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Jonathan Ferrell to defend bowling title in Barry Gurney Memorial Laughlin Cup

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Bowler Jonathan Ferrell said Saturday that he will “definitely” return to defend his title in the Barry Gurney Memorial Laughlin Cup on June 27-29 at Riverside Lanes in Laughlin, Nev.

Ferrell’s role as defending champion won’t be the only change for the 46-year-old Glendale, Ariz., resident.

He will be accompanied by Laura Ferrell, whom he married in February, one month after meeting her. And that might provide a boost for Ferrell.

“I’m happier [now] and I tend to bowl better when I’m happier,” said Ferrell, who is averaging 229 in his Thursday league.

Jonathan and Laura met on the Zoosk dating website and Ferrell has admitted he was smitten right away. “From the first moment, I wanted to be with her,” said Ferrell, who married Laura at the iconic Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

Ferrell has 11 perfect games and one 800 series and bowled games of 279 and 278 this week. His last 300 came in January – the first time Laura came to watch him bowl.

Ferrell, an amateur bowler, won last year’s Laughlin Cup title with a stunning 217-179 victory over formidable David Haynes of Las Vegas in the championship match.

“The kid [Ferrell] showed the world,” said Dustin Markowitz of Bowling Evolved, the primary sponsor of the event. “It was David vs. Goliath and David pulled it off.”

For this year’s second annual event, the tournament name was changed to honor Gurney, who died in July at age 71 after a battle with cancer. Gurney, who lived in West Hills, was one of the preeminent bowlers to come out of the San Fernando Valley.

Ferrell, who attended Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., eliminated Gurney, 190-158, in the championship round.

Ferrell said the Laughlin Cup title represented the biggest highlight of his career.

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