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Zokal wins first Masters

Published: Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 2:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 3:00 p.m. CDT

Joe Zokal won his first Princeton Masters Bowling Tournament.

The Peru bowler defeated former Master’s champ Randy Dalrymple 258-212 in Sunday’s stair-ladder finals showdown.

Zokal joined the Master’s Tournament in 2012, having met a lot of friends from Princeton in leagues in Peru. He placed fifth his first year, third last year and now goes to the top.

“There’s a lot of good bowlers here,” he said, who had a high game of 279 and carried a 241 average.

To take the top spot for the finals, Zokal beat out Dalrymple 129.03 to 127.18 in Peterson Points.

Former champ Al Latyon kicked cancer to reach the finals, placing fifth (116.27). He lost to defending champ J.T. Dant (117.22) in the first leg of the stair-ladder finals. Dant knocked out David Tuft (120.21), but then fell to Dalrymple.

Highlights of the 2014 Masters included Dalrymple’s 300 game and a 299 by Vince Wendling in the first weekend.

Women’s Masters: Carrie Hanson has won the Princeton Women’s Masters Bowling Tournament five times. She’s taking aim on adding a sixth crown.

Hanson, who has won the Masters in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2009 and 2011, stands atop this year’s leaderboard at the halfway mark with 51.03 Peterson Points. She holds a comfortable edge over Melinda Camp (45.48) with Sherry Allen 44.43, Shelly Miller 42.24, Anna Flaig 42.16 rounding out the top five.

Hanson had the high series for both Saturday (1,131) and Sunday (1,022) as well as high two high games of 245 on Saturday. Overall, she is carrying a 187 average.

Flaig, the defending champion, has the highest average of all at 195 with a high of 231.

Nicole Walker, the youngest bowler in this year’s field, holds the highest game so far of 246. Her mother, Carol, is also in the field.

Competition resumes at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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