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Duckpin tournament called richest in history

May 26, 2010

Big money will be given away in Hagerstown this holiday weekend as Frank Turner hosts Duckpin Professional Bowlers Association and the Women's National Duckpin Association in the $50,000 Duckpin Olympics at Dual Lanes and Southside Bowl, the richest duckpin tournament in history.

"I want this to be the premier event in duckpin bowling," Turner said. "We'll have more than 200 bowlers here between the men and women."

The men will compete for a $12,000 first prize at Southside, beginning with two qualifying rounds on Friday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. and two more qualifying rounds on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Semifinalists will bowl Sunday at 9 a.m., with the top five finishers advancing to the stepladder finals later that morning.

Several area bowlers, including nationally ranked Berkie Hipkins (No. 11) and Andy Huffman (No. 18) are expected to compete, as is Hagerstown's Mark Nigh, who won the event in 2008.

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"Most of the pro tournaments pay $2,000 to win. We're paying $12,000," Turner said.

The women will compete for a $5,000 first prize at Dual Lanes, beginning with two qualifying rounds on Friday at 12:30 and 6 p.m. and two more qualifying rounds on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Semifinalists will bowl Sunday at 8:30 a.m., with the top five finishers advancing to the stepladder finals later that morning.

Hagerstown's Debbie Conrad will compete on the women's side.

Local duckpin great Jim Wolfensberger, a member of the National Duckpin Hall of Fame who was twice ranked first in the nation in average, will present the top three finalists with gold, silver and bronze medals.

There is no admission charge to watch any of the action at the two bowling centers. Opening ceremonies will be held at each center before the first qualifying round begins.

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