California bowler rolls 300 game at USBC Women's Championships


    United States

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

    2009USBCWCLindsyBonifacini.jpgLindsy Bonifacini of San Diego left her mark on the leaderboard and the record books at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships on Thursday.

    The 27-year-old right-hander became the ninth woman in the 90-year history of the event, and first this year, to roll a 300 game on the tournament lanes.

    After beginning her doubles competition with a 203 game, Bonifacini rattled off 12 consecutive strikes for the tournament's first perfect game since Alicia Kellow of Louisville, Ky., achieved the milestone at the 2005 event in Tulsa, Okla.

    Bonifacini finished doubles with a 234 game for a 737 series and teamed up with her sister Kacy Bonifacini for a 1,312 doubles effort, which is good for ninth place in Classic Doubles. Clara Guerrero of Austin, Texas, and Jenifer Larson of Tupper Lake, N.Y., lead with 1,404.

    "It really didn't kick in until I struck in the ninth frame," said Bonifacini, who competed in her second USBC Women's Championships. "All of a sudden, it was like, here we go. By the 12th shot, my legs were shaking, and it felt like I was going to fall over. I was so nervous, but I just told myself to get the ball off of my hand clean and give it a chance."

    Bonifacini was consistent throughout the entire event at the National Bowling Stadium and added 660 in team and 641 in singles for 2,038 all-events total, an average of more than 226. The performance moved her into seventh place in Classic All-Events. Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., leads with 2,172.

    Bonifacini, who bowls league at Mira Mesa Bowl, felt the pressure as she posted strike after strike, but she continued to make quality shots.

    On the final shot of her 300 game, the 4 pin was the last to fall, and the surrounding bowlers erupted with excitement.

    This was not Bonifacini's first visit to the Stadium this year. She competed in the USBC Queens in April and made the first cut before finishing in 87th place against a challenging lane condition and the best female bowlers in the world. It was her second appearance at the Queens, too.

    "You really had to make great shots at the Queens," said Bonifacini, who now owns five 300 games and rolled her first 800 series earlier this season. "It was so tough, so I wasn't sure how close the pattern would play when I came back. The experience on the tougher pattern helped out today."

    Along with bowling on tough conditions, Bonifacini also had a little inspiration from her mother, which helped lead to her performance on the lanes.

    "My mother wasn't able to make it to the tournament," Bonifacini said. "I had talked to her on the phone earlier in the day, and she told me just to go ahead and bowl 300 tonight. So I'm glad I listened. My father and sister were here to see it, but I was sad that she missed it."

    The first 300 shot at the Women's Championships was by Lori Gensch of Milwaukee, Wis., in 1979. Now 30 years later, Bonifacini is proud to add her name to the list.

    "I feel very privileged to become a part of history at this tournament," Bonifacini said. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a part of such a group."

     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, 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, ShaJuana Boyd, Anderson, S.C., 662. 4, Teresa Bond, Gurnee, Ill., 648. 5, Valerie Krein, Rochester, Wash., 646.

    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, Classy Ladies I, Philadelphia, 2,625. 5 (tie), We Are Family, Sacramento, Calif., and Carolina Girls, Winston Salem, N.C., 2,591.

    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, Lula Jones, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,780. 2, Sheree Addison, Camarillo, Calif., 1,745. 3, Mary Barton, Lewisville, Texas, 1,732. 4, Marcie Bentti, Palmer, Alaska, 1,723. 5, Joanne Cisler, Sarasota, Fla., 1,711.



    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, Karz Trucking, Woodward, Okla., 2,408. 3, Friendship Squad-F, 2,382. 4, Riley-Armstrong Plumbing, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 2,376. 5, Alley Cats, Friend, Neb., 2,367.

    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, Javonna Cabell, Zion, Ill., 584. 4, Victoria Brunelle, Rouses Point, N.Y., 581. 5, Brooke Wright, Woodstock, Ga., 580.

    All Events (131-149 average)
    1, Krissy Elvin, Lakeview, Ore., 1,615. 2 (tie), Gayle Rozzelle, Charlotte, N.C., and Victoria Brunelle, Rouses Point, N.Y., 1,607. 4, Robin Sloan, Craig, Colo., 1,604. 5, Diane Davis-Cain, Covington, Ky., 1,597.



    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, Classy Ladies, Spanish Fork, Utah, 2,136. 4, La Pank 360 Barber Shop, Houma, La., 2,093. 5, Kentucky Ladybugs, Vine Grove, Ky., 2,085.

    Doubles (260 average and below)
    1, Wanda Blain, Carlisle, Pa./Tammy Smith, Dry Run, Pa., 942. 2, Katrina Springer/Robin Sloan, Craig, Colo., 932. 3, Betty Campbell, Cottonwood, Idaho/Laura Lockett, Grangeville, Idaho, 930. 4, Jane Wright, Midlothian, Va./Melanie Mendenhell, Richmond, Va., 929. 5, Helen Martin/Gloria Ann Alarcon, Alamogordo, N.M., 925.

    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 (tie), Judy Harvey, Cherokee Village, Ark., and Allyson Foster, Dallas, 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.