Leaderboards get new look at USBC Women's Championship

    05/28/11

    United States

    Championships reaches halfway point of its 88-day run

    2011USBCWCDianesDreamers.jpgThis week, new leaders emerged in all three divisions at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    In the Sapphire Division, Dianne's Dreamers of Wilmington, Ill. (pictured left), took the lead in the team event and likes its chances of hoisting a blue-stoned trophy when the tournament concludes its 88-day run in July.

    The group put together games of 859, 812 and 818 for a 2,489 scratch total at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and an additional 23 pins of handicap per game helped them to a 2,558 overall total, surpassing Bernie's Alterations of Pleasant Lake, Ind., which previously held the lead with 2,455.

    Lindsey Dieter led the way for Dianne's Dreamers with a 623 series and was followed by Diane Gleason (604), Debbie Scovel (544), Dianne Waldon (540) and Keelie Burgett (523).

    The Sapphire Doubles lead changed hands May 21 as right-handed sisters Doris Marcinkus and Shelia Pfeifer of Waukegan, Ill., grabbed the top spot with a 1,092 total. Amy Ellingson and Alyssa Kottwitz of Bozeman, Mont., previously held the lead with 1,074.

    Marcinkus and Pfeifer, who came into the tournament as substitutes, both saved their best for doubles. Pfeifer led the way with a 581 series, while Marcinkus added 505 for a 1,086 scratch pinfall. An additional two pins of handicap per game gave the pair their final total.

    "This is the first time we've ever bowled doubles together," Pfeifer said. "We go to tournaments together, but we've never paired up. None of us realized how good we were doing."

    Marcinkus, 55, and Pfeifer, 52, combined for a 298 average. Sapphire Doubles includes bowlers with combined averages of 299 and below, with handicap being 100 percent of 300.

    Andrea Brown of Greensboro, N.C., took the lead in Ruby All-Events with a 1,818 total May 21. Brown, who bowls at Triad Lanes, replaced previous leader Tina Arend of Pueblo West, Colo., who had 1,810.

    Brown, 48, posted consistent scores of 544 in doubles, 511 in team and 511 in singles for a 1,566 scratch all-events total. An additional 28 pins of handicap per game helped the right-hander assume the lead.

    The Ruby Division is for bowlers with averages from 150-179, and handicap is 100 percent of 180.

    In the Diamond Division a few days earlier, Elizabeth Hubler-Rike of Grand Rapids, Mich., vaulted into the all-events lead with a 2,270 total. Dede Davidson of Buellton, Calif., previously held the lead with 2,199.

    Hubler-Rike bowled well over her 181 average and had 660 in doubles, 634 in singles and 625 in team for a 1,919 scratch all-events total. An additional 39 pins of handicap per game helped her into the lead.

    Seven of Hubler Rike's nine games were 204 or better, with a high of 242 in singles. She also teamed with Sharyl Jahn to move into fourth place in Diamond Doubles with a 1,461 total. Trish Manna and Suzy Minino of Omaha, Neb., lead with 1,532.

    The Diamond Division is for bowlers with averages of 180 and above, with handicap being 100 percent of 220.

     


    2011 USBC Women's Championships reaches halfway point


    2011USBCWCOncenterInside.jpgThe 2011 USBC Women's Championships reached the halfway point of its 88-day run this week, but there is no hint of a slowdown as the excitement continues and new leaders continue to emerge.

    In addition to enlivening the Oncenter Convention Center each day, the bowlers bring their own unique blend of sightseeing and spending, estimated to have a $40 million impact on the local community as they shop, eat and travel. The tournament began April 7 and will stretch until July 3.

    So far this year, more than 1 million frames have been bowled on the 48 Brunswick Anvilane lanes, operated with the Brunswick GS-X pinsetters, by the 14,000 women who have traveled to Syracuse to compete. That equates to 2,800 five-player teams pouring in from across the country. There are 5,822 teams registered to compete in 2011.

    In the 126,000 games bowled so far, there were 2,494,000 balls thrown and 17,640,000 Brunswick Max pins knocked down (score). This year, 2,120 pins will make their way into play. The ongoing action from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day has resulted in the need for 41.25 gallons of Kegel lane oil and 435 gallons of lane-cleaning solution.

    Both matriarchs of the Women's Championships already have bowled and broken their own participation records.

    2011USBCWCEmmaHendrickson.jpg2011USBCWCMiniTvaskaSunshineGals.jpgEmma Hendrickson (pictured left) of Morris Plains, N.J., a 102-year-old bowling sensation and the event's oldest participant, bowled with her team, The 5 Bowling Bags, on April 16.

    Mini Tvaska, a 93-year-old from St. Petersburg, Fla., made her record 65th consecutive appearance on May 18. She competed with The Sunshine Gals (pictured right with Tvaska, center) and returned the following day for doubles and singles.

    Tvaska, in anticipation of retirement from her favorite sport after celebrating 60 tournaments in 2007, donated her bowling-patched jacket and pin vest to the local bowling association in Charlotte, N.C., but the tournament is a habit she can't seem to give up.

    2011USBCWCDedeDavidson.jpg2011USBCWCJackieMitskavich.jpgThere have been two perfect games at the 2011 tournament - the first by Dede Davidson (left) of Buellton, Calif., who also tossed an 800 series a day earlier and became the only woman in tournament history to achieve both feats on the championship lanes. Erin Lenahan of Lincoln, Calif., rolled the other 300, bringing the all-time total to 14.

    Two 299 games also were thrown by Jackie Mitzkavich (right) of Dubois, Pa., and Michelle Cultrera of Goleta, Calif., while Carol Norman of Houston added the year's only 298 game.

    Seven women received recognition for 50 or more appearances at the Women's Championships, with another four celebrating 49-year anniversaries. Countries represented on the lanes this year include: Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Japan - and Puerto Rico made its mark, too. This is the third time in the 92-year history of the Women's Championships that Syracuse has hosted this event. It previously was held there in 1940 and 1954.

    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, WOW, Davenport, N.D., 3,302. 6, Miller Time Girls, Aberdeen, Md., 3,290. 7, Team EFX, Sun City, Calif., 3,275. 8, Total Sports Complex, Clinton Township, Mich., 3,269. 9, Ninjas, Odenton, Md., 3,268. 10, Del Rosa Bowl, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,256.

    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, Julie Ryan, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 772. 5, Katie Mae Pritchard, Coon Rapids, Minn., 771. 6, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C., 768. 7, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 763. 8, Kip Olivas, Lenoir, N.C., 762. 9 Tracy Lawrence, Maplewood, Minn., 759. 10 (tie), Linda Kogut, Jacksonville, Fla., and Stacie Watson, San Diego, 755.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 180 and above; Handicap is 100 percent of 220)
    1, Elizabeth Hubler-Rike, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,270. 2, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 3, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,189. 4, Salena Barone, Cary, N.C., 2,188. 5, Bonnie Smith, Lakewood, N.Y., 2,181. 6, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 7, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151. 8, Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 2,143. 9, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,134. 10, Sara Gallandez, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,127.

     


    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, New Girls On the Block, Stow, Ohio, 2,810. 7 (tie), Alabama Rollers, Phoenix City, Ala., and Lobstah Gals, Westbrook, Maine, 2,809. 9, B.L.T.'s, North Branch, Mich. 2,807. 10, Charmed, Grantville, Ga., 2,806.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 300-359; Handicap is 100 percent of 360)
    1, Marla Maley, Reno, Nev./Nancy Ferretti, Sparks, Nev., 1,235. 2, Laura Hurlburt, Arcadia, Neb./Melisa Hurlburt, Gordon, Neb., 1,230. 3, Tina Ballas/Jeanette Moran, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1,225. 4, Cindy Boatman/Melissa Boughner, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,213. 5, Krystal Heuser, Elwood, N.J./Ann Earley, Ventura, Calif., 1,211. 6, Dianna Coykendall, Mount Vernon, Ohio/Susan Combs, Howard, Ohio, 1,209. 7, Kimberly Dauer, Mankato, Minn./Vicky Strassburg, Hanska, Minn., 1,202. 8, Darryln Hamilton, Tea, S.D./Toni Crittenden, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,194. 9, Karen Steward, McKinney, Texas/Nicole Platz, Iowa City, Iowa, 1,191. 10, Christina Nelson, Fargo, N.D./Pam BusghetteCottrell, Dilworth, Minn., 1,187.

    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., Patti Kroll, Big Lake, Minn., and Cindi Blaison, Walden, N.Y., 674. 5, Kathy Meidlein, Newnan, Ga., 671. 6 (tie), Linda DeGandi, Westport, Ore., and Vola Bridges, San Antonio, 668. 8, Tammy Tate, Suitland, Md., 661. 9, Jodi Berke, Beatrice, Neb., 658. 10, Fran Beckjorden, Shoreview, Minn., 657.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Andrea Brown, Greensboro, N.C., 1,818. 2, Ana Fukuchi, Cerritos, Calif., 1,815. 3 (tie), Tina Arend, Pueblo West, Colo. and Lindsey Dieter, Lockport, Ill., 1,810. 5, Charlotte Musser, Akron, Ohio, 1,808, 6, Paula Thomas-Gereke, Wellingon, Ohio, 1,805. 7, Renita Merritt, Conyers, Ga., 1,800. 8, Jodi Berke, Beatrice, Neb., 1,799. 9, Vicki Davis, Judsonia, Ark., 1,795. 10, Cynthia BlairMcManus, Lorton, Va., 1,791.

     


    Sapphire Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

     

    Team
    (Combined average 749 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 750)
    1, Dianne`s Dreamers (Keelie Burgett, Debbie Scovel, Lindsey Dieter, Diane Gleason, Dianne Waldon), Wilmington, Ill., 2,558. 2, Bernies Alterations, Pleasant Lake, Ind., 2,455. 3, Lane Burners, Lexington, Tenn., 2,396. 4, NE Strike And Spare Bowl, Lexington, Neb., 2,393. 5, Bermuda Cedars, Devonshire, Bermuda, 2,386. 6, Sunbowl, Windom, Minn., 2,379. 7, Survivors, Austin, Texas, 2,378. 8, Annandale State Bank, Annandale, Minn., 2,377. 9, Exclusive Bowling Club 3, Chicago, 2,375. 10, La Margaritas 2, Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,373.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 299 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 300)
    1, Doris Marcinkus/Sheila Pfeifer, Waukegan, Ill., 1,092. 2, Amy Ellingson/Alyssa Kottwitz, Bozeman, Mont., 1,074. 3, Lynn Schott, Gordon, Neb./Andee Harris, Lincoln, Neb., 1070. 4, Denise Everett/Kate Dyer, Decatur, Ind., 1,069. 5, Jennifer Durham, Tupel, Miss./Brenda Birdsong, Pontotoc, Miss., 1.054. 6, Tami Wilson, Bentonville, Ark./Peggy LaPointe, Bella Vista, Ark., 1,052. 7, Berline Alexander/Nakina Alexander, Norfolk, Va., 1,049. 8, Pam Rolf, Hutchinson, Minn./Joyce Teubert, Glencoe, Minn., 1,045. 9 (tie), Pamella Overturf, Sutton, Neb./Melissa Anderson, Clay Center, Neb., and Wanda Blain, Carlisle, Pa./Tammy Smith, Spring Run, Pa., 1,042.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Lucille Reinert, Thiensville, Wis., 633. 2, Karen Ritter, West Trenton, N.J., 619. 3, Nancy Prizler, Austin, Minn., 586. 4, Melissa Voss, Jackson, Minn., 584. .5, Jennifer Khubchandani, Gurnee, Ill., 582. 6 (tie), Carole Mills, Franklin, N.J., and Kathy Dow, Corinth, Maine, 580. 8, Cheryl Detmar, Denair, Calif., 576. 9, Veronica Jackson, Calumet City, Ill., 574. 10 (tie), Cindi Bates, Long Grove, Iowa and Stephanie Coulman, Gansevoort, N.Y. 573.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,721. 2, Debbie Kidwell, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,704. 3, Karen Ritter, West Trenton, N.J., 1,691. 4, Tami Wilson, Bentonville, Ark., 1,660. 5, Marsha Schwanke, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,653. 6, Diane Slusher, Southington, Ohio, 1,629. 7, Stephanie Coulman, Gansevoort, N.Y., 1,607. 8, Mya Banaszynski, Racine, Wis., 1,602. 9 (tie), Valeda McDonald, Soudan, Minn., and Marie Headlee, Flora, Ill., 1,596.

     


    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, N.Y., 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.