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The 25-year-old left-hander (pictured above) averaged more than 231 during the second block of qualifying Friday at Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes in Sacramento, Calif., to move up from fifth place after the day’s first block. She finished with a 2,713 total, an overall average of 226.08.
“I definitely didn’t expect this, and if you would’ve told me this morning I was going to lead, I wouldn’t have believed it,” said Ramirez, who shot 266 in her opening game Friday.
“I tried not to look at the standings, but I looked early in the last game and saw I was third. After that, I just wanted to get as many pins as I could heading into tomorrow.”
Ramirez, who resides in Austin, Texas, is 28 pins ahead of Singapore’s New Hui Fen (right), who made the stepladder finals for last week’s Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open and just missed the TV show for the season-opening PWBA Las Vegas Open.
New finished Friday with a 12-game total of 2,685 and was followed by United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carol Gianotti (left) of Australia (2,667), left-hander Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio (2,648) and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York (2,645).
The final spot in the cashers’ round went to Jackie Carbonetto of Blauvelt, New York, who finished Friday’s 12 games with a 2,460 total, a 205 average.
The fast start this week for Ramirez was the exact opposite of last week’s first game of 135, but she took that experience as part of the learning process. She also battled back and went on to finish 17th last week at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California.
“Last week, I just changed balls too soon, thinking it was the equipment, when it really was me the whole time,” Ramirez said. “This week, I’m focusing on executing and making the best shots I can, especially at the beginning of each game, so I can see what the lanes are giving me and be sure about it before I think about moving or changing balls. My focus is on patience and execution.”
Ramirez, who only bowled in three events during the 2015 PWBA season, is much more comfortable now that she’s bowling every week, and she will lead the top 32 players into Saturday’s cashers’ round, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Competition will conclude Saturday evening with a group stepladder final starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.
Six additional games, with pinfall carrying over, will determine the 12 players who will advance to the round-robin match-play portion of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. The match-play finalists will be split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group will bowl six games of match play, including a final position round.
At the end of the match play, 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. The winner of each group stepladder final will advance to the televised stepladder finals.
All qualifying and match-play rounds are being carried on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. The finals of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open will be taped May 26 during the USBC Queens and will air Tuesday, June 21 on CBS Sports Network.
For more information on the PWBA, click here.
Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; top 32 advance; a indicates non-member
1, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,713
2, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 2,685
3, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 2,667
4, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,648
5, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,645
6 (tie) Cherie Tan, Singapore, and Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,636
8, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,588
9, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,586
10, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2,564
11, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,559
12, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,543
13, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,541
14, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,538
15, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,536
16, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,529
17, Darris Ruffner (a), Exeter, Calif., 2,523
18, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,520
19, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,513
20, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,507
21 (tie) Karen Marcano, Venezuela, and Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,502
23 (tie) Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., and Amber Vega (a), Orangevale, Calif., 2,500
25, Mariana Alvarado (a), Sacramento, Calif., 2,497
26, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,492
27 (tie) Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, and Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,486
29, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,484
30, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,482
31, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,481
32, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,460
33, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,457
34, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,456
35, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,451
36, Natalie Goodman, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,447
37, Daphne Tan, Singapore, 2,435
38, Karen Rosprim (a), Albany, Calif., 2,382
39, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,379
40, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,372
41, T’nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,368
42, Blair Blumenscheid (a), Columbus, Ohio, 2,362
43 (tie) Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., and Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,361
45, Debbie Baerman (a), Fair Oaks, Calif., 2,357
46, Marcia Kloempken (a), Pleasant View, Utah, 2,351
47, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,346
48, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,332
49, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,331
50, Kristie Leong (a), Daly City, Calif., 2,330
51, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,325
52, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,320
53, Mary Wells (a), Columbus, Ohio, 2,314
54, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,311
55 (tie) Stephanie Martins, Brazil, and Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, 2,305
57, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,283
58, Nichole Hiraoka (a), Daly City, Calif., 2,279
59, Catherine Rawsthorne, Tacoma, Wash., 2,277
60, Adrianna Tadielo (a), Oakley, Calif., 2,262
61, Kimberly Power (a), San Leandro, Calif., 2,251
62, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,249
63, Brittany Tierney (a), Fairfield, Calif., 2,246
64, Kristin Quah (a), Singapore, 2,218
65, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,216
66, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,192
67, Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 2,135
68, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,132
69, Rose Wolhar (a), Sunnyvale, Calif., 2,131
70, Emily Fagan (a), Berkeley, Calif., 2,126
71, Heather Dettrey, Lincoln, Calif., 2,102
72, Jill Creamer (a), Folsom, Calif., 2,080
73, Amanda Duplan (a), Citrus Heights, Calif., 2,074
74, Amy Hepperle (a), Stockton, Calif., 2,068
75, Kristin Romero (a), Lincoln, Calif., 2,052
76, Ginell Walton, Placentia, Calif., 2,028
77, Amy Gamage, Las Vegas, 2,006
78, Sarah Petersen (a), Vacaville, Calif., 1,997
79, Karen Russell, El Dorado Hills, Calif., 1,851
80, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 463 (WD).
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