Kaylee Hart edged Ruth Brock by four pins to top the Division 1 qualifying, then defeated Brock, 248-219, in the title match to win her first Western New York Queens Bowling championship Sunday at AMF Lancaster Lanes.
Hart, a 216 average bowler from Tonawanda who bowls in the Alzena Wright Doubles League at Classic Lanes, had qualifying games of 264, 256, 255 and 237 for a 1,012 total to earn the No. 1 spot for the stepladder finals. Brock, the manager at Orchard Park Lanes, was only four pins back after games of 268, 257, 258 and 225. Former winner (2005) Sue Nawojski was next in the qualifying, well back at 924. Two-time defending champion Michelle Sterner did not make the match-play cut after she bowled 198, 191, 201 and 237 for 827.
Ashley Gluszek, a student at Canisius College who bowled for Mount St. Mary Academy in high school, defeated Danielle Dolegala for the Division 2 title, 248-245, after Dolegala had climbed the stepladder from the No. 4 spot.
Top qualifier Kelly Cycon defeated Tory Harvey, 205-196, for the Division 3 title.
It was the first time in the 14-year history of the tournament that all three qualifying leaders ended up winning the championship.
In the Division 1 stepladder matches, No. 4 Casey Coram defeated No. 5 Jenn Grabowski, 232-193, before losing to Nawojski, 242-232. Brock eliminated Nawojski, 214-183.
Dolegala climbed past ECC bowler Elizabeth Szpara (195-185), Alice Lawrence (235-169) and Becca Kent (183-181) to gain the Division 2 final.