Ohio bowler reaches 50 years at USBC Women's Championships

    06/23/10

    United States

    El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center in El Paso, Texas, USA (March 27-July 9, 2010)

    2010USBCWCMaryLackeyEricPierson.jpgMary Lackey (pictured left) of Camden, Ohio, reached a personal milestone as she made her 50th appearance at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships on Sunday.

    The 95-year-old right-hander began her USBC Women's Championships career at the 1957 event in Dayton, Ohio. Her second tournament wasn't until 1961, but since then, she only has missed one tournament (1965 in Portland, Ore.). In her travels to the event, she has competed in 40 different cities in 26 states.

    She was joined on her ceremonial march down Center Aisle by Women's Championships Tournament Manager Eric Pierson (right) and was presented with a commemorative plaque, bouquet of flowers and a gold pendant and necklace to celebrate her accomplishment.

    "Except for the plaque, I didn't expect any of this," said Lackey, who bowls two of her three winter leagues at Oxford Lanes in Oxford, Ohio. "I was shocked. They really went above and beyond."

    2010USBCWCMaryLackeyFamily.jpgLackey also was happy to have some of her family join her in El Paso to help celebrate the moment. Her son, Jim Lackey, and his wife, Nancy (pictured right), met her in Sun City to cheer her on at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.

    "I'm really proud that they decided to join me," Lackey said. "This has been the best accomplishment of my bowling career, so I'm happy they were here with me."

    As she approached 50 years, not only at the Women's Championships, but also at the Ohio USBC Women's Bowling Association Tournament, she had set her sights on reaching the milestone at both events. She also made her 50th Ohio USBC WBA Tournament appearance earlier this year.

    The ability to compete in tournaments is one of Lackey's favorite aspects of the sport. She still has the drive to be competitive but also loves the camaraderie and appreciation everyone is able to share on the tournament lanes.

    "It's been my goal for sometime now," Lackey said. "I'm just glad I can still be here to bowl at my age. My scores weren't outlandish, but my son just told me I averaged higher than my age. I just love to bowl in tournaments, though. Plus, I bowled with such a nice bunch of girls and just really enjoyed myself."

    On the lanes, Lackey finished out her 2010 campaign with a 394 series in doubles, 366 in singles and 357 in team for a 1,117 all-events score. She entered the tournament with a 130 average, which qualified her for the Sapphire Division, and she received an additional 20 pins of handicap per game. All scores include handicap.

    Lackey now is looking forward to the 2011 Women's Championships in Syracuse, N.Y. She not only is excited to continue her tournament career, but to see another convention-center build for the event.

    The build in El Paso marked the first time in Women's Championships history that the event was staged in a convention-center setting.

    "I think this setup was very nice, and it's even different from Reno," Lackey said. "I'm excited to see what they'll do next year, and I hope they continue doing this. I've already got my money in for next year. My name is on the list."

    The Sapphire Division is made up of bowlers with averages of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150.

    2010USBCWCLogo.jpg Presenting sponsors for the 2010 USBC Women's Championships are Nationwide Insurance; Kegel, official lane maintenance provider; US Steltronic, official scoring system; Brunswick; Storm Bowling Products Inc.; and the El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau.

     


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    91st USBC Women's Championships 2010


    Top 5 division leaders with hometown and pinfalls

    SCRATCH DIVISION


    Team
    1, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop (Sue Jeziorski, Nikki Lunsford, Sue Nawojski, Michelle Sterner, Liz Johnson), Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,424. 2, Great Balls of Fire, Peekskill, N.Y., 3,351. 3 (tie), Barry Ashers Embroidery, Arlington, Texas, and Together Once Again, Keller, Texas, 3,345. 5, BowlersMAP, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,339.

    Doubles
    1, Carol Gianotti, Henderson, Nev./Missy Klug, Macomb, Mich., 1,431. 2, Jessica Baker, Bel Aire, Kan./Sandra Gongora, Wichita, Kan., 1,407. 3, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas/Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 1,406. 4, Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla./Kari Schwager, Rogers Park, Ill., 1,400. 5, Laurie Soto, Castaic, Calif./Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 1,380.

    Singles
    1, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 779. 2, Sharon Aston, La Grange, Ky., 771. 3, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 764. 4, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 750. 5 (tie), April Costa, West Palm Beach, Fla., and Kim Wirth, Hopkins, Minn., 749.

    All-Events
    1, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,330. 2, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 2,149. 3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,144. 4, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 2,136. 5, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,128.

     


    DIAMOND DIVISION


    Team
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 900 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 1,100 for the team aet)
    1, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop (Sue Jeziorski, Nikki Lunsford, Sue Nawojski, Michelle Sterner, Liz Johnson), Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,436. 2, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan, Ill., 3,390. 3, Great Balls of Fire, Peekskill, N.Y., 3,378. 4, All Mixed Up, Chino Hills, Calif., 3,366. 5, Alaska Belles, Seattle, 3,363.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with combined averages of 360 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 440 for the doubles aet)
    1, Renee Graham, Seat Pleasant, Md./Felicia Thorpe, Temple Hills, Md., 1,484. 2, Jacqueline Wilson, Oxon Hill, Md./Amber Casey, Clinton, Md., 1,483. 3, Brenda Downs, Gilbert, Ariz./Lisa Cross, Chandler, Ariz., 1,457. 4 (tie) Jessica Baker, Bel Aire, Kan./Sandra Gongora, Wichita, Kan., and Trish Manna/Suzy Minino, Omaha, Neb., 1,452.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220 for the single aet)
    1, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 797. 2, Kim Wirth, Hopkins, Minn., 785. 3, Cynthia Brown, Bahama, N.C., 784. 4, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 779. 5 (tie), Sharon Aston, La Grange, Ky., and Lacey Schroeder, Camden, Ark., 777.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average of 180 and higher, with handicap based on 100 percent of 220 for all nine games)
    1, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,330. 2, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,227. 3, Sandra Gongora, Wichita, Kan., 2,226. 4 (tie) Kris Higgs, Orangevale, Calif., and Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, 2,210.

     


    RUBY DIVISION


    Team
    (For bowlers with a combined average of 750-899, with handicap based on 100 percent of 900 for the team aet)
    1, CRC CARSTAR (Pam Weeks, Faith Zimmer, Terri Lion, Donna Laughlin, Karen Smith), Fort Collins, Colo., 2,880. 2, ABS Express, Wheelersburg, Ohio, 2,819. 3, All That & More, Little Rock, Ark., 2,809. 4, Holiday Inn Express, Hope, Ark., 2,802. 5, Sportspage, Embarrass, Minn., 2,790.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with a combined average of 300-359, with handicap based on 100 percent of 360 for the doubles aet)
    1, Patricia Akin, Vienna, Ga./Maggie Pope, Warner Robins, Ga., 1,267. 2, Teresa Marshall, Shelbyville, Ind./Theresa Lightle, Veedersburg, Ind., 1,239. 3, Lynette Larsen/Kim Pettijohn, Kearney, Neb., 1,237. 4, Jennifer Holmes, Cadillac, Mich./Sandy Upleger, Sterling Heights, Mich., 1,224. 5, Dena Neill/Tammie Lynde-Adermann, Sedalia, Mo., 1,212.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180 for the singles aet)
    1, Angie Motzko, Watertown, Minn., 672. 2, Terri McFadden, Boulder, Mont., 670. 3, Debbie Birdwell, Huntsville, Texas, 668. 4, Ilean Mattocks, Henderson, N.C., 662. 5 (tie), Karen Brooks, Upper Marlboro, Md., Sarah Miller, Cedar City, Utah, and June Robertson, West Allis, Wis., 660.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average from 150-179, with handicap based on 100 percent of 180 for all nine games)
    1, Betty Brooks, Lakewood, Calif., 1,898. 2, Tina Ingram, Dublin, Calif., 1,874. 3, Emily Milbank, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,834. 4, Holly Turrentine, Irving, Texas, 1,833. 5, Dolly Zadina, Omaha, Neb., 1,819.

     


    SAPPHIRE DIVISION


    Team
    (For bowlers with a combined average of 749 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 750 for the team aet)
    1, Auto Way Bowl (Lynn Whitten, Glenda Jacobsen, Janet Kile, Nancy Klahn, Sherri Merrill), Minden, Neb., 2,464. 2, Baton Rouge Gals, Denham Springs, La., 2,450. 3, Chick-A-Boom, Bloomfield, N.M., 2,424. 4, Miller Ladies, Gordon, Neb., 2,395. 5, Liberty Belles I, Glen Mills, Pa., 2,389.

    Doubles
    (For bowlers with a combined average of 299 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 300 for the doubles aet)
    1, Shirley Barnes, Wilmington, Del./Debbie Kennedy, Elkton, Md., 1,088. 2, Rebecca Uraine/Norine Lehar, Tucson, Ariz., 1,068. 3, Molly Chisamore, Rochelle, Ill./Rachel Metcalf, Davis Junction, Ill., 1,066. 4, Carol Cunningham, Cleveland, Texas/Elaine Bailey, Livingston, Texas, 1,061. 5, Cynthia Davis, Oceanside, Calif./Becky Schelling, Norwich, Conn., 1,053.

    Singles
    (For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150 for the singles aet)
    1, Robin Farrish, El Paso, Texas, 625. 2, Jeri Wines, Austin, Texas, 594. 3 (tie), Donna Drummond, Wayland, Mo., and Kasey Peed, Craig, Colo., 589. 5, Charlotte Jenkins, Lake Charles, La., 586.

    All-Events
    (For bowlers with an average of 149 and below, with handicap based on 100 percent of 150 for all nine games)
    1, Robin Farrish, El Paso, Texas, 1,638. 2, Yolanda McKinney, West Fargo, N.D., 1,627. 3, Mary Mitchell, Cherokee, Kan., 1,608. 4, Nicole Newman, White Lake, Mich., 1,604. 5, Nancy Prizler, Austin, Minn., 1,602.