It’s tournament time on the local, state and national bowling scene. The schedule for the next five weeks is heavy with championship events.
The headline event this weekend is today’s 43rd New York State Queens Championship at Hoe Bowl Holiday Lanes in Wappingers Falls.
Western New York will be well represented because many of the top local bowlers are among the 135 entered. The local contingent will be led by 2010 USBC Queens Champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga. This year’s WNY Regional Queens champion Julie Selk is entered.
Other Buffalo area entrants of note are Marion Singleton, Julie Ann Miller, Kimberly Wangler, Holly Filarecki, Krist Burke, Kaylee Hart, Michelle Sterner, 2014 Greater Buffalo USBC Association Hall of Fame inductee Susanne Nawojski, Jessica Mamon and GBUSBC Hall of Famer Susan Jaworski. Brittni Hamilton of Rochester won in 2013.
Of course, the USBC Open championships have been underway for more than a month at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and the USBC Women’s Championship began a 10-week run at the Reno-Sparks Sparks Convention Center in Reno.
Closer to home, the first of five weekends of bowling began last week in the New York State Women’s Championship at Mardi-Bob Lanes in Poughkeepsie.
The State Open Championships open today at AMF Empire Lanes in Webster. With the state tournament as close as it can be outside the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, it should guarantee a strong entry of local bowlers.
Thirty-three five-person teams will bowl today in the State Open in Webster. According to New York State USBC Association manager Mike Pettinella of Batavia, 200 teams have signed up for the tournament, which, after taking Easter weekend off, will resume April 26-27, May 3-4 and after taking Mother’s Day weekend off, May 16-18.
It is an open entry tournament, which means that teams can register by calling the NYS USBC office at 585-343-3736.
The GBUSBCA’s Stan Kowalski Senior Singles Tournament will be April 26-27 at Broadway Sports Center.
The City Open and Women’s Championships will open April 28 at AMF Lancaster Lanes and run to May 10.
The GBUSBC’s George A. Obenauer Masters will be May 13-18 at AMF Airport Lanes.
The Tonawandas USBC Bowling Association will conduct its 72nd annual City Championship Tournament May 5-20 at Island Lanes. Competition will be held for men and women in five-player teams, doubles, singles and mixed doubles. Applications are available at local bowling centers and the association office (692-8668). Reserved entries will be accepted until April 18.
• It was a big week for Wisconsin bowlers in the USBC Open in Reno. First the Janz H.I. team of Beaver Dam, Wis., took the Regular Team lead with a 3,499, only to see it wiped out less than 24 hours later by a record 3,561 set by Motion Plus Lanes of Cudahy, Wis.
The Janz team, though, took the lead in team all-events with a 10,363 total, the fourth best score ever recorded at the Open. That was led by Tim Damerow’s 2,228, which was good for the All-Events lead. Damerow teamed with Joe Janz to take the Regular Doubles lead with 1,378.
• Upstate New York bowlers made news at the Open. Derek Magno, 33, of Cicero took the Regular Singles lead with a 788. Magno is fifth in Regular All-Events with 2,118.
Michael Walker II of Weedsport rolled the fifth perfect game of the 2014 USBC Open Championships on April 5. It came in a 679 series in the team competition. Walker bowled a 766 in singles and stands in sixth place.
• Melanie Hannon of Depew is competing this weekend with the Fairleigh Dickinson (N.J.) team in the NCAA Women’s Team championships in Wickliffe, Ohio, near Cleveland. The Mid-American Conference is one of the hosts for the competition.
• Buffalo native Tom Baker is entered in the opening event of the PBA50 Tour, the Pasco County Open in New Port Richey, Fla. Baker is a four-time PBA50 Tour Player of the Year.
The Pasco field also includes last year’s PBA50 Tour Player of the Year, Walter Ray Williams Jr., fellow Hall of Famers Pete Weber and Amleto Monacelli, and PBA50 Tour newcomer Norm Duke.
• The PBA League’s Elias Cup championship match between the Silver Lake Atom Splitters and the L.A. X will be shown on ESPN Sunday at 2 p.m.