Leanne Hulsenberg won the U.S. Women’s Open bowling title on Thursday night at Cowboys Stadium, beating 2003 and 2010 winner Kelly Kulick 218-183 in the championship competition.
The championship round was contested on lanes built on the 50-yard-line of the football stadium.
For her 27th professional triumph and first since the Three Rivers Open in Pittsburgh in September 2002, Hulsenberg earned $50,000.
Hulsenberg said, “I’m actually sitting here thinking I can’t believe this just happened to me. This win means so many different things to me. For my family, it’s a very special day because I met my husband after I stopped bowling full time. On a bowling level, it’s special because I’ve been with Ebonite for 20 years and they had so much to do with this tournament.”
Kulick got $25,000. The 183 game was the lowest Kulick had in 49 tournament games. She entered the competition averaging 241.35.
Kulick, the only female competitor to win on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, said, “Unfortunately, my feel just wasn’t there tonight.” The humidity level was very high, and I never got a comfortable fit with the ball. There never was a happy medium. It wasn’t that I was lost on the lanes. I went in and did the best I could.”
Hulsenberg edged Lynda Barnes of Double Oak 247-246 in the semifinal. Barnes beat Shannon O’Keefe or Arlington 268-166 in the opening competition, and topped Liz Johnson of Cheektowagam, New York 259-225 in the second.