It was grandson versus grandfather in the Classic Division title match of the inaugural Western New York Amateur Bowlers Tour event last weekend at AMF Thruway Lanes.
Eighteen-year-old Tim Frenz defeated his grandfather, top seed Bill Frenz, in the final, 285-141. To get to the championship match, young Frenz had to win a two-frame roll-off against Diana Murphey in the division for 140-199 averages.
David Lucas, 48, won the Masters Division (200-225 averages), edging top qualifier John Nowatzki, 235-234, in the last match of the stepladder finals.
ABT National Director Myron Mitchell flew in from Salt Lake City, Utah, to be on hand for the inaugural WNY ABT event, which lined up a field of 47 bowlers and paid out $3,978 to 16 cashers.
The next local ABT event will be next Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 and 28, at AMF Mil-Sher Lanes on Military Road in the Town of Tonawanda.
Jr. Gold hosts sought
There will be at least one local qualifier for the USBC Junior Gold Tournament coming to Buffalo this July but more are welcome.
One qualifier is scheduled for the Broadway Sports Center on March 18, but the USBC is hoping other centers become willing hosts.
"There's never been big interest in the Junior Gold in our area, but now there are signs of greater interest," said Nancy Walczyk of the Greater Buffalo USBC, which is the local organizer.
Participants must win a local qualifier to become eligible for the Junior Gold competition.
"The more qualifiers we have locally means we have more participation from Western New York this summer," Walczyk points out. "If there are area bowling centers interested in hosting a Junior Gold qualifier, they can contact Maureen Vicena, the tournament manager, at USBC headquarters at 1-800-514-BOWL."
The Junior Gold is the most prestigious of the three events coming here this summer. Buffalo also will host the Pepsi Youth Finals and the inaugural USBC Youth Open Championships.
Angelo still in a funk
Brad Angelo of Lockport struggled mightily on the 45-foot strip pattern being used this week in the Dick Weber Open in Fountain Valley, Calif., on the Denny's PBA Tour. The pattern is similar to what the tour pros bowled on in the early 1990s.
Joe Ciccone and Tom Baker were the only local pros to advance to the 24-bowler match-play field in the Weber, which uses a "throwback" format. It's an open event with the top 24 qualifiers advancing to round-robin match play to determine the five who will enter Sunday's stepladder finals (ESPN, 1 p.m.).
Angelo finished 79th after 15 games of qualifying with a 201.87 average. He had a high game of only 205 and a low game of 139 in his third five-game block Thursday night.
Ciccone qualified 15th with a 222.53 average but was only 4-4 in his first eight-game match play block while Baker was 21st (217.71) before going 2-6 in his three match-play segments. Two more match-play rounds were held Friday.
Jack Jurek of Lackawanna was 34th in qualifying with 213.73 while Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga was 39th (212.47).
Due to an error in last week's column, it was reported that Ciccone closed his match with a 300 game against Dino Castillo in the Earl Anthony Classic. Obviously, Ciccone was closed out by Castillo's 300 in the sixth game of their match.
Eden team cashes in
Some Western New Yorkers were among the biggest winners after the Lilac City Tournament recently finalized its standings for the 2006 event.
The Hot Heads of Eden shared the $30,000 top men's team prize for its 3,467 series. Carl Larson, James Losel, Tim Lango, Gerald Piechowski and Bruce Bessel comprised the winning team.
Duane Sadler of Hamburg won both the bonus singles ($5,000) and the senior men's singles ($1,400) with an 838 score while Stacey Gilmer of Buffalo took the $2,500 winner's prize in the women's bonus singles with 758.
Brad Earley and Jay Bartoszek of Salamanca shared the men's doubles title worth $25,000. Earley also won the $5,000 prize for the top combined score (1,510) and was second with a 791 in the men's bonus singles for another $2,500.
The 2007 version of the popular Rochester event will run from March 30 through July 8.
*Eric Johns defeated Joe Jack, 217-204, to win this week's Brunswick Senior Shoot Out at Transit Lanes. Johns reached the finals by defeating Peter J. Rizzo and John-Michael Battaglia. Jack topped Jim Mee of Jamestown and Butch Benhatzel to get to the championship match. Gary Kinyon's 769 led the qualifying, which was highlighted by Jim Wolf's 300 game in a 754 series.
*The 20th GBUSBC Youth Team Championship Tournament will get under way today at the Broadway Sports Center. Squads are 12:30 and 3 p.m. today; noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Sunday; 12:30 p.m. next Saturday and noon, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Jan. 28.