California woman rolls highest game of 2009 USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    2009USBCWCJeanetteMenachoAdams.jpgJeanette Menacho-Adams of Antelope, Calif., placed her name in the record books at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships by rolling a 299 game, the highest game of the 2009 event. She became only the sixth woman in tournament history to achieve the feat.

    Photo by Studio By Design.

    The 33-year-old left-hander started off her team event with 214 and then struck on the first 11 shots the following game before a stubborn 8 pin stood on her final ball. She finished with 211 for a 724 series.

    Her effort helped Steve Cook's Bowling Supply of Roseville, Calif., into 12th place in Classic Team (combined average above 946) with a 3,036 total. She was joined on the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium by Laura Hardeman (623), USBC Hall of Famer Leanne Barrette-Hulsenberg (611), and USBC Women's Championships titlists Lauren Takahashi (564) and Karen Sookikian (514).

    Menacho-Adams credits her patience in helping her put up an honor score. In finishing the first game, she left six consecutive nine counts before starting her string of strikes.

    "Some luck and patience were the keys," said Menacho-Adams, who competed in her third Women's Championships. "I had trouble getting the 10 pin out at the end of the first game, but stuck to the same plan. Leanne even commented as I was striking about how my patience had paid off."

    Menacho-Adams, who bowls at AMF Alpine Valley Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., did not feel the pressure mount as the number of consecutive strikes grew, due to having a long day leading up to her tournament appearance.

    "I was actually so tired when we were bowling because I had to get up at 4:30 in the morning for work," Menacho-Adams said. "So by the time we were bowling, I was just so relaxed and having fun. I truly enjoyed bowling with this team, and it seemed like we really gelled, which is one of the keys to bowling."

    She also felt a little more at home at the National Bowling Stadium since she had family watching and cheering her on.

    "I owe a lot to my husband, Todd, who is my number one supporter," Menacho-Adams said. "My mother, grandfather, mother-in-law and father-in-law also were there watching, which was just great. Having the full support of your family when you turn around after a shot, good or bad, really helps."

    The fellow bowlers on her squad also recognized the feat she had accomplished.

    "It was so amazing," Menacho-Adams said. "Saturday night, while we were walking through the casino, I had people I had never met come up and congratulate me. It is so great how this tournament can bring women bowlers from all over the country together."

    Menacho-Adams also realizes the significance of her score. Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah was the last woman to bowl a 299 in the Women's Championships during the 2007 event. There have only been eight 300s shot on the tournament lanes over the 90-year history of the event.

    "It's truly an amazing feeling," Menacho-Adams said. "I've shot 300s and 299s during league before, but to shoot like that at the Women's Championships is such a great honor. It's a totally different feeling, and I'm just so honored to be a part of history. I can't wait to try and do it again next year."

    Menacho-Adams finished off her Women's Championships appearance with a 630 series in doubles and 492 in singles for a 1,846 all-events total.

     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, Nichole Jones, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1,811. 3, Darla Moorhead, Perham, Minn., 1,805. 4, Jessica Fleischer, Hoffman, Estates, Ill., 1,804. 5, Lawana Williams, Raleigh, N.C., 1.803.



    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, Becky's Pinbusters, Brea, Calif., 2,636. 3, Oh Spare Me, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,627. 4, We Are Family, Sacramento, Calif., 2,591. 5, Indys Magnificent Five #1, Indianapolis, 2,587.

    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, Gayle Vartanian, Rancho Santa Mararit, Calif., 628. 5, Dixie Fronk, Springville, Utah, 625.

    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 Three Peaks Outfitters (Remi Davis, Carol Gould, Judy Lambe, Gail Mayer, Paula Griffin), Cle Elum, Wash., 2,175. 2, Bermuda Go Getters, Warwick, WKBX, 2,163. 3, La Pank 360 Barber Shop, Houma, La., 2,093. 4, Kentucky Ladybugs, Vine Grove, Ky., 2,085. 5, Team Labatt, Howard Lake, Minn., and Texas Tornados, Lorena, Texas, 2,064.

    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, Helen Martin/Gloria Ann Alarcon, Alamogordo, N.M., 925. 5, Jennifer Pfannkuche, Streamwood, Ill./Kristen Amundsen, Des Plaines, Ill., 918.

    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, Erica Brehm, Renton, Wash., 1,409. 4, Annette Hernandez, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,407. 5, Andrea Randall, West Jordan, Utah, 1,406.