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Air Force Sweeps Armed Forces Bowling Championships

American Forces Press Service

RENO, Nev., Jan. 13, 2006 – The Air Force swept the individual and team efforts in the Armed Forces Bowling Championships at the National Bowling Stadium here Jan. 11.

Staff Sgt. Kristen Elmore of Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany, and Tech. Sgt. Martin Bedford of Hill Air Force Base, Utah, won the women's and men's divisions, respectively.

Elmore finished her 24 games with a 4,605 total to top the Marine Gunnery Sgt. Lisa Beeksma of Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., who had 4,598. Chief Petty Officer Bessie Lowery of USS Ross, Norfolk, Va., was third with 4,520.

Bedford totaled 5,076 to top the men's field. Army Staff Sgt. Dwayne Watkins of Fort Rucker, Ala., was second with 4,902, while Air Force Staff Sgt. Jack Barfield of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., was third with 4,875.

Bedford, Watkins and Barfield advanced to the 32-player match play round and qualified to play for a spot on Team USA.

Air Force won the team event in both the women's and men's divisions. The six Air Force men totaled 27,835, while the service's women counterparts scored 17,631.

The 21 women and 24 men representing the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy competed as part of the United States Bowling Congress Team USA Championships.

(Compiled from an Armed Forces Sports Office news release.)

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