Nebraska team takes Sapphire lead at 2019 USBC Women's Championships

By Ryne Navarro
USBC Communications

- After recording a runner-up finish at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships, the members of McGuire Construction of Red Cloud, Nebraska, returned to the top of the leaderboard in Sapphire Team at the 2019 event.

The team improved each game at Northrock Lanes on Monday, posting scores of 587, 622 and 666 for a 1,875 total to surpass 4 for Fun of Bloomfield, New Mexico, which previously led with 1,859.

Debra McGuire led the effort with a 558 series, and she was joined by Kim Grams (487 series), Kimberly Davis (464) and Colleen Jeffery (366).

McGuire, Grams and Davis were part of the 2016 team that took the lead at Las Vegas' South Point Bowling Plaza, but the group ended up finishing 12 pins short of the winning total.

They give their continued success at the USBC Women's Championships to bowling at an older house with older lanes at home.

"We bowl at a house with old wood lanes," Davis said. "We just always seem to bowl better at tournaments."

The proximity of Northrock Lanes and the 100th edition of the Women's Championships made for a quick trip for the members of McGuire Construction, but it also made the experience special.

"We all live around the Kansas-Nebraska state line," McGuire said. "Winning a title close to home would be so special and surely something we won't forget."

After the close call in 2016, the team had trouble putting into words what it would mean to be able to hold on for the final two weeks of the event to claim the title.

The 2019 Women's Championships will conclude June 30.

"It's exciting," Grams said. "It would be wonderful to finish atop the leaderboard after finishing in second our first time."

Sapphire Team consist of four-player teams with entering averages of 574 and below.

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