Michelle Coon and her Dunkirk Women's Bowling Association teammates came away from the Wild Irish Rose Tournament in Canandaigua with big prizes.
Coon, who lives in South Dayton, won $1,000 for first place in women's singles and earned another $600 as a member of the winning women's team, Tavern on the Mall Ladies. Also sharing in the $3,000 women's team prize were Paula Troutman, Tina Duliba, Kate Bixby and Debbie Butcher.
"I bowled well both days, hitting my mark and making spares," said Coon, who had steady games of 191, 210 and 184 for 585 scratch and 756 with handicap. Her entering average was 151, which gave her a handicap of 57 pins per game.
In the team event, Troutman led off with a high game of 196, and 530 total. Coon had 211-557, Duliba added 178-516, Bixby had 182-521 and Butcher anchored with 181-499. Their scratch total was 2,623, and 3,346 with handicap.
A second Tavern on the Mall team finished fifth and split $475.
The teams were in a group of 10 couples who annually make a spring trip to Canandaigua for the tournament at Roseland Bowl.
"The men play golf on Saturday and the women go to the (Finger Lakes) race track," Coon said. The women's day at the races was not as successful as their bowling.
Others from the Dunkirk area group with top-10 finishes (totals include handicap) were: Marcy Waterman of Forestville, tied for fifth in women's singles with 710 ($312); Janice Waterman, Forestville, fifth in the six-game combine with 1,360 ($160); Troutman, South Dayton, seventh in the combine with 1,350 ($130), and eighth in team bonus singles with 683 ($100); and Larry Brown-Marie Troutman, Forestville, fifth in mixed doubles with 1,345 ($300).
Johnson wins classic
Liz Johnson's win Thursday night in the PWBA's Hammer Players Championship was another classic case of perseverance.
After starting with two open frames in the title match against Michelle Feldman, Johnson, who grew up in Niagara Falls, was able to stay around, then strike in the ninth frame and strike out in the 10th to earn a 205-202 decision.
Two ball changes were crucial for Johnson. "In warm-ups, we had eight practice shots on the TV pair and I had no shot whatsoever," Johnson recalled.
"Then in my first match (the semifinals, becasue Johnson was seeded second) I pulled out a ball I had used earlier. I started with the front six and finished with 244 (in defeating Carolyn Dorin-Ballard).
Johnson's early frames in the championship match were rocky to say the least. "I left the big four (4-6-7-10 split) and a pocket 7-10," she said. "And I still didn't have a good shot on the next two so I changed again to a ball I had drilled before the show.
"I got back on a 185 pace and struck in the ninth and had three dead flush in the 10th. I was down 27 pins around the fifth frame but I wanted to finish strong and put the pressure on Michelle.
"I had been down like that before and came back. The difference was I bowled last when I won before and this time I bowled first (in the 10th frame)."
The win was Johnson's fourth of the year and keeps her in the running for player of the year. Dorin-Ballard has six wins this year and leads the tour in season points and average.
Angelo makes TV debut
"Bowling Tips With Brad Angelo" makes its debut on local television this weekend on Adelphia Channel 13's Sports Zone. The Western New York Community Channel is available in Erie and Niagara counties, except in the city of Buffalo.
The taped series, airing Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., is expected to run weekly at least through January. Angelo's first segment features a tour of a pro shop.
The tips segments in upcoming programs, produced by Leo Senese, will range from beginner to advanced levels.
PBA makes changes
The PBA has made some changes in the season's remaining events. The Greater Louisville Open has been added to replace the Columbia 300 Open that was canceled last month following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The Louisville tournament dates are Nov. 22-25, with the finals on ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m.
Also, the Seattle Center House has been selected as a venue for the Seattle Open's (Jan. 3-6) round of 16 through the televised finals.
The rescheduled Super Bowl has resulted in two TV time changes on ESPN. The Jan. 27 Orleans Casino Open will air from 12:30-2 p.m. and the Feb. 3. Dallas Open on Super Bowl Sunday airs from 2-3:30 p.m.
The Florida Open, Feb. 6-9, has been canceled, with a new tournament to be announced.
Previously, the PBA canceled the March 13-17 Tournament of Champions when Brunswick withdrew as the title sponsor. The second "Battle at Little Creek" in Virginia Beach, Va., will replace the T of C on those dates.
Around the lanes
The BPA/Buffalo Beverage Miller Lite All Stars bowl at 2 p.m. today at Ideal. . . . The ABA has a $1,000 first place tournament Sunday at Transit with the first squad at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 4:30.
Norm Warner can be reached at 652-3505 or e-mail: email@example.com.