Florida bowler makes record appearance at USBC Women's Championships

    05/21/11

    United States

    2011USBCWCMiniTvaskaSunshineGals.jpgMini Tvaska (center) of St. Petersburg, Fla., extended her own participation record at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships when she made her 65th consecutive tournament appearance this week.

    The 93-year-old tournament veteran arrived at Oncenter Convention Center sporting bright yellow fingernails and wished she could've found a hat to match.

    The yellow theme was in support of her team, The Sunshine Gals (pictured), and also captured the brightness of her sunny mood and general happiness to take part in her favorite sport.

    Tvaska has had the opportunity to see the USBC Women's Championships evolve, and she's collected a lot of memories in more than six decades on the tournament lanes.

    "You know, I thought I would retire after I did this for 60 years, but now I realize it keeps me going - I realize I have to live for another year to keep going to Nationals," said Tvaska, who make her first Women's Championships appearance at the 1947 event in Grand Rapids, Mich. "I even donated my navy jacket and vest with all my tournament pins and patches to the bowling association in Charlotte, N.C., back in 2007 because I thought it would be my last year. Boy was I wrong."

    This year, Tvaska competed in the Sapphire Division and rolled a 366 series in singles, 342 in team and 305 in doubles. She already has made plans to be in Reno, Nev., to compete in next year's Women's Championships on May 18 and 19.

    The Sapphire Division is for individual bowlers with entering averages of 149 and below, and handicap is 100 percent of 150.

     


    Tennessee bowler makes 50th appearance at USBC Women's Championships


    2011USBCWCNancyFolden.jpgNancy Folden (pictured) of Memphis, Tenn., joined an exclusive club at the USBC Women's Championships when she made her 50th tournament appearance at the Oncenter Convention Center on May 17.

    The 80-year-old right-hander was the second of three bowlers scheduled to reach the 50-year mark this year. Folden was both nervous and excited prior to her team event as she was escorted down Center Aisle by USBC Women's Championships Tournament Manager Eric Pierson to the strains of "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra.

    "This is something I looked forward to because it was something I knew I could achieve in my life," said Folden, who made her tournament debut at the 1955 event in Omaha, Neb. "It's not something that everyone has the privilege to do. It means a lot to me to say I've bowled in 50 tournaments."

    Dressed in a white polo shirt and navy slacks, Folden graciously accepted a bouquet of flowers and an engraved plaque from USBC's Andy Zumwalt to the applause of the 41-team squad. The 2011 event marked Folden's 49th consecutive appearance after missing the six years following her debut.

    Folden is the veteran of her Kroger-Delta KMA team, which has bowled in a combined 204 tournaments and currently competes in the Sapphire Division with other teams with combined averages of 749 and below.

    She bowled leadoff this year and finished with a 349 scratch series in team and added 389 in doubles and 295 in singles.

     


    Ruby Division leaderboard shaken up in Syracuse


    2011USBCWCStrikeForceII.jpgThe Ruby Division leaderboard at the USBC Women's Championships was shaken up again this week with new leaders in team and singles.

    Strike Force II (pictured), a team featuring bowlers from Alaska, New Jersey and Georgia, vaulted into the top spot with a 2,858 total at the Oncenter Convention Center on May 15, while Renita Merritt of Conyers, Ga., grabbed the top singles spot with a 681 handicap series.

    Striking Ladies of East Kingston, N.H., previously led the team event with 2,823, and Arlene Vilhauer of Highmore, S.D., and Patti Kroll of Big Lake, Minn., shared the Ruby Singles lead with 674.

    Strike Force II improved every game, posting scores of 813, 866 and 921 for a 2,600 scratch total. An additional 86 pins of handicap per game helped the group to the top of the leaderboard.

    "I knew we did well because 2,600 is pretty good for a team," said team captain Mabel Binns, who hails from Anchorage, Alaska. "We thought we'd be among the top teams, but not in first place. We forgot about the handicap."

    Binns led the way with a 583 series and was followed by Christina Zackery (567), Linda Nash (524), Barbara Rouzan (462) and Bernetta Henri (462).

    Merritt had never bowled a 600 scratch series before this year's tournament appearance, and she picked the perfect time for her first, a 621 set on games of 227, 212 and 182.

    The right-hander, who will turn 50 on June 7, received an additional 20 pins of handicap per game for a 681 handicap series.

    For Merritt, eclipsing the 600 mark has been a long-standing goal. Her previous best was 581.

    "I wanted that 600 series for a long time," said Merritt, who bowls at AMF American Lanes in Conyers. "Winning the Ruby Singles title would be wonderful. I would be high on cloud nine."

    She finished this year's trip with 530 in doubles and 469 in team for a 1,620 scratch all-events total, and 1,800 with handicap, which is third in Ruby All-Events. Tina Arend of Pueblo West, Colo., leads with 1,810.

     


    2011USBCWCLogo.jpg Sponsors for the 2011 USBC Women's Championships sponsors include Turning Stone Resort and Casino, official brackets sponsor, Humana, official registration sponsor, Miller Lite and Molson Canadian, official beer sponsors. Supporting sponsors include Storm Bowling Products, Nationwide Insurance, The Oncenter, Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau, Caz Limo & Tours, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, US Steltronic, official scoring system, and Brunswick, official lane provider.

     


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    92nd USBC Women's Championships


    Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., United States (April 7 - July 3, 2011)

    Diamond Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Combined average of 900 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 1,100)
    1, Eagles Edge Pro Shop (Joyce Biondo, Tracy Luncsford, Keri Caduto, Tina Becke, Jonquay Armon), Des Plaines, Ill., 3,416. 2, Shootin Nines, Indianapolis, 3,347. 3, Sugar N Strike, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,317. 4, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan. Ill., 3,305. 5, Team EFX, Sun City, Calif., 3,275. 6, Ninjas, Odenton, Md., 3,268. 7, Del Rosa Bowl, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,256. 8, TEAM 23321, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,225. 9 (tie), Aleta Sill's Bowling World, Kettering, Ohio, and Paper Chasers I, Clinton, Md., 3,224.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 360 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 440)
    1, Trish Manna/Suzy Minino, Omaha, Neb., 1,532. 2, Tracey Magnuson, Faribault, Minn./Diane Marget, Champlin, Minn., 1,500. 3, Aleta Sill, Livonia, Mich../Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,462. 4, Elizebeth HublerRike, Grand Rapids, Mich./Sharyl Jahn, Rockford, Mich., 1,461. 5, Susan Jeziorski/Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,459. 6, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C./Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 1,456. 7, Jamie Nelson/Paula Siebert, Muskegon, Mich., 1,450. 8, Davie Mae Leskoske, Clinton, Utah/Tanya Leonard, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 1,433. 9, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y./Ashly Galante, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,429. 10, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,428.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 180 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 220)
    1, Brittany Signor, Watertown, N.Y., 806. 2, Brenda Pugh, La Mesa, Calif., 796. 3, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 775. 4, Katie Mae Pritchard, Coon Rapids, Minn., 771. 5, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C., 768. 6, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 763. 7 Kip Olivas, Lenoir, N.C., 762. 8 (tie), Linda Kogut, Jacksonville, Fla., and Stacie Watson, San Diego, 755. 9, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 753.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 180 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 220)
    1, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 2, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,189. 3, Salena Barone, Cary, N.C., 2,188. 4, Bonnie Smith, Lakewood, N.Y., 2,181. 5, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 6, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151. 7, Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 2,143. 8, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,134. 9, Sara Gallandez, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,127. 10, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,126.

     


    Ruby Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Combined average of 750-899; Handicap is 100 percent of 900)
    1, Strike Force II (Barbara Rouzan, Bernetta Henri, Linda Nash, Christina Zackery, Mabel Binns) Anchorage, Alaska, 2,858. 2, Striking Ladies, East Kingston, N.H., 2,829. 3, Alley Oops, Carrizo Springs, Texas, 2,821. 4, California Dreamers II, Cypress, Calif., 2,819. 5, Wild Things, Conyers, Ga., 2,820. 6, Alabama Rollers, Phoenix City, Ala., 2,809. 7, Charmed, Grantville, Ga., 2,806. 8, The Five of Us, Columbus, Ohio, 2,800. 9, Windrift Lounge 2, Lansing, Minn., 2,781. 10, Lady Strikers, Princeton, Ky., 2,768.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 300-359; Handicap is 100 percent of 360)
    1, Marla Maley, Reno, Nev./Nancy Ferretti, Sparks, Nev., 1,235. 2, Cindy Boatman/Melissa Boughner, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,213. 3, Dianna Coykendall, Mount Vernon, Ohio/Susan Combs, Howard, Ohio, 1,209. 4, Kimberly Dauer, Mankato, Minn./Vicky Strassburg, Hanska, Minn., 1,202. 5, Darryln Hamilton, Tea, S.D./Toni Crittenden, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,194. 6, Karen Steward, McKinney, Texas/Nicole Platz, Iowa City, Iowa, 1,191. 7, Janie Burdick/Judy Testani, Deland, Fla., 1,185. 8 (tie), Cynthia Hunter, Rockford, Ill./LaurieAnn Bieber, Sarasota, Fla. and Betty Lukes/Dorothy Dunn, Alexandria, Minn., 1,183. 10, Martha Ditton/Sandy Dunn, Bloomington, Ind., 1,182.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Renita Merritt, Conyers, Ga., 681. 2 (tie), Arlene Vilhauer, Highmore, S.D., and Patti Kroll, Big Lake, Minn., 674. 4, Kathy Meidlein, Newnan, Ga., 671. 5 (tie), Linda DeGandi, Westport, Ore., and Vola Bridges, San Antonio, 668. 7, Tammy Tate, Suitland, Md., 661. 8, Fran Beckjorden, Shoreview, Minn., 657. 9, Lisa Little, Durham, N.C., 655. 10, Charlene Brandow, Nassau, N.Y., 650.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Tina Arend, Pueblo West, Colo., 1,810. 2, Charlotte Musser, Akron, Ohio, 1,808. 3, Renita Merritt, Conyers, Ga., 1,800. 4, Betty Elliott, Spring Valley, Minn., 1,788. 5, Joyce Teubert, Glencoe, Minn., 1,787. 6, Janice Barnhill, Social Circle, Ga., 1,780. 7 (tie), Terese Culbertson, Whittemore, Iowa, and Kelly Galka, Dyer, Ind., 1,777. 9, Elizabeth Huxley, Beverly Hills, Fla., 1,776. 10 (tie), Jane Andrews, Washington, D.C., Michele Cady, Rockford, Minn., and Katie Hallstrom, Alexandria, Minn., 1,774.

     


    Sapphire Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Combined average 749 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 750)
    1, Bernie's Alterations (Kimberly Gibson, Sharon Hantz, Theresa Osborn, Verna Rakestrow, Bernice Sherman), Pleasant Lake, Ind., 2,455. 2, NE Strike And Spare Bowl, Lexington, Neb., 2,393. 3, Bermuda Cedars, Devonshire, Bermuda, 2,386. 4, Sunbowl, Windom, Minn., 2,379. 5, Annandale State Bank, Annandale, Minn., 2,377. 6, Exclusive Bowling Club 3, Chicago, 2,375. 7, Lieunghs On Lathrop 2, Racine, Wis., 2,367. 8, Eichhorn Jewelry, Decatur, Ind., 2,365. 9, Rolling Thunder, Salisbury, Mass., 2,359. 10, Gil's Garage, Scotia, N.Y., 2,350.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 299 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 300)
    1, Amy Ellingson/Alyssa Kottwitz, Bozeman, Mont., 1,074. 2, Denise Everett/Kate Dyer, Decatur, Ind., 1,069. 3, Jennifer Durham, Tupel, Miss./Brenda Birdsong, Pontotoc, Miss., 1.054. 4, Tami Wilson, Bentonville, Ark./Peggy LaPointe, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,052. 5, Pam Rolf, Hutchinson, Minn./Joyce Teubert, Glencoe, Minn., 1,045. 6 (tie), Pamella Overturf, Sutton, Neb./Melissa Anderson, Clay Center, Neb., and Wanda Blain, Carlisle, Pa./Tammy Smith, Spring Run, Pa., 1,042. 8, Laurie Sitterly/Jayne Colomb, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,040. 9, Jamie Crowell, Hamilton, N.Y./Annie Crowell, Morrisville, N.Y., 1,037. 10 (tie), Fay Augustine, Duluth, Minn./Judy Rimmer, Grand Rapids, Minn., and Terri Mancl/Laurie Schmidt, Wautoma, Wis., 1,032.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Lucille Reinert, Thiensville, Wis., 633. 2, Nancy Prizler, Austin, Minn., 586. 3, Jennifer Khubchandani, Gurnee, Ill., 582. 4, Veronica Jackson, Calumet City, Ill., 574. 5, Cindi Bates, Long Grove, Iowa, 573. 6 (tie), Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., and Tammy Medovich, Westerville, Ohio, 570. 8, Marsha Schwanke, Virginia Beach, Va., 566. 9, Pat Nagan, Kaukauna, Wis., 565. 10, Darnell Needham, Kent, Wash., 564.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,721. 2, Marsha Schwanke, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,653. 3, Mya Banaszynski, Racine, Wis., 1,602. 4, Valeda McDonald, Soudan, Minn. 1,596. 5 (tie), Alyssa Kottwitz, Bozeman, Mont., and Trisha Harvey, Las Cruces, N.M., 1,595. 7, Pat Nagan, Kaukauna, Wis., 1,593. 8, Stephanie Thompson, Serena, Ill., 1,592. 9, Erma Herrmann, San Jose, Calif., 1,578. 10, Jennifer Khubchandani, Gurnee, Ill., 1,577.

     


    Scratch Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Actual team scores with no handicap)
    1, Shootin Nines (Keli Callahan, Amanda Beck, Jenifer Larson, Brenda Mack, and Shannon O'Keefe), Indianapolis, 3,305. 2, Team EFX, Sun City, Calif., 3,275. 3 (tie), Eagles Edge Pro Shop, Des Plaines, Ill., and Aleta Sill's Bowling World, Kettering, Ohio, 3,224. 5, Striking Is Fun!, Oregon, Ohio, 3,194. 6, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Tonawanda, NY, 3,192. 7, Team 23321, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,177. 8, Great Balls of Fire, Shelton, Conn., 3,163. 9, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan, Ill., 3,161. 10, Magic of the Southwest, Slidell, La., 3,124.

    Doubles
    (Actual doubles scores with no handicap)
    1, Aleta Sill, Livonia, Mich./Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,462. 2, Susan Jeziorski/Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,459. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J./Lisa Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,427. 4, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C./Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 1,423. 5, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio/Tracey Distel, Lansing, Mich., 1,420. 6, Tracey Magnuson, Faribault, Minn./Diane Marget, Champlin, Minn., 1,419. 7, Suzy Minino/Trish Manna, Omaha, Neb., 1,418. 8, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb./Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,395. 9, Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan./Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 1,384. 10, Kari Schwager, Rogers Park, Ill./Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla., 1,382.

    Singles
    (Actual scores with no handicap)
    1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 763. 2, Hollie Brannen, Marshfield, Mo., 750. 3 (tie), Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C., and Dora Nettleman, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 744. 5, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 741. 6, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 738. 7, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 733. 8 (tie), Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, and Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 727. 10, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 721.

    All-Events
    (Actual scores with no handicap)
    1, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151. 4, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,126. 5, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,123. 6, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,110. 7, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 2,100. 8, Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., 2,085. 9, Michelle Sterner, Niagra Falls, N.Y., 2,084. 10, Tracey Stevens, Dunellen, N.J., 2,077.