Bowling with family members brings out the best in Tammy Bidwell Sader.
Competing with her husband, David R. Sader, and her daughter, Natasha Bidwell, Tammy Sader recorded her third career 800 triple (an 806) en route to a program-best 1,016 four-game series last week in the Vitalo Classic, one of the area’s premier scratch leagues Saturday nights at Sportsman’s Bowl.
“I really enjoy bowling with the family,” Sader said. “Bowling with my daughter, now that she’s done with college, and with my husband is a great night out. We are all a little competitive against each other, but in a good way.”
Sader said it was extra special shooting a league-best series in the Vitalo. “There are so many great bowlers in that league,” she said.
Sader learned the game at age 10 from her mother and father, who were both bowling enthusiasts. She graduated from Carthage High School and moved to the Capital Region in 1991.
Since then, she has competed in several strong area leagues, including eight years in the City Catholic league. Currently, she bowls twice a week, in the Vitalo and in the Newkirk Monday night league at Towne Bowling Academy. She averages 218 in the Newkirk league and 225 in the Vitalo.
“Ever since David bought me a new bowling ball, the Storm Phase II, I’ve been bowling great with it,” Sader said. “I rolled my all-time best series of 1,041 right after I got the new ball, and I’ve been bowling really well ever since.”
No stranger to honor scores, Sader has six career 300 games.
Both of Sader’s family teammates are exceptional bowlers in their own right. David R. Sader, who is a poker dealer at Rivers Casino & Resort, as well as a real estate salesperson for the Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc., has been a solid performer in several area leagues. Natasha Bidwell, who also works at Rivers Casino, bowled at Long Island University. She will compete with boyfriend Matt Fazzone in the storm-delayed TV finals of the Huck Finn Mixed Doubles tournament Sunday at Uncle Sam Lanes in Troy.
STRIKES & SPARES
Town ’n Country Lanes hosts the Huck Finn Kenny Hall Scratch Classic Sunday. Hall, who operates his own pro shop at Spare Time Latham Bowl, is a former PBA touring pro and the color analyst for the Huck Finn “Capital Region Bowling Show.” The TV taping is set for Feb. 26 at 4:15 p.m. at East Greenbush Bowling Center.
Anyone old enough to remember the late Charlie “The Hand” Bechard from the legendary TV Tournament Time show is old enough to compete in the 28th annual Charlie Bechard Memorial Tournament at Green Island Lanes. Cost is $23 and handicap is 100 percent of 220. There are three age divisions: Class A (50-60), Class B (61-71) and Class C (72 and over). Competition will be held Monday at 10 a.m., Wednesday at noon, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. Call Danny Walsh at 273-2322 for more information.
The next qualifier for the 15th annual Joe and Tom Donato Scratch Singles Tournament will be Sunday at Kingpins Alley in South Glens Falls at noon. Entry fee is $60. Top prize is $3,200 guaranteed. Call Tommy Donato at 788-0771 for reservations.
The Schenectady USBC Bowling Association’s 84th annual Championship Tournament, commonly referred to as the City Tournament, is scheduled for March 18 through April 28 at Boulevard Bowl. Entry fee will be $20 per event ($80 per four-person team, $40 for doubles and $20 for singles). The price for all-events will be $5. First place for the team handicap champion will be $1,200, based on 120 entries. Handicap will be 90 percent of 240. First place for the top scratch team will be $600. Call tournament co-directors Chet Ciembroniewicz (577-8562) or Keith Lawyer (300-0209) for more information.
Meanwhile, the 79th annual Schenectady & Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association’s Championship also will be held at Boulevard Bowl April 24-28 and May 1-5.
Entry fee will be $18 per event. There will be three divisions for doubles (Class A, 371-480 team average; Class B 311-370 and Class C 310 or lower), and four divisions for singles (Class A 190-240 average, Class B 166-189, Class C 141-165 and Class D 140 or lower). Handicap will be 100 percent. Call Anne Torak (356-3281) for reservations.
Boulevard Bowl will be a busy place for the next few months as the annual Blizzard Bowl is set for March 5, March 12, March 19 and March 26 at 11:45 a.m., as well as April 2 and April 9 at 5 p.m. Entry fee is $80 per team. Handicap is 90 percent of 220. Call 374-4171 for more information.