Im­pe­rial bowler tops Queens tour­ney

Imperial Valley Press - - SPORTS - BY MICKEY DALE

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 at­pe­ri­al­val­ 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.

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