35th Annual Kick-Off Results
by Bruce Harrison on September 11,2016

Kevin Bienko - Men
Kevin Bienko - Men's Division runner-up,Pat Brick - Men's Division Champion,Bruce Harrison - Tonawandas USBC President,Cindy Carroll - Women's Division Champion,Kerrilyn Meden - Women's Division runner-up

Manor Lanes II in Amherst, NY was the site for the 35th annual Tonawandas USBC Kick Off tournament. The scratch tournament, held on Wednesday, August 24th, features many of the top male and female bowlers of the Tonawandas Association. Eight men and eight women competed in the event, which was comprised of a two-game qualifying round followed by an eliminator-style final. All contestants were invited based on their accomplishments on the lanes in the 2015 - 2016 season.

After bowling a 2-game qualifier, the field is then cut to the top 4 scores in each division - men's and women's. In the women's division the top qualifier was Kristina Szczerbinski (457). She was followed by Brittaby Wright (424), Kerrilyn Meden (417), and Cindy Carroll (403). In the men's division the top four scores were Pat Brick (512), Andrew Herbert (507), Kevin Bienko (498), and Mike Zarcone (496).

These eight bowlers then bowled a 2-game eliminator style final. In the women's division Kerrilyn Meden's 247 was the top score. Cindy Carroll's 223 edged out Kristina Szczerbinski by one pin for the second and final spot in the women's final. On the men's side, Pat Brick (265) and Kevin Bienko (236) vaulted them into the men's final.

In first final match Cindy Carroll overpowered Kerrilyn Meden (253 - 199) for the women's title. The second match saw Pat Brick defeat Kevin Bienko 227 - 181 for the men's title.

Scores of note from the qualifying round: Kristina Szczerbinski (246); Kerrilyn Meden (226); Pat Brick (267, 245 - 512); Andrew Herbert (279, 228 - 507); Kevin Bienko (231, 267 - 498); Mike Zarcone (237, 259 - 496); Kevin Volker (237, 246 - 483); Mike Johnson (236, 240 - 476).

The Tonawandas USBC association thanks Jim Russo, proprietor, and his staff at Manor Lanes II for hosting this year's event. Please check our website www.tonusbc.com for more information regarding upcoming local tournaments and other general information.

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