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      June 14, 2001:

-First 300 By A Woman Rolled At ABC

06/14/2001 - Bowling Newsline
      Kristine Kropf of Antioch, Calif., made American Bowling Congress Championships Tournament history June 10 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. She become the first woman to roll an ABC Tournament 300 game.

      Kropf, a 32-year-old payroll analyst for Ford Motor Company, rolled the 300 in her second singles game. Her perfect game was nearly as much as her two other games combined as she opened with 169 and finished with 142 for 611.

      "To be the first woman to bowl a 300 game in the ABC Tournament is beyond my comprehension," the 194-average left-hander said. "I'm a person who believes anything can be done but to do it here is more than I could have imagined.

      "What really made it so unbelievable was just before we came out for doubles, everyone was talking in the squad room about how tough it was to score here and that if you shoot a 300 game you've really earned it," she added.

      Kropf, a single mother with one daughter, is a once-a-week league bowler who bowls in an occasional tournament. This was her third ABC Tournament having previously bowled in 1995 and 1998, the last two times the tournament has been held at the National Bowling Stadium. Women became eligible to bowl in the ABC Tournament for the first time in 1994 after ABC removed the word "male" from its constitution in October 1993.

      Kropf said she really didn't feel comfortable until singles after bowling disappointing series of 475 in team and 526 in doubles. "I was very tense and was having some problems with my thumb swelling," she said. "I just kept trying different things to get relaxed. I did some work on my thumb and for some reason things just came together in that game. Even though I wasn't bowling well I wasn't giving up."

      Except for a case of shaking knees, Kropf was able to keep her composure heading into the 10th frame. "It was like I was in another world," she said. "I was in such a zone it felt like I was the only one bowling. It was like I couldn't see or hear anything."

      Kropf's 300 was the 20th of the 2001 ABC Tournament and the 412th in the 98-year history of the event. Her previous high game was a 299 shot in league in November 1992.

      The 2001 ABC Championships Tournament, presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus, continues through July 1.

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