Beckie Eynon of Apalachin, N.Y., set the mark all bowlers will be looking up to as she took the Scratch All-Events lead. The 38-year-old right-hander, a Southern Tier USBC Hall of Famer, rolled a 722 series in doubles, 708 in team and 663 in singles on her way to a 2,093 all-events score. Mihoko Matsuoka of Japan previously held the top spot in Scratch All-Events with 2,061.
“I’m just very pleased with how I bowled,” Eynon said. “I said to myself, ‘Has it been different in the past years, or have I finally got myself squared away?’ I don’t know if it’ll stand, but if I finish in the top 10, it would be a blessing.”
The top scratch scores in team, doubles, singles and all-events will be recognized as the overall tournament champions at the 2012 Women’s Championships.
On April 29, a pair of bowlers from Japan made their presence known at the USBC Women’s Championships as they shook up the Diamond Division standings.
Mihoko Matsuoka, a 38-year-old right-hander, fired sets of 741 in team, 686 in singles and 634 in doubles to finish with a scratch total of 2,061. She entered the tournament with a 203 average and received an additional 17 pins of handicap per game to reach her final total of 2,214. Lori Woodward of Stow, Ohio, previously held the Diamond All-Events lead with 2,125.
Takiko Naganawa teamed up with Sadie Oda of Seal Beach, Calif., to jump into the lead in Diamond Doubles with a handicap total of 1,469. The 42-year-old right-hander rolled games of 218, 267 and 229 for a 714 series, while Oda added 167, 169 and 188 for 524 and 1,238 scratch total. The pair entered doubles with a combined average of 363 and received an additional 77 pins of handicap per game to reach their final tally. Julie Schaeffer of Hamden, Conn., and Cynthia Palmieri of Meriden, Conn., previously sat atop the leaderboard with 1,451. Schaeffer and Palmieri still hold the Scratch Doubles lead with 1,358.
Finally, Dorothy Thompson of Shelby Township, Mich., became the second bowler this year to celebrate 50 appearances at the USBC Women’s Championships when she made her milestone march down Center Aisle at the National Bowling Stadium on April 29.
The Metro Detroit and Michigan State USBC Women’s Bowling Association Halls of Famer made her Women’s Championships debut at the 1953 event in Detroit and has competed in 38 cities in 26 different states.
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