HOUSTON, Texas – Former collegiate star Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, and partner Tyler Jensen of Fort Worth led the first qualifying squad in the 16th annual PBA-PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles tournament Friday at Palace Lanes, averaging a composite 213.56 to pace their 42-team squad with a 3,417 pinfall total.
In second place after the opening squad were Kristin Warzinski of Muskegon, Mich., and Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, with a combined eight-game total of 3,272 pins, 145 pins behind the leaders.
Arnett, 32, and Jensen, 31, had never met until they were paired by tournament founder Donna Conners 10 years ago. Arnett, who was known as Anita Manns when she was named 2002 USBC Albert Crowe Star of Tomorrow and won collegiate woman bowler of the year at Wichita State University, is now a pediatric nurse and the married mother of year-and-a-half-old son Mason. Jensen is a regional salesman for Storm Bowling Products, married with a young son.
But 10 years ago they were just two talented young bowlers. “Donna told me I needed to bowl in her tournament, and she told Anita she needed to bowl,” Jensen said, “and then she put us together. We’ve bowled together ever since.”
“We have a blast,” Arnett said. “Our personalities click. We laugh so much.”
“It’s like, wow, we’re done – see you next year,” Jensen laughed.
“We’ve bowled well together,” Arnett added. “We finished second or third one year.”
“Yeah, I can’t remember either. It’s like being married for 10 years and you forget.”
Arnett, said she doesn’t bowl as much as she once did due to her job and family, but is bowling Professional Women’s Bowling Association events when it’s practical. Jensen is a 12-year part-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour player and a regular in regional competition.
Their scores are likely to advance them into Sunday’s 30-team cashers round, but that will depend on how the two additional squads of 42 teams each bowl in their eight-game qualifying rounds on Saturday. Among the teams yet to bowl are three-time winners Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and partner Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio.
The Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles event was founded in 2000 by Donna Conners as a tribute to her close friend, Luci Bonneau, who died of breast cancer in 1999. Since its inception, the tournament has become the nation’s largest high-profile mixed doubles bowling event, attracting dozens of PBA and PWBA Tour champions while raising in excess of $650,000 in the war against breast cancer.
The tournament, which is being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame video-streaming channel, concludes Sunday with the four-game cashers round at 8 a.m., followed by round robin match play at noon CT. The winners will be decided based upon a combined total of 20 games. The winning players, if they are members of their respective pro tours, will earn a PBA Tour or PWBA Tour title in addition to splitting the $15,000 first prize.
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PBA-PWBA XTRA FRAME STRIKING AGAINST BREAST CANCER MIXED DOUBLES
Palace Lanes, Houston, Texas, Friday
Qualifying Round One (after 8 games, Squad C only; Squads A and B bowl round one on Saturday)
1, Anita Arnett, Richmond, Texas/Tyler Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,417.
2, Kristin Warzinski, Muskegon, Mich./Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 3,272.
3, Cassandra Leuthold, Rapid City, S.D./Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,259.
4, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa./Nathan Van Putten, Houston, Texas, 3,227.
5, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,216.
6 (tie), Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif./Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., and Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va./Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,200.
8, Brandi/Mike Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 3,197.
9, Carol Norman, Houston, Texas/David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,186.
10, Suzana Signaigo, Fort Worth, Texas/Jason Duran, Littleton, Colo., 3,185.
11, Cindy Mattingly, Puyallup, Wash./Perry Crowell, Hoquiam, Wash., 3,181.
12, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Astoria, N.Y., 3,137.
13, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va./Kyle Sherman, O' Fallon, Mo., 3,122.
14, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan./Roger Petrin, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,114.
15, Michelle Secours, Rochester, N.Y./BJ Moore, Raleigh, N.C., 3,103.
16, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif./Chris Williams-Fikler, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,066.
17, Christi/Ted Pritts, Little Elm, Texas, 3,051.
18, Jennifer Asplin, Oakley, Calif./Blake Paris, Brentwood, Calif., 3,039.
19, Patricia De Faria, Venezuela/T.J. Thompson, Houston, Texas, 3,036.
20, Kaidee Sutphin, Orlando, Fla./David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 3,034.
21, Mariana Ayala, Puerto Rico/Jonathan Wiley, Houston, Texas, 3,030.
22, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich./Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,012.
23, Crystal Boutotte/Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,981.
24, Wendy Shelton, Albuquerque, N.M./Dylan Macon, Ennis, Texas, 2,935.
25, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla./Bryan Viator, Seabrook, Texas, 2,909.
26, Cieara Watts/Tony Jones, Houston, Texas, 2,908.
27, DeeDee Jeffery/Shane Gillmore, Little Rock, Ark., 2,892.
28, Kelly/David Jay, Katy, Texas, 2,877.
29, Jackie Fisher, Allen, Texas/Eddie Gaddison, San Dimas, Calif., 2,838.
30, Wendy/Lee Arnold, Hockley, Texas, 2,825.
31, Gabriella Mayfield, Valparaiso, Ind./Mike Austin, Houston, Texas, 2,823.
32, Alice Hale , Austin, Texas, Ron Willard, Houston, Texas, 2,814.
33, Tamara Dunning, Little Rock, Ark./Corey Bottos, Houston, Texas, 2,796.
34, Ashley Blakley, Houston, Texas/Nick Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 2,774.
35, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo./Ben Howison-Johnstone, England, 2,745.
36 (tie), Rene Fleming, Oklahoma City, Okla.,/Carlos Gonzalez, Pearland, Texas, and Jaime Wells, Humble, Texas/Justin Maxwell, Houston, Texas, 2,737
38, Kristine Falcon, Conroe, Texas/Robert Richardson, Humble, Texas, 2,732.
39, Jessica Haynes/Charles Vaughan, Pasadena, Texas, 2,704.
40, Lori Swanson/Randall Blackketter, Houston, Texas, 2,658.
41, Kim/Michiel Burnham, Pasadena, Texas, 2,618.
42, Pam/Rick Noftsier, Katy, Texas, 2,563.