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New Jersey State USBC WBA Official Publication December 2008

We’re off and rolling into another league season. Now is the time to put all that practice over the summer to good use. Hope 2008-2009 is your best season ever!

New Jersey State USBC WBA Officers for 2008-2009:
Joyce Brokling President Morris

Carrie Scott 1st Vice President Ocean

Bonita Brantley 2nd Vice President Essex

Janet Sue Harrington Sergeant-At-Arms Somerset-Hunterdon

Ruth G. Bouie Association Manager Union

Mary Folgore Central Jersey

Lastacia Parker Central Jersey

Lillie Mae Holman Essex

Sandi Snipes Hudson

Pat Rise Monmouth

Lillian Van De Walker Monmouth

Carol Chadwick Morris

Gloria Dix Ocean

Beth Aiello Passaic

Kathy Kostecki Somerset-Hunterdon

Barbara Cerrone Trenton Suburban

Carole Anderson Tri County

Paula Peery Tri County

Ruth G. Bouie Union

NJSUSBCWBA Membership Alert

Have you ever considered the value of ONE DOLLAR? You have probably come to the conclusion that, with our tough economy these days, you can’t really buy much with it so it’s not worth anything. But there is something very valuable that one dollar can purchase. That is your New Jersey State USBC WBA membership. You know; the very same one you have had for all these years. Some of you have not purchased this membership for 2008-2009. Your membership in the NJ State Women’s Association includes enhanced benefits and services in addition to what you receive through your local association. A few examples are:
Administrative support for all Local Associations

Annual Championship Tournament

Senior Tournament

Queens Tournament

600 Club Tournament

Inter-county High average Tournament

Updated policy, legislation, rules, etc. from USBC

Individual Accomplishment Awards – 650 series, 265 game, High Average, High Series

Without NJ State Women’s membership, you are not recognized by the state and are not eligible for any of these tournaments or awards. Before the recent USBC merger, we paid WIBC dues for Local, State, and National all in one lump sum. The language on the membership cards was changed to indicate that the state membership is ‘optional’. Technically, it is, but not if you want access to the full array of services offered by the NJ Women’s association. The USBC national merger means that there is now ONE national fee. Some local associations have merged and now those locals have one fee. The state associations are not merged. The NJ State Women’s association has ALWAYS had a small portion of the total membership fee. It is important to note that the organizations are not competing; they simply provide different levels of services. Many women join local men’s associations separately and that’s great. But, some of you may not be aware that you don’t have a state membership. So, don’t sell yourself short. So check with your league secretary now. Don’t wait until you want to bowl in a tournament or expect to receive an award to find out you are not a member. Your women’s state membership is vital for you to be eligible for the full array of services. Please make sure you are a full member of the USBC national, AND women’s state and local organizations, just like when it was good old WIBC.

2008 New Jersey State Queens

The NJ State Queens tournament was held on Sunday, September 14, 2008 at The Lanes at Sea Girt in Sea Girt. This is the 2nd year the tournament was held in the September timeframe. This was also the 2nd year for the new Senior Queens Division for ages 55 and older. There were 62 regular division entries and 13 senior division entries. The lane conditions were competitive and high scores were not so easily attained during the qualifying round.
In the Queens finals, Leigh Buickerood, who qualified 5th, defeated 4th place qualifier and former Queens champion, Christine Mockenhaupt 231-192. Leigh then won her next match over 3rd place qualifier Leslie Bohn 245-177. Tracey Stevens, the 2nd place qualifier, ended Leigh’s run 199-150, to set up the finale with top-seed, Nichole Spratford. Nichole didn’t miss the coronation as she secured the crown with a 235-182 win and $525.00.
In the Senior Queens division, which is decided with the 5-game qualifying total, Linda Rose won for the 2nd consecutive year with a 1019 total. Linda is also a former Queens Champion. Lois Steindl finished 2nd with a 947, and Barbara Robinson finished 3rd with 912.
Congratulations to 2008 Queens Nichole and Linda.

2008 Union County Queens

The Union County Queens Tournament was held on November 2, 2008 at Jersey Lanes in Linden. After the qualifying round and semi-finals, the step-ladder finals started with 5th place qualifier Vicki Spratford bowling 4th place qualifier Jen Russo. Jen won 245-221 and then bowled 3rd place qualifier, Christy Lee. Jen won 245-181. Jen then bowled the 2nd place qualifier, Serena Gonzales, and won again, 227-212. This set up the championship match between Jen and leading qualifier Nichole Spratford. Nichole defeated Jen 215-196 to become the Queens Champion.

2008 Inter-County Tournament

The NJ State Inter-County Tournament was held on Sunday November 16, 2008. The Tri-County WBA hosted the event at King Pin Lanes in Cardiff. And the champions are:
Central Jersey Middlesex County WBA

The winning team members, April Pennington, Jennifer Viens, Vicki Boley, Dena Simon, and Captain Michelle Spratford-Kane, entered with a team average of 1048. They bowled 1022-1059-1129 for a total of 3,210 to overtake Somerset Hunterdon, 3,120 who led after the first 2 games and finished in 2nd Place. Essex County had a strong showing with 3,024 and finished in 3rd place. The other teams finished as follows:
4. Morris County 2,985

5. Union County 2,978

6. Camden Suburban 2,944

7. Hudson County 2,904

8. Passaic County 2,863

9. Bergen County 2,857

10. Monmouth County 2,854

11. Trenton Suburban 2,822

12. Ocean County 2,797

13. Tri-County 2,753

The High Series was bowled by Stacy Ricker of Passaic with a 700. The High Game was 266 and was bowled by both Bonita Brantley of Essex and Tracey Stevens of Somerset Hunterdon. The 2009 tournament will be hosted by Ocean County.
64th Annual Championship Tournament
The New Jersey State USBC WBA will hold the 64th Annual Championship Tournament in the Atlantic City area. The Tri-County WBA will be the hosts at King Pin Lanes in Egg Harbor Township. The entry forms are in your local centers. There will be three weekends to choose from: March 21-22, March 28-29, and April 4-5 2009. You may bowl twice in the Team Event with at least 2 different team members. You can also bowl twice in the Doubles Event with a different partner. The entry closing date is February 21, 2009. If you cannot locate an entry form, please call the office at 973-672-3198 or send Ruth an e-mail at

2007-2008 USBC National High Average

Former PWBA pro and New Jersey’s own Marianne DiRupo has won the USBC award recognizing the highest average in the nation. Marianne, of Succussunna, averaged 240.27 in the Strikes & Spares league at Circle Lanes in Morris County. Congratulations to Marianne.

Monmouth County Queens

The 36th Monmouth County Invitational Queens Tournament was held on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at Howell Lanes. Forty-one of the top bowlers of Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex Counties bowled five games over five pairs of lanes. The field was then cut to the top 14 bowlers, who bowled an additional three game semi-final round. Cara Lukosius was the leader after qualifying and after the semi-finals, making her the top seed going into the step ladder finals.

In the first match, Dorothy Artale defeated Lori Gold, 221 to 215. In the second match Dorothy Artale defeated Leslie Bohn 244 to 226. Dorothy Artale moved on to defeat the defending champion, Jennifer Russo 189 to 187. In the final match, the top seed, Cara Lukosius defeated Dorothy Artale 225 to 222 to become the 2009 Queens Champion.

In Remembrance

Alma Pucci Korneski, 97, of Edison, passed away recently. Alma was elected to the Central Jersey Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1968 and the New Jersey State Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1995. Her husband Andrew (predeceased in 1991) was elected to the Middlesex County Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1960. She was a member of the CJWBA Board of Directors, the Central Jersey 600 Club, the Les Dames Women's 700 Bowling Club and a charter member of the Middlesex County Chapter 41 700 Club.
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