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Bowling News USA - April 29, 2011 Parkin, Vidad Win USBC Queens Titles...

After a heart-breaking finish at last year's USBC Queens, there was no way Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., was going to let the coveted title get away again.

The 29-year-old right-hander headed into the 2011 Queens more determined than ever and defeated top-seed Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pa., 214-189, to claim her first major championship at the Oncenter Convention Center on Wednesday.

The championship round aired live on ESPN2 and marked the first time a women's bowling event was broadcast in high definition.

"I've made TV shows before, but I've never won, and words can't describe how I'm feeling right now," said Parkin, who took home the Queens tiara and $20,000 first-place check for the win. "I was raised in a pro shop and a bowling center, and this is something I've always dreamed about. To finally get it is an amazing feeling."

Parkin made a run at the Queens title last year in El Paso, Texas, but her efforts were derailed by a 7-10 split that haunted her for months after. She stepped up needing a mark to defeat eventual champion Kelly Kulick in the second match of the night, but the untimely split left her with a fourth-place finish.

"After last year's show, I was pretty devastated, and for a while after that, every time I left the 7-10, I got angrier and angrier," said Parkin, whose only loss this week was against Current in the match to determine the No. 1 seed for the TV show. "But today, I definitely had a different mindset. I told myself I needed to throw 10 good shots every game, and that's all I could do. That was my plan all week, and it worked out well."

Current started the championship match with three consecutive strikes before being slowed by a split and three straight spares in frames five through seven. A missed washout in the ninth frame ended her bid for her first win on bowling's biggest stage, but she intends to learn from the experience.

"I didn't catch a couple of the shots like I should have, and the end result wasn't good," said Current, who was the 2003-04 Collegiate Player and Rookie of the Year at Fairleigh Dickinson and then went on to help Wichita State to a televised national championship in 2007. "I'm definitely going to take what I learned here and use it to help me achieve bigger and better things."

Current, a 26-year-old right-hander, earned $10,000 for the runner-up finish.

In reaching the title match, Parkin downed USBC Hall of Famer and 2002 Queens champion Kim Terrell-Kearney of Grand Prairie, Texas, 235-172. Terrell-Kearney received $7,000 for the third-place effort.

To open the championship round, one-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist Cathy Dorin-Lizzi of Sandusky, Ohio, defeated USBC Hall of Famer and three-time Queens champion Wendy Macpherson, 180-168.

Dorin-Lizzi was the only bowler in the 206-player field guaranteed to make the show, since she was slated to be the sideline reporter for the telecast, but she chose a different route, which included a match-play win over her hall-of-fame sister, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard. Dorin-Lizzi's run came to an end in the second match of the night as she fell to Terrell-Kearney, 223-206. She took home $5,000 for the fourth-place finish.

The 2011 Queens featured 206 of the top female bowlers in the world competing for a total prize fund of $120,000.

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Paula Vidad of Sun City, Calif., claimed the 2011 USBC Senior Queens title in record fashion as she defeated defending champion Char Hammel of Las Vegas at the Oncenter Convention Center on Wednesday.

The tournament was sponsored by Storm Products.

Vidad put together games of 225, 221 and 269 for a 715 series, the highest championship-match score in Senior Queens history, while Hammel finished with 211, 225 and 202 for a 638 set. Hammel previously held the record with 705, which she shot on the way to the crown in El Paso, Texas, last year.

Only 10 pins separated Vidad and Hammel after the second game of their three-game title bout, but Vidad started the finale with a spare and five strikes to pull away. Hammel spared in frames four through six and never recovered.

"This is the most prestigious event there is for us, and I'm so excited right now," said Vidad, a 51-year-old right-hander, who qualified fifth and then averaged 215.8 on the way to a 6-0 match-play record. "I've always wanted to win a USBC title in my career, and this is amazing. You can win at the city and state level, but to do it on a national level is what you dream of doing."

Because the Senior Queens uses a true double-elimination format, Hammel needed to defeat Vidad twice to become the first bowler in the event's 11-year history to claim back-to-back titles. Last year, she beat defending champion Janine Primrose of Gardnerville, Nev., to win the event.

"For not having what I felt was the best look, I had a very good week," said Hammel, who qualified 26th and then averaged 211 on the way to a 5-2 match-play record. "There's definitely a fair amount of pressure as the defending champion and knowing that you have to beat someone twice to win again. I knew going in how great Paula was throwing the ball and how comfortable she was, and I knew it would take a lot to get by her. But it was a great week overall, and I'm extremely happy."

The victory earned Vidad a check for $3,500, a tiara, pendant and trophy, while Hammel earned $1,800 for second place. This year's Senior Queens featured 76 of the world's best female bowlers age 50 and older.

(courtesy: bowl.com)


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