2007 Women’s Championships

May 12-July 29, 2007

El Cajon

Chula Vista

$91,787 Total Prize Fund

Official Standings (pdf)

Shirley Manchester, Central Solano
Shirley will receive a paid entry into the 2008 Championships.
(This is the last year for this award)

A-Division Team Champions:
PPBC (Pin Point Bowling Concepts) Gals (Stacee Kosaka, Alyson Orosco, Cheryl Takata, Kara Adan-not pictured) – Montebello

C-Division Team Champions:
(Jeanie Hall, Lori Purkis, Anna Nilssen, Cris Daniels-not pictured) – San Clemente

C-Division All-Events Champion:
Ellen Scroggins – Torrance

By Phyl Knoll

Ellen Scroggins’ was 20 years old when on a “dare” she agreed to go bowling for the first time.  She remembers it well, it was 1971 and it was at Holiday Bowl, which at that time was located on Crenshaw Blvd. and 37th Street in Los Angeles.  Ellen took to bowling lanes like a duck to water and so began her bowling career.  Ellen learned much of what there was to learn about the game, oil conditions, and  equipment changes and became a strong competitor on the lanes in the Southern LA County USBC Association,   Even after having her daughter Aiko Michelle, she was able to return to the lanes and carry a 180 or better average.  When Aiko was big enough to hold a bowling ball, Ellen enrolled her in competitive youth bowling and now as an adult bowler Aiko competes against her mother.  

Then, about six years ago, just after Ellen turned “50”, she thought her bowling world was crumbling out from under her.  She suffered a fractured left knee, a severe injury to her left hip and a fracture to her right hand. She was devastated because high heel shoes for men she was right-handed and she truly thought her bowling career was over.  However, with extensive exercise therapy and the encouragement of daughter Aiko, son-in-law Johnnie, and her good bowling partner Corrine Van Gundy, Ellen established an exercise  routine to make her body stronger.  It was tough but she went from a four to a five-step approach .  Once she became comfortable with that, she truly felt she could continue to bowl forever.  Ellen was anxious to become competitive again even though her average had dropped to 148, so she agreed to join Corrine’s team for the 2007 California USBC Women’s Championship Tournament held in San Diego. This is a two-day affair and they were scheduled to bowl Doubles/Singles the first day.  Oh boy, six games.  But with Corrine’s words of encouragement and setting the pace on the lanes, Ellen, using her Angular and Target Zone balls, recorded 144-170-213=527; Singles 189-183-200=572 and Team 177-192-202=571 for a 1670. WAHLA….enough to win the  Div-C All Events Title .  I had the pleasure of presenting Ellen her well deserved Award Plaque from the California USBC in the presence of her fellow bowlers of the Rainbowettes at Gable House Bowl, Torrance.

Ellen expressed her appreciation to special friend Corrine who inspires her to do as well as she does and of course, dear friend Ed Enlow who drills her equipment and offers suggestive changes in her game to make her more consistent.

The moral to this story?  Ellen never gave up!

By Phyl Knoll

San Clemente — When the California USBC circulated all their information on their 2007 Women’s Championship Tournament to be held in San Diego, it got the immediate attention of Marta Majoskey.  Marta, a 149 average bowler, who had entered this event several times, was anxious to get a team together and approached Lori Purkis, who was a 173 average “resident sub” in several  leagues at Saddleback Lanes, San Clemente.   Having bowled this state event once before, Lori immediately accepted the invitation to fill a spot on the team and also the challenge of finding two more team members.  Not a problem.  She knew everyone at Saddleback!

Lori met Cris Daniels over five years ago while bowling on a team with Cris and her husband in a Las Vegas League at Saddleback..  These two families became extremely close in friendship, so much so that Lori and Cris have a “sister” relationship. So, without hesitation, Lori asked Cris to bowl on the team.  Cris, a gutsy 139 average bowler, had bowled this tournament several times in the past.  So-o, how could a “sister” friend turn her down?  Not a chance.

Lori met Jeanie Hall over three years ago.  The first year they met, Jeanie asked Lori to sub on her team in the Sweet Rollers at Saddleback and today, Lori’s team competes against Jeanie’s team in that league.  And… Jeanie, who booked 154, had bowled the Women’s Championship Tournament several times before so she was a “shoe in” for the fourth member to the team.

The entry was sent and the confirmation received and the team was gearing themselves for that wonderful weekend just a few miles south.  And then came what none of us want to think about when preparing for such an event….. having to replace one of the teammates.  However, that was the case, Marta had suffered an injury to her arm and knew she would not be able to bowl, even though she intended to go with the team and cheer them on.  So she asked Lori to become the Team Captain and to find a replacement bowler.  Lori had just the right person in mind, her practice partner!

Anna Nilssen has only been bowling for a little over one year and during all that period of time, Lori and Anna have been practice partners.   Anna is very driven to excel at bowling and nothing seems to make her happier than when she can beat Lori during practice.  Her hard work paid off, she booked 142 this past season.  So, when Lori asked her to replace Marta on the team, Anna jumped at the chance.  This would be her first time to bowl such a prestigious tournament.  But….. she was ready!  The “QWTCHRBELLYAKN” team was ready!

And were they ready.  They bowled extremely well the first game.  So well, they decided to have a caucus.  They decided that they would just “keep to themselves” and focus on their bowling, rather than spend a lot of time fraternizing with the other six teams from Saddleback.  Did it payoff?  Boy, did it ever.  This “C” team by the name no one could pronounce, that entered the tournament with a 608 team average,  racked up 2087 pins for their team event, which calculated is over 521 pins per bowler and took them to the “winner’s circle” for the “C” Division Team Event.  Now,  remember Anna, who averages in the 140’s;  the one driven to excel in bowling?  She indeed knows what the word “excel” means.  She put together in the nine games 1508 pins, which is better than a 167 average, to win the All Events for “D” Division!  When they meant to “focus”, they weren’t kidding!

I had the pleasure of traveling to Saddleback Lanes last week to present these ladies with their most deserved Award Plaques and Chevrons in the presence of the 9:15 a.m. “Sweet Rollers” League.  Lori is President of this all women’s league, so you can well imagine what a wonderful ovation they received from the league members.

So watch out, if you see this team during one of your squads at the California USBC Women’s Championship Tournament next year in Foster City, don’t bother them.  They will be “focusing”!

Oh, by the way did you figure it out yet? Try “Quit Your Belly Aching”!  Don’t ya love it?