Professional women bowlers had their final competition of the season televised on ESPN April 12. The winners of six televised women’s tournaments this season competed for a first place prize of $25,000.
This competition used a unique scoring system developed by Hall of Fame bowler Johnny Petraglia. In this system, a bowler bowls until all 10 pins are knocked down in a frame. The bowler’s score is the number of balls he or she rolls in 10 frames. Low score wins. A perfect score is 10, a strike in each frame. There are no bonus balls for a strike in the 10th frame. A bowler who leaves a split is in trouble in this scoring method as it is likely that three rolls or more will be required to clear the pins.
The bowlers competed in two groups of three with the bowlers with the highest scores eliminated.
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard was nearly eliminated in the first round, but she came back to take the title and set a new PBA television record with 20 consecutive strikes over three games.
A King of Bowling series will be shown on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. on five Wednesdays in April and May. Two top PBA bowlers compete each week for a chance to knock off the king and become the new king.
The final match of the NCAA Women’s Bowling Championship was televised recently. An NCAA committee selects eight teams to compete for this title. The University of Nebraska defeated Central Missouri, 4-1, in a 4-of-7 match-off in the finals for their third title in the last six years.
The college competition uses the Baker System, in which five team members bowl two frames each. One bowler bowls the first and sixth frames, one the second and seventh, one the third and eighth, etc.