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January 30, 2010

Kegler's Korner: Kulick becomes first woman to win PBA event

The Indianapolis Colts were without a doubt the hottest sports story in the Wabash Valley last Sunday with their 30-17 come-from-behind victory over the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game.

But did you know bowling was right up there with the Colts, Jets, Saints and Vikings in the national media spotlight earlier in the day? Say what?

If you missed it, female professional bowler Kelly Kulick defeated Chris Barnes 265-195 in the championship game of the Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions. The victory marked the first female to win a PBA national tour event in, well, ever.

This was not just a one-game exhibition match. Kulick defeated eight-time PBA Tour champion Mika Koivuniemi 227-223 prior to topping Barnes, a 12-time PBA Tour champion, in the title match.

Arguably, Kulick was already in the equation as one of the best female bowlers in the world. Last Sunday, Kulick was the best bowler — period, exclamation point — in the world.

Kulick’s feat drew the second-largest television audience in 10 years for the sport of bowling. The national telecast on ESPN drew a 1.52 Nielsen rating (more than 1.7 million viewers).

Kulick competed at the Terre Haute Bowling Center several times when the Women’s Professional Bowlers Tour made an annual stop in Terre Haute.



Bowling news from around the Wabash Valley:

• Scott Johansen rolled a 300 game during the Wabash Valley High School Travel League’s monthly singles tournament at Vigo Bowl on Jan. 16. Johansen, a member of the South Vermillion bowling team, also had games of 277 and 268 for a 845 three-game series.

• DeWayne Perry won the first annual Terre Haute Sport Shot Scholarship Open at Vigo Bowl recently.

Rounding out the top four were Peyton Dwyer, Jocelyn Green and Ciera Harris. Evan Sego had high game of 288 and Eli Perry had high three-game series of 731.

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