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Lindsay Boomershine top seed at PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open

Setting goals provides a player in any sport a special focus during a long season. For Lindsay Boomershine, the goal for the 2016 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour season was simple – to not be 17th.

Boomershine, of Perry, Utah, went 5-1 in match play at the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open on Saturday to earn the top seed for the televised stepladder finals. She will be joined on the TV show by Colombia’s Rocio Restrepo, who also won her match-play group to earn the second seed, along with Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey.

From left to right: Lindsay Boomershine, Rocio Restrepo, Stefanie Johnson and KellyKulick.

“I’ve worked so hard for so long, and this is my first TV show – ever – so it’s pretty emotional for me right now,” Boomershine said. “I just kept telling myself to keep working on my game.”

Boomershine and Johnson outdistanced the field in match play and squared off in the position round to determine who would be the top seed for the TV. The loser of the position-round match still would have a shot at the show, but would have to advance through the group stepladder at Seminole Lanes.

The match was decided in the final frame. Needing a mark to win, Johnson left the 2-4-5-8, could not convert the spare, and gave Boomershine a 198-194 victory. With a 30-pin bonus for the win, Boomershine finished with a 5,552 pinfall total to edge Johnson by 12 pins.

Earning the top seed also put Boomershine closer to a goal of reaching the PWBA Tour Championship. All event champions for the 2016 season earn a spot in the 16-player PWBA Tour Championship, with the remainder of the spots filled from the PWBA points list.

Boomershine barely missed several cuts last season, when the cut line was the top 16, prompting her goal this year “to not be 17th.”

“I want to make sure I guarantee my spot,” Boomershine said about making the PWBA Tour Championship. “When the points were posted a few days ago, and I was 19th, I knew I needed to make this week count. I thought, just make top 12 and go from there. Of course, it came down to the last frame because everything always is dramatic for me.”

Johnson went on make the TV show this week, too. She just needed to win another match in the Group A stepladder.

Diana Zavjalova of Latvia started the Group A stepladder by slipping past Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tennessee, 268-247, to earn the chance to meet Johnson. With a second shot to make the TV finals, Johnson claimed a 259-231 victory.

The opening match in the Group B stepladder also provided drama. Maria Jose Rodriguez of Austin, Texas, had the chance to advance past Erin McCarthy of Omaha, Nebraska. Needing to double in the final frame, Rodriguez saw a good shot result in a 7-10 split. In the group final, Kulick rolled to a 278-184 victory over McCarthy.

2016PWBALogo.jpgSaturday’s competition in the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open kicked off with a six-game block to narrow the field from 32 to the top 12 for round-robin match play.

The 12 finalists were split into two groups of six for match play, which consisted of six games including a final position round. The competitor with the highest pinfall total in each group earned a spot in the TV finals, and the next three highest in each group advanced to the group stepladder.

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St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open – Cashers’ Round

Players with position, hometown and 18-game total; top 12 advance; a-denotes non-member

1, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 4,084. 2, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 4,024. 3, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 4,016. 4, Maria Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 4,012. 5, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 4,002. 6, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 3,990.

7, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 3,955. 8, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,946. 9, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,903. 10, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 3,857. 11, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,855. 12, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 3,843.

Missed Cut:
13, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,841, $1,300. 14, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 3,832, $1,200. 15, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 3,828, $1,200. 16, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,813, $1,200. 17, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 3,778, $1,200. 18, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,762, $1,200.

19, Kendra Gaines (a), Orlando, Fla., 3,750, $1,200. 20, Verity Crawley (a), England, 3,748, $1,200. 21, Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 3,746, $1,200. 22, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 3,744, $1,200. 23, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 3,735, $1,200. 24, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 3,732, $1,200.

25, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 3,695, $1,200. 26, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,691, $1,200. 27, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 3,683, $1,200. 28, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,679, $1,200. 29, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 3,649, $1,200. 30, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 3,635, $1,200.

31, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 3,630, $1,200. 32, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,576, $1,200.

St. Petersburg-Clearwater 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.

Match Play – Group A
1. Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 5-1-0, 5,552
(earns No. 1 seed for stepladder based on total pinfall)
2. Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3-3-0, 5,540
3. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 5-1-0, 5,406
4. Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 3-3-0, 5,311
5. Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 1-5-0, 5,304
6. Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1-5-0, 5,087

Group A Stepladder
Semifinal: Zavjalova def. Earnest, 268-247
(Earnest finishes tied for seventh, earns $1,900)
Final: Johnson def. Zavjalova, 259-231
(Johnson earns No. 3 seed for TV stepladder based on average; Zavjalova finishes tied for fifth, earns $2,100)

Match Play – Group B
1. Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 4-2-0, 5,439
(earns No. 2 seed for stepladder based on total pinfall)
2. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3-3-0, 5,366
3. Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2-4-0, 5,358
4. Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 3-3-0, 5,354
5. Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 3-3-0, 5,230
6. Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., 3-3-0, 5,207

Group B Stepladder
Semifinal: McCarthy def. Rodriguez, 202-189
(Rodriguez finishes tied for seventh, earns $1,900)
Final: Kulick def. McCarthy, 278-184
(Kulick earns No. 4 seed for TV stepladder based on average; McCarthy finishes tied for fifth, earns $2,100).

Televised Stepladder Finals
(Will be taped Aug. 7 and will air Aug. 30 on CBS Sports Network)
Match No. 1: Kelly Kulick vs. Stefanie Johnson
Match No. 2: Rocio Restrepo vs. Match No. 1 winner
Final: Lindsay Boomershine vs. Match No. 2 winner

Author: Herbert Bickel
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