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Bowling: Kelly Juggan, of Worth, scores championship at USBC Open tourney

Kelly Juggan | Tony Baranek/Sun-Times Media

Kelly Juggan | Tony Baranek/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 8, 2014 9:44AM



Kelly Juggan was looking for a “fun” weekend when she and some of her friends entered the Chicagoland USBC 2014 103rd Open Tournament at River Rand Bowl in Des Plaines.

She had fun, all right.

The Worth resident topped a field in excess of 200 male and female bowlers, taking first in the overall category with a 2,202 total pinfall.

It was the second year Juggan has been a competitor in the tournament, which was held at Tinley Park Bowl in 2013.

“I shot pretty well at Tinley, and actually I think I did place,” Juggan said.

Not like this, though.

Juggan shot her nine-game set at River Rand on the second weekend of the three-weekend tournament, which included team, doubles, singles and overall competition. Kimberly Burrage, of Chicago (2,114), was second, with Raymond J. Struck, of Orland Park (2,112), third.

Juggan’s three-game handicap series of 763 also earned her second-place honors in the singles category behind winner Michael Kelly, of Chicago.

Her best games for the weekend were 215 and 208. Of the nine games, seven were above the 159 average, on which her handicap was based.

“It was actually a struggle,” Juggan said. “I don’t have as much equipment as some of the other people who were there, so it kind of became a work in progress. There was a lot of oil on the lanes, and I don’t have anything that’s super-aggressive, so I kind of had to play around to find a shot. When I found it, as long as I stayed there, it worked.”

Juggan bowls in the Sunday Villagers League at Palos Lanes. The ball she used to win the tournament, a Storm Anarchy, was inherited from a bowler from one of the other teams in the league, Scott Malewski.

“Scott gave it to me about a year and a half ago,” she said. “I had just gotten a new ball before that and it wasn’t doing what I thought it was going to be doing. I was in need of something else so he said, ‘Here, I don’t want this one anymore. Take it.’

“(Teammate) Anatol Denysenko worked with me over the summer with it, trying different approaches and things like that. And between the ball doing what it should do and working with Anatol, I started seeing improvements.”

Major improvements, as far as average is concerned. Juggan has jumped from a 159 last season at Palos to 173. Over the past few weeks at Palos, she shot a career-high scratch game of 242 and a career-high scratch series of 642.

Juggan, a 1995 Queen of Peace graduate, works as a staff accountant at America’s Auto Auction in Crestwood. Bowling is a family affair. Her husband, Kevin, averages 194 in the Sunday league at Palos. He also bowls Friday night at Arena Lanes in Oak Lawn. Juggan’s sister, Jamie Lange, averages 191 on their team at Palos.

“Jamie has always averaged higher than me. She has natural sports ability,” Juggan said. “Bowling for me has always been fun, a chance to get together with friends. But I’ve always liked to bowl. My parents bowled, my grandparents bowled; it’s just something the family did and it stuck with us.

“When we go to these tournaments I don’t go in with any expectations but to have fun. Anything else is a plus.”



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