Stafford’s Sewell rolls perfect 300

On February 23, Dara Sewell of Stafford, Va., became the first woman to roll a perfect “300” game at AMF Dale City Lanes since it opened its doors in January 1975.

Bowling on lanes 11 and 12 in the Sunday Night Mixed league, Sewell, who has been bowling in leagues for over 20 years and has a 185 average, rolled her first ever perfect game.

“For my fifteen minutes of fame, I will be known as the woman who set the House Record at AMF Dale City Lanes,” stated Sewell. “I’ll never forget the excitement I felt after my final shot. That’s a memory that will stay with me. Now, I’ll be looking forward to hopefully setting another woman’s record in the center.”



Larry Williams of Odenton, Md., once again found himself in the winner’s circle when he captured his 14th title at the Baltimore-Washington Region National Amateur Bowlers (NABI) Tournament hosted by AMF Southdale, Pasadena, Md., Feb. 22-23.

It took a handicap series score of 606 or higher in the semifinals for the top five bowlers to advance to the stepladder finals.

In match 1 of the finals, fifth seeded Theresa Pounds, Abingdon, Md., blasted fourth seeded Joseph Ward, Forestville, Md., 237-170. Ward picked up $115 for his 5th place finish. Third seeded Williams sent Pounds to the sidelines, 207-184, in match 2. Pounds put the $125 4th place check in her purse. Williams upstaged second seeded Tanya Elliott, Glenn Dale, Md., 238-209, in match 3. Elliott went home with the $200 check for 3rd place.

In the championship match, Williams lashed tournament leader Melvin Tolson, Suitland, Md., 241-194. Williams earned the $800 top prize for his winning performance, received a championship jacket with a paid entry into the 2003 NABI National Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, Nev., and secured reserved seating to the Tournament of Champions Banquet.

Tolson collected the $400 runner-up prize.

“Although I’ve competed in the NABI National Tournament of Champions numerous times, I’ve yet to capture a National title,” said Williams. “I hope this coming event will be the year I achieve my personal goal.”

Other cashers: Marcia Glaspie, Lanham, Md., 604, 6th place $80; Edward Taylor, Baltimore, Md., 601, 7th place $75; Amy Stewart, Bowie, Md., 592, 8th place $70; Larry Glaspie, Lanham, Md., 586, 9th place $65; Thomas Snow, Capitol Heights, Md., 581, 10th place $60; and Suzanne Cordes, Crofton, Md., 580, 11th place $50. 12th-15th place, Anthony Perry, Washington, D.C., 570; Samuel Steinberg, Hyattsville, Md., 563; Richard Kuzak Sr., Glen Burnie, Md., 560; and Ronald Steele, Forestville, Md., 559, $50 each. Patricia Wilinski, Capitol Heights, Md., 556, 16th place $46. 17th-20th place, Les Gay, Upper Marlboro, Md., 502; Houston Bigelow, Upper Marlboro, Md., 491; Leon Thomas Jr., Bowie, Md., 479; and Dan Ambrose, Springdale, Md., 454, 20th place $45 each.



Malaysia’s women earned their first world title and Malaysia’s men won in their first ever stepladder appearance Feb. 23 in the 5th Federation Internationale des Quilleurs World Tenpin Team Cup in Odense, Denmark.

This world team championship was played in the Baker format. In the Baker format, each player plays two frames per game. The leadoff player bowls in the first and sixth frames, the second player in the second and seventh frame and so on. Each of the 15 men’s and 15 women’s teams played three round robins of two-game matches against each country. Points were awarded on the basis of one point for each game won and one point for the match won (two-game total). The top three teams in each division played a stepladder final of two-game matches.

A winner of several Asian Zone titles and two bronze medals in the Calgary 1996 and Netherland 1998 World Tenpin Team Cup, Malaysia’s women have never earned a gold medal at any World championships. The Malaysian men’s team last won a gold medal in the trio’s event at the Manila FIQ World Championships in 1979.

In the women’s event, Malaysia (Wendy Chai, Sarah Yap, Shalin Zulkifli, Choy Poh Lai, Sharon Chai and Lai Kin Ngoh) finished the round robin in 3rd place and met 2nd place TEAM USA (Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, Ariz.; Diandra Hyman, Dyer, Ind.; Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla.; Kristal Scott, Painesville, Ohio; Kari Schwager, Montgomery, Ill.; and Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio), in the first two-game stepladder match. Malaysia defeated TEAM USA, 411-391. TEAM USA came home with the women’s bronze medal.

Malaysia meet round-robin leader England in the two-game championship match. Malaysia’s women were victorious over England, 409-329, and claimed the gold medal. England’s women received the silver medal for their 2nd place finish.

In the men’s semifinal two-game stepladder match, 3rd place Sweden knocked off 2nd place Australia, 439-423. The Australian men captured the bronze medal.

Round-robin leader Malaysia (Azidi Ameran, Ben Heng, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Jonathan Lim, Daniel Lim and Alex Liew) triumphed over Sweden, 492-464, in the two-game championship match and was presented the gold medal. Sweden garnered the men’s silver medal.



The Professional Women’s Bowling Association has announced that Sabrina Duncan of New Orleans, La., a relative newcomer to the sport, has been voted the 2002 Rookie of the Year.

“This is very exciting,” said Duncan. “It’s an honor and a powerful motivator to be selected Rookie of the Year by the PWBA players.”

A graduate from the University of New Orleans with a degree in business administration, Duncan’s road to the PWBA was less traveled in comparison to most of her counterparts, but, if you ask her, the decision to turn pro in 2002 has made all the difference.

A late bloomer to the sport, Duncan began kegeling in 1992. During the next eight years the right-hander would get married, invest in two pro shops and become a funeral director. However, in spite of a busy work and social life, Duncan never lost site of her dream to compete professionally. In fact, not long after she began bowling in a league in 1993, she started competing in scratch tournaments such as the Southern Regional Rhodman and the Atlanta Ladies Scratch Classic.

Following years of pratice and hard work, Duncan began to see results. In 2000 she won a Master’s Tour Association Tournament and was regularly cashing at PWBA regionals. In 2001 she joined the regional program and boasted a third place finish at the Houston Women’s Bowling Association Queens Tournament.

Last season, Duncan realized her dream after 10 years of pursuit. She competed in 17 of 18 national tournaments leading all rookies in earnings, average and competition points.

“It was extremely tough to take my game to this level – both physically and mentally,” added Duncan. “It was an honor to compete against the best in the world last season and I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge again in 2003.”



The Women’s All-Star Association kicks off its 2003 season with the Hammer-Deptford Lanes Open in Deptford, N.J., and High Roller-Deptford Senior Open on March 29 followed by the Bunswick Woodbury Lanes Open in Woodbury Heights, N.J. on Mar. 30.

For more information, telephone the WASA Executive Director at (732) 367-0257.


The Professional Women’s Bowling Association is conducting its 2003 PWBA Bowlers Club membership drive.

Every bowling fan, regardless of his or her ability can help PWBA promote the tour by joining the 2003 PWBA Bowlers Club.

For the payment of $29.95 fans will receive a membership card, the official PWBA Tour Guide, quarterly E-mail up-dates with a mid-season up-date, a special limited edition photo of the 5 players that dominated the Tour in 2002 and receive a 10% discount on all PWBA merchandise sold at tournament sites or on the PWBA’s web site @

In addition, club members are automatically entered into the PWBA sweepstakes with a $100 drawing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On the 15th of each month a free membership into next years Bowlers Club and a free PWBA Logo Bowling Ball (valued at $159.00) will be awarded. On Christmas Day, 2003, a Grand Prize drawing of $5,000 will be conducted. This promotion began Mar. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2003.

Membership forms are avialble in many of the area’s bowling centers. Sign up can also be accomplished by telephone – toll free (800) 426-8823 or visit the PWBA’s web site.

No purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes. Individuals desiring to enter the sweepstakes only must print their name, address and telephone number on a 3×5 inch card. Mail card to the PWBA, 7171 Cherrydale Blvd., Rockford, Ill. 61112. Void where prohibited by law.



If you’re an accomplished bowler 50 or over and have dreamed of bowling greatness, then consider entering the American Bowling Congress Senior Masters.

A revised qualifying format for the 11th Annual ABC Senior Masters at Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz., May 26-30, will give more players a chance to reach the double-elimination match play finals.

Rather than cutting to the top 63 for match play after two six-game qualifying rounds, in 2003 the top 31 bowlers after 12 games will automatically join defending champion Pete Couture of Titusville, Fla., in the three-game, double-elimination match play finals. All other bowlers in positions 32 through 127 after 12 games will bowl six more games to determine the final 32 match play finalists.

In 2002, Couture earned $20,000 topping a field of 325 to become the second two-time champ in Senior Masters history. Dave Davis of West Palm Beach, Fla., is the only other player to win two Senior Masters titles.

The Senior Masters is open to all ABC members ages 50 and older who have an average of 190 or higher. Entry fee is $400. The 2003 field is limited to the first 384 entrants. Entries for the event close May 25, if not sooner.

For additional information, telephone the ABC Tournament Office at (800) 514-2695 extension 3415.



Entries for the 12th Annual Southeast Bowling Association Handicap Championship Tournament close – postmarked midnight, April 20.

The tournament will be held every weekend, starting May 24-25 and concludes the weekend of June 28-29.

The team event will be held at Royal Z Lanes in Goose Creek, S.C., with the doubles and singles events scheduled for Oakbrook Lanes in Summerville, S.C.

An optional handicap and scratch All Events category will be available.

For additional information, telephone the Tournament Director at (843) 556-3019.


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


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


Sunday Night. Men: Dan Lorenz 215-222-605; Phil Lindenmuth 193-246-598; M. Lyle Prasad 224; Bobby McCoy 210; Jim McGaughey 203; Greg Wilhelm 202; Tony Sewell 201. Women: Dara Sewell 165-300-181-646; Gabi Lorenz 208; Pat Prasad 201; Elsie Burton 196; Lisa Manganiello 174.

Tuesday Seniors. Men: John Lyons 216-575; Bill Henson 182-538; Louis Achille 523; Forest King 186. Woman: Eleanor Achille 169-484.

Moonshiners. Men: Jay Latney 269-280-235-784; Vic Farkas 232-276-208-716; Kenny Butler 224-236-247-707; Tim Dingus 256-211-218-685; Rick Birzack 230-197-227-654; Clif Fisher 245; Pat O’Halloran 238; Jeff Hooper 230; Ronnie Sword 224; Duane Butler 223. Women: Debbie Steele 200-216-190-606; Brenda Berry 178-176-224-578; Sharon Shields 172-214-173-559; Denise Buckner 170-190-182-542; Beth Baransky 188-199-530; Mary Butler 214; Glenda Brown 212; Christine Jagodowski 199; Marlene Betts 188; Sonya Wilson 184.

Preps, Youth. Boys: Jeremy Stokes 121-158-181-460; Miguel Marshall 128-158-125-411; B.J. Stokes Jr. 110-174-108-392; Malcolm James 126-130-112-368; Ricky Wallace 158; Kevin Garman 138; Erik Buckingham 127; Matt Majors 122. Girls: Jacqueline Johnson 110-123-97-330; Laura Achille 127-95-101-323; Amanda Watt 98-120-97-315; Cherie Flaten 112-82-119-313; Arika Hoban 128; Jessica Wallace 112; Dawn Zinda 110; Janeen Lloyd 102; Allyssa Mark 102.

Juniors, Youth. Boys: Sean Hedrick 150-150-141-441; Isaiah Owens 151-158-134-443; R.J. Fisher 132-98-178-408; Matt McCormick 197; Jason Demsko 192; Peter Lujan 170; Tommy Fisher 150. Girls: Allyson Fair 163; Brittany Steele 149.

Majors, Youth. Boys: Chris Merrill 222-188-179-589; Ryan Kraft 181-188-165-534; Eric Collins 170-181-487; John Hicks 212; Jon Merrill 197; Tim Hicks 191. Girl: Amy Stewart 172-161-138-471.



Sunday Night Mixers. Men: Cliff Fisher 257-213-657; Andrew Brathwaite 246-209-651; Tom Sessions 222-213-211-646; George Palczynski 237-218-643; Jack Ondo 213-212-211-636; Doug Hammers 256; Dwayne Jones Jr. 251; Brian Fields 248; Jimmy Reeve 240; Daniel Elswick 239. Women: Janice Cephas 248-216-655; Barbara Reeve 210-594; Val Greer 237-577; Janet Harrison 225-573; Sheila Cephas 214-567; Latoya Kirkland 221; Jen Knieriemen 206; Tammy Ashworth 203.

Dale City Men’s Commerical. Martin Toman 258-298-299-855; John Fillis 234-256-257-747; Mike Herman 226-254-258-738; Aaron Jones 226-220-278-724; Mike Laitinen 229-235-248-712; Rick Coulson 279; Mark Glover 269; Dave Wollersheim 269; Louis Achille 267; George LaRocca 257; Ken Szymanski 257.

Ladies Nite Out. Terri Franklin 223-225-193-641; Sherry McKinney 195-189-208-592; Teresa Lloyd 225-171-159-555; Donna Hull 212-199-550; Docie Whitlock 164-161-224-549; Debbie Bamford 207; Debbie Batchelor 202; Yumi Riggs 201; Mary Payne 200; Glenda Brown 199.

Thursday Night. Men: Skip Barg 243-247-670; Mark Poppe 241-193-203-637; Brad Strickland 247-202-635; Matt Matsuda 191-218-217-626; Randy Greer 209-229-610; Clifton Fisher 223; Dick West 223; Jack Poirier 219; Ken Catterton 216; Joe Herman 214; Rick Collins 212. Women: Rita Winston 227-150-236-613; Debbie Reynolds 190-161-200-551; Barbee Moomaw 187-165-198-550; Barbara Peters 196-171-179-546; Nancy Johnson 199-184-527; Lela Casdorph 215; Debbie Collins 214; Alberta Townes 211; Val Greer 194; Lynda Watkins 184.

Starlighters. Men: John Fillis 202-246-208-656; Glenn Keffer 205-276-639; Ken Redmon 206-197-236-639; Brad Strickland 202-214-218-634; Gary Rosse 244-221-633; Jason Phillips 257; Bobby Rose Jr. 254; Scott Ison 244; Matt Roque 244; Brian Richard 236. Women: Donna Sisson 208-201-190-599; Barbara Gutridge 227-166-538; Barbara Reeve 172-172-189-533; Brenda Brown 167-172-189-528; Missi Strickland 190-178-152-520; Joyce Massey 230; Wendy Wingers 190; Lisa Rose 184; Sandra Graham 177; Priscilla Rose-Roque 176.

Excitement, Youth. Boys: Trey Jefferson 185-189-177-551; Walter Lasecki 156-163-139-458; Josh Hicks 113-151-120-384; Daniel Ford 100-149-124-373; Tommie Austin 106-114-127-347; Nathan Brown 140; William Resavy 136; Tommy Riggins 108; John Wilks 107. Girls: Nikki Vance 151-143-158-452; Kimberly Brown 149-123-148-420; Courtney Alwine 162-106-134-402; Jessica Struber 120-116-143-379; Robyn Miller 120-104-131-355; Jordan Peters 112.

Tyke Force, Youth. Boys: J.T. Phillips 89-73-162; Shawn Hite Jr. 82-77-159. Girls: Veronica Schaufele 85-78-163; Alexis Culbreath 75-68-143; Tyler Morris 76-67-143.

Alley Oops, Youth. Boys: Brandon Webb 88-117-127-332; Austin Hurlbrink 124-117-86-329; Jackson Crisler 112-122-91-325; Calvin Smith 62-101-142-305; J.J. Coons 76-73-144-293; Aaron Hawkins 121; John Fillis Jr. 112; Mike Bache 110; Cristian Yanez 95; Rozia Henson 57. Girls: Rebecca Bellinger 122-88-139-349; Kelsey Easterday 106-102-122-330; Jessica Fillis 125-112-91-328; Taylor Thomas 84-129-108-321; Kimberly Manning 92-96-100-288; Elpi Marchesini 99; Kimberly Adams 84; Abbey Phillips 66; Mackenzie Craft 63.

Spares & Strikes, Youth. Boys: Trey Jefferson 185-210-191-586; C.J. Stecher 169-216-182-567; Dennis Fulton 177-187-179-543; Justin Swithenbank 185-127-214-526; Allen Windsor 154-164-208-526; Demonte Spence 211; Patrick Rooney 183; Kevin Harrah 181; Josh Owen 178; Shawn Owen 169; David Soetekouw 169. Girls: Samantha Gruszkowski 155-202-149-506; Danielle Clark 135-112-185-432; Jo Anna Hoffman 102-109-203-414; Hope Hurlbrink 135-151-114-400; Racheal Fulton 141-128-113-382; Jamie McAfee 133; Rebecca Lackey 120; Ashley Phillips 100.

Strike Force, Youth, Boys: Adam Farnsworth 163-212-217-592; Will Caison 198-167-157-522; Sean Crookston 175-126-163-464; Daniel Boose 135-142-144-421; Jeremy Crookston 102-175-143-420. Girls: Liz White 164-205-164-533; April Gruszkowski 131-168-146-445; Sabrina Mason 114-165-156-435; Racheal Heap 93-105-119-317; Melissa McAfee 72-101-91-264.


Belvoir Research & Development Center (Feb. 12). Men: Larry Barlow 207-202-201-610; Rich Goehner 227-201-596; Jim Gutman 201-570; Rick Sprague 257-570; Ed Jordan 229-565; Ron Sanders 209. Women: Janet Harrison 200-224-613; Sheila Cephas 203-568.

Belvoir Research & Development Center (Feb. 19). Men: Edward Purcell 213-574; Ron Sanders 215-570; Mike Buehler 227-202-567; Rich Goehner 203-557; Don Wong 208-557; Keith Dugas 205; Mark Boynton 202. Women: Jena Reed 211-201-590; Janet Harrison 214-588; Sheila Cephas 204-556; Judy Poppe 200-553; Charlotte Jordan 200-499.

Friday Nite Mixers. Men: Tom Opoien 227-620; Mike Patton 218-202-611; Charles Lee 232; Daryl Sutton 222; Tom Waelty 217; Kha Nguyen 216; Jim Lynch 204. Women: Linda Beghtol 224-200-172-596; Jo Boehm 202-178-172-552; Theresa Hall 209-180-537; Judy Poppe 186-179-534; Dee Durant 179-171-515; Barbara Comiso 184; Noni Anderson 183; Dot Sugiyama 182; Deb Wasner 179; Pet Maxwell 178.


Thursday Night. Men: Skip Merryman 231-269-264-764; Paul Rumbaugh 226-227-268-721; Kenny Gregory 231-219-229-679; Jon Blanton 214-224-630; Reggie Willis 221-204-606; Bob Gift 235; Dave Walczak 224; Gene Ginther 218; Dennis Gongdon 212; Guy Swithenbank 211. Women: Pam Spellman 203-170-494; Bonnie Thomen 203-486; Wanda Meador 186-165-479; Chris Raniszewski 159-159-453; Soung Hi Myers 172; Maureen Sinon 168; Carol Van Horn 166.

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