Kulick overcomes tough conditions to win U.S. Women's Open in Reno By Mark Miller



    Republished courtesy of Examiner.com (June 27, 2012)

    2012USWOKellyKulickChampion2.jpg In conditions better suited for the beach than a bowling tournament, Kelly Kulick showed once again Wednesday night why she's among the world's best bowlers.

    The Union, N.J., right-hander found her way past the windy, dusty conditions of a Reno, Nev., night to capture the 2012 U.S. Women's Open. The event was conducted on four specially-installed lanes under the famous Reno Arch on Virginia Street in the city's downtown.

    Kelly Kulick celebrated her 2012 U.S. Women's Open victory on the streets of downtown Reno, Nev. Photo Mark Miller.

    Kulick ground out a 170-160 victory over 2011 United States Bowling Congress Queens champion Missy Parkin of Fullerton, Calif. In winning her second U.S. Women's Open title in three years, she became just the second woman to win the event at least three times. She also won in 2003.

    "This event means so much to me," said Kulick, who was runner-up to Leanne Hulsenberg last year. "I was determined. I wanted to make up for losing last year."

    As the No. 1 qualifier after the first 40 games, Kulick could watch and learn the four others competing in the ESPN2-taped telecast battle the elements in the previous three games.

    "Sitting out as long as I did gave me an advantage of what I needed to do to try to win," she said. "It was like bowling in the desert. The conditions were undescribable. It was a matter of who endured the most."

    Parkin advanced to the title match with a 150-148 semifinal victory over Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas. O'Keefe defeated Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, 182-165 after Nation opened the stepladder finals with a 166-158 win over 11Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas.

    Kulick collected $40,000 plus the traditional green jacket and championship trophy. Parkin earned $20,000, O'Keefe $10,000, Nation $7,500 and Barnes $5,000.

    The event will air July 3 at 8 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.


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