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Naccarato Wins 27th Annual Golden Ladies Classic

Pagenkopt takes SS crown


Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, Washington, is the winner of Jeanette Robinson's 27th Annual Golden Ladies Classic. The event drew 105 entries March 12-16 at the Orleans Bowling Center Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Naccarato, a Tacoma bowling proprietor and Bowling Hall of Fame member, was the top seed going into the five player stepladder finals, defeating 4th seed Sharon Powers 231-179 to earn the $2300 top prize. Powers took home $1100.

Powers seemed to have the hot hand going into the final match, coming off of three victories. She defeated Laura Lee Daniel 237-217, Hall of Famer Tish Johnson 227-216, and Lucy Sandelin 266-219. Powers started the semi-final with an eight-bagger looking to earn a $200 bonus for a 300 game in the finals, but a stubborn 8 pin stopped her in the ninth.

In the final match, Naccarato was steady and consistant as she had been all week to earn the top spot. She ran off five strikes to finish the match while Powers ran into split problems in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th frames, and could not recover from three open frames.

It was Naccarato's second GLC title and the first since losing her beloved husband Stan this past year. She won her first GLC title in her first year of eligibility in 2009.

Heidi Pagenkopf won the Super Senior crown for players age 60 or better. She won 10 of her 12 matchplay games in route to her first GLC title.

The event kicked off on Monday morning, March 13 with an emotional opening in remembrance of long time Orleans Bowling Center Manager Bob McVey. The opening was conducted by GLC Founder Jeanette Robinson, Boyd Gaming Bowling Operations Manager Mike Kaufman, and Center Manager/ Tournament Director Darryl Smith.

On Tuesday evening, the annual cocktail party was held, and Tournament Sponsor Storm Bowling representative Leanne Hulsenburg spoke on behalf of Storm and gave away certificates for new Storm bowling balls.

There was one 300 game in the event, rolled by Tish Johnson in the third round. She earned a $100 bonus.

Article was posted with permission from Stars & Strikes, America's Bowling Newsmagazine.