California couple wins IBMHOF's Xtravaganza Fund-Raising Tournament


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    For San Diego-area bowlers Joe and Theresa Prutch, competing in the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame's second-annual Xtravaganza fund-raising tournament was fun enough. To say they won it was even more special.

    The San Marcos, Calif., couple topped 94 teams competing May 31-June 2 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas, taking the $3,000 top prize and their first tournament win in 20 years of bowling together.

    "We've bowled in a number of local, state and even national tournaments like in Reno which all were stressful," said Prutch, 47, who averages 202 and his 49-year-old wife 192 in mixed leagues at Vista Entertainment Center in Vista and Eagle Lanes in San Marcos.

    "Not only was this not stressful, it was hilarious. It was a complete blast because it was enjoyable and you could have a lot of fun."

    The couple had so much fun in the inaugural event in 2012 they quickly bought direct entries into this year's version. They were joined by eight other friends, many from Arizona.

    They won by just two points over Marty Waigand and Joe Zokal of Seneca, Ill., in the format that's anything but traditional. In the first game, bowlers sought to earn as many odd counts (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) as possible while the second game looked for even counts (2, 4, 6, 8).

    Game 3 was a variation of Yahtzee where bowlers faced a number of different leaves while the fourth game was called Headless Horseman where competitors tried earning strikes without the benefit of a head pin.

    On the first day, each of the doubles partners earned their own scores with their totals added together. On the second day, the formats were repeated but the bowlers alternated shots in the Baker Format.

    "This format really opens this up to anybody to win this," Prutch said. "You don't have to be the best bowlers."

    The Prutches totaled 977 points to 975 for Waigand and Zokal, who earned $2,400. Tammy Johnson and Chastity Agnew of Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Bob and Ryan Lane of Pullman, Wash., tied for third with 955 points to collect $1,875 each.

    Besides their own bowling, competitors were able to mingle with USBC Hall of Famers including Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Kim Terrell-Kearney, Wendy Macpherson and Johnny Petraglia.

    "We knew we did well the first day since we were leading (with 510 points)," Prutch said. "The second day we struggled more and didn't think we'd have a chance to win. We were just hoping to cash. We certainly were not expecting to win so it was a great surprise when we found out we won."

    The event, presented by Brunswick, Ebonite International, QubicaAMF, Storm, Jack Links Jerky, Miller High Life, Red Rock, Rockstar Energy Drink, Red Rock Lanes, Rolltech, Station Casino Lanes, the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America and United States Bowling Congress, raised $25,000 for the IBM/HF, up from $15,000 in 2012.

    "The people who put on the tournament did a great job," Prutch said. "It was even better than last year. Everything was top notch."

    Plans already are underway for the 2014 event scheduled for May 29-June 1. Registration is available at