Tish Johnson was not happy sitting in 18th place among 24 qualifiers in the $50,000 Ladies Pro Bowlers Hammer Eastern Open Tournament at Country Club Lanes on Pulaski Highway.
Johnson had won the previous two tournaments on the LPBT circuit and had made the final five four times this year, but the success was not continuing.
So, she decided it was time to change her equipment and mental approach.
"I had some of my balls drilled differently and just tried to relax," Johnson said. "Suddenly, I started picking up my spares and everything fell into place. The different attitude really paid off."
Last night, Johnson completed a 24-game match-play rally from 18th place to make tonight's final five television show and take first place entering the stepladder finals.
Johnson of Panorama City, Calif., averaged 230 pins over the final eight games to soar into first with a total of 10,185 pins.
Leanne Barrette averaged 224 pins over eight games last night to hold second place. She had been in first place after the first eight games of match play.
Barrette had a total of 9,866 for second place in tonight's 7:30 finals.
Wendy Macpherson averaged 224 pins to grab third for the stepladder bowling. Macpherson moved from sixth to third in the last eight games of match play. She has a total of 9,814.
Rounding out the top five are Dana Miller-Mackie (9,874 pins) and defending champion Aleta Sill (9,741). Sill moved from 10th to fifth last night by averaging 221.
Leila Wagner of Annapolis failed to make the television show, tiring down the stretch and finishing 16th. Wagner was 13th entering the last eight games.
"I missed some spares and tired at the end," she said. "I had moved as high as eighth Tuesday night, but fell back."