THERE'S A strange parallel between the bowling careers of the big winners of the recently completed New York State Women's Bowling Association Tournament at Utica.
Peggy Funk of Tonawanda won the open singles with 299-745 and was third in three other events -- open all-events at 1,980, open doubles with Shelly Machuga at 1,247 and team event (Tonawanda Bowling Center) at 3,016.
But the former three-time collegiate All-American (one year at Erie Community College, two years at Buffalo State), is sidelined indefinitely after suffering a debilitating wrist injury from broken glass.
"My surgeon said there is no specific time frame for my recovery, but I know I'll be back," said the determined right-hander, also tied for sixth (with Ann Linderman) in doubles at 1,264 and tied for seventh in all-events at 1,897 at the WIBC Tournament in Tampa.
Funk, who also won the Team USA state amateur in Syracuse last year, posted her high average of 204 in the All Star Doubles at Suburban this past season, where she finished second.
The other big winner at the State Tournament was Rochester WIBC Hall of Famer Millie Ignizio, who took the doubles with Judy Koester at 1,376 and the all-events at 1,898.
Ignizio is the former two-time U.S. Open winner whose severe arthritis forced her to take several years off.
She returned to bowling last year and shot a pair of 300s and several 700s in Rochester classic league action, then turned in those championship scores at Utica.
Buffalo women bowlers were high among the leaders in the State Tournament final statistics.
The teams of Shirley Hett-Gail Krywcum and Julie Nabozny-Andrea Cramer tied for fourth in open doubles at 1,239, and Heidi Jackson (5th, 1906), Cramer (6th, 1,907) and Hett (7th, 1,882) in open all-events.
Nine Buffalo bowlers were among the top 15 places in open singles: Funk, Lori Branham (third, 712), Sandy Ranallo (fourth, 676), Machuga (fifth, 672), Louise Heckl (sixth, 669), Ruth Jensen (10th, 652), Shirley Hett (11th, 651), Tammy Smith (tie 13th, 648) and Linda Malicki (15th, 646.)
In team event, three Buffalo-area squads were among the top five in the open division -- Thunder Bowl (Niagara Falls), second at 3,137, TBC third at 3,016 and The Players, fourth at 2,985.
Also, the Brooks Rigging & Hauling team of Buffalo won the Class C title at 2,551 and the Pizzolanti's of Buffalo took the Class D team title at 2,350, with another Buffalo team, Peck's I Got It, fourth at 2,328.
Betty Walter of Alden, who was honored for "distinguished service," became the 29th person inducted into the Erie County Suburban Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame at the group's awards dinner at Ilio DiPaolo's restaurant in Blasdell. Honored with 25-year pins were Teresa Allen, Alice Kihl, Dorothy Kuebler, Lee MacPherson, Irene Sroda and Nancy Walczyk. Special service awards were presented to retiring director Patti Nowicki and to Doug Hanson, who is leaving the weekly bowling publication Spares & Strikes to enter divinity school. Reports were given by Joan Hjalmarson, newly-elected president of the 200 Club and Joanne Franz, secretary-treasurer of the 500 Club. Elaine Koszuta, ECSWBA president, was master of ceremonies and presented inscribed glass awards (instead of trophies) to the tournament champions and association season-highs.
The Buffalo Women's Association inducted Terry Sabia and Margaret Barry (for distinguished service) and Martha Carlon (performance category) into their Hall of Fame at the Ramada Renaissance. . . . Barb Leicht of Albany won the State 600 Club Tournament's Class A title with a four-game scratch 804 total and the Class A regional rolloff with an 865 at Lancaster Lanes. Buffalo area winners included Laura Blaner (Class C, 777) and Lynn Kamienowski (Class D, 722). Also, in the Senior Division, Sue LaVere won Class B (for bowlers with an average of 165-174) at 782, one pin higher than the Class A winner's total. Margaret Lancaster of Rochester was tournament secretary.
Ray Bellet, a 51-year-old West Seneca right-hander, won a new car for bowling the first 300 in this year's Bowl Inn Singles Tournament which runs through July 1. Because it's the tourney's final week, squads run hourly from 6 p.m.-midnight Monday through Friday and noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday.
Bellet, who operates the pro shop at Thruway Lanes, started off poorly with a game of 162. He added a 206, then shot the perfect game. "I had 11 pocket hits, then I got lucky on the last ball with a crossover hit," said Bellet.
Walk-ins are still accepted for Manor's No Tap Doubles Tournament which has hourly squads from 1-9:45 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 6-9:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays until July 1. . . . Also, Manor's open sweeper for women begins at 7:30 p.m. Mondays with a four-game qualifier. The cost is $14, with $10 going to the prize fund. . . . Sheridan's King/Queen No Tap continues each Tuesday with qualifiers at 7:30 p. m. . . . Two more weeks remain at Kenmore's No Tap which begins with qualifiers at 9 p.m. Sundays until the July 1, closing date.