After 100 days, the 2009 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Women’s Championships came to a close at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV on Sunday. A total of 8,330 fiveplayer teams competed.
Together Once Again of Keller, TX, found itself in familiar territory, claiming the title in Classic Team event for the second straight time in Reno. Together Once Again totaled 3322, the third-highest team series in tournament history.
Michelle Feldman of Auburn, NY, took home the Classic Singles crown by firing the highest series in Women’s Championships history. She put together games of 279, 249 and 288 for an 816 series on April 24. Kendra Gaines of Orlando, FL,
previously held the record with 812, rolled during the 2000 tournament, also in Reno.
Feldman, who won two Professional Bowler's Association (PBA) Women’s Series events this season, became just the fourth bowler to roll an 800 series at the Women’s Championships.
USBC/WIBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo of Newhall, CA, also accomplished the feat this year, tossing an 805 series the same week to help her team to a runner-up finish with 3286.
Romeo’s momentum carried over to doubles and singles. She added 689 in doubles and 678 in singles and helped her to the Classic All-Events title. She finished with a 2172 all-events total, the second-highest in tournament history. Only Leanne Barrette-Hulsenberg of Elk Grove, CA, has posted a higher number, shooting 2231 at the 2005 event in Tulsa, OK.
Look for a full report in the August issue of Bowlers Journal International.