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Beat the Champs: Lisa Gulick bowling for more in encore

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Stephanie Aldridge AMF Forest Lanes 187 82

Charlene Avants Bluebird Lanes 142 244

Cheryl Bleich Beverly Lanes 210 0

Elizabeth Burnside Habetler Bowl 138 259

Sherrie Campione Orland Bowl 192 64

Lorri Cook Brunswick Zone Homewood 145 234

Susie Davis Dolton Bowl 193 61

Joan Diana Lakes Bowl 155 198

Paula Ford Lakewood Bowl 158 187

Vicki Guadagno Wood Dale Bowl 201 32

Lisa Gulick Bluebird Lanes 203 25

Marie Hagar Lynwood Bowl 199 39

Marilyn Hall Brunswick Zone Homewood 144 237

Linda Haynes Castaways Bowl 158 187

Latasha Hennings Brunswick Zone Homewood 182 100

Janet Hrasch Poplar Creek Bowl 192 64

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Viola Hrehoriak Fox Bowl 135 270

Antoinette James Burr Oak Bowl 202 28

Audrey Johnson Brunswick Zone Homewood 174 129

Tameyia Johnson Fox Bowl 189 75

Alice Joseph Castaways Bowl 160 180

Janet Kulovitz Orland Bowl 196 50

Lorraine Leonard Town Hall Bowl 149 219

Taquita Lewis Skyway Bowl 148 223

Olinda McKinley Skyway Bowl 153 205

Terese Narcisi Peotone Bowl 136 266

Madeline Ramirez Brunswick Zone River Grove 177 118

Monica Sampra Classic Bowl 166 158

Monica Stinson Wood Dale Bowl 196 50

Pamela Walsh Rolling Lanes 159 183

Christine Williams El Mar Bowl 158 187

Deborah Williams Castaways Bowl 178 115

Lisa Gulick is back.

For the second straight year, the 27-year-old from Schererville, Ind., reached the finals of Beat the Champions.

Gulick knows what she needs to do as a near scratch bowler.

“I have to strike, pick up my spares and stay clean,’’ she said.

For the finals, she has a 203 average, which gives her 25 pins of handicap. Cheryl Bleich, who advanced from Beverly Lanes, is the only scratch bowler.

For BTC, handicap is 90 percent of the difference of what a bowler averages less than 210.

Gulick, who advanced from Bluebird Lanes in Chicago, finished 26th last year, winning a bowling ball. All 32 finalists receive prizes ranging from a bowling ball to electronics to the top prize of a new car from the Chicagoland Ford Dealers.

Bowling balls are something Gulick knows well. One of her two jobs is being a research and development team member for Ebonite International. That means going around to centers in the area and testing equipment under regular conditions. Her other job is in the office for the Stone & Metal Group in Chicago.

Bowling has been more than work for Gulick.

“My grandfather used to take me,’’ Gulick said. It reached another level during high school at Lake Central, one of the biggest schools in Indiana.

“I heard about the bowling team as a junior and we won state,’’ Gulick said.

She has had much tournament experience since.

“I did bowl the U.S. Open [in 2013] and averaged 180,’’ she said. ‘‘It was a great learning experience for me. I was on the same lanes as Kelly Kulick.’’

The finals format for BTC is different. Finalists bowl four games, skipping a pair of lanes after each game.

Two things are consistent in BTC and Gulick knows both.

“I know it is for charity and a chance to win a car,’’ she said.

In the first 52 years the Chicagoland Bowling Proprietors Association and the Sun-Times co-sponsored BTC, 5,681,134 entries raised $2,776,374.70 for charity.

If routines matter in winning the car, Gulick should be set. She has a ritual of using her rosin bag before every shot and her lucky charm for tournaments is a special high-five routine with her little brother before leaving.

There’s another routine this winter: the weather.

‘‘I heard it is going to snow,’’ Gulick said.

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