University of Maryland Eastern Shore alumna Maria Roudrigez wins her first United States Bowling Congress Queens title Thursday in Reno, Nev.
RENO, Nev. – A former University of Maryland Eastern Shore student and bowler won her first United States Bowling Congress Queens title Thursday in Reno, Nev., UMES announced Monday.
Maria Jose Rodriguez, of Columbia, beat competitor Kelly Kulick to take home $20,000 and a tiara, officials say. The score was 190-189.
Rodriguez went undefeated throughout the entire tournament, but faced obstacles in the final round, according to officials. The oiled lanes hindered her performance until later in the event and she struggled to knock down the pins in the 10th frame.
The 2011 UMES alumna is the second consecutive winner to be from another country, officials say. Last year’s winner Diana Zavjalova was from Latvia.
Kulick received $10,000 in prize money, according to officials, who say she placed second in the 2001 and 2009 Queens Tournament as well.
Another UMES alumna T’nia Falbo placed ninth in the competition, officials say.
Women from around the world travel to compete in the USBC Queens, which is considered the most renowned bowling event for women, according to officials.