Senior Queens is on

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Janine Primrose made her USBC Senior Queens debut last year with humble expectations, but quietly made her way through the talented field undefeated to claim the title.
With all eyes on her opponent, USBC Hall of Famer and 15-time PWBA titlist Dana Miller-Mackie, Primrose rolled games of 164, 233 and 231 en route to a 628-598 victory.
Primrose, of Gardnerville, Nev., hopes to become the first woman to win back-to-back Senior Queens titles as the event for bowlers age 50 and older unfolds at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.
Primrose entered the 2009 event on a whim, but knew she had as good a chance as every other competitor that walked through the doors of the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.
"It was kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing," she said. "I really couldn't prepare as well as I would have liked, but I knew all I could do was give it my best. Everybody has a chance if they go out there and make the right choices on the lanes."
Primrose was 15th in qualifying with a 187.6 average. Moving into match play, she rolled over the competition at a 208.4 clip in posting a 6-0 record.
To reach her undefeated mark, she knocked out two USBC Hall of Famers. Along with Miller-Mackie in the finals, she defeated top seed and 2007 Senior Queens champion Lucy Sandelin, 724-631.
"They're both awesome bowlers, so I tried to get a quick start against them, but usually found myself in a hole," Primrose said. "That's the nice thing about having three games instead of one. You have the chance to make up pins, and you're never out of it."
Competition in the 2010 event consists of 10 qualifying games for all contestants yesterday and today. The top 40 advance to an additional five-game qualifying round on Monday, after which the top 31 will join Primrose in the three-game, double-elimination match play finals.
The tournament concludes Wednesday, April 28 at 12 noon with the championship match, which will be Webcast live on Bowl.com.

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