The Arizona State USBC Association's 28th Annual Senior Women's State Championship Tournament was held at Cerbat Lanes on Dec. 1-2, and Kingman's Tinkey Burrowbridge and Vera Pemberton struck gold in the Doubles, 311 and under, handicapped division.
Burrowbridge and Pemberton each took home $35 after securing sixth place with a pin total of 1,320. It was Pemberton's first time bowling in a state tournament.
"That's good for a first try," she said. "Tinkey had a lot of fun, but I was kind of depressed about my bowling."
Pemberton, 69, said that it was because of Burrowbridge that the pair did so well. Burrowbridge bowled 75 pins above her average for the doubles tournament, according to Pemberton.
"It was very exciting for an 80-year-old," Burrowbridge said. "I wanted to bowl so badly, and I did."
Burrowbridge was unable to bowl from July through October due to an illness. She was able to get back into the groove just in time for the state tournament. Burrowbridge bowled in last year's state tournament in Phoenix and bowled in several state tournaments when she lived in Chino, Calif.
Pemberton was a last-second substitute as Burrowbridge's original partner came down sick.
The team of Helen Hutchins and Grace Stanneart finished tied for 13th with 1,292 pins. Donna Johnston and Pauline Rowe finished 15th at 1,291.
Joanna Legg was Kingman's top finisher in the Singles, 156 and over, handicapped division. Legg finished 33rd with 638. Johnston took 39th with 631 and Hutchins 42nd with 625. Sharlene Sammeli rounded out the Kingman contingent with a 60th place finish with her 600 pins knocked down.
Vivian Davenport had Kingman's high score in the Singles, 155 and under, handicapped division with a 670 that was good for 16th place. Pemberton took 37th, Rowe 56th and Burrowbridge 74th.