Julie Selk of Lancaster won her first Western New York Regional Queens Tournament the hard way Sunday at Manor Lanes in the Town of Tonawanda.
Selk, who qualified on the bottom rung of the stepladder finals in Division 1 (200 average or higher), had to win four matches to claim the championship.
She defeated top qualifier Sarah Germano, 209-192, in the final match.
Ashley Szpara, who qualified fourth, had almost as difficult a path to the Division 2 (180-199 average) crown, defeating Carrie Goodrich, 199-147, in the stepladder final after victories over Mary Grace Williamson, Julie Ann Miller and her younger sister, Elizabeth Szpara.
Sara Snyder, a 15-year-old Depew High bowler, won the Division 3 (179 average and under) titel. She beat Ursula Goodloe, 222-202, in the final match after qualifying third.
Selk averaged 238.75 in her four match play victories after totaling 861 (215.25 average) in the four-game qualifying block.
Selk is one of the area’s most active women bowlers and a past Greater Buffalo USBC Association Bowler of the Year (2011). She had a 214 combined average for 339 games in the 2012-13 season in six sanctioned leagues – one travel league and others at Abbott, Broadway and Transit Lanes. She has been a 200 average bowler for the last 10 years.
Germano had games of 258-254-215-245 for 972 (243 average) in leading the Division 1 qualifying. Her total was 100 pins better than No. 2 qualifier Sue Jeziorski, a former champion. Marion Singleton of Lockport qualified third with 870 and Debra Ervin was fourth with with 866.
Goodrich led the Division 2 qualifying with 836. Goodloe led the Division 3 qualifier with 723.