ADELPHI -- With eight games left in match play last night, Dundalk's Debbie Kuhn was putting on a surprising show in the $45,000 Lady Fair Lanes Open.
Kuhn, an amateur bowler who is competing in only her fourth tournament on the Ladies Pro Bowlers Tour, was in 12th place and holding out hope that she could make the top five for tonight's nationally televised finals.
Kuhn needed to make up 384 pins on Sandra Jo Sheiry of Coldwater, Mich., who was in fifth place.
Kuhn was averaging 194.9 pins for 34 games and had 270 bonus pins for a total score of 6,896.
Those were dizzying heights for a woman whose top finish was 30th in her first three tournaments.
But Kuhn, 26, was treating her new-found status without any fanfare.
"I never look at the standings or things like that," said Kuhn, who has competed only in LPBT tournaments in the Baltimore and Washington area. "My husband [Bernie] had to tell me I was in 12th place. I guess maybe I don't want to jinx myself or get too excited."