Chuck Jagodzinski is one of Western New York's most active league bowlers. His name pops up frequently in the listing of area bowling scores published daily in The Buffalo News -- usually out of Broadway Sports Center, sometimes even twice in the same day.
Now Jagodzinski is getting national notice. The Lancaster resident stands second in the Regular All-Events Division of the ABC Tournament in Baton Rouge, La. Jagodzinski claimed the second spot when he bowled a 2,069 two weeks ago. Jagodzinski's total would have been good for eighth place in the 2004 tournament, so he has a good chance of finishing in the top 10 in the ABCs, which will not conclude until early July.
"My goal coming in was to shoot 1,800 or 1,900, so I'm feeling pretty good since I bowled well in all three events this year," said Jagodzinski, whose previous high at the ABC was 1,913 in 1996.
"I had one 700 series in my first 10 ABC Tournaments, and I had two this year, so that feels pretty good, too."
Jagodzinski shot 729 in doubles, closing with games of 257 and 278. He had 721 in team, bowling with Ben Palumbo's Five No. 2. His low event was singles, where he had only 619. He opened with a 187 and finished with 227. A second strike in the 10th frame of his final singles game would have given him the All-Events lead. Instead, he trails Ralph Solna by three pins.
Lucky Lanes hosts pros
Lucky Lanes in Fredonia will host a PBA Eastern regional tournament next weekend, the first time the PBA has visited Chautauqua County. Todd Langworthy is tournament chairman and Russ Mills is the PBA Eastern region tournament director.
The PBA Lucky Lanes Open should draw a top field since the PBA regular tour ends Sunday with the PBA Denny's World Championships in Ypsilanti, Mich. Some of the top pros will head for the Tournament of Champions in Connecticut, but the rest are available.
Lucky Lanes is a 40-lanes facility on Route 60 in Fredonia between the New York Thruway interchange and Route 20.
There will be a practice session for the pros Friday followed by Junior Pro-Am and Adult Pro-Am squads. Next Saturday, two squads of qualifying are scheduled, one at 8 a.m. and the other at 2:30 p.m. A special Ebonite demo will be held at 8 p.m., followed by a PBA skills competition.
Sixteen qualifiers will begin match play at 9 a.m. April 10, with awards presentations expected to start at 2 p.m.
The last PBA regional in Western New York was the Recckio's Open in November, won for the second year in a row by Jack Jurek of Lancaster. That was a combined PBA Wild Turkey Central region and East region event.
PBA fans have a choice
A new PBA feature will be the PBA Motel 6 Roll to Riches presented by Geico. It's a special event that features a winner-take-all $200,000 top prize. It will be contested April 14 in Fort Worth, Texas, and air on ESPN in two one-hour shots, 1 p.m. April 16 and 3 p.m. April 17.
Two bowlers, from among the top six players in the PBA World Point Rankings who have not won a major event, will be selected by online fan voting and join the four winners of this season's PBA majors. Patrick Allen, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Tommy Jones, Mika Koivuniemi, Brian Voss and Norm Duke are on the ballot. Voting will begin Sunday and end next Saturday at 5 p.m. Fans can post their vote on www.pba.com. Results will be announced during the PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions' ESPN telecast April 10.
Broadway Sports Center won the most recent BPA Buffalo Beverage Miller Lite All-Stars/Pepsi Juniors Challenge. John Scholl of Broadway topped the All-Stars with a 260-718. Dave Maciejewski's 278-718 led the Pepsi Bowlers. Peter Maduri (218-696) and Gina Maduri (246-650) were next. . . . Brad Hamilton bowled 256-279-256-800, but his Transit Lanes team still lost to Alden, 21 1/2 -11 1/2 , last week in the BPA Buffalo Beverage Miller Lite All-Stars traveling league. Spare Time continued to increase its lead in the second-half standings. Spare Time owns a 25 1/2 -point lead over second-place Ideal. Southgate is a half-point behind Ideal. The All-Stars hit Recckio's today for a 2 p.m. start. . . . Pat Brick, the 2004 Obenauer Masters champion, captured the BPA All-Stars Al Appleford/Ebonite Bowler of the Quarter award. Brick averaged 236.19 and captured 17 of 27 individual points for Orchard Park in the quarter. . . . Syracuse native Tom Clark, a Buffalo State journalism graduate and former Bengals bowler, is the new director of communications for the U.S. Bowling Congress.