TUPPER LAKE - The owner of Tupper Lake's bowling alley is leading a national bowling tournament in Reno, Nev.
Lakeview Lanes owner Jenifer Larson bowled 1,404 in the Classic Doubles competition with partner Clara Guerrero of Austin, Texas Friday at the Women's Championship Tournament, run by the United States Bowling Congress.
USBC spokesman Aaron Smith said that while the tournament lasts until July, Larson and Guerrero's lead "will more than likely hold." The two bowled during the week when most of the big names in women's bowling compete in the tournament, so it is unlikely anyone who bowls later in the tournament will beat their score.
Jenifer Larson, who is currently competing in a national bowling competition in Reno, Nev., is seen in 2004 when she and her fiance
purchased the bowling alley in Tupper Lake and reopened it as Lakeview Lanes.
(Enterprise file photo — Brittany Bombard)
"We're hoping. I mean, you never want to count your chickens before they hatch," Larson said.
"I think the best I've ever done is maybe third or fourth in doubles," Larson said. Last week was her ninth time competing in the t'ournament.
Shootin' Nines, the team that Larson bowled with in the team event is in third place for the Classic Team competition, and Larson bowled a near-perfect 297 in one game of singles play.
"So it's a good week," Larson said.
Larson spent four days in Reno and returned to Tupper Lake Tuesday after stopping off at her parents' home in Rochester.
She grew up in Ontario, N.Y., which is east of Rochester. Beginning to bowl at 5 years old, Larson competed in bowling tournaments throughout high school and college, and went on to bowl on a professional women's tour.
In fall 2004, she and her fiance took over the business that used to be called Tupper Bowl, where they are still putting the finishing touches on renovations.
Larson said Lakeview Lanes still doesn't have a sign in front of the building because they were concentrating too much on redoing the inside, where they replaced the lanes, the bar and the bathrooms, and installed a new boiler and a new heating system.
With most of the renovations complete, Larson said that she is concentrating on bringing in more bowlers.
She said that while the men's league is full, the women's, mixed and kids' leagues have room for more bowlers.
And when league bowling finishes up this month, she plans to offer some specials throughout the summer.
"We're going to try to get people inside, hopefully when it rains," she said.
This weekend, Lakeview Lanes is holding a bowl-a-thon to raise money for a cure for muscular distrophy. Larson said there are still spots open if anyone is interested in bowling.