Rookie Pyle nabs $2,000 prize at Crofton Centre

Jeff Pyles of Lanham, Md., a tenpin league bowler for only eight months who became a NABI member just three months ago, earned his first career National Amateur Bowlers (NABI) title and claimed the $2,000 purse when he won the prestigious Baltimore-Washington Region NABI Memorial Day Open held at the Crofton (Md.) Bowling Centre, May 25-27.

It took a handicap series score of 657 or higher in the semifinals for the top twelve bowlers to advance to the finals.

In round 1 of the finals, eighth seeded Michael Ivory, Upper Marlboro, Md., lashed eleventh seeded Andy Berces, Springfield, Va., 231-197; ninth seeded Ronald Maffia, Pasadena, Md., put away fifth seeded Gerald Jones, Frederick, Md., 213-197; sixth seeded Lawan Smith, Silver Spring, Md., beat tenth seeded Walter Miller, Crofton, Md., 194-152; and twelfth seeded Nathaniel Lewis, Clinton, Md., over seventh seeded Larry Williams, Odenton, Md., 175-145. Berces and Jones tied for 9th place, $282.50 each; Miller went home with $240 for 11th place; and Williams picked up $200 for finishing in 12th place.

In round 2, Lewis had a narrow four pin victory over second seeded Mark Welch, Beltsville, Md., 215-211; Smith crushed fourth seeded Dan Nichols, Elkridge, Md., 236-201; top seeded Pyles sent Ivory to the sidelines, 221-187; and third seeded Betty Mann, Crofton, Md., retired Maffia, 206-178. Welch pocketed the 5th place check worth $400; Nichols received $375 for 6th place; Ivory made $350 for ending up in 7th place; and Maffia put the $325 8th place check in his wallet.

In round 3, the semifinal matches, Pyles defeated Smith, 228-197; and Mann stopped Lewis from advancing and further, 193-179. Smith walked off with the $500 3rd place check and Lewis was given the 4th place prize of $450.

In the title match, Pyles held on for a five pin win over Mann, 220-215. In addition to the prize money, Pyles received a championship jacket with a paid entry into the 2002 NABI National Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nev., and secured reserved seating to the Tournament of Champions Banquet.

“Im glad my friends talked me into joining a tenpin league this past season,” stated Pyles, who had been a lifelong duckpin bowler. “Becoming a tenpin bowler and joining NABI has really paid off.”

Mann netted $1,000 for taking 2nd place.

Other cashers: Drexall Butler, Upper Marlboro, Md., 654, 13th place $175; William Humphreys, Huntingtown, Md., and Deborah Underwood, Clinton, Md., tied for 14th place with a total score of 650, $132 each; with Donald Thomas, Gaithersburg, Md., Ricardo Willis, Washington, D.C., and Robert Underwood, Clinton, Md., tied for 16th place with a total score of 643, $120 each. 19th-21st place, Betty Mead, Arlington, Va., 642; Robert Inches, Baltimore, Md., 641; and Amy Stewart, Bowie, Md., 637, $110 each. 22nd-25th place, James Whitmoyer, Fairfax, Va., 636; Marcia Glaspie, Lanham, Md., 635; Yvette Ford, Clinton, Md., 634; and Darnell Whitfield, Odenton, Md., 628, $105 each.



Dean Smollar of Fairfax Station, Va., and his father, Paul, won the Youth/Adult Handicap Doubles Tournament conducted at Bowl America Burke (Va.), May 19, when they rolled a combined handicap score of 1,270.

Youth high series bowled. Handicap: Dean Smollar, 675. Scratch: Charles Burleigh, 565.

Youth high games bowled. Handicap: Brian Russo, 238. Scratch: Greg Jernegan, 178.

Other finalists: Tim Breads, Burke, Va., and his father, Patrick, 1265, 2nd place; Greg Jernegan, Burke, Va., and his brother, Mike, 1226, 3rd place; Corey Godfrey, Burke, Va., and his mother, Paige, 1154, 4th place; Charles Burleigh, Burke, Va., and his father, Sam, 1134, 5th place; Brian Russo, Burke, Va., and his father, Chuck, 1033, 6th place; with Ernie Weeks, Burke, Va., and his father, Alex, 1011, 7th place.



Jacob Pinkston of Burke, Va., took top honors when he won the Youth Handicap Scholarship Tournament at Bowl America Burke (Va.), May 25. Jacob finished with a 835 handicap series and was presented a $35 scholarship.

Other scholarship finalists: Edward Lee, Burke, Va., 705, 2nd place $25 scholarship; Jonathan Dee, Burke, Va., 700, 3rd place $15 scholarship; Ted Hellmann, Burke, Va., 671, 4th place $10 scholarship; and A.J. Quayle, Burke, Va., 653, 5th place $5 scholarship.

Scholarships earned are being administered under the Young American Bowling Alliance SMART Program.



Kim Adler of Cocoa, Fla., became the first two-time winner of the Professional Womens Bowling Association St. Clair Classic hosted by St. Clair Bowl, Fairview Heights, Ill., May 19-23.

It took a 42-game total score of 10,072 (24-games of match play, with bonus pins included, and total pins earned in the 18-game qualifying round) for the top five athletes to advance to the finals.

Adler, winner of the 2000 Classic, averaged 240.14 for the week, rolled games above 200 in 40-of-42 games, had four 700-plus series and compiled a total score of 10,551 to secure the top seeded position entering the finals.

The opening three-way “Shootout” match saw fourth seeded Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, eliminate both third seeded Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla., and fifth seeded Kendra Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 191-189-182. Stanbrough collected $3,200 for 4th place and Gaines was paid $2,800 for her 5th place finish. Honeychurch toppled second seeded Tennelle Grijalva, Yorba Linda, Calif., 279-238, in the semifinal match. Grijalva settled for the $4,000 3rd place check.

Facing Honeychurch in a championship round for the 5th time in her career, Adler started the first five frames with a spare an a four-bagger (4-strikes in-a-row). Although Honeychurch was clean in her first five frames with a strike and four spares, she was under pressure the rest of the match trying to put together a long string of strikes. The Aussie stayed close to Adler by marking in her final five frames including a turkey (3-strikes in-a-row) in her 10th frame, but it just wasnt enough. Adler clinched the first place prize of $10,500 with her 226-216 victory over Honeychurch and increased her career National Tour titles to 15.

“I didnt have as good a ball reaction tonight as I did during the week, but I thought if I continued to make good shots it would keep the pressure on Cara to try to catch up,” said Adler.

“Ive bowled well all four years here,” Adler continued. “I always have a good feeling when I walk in the door here and I feel thats an advantage.”

Honeychurch collected the $5,800 runner-up prize.

There were four 800-plus series bowled during the tournament: Carol Gianotti-Block, 813; Kim Terrell, 805; Jennifer Swanson, 804; and Amy Dillon, 803.

There were four perfect “300” games rolled during this event: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Maxine Nable, Kim Terrell and Tiffany Stanbrough.

Other match play finalists: Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Linden, N.J., 14-9-1, 10036, 6th place $2,400; Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn., 15-9, 10033, 7th place $2,000; Carol Gianotti-Block, Morley, Perth, Australia, 12-11-1, 10018, 8th place $1,800; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 15-9, 10000, 9th place $1,600; Amy Dillon, Miami, Fla., 17-7, 9995, 10th place $1,500; Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 13-11, 9963, 11th place $1,450; Laura Lee Daniel, Corona, Calif., 11-13, 9866, 12th place $1,400; Tammy Turner, Ogden, Utah, 14-10, 9864, 13th place $1,375; Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 10-13-1, 9765, 14th place $1,350; Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., 10-14, 9716, 15th place $1,325; Shana Ray, Corpus Christi, Texas, 11-13, 9706, 16th place $1,300; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Texas, 10-13-1, 9682, 17th place $1,275; Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 9-14-1, 9525, 18th place $1,250; Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 8-16, 9490, 19th place $1,225; Kim Terrell, Daly City, Calif., 11-13, 9472, 20th place $1,200; Maxine Nabel, Fairfield Heights, NSW, Australia, 7-17, 9414, 21st place $1,175; Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, 11-13, 9401, 22nd place $1,150; Susan Jeziorski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 6-18, 9270, 23rd place $1,125; and Jen Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore., 7-17, 8839, 24th place $1,100.



Tim Beaver of Kingston, N.Y., dominated the final eight games of match play to earn his second career Professional Bowlers Association Regional Tour title by winning the PBA East Region Open at Hoe Bowl Orange Lanes in Walden, N.Y., May 17-19.

Beaver finished with a match play record of 12 wins, 4 losses and total score of 5,997 (including bonus pins and pins earned in the qualifying round) to take the top prize of $2,200.

Ryan Shafer bowled a perfect “300” game during the tournament.

Other match play finalists: Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y., 10-6, 5789, 2nd place $1,250; Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 9-7, 5786, 3rd place $1,100; Dennis Reale, Havertown, Pa., 10-6, 5778, 4th place $950; Noel Vega, Brooklyn, N.Y., 10-6, 5704, 5th place $850; Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 6-10, 5658, 6th place $750; Jeff Morin, Hopatcong, N.J., 8-8, 5627, 7th place $675; Bob Caruso, Dayton, N.J., 9-7, 5600, 8th place $600; James Wallace, North Babylon, N.Y., 8-8, 5562, 9th place $550; Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 9-7, 5508, 10th place $525; Robert Mokenhaupt, Pompton Lakes, N.J., 9-7, 5499, 11th place $500; Ray Cyr Jr., New Hartford, N.Y., 9-6, 5489, 12th place $490; Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 5-10-1, 5384, 13th place $480; Steve Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 5-11, 5381, 14th place $470; James Hurst Jr., Scranton, Pa., 4-12, 5082, 15th place $460; and Jonathan Wilbur, North Clarendon, Vt., 4-11-1, 5020, 16th place $450.



Jocelyn Stutz of Erie Community College and Chris Heringer of Morehead State University outlasted the top collegiate bowlers in the country to take home all-events honors at the 2002 Association of College Unions International Bowling Championships, held May 9-11 at AMF Bowlero Lanes in suburban Milwaukee, Wis.

Stutz, Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished the all-events qualifying in first place with a 215.7 average for her six games in doubles and singles.

In match play, Stutz added to her 1,294 qualifying score by compiling a final total of 2,960 including 150 bonus pins.

Heringer, Highland Heights, Ky., finished the all-events qualifying third heading into match play with 1,256, a 209.3 average.

During the eight-game match play round, Heringer totaled an additional 1,617 pins plus 150 bonus pins, which included only three games under 200, for a match play average of 202.1.

J.J. Schuh of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won mens singles with 689 for three games.

Amber Gazverde of Central Missouri State University totaled 674 to capture womens singles.

Schuh and Jeff Butler of Michigan State University combined for 1,176 to win the mens doubles crown, while Stutz teamed up with Katie Atkins of Sacred Heart University to win womens doubles with 1,231.

Heringer and Joy Esterson, also of Morehead State, combined for 1,255 to earn the mixed doubles title.

The ACUI Championships were inaugurated in 1959 with just men participating. The womens division was added in 1962. The event was comprised of 16 men and 16 women competing for national individual and doubles titles. Each of the competitors advanced to the national finals through regional qualifying events.


A NABI Tournament will be held at AMF Bowie (Md.) Lanes, June 29-30. Squads are scheduled for 1 and 2:30 p.m. on June 29; and at noon on June 30, with the semifinals to follow the last squad and finals immediately thereafter. For more information, telephone the Bowling Center at (301) 262-5553


Comments, questions or recommendations concerning this column are welcome. Telephone Ted Gruszkowski at (703) 590-2444.


The weekly high scores bowled in league competition are published below:


Thursday Seniors. Men: Leroy Bertrund 199-536; Louis Achille 179-513. Women: Lula Hughes 155-446; Eleanor Achille 175-445; Audrey Maddox 152-445.



Ultimate Ball. Men: Chris Petrini 223-226-618; Steve Cadolino 224-200-603; Ron Dixon 212-205-594; Ralph Miller III 212-577; Mike Ayers 224-575; Mike Young 225. Woman: Vi Owens 156-171-169-496.

Tuesday Summer. Men: Glen Holley 222-226-248-696; Bill Blatt 268-226-685; Chris Lewis 202-204-266-672; David Hennessee 222-245-204-671; Robbie Gift 246-209-648; Chuck Skidmore 254; Butch McCulloch 244; Steve Plaisances 243. Women: Mary Hill 169-223-191-583; Andrea Shanholtz 168-196-211-575; Kathy Phillips 170-156-223-549; Teresa Lloyd 180-167-181-528; Karen Morelli 186-187-521; Kelly Riley 221; Stacie Gift 211; Resa Gwyn 209.

Ladies Trio. Andrea Turner 255-218-656; Debbie Batchelor 236-210-634; Terri Petrini 195-542; Margaret Rhodes 191-536; Mary Payne 527; Lela Casdorph 195; Debbie Collins 191.

Prime Timers. Men: Wallace Phillips 204-191-201-596; Charlie Bosworth 210-197-583; Frank Meyers 214-555; Tom Reese 231; Elmer Fulkerson 205; Herb Wilson 204; Tony Barrante 203; David Woodman 202. Women: Rella Butcher 170-180-488; Gayle Levy 166-157-159-482; Agnes Fenter 158-173-480; Bernice Backstrom 167-156-472; Mary Bishop 152-198-453; Jan Lascody 180; Theresa Winiesdorffer 173; Donna Lackey 166; Sandra Reese 166.

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