Dugas and Baird became the third and fourth bowlers of the 2012 USBC Women’s Championships to reach the historic mark. Over the course of their tournament careers, they have traveled to 39 different cities in 27 states.
Baird, a 76-year-old right-hander, is a two-time champion at the Women’s Championships. She is a member of the 1971 and 1977 Classic Team champions.
The Chicagoland USBC Hall of Famer knew her milestone appearance was going to be special, but she never imagined the reaction she would receive from her fellow bowlers and how it all would affect her.
Both Dugas and Baird competed in the Ruby Division this year, which includes bowlers with averages between 150 and 179 with a handicap based on 100 percent of 180. Dugas rolled a 590 series in team, 566 in singles and 509 in doubles for a 1,665 all-events score. Baird scored 545 in singles, 530 in doubles and 515 in team for 1,590.
Erika and Kiara Shambry of Camden, N.J., both made their USBC Women’s Championships debuts and found instant success as they moved into the Ruby Doubles lead with a 1,280 total on May 5. Sherri Brown of Bay City, Mich., and Bernadette Montoya of Socorro, N.M., previously held the top spot with 1,243.
Kiara, just 19 years old, led the way with games of 164, 229 and 205 for a 598 series, while Erika, 40, added 200, 191 and 186 for a 577 set and 1,175 scratch total. The pair entered the tournament with a combined average of 325 and received an additional 35 pins of handicap per game to reach their final score.
Jungle Kats of Salem, Ore., got off to a strong start at the 2012 USBC Women’s Championships and sprung into the top spot in Ruby Team with a 2,928 total at the National Bowling Stadium on May 10.
Melissa Jungling and first-time Women’s Championships participant Laurie Grenya led the way with matching 555 series and helped Jungle Kats to games of 900, 877 and 911 for a 2,688 scratch total. They entered the event with a combined average of 820 and received an additional 80 pins of handicap per game to reach their final mark.
Jungling and Grenya were joined by Heather Collee (538), Tammie Gibson (537) and Julie Holden (503). Rodeo Bowl of Ellensburg, Wash., previously held the top spot with 2,872.
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