Imperial bowler tops Queens tourney
EL CENTRO — Peggy Dale ran the table in match play with a perfect record to post her first Queens Women’s Tournament title at Strikezone here on Sunday.
The Imperial resident won both matches on Saturday and equaled it Sunday to earn the championship in the tournament sponsored by the local chapter of the United States Bowling Congress.
“I wished I would have bowled better,” the newly crowned Queen said. “But, it was fun and I enjoyed it. It’s a great group of women.”
The championship match came down to the second-seeded Ananice Bush and the third-seeded Dale. The seedings were earned from a series within the Women’s Tournament two weeks ago.
Despite their close seeds, their paths were quite different to the title.
Dale started out with a 443374, two-game match win over Toni Stauf in the handicapped-based tournament. A 443-390 win over Rita Noden was followed by a narrow 441424 win over Jessica Pacheco to earn Dale her place in the title.
Bush had a more difficult path in the double elimination tournament. After dropping a close 426-423 match to Noden, Bush followed up with elimination wins over Stauf (437328), top-seeded Sherry Terrill (416-393), a rematch win over Noden (411-361) and a semi-final win over Pacheco (444-420) to lead to the championship.
Before the title match, there was mutual respect shown by the bowlers.
“I felt comfortable bowling Ananice, but wanted to do well,” Dale said. “(I) wanted to at least make my average (of 140).”
While Bush battled with fatigue, having bowled 10 games already with the potential of four more to win the tournament, Dale fought nervousness.
“I was trying to not let my hands shake so much,” Dale said. “I couldn’t control the ball.”
Once the match started, she settled down with 141 and 158 scratch games and her handicapped total of 425 defeated Bush’s two-game total of 352.
“We need to see more (women) out here,” Dale said in looking toward more tournaments. “We all bowled well, and it was a lot of fun.”
When reminded that her name will be placed along with former Queens winners on a plaque at Strikezone, the newly crowned Champion had trouble finding the words to express her feelings.
“It doesn’t seem like I belong up there,” she said, adding, “but it’s an honor.”
The IVUSBC is working on the next tournament, scheduled for April 7-8 at Strikezone and encourages everyone to check out its website at www.imperialvalleyusbc.com to get more information.
FROM LEFT Queens Women’s Tourney champion Peggy Dale and runner-up Ananice Bush smile for a photo following the tourney held at Strikezone in El Centro on Sunday.