WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS WEEKLY GLANCE
( Week of June 9 - June 15, 2012)
Past champion rolls perfect game at USBC Women's Championships
Betty Brooks of Lakewood, Calif., etched her name in the record books at the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships when she claimed the Ruby All-Events crown at the 2010 event in El Paso, Texas, and this week, she claimed another spot in tournament history with the first 300 game of the 2012 tournament.
Brooks tossed 12 consecutive strikes during singles at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on June 10 to become one of just 16 competitors in the 93-year history of the USBC Women's Championships to accomplish the feat.
The 52-year-old right-hander started singles with a 164 game before getting lined-up for her run at history. She finished with 160 for a 624 series.
Although Brooks had never rolled a perfect game before, she was able to remain calm during the final frame with the support of her family and friends. She got her 11th offering a little wider than planned, but there was little doubt about her final shot.
"I thought I had it," said Brooks, who made her eighth Women's Championships appearance. "I was just hoping I wasn't going to leave a 10 pin. I was a little nervous, but I tried to stay focused and loose. It's my first 300 ever, and I got to do it in front of the eight teams I brought from Los Angeles and across the country. I had my husband here, and my daughter was bowling as well. It was really special for me."
Ohio bowler makes 50th appearance at USBC Women's Championships
Marie McAllister of Columbus, Ohio, kicked off her USBC Women's Championships career in 1949 when her mother, Irma Lyons-McCoy, asked her to be by her side on the championship lanes. McAllister took to the lanes at the National Bowling Stadium to make her 50th tournament appearance June 12.
The Columbus Women's Bowling Association Hall of Famer's tournament debut took place in her hometown of Columbus, but she then turned her focus to raising a family. Thirteen years passed before she returned to the lanes for the 1963 event in Memphis, Tenn. She's made it back to the Women's Championships every year but one since and has visited 39 cities and 26 states along the way.
In her 50th appearance, McAllister competed in the Sapphire Division and rolled a 456 series in team, 448 in singles and 444 in doubles for a 1,348 all-events score. All scores include handicap.
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Presenting sponsors for the 2012 USBC Women's Championships are Circus Circus, Eldorado Hotel Casino and Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nev. Other sponsors include Harrah's Reno Casino, official brackets sponsor, Kegel, official lane maintenance provider, Humana, official registration sponsor, Steltronic, official scoring system, and supporting sponsors Storm Bowling Products, Nationwide Insurance, Sands Regency Casino Hotel and Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa and MyBowlingVacation.com.
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