KU's Zapf top seed for bowling nationals

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

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).