. 5, Stephanie Laney, Warner Robbins, Ga., 1,740.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (746-845 average)
    1, MD Crabs With Attitude (Tracey O'Leary, Alice Lloyd, Amanda Lloyd, Barbara Peters, Wanda Jameson), Waldorf, Md., 2,649. 2, Maple Lanes, Waterloo, Iowa, 2,573. 3, A Family Affair, Faribault, Minn., 2,556. 4, Magic Lanes, Seattle, 2,553. 5, Pink Ladies, Skokie, Ill., 2,546.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Lynda Woodall, Rainier, Ore./Kate Olson, Saint Helens, Ore., 1,178. 2, Michele Anderson, Arlington, Texas/Aldaria Brown, Harbor City, Calif., 1,150. 3, Heather Johnson, Waterford, Mich./Deanna Ish, Dexter, Mich., 1,135. 4, Tang Mitchell, Hollywood, Md./Sandy Biehler, California, Md., 1,131. 5, Stephanie Duncan, Hilliard, Ohio/Jacqueline Noble, Ashville, Ohio, 1,109.

    Singles (150-169 average)
    1, Nicole Evans, Buena Park, Calif., 646. 2, Linda King, Suffield, Ohio, 642. 3, Tammy Chenevert, Crosby, Texas, 641. 4, Dixie Fronk, Springville, Utah, 625. 5, Esther Calderwood, Denver, 616.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Sheree Addison, Camarillo, Calif., 1,745. 2, Patti Anderson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 1,653. 3, Michelle Post, Wakeeney, Kan., 1,652. 4 (tie), Heather Johnson, Waterford, Mich., and Kate Olson, Saint Helens, Ore., 1,651.



    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, Riley-Armstrong Plumbing, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 2,376. 3, Tornadoes-4 Square, Glencoe, Minn., 2,361. 4, Tri-City Ladies, Lakeland, Fla., 2,342. 5, Ducks In A Row, Troy, Ala., 2,339.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Pam R. Graham/Debbie Graham, Albany Ore., 1,043. 2, JoAnn Legge, Phoenix/Liz Fallin, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 1,021. 3, Kris Romain, Madison, Wis./Ellen White, Middleton, Wis., 1,019. 4, Christine Cotey/Melissa Cook, Elma, Wash., 1,017. 5, Leanne Watson/Susan Herron, Incline Village, Nev., 1,015.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1 (tie), Deb O'Howell, Walworth, Wis., and Laura Lockett, Grangeville, Idaho, 566. 3, Judy Barnett, Lemoore, Calif., 553. 4, Cindy Nerison, Maplewood, Minn., 550. 5, Peg Sexton, Marion, Ind., 549.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Judy Hansen, London, Ontario, 1,551. 2 (tie), Stacey Harlow, Satanta, Kan., and Alexis Caylao, San Leandro, Calif., 1,534. 4, Vicki Schoening, Alexandria, Minn., 1,520. 5, Debbie Pearl, San Quentin, Calif., 1,509.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (650 average and below)
    1 (tie), Texas Tornados (Kerri Niemeyer, Wendy Goodnight, Kim Mitchell, Jacqueline Langlinais, Jean Burns), Lorena, Texas, and Team Labatt (Jennifer Carpentier, Susan Swartzer, Katie Anderson, Heidi Gongoll, Lisa Gabbert), Howard Lake, Minn., 2,064. 3, Ten Pins, Anoka, Minn., 2,024. 4, Westside Pharmacy, Capitola, Calif., 2,019. 5, Comfort Inn, Manderson, Wyo., 2,018.

    Doubles (260 average and below)
    1, Wanda Blain, Carlisle, Pa./Tammy Smith, Dry Run, Pa., 942. 2, Betty Campbell, Cottonwood, Idaho/Laura Lockett, Grangeville, Idaho, 930. 3, Jane Wright, Midlothian, Va./Melanie Mendenhell, Richmond, Va., 929. 4, Tracey A. Reed, Sherman, Texas/Evelyn Green, Irving, Texas, 916. 5 (tie), Kayla Robertson, Council Bluffs, Iowa/Marilyn Rumple, Ralston, Neb., and Margaret Youngbear/Verona Suchanek, Tama Iowa, 904.

    Singles (130 average and below)
    1, Joy Chauvette, Westbrook, Maine, 547. 2, Lois Keller, Milwaukee, Wis., 532. 3, Mandi Everett, San Bernardino, Calif., 531. 4, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn., 520. 5, Sharon Goulet, Fowlerville, Mich., 499.

    All Events (130 average and below)
    1, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn., 1,424. 2, Erica Brehm, Renton, Wash., 1,409. 3, Suzanne Emerson, West Jordan, Utah, 1,385. 4, Diamond Lemus, Phoenix, 1,379. 5, Melissa Patten, Springfield, Ohio, 1,369.