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Women's Bowling Featured in New York Times

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Every recruit who visits the women’s bowling offices at the University of Nebraska is shown a two-page spread from the July 2000 edition of Golf Digest. It depicts 50 golfers, from Bobby Jones to Babe Didrikson Zaharias to Tiger Woods, each at a different stage in their swing. The sequence was hardly intended as an instructional tool for bowling, but Bill Straub tends to divine inspiration from unusual sources.

 

Here in the cornfields of eastern Nebraska, where on football game days Cornhusker devotees turn Memorial Stadium into the state’s third-most populous city, Straub has assembled a bowling dynasty.

 

Straub, 66, has shepherded the Lady Cornhuskers to 10 national titles across the club and N.C.A.A. levels, including two in the last four years. They are the only program to earn a berth in the N.C.A.A. championship in all 14 seasons it has been held, and are the top seed in the eight-team competition that begins Thursday in Baton Rouge, La.

 

One of his early teams featured a woman named Kim Berke, who became a four-time All-American — and, two years after graduating, his wife. She took a weekend off from the women’s professional tour to get married, then headed off to an event in Hammond, Ind. The Straubs have one child, Meghan, who now bowls for Nebraska, upholding the tradition.

 

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Anybody watching the women's bowling championships on ncaa dot com? It appeared that Nebraska had beaten Maryland Eastern Shore 4-3, but some official looking person was talking to our coach and it looked rather serious. I almost thought by the look of things that we were being disqualified for some infraction. It took a while, but when I finally was able to get a stream back up, it looked like we were involved in a five frame bowl off. Our second bowler was credited with a 0 / 0 frame and I'm guessing that they had disqualified one of our bowlers for some reason. Well anyway, our women showed up and after the first frame where we scored a spare and then in the second 0/0, the women got strikes in every remaining frame to win. Weird stuff. We're still in it, even though we are in the losers bracket.

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