Beth Owen-Cipielewski of Sarasota claimed the championship in the Senior Division of a Princess Queens Diamond Tour scratch event, sponsored by 4D Entertainment and held at Brunswick Zone Austell Bowl in Marietta, Ga., over the weekend (Jan. 9-10).
The 54-year-old righthander earned the top seed for the stepladder finals, and she defeated Paulette Sanders of Atlanta 226-219 in the title game.
“It’s awesome to be able to throw it good,” Owen-Cipielewski said. “I met some great people, and I was fortunate that it was a hooking lane condition, and those were factors in bowling good.”
After the first qualifying round, Missy LaRossa of Atlanta posted the top four-game pinfall of 894, while Owen-Cipielewski was next in line with 867. And after qualifying concluded with three additional games, Owen-Cipielewski was on top with 1,554, while the remainder of the stepladder qualifiers were Sanders (1,503), Dana Flanigan of Dacula, Ga. (1,466), Mary Berner of Fort Myers, Fla. (1,448), and Tawanda Triplet of Austell, Ga. (1,418).
In a Princess Queens Diamond Tour event in Seminole, Fla., last Sept. 5-6, Berner earned the Senior Division title with a 237-204 triumph over top-seeded Owen-Cipielewski.
In Marietta on Sunday (Jan. 10), Berner opened the stepladder finals with victories over Triplet (201-169) and Flanigan (217-182) before being eliminated by Sanders (248-235). And that set the stage for the championship showdown.
Owen-Cipielewski’s impressive qualifying score of 1,554 in the Senior Division (ages 50-up) was even better than the qualifying score of 1,541 posted by Jennifer King of Immo, S.C., in the Queens Division, open to women with averages of 190 and up.
King defeated Jes Lesagonicz of Atlanta 236-222 for the Queens title, while in the title matches in other categories, Tabitha Mitchell of Canton, Ga., bested Keisha Beeks of Morrow, Ga., 236-223 in Princess I (170-189 averages), and Teresa Howell of Asheville, N.C., topped Alexis Hembree of Kennesaw, Ga., 192-144 in Princess II (169-under).
Primarily based in Georgia, the Princess Queens Diamond Tour’s tournament director David Clark has already confirmed that there will be another tournament in Florida this year on the weekend of Sept. 24-25. And to view more tournament information and photographs, click here to visit the sponsoring 4D Entertainment’s Web site.
Champions Series begins at AMF Gulf Gate starting on Feb. 2
AMF Gulf Gate Lanes has announced a Champions Series of scratch sweepers that will run for 10 consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on Feb. 2.
With rules similar to the recent King Of Gulf Gate series, the entry fee for each of the weekly sweepers is $20, and sign-up and registration will begin at 6:15 p.m., with practice starting at 6:50 p.m. First place is a guaranteed $75, based on just 10 entrants.
The format calls for three qualifying games across six lanes on a modified house pattern, after which there will be a 1-in-5 cut, and the surviving bowlers will roll one game to for the title (or force a cut to the top two for a final-game showdown).
The series will conclude with a Week 11 finale, but in order to qualify for Week 11, a bowler must have competed in a minimum of six weekly events. There will be $2 set aside from weekly fees to be added to the Week 11 payout.
Brackets will be available, and for further information, you may call Gary Gooch at 921-4447.:
Bowling charity event to benefit Bill Gardner’s family
Last Oct. 28, Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) worker Bill Gardner’s 3-year-old daughter was involved in a horrific auto accident. The youngster has gone through major surgery and will likely need care for the rest of her life.
Jeff Stapleton and Maureen Clifford, who also work for SCAT, have put together a bowling charity event at AMF Gulf Gate Lanes, to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 17).
Cost is $12 per person, and half of that amount will go to the Gardner family for the health care of the daughter. Entry fee will include two hours of bowling, plus use of rental shoes, if needed.
Donations will also be accepted, and area businesses are being contacted regarding the possibility of donating items that can be raffled off. For additional information, contact Jeff Stapleton at (941) 875-8577.
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