Home-cen­ter edge helps Kle­menswicz into fi­nals

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS -

BY DALE BOW­MAN

For the Sun-Times

Jeff Kle­menswicz made the most of his home-cen­ter ad­van­tage Sun­day at Lisle Lanes.

Kle­menswicz, an ac­count man­ager from Woodridge, rolled the men’s high series with a scratch 737 in the Fox Val­ley Sec­tional of the 58th Beat the Cham­pi­ons.

Nina Schmelter of Carol Stream, who works for DuPage County Pub­lic Health, topped the women’s side with a 770.

‘‘It felt pretty good to come in and de­fend home turf,’’ said Kle­menswicz, who reached the fi­nals for the sec­ond time. ‘‘I knew I needed a good third game, and I was able to do it [255].’’

Kle­menswicz has bowled at Lisle Lanes since he was 4.

Schmelter, who ad­vanced from Wheaton Bowl, never had bowled at Lisle be­fore, so she prac­ticed there last week and scored poorly.

‘‘I re­al­ized my ball wouldn’t work on these lanes,’’ she said. ‘‘So I went out and bought a new ball for this tour­na­ment.’’

She had games of 213, 225 and 170 to go with 162 pins of hand­i­cap.

In BTC, the charity event op­er­ated by the Chicagoland Bowl­ing Pro­pri­etors As­so­ci­a­tion, hand­i­cap is 90 per­cent of the dif­fer­ence be­tween a bowler’s av­er­age and 220.

Also ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nals in March were Jan Tau of Naperville, who reached the fi­nals once be­fore and won a bowl­ing ball; Vicki Zager, a cook from Wheaton; Tommy Sykes, an auto tech from Rock­ford who had the high game (290); and Joe Bar­rile, a truck driver from DeKalb who also reached the fi­nals once be­fore.

In the fi­nals, the top prize for the men and women is $7,500.

The big­gest prize in BTC, of which the Sun-Times is a spon­sor, is the nearly $2.9 mil­lion raised for charity in its first 57 years by nearly 5.8 mil­lion en­tries.

TIM BOYLE/FOR THE SUN-TIMES

Bowlers warm up be­fore the Fox Val­ley Sec­tional of Beat the Cham­pi­ons at Lisle Lanes.

Jeff Kle­menswicz rolled a scratch 737 to lead all men in the Fox Val­ley Sec­tional of Beat the Cham­pi­ons.

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