Kulick becomes first woman to win PBA title


Published: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 6:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 6:43 p.m.

LAS VEGAS— Kelly Kulick has become the first woman to win a PBA Tour title, beating Chris Barnes in the final of the 45th Tournament of Champions.

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Kelly Kulick, of Union, N.J., holds her trophy after making history by being the first woman to win a PBA Tour Title after defeating Chris Barnes, of Double Oak, Texas, with a score of 265-195 to win the PBA Tournament of Champions bowling tournament at Red Rock Lanes, on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, in Las Vegas.

The Associated Press

Kulick outscored Barnes 265-195 on Sunday to take home the $40,000 first prize and a two-year PBA Tour exemption. The 32-year-old right-hander earned a berth in the Tournament of Champions by winning the PBA Women's World Championship last September.

Kulick of Union, N.J., says she always dreamed of winning a PBA Tour event but never imagined it would come in the Tournament of Champions.

The previous best finish for a woman in a PBA Tour event was second by Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in the 2005 Banquet Open.

Barnes was trying for his second Tournament of Champions win. He also won in 2006.

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