It’s CDB in O.T.

by Bob Johnson 0

It took an extra frame, but Carolyn Dorin-Ballard won the opening stepladder match in the championship round of the U.S. Women's Open at the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas.

Bowling against Lynda Barnes, CDB went sheet in the 10th frame for a 207 game. That forced Barnes, who was working on a turkey of her own, to roll the first strike in her 10th frame to secure the win. Nine, spare, strike would result in a tie.

Barnes left a 10-pin on her first delivery, which she converted. She then struck on her fill ball for a 207 tie.

Then in the one-ball rolloff, Dorin-Ballard struck, while Barnes came in high and left a 4-pin.

CDB now goes on to meet Clara Guerrero in the second match, airing live on ESPN2.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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