RENO, Nev. (AP) - Liz Johnson won the U.S. Bowling Congress Queens on Wednesday night, beating 2007 winner Kelly Kulick 247-204 in the championship match.
"This is the most prestigious women's event, and to be in the company of some of the women who have won this is amazing," said Johnson, the Cheektowaga, N.Y., star who finished second to Shannon Pluhowsky in the 2006 Queens.
"I was so close to winning the title in 2006, and it took me a couple of months to get over that loss, but this feels absolutely amazing."
Johnson, the 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion, earned $30,000 for the victory at Reno Events Center. She has 13 career victories.
"This week I bowled OK, but my reaction wasn't that good, and I barely won some matches," Johnson said. "I'm a fighter, though. When it comes to anything, especially bowling, I'm going to fight my way through."
Lisa Bishop of Belleville, Mich., opened the stepladder final with a 221-199 win over Brenda Edwards of Mansfield, Texas. Kulick, from Union, N.J., then beat Bishop 262-224, and Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., 221-170. Kulick earned $19,000.
"This is the one title that has eluded her, and she earned it today," Kulick said. "If there is any bowler I want to finish second to, it's Liz. She's having a great career. She just keeps fighting and seems to overcome everything."