11/01/2013--The 2013 MSUSBC Senior Open and Women's Championships concluded this past weekend, and pending verification, champions have been named in a number of divisions.
In the Senior Open, Rich Peters and Larry Rush from the Greater Springfield MO USBC easily outdistanced John Marsala and James Maher from hometown St. Charles to take the Doubles crown. Peters and Rush shot 1377 scratch, and with 175 pins handicap totaled 1552.
In the Singles Divisions, Marvin VanBeale from Greater Springfield MO USBC won the 70 and Over Division with a 774 (486 scratch). Winston Chang from St. Louis USBC took the 60-69 Division Singles with 784 (652). For the first time in Missouri USBC history, a female bowler will win a Championship in the Open Tournament, as Deborah Bohon of Columbia USBC took the 50-59 year old Division with a 793 (607).
In All-Events, MSUSBC Director Howard Rice of Columbia USBC won the 70 and Over Division with 1468 (1328). Springfield's Larry Rush made it two for three with a victory in the 60-69 Division, tossing 1601 (1435). Finally, William Gibbons from St. Charles County USBC finished atop the 50-59 Division with 1494 (1316).
In the 2013 Senior Women's Championships, Kathy Baxter and Darlene Elston of the St. Louis USBC took home the Doubles Crown, shooting 1310 including 135 pins handicap. They narrowly defeated Kim Tennant and Martha Chapman from the Columbia USBC by 4 pins.
For the first time that we can remember, and an oddity to boot, the winners of the Singles Title and All-Events Title in each of the six divisions of the Senior Women's Championships went to the same person in each division.
In Division 1, Alice Houf of the Fulton USBC won Singles with 670 (425) and AE with 1283 (793). Bonnie Gensler from the Sed-MO USBC topped Division 2 Singles with 719 (603) and 1296 (1064). Hometown St. Charles County USBC's Billie Beine took Division 3 with 660 (444) in Singles, and 1274 (842) in AE. In Division 4 it was Scenic Rivers' Susan Huss with the hardware, shooting 735 (714) in Singles and 1355 (1313) in All-Events! Columbia's Kim Tennant came within four pins of a Doubles crown, and that would have given her a clean sweep, as she won Division 5 Singles with 672 (610) and All-Events with 1332 (1208). Finally, Carroll County USBC's Shelly Womack was victorious in Division 6, shooting 685 (505) in Singles, and 1317 (957) in All-Events.
Thanks to all of the participants this year, and we'll see you next year in Jackson, MO!