California Bowling Writers

October 23, 2007

By Phyl Knoll

San Clemente-When the California USBC circulated all their information on their 2007 Women’s Championship Tournament to be held in San Diego, it got the immediate attention of Marta Majoskey. Marta, a 149 average bowler, who had entered this event several times, was anxious to get a team together and approached Lori Purkis, who was a 173 average “resident sub” in several leagues at Saddleback Lanes, San Clemente. Having bowled this state event once before, Lori immediately accepted the invitation to fill a spot on the team and also the challenge of finding two more team members. Not a problem. She knew everyone at Saddleback!

Lori met Cris Daniels over five years ago while bowling on a team with Cris and her husband in a Las Vegas League at Saddleback.. These two families became extremely close in friendship, so much so that Lori and Cris have a “sister”:relationship.. So, without hesitation, Lori asked Cris to bowl on the team. Cris, a gutsy 139 average bowler, had bowled this tournament several times in the past. So-o, how could a “sister” friend turn her down? Not a chance.

Lori met Jeanie Hall over three years ago. The first year they met, Jeanie asked Lori to sub on her team in the Sweet Rollers at Saddleback and today, Lori’s team competes against Jeanie’s team in that league. And… Jeanie, who booked 154, had bowled the Women’s Championship Tournament several times before so she was a “shoe in” for the fourth member to the team.

The entry was sent and the confirmation received and the team was gearing themselves for that wonderful weekend just a few miles south. And then came what none of us want to think about when preparing for such an event….. having to replace one of the teammates. However, that was the case, Marta had suffered an injury to her arm and knew she would not be able to bowl, even though she intended to go with the team and cheer them on. So she asked Lori to become the Team Captain and to find a replacement bowler. Lori had just the right person in mind, her practice partner!

Anna Nilssen has only been bowling for a little over one year and during all that period of time, Lori and Anna have been practice partners. Anna is very driven to excel at bowling and nothing seems to make her happier than when she can beat Lori during practice. Her hard work paid off, she booked 142 this past season. So, when Lori asked her to replace Marta on the team, Anna jumped at the chance. This would be her first time to bowl such a prestigious tournament. But….. she was ready! The “QWTCHRBELLYAKN” team was ready!

And were they ready. They bowled extremely well the first game. So well, they decided to have a caucus. They decided that they would just “keep to themselves” and focus on their bowling, rather than spend a lot of time fraternizing with the other six teams from Saddleback. Did it payoff? Boy, did it ever. This “C” team by the name no one could pronounce, that entered the tournament with a 608 team average, racked up 2087 pins for their team event, which calculated is over 521 pins per bowler and took them to the “winner’s circle” for the “C” Division Team Event. Now, remember Anna, who averages in the 140’s; the one driven to excel in bowling? She indeed knows what the word “excel” means. She put together in the nine games 1508 pins, which is better than a 167 average, to win the All Events for “D” Division! When they meant to “focus”, they weren’t kidding! I had the pleasure of traveling to Saddleback Lanes last week to present these ladies with their most deserved Award Plaques and Chevrons in the presence of the 9:15 a.m. “Sweet Rollers” League. Lori is President of this all women’s league, so you can well imagine what a wonderful ovation they received from the league members.

So watch out, if you see this team during one of your squads at the California USBC Women’s Championship Tournament next year in Foster City, don’t bother them. They will be “focusing”!

Oh, by the way did you figure it out yet? Try “Quit Your Belly Aching”! Don’t ya love it? .