In the Pocket: Women bowlers in spotlight

Many of the best female bowlers in the Capital Region will test their games this weekend when the Hu

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Many of the best female bowlers in the Capital Region will test their games this weekend when the Huck Finn/Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York’s “Capital Region Bowling Show” conducts its second annual women-only event.

There will be three qualifiers. The first will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at Sunset Recreation. Entry fee is $45. The other two will be Sunday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Towne Bowling Academy. Entry fee is $55 for either Sunday squad, but the re-entry fee is $45 if the bowlers want to try both. First place is $1,000 guaranteed, plus the final four get the opportunity to bowl on television. The televised finals will be held Dec. 6 at 4 p.m. at Towne Bowling Academy.

“Last year was a very successful venture,” said tournament director Jeff Segel. “We had 88 entries, and that was really good. We’d like to approach that this year.”

Segel said that reservations were a bit slow earlier this week, but that he expects many more telephone calls before this weekend’s qualifying squads. You can reserve your spot by calling Segel at 439-7628.

As of this writing, defending champion Patti Tenyenhuis of Saugerties hadn’t reserved her spot yet, but Segel expects that she will return. Last year’s runner-up, multiple New York State Queens champion Debbie Capullo, who lost to Tenyenhuis, 269-245, in the championship game, is entered, along with most of the reg­ion’s other top women bowlers, including two of the best lefties in area history in Jodi Musto and Jessica DeCrescente. Each has won national average championships.

Other standouts already entered for at least one qualifier are Carol Crandall, Kate Messemer, Sue Neumann, Ursula Pasquerella, Helen Waite, Chris Allen, Laura Brizzell and Denise Johnson.

“I assume most of the other top women who haven’t called me yet will still bowl,” said Segel.


Morris Cramer, one of the leading bowlers, proprietors and innovators in local bowling history, was also one of the originators of the PBA Tour. He built several area bowling centers, and ran one of the most popular televised bowling shows.

The Cohoes resident sent me a copy of his proposals to help “spark a renaissance in league bowling.”

Here are some of his ideas:

1. Combine smaller bowling establishments, or associations, into one, especially if they do the same thing.

2. Give all league members, including seniors and juniors in good standing, a picture ID and make them members of the bowling center’s “bowling club.” Make them eligible for many special events and perks at the center.

3. Give every member a calendar with the center’s events, dates, times and costs, including the added money in each event.

4. Anyone who is not a “member” of the bowling center would be considered a guest. Bowling centers would then provide special guest brackets for bowlers without an average so they could participate in events.

5. Charge “guests” open bowling lineage only to ge them interested in the game.

6. Initiate member-guest doubles events (men, women and mixed) with separate prize funds that are pro-rated according to the number of entries and handicap. The same thing could be done for senior events, scratch events and members-only events.

7. Make every Sunday night special with weekly touraments and brackets for both handicap and scratch bowlers. Charge members only $1 a game and non-members $2 per game. Give member discounts in the pro shop, for open bowling and for bowling birthday parties.

Cramer has many more ideas, which doesn’t surprise me because he was always ahead of the curve. Maybe some of these could help stimulate league bowling in our area.


— Mike Magin of Rensselaer fired his fourth career 300 en route to a 737 triple recently in the Best Fire Mixed league at Olympic Lanes.

— Bruce “Mr. Twister” Ottmer, 80, won the Super Senior singles division (age 75 and over) at the New York State Bowling Tourn­ament in Oswego last week. Ottmer originally bowled in the event two weeks previously and was fifth in the all-events and was leading the singles division with a 747 triple (with handicap). But he went back out for another try and shot a handicap total of 808 to secure the title. His third game was a big 258 that included nine strikes in a row.

— Sidoni’s (Brian Sullivan, Paul Zeh, Wes Booth and Mark Kenific) won the Rotterdam Elks Cerebral Palsy Tournament at Towne Bowling Academy recently. The event drew 42 teams. Witches-N-Worlocks (Melanie Matthews, Maryanne Irvine, Ralph Irvine and John Irvine) was second, followed by Elk Lore (Mel Oliveira, Jackie Oliveira, Sherry Sellie and Stephen Sellie). The tournament raised more than $2,500 for CP research.

— Bonnie Arbitrio and Marie Moorhead shot a handicap total of 1,501 to win the A Division in the annual women’s turkey shoot last week. Erin Chriss and Anne Davis were second (1,422) in the A Division. Julia DeBie and Andrea Gaffney won the B Division with a handicap total of 1,368, followed by Pat Clark with Lucy Stringham and Karen Sleeter with Donna Ahnert. Each team shot 1,346. Pasquerella shot the top scratch triple with a 776, followed by Moorhead (673) and Chriss (649).

— Former PBA Tour exempt player Brian Leclair of Athens, Iroquois Lanes proprietor Jeff Voght of Canajoharie and Nick Miseno of Amsterdam, all regional pros from the PBA East Region, are eligible to compete in the PBA Regional Players Invitational Dec. 15-17 in Reno, Nev. At stake in the three-day, 30-game tournament are a $7,500 first prize, a berth in the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas and exemption to bowl full-time on the PBA Tour during the 2010-11 season for the top seven finishers.

— The next Western Diner Northern Bowlers Association tournament will be held Nov. 29 at Boulevard Bowl at 9:30 a.m.

— Town ‘n Country Lanes will host a Turkey Shoot 9:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Entry fee is $25. Bowlers will roll four games across eight lanes, and the lowest game will be thrown out. Handicap is based on 80 percent of 240. First place is $250 guaranteed. There will be jackpots, a 50-50 raffle and a ball raffle. Call 456-1113 for reservations.

— The annual Red Richards Thanksgiving Day Tournament will be held at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy. The field will be limited to the first 130 paid entries. Entry fee will be $20 if paid before Sunday, $25 if paid before Nov. 25 and $30 on Thanksgiving Day. Format will be three games, switching lanes after each game. Handicap will be 90 percent of 230. There will be optional handicap brackets, scratch brackets and jackpots available. Call Uncle Sam Lanes at 271-7800 for more information.

— Jason Ellett rolled a 300 game en route to his first 800 triple (828) in the Cohoes Classic at Cohoes Arena. Ellett produced 30 consec­utive strikes.

— Green Island Lanes will host a Thanksgiving Eve Handicap Doubles Tournament Wednesday night at 9:15. First prize will be $300, based on 25 teams. Entry fee is $40 per team. Format will be three games of bowling, and handicap will be 80 percent of 230. One in eight teams will cash. Call Green Island Lanes at 273-2322 for more information.

— The New York State 500 Club Tournament will take place on June 5 at Saratoga Strike Zone. There will be two squads, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The annual meeting and brunch will be held the next day at 9 a.m. at the Saratoga Strike Zone’s new restaurant. The tournament is open to any women who has bowled a 500 series and is a member of the New York 500 club. You only need to bowl one 500 series in your sanctioned league to become a member. If anyone would like to join, contact Marianne Hogle, and she will e-mail you a membership form.

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