CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Debbie Kuhn of East Baltimore yesterday became the first woman to break the 2,000 all-events mark in Women's International Bowling Congress history, doing so at Westdale Bowling Center.
Kuhn, a 27-year old amateur, bowled games of 247, 260 and 266 Friday night for a 773 total -- the highest series in the history of the tournament -- to break Linda Kelly's 1987 record of 746 in a doubles event and D.D. Jacobson's singles record of 737, set in 1972.
Also on Friday, Kuhn rolled games of 223, 215 and 238 for a 676 in the doubles competition. Her partner Carolyn Massaro of Lebanon, N.J., bowled a 599, to place the team in a tie for second
Yesterday in the team competition, Kuhn bowled a 172, 267 and 148 for a total of 587. Her 2,036 all event total broke the previous record of 1,984 set in 1970 by Dorothy Fothergill.
"I got to the center early and I watched a few women bowl," said Kuhn of her preparation for the event. "I found one with a similar line to the one I bowl, and I studied her game. I've tried to do this before to help get lined up quicker, but never with this much success."
The WIBC tournament attracts 40-50,000 bowlers, making it the world's largest participatory sporting event. The tournament began April 4 and will run through June 20.
Each bowler in the 78-day tournament, rolls three games in each event. If Kuhn's scores hold up throughout the rest of the tournament, she will win a championship medallion and $1,100.
Kuhn, who has a 207 league average and was bowling in her fourth WIBC tournament, said she was not aware of her score as she prepared for the third game of the singles event, but knew if she "shot 300 that last game, [she] would be over 800 for the series.
"That may not be realistic," Kuhn added, "but I started with 8-in-a-row and thought it might happen. In the ninth frame, I let up on my ball speed and left the 6-10."
PBA Fresno Open
FRESNO, Calif. -- John Mazza of Mount Clemens, Mich., won his second Professional Bowlers Association title with a come-from-behind victory in the $125,000 Fresno Open.
The top-seeded Mazza defeated Mike Shady of Ripon, Wis., 213-189, in the title match.
Shady built a 21-pin lead after striking on his first four shots. After a spare in the fifth frame, Shady ran into three consecutive open frames while Mazza rolled strikes in the middle three frames. Mazza took a 35-pin lead into the ninth frame. A strike and nine-count was all Mazza needed for the $18,000 first prize. Shady won $9,500.
"When Mike opened in the sixth frame I knew I had a chance," Mazza said. "If I could string some strikes I knew I could put the pressure on him. Right now I feel like the luckiest man on earth."
Starting from the fourth-seeded position, Shady first got by 1986 PBA Rookie of the Year Marc McDowell of Madison, Wis., 223-219.
In the next game Shady beat PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman of Medford, Ore., 222-148.
To get to the title match Shady beat non-titlist Brian Berg of Menomonie, Wis., 205-198.
Stepladder finals 1, John Mazza, Mount Clemens, Mich., 213 (one game), $18,000. Mike Shady, Ripon, Wis., 839 (four), $9,500. 3, Brian Berg, Menomonie, Wis., 198 (one), $7,000. 4, Marshall Holman, Medford, Ore., 148 (one), $5,500. 5, Marc McDowell, Madison, Wis., 219 (one), $4,500.