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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: This one's for the girls - Kelly Kulick wins on Men's PBA Tour

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

This one's for the girls - Kelly Kulick wins on Men's PBA Tour

I usually don't jump into the professional ranks on this blog, but after watching Kelly Kulick become the first woman to win a Professional Bowlers Association tour event on live television (ESPN of course) before the start of NFL's Championship Sunday, it deserved some pub.

Kulick won the 45th PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas making history. She didn't miss a step, just one impossible 7-10 split as she beat the No. 1 seed Chris Barnes, 265-195 in the televised championship match and somewhat whopping $40,000. The biggest prize may be the two-year exemption on the PBA Tour.

“It’s been a dream of mine to win a PBA Tour event but I couldn’t have imagined it would have come in the Tournament of Champions,” said the 32-year-old right-hander said to PBA.com. “It may have looked easy but my legs were like jelly—it got to a point where I couldn’t feel them. Believe me I was nervous and I was just letting adrenalin take over.”

Ironically, she took the women to the top of the men's event for the first time, the closest previously was Cheektowaga bowler Liz Johnson in the 2005 Banquet Open.

It wasn't a total shock to see Kulick on the men's tour, she became the first women to earn an exemption on the PBA Tour by finishing sixth in the PBA Tour Trials in 2006. Her best finish was 22nd on two occassions.

She earned a berth in the Tournament of Champions by winning the PBA Women's World Championship. From there she still had to be successful in the earlier round-robin rounds, quarter and semifinals to earn the No. 2 seed, more than 40 games on this week's tour stop.

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