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Cherie Tan earns top seed for PWBA finals in Sacramento

With as many as six bowlers on the lanes for each Professional Women’s Bowling Association event this season, Singapore has been well-represented, and the group now is guaranteed to bowl for the title at the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open.

Cherie Tan, the lone left-hander of the contingent, averaged more than 225 this weekend at Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV finals, which will be taped May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas and air Tuesday, June 21 on CBS Sports Network.

L-R Sacramento Open finalists Tan, Pluhowsky, Ramirez and New.

Tan qualified third for the match-play portion of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open and compiled a 6-0 match-play record to top the Group A standings with a 5,600 pinfall total, which included 30 bonus pins for each victory.

“This has been a good visit for Team Singapore, and it would be huge if I were to win the title,” said Tan, whose teammate New Hui Fen earned the No. 4 seed for the show to double Singapore’s chances at the trophy.

“We support each other at all times, and we know we all have the potential to be successful at any time. Seeing the others do well definitely motivates me, and I’m excited to be the one in this position this time.”

Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, went 3-3 in match play Saturday and led Group B with a 5,446 total, which earned her a guaranteed spot on the TV show as the No. 2 seed.

Colombia’s Anggie Ramirez and New advanced through the unique dual stepladder portion of the event to join Tan and Pluhowsky as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.

With overall pinfall deciding the top seed, Pluhowsky was 49 pins behind Tan heading into the position round, and Pluhowsky suffered a 190-172 loss to New. Tan cruised in a 247-179 win against Ramirez to secure the top spot.

2011USWOCarolGianotti2.jpg2015PWBATourStefanieJohnson.jpg“I roughly knew how far ahead I was, but I just tried to focus on my own game and not watch what Shannon was doing, and it worked out,” Tan said. “We were really looking forward to coming here to compete and get a taste of the PWBA Tour, and to do well makes us very proud.”

In the Group B stepladder at Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes, United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carol Gianotti (left) of Australia struck out in her final frame to down 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year Stefanie Johnson (right) of Grand Prairie, Texas, 216-210, after Johnson failed to throw a double of her own for the shutout.

New prevailed in the Group B final, 194-163, when Gianotti lost her look in the second half of the game.

The PWBA Storm Sacramento Open stepladder will be the second for New, who earned the No. 3 seed for the PWBA Sonoma County Open finals and just missed the show at the season-opening PWBA Las Vegas Open.

2015PWBA03JazreelTan.jpg2015WWCShaynaNg.jpgNew and Tan look to earn a spot in the record books next to their Team Singapore teammate Jazreel Tan (left), who won the 2015 PWBA Lubbock Sports Open as a non-member.

In the opening match of the Group A stepladder, Singapore’s Shayna Ng (right) tossed six consecutive strikes in frames four through nine to ease past reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, 233-191.

In the Group A final, Ramirez made a run at perfection, opening with eight consecutive strikes before a 7 pin ended her bid, but she was able to slip past Ng, 279-244, to make her first PWBA TV show.

2016PWBALogo.jpgSaturday’s competition kicked off with a six-game block that narrowed the field from the 32 cashers to the top 12 players for round-robin match play.

The match-play finalists were split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group bowled six games of match play, including a final position round, to determine the top seeds and advancers to each group stepladder final.

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PWBA Storm Sacramento Open – Cashers’ Round

Players with position, hometown and 18-game total; top 16 advance; a indicates non-member

1, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 4,042
2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 4,000
3, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 3,979
4, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 3,973
5, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,962
6, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 3,917
7, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 3,894
8, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 3,888
9, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,853
10, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,852
11, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,836
12, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,835

Missed Cut:
13, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 3,818, $1,300
14, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,808, $1,200
15, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,784, $1,200
16, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 3,772, $1,200
17, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 3,762, $1,200
18 (tie) Jazreel Tan, Singapore, and Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 3,761, $1,200
20, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 3,759, $1,200
21, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 3,751, $1,200
22, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,732, $1,200
23, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 3,711, $1,200
24, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,697, $1,200
25, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,687, $1,200
26, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,682, $1,200
27, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 3,671, $1,200
28, Darris Ruffner (a), Exeter, Calif., 3,669, $1,200
29, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 3,648, $1,200
30, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 3,607, $1,200
31, Amber Vega (a), Orangevale, Calif., 3,563, $1,200
32, Mariana Alvarado (a), Sacramento, Calif., 3,560, $1,200.

PWBA Storm Sacramento Open – Match Play Results

Players with position, hometown, match play record and 24-game total, including bonus pins. The top qualifier in each group will earn an automatic spot in the stepladder finals, with seeding being determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final.

Group A
1, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 6-0, 5,600
(earns No. 1 seed for stepladder based on total pinfall)
2, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 4-2, 5,352 (advanced)
3, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2-4, 5,252 (advanced)
4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2-4, 5,250 (advanced)
5, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2-4, 5,236 (eliminated; earns $1,600)
6, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2-4, 5,129 (eliminated; earns $1,600)

Group A Stepladder
Semifinal: Ng def. L. Johnson, 233-191
(Johnson finishes tied for seventh; earns $1,900)
Final: Ramirez def. Ng, 279-244
(Ramirez earns No. 3 seed for stepladder based on average; Ng finishes tied for fifth; earns $2,100).

Group B
1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3, 5,446
(earns No. 2 seed for stepladder based on total pinfall)
2, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 4-2, 5,307 (advanced)
3, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 4-2, 5,249 (advanced)
4, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2-4, 5,173 (advanced)
5, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 3-3, 5,143 (eliminated; earns $1,600)
6, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2-4, 5,072 (eliminated; earns $1,600)

Group A Stepladder
Semifinal: Gianotti def. S. Johnson, 216-210
(Johnson finishes tied for seventh; earns $1,900)
Final: New def. Gianotti, 194-163
(New earns No. 4 seed for stepladder based on average; Gianotti finishes tied for fifth; earns $2,100)

Televised Stepladder Finals

(Will be taped May 26; will air June 21 on CBS Sports Network)

First Match: No. 3 Ramirez vs. No. 4 New
Second Match: No. 2 Pluhowsky vs. Match No. 1 winner
Championship: No. 1 C. Tan vs. Match No. 2 winner

Author: Herbert Bickel
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