2009 USBC Women's Championships comes to a close at National Bowling Stadium


    United States

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

    2009USBCWCLogo.jpgAfter 100 days of excitement, accomplishment and record-setting performances, the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships came to a close at the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday.

    A total of 8,330 five-player teams representing 50 states and six foreign countries competed in the event that kicked off on March 28, and now 45 women can call themselves tournament champions.

    2009USBCWCTogetherOnceAgain.jpgTogether Once Again (pictured right) of Keller, Texas, found itself in familiar territory, claiming the title in Classic Team (combined averages of 946 and above) for the second consecutive time in Reno. This time, the group took the title with a 3,322 team total, the third-highest in tournament history.

    The team was led by Tammy Boomershine, who posted a 732 series. She was followed by Andrea Fleming (689), Cathy Dorin-Lizzi (663), USBC Hall of Famer and Team USA member Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (631) and Team USA member Lynda Barnes (607). In 2006, they won the event with a 3,350 effort, the highest team score ever rolled at the USBC Women's Championships.

    "We are pretty excited about it," said Dorin-Ballard, who now owns five titles at the Women's Championships. "We've been bowling together for so long now and have so much fun, but winning makes it that much better. We will have to bowl better next year if we want to repeat, but we are all ready to defend our title in El Paso."

    2009USBCWCMichelleFeldman.jpg2009USBCWCRobinRomeo.jpgMichelle Feldman (left) of Auburn, N.Y., took home the Classic Singles title by firing the highest series in Women's Championships history. She put together games of 279, 249 and 288 for an 816 series on April 24. Kendra Gaines of Orlando, Fla., previously held the record with 812, rolled during the 2000 tournament, also in Reno.

    Feldman, who won two Professional Bowlers Association Women's Series events this season, became just the fourth bowler to roll an 800 series at the Women's Championships. USBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo (right) of Newhall, Calif., also accomplished the feat this year, tossing an 805 series the same week to help her team to a runner-up finish with 3,286.

    "It always feels nice to win, especially with the look I had earlier in the tournament," Feldman said. "We moved pairs, and all of a sudden, I couldn't miss. I wish I had that look all the time. I'm looking forward to defending in El Paso, and it should be fun since it's a city I haven't bowled in."

    Romeo's momentum carried over to doubles and singles and helped her to the Classic All-Events title. She added 689 in doubles and 678 in singles and finished with a 2,172 all-events total, the second-highest in tournament history. Only Leanne Barrette-Hulsenberg of Elk Grove, Calif., has posted a higher number, shooting 2,231 at the 2005 event in Tulsa, Okla.

    "It's really exciting to win a title at this stage of my career," Romeo said. "The scores were pretty high this year, so I was a bit worried to see if I would hold on. I feel that winning all-events is the toughest since you have to bowl well in every event, so I'm honored. The whole week was exciting for all of us, especially bowling so well in team and being in first place for a little bit."

    2009USBCWCClaraGuerreroJeniferLarson.jpgClassic Doubles honors went to (l-r) Clara Guerrero of Austin, Texas, and Jenifer Larson of Tupper Lake, N.Y., with a 1,404 total. Guerrero led the way with a 728 series, while Larson contributed 676. It was the second time they've bowled doubles together since meeting as substitutes on companion teams last year in Detroit.

    "I'm so excited that we were able to hold on," Guerrero said. "I didn't check the scores too often, but I was getting anxious towards the end. I'm just so happy to bowl with a great team and a great partner in Jen. I can't wait until El Paso next year."

    Larson, who owns her own bowling center, Lakeview Lanes, has not been a regular at the Women's Championships since acquiring the bowling center, but is grateful for the opportunity to be included.

    "I am really grateful to my team captain, Brenda Mack, for inviting me back," Larson said. "This was a great pairing when Clara and I met last year in Detroit. We struggled then, but this year, it really paid off. We'd better be paired together again next year, too."

    2009USBCWCLindsyBonifacini_small.jpgThe 2009 event also saw the first perfect game on the tournament lanes since 2005 as Lindsy Bonifacini (left) of San Diego put together 12 consecutive strikes during her doubles event on July 2. Bonifacini became just the ninth woman to roll a 300 game at the Women's Championships.

    There also were two participation records set at this year's Women's Championships.

    2009USBCWCEmmaHendrickson_small.jpgEmma Hendrickson (right), 100, of Morris Plains, N.J., became the oldest participant in tournament history and received national attention for her accomplishment, including the chance to bowl against television personality Regis Philbin on "Live! With Regis and Kelly" in New York. She also was a special guest at an ESPN bowling event and will make a guest appearance at the New Jersey Seniors Olympics in September.

    2009USBCWCMiniTvaska_small.jpgTournament participation leader Mini Tvaska (left) of St. Petersburg, Fla., bested her own record by competing in her 63rd consecutive Women's Championships. The 91-year-old made her first tournament appearance at the 1947 event in Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Both women are signed up for next year's tournament in El Paso, Texas, which already has nearly 4,000 teams registered.

    The 2010 event will usher in a new era for the Women's Championships, including the introduction of a convention center setting and three new average-based divisions using 100 percent handicap.

    Division leaders and complete standings for the 2009 tournament (Classic, Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4) can be verified here. Results are unofficial pending a final verification of averages.


     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, Amy Howard, Scottsdale, Ariz./Carolyn Delooper, Glendale, Ariz., 1,042.

    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.