Bowling: Queens Tournament has talented women’s field

The 37th annual New York State Queens Tournament has lured an impressive array of women's bowling ta

Pins will be flying when many of the state’s top women bowlers compete in the 37th annual New York State Queens Tournament today at Sunset Recreation in


The tournament, sanctioned by the New York State USBC Women’s Association, will be divided into two divisions. Division I, for bowlers with averages of 195 or higher, will feature the Capital Reg­ion’s top bowlers, as well as many former members of the women’s professional tour from around the state. Division II competitors have averages between 160 and 194.

There will be two squads, at

10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The first round will consist of four games on four different pairs of lanes. At least one out of six bowlers advance to the semifinals and bowl three more games. The top five from each div­ision then advance to the stepladder

finals, with the fifth-place qualifier taking on the fourth-place qual­ifier in a single-elimination game. The winner of each match keeps advancing to the next game until they finally reach the top seed in the championship game.

Last year, 28-year-old Team USA member Shannon O’Keefe of the Rochester Association defeated Liz Johnson, a pro from the Greater Buffalo Association, 237-227, in the championship game of Division I.

Laura Tomasek of the Schen­ectady-Scotia Association finished fourth in last year’s Division I event.

Both Keefe and Johnson are expected to compete again today.

Johnson won 11 times on the Professional Women’s Bowling Assoc­iation tour before it suspended operations in 2003 because of a lack of corporate sponsorship. She later became the first woman to qualify for a standard PBA event at the 2004 Uniroyal Tire Classic. Later that season, she also became the first woman to make the tel­evised finals of a PBA event when she won her semifinal event over Wes Malott.

Johnson was also the first woman to win a PBA regional event, when she captured the 2005 East Regional Kingpin Lanes Open.

Michelle Feldman, a professional from the Syracuse Assoc­iation, was among the semifinalists in last year’s Queens Tournament. Feldman was one of the former members of the PWBA, and she qual­ified for the PBA Women’s Series last fall.

Lori Wilcox of the Syracuse

Association defeated Tina Becciu, also of the Syracuse Association, 258-165, in the Division II champ­ionship game.

Among the local bowlers competing are Carol Crandall, Marie Mazone, Tina Blake, Sharon Carson and Denise DeCarlo-Johnson.

Other local possibilities include Debbie Capullo, Jessica DeCrescente, Bridget Auclair, Krystle Unser, Cara Struffolino, Tomasek and Helen Waite.

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