One of Winona's best-known bowlers and an up-and-coming young one combined to capture the championship last Saturday in the Geoff Gardner Memorial Bowling Tournament at Westgate Bowl.
John Glowczewski and Will Kujak, who were the top-seeded team after six games of qualifying, defeated Brice Yungerberg and Hugh Polus in three games in the best-of-three finals of the Baker doubles event.
It took a 199 average to advance to the 16-team match-game finals in the 64-team field. Glowczewski and Kujak threw games of 224, 235 and 257 their last three games to take the top qualifying spot with a 1,323 total.
They defeated Mandi Steffes and Tina Wenzel in three games in the opening round, knocked off Julie Moldenhauer and Jamie Niemeyer in three games in the quarterfinals, then outlasted Dave Sobeck and Rick Rockwell, also in three games, in the semifinals.
Yungerberg and Polus, meanwhile, were the 15th seed with a 1,196 qualifying score, before catching fire in match play. They beat second-seeded Dale Bartelson and Derick Ritter in the first round, defeated seventh-seeded Brent Cordes and Brandon Beech in the quarterfinals, before dropping 12th-seeded Steve Brown and Tim Stark in the semis.
The event, held in honor of Westgate Bowl and Wellington's manager Geoff Gardner, who passed away in early December, raised approximately $6,000 for the Geoff Gardner Memorial Fund.
The money raised this year through sponsorship will go towards a youth bowling scholarship tournament in the fall, an additional $550 youth scholarship that will be awarded by the Winona Women's Bowling Association next year, as well as the purchase of bowling shirts for the Winona D.A.C. bowlers.
Listed below are the top 16 qualifying teams, with their six-game qualifying score in parenthesis:
1. John Glowczewski-Will Kujak (1,323); 2. Dale Bartelson-Derick Ritter (1,284); 3. Dustin Brown-Sam Averbeck (1,280); 4. Troy Evans-Scott Brommerich (1,270); 5. Tim Pozanc-Scott Lorenz (1,250); 6. Seth Bonow-Derek Pozanc (1,242); 7. Brent Cordes-Brandon Beech (1,239); 8. Mike Beech-Shirley Benedict (1,235); 9. Jamie Niemeyer-Julie Moldenhauer (1,230); 10. Gary Kluzik-Kassi Kluzik (1,229); 11. Jeff Fakler-Laurie Wiseman (1,224); 12. Steve Brown-Tim Stark (1,204); 13. Richard Orlikowski-Erik Kanz (1,199); 14. Dave Sobeck-Rick Rockwell (1,197); 15. Hugh Polus-Brice Yungerberg (1,196); 16. Mandi Steffes-Tina Wenzel (1,191).
PBA stars coming to Wabasha
Four stars of the Professional Bowling Association will be on hand at Riverboat Lanes in Wabasha the weekend of April 18-20 for the third annual Great River Open.
Venturing to the event this year will be Parker Bohn III, Norm Duke, Tommy Jones and Doug Kent.
Two of the pros will bowl in each shift of the four-game qualifying rounds, which will be held at 6:30 and 10:30 p.m. on Friday, April 18, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 19. Those shifts are for scratch bowlers.
The top 32 qualifiers and the four pros will go into match play at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is a $500 bounty for any amateur that beats a pro in head-to-head match play. Based on 150 entries, the top amateur finisher will receive $2,500.
New this year is a pro-youth event, which will take place on 8 a.m. on April 19. Youth bowlers can sign up to win $1,500 in scholarship, based on 50 entries.
Also new will be two handicap divisions, which will be held on Sunday, April 20, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information or to register for the event, contact Riverboat Lanes at (651) 565-3911.
Mandi Steffes and Keri Prigge both rolled their sixth series of 700 or better this season, and they accomplished it in very different fashions last week.
Steffes did it the normal way with games of 222, 255 and 238 Monday night for a 715 series in the Pin Topplers League at Westgate. Prigge's series came after starting the evening with a 171 game. But she came back with scores of 278 and 257 for a 706 honor count Wednesday in the Sunsetters League, also at Westgate.
Keri Wegman also made a run at a 700 in the Sunsetters League before settling for a 686 series. Lynda Krall rolled a season-high 673 series in the Pin Topplers League, and Rose Schultz pitched in a season-high 650 in the Mixers League.
Maggie Glenn continued to score well with a 671 series in the Alley Gaters League at Westgate. That's her 10th score of 650 or better and her 18th honor count this year. Tina Wenzel added a 669 Monday in the Pin Topplers League.
Krystal Dorman appears to be back on one of her hot streaks again. She tossed a 650 series Saturday in the Mixed Nuts League, a 625 Monday in the Spinners League, and a 638 Wednesday in the Lamplighter League, all at Winona Bowl.
Also rolling honor counts for the women were Julie Bilicki (628), Diane Marley (619, 618), Sue Yeoman (615), Laurie Wiseman (605), Prigge (605), Dana Jonsgaard (601) and Donata Kitchens (600).
And congratulations are in order to junior bowler Hailey Schaefer, who rolled her first career 600 series with a 602 in the Next Generation League at Winona Bowl.
Highlighting the men's action in the past week was Jeff Smelser, who drilled a 768 series last Friday in the Legion League at Winona Bowl.
Tod Walters added his second 299 game of the season on Tuesday in the Blue Ribbon League at Winona Bowl. He finished with a 718 score.
Other men's honor counts came from Paul Jandt (743), Keith Jenkins (740), Adam Stockhausen (730), Joe Singer (729), Don Skappel (717), Rich Babler (715), Steve Nelton (710), Ralph Dunbar (706), Andy Jackson (705), Rick Prenot (702) and Bob Prenot (701).