Shortly after releasing her last ball in the 10th frame Saturday, Cora Fiebig turned around, ran toward the crowd, and embraced her husband, Ted. Tears flowed freely as Fiebig, 51, celebrated her victory in the 26th annual Queens bowling tournament at the New Kona Lanes in Costa Mesa.
Fiebig, who had never before won a Women's International Bowling Congress event, defeated Barbara Thorberg to capture one of the most prestigious titles in women's bowling, and earned $7,000. Thorberg received $4,000 for second place.
"I'm numb," Fiebig said. "I don't know what to feel, but I love it. I got a lot of breaks, and I just kept telling myself to relax and think about the pins, not the quality of the other players."
Fiebig advanced to the final by defeating Cindy Schuble, 191-189; Betty Morris-Simon, 194-186, and four-time bowler of the year Donna Adamek, 231-224. In her second-round match against Morris-Simon, Fiebig fell behind early, then threw four consecutive strikes in the ninth and 10th frames to take the lead. Morris-Simon had one last chance to win the game in the final frame, but failed to get a spare and the seven pins she needed.