Postma becomes first three-time USBC Senior Queens Champion

    05/01/08

    United States

    Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich. (April 26-30, 2008)

    2008USBCSQSandyPostmaChampion.jpg Sandy Postma of Lansing, Ill., swept all three games against challenger Marliss Tapp of Portage, Mich., to become the first three-time United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens champion at Skore Lanes on Wednesday.

    Postma, the 2004 and 2006 Senior Queens champion, defeated Tapp, 604-556, to win the $3,000 first prize while completing the tournament without a loss in the three-game, double-elimination match play finals.

    "Every time I've won, I've done it like this," Postma said. "It's the best way to do it. The pressure's always on the other person when they have to beat you in two three-game matches, especially when the shot's as tough as it was here."

    Behind games of 196, 206 and 202, Postma was nearly flawless in converting key spares and throwing big strikes when she needed them. She said the husband of a fellow Senior Queens competitor - Paul Pullman - was a big reason for her success.

    "I just worried about keeping my timing right," Postma said. "I've been throwing the ball so bad, but Karen Pullman's husband helped me. When my timing was right, the ball went where I wanted it to go. On a tough shot like this, the first thing that goes is your timing."

    Tapp, who was trying for her first national singles title, couldn't solve the left lane.

    "After three games, I still have no idea where I'd stand or where I'd look if someone told me I had to throw a strike for $1 million on that lane," Tapp said. "All you can do is guess and keep going. I don't know whether to get mad or cry."

    Postma, who also won the 1995 USBC Queens, also will try once again to be the first to win back-to-back Senior Queens titles.

    "I don't know why, but it's getting to be if you put the word queens in the title, I win," she said. "A few years ago I won the Chicago Queens. I've won the Indiana Queens, the regular USBC Queens, this one...

    "But two in a row would be cool," she added. "It's just so hard to repeat. All you have to do is run into two players who are really bowling well in match play and you're history. So far I've been pretty fortunate."


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