First-time bowler finds success at USBC Women's Championships

    06/27/11

    United States

    2011USBCWCKatherynStitesDanellIngle.jpgDanell Ingle (pictured right) of Moore, Okla., has only been bowling competitively since November, so she never planned on competing at the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships.

    But her aunt, Katheryn Stites (left) of Wilburton, Okla., the same person who introduced her to the idea of seriously pursuing the sport, also convinced her to test her new bowling skills at the Oncenter Convention Center in Syracuse, N.Y., this week.

    The 39-year-old right-hander stepped up to the task, though she really wasn't sure what to expect on the tournament lanes.

    "I had no expectations at all, and I am more excited for my aunt, who now has 14 years of championships behind her, because I was able to help her place in the standings," said Ingle, who entered this year's USBC Women's Championships with a 111 average. "I filled in for a member of my aunt's team and really put myself to the test. I thought you had to really be a pro to come to the Women's Championships, but there were a lot of women with the same skills as me. And, no matter what, everyone was having a great time."

    Ingle found quick success on the tournament lanes and teamed with Stites for a run at the Sapphire Doubles lead. Ingle led the way with a 491 series, while Stites contributed a 471 set for a 962 scratch total. They received an additional 44 pins handicap per game and finished with a 1,094 total, one pin shy of Maude Chattam and Estelle Dixon of Calhoun, Ga., who lead with 1,095.

    Ingle's success didn't stop there. She added 443 in team and 389 in singles, and an additional 39 pins of handicap per game helped her into fourth place in Sapphire All-Events with 1,674. Angel Johnson of Arden Hills Minn., leads with 1,721.

    This week's debut at the Women's Championships also marked the first time Ingle has competed in any tournament. It took her a while to catch on to what the separate divisions meant, but observing before competing helped her understand the event and the process.

    The Oklahoma City Veterans Administration Medical Center librarian first bowled in the early 1990s while serving in the U.S. Air Force. Being able to bowl while on base was one of the perks she enjoyed.

    Now, Ingle bowls with the VA Medical Center team in Moore, which is comprised of a combination of veterans and staff.

    "I really liked taking part in this, my first Women's Championships," Ingle said. "I plan to be in Reno next year, not just as a family spectator, but also as at least a sub."

    The Sapphire Division is for bowlers with averages of 149 and below, and handicap is 100 percent of 150. Doubles teams must have combined averages of 299 and below, with handicap being 100 percent of 300.

     


    A look ahead


    2010USBCWCKrischinaHoward.jpgDuring the last full week of the 2011 USBC Women's Championships, three defending champions will receive their gem series trophies before competing at the Oncenter Convention Center.

    East Bay Ladies of Richmond, Calif., the reigning Sapphire Team champions, will attempt to defend their title at 11 a.m. on June 27.

    Krischina Howard (right) of Hawthorne, Calif., will pick up two awards June 28 for winning Scratch and Diamond Singles last year in El Paso, Texas. Howard was one of three bowlers to roll a perfect game at the 2010 event.

    Defending Ruby Singles champion Holly VanNortwick of Hillsboro, Ore., will be honored prior to her team event June 29 at 11 a.m.

    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, All Star Cut Ups, Denham Springs, La., 3,332. 4. Sugar N Strike, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,317. 5, Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, Waukegan. Ill., 3,305. 6, WOW, Davenport, N.D., 3,302. 7, Miller Time Girls, Aberdeen, Md., 3,290. 8, They're Back!!!, San Antonio, 3,278. 9, Team EFX, Sun City, Calif., 3,275. 10, Total Sports Complex, Clinton Township, Mich., 3.269.

    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, Elizabeth Hubler-Rike, 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, Beth Reese, Haymarket, Va. 794. 4, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 775. 5, Julie Ryan, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, 772. 6, Katie Mae Pritchard, Coon Rapids, Minn., 771. 7, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C., 768. 8, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 763. 9, Kip Olivas, Lenoir, N.C., 762. 10, Tracy Lawrence, Maplewood, Minn., 759.

    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, Beth Reese, Haymarket, Va., 2,229. 3, Julie Lass, Mohave Valley, Ariz., 2,223. 4, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 5, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,189. 6, Salena Barone, Cary, N.C., 2,188. 7, Bonnie Smith, Lakewood, N.Y., 2,181. 8, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 9, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151. 10, Susan Brede, Alexandria, Minn., 2,143.

     


    Ruby Division


    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    Team
    (Combined average of 750-899; Handicap is 100 percent of 900)
    1, Young's Welding Inc 1, (Joan Newman, Anne Kluin, Connie Turner, Cindi Minor, Linda Schoenhofer) Chanute, Kan., 2,982. 2, Strike Force 2, Anchorage, Alaska, 2,858. 3 Just Us, High Shoals, N.C., 2,856. 4 (tie), Striking Ladies, East Kingston, N.H., and Hope, Indian Springs, Ala., 2,829. 6, Alley Oops, Carrizo Springs, Texas, 2,821. 7, California Dreamers 2, Cypress, Calif., 2,819. 8 (tie), North and South, Rochester, N.Y., and Wild Things, Conyers, Ga., 2,820. 10, Barb's Concessions, Dunkirk, Ohio, 2,813.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 300-359; Handicap is 100 percent of 360)
    1, Deatra Tart/Denise Hill, Chicago, 1,241. 2, Marla Maley, Reno, Nev./Nancy Ferretti, Sparks, Nev., 1,235. 3, Laura Hurlburt, Arcadia, Neb./Melisa Hurlburt, Gordon, Neb., 1,230. 4, Treva Armstrong/Kristi Inman, McAlester, Okla., 1,229. 5, Tina Ballas/Jeanette Moran, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1,225. 6, Cindy Boatman/Melissa Boughner, Eaton Rapids, Mich., 1,213. 7, Krystal Heuser, Elwood, N.J./Ann Earley, Ventura, Calif., 1,211. 8, Dianna Coykendall, Mount Vernon, Ohio/Susan Combs, Howard, Ohio, 1,209. 9, Susan Roskelley, Centennial, Colo./Shana Glover, Parker, Colo., 1,207. 10, Carol Bray, Shinnston, W.Va./Charlotte Frisenda, Fairmont, W. Va., 1,203.

    Singles
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Camille McQueen, Long Valley, N.J., 702. 2, Renita Merritt, Conyers, Ga., 681. 3, Norma Perry, Dubuque, Iowa, 676. 4 (tie), Arlene Vilhauer, Highmore, S.D., Patti Kroll, Big Lake, Minn., and Cindi Blaison, Walden, N.Y., 674. 7, Kimberly Bradley, Washington, DC, 673. 8, Kathy Meidlein, Newnan, Ga., 671. 9, Linda Kay Weatherford, Sulphur, Okla., 669. 10 (tie), Linda DeGandi, Westport, Ore., and Vola Bridges, San Antonio, 668.

    All-Events
    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Sharon Thomas Moore, Blue Island, Ill., 1,885. 2, Shannon Sutton, Alta, Iowa, 1,850. 3, Cindi Major, Columbus, Kan., 1,831. 4, Jessica Strasser, Hawley, Pa., 1,827. 5, Suzanne Snyder, Tampa, Fla., 1,825. 6, Andrea Brown, Greensboro, N.C., 1,818. 7, Donna Schank, Huntersville, N.C., 1,817. 8, Ana Fukuchi, Cerritos, Calif., 1,815. 9 (tie), Tina Arend, Pueblo West, Colo., Linda Selvage, Red Cloud, Neb., and Lindsey Dieter, Lockport, Ill., 1,810.

     


    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, Auto Way Bowl, Minden, Neb., 2,521. 3, Greenville Girls 2, Temple Hills, Md., 2,487. 4, Bernies Alterations, Pleasant Lake, Ind., 2,455. 5, Early Birds, Temple, Texas, 2,427. 6 (tie), Great Western Gas Co., Burwell, Neb., and Arky's Angels, Pine Bluff, Ark., 2,417. 8, Lane Burners, Lexington, Tenn., 2,396. 9, Columbia Sunshine, Hallsville, Mo., 2,395. 10, NE Strike and Spare Bowl, Lexington, Neb., 2,393.

    Doubles
    (Combined average of 299 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 300)
    1, Maude Chattam/Estelle Dixon, Calhoun, Ga., 1,095. 2, Katheryn Stites, Wilburton, Okla./Danell Ingle, Moore, Okla., 1,094. 3, Doris Marcinkus/Sheila Pfeifer, Waukegan, Ill., 1,092. 4, Heather Clark, Rumney, N.H./Kim McCart, Ashland, N.H., 1,088. 5, Phyllis Franklin, Paducah, Ky./Martha Lents, Benton, Ky., 1,083. 6, Marcy McCardle, Rayville, La./Angene Carroll, Monroe, La., 1.075. 7, Amy Ellingson/Alyssa Kottwitz, Bozeman, Mont., 1,074. 8, Lynn Schott, Gordon, Neb./Andee Harris, Lincoln, Neb., 1,070. 9 (tie), Denise Everett/Kate Dyer, Decatur, Ind., Bobbie Pickle, Birmingham, Ala./Ann Peeples, Dora, Ala., and Alexa Heckart/Samantha Heckart, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,069.

    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, Julia Sweat, Hueytown, Ala., 617. 4, Sharon Knox, Seguin, Texas, 612. 5, Denise Shetter, Crane, Texas, 610. 6, Delores Strickland, Bourbonnais, Ill., 602. 7, Marcella Meastas, Killeen, Texas, 595. 8, Faye Stewart, Scott City, Kan., 587. 9, Nancy Prizler, Austin, Minn., 586. 10, Melissa Voss, Jackson, Minn., 584.

    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, Danell Ingle, Moore, Okla., 1,674. 5, Kim Gunderman, Severn, Md., 1,668. 6, Patricia Brown, Huntsville, Ala., 1,662. 7, Tami Wilson, Bentonville, Ark., 1,660. 8, Antoinette Clark, Richmond, Calif., 1,659, 9, Marsha Schwanke, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,653. 10, Sigrun Hale, Belton, Texas, 1,647.

     


    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.