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April 13, 2004

Mastering rivals by just a few pins

From: Orange Central Western Daily, Australia - Apr 13, 2004

By Michelle Cook
Tuesday, 13 April 2004

ONLY a few pins separated both the men's and women's masters winners from the runners-up yesterday at the National Deaf Championships at Orange Tenpin Bowl.

Melbourne's Ron Chapman claimed his second men's masters title finishing the seven match play games with five wins.

The last time he won the title was in 2000.

Queensland's Judy Buehow was a first-time winner of the ladies' masters title having won four of seven match play games.

Chapman had a total scratch pinfall of 2699 with a high game of 212 and high two-game series of 415.

Just 12 pins behind Chapman was second placed Queenslander Dennis Hobbs who had a total scratch pinfall of 2687, a high game of 211 and a high series of 398.

Orange's David Hayward finished third with a total scratch pinfall of 2651, a high game of 228 and a high series of 408.

The top two ladies were even closer than the men with Buehow having a total scratch pinfall of 2499 and second placed South Australian Joan Poynter a total pinfall of 2492.

Poynter bowled the ladies' high game of 233, which was also higher than some of the men's high games, and Buehow was the next best with 213.

Buehow bowled the ladies' high two-game series of 417 and Poynter followed with 398.

Coming in third place in the ladies' event was the ladies individual winner Glenda Smeaton who bowled a total scratch pinfall of 2402.

The masters involved the top eight finishers in the individual titles on the weekend after they bowled 12 games.

In the men Chapman qualified fifth and in the women Buehow qualified seventh.

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