After three days of exhausting yet often record-breaking bowling, Buddy Creamer and Pat Rinaldi won the Alll-Star Duckpin men's and women's championships at Fair Lanes of Hyattsville last night.
Creamer, of Richmond, totaled 4,231 pins, outdistancing Baltimore's Jim Vest at 4,045 and Joe Rineer of Mount Airy, Md., at 3,910.
In the first game of the final round, Creamer rolled a 209 and was sure he would win.
"I knew all I had to do after that was bowl and not lay down," he said before walking off with $3,000.
Tournament favorite Jeff Pyles of Hyattsville came in a disappointing fourth on his home alley.
"I just couldn't get it going this weekend," said the nationally top-ranked duckpin bowler. "I have no excuses."
Rinaldi, the nation's top-ranked woman, finished with 4,009 pins and took home $2,000.
I've come in second place three times in this tournament and never won," she said.
Rinaldi, who set an eight-game record of 1,296 Saturday night, said she "had no idea of the score until someone told me that I could throw the ball in the gutter and still win."
Janet Garner of Washington finished second at 3,917 with Gaye Winslow of Gaithersburg third at 3,801.