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Bowling Champ Kelly Kulick Trounces Male Competitor Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs Style

Bowling Champ Kelly Kulick Trounces Male Competitor Billie Jean King / Bobby Riggs Style

Every self-respecting lesbian has donned bowling shoes and hurled a few big balls down the lane, but bowling champ Kelly Kulick made history for women bowlers everywhere, trouncing her male competitor Chris Barnes and winning Tournament of Champions.

Let's be honest here shall we. All of you reading this have bowled...and liked it. Maybe it's been a while and God help you, you asked for a teddy bear birthday cake and had a crush on "little Jimmy," but you gave the game all you had. If you're like me you took your game to the next level by adding pitchers of beer and vodka/cranberry mixes (no respectful bowling bartender will know how to mix a Cosmo or will have a martini glass to offer).

Some women are smarter than that, and actually take the game to a level where they get paid for it and not get told to leave the premises and never return; Kelly Kulick is that woman.

Starting back in college she was a three-time collegiate player of the year and two-time All American at Morehead State University. In 2004 the Professional Bowling Association opened its membership to women after the WPBA folded. And in the 2005-06 season Kulick won money in 12 of the 14 regional events. Her next big win was June 4th, 2006 when she made history by becoming the first woman to earn a PBA Tour exemption for the following year.

Still thinking big, she had this to say: "To be the first woman is huge...words can't even describe the feeling. I feel confident I can be a good enough competitor to stay out on Tour. My next goal is to make a television show and become the first woman to win a PBA Tour title."

Well guess what...that just happened, and not in just any event, but the Tournament of Champions.

Kulick stunned everyone with an almost-perfect performance and defeated top-seeded Chris Barnes, 265-195, to win the Professional Bowlers Association's Tournament of Champions. She won $40,000 and gets a two-year tour exemption.

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This is Billie Jean King kicking Bobbie Riggs ass, ten-pin style-all televised on ESPN, and King had this to say:

"Kelly Kulick's win today at the PBA Tour's Tournament of Champions is not only historic, it serves as a motivational and inspirational event for girls and women competing at all levels all around the world."

Gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside doesn't it-like finishing a pitcher of beer and picking up that seven-ten split.

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