2011 USBC Women's Championships wraps up in Syracuse


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    2012 Women's Championships scheduled to run from April 14 through July 7 in Reno

    2011USBCWCAletaSillMichelleFeldman.jpgLocal star Michelle Feldman (pictured right) of Auburn, N.Y., headlined the list of champions at the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships, which ended its 88-day run at the Oncenter Convention Center on July 3.

    The 35-year-old right-hander claimed the one USBC Women's Championships title that has eluded her during her career as she teamed with USBC Hall of Famer Aleta Sill (left) of Livonia, Mich., to win this year's Scratch Doubles title with a 1,462 total.

    Feldman, a 12-time Professional Women's Bowling Association champion and 2002 PWBA Player of the Year, also is the Women's Championships 2003 and 2009 Classic Singles champion, the 2003 Classic All-Events winner and a 1998 Classic Team champion.

    "I didn't feel like I bowled that well, but I'm glad we were able to make it into the doubles lead," said Feldman, who led the pair with a 778 series, while Sill, her longtime mentor, added a 684 set. "It was pretty laid back and a lot of fun."

    2011USBCWCDedeDavidson.jpgAnother former PWBA standout, Dede Davidson (right) of Buellton, Calif., also fared well in Syracuse this year as she became the first woman in the tournament's 92-year history with a 300 game and 800 series on the championship lanes.

    The 44-year-old left-hander rolled games of 279, 268 and 253 for 800 on the nose during her team event and picked up right where she left off the next day in doubles and singles. She rolled one of this year's three perfect games on the way to a 746 doubles series and added 653 in singles for a Scratch All-Events-winning 2,199 total.

    2011USBCWCErinLenahan.jpg"I was pretty oblivious while bowling until everyone started clapping," Davidson said. "Then, I realized they were looking at the possibility of my shooting an 800. I started to get nervous around the 36th ball, but I had a good look and the right ball. What was odd, though, is that I took down the remaining pins with a Brooklyn strike, and I never do that. I like to think it was due to my mom, Lori Davidson, looking over me and helping me carry that. She died suddenly in March, and both of my parents have been very positive influences in this sport."

    Erin Lenahan (left) of Lincoln, Calif., and Kimberly Wiget of Lafayette, La., rolled the year's other 300s, while Suzy Minino of Omaha, Neb., put together games of 268, 279 and 259 for an 806 scratch doubles series and teamed with Trish Manna, also of Omaha, to take home the Diamond Doubles title with a 1,532 handicap effort.

    There also were three 299s and one 298 at the Oncenter Convention Center this year.

    2011USBCWCShootinNines.jpgTeam USA member Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas, led Shootin' Nines of Indianapolis (pictured right) to the Scratch Team title with a 3,305 total, while Eagles Edge Pro Shop, of Des Plaines, Ill., grabbed the top spot in Diamond Team with 3,416. The effort included a with 3,224 scratch total and 64 pins handicap per game.

    O'Keefe set the pace for Shootin' Nines with a 766 series and was followed by Keli Callahan (707), Brenda Mack (647), Amanda Beck (599) and Jenifer Larson (586).

    Joey Biondo led Eagles Edge Pro Shop with a 678 series and was joined by Tracy Luncsford (663), Keri Caduto (662), Jonquay Armon (614) and Tina Becke (607).

    2011USBCWCShannonPluhowsky.jpg"We are very happy to have captured the Scratch Team title and win on pure score," said Mack, who also helped her team to second place in Diamond Team with a 3,347 handicap total. "Our goal has not always been to recruit the best bowlers necessarily, but to have fun and enjoy each other. If we bowl well on top of that, it's great, but our first plan is to have fun and just reconnect with each other."

    Shannon Pluhowsky (left) of Kettering, Ohio, topped the Scratch Singles standings with a 763 series, which also helped her to a second-place finish in Scratch All-Events.

    2011USBCWCBrittanySignor.jpg"It's been a long wait for me, and it's really kind of surprising that for all the people who bowled in this event, I won singles," said Pluhowsky, a 28-year-old left-hander. "It's also my first title since being part of the winning team in 2007."

    Diamond Singles honors went to Brittany Signor (right) of Watertown, N.Y. She posted a 704 scratch series, and an additional 34 pins of handicap per game helped her to an 806 total.

    Elizabeth HublerRike of Grand Rapids, Mich., shined in Diamond All-Events with a 2,270 total. The 34-year-old right-hander 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.

    The Diamond Division includes bowlers with averages of 180 and above. Handicap is 100 percent of 220. The Ruby Division includes bowlers with averages between 150 and 179. Handicap is 100 percent of 180. The Sapphire Division includes bowlers with averages of 149 and below. Handicap is 100 percent of 150.

    The 2011 event marked the second time in the tournament's 92-year history that is was held in an arena setting. This time, 48 lanes, spectator seating, offices, a squad room and vendor space were built inside the Oncenter for the nearly 6,000 five-player teams to compete in team, doubles and singles.

    Complete standings and prizes for the 2011 event can be found here, but everything is unofficial until a final verification is made.

    2011USBCWCEmmaHendrickson.jpg2011USBCWCMiniTvaskaSunshineGals.jpgAlso making headlines at the 2011 Women's Championships were participation leaders Emma Hendrickson (left) of Morris Plains, N.J., and Mini Tvaska of St. Petersburg, Fla. (right, center, with her Sunshine Gals team mates).

    Hendrickson, a 102-year-old bowling sensation, extended her own record as the tournament's oldest participant as she competed at the Women's Championships for the 52nd consecutive time.

    Tvaska, 93, has competed in more Women's Championships than any bowler and made her 65th consecutive appearance. Her tournament career began at the 1947 event in Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Two other tournaments also graced the championship lanes at the Oncenter Convention Center. The USBC Queens and USBC Senior Queens were held in Salt City during April.

    The 93rd Women's Championships is scheduled to run from April 14 through July 7, 2012 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    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

    (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.

    (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, Tabitha Golding/Tammy Casstevens, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,482. 4, Aleta Sill, Livonia, Mich./Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,462. 5, Elizabeth Hubler-Rike, Grand Rapids, Mich./Sharyl Jahn, Rockford, Mich., 1,461. 6, Susan Jeziorski/Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,459. 7, Amanda Stone, Greensboro, N.C./Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 1,456. 8, Jamie Nelson/Paula Siebert, Muskegon, Mich., 1,450. 9, Davie Mae Leskoske, Clinton, Utah/Tanya Leonard, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 1,433. 10, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y./Ashly Galante, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,429.

    (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.

    (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, Tabitha Golding, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,212. 5, Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 2,199. 6, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,189. 7, Salena Barone, Cary, N.C., 2,188. 8, Bonnie Smith, Lakewood, N.Y., 2,181. 9, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2,177. 10, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,151.


    Ruby Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    (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, Texas Belles 1, Cedar Creek, Texas, 2,824. 7, Alley Oops, Carrizo Springs, Texas, 2,821. 8, California Dreamers 2, Cypress, Calif., 2,819. 9 (tie), North and South, Rochester, N.Y., and Wild Things, Conyers, Ga., 2,817.

    (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.

    (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.

    (Bowlers with averages of 150-179; Handicap is 100 percent of 180)
    1, Sharon MooreThomas, Blue Island, Ill., 1,885. 2, Isobel Duffer, Panama City, Fla., 1,853. 3, Shannon Sutton, Alta, Iowa, 1,850. 4, Lisa Holloway, Chicago, 1,846. 5, Cindi Major, Columbus, Kan., 1,831. 6, Jessica Strasser, Hawley, Pa., 1,827. 7, Suzanne Snyder, Tampa, Fla., 1,825. 8, Andrea Brown, Greensboro, N.C., 1,818. 9, Donna Schank, Huntersville, N.C., 1,817. 10, Ana Fukuchi, Cerritos, Calif., 1,815.


    Sapphire Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    (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.

    (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, Lindsey Dillon, Gardena, Calif./Helen Shoemo, Long Beach, Calif., 1,084. 6, Phyllis Franklin, Paducah, Ky./Martha Lents, Benton, Ky., 1,083. 7, Marcy McCardle, Rayville, La./Angene Carroll, Monroe, La., 1.075. 8, Amy Ellingson/Alyssa Kottwitz, Bozeman, Mont., 1,074. 9, Lynn Schott, Gordon, Neb./Andee Harris, Lincoln, Neb., 1,070. 10 (tie), Denise Everett/Kate Dyer, Decatur, Ind., Bobbie Pickle, Birmingham, Ala./Ann Peeples, Dora, Ala., and Alexa Heckart/Samantha Heckart, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,069.

    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Vanessa Bayes, Monroe, Va., 651. 2, Lucille Reinert, Thiensville, Wis., 633. 3, Karen Ritter, West Trenton, N.J., 619. 4, Julia Sweat, Hueytown, Ala., 617. 5, Sharon Knox, Seguin, Texas, 612. 6, Denise Shetter, Crane, Texas, 610. 7, Delores Strickland, Bourbonnais, Ill., 602. 8, Betty Vansandt, DeWitt, Ark., 597. 9 (tie), Marcella Meastas, Killeen, Texas and Kelli Wentworth, Murphy, Texas, 595.

    (Bowlers with averages of 149 and below; Handicap is 100 percent of 150)
    1, Vanessa Bayes, Monroe, Va., 1,744. 2, Kelli Wentworth, Murphy, Texas, 1,730. 3, Angel Johnson, Arden Hills, Minn., 1,721. 4, Debbie Kidwell, Mineral Wells, Texas 1,704. 5, Karen Ritter, West Trenton, N.J., 1,691. 6, Danell Ingle, Moore, Okla., 1,674. 7, Kim Gunderman, Severn, Md., 1,668. 8, Patricia Brown, Huntsville, Ala., 1,662. 9, Antoinette Clark, Richmond, Calif., 1,659, 10, Marsha Schwanke, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,653.


    Scratch Division

    Top 10 division leaders with hometown and pinfall

    (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.

    (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.

    (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.

    (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.