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Rocio Restrepo takes PWBA Greater Detroit Open lead

Colombia native Rocio Restrepo was on her way to the second 800 series of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season at the PWBA Greater Detroit Open on Friday when she decided to try something different.

While the change didn’t work, Restrepo still pulled out a 238 in her final game of the day to grab the lead with a 2,786 total for the 12 qualifying games. She leads Brittany Smith of Des Moines, Iowa, by five pins with 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, in third at 2,758.

For Restrepo, she had just rolled games of 269 and 279 and entered the final game of the night in second place, 16 pins behind Smith. That’s when Restrepo decided to make a slight move.

“I was a little upset because I had made a move that I shouldn’t have,” Restrepo said. “I just had 260, 270 and knew I had good ball reaction. I didn’t really know if it was the right move, so I got mad at myself. In the middle of the game, I went back to where I was and struck out.”

Restrepo had averaged 232 during the first six-game block of the day and was in fourth heading into the evening games. After just missing the group stepladder finals at the PWBA Wichita Open and losing in the opening match of the group stepladder at the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open last week, she’s looking to go deeper into a tournament.

Restrepo advanced to the televised stepladder finals of the season-opening PWBA Las Vegas Open, but fell in the opening match to the eventual champion, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York.

“I’ve been bowling well but haven’t really got to where I want to be,” Restrepo said. “I’m trying to take advantage of patterns I feel more comfortable with and I did that today. Hopefully, tomorrow I can keep it up and keep grinding.”

Smith said she figured her 217 final game would not be enough to hold the lead.

“I bowled well at the Queens but have not bowled the greatest the last two weeks,” said Smith, the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Most Valuable Player for the 2015-2016 collegiate season. “It was nice to come out here and feel like I’m throwing the ball well and scoring well.”

2015PWBATourStefanieJohnson.jpgJohnson (left) led after the first qualifying block on Friday, completing the six-game block with games of 289 and 256 for a 1,425 pinfall total, a 237.5 average. Smith was second at 1,401 followed by Mariana Ayala of Euless, Texas, at 1,398, and Restrepo at 1,394.

April Ellis of Wichita, Kansas, earned the final spot in Saturday’s cashers’ round with a 2,535 total, a 211.25 average. Ellis advanced to the stepladder finals at last week’s Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open.

2015BWCSandraGongora.jpgHeather Melvin of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, rolled a 300 game in the fourth game of the early block to briefly take the lead. Mexico’s Sandra Gongora (right) matched the feat in the evening, rolling the seventh perfect game, and her second 300, in PWBA competition this season.

The PWBA Greater Detroit Open continues Saturday as the top 32 bowlers return for six more games qualifying games. The top 12 players, based on total pinfall after 18 games, advance to round-robin match play. For match play, the players will be split into two groups of six players who will bowl six games of match play, including a final position round.

The top qualifier in each group at the end of match play earns an automatic spot in the stepladder finals with seeding determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final, and the winner of each group stepladder final will advance to the televised finals.

All qualifying and match-play rounds of the PWBA Greater Detroit Open are on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. The PWBA Greater Detroit Open stepladder finals will be taped June 26 during the PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 19 on CBS Sports Network.

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Players with position, hometown and 12-game total

1, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,786. 2, Brittany Smith (a), Des Moines, Iowa, 2,781. 3, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,758. 4, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,735. 5, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,704. 6, Li Jane Sin, Malaysia, 2,679.

7, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,671. 8, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,633. 9, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,632. 10, Verity Crawley (a), England, 2,626. 11, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 2,625. 12, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,619.

13, Syaidatul Hamidi, Malaysia, 2,616. 14, Nicole Trudell (a), Bridgeport, Conn., 2,615. 15, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,614. 16, Sarah Germano (a), Rochester, N.Y., 2,612. 17, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,611. 18, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,609.

19, (tie) Esther Cheah, Malaysia, and Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,596. 21, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,595. 22, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,581. 23, Brandi Branka, Fairview Hgts, Ill., 2,579. 24, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,577.

25, Jodi Gawlik (a), Schaumburg, Ill., 2,571. 26, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,562. 27, Julie Oczepek, Saginaw, Mich., 2,560. 28, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,556. 29, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,552. 30, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,545.

31, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,540. 32, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 2,535.

Missed Cut:
33, Sydney Brummett (a), Fort Wayne, Ind., 2,529, $800. 34, (tie) Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, and Kamilah Dammers, Aruba, 2,525, $800. 36, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,519, $800.

37, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,515, $800. 38, (tie) Stephanie Martins, Brazil, and Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., and Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,510. 41, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,508. 42, Siti Rahman, Malaysia, 2,504.

43, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,501. 44, Tnia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,499. 45, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,492. 46, Kristina Rosberg, Ord, Neb., 2,490. 47, Heather Melvin, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,476. 48, (tie) Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,475.

50, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,474. 51, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2,466. 52, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 2,462. 53, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,458. 54, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,457.

55, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,453. 56, Mary Wells (a), Columbus, Ohio, 2,445. 57, Cheryl Daniels (a), West Bloomfield, Mich., 2,429. 58, Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, Ga., 2,421. 59, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,414. 60, Trisha Reid (a), Columbus, Ohio, 2,408.

61, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,397. 62, Natalie Goodman, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,396. 63, Danielle Van der Meer, Washington, Ill., 2,394. 64, (tie) Heather D’Errico, Rochester, N.Y., and Lauren Krywy (a), Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,392. 66, Katelyn Zwiefelhofer, Racine, Wis., 2,383.

67, Syazwani Sahar, Malaysia, 2,379. 68, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,373. 69, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,370. 70, Blair Blumenscheid (a), Columbus, Ohio, 2,369. 71, Amanda Cortese (a), Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,367. 72, Ann Coleman (a), Fairborn, Ohio, 2,364.

73, Nora Lyana Norkamal, Malaysia, 2,360. 74, Novella Daniels (a), Detroit, Mich., 2,354. 75, Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 2,350. 76, Justyne Falbo (a), Greensburg, Pa., 2,338. 77, Sarah Muench (a), Altoona, Iowa, 2,337. 78, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,333.

79, Crystal Resop, Schofield, Wis., 2,325. 80, Samantha Hesley, Detroit, Mich., 2,312. 81, (tie) Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., and Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,303. 83, Kalynn Carl, Albany, N.Y., 2,301. 84, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 2,300.

85, Valerie Calberry (a), Derry, N.H., 2,289. 86, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 2,280. 87, Nicole Bower (a), Camp Hill, Pa., 2,276. 88, Andrea Behr, Kettering, Ohio, 2,275. 89, Jerracah Heibel (a), Indianapolis, Ind., 2,266. 90, (tie) Shanna Chepelsky (a), Rochester, N.Y., and

JamiLynn Fox (a), Toledo, Ohio, 2,254. 92, Brianna Andrew (a), Orland Park, Ill., 2,223. 93, (tie) Michelle Keirns (a), Lansing, Mich., and Rachael Delserone (a), North Ridgeville, Ohio, 2,215. 95, Ashlyn Herzberg (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,212. 96, Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va., 2,208.

97, (tie) Jaclyn Meldrum (a), China, Mich., and Rebecca Sharp(a), Carleton, Mich., 2,197. 99, Natalie Miskiel (a), Toledo, Ohio, 2,172. 100, Jenna Law (a), Milford, Mich., 2,158. 101, Melissa Van Dyke (a), Parma, Ohio, 2,148. 102, Jewel Skelton, Niles, Ohio, 2,144.

103, Cassondra Mize (a), Toledo, Ohio, 2,140. 104, Stevie Mours, Franklin, Wis., 2,102. 105, Sara Schulz (a), Novi, Mich., 2,090. 106, Meghan Macunovich (a), Canton, Mich., 2,081. 107, Susan Carter (a), Austintown, Ohio, 2,050. 108, Leslie Brown (a), Commerce, Mich., 2,025.

109, Liana Trevino (a), Ypsilanti, Mich., 1,990. 110, Nichole DePaul-Miller, Baytown, Texas, 1,978. 111, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,892. 112, Ashley Chiaramonte, Jackson, N.J., 1,876.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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