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Mary Lynly Captures 2005 Profile Award
By Eloise Cottrell

"I love to write about the people and their affect on our sport and our sport's effect on them" is a direct quote from our 2005 Profile Award winner, Mary K. Lynly. She couldn't foresee how on the mark her statement was in regards to her winning article on Jackie Wyckoff receiving the 2005 Sport Bowling Award. Wyckoff Captures National Award was not only selected as the CBW 2005 winner, it also received the "Paula Carter Spiirit Award" during the national Women Bowling Writer's festivities in Tulsa, Oklahoma this past April.

CBW President, Agnes Duffy presented the blue and white Profile Award plaque to Mary during the Annual meeting of the California Bowling Writers in Industry Hills, on May 20. This is the first time a story appearing in the California Bowling Writers Infolink has been recognized for this award. This is the second Profile win for Mary who also won in 2002.

One of California's most distinguished and recognized writers around the bowling industry, Mary first penned an article called "Short Shorts", about school sports, while serving on her high school newspaper. It was years later though when she finally felt her acceptance as a writer. She wrote a piece for the Golden Nugget titled Is Anyone Listening?, about the way people act at installation affairs and such. This garnered her more comments and attention than anything else she had written so far.

Mary's articles tend to be more along the feature story lines and she prefers to leave the news releases to others. Not only a published writer and a winner many times over, over the years she has volunteered her journalistic talents in many capacities: scribe, editor, judge, researcher, teacher, critic and historian.

One thing Mary wants to convey to our writers is the importance of supporting the writing contests. She always enters her articles, even if she doesn't feel they are the best she has written. The important thing is to support the writing organizations and the contests. And, you never know what the judges are looking for. You could be a winner.

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