TONAWANDA'S JOHN KUSTICH and Batavia's Jerry Geissler made the men's team, Kenmore's Kathy Markwardt and Andrea Cramer made the women's team (the latter for the third year in a row), but Michael Ohol Jr., who shot 300-812 for his first three qualifying games, failed to make the Empire State Games finals because he shot poorly in match play at Rochester's North Park Lanes. Ohol is a third alternate.
Kustich, a tall right-hander who shot his career-high 818 as a 15-year-old at Manor, defeated Geissler twice and Ohol once en route to a 3-3 match-play record (3,771 total) and the three-man team's No. 1 spot. He shot 1,448 (241 average) for the first six qualifying games. Then the top 24 rolled another four-game block in which Kustich had 913.
Next, the top six bowled five head-to-head matches and one position-round match to determine the top three for the ESG Western Regional team.
Rochester's Steve Schultz took second at 3,738; Geissler was third at 3,695.
Cramer, the 18-year-old who won a silver medal in women's singles and a bronze in ESG trios last year, shot a 3,203 scratch plus 180 bonus pins (30 pins each for six match-play wins) for 3,383. Markwardt totaled 3,120 plus 90 bonus pins for 3,210 and third place behind Rochester's Margaret Magoffin's 3,197, plus 90 bonus for 3,287.
The ESG finals will be held Aug. 2-4 at Flamingo Bowl in Syracuse.
This is the final weekend for two local open tournaments, where walk-ins can bowl in both at nominal entry fees. Bailey Bowl Inn's Singles Tournament has hourly squads starting at noon through to midnight today and Sunday. Ed Gospodarski has taken the men's singles lead with a 780. . . . Manor's popular No-Tap Doubles Tourney has hourly squads from 1-9:45 p.m. today and Sunday. There were oodles of 300s bowled at Manor this week, including only the third natural 300 in the tourney's 15-year history by Lockport's Tim Liable. Two 300s each were rolled by Tony Cambio and Glen Ufland, and one each by Elvis Cobb, Mike Mucciaccio and former Buffalo Bison Tom Romano. Romano and Tony Cambio are fifth in doubles at 1,580 . . . . The fourth annual reunion of the Bailey Bowling Academy will be held at 8 p.m. July 21 at the Clarence Academy, 10718 Main St., Clarence. For information, call the Gsells at the lanes at 759-6701, Ron Endle at 681-4886 or Dick Hauser at 648-5045. . . . Kenmore's final No Tap competition of the season starts at 9 p.m. Sunday with a four-game qualifier (low game dropped). . . . The Best Approach Pro Shop No. 1 team has taken the lead at Kenmore's Greater Buffalo Tournament with a 3,399 total . . . . Sheridan's No Tap King/Queen of the Hill will be suspended two Tuesdays (July 3-10) for lanes resurfacing, but will resume July 17 at 7:30 p.m. Call 839-3900. . . . Town Edge has free instructions for open bowlers from 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays.
Rochester's Millie Ignizio and Buffalo's Cindy Coburn-Carroll resumed their rivalry in two recent Women's All-Star Association (WASA) tournaments in Connecticut. Although Ignizio lost the final position-round match, 190-186, to five-time WASA champion Coburn-Carroll, "Amazing Millie's" 43-pin lead going into the final game enabled her to win her first WASA title at Milford. Carol Zarr of Milton, Pa., was second. Coburn-Carroll was third and then finished seventh at Windsor Locks.
The Conbow Corp. will sponsor its second annual Conbow Classics Youth Bowling Camp, open to ages 10-18, Aug. 27-30 at Thruway Lanes. Erie Community College coach Kerm Helmer is the camp director. Registration is $70. Call Mary Chase at 896-8507.
Stephen Bucelata has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Niagara Falls Bowling Association. He succeeds Harold Zimmerman. Other officers are: first vice president, Harold Chapman Sr.; second vice president, George Marinucci; third vice president, Anthony Zaccarella; fourth vice president, Robert Dworak; and treasurer, John Laurendi. Anthony Quaranto Sr., who was re-elected Association secretary, presented co-awards for Secretary of the Year to Charles Snyder and Louis Marcantonio, while Dworak was named Association Director of the Year.