Country Club Lanes was so quiet as Kim Adler lined up her final shot of the LPBT Eastern Open finals that you could hear a pin drop. And drop it did. Adler picked up the spare and the title last night over Anne Marie Duggan.
"My nerves were a little shaky but not as bad as usual," Adler said after posting the win by a 247-186 margin.
Her nerves didn't show as Adler defeated Wendy Macpherson-Papanos, 213-185, in the third-place match and threw eight strikes in defeating Duggan. Macpherson-Papanos beat Lisa Wagner and Sandra Jo Shiery in last night's first two matches.
For Duggan, it was the second consecutive year she has lost the Eastern Open in the final match. She walked around nervously for the first three matches of the evening before taking on Adler in the title game.
"It's definitely tougher for the tournament leader but I'd take second every week," Duggan said. "That's the object, to get into the title match."
Duggan, of Edmond, Okla., said she needed to start well to have a chance and she did by throwing three strikes, but in the fourth frame she knocked down just eight pins and never recovered.
Adler, who had been averaging just 179 in finals this year, threw a 213 and a 247 in picking up her first singles title of the year.
NTC She won a doubles tournament earlier this year and picked up the fourth title of her career last night. She did it with a thunderous finish and by forgetting about her superstitions. On Tuesday night, Adler was in 31st place, but by last night's finals had moved into second.
"I wasn't bowling well," said Adler, of Titusville, Fla. "My husband told me I was putting too much pressure on myself."
Adler, who claims to bowl better when she finds a heads-up penny the week of a tournament, decided to put the superstition to rest when she didn't find one this week.
"I just had a really good mental game plan," Adler said.
Adler also used her final throw in the second-place match to figure out how to bowl in the "tighter" left lane, something Duggan never got down in the final game.
"The left lane was a lot tighter and the lanes didn't feel like they did during the week," Duggan said. "It's tough to figure out in one game, but she had the same thing the match before."
By throwing four strikes in her final five frames, Adler pulled away, and when she felled the last pin to pick up the spare, the silence was replaced by cheering from the crowd.