Dundalk amateur Kuhn in 12th place

April 25, 1991|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Correspondent

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."

Kuhn said she plans to join the professional tour full time in the next two years. But right now she has other priorities.

"I'd like to make the top six for Team USA in Wisconsin this summer and bowl in Singapore next year before I turn pro," said Kuhn. "If I don't make Team USA, I might join the pro tour in September."

Kuhn, who works at the Holiday Inn in downtown Baltimore, said she needs a sponsor before turning pro.

The tour "is definitely something I want to do," she said. "It's a tough grind, and to make it you have to be mentally tough. You can never give up."

Kuhn has shown that toughness here, moving steadily up to 12th place while a lot of the big names were falling out of the running.

Gone are Lisa Wagner, Leanne Barrette and Leila Wagner of Annapolis.

Aleta Sill of Dearborn, Mich., was in first place going into last night's final eight games of match play.

Sill was leading Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., by 374 pins.

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