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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

KU’s Zapf top seed for bowling nationals

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Kansas University senior bowler Kelly Zapf earned the top seed for the women's division of match play at the 2005 Collegiate Singles Championships on Monday at Olympic Lanes.

Zapf posted a 12-game qualifying total of 2,631 pins. By being one of the top four seeds in the 16-player women's field, she receives a bye to the quarterfinals of today's best-of-five, single-elimination match play.

Zapf finished fifth at the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Sectional in March -- one spot from gaining an automatic berth to the national finals. But when Pikeville's Patty Trusty declined her bid, Zapf was given a second chance, and she's making the most of it.

"This is my last collegiate tournament, so I want to leave on a high note," Zapf said. "Considering I wasn't supposed to be here, I'm really happy."

Zapf closed with a 254 in the final game, lifting her 12-game average to 219.25. She recorded a 1,334 in her final six games (a 222.33 average).

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