THREE-GAME QUALIFIERS will be held over two weekends -- Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 29-30 -- at Airport Lanes for the Amateur Bowlers Association Regional Tournament, which has a guaranteed top prize of $2,000. It's rated as the largest of its category in the area.
It's a handicap event open to 195-and-under average bowlers. The entry fee is $30 (half-price for first-time ABA members), and only one three-game qualifier is needed.
Qualifying times are noon, 1:30, 3 and 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 22; at 10, 11:30 a.m., 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 29 and at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 30. The top two scorers from each of the first 14 qualifiers automatically advance to the Dec. 30 finals, where the top 52 bowl four more games (with handicap) starting at 3:30 p.m. The top five from that field advance to the TV-style rolloffs.
The tournament, for men and women, was founded, sponsored and directed by Joe Brunelle of Rochester. Betty Schluter works as his assistant. "This is my 16th year of running ABA tournaments and we've paid out over $3 million in prize money over that time," said Brunelle, a twice-a-week-bowler himself who averages 191.
Tracey Ziomek of Cheektowaga qualified last of 32 bowlers with a six-game total of 1,147, then won the $3,000 top prize of the Lilac City Women's Scratch Challenge at Marcel's Olympic Bowl in Rochester. "She was walking out the door, not thinking she made the cut," said Marcel Fournier, CEO at Olympic Bowl. Tracey beat Margaret Magoffin, 190-177, in the title match. Ziomek also won $200 in the Lilac City sweeper, while Heidi Jackson of Cheektowaga took the top prize of $375 with an 880. Jackson also won $400 for her fourth-place finish in the Challenge. . . . Tonawanda's Brian Eaton bowled 902 to win the $1,000 top prize at the Lilac City men's scratch sweeper.
Entries close at midnight Monday at Braymiller's Lanes, 39 Buffalo St., Hamburg, N.Y., 14075, for the annual Junior Holiday Tournament co-sponsored by the Bowling Proprietors Association of Western New York and Pepsi-Cola Buffalo Bottling Company. Call Braymiller's at 649-1413 for entry forms and/or information. . . . Braymiller's is starting two new 15-week PeeWee Bumper Leagues at noon and 2 p.m. Sundays, starting Jan. 6. The cost is $3.25 per week.
Jack Pajak shot his first 300 in a 698 series in the Wurzburger Classic at Airport Tuesday night. . . . Chris Weiler, a Timon sophomore, bowled a 298 in the Pepsi Junior Classic Traveling League at Southgate. He left the 4-9 on a light hit after 11 pocket strikes. . . . Contrary to rumors, Sheridan Lanes has not been sold and will continue to operate every season, according to owner Corky Wallens
Kenmore Lanes is forming several short-season (15 weeks) leagues that will begin in January. Included are a Monday (8:30 or 9:30 p.m.) four-person mixed at $6.50 per person, per week; a Tuesday women's trio (9:30 p.m.) at $6.50 per week; a Thursday men's trio (9:30 p.m.) at $7 per week; a 12-week bowler improvement program starting Jan. 9 (1 p.m.) at $4 per week and two children's after-school leagues (4 p.m.) Mondays and Fridays at $4 per week. Call Joanne Ross at 875-5340. . . . Kenmore's No-Tap begins with four-game qualifiers (low game is dropped) at 9:30 p.m., Sundays.
The Black Velvet All Stars will bowl position-round matches at 3 p.m. today at Southside. Gary Kinyon (Southgate) garnered nine first-place votes and 31 points to 24 for second-place Don Johns Jr. (Southside) to win Black Velvet's Bowler of the Month honor for November.
Instruction by Phyllis Notaro is held at Abbott 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, while Doris and Frank Coburn are at Airport 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays. . . . Old and/or discarded bowling balls can be dropped off at Jim Schroeder's Pro Shop, 235 Highland Ave., Kenmore. They are plugged and redrilled for the Special Olympics.