80-year-old Idaho woman makes first trip to USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    2009USBCWCColleenKeirnes.jpgEvery year, the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships gets thousands of first-time participants eager to experience what the tournament has to offer. Colleen Keirnes of Salmon, Idaho, is one of those bowlers and proved it's never too late to start competing on the largest stage in women's bowling.

    Keirnes, participating for the first time at the age of 80, made her tournament debut at the National Bowling Stadium on Monday evening. Her trip to the tournament started simply as a way to have fun with a few friends and turned into a memorable experience.

    "We just decided that we were going to Reno to bowl in the national tournament," Keirnes said.

    The spry right-hander, who bowls twice a week at the Salmon Strike Zone, did have some reservations about her first trip to the USBC Women's Championships due to the travel arrangements.

    "Everyone was originally going to drive into Boise and then fly to Reno," Keirnes said. "I wasn't sure if I was going, but they changed their minds and decided to drive the entire way. I'm not a big fan of flying."

    After arriving at the one-of-a-kind Stadium, Keirnes was excited as well as nervous heading into her team event.

    "I have butterflies in my stomach," Keirnes said. "I hope I can bowl well. I at least want to hit my average. We've had so much fun already, though, and everyone here has been so helpful and nice that it's going to be a great experience no matter how I bowl."

    Keirnes started bowling in 1956. For the past 10 years, she has competed in two leagues each week. She currently holds 130 average.

    Keirnes' trip to Reno also allowed her to visit with relatives she hasn't seen in many years. Although she has had two husbands pass away, she is still supported by two sons, seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.<
    Her first efforts on the tournament lanes left her smiling after team event thanks to games of 138, 114 and 170 for a 422 series.

    "I had a really good time," Keirnes said. "I was nervous, but it worked out just fine. I shot my average and won some money in brackets. It was just an awesome and fantastic experience."

    Keirnes added a 384 series in doubles and 368 in singles for a 1,174 all-events total in her inaugural Women's Championships effort.

     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, It's A Little Thang (Kandace Little, Esther Vann, Leeanna Little, Gloria George, LaToya Tull), Bronx, N.Y., 2,792. 2, X-Out 2, Lorton, Va., 2,787. 3, TEAM 27133, Calgary, Alberta, 2,734. 4, Friday Nite Out, Lawrenceville, Ga., 2,720. 5, Adams Apples, Liverpool, N.Y., 2,716.

    Doubles (339-378 average)
    1, Marilyn Brown, Bellingham, Wash./Janice Eisenhut, Ferndale, Wash., 1,274. 2, Mary Barton, Lewisville, Texas/Sherri Strongren, Little Elm, Texas, 1,267. 3, Rebecca Swanson/Gloria Knatcal, Mankato, Minn., 1,208. 4, Ellie O'Connell/Arlene Hailey, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 1,196. 5 (tie), Estella Brown-Secrest/Wanda Pettigrew-Jones, Detroit, and Darlene Smith, Lakewood, Colo./Laurel Rhodes, Englewood, Colo., 1,182.

    Singles (170-189 average)
    1, Linda Freeland, Dade City, Fla., 694. 2, Wanda Simmons, Stillwater, Okla., 668. 3, Teresa Bond, Gurnee, Ill., 648. 4, Valerie Krein, Rochester, Wash., 646. 5, Lisa Yuknavage, Orlando, Fla., 642.

    All Events (170-189 average)
    1, Sheryl Ishihara, Anchorage, Alaska, 1,852. 2, Darla Moorhead, Perham, Minn., 1,805. 3, Jessica Fleischer, Hoffman, Estates, Ill., 1,804. 4, Lawana Williams, Raleigh, N.C., 1.803. 5, Christina Newman, Henderson, Nev., 1,796.



    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, Oh Spare Me, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,627. 3, We Are Family, Sacramento, Calif., 2,591. 4, Camas Lanes, Grangeville, Idaho, 2,583. 5, Howell Classigals, Freehold, N.J., 2,576.

    Doubles (299-338 average)
    1, Lynda Woodall, Rainier, Ore./Kate Olson, Saint Helens, Ore., 1,178. 2, Marcie Bentti, Palmer, Alaska/Tracy Adams, Wasilla, Alaska, 1,164. 3, Nora Richardson, Alvin, Texas/Kerry Moreland, Houston, 1,160. 4, Michele Anderson, Arlington, Texas/Aldaria Brown, Harbor City, Calif., 1,150. 5, Donna Knisely, Grand Junction, Colo./Gail Kugelman, Annandale, N.J., 1,143.

    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 (tie), Lorinda Velazquez, Englewood, Colo., and Anne Phillips, North Wilkesboro, N.C., 623.

    All Events (150-169 average)
    1, Sheree Addison, Camarillo, Calif., 1,745. 2, Mary Barton, Lewisville, Texas, 1,732. 3, Marcie Bentti, Palmer, Alaska, 1,723. 4, Joanne Cisler, Sarasota, Fla., 1,711. 5, Dorothy Cotton, Oakland, Calif., 1,704.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (651-745 average)
    1, Alley Oops (Cheryl Riviere, Carol Pomes, Judy Tabor, Peggy, Burge, Venora Galatas), Slidell, La., 2,419. 2, Friendship Squad-F, 2,382. 3, Riley-Armstrong Plumbing, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 2,376. 4, Alley Cats, Friend, Neb., 2,367. 5, Keyser True Value, Wakeeney, Kan., 2,364.

    Doubles (261-298 average)
    1, Lindy Wefel/Bonnie Wefel, Belvidere, Ill., 1,071. 2, Linda White/Barb Lendway, Stacy, Minn., 1,062. 3, Lynda Lippert, Lyndon, Kan./Roberta Seifried, Dighton, Kan., 1,048. 4, Pam R. Graham/Debbie Graham, Albany Ore., 1,043. 5, Joyce Tallman/Shirley Sheppard, Lawrence, Kan., 1,037.

    Singles (131-149 average)
    1, Sandy Green, Virginia Beach, Va., 594. 2, Diane Davis-Cain, Covington, Ky., 590. 3 3, Victoria Brunelle, Rouses Point, N.Y., 581. 4, Brooke Wright, Woodstock, Ga., 580. 5 (tie), Marilyn Johnson, Temple Hills, Md., and Stephanie Miller, Fairbanks, Alaska, 577.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Krissy Elvin, Lakeview, Ore., 1,615. 2, Victoria Brunelle, Rouses Point, N.Y., 1,607. 3, Diane Davis-Cain, Covington, Ky., 1,597. 4, Beth Kraykovich, Alamogordo, N.M., 1,590. 5, Kris Moltane, Daytona Beach, Fla., 1,565.



    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    Team (650 average and below)
    1 Bermuda Go Getters (Nicole Pearman, Gloria Ray, Pearl Young, Juliette Smith, Frances Baker), Warwick, WKBX, 2,163. 2, La Pank 360 Barber Shop, Houma, La., 2,093. 3, Kentucky Ladybugs, Vine Grove, Ky., 2,085. 4, Holy Hot Mamas, Nevada City, Calif., 2,026. 5, Ten Pins, Anoka, Minn., 2,024. 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, Jennifer Pfannkuche, Streamwood, Ill./Kristen Amundsen, Des Plaines, Ill., 918. 5, Kendra Lewis, Filer, Idaho/Becky Lewis, Twin Falls, Idaho, 917. 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, Judy Harvey, Cherokee Village, Ark., 513. All Events (130 average and below)
    1, Lucy Drahota, Shelton, Wash., 1,429. 2, Robin Miles, South Haven, Minn., 1,424. 3, Annette Hernandez, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,407. 4, Ramona Bartley, Castro Valley, Calif., 1,397. 5, Wanda Pinkston, Dighton, Kan., 1,392.