June 18, 2013
RENO, Nev. - A last-minute decision to compete at the
2013 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships may earn the
members of Fox Bowl of West Chicago, Ill., a Diamond Team championship
and a spot in the record books.
Since they were in town to bowl
in the USBC Open Championships, where they already have combined for 12
years of participation, they decided to take advantage of having both
tournaments in the same host city in the same year for the first time
and made their way over to the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
of the five team members competed in the Women's Championships for the
first time, with Samantha Fatheree as the veteran of the group with 13
Fox Bowl rolled games of 1,059, 955 and
1,076 for a 3,090 scratch effort Monday and received an additional 153
pins of handicap per game to finish with a 3,549 total. Defending
Diamond Team champion Some Strike It Hot of Albuquerque, N.M.,
previously held the lead with 3,451.
Jennifer Belter led the way
for Fox Bowl with a 684 series and was joined on the championship lanes
by Pam Salvesen (639), Jill Salvesen (617), Anne Hjelmberg (603) and
Fatheree (547). Their handicap total is the highest since handicap was
introduced at the 2010 Women's Championships in El Paso, Texas.
of the five of us usually bowl the Open with our men's group," Fatheree
said. "Jenny was coming with us this year, and we were able to get Anne
as our fifth. We all bowl at Fox Bowl and kind of just threw it
together at the last minute."
As the strikes began to add up at
the RSCC, they knew they were bowling well, but didn't realize they
quickly were climbing their way toward the top of the leaderboard. After
calculating the handicap, the team huddled by the on-site leaderboard
and checked BOWL.com to see if they had made their mark on the storied
"We knew we were bowling well, but we didn't have any idea
we were going to take the lead," Fatheree said. "We weren't sure of our
handicap, so we calculated it at the end and parked ourselves in front
of the leaderboard waiting for it to come up. We were looking at
BOWL.com, too. We feel pretty good about it, but I think most of us are
still in shock."
With all of their hard work and preparation
paying off, the teammates now will wait for the final team squads June
30 to see if they can claim their places in history.
practicing on the Open condition for the past several weeks, so we had a
look for it there," Fatheree said. "All the ladies were bowling great,
and we had a lot of support from the guys we bowl with as well. This has
been unbelievably special for us. We were able to put it together, and
we're extremely pleased."
Diamond Team includes teams with combined averages of 900 and above, and handicap is 100 percent of 1,100.
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