The husband-and-wife tandem of Beth Owen-Cipielewski and Keith Cipielewski are back in their hometown of Sarasota, just days after top-notch performances in the Quibica/AMF Bowling Promotion Cup competition, held last week (Nov. 2-7) at four venues in France. It was the sixth annual edition of a made-for-TV tour that featured eight televised shows and bowlers from eight nations.
Keith Cipielewski got a spot in the competition when defending doubles champion Tony Regnier of France was forced to withdraw because of a foot injury, and Keith’s creditable performance included a team championship and third-place finishes in doubles and Men’s Masters. Meanwhile, Beth posted runner-up finishes in team and Women’s Masters.
Keith was joined on the title-winning Team Orion by Sergey Andreev of Russia, Magnus Johnson Jr. of Sweden, Valentin Saulnier of France and Danny Sear of England. Team Orion swept Team Mercury 219-184 and 215-160 in a best-two-of-three Baker System competition, in which the players alternate frames in a game to combine for a cumulative score.
In the Men’s Masters — which completed the week-long activities on Saturday (Nov. 7) in Ballainvilliers — Saulnier defeated Cipielewski 207-196 in the semi-final match before beating Johnson 276-190 in the pro-style stepladder finals.
“France was awesome,” Cipielewski said. “I’ve never traveled abroad with my bowling equipment, like that. It was a new experience in my long career, but I would do it it again if given the chance. The people we were with were great, and we really came together and grew as friends.
“It was great to win a team title and to place third in doubles. In singles, I really struggled and analyzed what I needed to do in all-events, and I went in with a plan, and it paid off. After qualifying fifth for the TV show, I won my first two matches, but even though I was clean for the third match, I just couldn’t get the pins to fall, but I’m really happy with my performance.”
In the Women’s Masters finals, Beth won her first two matches — 245-192 over Amandine Richard of France and 204-199 over Sue Abela of Malta — before falling in the title match 216-211 to top-seeded Lucy Sandelin of Tampa. Owen-Cipielewski was also a member of Team Sirius, which lost to Team France 369-353 in a two-game Baker System competition.
“The (Bowling Promotion Cup) was an amazing event, and I was honored to be invited,” Owen-Cipielewski said. “There’s nothing like it here in the states, as it’s more like a traveling TV show. I loved bowling on TV, along with the intensity, and the people we met made the trip a life-changing event.”
“Beth and I trained as hard as we could for this,” Keith added. “Vernon Peterson and Lucy Sandelin helped us along he way, and I can’t forget good friends Carol Norman and Donna Connors for providing us equipment.” And the results speak for themselves.
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