In the Pocket: Guild Memorial has great field
With an all-star field eligible and $1,000 guaranteed for first place, the Northern Bowlers Association is hoping to end the 2011-12 season on a high note when the Bob Guild Memorial Championship is held Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Del Lanes.
The tournament, the eighth and final event of the year, will be co-sponsored by Revolutions Pro Shop, owned and operated by former PBA touring pro Brian LeClair, and Del Lanes. As usual for most NBA events, the format will be a five-game sweeper.
Also at stake will be the Cuby Cup points championship, with $250 added for the winner, $150 for the runner-up and $100 for third place. Joe Mazuryk of Duanesburg, a two-time winner on the NBA tour this season, has 555 points, followed by Craig Taylor of Rotterdam (420), also a two-time winner, Steve Wagoner of Broadalbin (390), Nick Miseno of Ballston Lake (390), Mike Drexel of Delanson (360), one-time winner Matt Sherman of Delmar (355), Bob Faragon of Schenectady (325), Dan Furman of Niskayuna (270), Gene Speenburgh of Catskill (260), and Schenectady’s Tony Palumbo (260), who won the last regular-season event at Uncle Sam Lanes.
If Mazuryk cashes, he should lock up the Cuby Cup, but there is also quite a battle for second and third place in the standings.
“We have some good money, and we have a great field,” said NBA tournament director Karl Bieber.
“We will pay one in three spots, and I think that’s a great percentage.”
Only bowlers who have entered at least three tournaments are eligible. That means the maximum field for the tournament will be 48.
“I’m not sure why we’ve had fewer bowlers compete this year,” said Bieber, who noted that the NBA drew an average of 45 bowlers per tournament, a 10 percent decrease from the previous season. “I guess that’s understandable with today’s economy. But I still think we provide an excellent product, and I’ve been asked by many bowlers if we will be back next year.”
That seems to be the big question for the NBA, which differs from the Huck Finn tournaments in both format and lane conditions. Huck Finn events use qualifiers over two days and then cut the field down with match play until there are four players remaining for the TV finals. Most of the time, Huck Finn tournaments are competed on house-like conditions.
The NBA uses tougher conditions and employs a five-game sweeper format for most of its events.
After the $1,000 on top, the prize fund includes $550 for second, $400 for third, $320 for fourth, $270 for fifth, $190 for sixth, $170 for seventh, $150 for eighth, $130 for ninth, $110 for 10th, $90 for 11th and $70 for 12th.
When pressed, Bieber said he hadn’t made up his mind yet whether he will return for next season.
“Right now, I’m about 50-50,” he said.
“If I do return, we’re thinking about trying an experiment in one or two of our events where we split the field into divisions for scratch, seniors and women, and let the bowler decide which division in which they want to compete. We would pay them according to how many bowlers competed in each division.
“But we’ve tried to mix things up this year, and we’re always trying to make things better for the bowlers. I’m not sure what more we can do with our format, but I have been told by quite a few bowlers that they would love for us to be back next year. We’ll have to wait and see.
“I do enjoy running the tournaments because I love staying in touch with the scratch bowlers, especially since I no longer compete that much myself. But there is a lot of work to be done in preparation for next year, and I just don’t know yet if I will be back.”
The NBA’s Guild Championship isn’t the only major event going on this weekend. Also on tap will be the New Era Senior Tour, coupled with the inaugural New Era Women’s Tour, Sunday at Sportsman’s Bowl at 10:30 a.m.
The NEST will have its usual three-division format for its senior bowlers, but the NEWT will feature about 35 of the area’s premier scratch women bowlers. There will be a battle of the sexes at the end of the event, with the senior men’s champion facing the women’s champion. That will be sponsored by Kim Julien Brown and the Riverfront Insuring Agency.
Among the top players entered are Amy Auspelmyer, Carol Crandall, Denise DeCarlo, Jackie Malone, Suzie Newman, Marissa Martinek, Tammy Sader, Jenean Bailey, Patti Tenyenhuis, Jessica Brockmyer, Jessica Aiezza, Helen Waite, Patti O’Connor, Linda Deitz, Danielle Manuli, Tina Blake, Karrie Romanowski, Kris Impellilzzeri, Noreen Faatz of Syracuse, Nichole Lafaver of Syracuse, Anne Bethmann of Syracuse, Devan Hodlik, Lauren Pulver, Robin Fredenburgh, Julie Drexel, Courtney Radick of Syracuse, Ursula Pasquerella and Laura Rotter.
STRIKES AND SPARES
u Town ’N Country Lanes proprietor Jack Scaccia Jr., Mark James, Palumbo and Mike Drexel qualified for the TV finals of the Huck Finn/Kenny Hall Tournament of Champions Sunday at 6 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone.
u In other Huck Finn news, qualifying for the Jack Scaccia Sr. Memorial Championship begins Saturday with two squads (1 p.m. for seniors only and 3 p.m.) at Alpha Lanes. Qualifying continues at Town ’N Country on April 21 with squads at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will be two more qualifying squads at Boulevard Bowl April 29 at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The live TV finals will be May 6 at 11 a.m. on Fox23.
u The 17th annual Blizzard Bowl team event continues Sunday morning at 11:45 a.m. at Boulevard Bowl. Entry fee is $15 per bowler.
u Lane Sweepers won the KAPL Mixed league championship. The team included Mary Kavanagh, Barbara Nerrow, Linda Kintner and Dick Peters.
u Sean Rash fired a 20-game total of 4,845 pins to lead a group of 25 players who will join 11 current-season title winners for the final dash toward Sunday’s live 1 p.m. ESPN stepladder finals of the PBA Tour’s Tournament of Champions.
u The Schenectady-Scotia Women’s Bowling Association’s 75th anniversary awards dinner will be held June 12 in the Terrace Room at the Waters Edge Lighthouse on Freemans Bridge Road at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 and dinner choices are chicken marsala, prime rib or herb-crusted salmon. Contact Millie Kielmann at 390-9499 for tickets.
u The Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour continues Saturday at 2 p.m. at Towne Bowling Academy.
u Sportsman’s Bowl will conduct a 10-week PBA Summer League on Thursday nights, beginning May 17 at 7 p.m. The three-person teams will bowl four games each week on five different PBA patterns. Call Paul Adkins at 355-4330 for more information.
u Also at Sportsman’s Bowl, there will be a 10-week Tuesday Night Classic, beginning May 15. Three-person teams will bowl three games each week. Team
average cap will be 675. Handicap will be 80 percent of 220, and weekly dues will be $20. Call Sportsman’s to reserve a spot.
u Sportsman’s will have an Adult/Child 10-week league, beginning May 6, and a 10-week Bumper league, starting May 15 at 6 p.m.
u The Schenectady-Scotia USBC Women’s Bowling Association’s City Championship begins April 30 and runs through May 12 at Sportsman’s Bowl. Weekday squads begin at 6:30 p.m., while the Saturday squads will be held at 11 a.m. and as needed. Team competition will have one division, while the doubles and singles will have Class A, Class B and Class C. Handicap will be 100 percent in each event.
u Redwood Lanes’ Cutting Edge Doubles league will expand to 24 teams next season at 6:15 p.m. on Monday nights. Membership fee will be $150. There will be more than $26,000 in prize money. Last year, the league paid out $17,500 with 14 teams. There will be a 455 maximum scratch limit per team. The league will bowl for 32 weeks, plus a week of tournament play. Call 869-3581 or 496-7812 for more information.
u The 79th annual Schenectady USBCBA City Championship Tournament will be held at Boulevard Bowl. The event runs April 30 through May 11. Entry fee will be $80 ($20 per person) for the four-person team event, $40 for doubles, $20 for singles and $5 for all-events. Handicap will be 80 percent of 240. Prizes will be paid on a one in eight ratio. For more information, call 399-2942 or 355-5632.
u The USBC New York State Bowling Open Championship will be held at Spare Time-South Glens Falls, beginning April 14 and running through May 6.
u Rolling Greens will host the Scotia-Glenville Little League No-Tap Tournament April 20 at 7 p.m. and April 21 at 7 p.m. The event will feature five-person teams. Contact Rolling Greens at 381-4848 for more information.
u The Schenectady League at Rolling Greens Lanes is looking for bowlers for next season. The league bowls for 28 weeks at a cost of $25 per week. The league operates on a point-system basis. Interested bowlers should call Rolling Greens at 381-4848 or Cliff Ruth at 847-8089.
u Towne Bowling Academy will be offering various summer leagues, including sport leagues and adult-junior leagues, beginning this month and running for 10 weeks. Among those leagues will be a PBA Sport Trio league on Wednesday nights, beginning
April 25. The 10-week program will cost $20 per week, and will run through the last week of June. There will be an orientation meeting April 18, and bowlers can compete on the same of the patterns that will be used on that night. Call 355-3939 for more information.