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By Phyl Knoll  CAUSBC Publicity

Ventura-Donna Jones has always been a strong competitive tournament bowler. She is a member of the Sportsman Bowling Club in the So. L.A. County USBC Association and has not missed competing in the California Women’s Championship Tournament since 1998, and with the same Sportsman Club teammates for the past five years. On May 21st at Buena Lanes, Donna and her teammates hit the lanes ready to bowl good enough to “get in the money”. Donna bowled respectable the first two games with a 170 & 182 but after she threw the strike in the first couple of frames of the third game, she never looked back…. until after she buried the pocket in the 12th frame. She had to look twice… the swinging 10-pin continued to stand, awarding her a 299-Game, and a 705 series.

Donna told me “when all is said and done, I am thrilled with how I bowled in that for the past four years, I refrained from a lot of bowling to care for my ailing mother. After my mom lost her battle to cancer last year I came back into the competition with a 170 average and a new Storm Prodigy drilled by Tony Figuiera in the Pro Shop at Gardena Bowl. It is interesting to note that Donna has been in the bowling arena almost all of her life. Her parents introduced her at a young age to the “After-School Bowling” at (what was) Missile Bowl, Gardena, and from there she carried her talents forward into collegiate competition. Donna remains a “very well-known” figure in the adult bowling arena.

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