Liz Johnson claims U.S. Women's Open title

    10/15/07

    USBC Event

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    2007USWOLizJohnsonChamp.jpg With the crowd roaring around her, television cameras in her face and bright lights shining down on her, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., managed to block it all out. As far as she was concerned, she was the only person inside the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday. Photo: Bryan Haraway/WireImage.com

    Johnson's intense focus paid off as she defeated Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y., 248-215 to win the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

    "I just felt like I was in a really good place, like nobody was even around me out there," said Johnson, who also won the U.S. Women's Open in 1996. "Once I stepped out on the lanes, I felt aggressive and focused. I really haven't felt that good in a very long time and I think it showed on the lanes today."

    Johnson, who won 11 titles on the now dissolved Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, grabbed the momentum early in the championship match against O'Keefe, starting with five consecutive strikes before leaving a solid 7 pin. O'Keefe, meanwhile, struggled to start the match with just one strike in four frames.

    O'Keefe got back on track with strikes in the fifth, sixth and seventh frames but by then Johnson had created a nearly unbeatable margin. A spare in the ninth frame locked up the title for Johnson.

    "Everything just fell like it fell into place for me," said Johnson, who made history in 2005 by becoming the first woman to win a Professional Bowlers Association regional event. "Physically I felt great and mentally nothing really mattered but putting it to the pins. I also think my experience helped. The ball choices I made and my focus all combined to help me win today."

    O'Keefe entered Sunday's championship round as the top qualifier and the player to beat. She led the U.S. Women's Open field after 32 games of qualifying back in August, and in her quarterfinal matchup against Stefanie Nation, O'Keefe fired a nearly-perfect 299 game.

    "Obviously, it's bittersweet because Liz and I are good friends," O'Keefe said. "I definitely came here to win, but it really was great just to be a part of this. I hope this event gives women's bowling the push it needs to get back in the right direction."

    To reach the title game, Johnson defeated reigning U.S. Amateur champion Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 257-187. Barnes struggled with her ball reaction on the right lane and never threw two consecutive strikes in the loss.

    O'Keefe defeated USBC High School spokesperson Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, 223-209. Dorin-Ballard left splits in the fourth and sixth frames as O'Keefe pulled away in the final frames.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open at National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.


    Finals - Single game, single elimination

    Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Shannon O'Keefe, Rochester, N.Y., 248-215
    (Johnson finishes first and earns $25,000; O'Keefe finished second and earns $15,000.)

    Semi-finals - Single game, single elimination

    Johnson def. Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 257-209
    (Barnes finishes tied for third and earns $10,000.)

    O'Keefe def. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Texas, 223-187
    (Dorin-Ballard finishes tied for third and earns $10,000.)

    O'Keefe nearly perfect in U.S. Women's Open quarterfinals

     

     With a victory secure in the quarterfinals at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event, Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y., had the unique opportunity to just relax and enjoy the moment.

    After stringing 11 consecutive strikes to start her match against Stefanie Nation of Orlando, Fla., O'Keefe stepped up with a chance to accomplish something only three women have done on television - bowl a perfect game.

    Click on the image to enlarge it. Photo: Bryan Haraway/WireImage.com

    Needing just one more strike for perfection, O'Keefe made a good shot but left a weak 10 pin on her final ball, claiming a 299-159 victory over Nation and locking up the final spot in the live ESPN-televised semifinals at 1 p.m. Eastern next Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    "I just wanted to have fun with it, throw good shots and whatever was going to happen was going to happen," said O'Keefe, a three-time member of Team USA who was the top seed after 32 games of qualifying. "I was actually more relaxed throwing those shots in the 10th frame than I was the rest of the match."

    In all, O'Keefe strung 18 consecutive strikes over her two matches. In the opening match against Olivia Sandham of Wichita, Kan., O'Keefe trailed by 29 pins after five frames but struck on her last seven shots to win 247-209.

    "I was so nervous I couldn't even get the ball off my hand the first couple shots," said O'Keefe, who opened with four spares in the first five frames against Sandham. "My heart was beating out of my chest, and I was almost hyperventilating. I had to calm myself way down because I was starting to think too far ahead. I just had to stay in the moment and focus on one shot at a time."

    Nation, who advanced by defeating Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., 184-181, said she never felt comfortable in her match against O'Keefe.

    "It was a combination of me not throwing it so great and bad ball reaction," said Nation, who trailed O'Keefe by 79 pins after just five frames. "I tried to get more on top of the ball, but it still didn't give me the reaction I was looking for. Shannon bowled great, though, and it's hard to beat a strike machine when you aren't striking."

    O'Keefe earned the final spot in the semifinals and is joined by Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas; Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; and Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas. The four will battle for the U.S. Women's Open title on Oct. 14.

    "I have to stay focused and just make sure I'm prepared coming back for the semifinals," O'Keefe said. "It's all about winning, it's not about having a good time anymore."

    The quarterfinal rounds and qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open took place Aug. 13-18 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open at National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.


    Quarterfinals - Fourth Pairing (Single game, single elimination)

    Shannon O'Keefe, Rochester, N.Y., def. Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 247-209
    (Sandham eliminated, ties for ninth place and earns $4,500.)

    Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., def. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 184-181
    (Macpherson eliminated, ties for ninth place and earns $4,500.)

    O'Keefe def. Nation, 299-159
    (O'Keefe advances to semifinals. Nation eliminated, ties for fifth place and earns $6,000.)

    Barnes wins high-scoring battle at U.S. Women's Open

     

     As the strikes kept coming, it became harder and harder for Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, not to glance at the scoreboard during the quarterfinals of the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

    After 10 consecutive strikes to start her match against Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y., Barnes peeked up to see that she had secured a victory and a spot in the live ESPN-televised semifinals at 1 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    Click on the image to enlarge it. Photo: Bryan Haraway/WireImage.com

    With the pressure of winning the match gone, Barnes loosened up and sent her 11th shot way left, leaving a 3 pin and ending her bid for a televised perfect game. Instead, she settled for a 289-258 victory over Feldman.

    "I threw the first strike in the 10th and for some season I looked at the score, which is something I never try to do," Barnes said. "I knew I just needed to keep the next ball on the lane and I just threw it terrible. Maybe I will be disappointed later because you don't get many opportunities to shoot 300 on television, but for now I'm just happy I survived."

    Barnes, who is the reigning U.S. Amateur champion and the wife of Professional Bowlers Association superstar Chris Barnes, said she knew she'd need a big game against Feldman, who won 12 times on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour.

    "Bowling against Michelle, I knew I would have to make good shots and keep it close," Barnes said. "Anytime I've ever bowled against Michelle, she always shoots 250 or better. I just really wanted to get off to a good start and play my own game."

    Both players began with five consecutive strikes to start the match. Feldman was the first to miss, leaving a weak 10 pin in the sixth frame. She didn't back down, though, as she struck in the next three frames to force Barnes to keep striking.

    "We both had really good looks," Feldman said. "Sometimes playing as far right as I had to today is not my comfort zone, so bowling 258 is almost like a 300 for me. I can't complain, though, because I bowled well. There's nothing you can do when someone is striking like Lynda was."

    In the opening matches, Feldman came through in the clutch to defeat Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo., 211-209. After Stolz threw two strikes in the final frame, Feldman stepped up and threw two perfect shots and got just enough on the fill ball for the victory. In the other match, Amanda Burgoyne of Newport, Minn., left three splits in the first six frames as she fell to Barnes 205-196.

    Barnes joins Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, as three of the four players to advance to the semifinals. In next week's telecast, which will air Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, Olivia Sandham of Wichita, Kan., battles Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y., while Stefanie Nation of Orlando, Fla., takes on Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev.

    The quarterfinal rounds and qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open took place Aug. 13-18 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open at National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.


    Quarterfinals - Third Pairing (Single game, single elimination)

    Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 205-196
    (Burgoyne eliminated, ties for ninth place and earns $4,500.)

    Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., def. Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 211-209
    (Stolz eliminated, ties for ninth place and earns $4,500.)

    Barnes def. Feldman, 289-258
    (Barnes advances to semifinals. Feldman eliminated, ties for fifth place and earns $6,000.)

    Johnson aggressive in quarterfinals at U.S. Women's Open

     

     Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., knew if she was going to advance to the semifinals at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event, she would have to escape from her comfort zone.

    Johnson's aggressiveness paid off as she made a mid-game ball change to defeat Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., 215-194 in the quarterfinals to earn a spot in the live ESPN-televised semifinals at 1 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 14 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev.

    Click on the image to enlarge it. Photo: Bryan Haraway/WireImage.com

    "One of my weaknesses has been staying with the same ball too long," said Johnson, who won the 1996 U.S. Women's Open. "I knew Missy had a great shot, so I had to be aggressive in my ball choices. Even though I started the game with three strikes, I knew the ball I was using was burning up and was just a little too strong, so I made the change. I went to a ball that was a little cleaner through the front of the lane and smoother on the back end."

    Johnson said she got off to a disappointing start in qualifying. After the first eight games, she was in 43rd place before moving up to 36th place after two days. She made her move in the final two days of qualifying, eventually settling into 11th place.

    "I started out pretty slow the beginning of the week and my focus wasn't always there," Johnson said. "Last time we had a U.S. Women's Open in 2003, I didn't even make the cut. The start of the week began that way, and I was fighting the whole week mentally. But I never gave up and kept the fighting attitude. That's how I felt in the quarterfinals, I just really wanted to come through."

    Leading by 10 pins in the sixth frame, Bellinder left a pocket 7-10 split in the seventh frame and then followed it up with a missed 10 pin in the eighth frame, giving Johnson a chance to take control of the match. Johnson then stepped up and threw strikes in the eighth and ninth frames to pull away.

    Despite the loss, Bellinder, who was the collegiate bowler of the year in 2003 at Cal State Fullerton, said she enjoyed the experience.

    "I kept telling people that I was just going to go out there and have a great time and that's what I did," Bellinder said. "The environment was awesome, and I tried to have fun with it. Overall, I'm pretty happy with my first performance on television."

    In the opening matches, Bellinder, the No. 14 seed, overcame a slow start to upset No. 3 seed and 2003 U.S. Women's Open champion Kelly Kulick. Bellinder opened with back-to-back splits but put together a string of five strikes near the end of the game to win 233-196. In the other match, Johnson pulled ahead of Team USA's Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix early and never trailed in a 226-193 victory.

    Johnson joins Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, as two of the four players to advance to the semifinals. In next week's telecast, which will air Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, takes on Amanda Burgoyne of Newport, Minn., while Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo., battles Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y.

    The quarterfinal rounds and qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open took place Aug. 13-18 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open at National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.


    Quarterfinals - Second Pairing (Single game, single elimination)

    Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 233-196
    (Kulick eliminated, ties for ninth place and earns $4,500.)

    Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 226-193
    (Pluhowsky eliminated, ties for ninth place and earns $4,500.)

    Johnson def. Bellinder, 215-194
    (Johnson advances to semifinals. Bellinder eliminated, ties for fifth place and earns $6,000.)

    Injury doesn't slow Dorin-Ballard at U.S. Women's Open

     

     Early in qualifying at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, wasn't sure her shoulder would allow her to finish the week.

    Not only was Dorin-Ballard able to close out the week, she finished strong, earning a spot in the live, ESPN-televised semifinals at 1 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 14 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., by defeating Kim Terrell of Antioch, Calif., 246-215 in the quarterfinals.

    Click on the image to enlarge it. Photo: Bryan Haraway/WireImage.com

    "I'm very happy because I wasn't sure if my shoulder was going to hold up," said Dorin-Ballard, the USBC High School spokesperson. "I've had pain off and on for seven years, and this week, when I had to play the lanes a little straighter, it made it flare up. I went to the chiropractor, and it was definitely out of alignment. I'm going to take some time off and rest before the championship round."

    In her battle against Terrell, Dorin-Ballard stepped up in the final frame needing two strikes and one pin to shut her opponent out. Dorin-Ballard threw three strikes to lock up the victory but wasn't even sure she had won.

    "I approach every match the same," Dorin-Ballard said. "I don't watch my opponent and I don't watch the scoreboard. I can't control any of that, I can only control each shot I throw. After I threw my last shot, I really had no idea I had won. I thought Kim could step up and tie the game."

    When the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour was in full swing, Dorin-Ballard was a regular on television. When the tour folded in 2003, she had amassed 20 titles and nearly 80 television appearances. But since 2003, she has only appeared in one televised event - the USBC Women's Challenge a year ago.

    "The first few frames of the first game, I was really nervous and was playing with my rosin bag a lot," Dorin-Ballard said. "This is just the second time in four years I've bowled on television, and once we got started I realized how much I've missed this. I feel really fortunate to have advanced to this point against all the great competition and lucky to be one of the survivors."

    Terrell, meanwhile, admitted to being a bit timid in the loss to Dorin-Ballard. In the sixth frame, she missed the 4-7 spare to the left, leaving the 4 pin standing.

    "Sometimes I just lose my focus and I was thinking about how to strike in the next frame instead of making that spare," said Terrell, the USBC Collegiate spokesperson. "I'm just not good at staying in the moment sometimes when the lights and television cameras are on."

    In the opening matches, Tish Johnson of Napa, Calif., had a chance to knock Dorin-Ballard out but left a ringing 7 pin on the first shot in the final frame to lose 231-223. In the other match, Terrell left a 10 pin in the final frame and converted it to dispose of Karen Stroud of Victoria, Texas, 236-223.

    Dorin-Ballard becomes the first of four players to advance to the semifinals. In next week's telecast, which will be broadcast Sunday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., takes on Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., while Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., battles Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix.

    The quarterfinal rounds and qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open took place from Aug. 13-18 at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open at National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.


    Quarterfinals - First Pairing (Single game, single elimination)

    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Calif., def. Tish Johnson, Napa, Calif., 231-223
    (Johnson eliminated, ties for ninth place and earns $4,500.)

    Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif., def. Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, 236-223
    (Stroud eliminated, ties for ninth place and earns $4,500.)

    Dorin-Ballard def. Terrell, 246-215
    (Dorin-Ballard advances to semifinals. Terrell eliminated, ties for fifth place and earns $6,000.)

    Field set for quarterfinals at U.S. Women's Open


    Guerrero is the sole foreigner to qualify for PBA Women's Tour Trials

    2007USWOShannonOKeefe.jpg After 32 grueling games of qualifying on four different PBA Experience lane conditions (Viper, Scorpion , Shark, Chameleon), the field for the ESPN-televised quarterfinals was set Thursday at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

    Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y. (pictured left), led the group of 16 women who advanced to the quarterfinals at the National Bowling Stadium. O'Keefe shot 6,874, an average of more than 214 per game, during qualifying to earn the top seed.

    "It really was a roller coaster tournament for me," said O'Keefe, who after the third game of the tournament was in 117th place. "It was hard at times to stay in the moment and not get carried away with my emotions, but I'm excited to make television again."

    The final 16 players will be placed into a one-game, single-elimination bracket and all remaining rounds will be televised by ESPN for five Sundays beginning Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. Eastern. The winner of each of the first four shows will return to Reno for the live finals on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 14.

    O'Keefe was joined at the top of the leader board after qualifying by Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y., who finished second with 6,790. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., was third with 6,780, while Karen Stroud of Victoria, Texas, was fourth with 6,778.

    Other players advancing to the quarterfinals where: No. 5 seed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas; No. 6 Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix; No. 7 Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas; No. 8 Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev.; No. 9 Stefanie Nation of Orlando, Fla.; No. 10 Amanda Burgoyne of Newport, Minn.; No. 11 Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.; No. 12 Tish Johnson of Napa, Calif.; No. 13 Kim Terrell of Antioch, Calif.; No. 14 Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif.; No. 15 Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo.; and No. 16 Olivia Sandham of Wichita, Kan.

    Sandham, a former Team USA member, earned the final spot by shooting 230 in the final game to pass Tiffany Stanbrough of Oklahoma City by 10 pins.

    "The whole day I was in and then I was out, so I was on the bubble the whole time," Sandham said. "By the last game, I think I had gotten use to the added pressure, and I got a couple lucky breaks. It was enough to keep me in."

    In addition to the U.S. Women's Open, 65 participants elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials.

    Four players (O'Keefe, Barnes, Burgoyne and Terrell) elected not to enter the PBA Women's Tour Trials, opening the door for four other players to become eligible for the PBA Women's Series.

    ClaraJulianaGuerrero.jpg Stanbrough, Joy Esterson of Annapolis, Md., former World Ranking Masters champion Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia (pictured) and Tennelle Milligan of Costa Mesa, Calif. will join the remaining 12 U.S. Women's Open quarterfinalists in the PBA Women's Series, which will feature four events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open Round Four Qualifying


    Players with position, hometown, 32-game total and average. * indicates non-PBA members.

    1. Shannon O'Keefe*, Rochester, N.Y. 6874, 214.81
    2. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. 6790, 212.19
    3. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. 6780, 211.88
    4. Karen Stroud*, Victoria, Texas, 6778, 211.81
    5. Carolyn DorinBallard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 6777, 211.78
    (tie) Shannon Pluhowsky*, Phoenix, Ariz, 6777, 211.78
    7. Lynda Barnes*, Double Oak, Texas, 6750, 210.94
    8. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev, 6728, 210.25
    9. Stefanie Nation*, Orlando, Fla. 6678, 208.69
    10. Amanda Burgoyne*, Newport, Minn. 6591, 205.97
    11. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 6570, 205.31
    12. Tish Johnson*, Napa, Calif. 6564, 205.13
    (tie) Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif, 6564, 205.13
    14. Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif. 6551, 204.72
    15. Amy Stolz*, Castle Rock, Colo. 6540, 204.38
    16. Olivia Sandham*, Wichita, Kan. 6524, 203.88

    Missed Cut:
    17. Tiffany Stanbrough*, Oklahoma City, 6514, 203.56
    18. Joy Esterson*, Annapolis, Md. 6504, 203.25
    19. Clara Guerrero*, Colombia, 6427, 200.84
    20. Tennelle Milligan*, Costa Mesa, Calif. 6488, 202.75
    21. Roberta Vann*, South Gate, Calif. 6477, 202.41
    22. Robin Romeo*, Newhall, Calif. 6469, 202.16
    23. Diandra Asbaty*, Chicago, 6456, 201.75
    24. Jacqui Reese*, Nazareth, Pa. 6446, 201.44
    25. Jen Petrick*, Canton, Ohio, 6415, 200.47
    26. April Ellis*, Jackson, Tenn. 6405, 200.16
    27. Diana Kurrass*, Patchogue, N.Y. 6401, 200.03
    28. Leanne Hulsenberg*, Roseville, Calif. 6387, 199.59
    (tie) Laura Hardeman*, Chula Vista, Calif. 6387, 199.59
    30. Anne Marie Duggan*, Edmonds, Okla. 6363, 198.84
    31. Adrienne Miller*, Rio Rancho, N.M. 6361, 198.78
    32. Jamie Martin*, Omaha, Neb. 6354, 198.56
    33. Laura Lee Daniel*, Corona, Calif. 6352, 198.50
    34. Tina Stickney*, Goodyear, Ariz. 6340, 198.13
    35. Lisa Wagner*, Tampa, Fla. 6339, 198.09
    36. Brenda Mack*, Indianapolis, 6331, 197.84
    37. Karen Rosprim*, Fresno, Calif. 6327, 197.72
    38. Debbie McMullen*, Denver, 6325, 197.66
    39. Tammy Boomershine*, Ogden, Utah, 6317, 197.41
    (tie) Emily Maier*, Sparks, Nev. 6317, 197.41
    41. Jeanette Menacho*, Sacramento, Calif. 6311, 197.22
    42. Jessica Lesagonicz*, Reading, Pa. 6300, 196.88
    43. Nikki Lunsford*, Plainfield, Ill. 6271, 195.97
    44. Kathy Tribbey*, Beaverton, Ore. 6268, 195.88
    (tie) Elysia Current*, Wichita, Kan. 6268, 195.88
    46. Lucy Sandelin*, Tampa, Fla. 6259, 195.59
    47. Kayla Lehmann*, Oviedo, Fla. 6251, 195.34
    48. Maggie Smith*, Olathe, Kan. 6247, 195.22
    49. Barbara Batt*, Jacksonville, Ill. 6188, 193.38
    50. Kari Schwager*, Chicago, 6178, 193.06
    51. Amanda Beck*, Oakdale, N.Y. 6170, 192.81
    52. Rachel Perez*, Maumelle, Ark. 6168, 192.75
    53. Lindsey Coulles*, Orlando, Fla. 6164, 192.63
    54. Jodi Woessner*, Oregon, Ohio, 6160, 192.50
    55. Dawn Fay*, Manassas, Va. 6150, 192.19
    56. Michelle Quirk*, Fresno, Calif. 6136, 191.75
    57. Ricki Williams*, Wichita, Kan. 6130, 191.56
    58. Elizabeth Brents*, Wichita, Kan. 6125, 191.41
    59. Angie Becker*, Granada Hills, Calif. 6112, 191.00
    60. Jennifer Ridilla*, St. Charles, Mo. 6110, 190.94
    61. Deanna Pelkie*, Canada, 6102, 190.69
    62. Daniela Martorano*, Chicago, 6091, 190.34
    63. Lindsy Bonifacini*, San Diego, 6058, 189.31
    64. Renee Steele*, Carson City Nev. 6056, 189.25
    65. Marcia Kloempken*, Pleasant View, Utah, 6050, 189.06
    66. Laura Harvey*, Grants Pass, Ore. 6043, 188.84
    67. Mandy Wilson*, Dayton, Ohio, 6035, 188.59
    (tie) Stacy Ricker*, Haskell, N.J. 6035, 188.59
    69. Pam Marciniszyn*, Canada, 6022, 188.19
    70. Kimberly McGriff*, Caledonia, Ill. 6007, 187.72
    71. Sherree Monaco*, Carpentersville, Ill. 5999, 187.47
    72. Christina Wickey*, El Cajon, Calif. 5993, 187.28
    73. Dede Davidson*, Buellton, Calif. 5979, 186.84
    74. LeeAnn Torkelson*, Fountain Hills, Ariz. 5957, 186.16
    75. Sara Vargas*, Orlando, Fla. 5945, 185.78
    76. Stephanie Castro*, San Jose, Calif. 5931, 185.34
    77. Julie Jackson*, Germanton, N.C. 5902, 184.44
    78. Angie Trego*, Huber Heights, Ohio, 5893, 184.16
    79. Debbie Baerman*, Merlin, Ore. 5880, 183.75
    80. Helen Lewis*, Lakewood, Wash. 5875, 183.59
    81. Fionna Goczeski*, Ft. Myers, Fla. 5852, 182.88
    82. Clarissa Maddox*, Richmond, Va. 5850, 182.81
    83. Crystal Webb*, Livonia, Mich. 5845, 182.66
    84. Robin Cendejas*, Yuma, Ariz. 5827, 182.09
    85. Lisa Hobbs*, Folsom, Calif. 5824, 182.00
    86. Mindy Pancoast*, Newport News, Va. 5821, 181.91
    87. Kristine Bailey*, Sanford, Mich. 5793, 181.03
    88. Doris Kimmerle*, Great Falls, Mt. 5784, 180.75
    89. Kelly DeLisle*, Grants Pass, Ore. 5762, 180.06
    90. LaRonda Buchert*, Helotes, Texas, 5760, 180.00
    91. Stacy Lynn Washington*, Aurora, Ill. 5756, 179.88
    92. Polly Torvik*, Grass Valley, Calif. 5755, 179.84
    (tie) Carli Wickman*, Las Vegas, 5755, 179.84
    94. Terry Sargent*, Layton, Utah, 5749, 179.66
    95. Bonnie Cox*, LaPine, Ore. 5748, 179.63
    96. Erica Merritt*, Chicago, 5737, 179.28
    97. Cyndee Sutherland*, San Jose, Calif. 5728, 179.00
    98. Sara DiScioscia*, Hampton, Va. 5725, 178.91
    99. Theresa Fiore*, Lakeport, Calif. 5707, 178.34
    100. Lisa Timm*, Springfield, Ill. 5682, 177.56
    (tie) Kim Long*, Vacaville, Calif. 5682, 177.56
    102. Maria Lockridge*, Livermore, Calif. 5679, 177.47
    103. Sabrina Duncan Rose*, Houston, 5666, 177.06
    104. Jamille Weber*, Aurora, Colo. 5661, 176.91
    105. Lisa Miller*, Bowling Green, Ky. 5649, 176.53
    106. Belinda Thomas*, Lompoc, Calif. 5628, 175.88
    107. Julie Coker*, Stuart, Fla. 5595, 174.84
    108. Anita Pope*, Silsbee, Texas, 5584, 174.50
    109. Elizabeth Pastva*, Panama City, Fla. 5573, 174.16
    110. Renee Wesley*, Murphy, Texas, 5527, 172.72
    111. Maria Bacos*, Long Beach, Calif. 5524, 172.63
    112. Mary Martinez*, Pahrump, Nev. 5506, 172.06
    113. Cora Wais*, Barstow, Calif. 5489, 171.53
    114. Rowena DeMesa*, Daly City, Calif. 5486, 171.44
    115. Janice Taylor*, Stockton, Calif. 5477, 171.16
    116. Carla Burke*, Nevada City, Calif. 5426, 169.56
    117. Cleofe Avis*, San Mateo, Calif. 5416, 169.25
    118. Pamela Schaal*, Modesto, Calif. 5344, 167.00
    119. Ann Shivers*, Leander, Texas, 5339, 166.84
    120. Chris Helf*, West Valley, Utah, 5286, 165.19
    121. Amber Ress*, Flagstaff, Ariz. 5271, 164.72
    (tie) Mindy Jordan*, Lewisville, Texas, 5271, 164.72
    123. Connie Thibodeaux*, Houma, La. 5264, 164.50
    124. Roxanna Horton*, Napa, Calif. 5251, 164.09
    125. Traci Reem*, Kingsland, Ga. 5246, 163.94
    126. Nancy Sieben*, Snohomish, Wash. 5103, 159.47
    127. Marty Kulesza*, Las Vegas, 5090, 159.06
    128. Heidi Septer*, Tonawanda, N.Y. 5042, 186.74

    Kulick maintains U.S. Women's Open lead

     

    2007USWOKellyKulick.jpg After taking the lead Tuesday, Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., said she was content to just play it safe and not get into any trouble in Wednesday's third round of the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

    As it turns out, playing it safe translated into an even bigger lead over the rest of the field, as Kulick dominated the Shark lane condition at the National Bowling Stadium. Kulick shot 1,734 for eight games and leads after 24 games with 5,243.

    "I didn't give up the pocket all day, and every time I wanted to do something different, I stuck with what I was doing and it worked out," said Kulick, who earlier this year won bowling's other major women's title, the USBC Queens. "I didn't take a lot of risks today and it really paid off. I just played it smart today."

    Kulick leads Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y., who is second with 5,161. Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., and Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y., are tied for third at 5,121.

    With 75 percent of qualifying now completed, the bowlers are focused on staying among the top 16, which advance to the bracket-elimination quarterfinals. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, is currently sixth overall at 5,097 and said remaining focused on each individual game is crucial.

    "I'm just out here trying to bowl good games," Dorin-Ballard said. "I just have to take it one game at a time, and hopefully I'll stay up in the top 16. I feel like I'm bowling well but you never know. I'm not really trying to think very far ahead at this point."

    Competition in the U.S. Women's Open continues Thursday with the last of four eight-game qualifying rounds. After 32 games, the field will be cut to the top 16 for Friday and Saturday's bracket-elimination quarterfinals, which will be taped for broadcast on ESPN. The remaining four players will return to Reno on Oct. 14 for the championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN.

    Kulick also maintained her lead among the field of 65 players who elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials. The top 16 players after 32 games advance to the PBA Women's Series, which will feature four events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open Round Three Qualifying


    Players with position, hometown, 24-game total and average. * indicates non-PBA members.

    1. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. 5243, 218.46
    2. Shannon O'Keefe*, Rochester, N.Y. 5161, 215.04
    3. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev, 5121, 213.38
    (tie) Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y. 5121, 213.38
    5. Shannon Pluhowsky*, Phoenix, Ariz, 5108, 212.83
    6. Carolyn DorinBallard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 5097, 212.38
    7. Amanda Burgoyne*, Newport, Minn. 5052, 210.50
    8. Stefanie Nation*, Orlando, Fla. 5013, 208.88
    9. Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif. 4961, 206.71
    10. Lynda Barnes*, Double Oak, Texas, 4956, 206.50
    11. Karen Stroud*, Victoria, Texas, 4938, 205.75
    12. Clara Guerrero*, Colombia, 4921, 205.04
    13. Diandra Asbaty*, Chicago, 4915, 204.79
    14. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 4907, 204.46
    15. Joy Esterson*, Annapolis, Md. 4905, 204.38
    16. Robin Romeo*, Newhall, Calif. 4903, 204.29
    17. Amy Stolz*, Castle Rock, Colo. 4884, 203.50
    18. Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif, 4875, 203.13
    19. Roberta Vann*, South Gate, Calif. 4855, 202.29
    20. Jacqui Reese*, Nazareth, Pa. 4844, 201.83
    21. Adrienne Miller*, Rio Rancho, N.M. 4839, 201.63
    22. Tiffany Stanbrough*, Oklahoma City, 4838, 201.58
    23. Olivia Sandham*, Wichita, Kan. 4836, 201.50
    24. Jen Petrick*, Canton, Ohio, 4796, 199.83
    (tie) Tennelle Milligan*, Costa Mesa, Calif. 4796, 199.83
    26. Anne Marie Duggan*, Edmonds, Okla. 4790, 199.58
    27. Jeanette Menacho*, Sacramento, Calif. 4774, 198.92
    28. Elysia Current*, Wichita, Kan. 4766, 198.58
    29. April Ellis*, Jackson, Tenn. 4759, 198.29
    30. Debbie McMullen*, Denver, 4758, 198.25
    31. Tish Johnson*, Napa, Calif. 4752, 198.00
    32. Diana Kurrass*, Patchogue, N.Y. 4740, 197.50
    33. Kayla Lehmann*, Oviedo, Fla. 4738, 197.42
    34. Jamie Martin*, Omaha, Neb. 4729, 197.04
    35. Laura Hardeman*, Chula Vista, Calif. 4726, 196.92
    (tie) Maggie Smith*, Olathe, Kan. 4726, 196.92
    37. Emily Maier*, Sparks, Nev. 4722, 196.75
    38. Tammy Boomershine*, Ogden, Utah, 4711, 196.29
    39. Nikki Lunsford*, Plainfield, Ill. 4707, 196.13
    40. Leanne Hulsenberg*, Roseville, Calif. 4696, 195.67
    41. Brenda Mack*, Indianapolis, 4694, 195.58
    42. Lucy Sandelin*, Tampa, Fla. 4678, 194.92
    43. Laura Lee Daniel*, Corona, Calif. 4668, 194.50
    44. Kathy Tribbey*, Beaverton, Ore. 4663, 194.29
    45. Kari Schwager*, Chicago, 4658, 194.08
    46. Jessica Lesagonicz*, Reading, Pa. 4657, 194.04
    (tie) Amanda Beck*, Oakdale, N.Y. 4657, 194.04
    48. Lisa Wagner*, Tampa, Fla. 4654, 193.92
    49. Rachel Perez*, Maumelle, Ark. 4653, 193.88
    50. Elizabeth Brents*, Wichita, Kan. 4631, 192.96
    51. Barbara Batt*, Jacksonville, Ill. 4627, 192.79
    52. Stephanie Castro*, San Jose, Calif. 4617, 192.38
    53. Lindsy Bonifacini*, San Diego, 4605, 191.88
    54. Ricki Williams*, Wichita, Kan. 4601, 191.71
    55. Dawn Fay*, Manassas, Va. 4591, 191.29
    56. Stacy Ricker*, Haskell, N.J. 4588, 191.17
    (tie) Tina Stickney*, Goodyear, Ariz. 4588, 191.17
    (tie) Angie Becker*, Granada Hills, Calif. 4588, 191.17
    59. Karen Rosprim*, Fresno, Calif. 4584, 191.00
    60. Pam Marciniszyn*, Canada, 4577, 190.71
    61. Renee Steele*, Carson City Nev. 4574, 190.58
    62. Michelle Quirk*, Fresno, Calif. 4569, 190.38
    63. Sherree Monaco*, Carpentersville, Ill. 4568, 190.33
    64. Deanna Pelkie*, Canada, 4565, 190.21
    65. Dede Davidson*, Buellton, Calif. 4557, 189.88
    66. Jennifer Ridilla*, St. Charles, Mo. 4539, 189.13
    67. Jodi Woessner*, Oregon, Ohio, 4526, 188.58
    68. Lindsey Coulles*, Orlando, Fla. 4517, 188.21
    69. Mandy Wilson*, Dayton, Ohio, 4509, 187.88
    70. Christina Wickey*, El Cajon, Calif. 4503, 187.63
    71. Laura Harvey*, Grants Pass, Ore. 4487, 186.96
    72. Crystal Webb*, Livonia, Mich. 4484, 186.83
    73. Daniela Martorano*, Chicago, 4480, 186.67
    74. Sara Vargas*, Orlando, Fla. 4477, 186.54
    75. Mindy Pancoast*, Newport News, Va. 4469, 186.21
    76. Julie Jackson*, Germanton, N.C. 4466, 186.08
    77. Heidi Septer*, Tonawanda, N.Y. 4464, 186.00
    78. Marcia Kloempken*, Pleasant View, Utah, 4458, 185.75
    79. LeeAnn Torkelson*, Fountain Hills, Ariz. 4447, 185.29
    80. Helen Lewis*, Lakewood, Wash. 4431, 184.63
    81. Debbie Baerman*, Merlin, Ore. 4418, 184.08
    82. Kimberly McGriff*, Caledonia, Ill. 4417, 184.04
    83. Clarissa Maddox*, Richmond, Va. 4399, 183.29
    84. Theresa Fiore*, Lakeport, Calif. 4376, 182.33
    85. Kelly DeLisle*, Grants Pass, Ore. 4374, 182.25
    86. Kristine Bailey*, Sanford, Mich. 4373, 182.21
    87. Angie Trego*, Huber Heights, Ohio, 4356, 181.50
    88. Fionna Goczeski*, Ft. Myers, Fla. 4351, 181.29
    89. Robin Cenedejas*, Yuma, Ariz. 4348, 181.17
    90. Sara DiScioscia*, Hampton, Va. 4339, 180.79
    91. Lisa Hobbs*, Folsom, Calif. 4337, 180.71
    92. Bonnie Cox*, LaPine, Ore. 4324, 180.17
    93. Doris Kimmerle*, Great Falls, Mt. 4322, 180.08
    94. Carli Wickman*, Las Vegas, 4313, 179.71
    95. Terry Sargent*, Layton, Utah, 4305, 179.38
    96. Polly Torvik*, Grass Valley, Calif. 4299, 179.13
    97. Cyndee Sutherland*, San Jose, Calif. 4099, 178.22
    (tie) Julie Coker*, Stuart, Fla. 4288, 178.67
    99. Sabrina Duncan Rose*, Houston, 4281, 178.38
    100. Kim Long*, Vacaville, Calif. 4274, 178.08
    101. Stacy Lynn Washington*, Aurora, Ill. 4270, 177.92
    102. Maria Lockridge*, Livermore, Calif. 4266, 177.75
    103. Jamille Weber*, Aurora, Colo. 4256, 177.33
    104. Erica Merritt*, Chicago, 4254, 177.25
    105. Belinda Thomas*, Lompoc, Calif. 4228, 176.17
    106. Lisa Timm*, Springfield, Ill. 4225, 176.04
    107. Anita Pope*, Silsbee, Texas, 4215, 175.63
    108. LaRonda Buchert*, Helotes, Texas, 4211, 175.46
    109. Lisa Miller*, Bowling Green, Ky. 4159, 173.29
    110. Renee Wesley*, Murphy, Texas, 4148, 172.83
    111. Maria Bacos*, Long Beach, Calif. 4127, 171.96
    112. Carla Burke*, Nevada City, Calif. 4122, 171.75
    113. Cora Wais*, Barstow, Calif. 4111, 171.29
    114. Mary Martinez*, Pahrump, Nev. 4106, 171.08
    115. Rowena DeMesa*, Daly City, Calif. 4096, 170.67
    116. Elizabeth Pastva*, Panama City, Fla. 4082, 170.08
    117. Janice Taylor*, Stockton, Calif. 4048, 168.67
    118. Cleofe Avis*, San Mateo, Calif. 4011, 167.13
    119. Mindy Jordan*, Lewisville, Texas, 4006, 166.92
    120. Pamela Schaal*, Modesto, Calif., 3996, 166.50
    121. Ann Shivers*, Leander, Texas, 3988, 166.17
    122. Traci Reem*, Kingsland, Ga., 3980, 165.83
    123. Connie Thibodeaux*, Houma, La., 3943, 164.29
    124. Roxanna Horton*, Napa, Calif., 3899, 162.46
    125. Chris Helf*, West Valley, Utah, 3895, 162.29
    126. Amber Ress*, Flagstaff, Ariz., 3875, 161.46
    127. Nancy Sieben*, Snohomish, Wash., 3853, 160.54
    128. Marty Kulesza*, Las Vegas, 3847, 160.29
    129. Laurie Walker*, Casa Grande, Ariz., 2609, DNF
    130. Debbie Hillygus*, Dayton, Nev., 2469, DNF

    Kulick soars into lead at U.S. Women's Open

     

    2007KellyKulick.jpg Kelly Kulick (left) of Union, N.J., knew if she was going to make a big move Tuesday at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event, she would have to overcome a lane condition that has given her plenty of frustration in the past.

    Kulick, who last year became the first woman to earn an exemption on the Denny's Professional Bowlers Association Tour, found a way to master the Scorpion lane pattern at the National Bowling Stadium and surged into the overall lead at the U.S. Women's Open.

    2007USBCQShannonOKeefe_small.jpg The 2007 USBC Queens champion totaled 1,804 for eight games Tuesday and after 16 games of qualifying leads with 3,509. Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe (right) of Rochester, N.Y., is second with 3,505, while Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y., is third with 3,485.

    "On tour this was actually one of my weakest patterns, but I drilled up a ball and it matched up well today," Kulick said. "Since I bowled on tour last season, I have an idea of how all the patterns play, but how they transition in this building is a different story. You have to fight to stay on top of it."

    O'Keefe also bowled well Tuesday and overcame a staggering start to the tournament. After the first three games Monday, O'Keefe found herself near the bottom of the standings after shooting 159, 178 and 148. In the next 13 games, O'Keefe averaged more than 232 to vault to the top of the leader board.

    "After my third game yesterday, I decided I needed to do something completely different, so I took a different ball, moved left and it turned into a perfect look for me," said O'Keefe, who shot 290 in Game 15. "I just kept telling myself that it couldn't get any worse and there were a lot of games left. You just have to fight and let the work horse come out and take over."

    Competition in the U.S. Women's Open continues Wednesday with the third of four eight-game qualifying rounds. After 32 games, the field will be cut to the top 16 for Friday and Saturday's bracket-elimination quarterfinals, which will be taped for broadcast on ESPN. The remaining four players will return to Reno on October 14 for the championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN.

    Kulick also leads the field of 65 players who elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials. The top 16 players after 32 games advance to the PBA Women's Series, which will feature four events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the National Bowling Stadium and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open Round Two Qualifying


    Players with position, hometown, 16-game total and average. * indicates non-PBA members.

    1. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3509, 219.31
    2. Shannon O'Keefe*, Rochester, N.Y., 3505, 219.06
    3. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 3485, 217.81
    4. Carolyn DorinBallard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 3447, 215.44
    5. Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 3414, 213.38
    (tie) Shannon Pluhowsky*, Phoenix, Ariz, 3414, 213.38
    (tie) Karen Stroud*, Victoria, Texas, 3414, 213.38
    8. Amanda Burgoyne*, Newport, Minn., 3374, 210.88
    9. Amy Stolz*, Castle Rock, Colo., 3336, 208.50
    10. Robin Romeo*, Newhall, Calif., 3329, 208.06
    11. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev, 3321, 207.56
    12. Stefanie Nation*, Orlando, Fla., 3320, 207.50
    13. Lynda Barnes*, Double Oak, Texas, 3300, 206.25
    14. Clara Guerrero*, Colombia, 3290, 205.63
    15. Tiffany Stanbrough*, Oklahoma City, 3288, 205.50
    16. Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif, 3271, 204.44
    17. Tish Johnson*, Napa, Calif., 3267, 204.19
    18. Joy Esterson*, Annapolis, Md., 3263, 203.94
    19. Roberta Vann*, South Gate, Calif., 3261, 203.81
    20. Diandra Asbaty*, Chicago, 3244, 202.75
    21. Jacqui Reese*, Nazareth, Pa., 3240, 202.50
    22. Tammy Boomershine*, Ogden, Utah, 3230, 201.88
    23. Elysia Current*, Wichita, Kan., 3229, 201.81
    24. Anne Marie Duggan*, Edmonds, Okla., 3221, 201.31
    25. Maggie Smith*, Olathe, Kan., 3219, 201.19
    26. Debbie McMullen*, Denver, 3216, 201.00
    27. Adrienne Miller*, Rio Rancho, N.M., 3214, 200.88
    28. Laura Lee Daniel*, Corona, Calif., 3207, 200.44
    29. Kayla Lehmann*, Oviedo, Fla., 3203, 200.19
    30. Amanda Beck*, Oakdale, N.Y., 3200, 200.00
    31. Tennelle Milligan*, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3195, 199.69
    32. Leanne Hulsenberg*, Roseville, Calif., 3185, 199.06
    (tie) Laura Hardeman*, Chula Vista, Calif., 3185, 199.06
    34. Brenda Mack*, Indianapolis, 3184, 199.00
    35. Kari Schwager*, Chicago, 3167, 197.94
    36. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3163, 197.69
    37. Jessica Lesagonicz*, Reading, Pa., 3153, 197.06
    38. Olivia Sandham*, Wichita, Kan., 3152, 197.00
    39. Emily Maier*, Sparks, Nev., 3151, 196.94
    40. Renee Steele*, Carson City Nev., 3139, 196.19
    41. Jamie Martin*, Omaha, Neb., 3128, 195.50
    42. Rachel Perez*, Maumelle, Ark., 3126, 195.38
    43. Elizabeth Brents*, Wichita, Kan., 3118, 194.88
    44. Diana Kurrass*, Patchogue, N.Y., 3114, 194.63
    45. Jen Petrick*, Canton, Ohio, 3113, 194.56
    46. Ricki Williams*, Wichita, Kan., 3111, 194.44
    47. Dawn Fay*, Manassas, Va., 3108, 194.25
    48. Lucy Sandelin*, Tampa, Fla., 3101, 193.81
    49. Mandy Wilson*, Dayton, Ohio, 3100, 193.75
    50. Angie Becker*, Granada Hills, Calif., 3091, 193.19
    51. Nikki Lunsford*, Plainfield, Ill., 3089, 193.06
    52. Tina Stickney*, Goodyear, Ariz., 3084, 192.75
    53. Jeanette Menacho*, Sacramento, Calif., 3081, 192.56
    54. April Ellis*, Jackson, Tenn., 3077, 192.31
    55. Lisa Wagner*, Tampa, Fla., 3076, 192.25
    56. Stacy Ricker*, Haskell, N.J., 3074, 192.13
    57. Sherree Monaco*, Carpentersville, Ill., 3064, 191.50
    58. Kristine Bailey*, Sanford, Mich., 3063, 191.44
    59. Michelle Quirk*, Fresno, Calif., 3060, 191.25
    60. Karen Rosprim*, Fresno, Calif., 3046, 190.38
    61. Christina Wickey*, El Cajon, Calif., 3043, 190.19
    62. Crystal Webb*, Livonia, Mich., 3036, 189.75
    63. Stephanie Castro*, San Jose, Calif., 3031, 189.44
    (tie) Marcia Kloempken*, Pleasant View, Utah, 3031, 189.44
    65. Jennifer Ridilla*, St. Charles, Mo., 3026, 189.13
    66. Jodi Woessner*, Oregon, Ohio, 3024, 189.00
    67. Kathy Tribbey*, Beaverton, Ore., 3020, 188.75
    68. Lindsey Coulles*, Orlando, Fla., 3017, 188.56
    69. Dede Davidson*, Buellton, Calif., 3012, 188.25
    70. Sabrina Duncan Rose*, Houston, 3009, 188.06
    71. Laura Harvey*, Grants Pass, Ore., 3002, 187.63
    72. Barbara Batt*, Jacksonville, Ill., 2974, 185.88
    73. Heidi Septer*, Tonawanda, N.Y., 2973, 185.81
    74. Lindsy Bonifacini*, San Diego, 2972, 185.75
    75. Mindy Pancoast*, Newport News, Va., 2964, 185.25
    76. Debbie Baerman*, Merlin, Ore., 2959, 184.94
    77. Maria Lockridge*, Livermore, Calif., 2956, 184.75
    78. Deanna Pelkie*, Canada, 2951, 184.44
    79. Pam Marciniszyn*, Canada, 2947, 184.19
    80. LeeAnn Torkelson*, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 2938, 183.63
    81. Bonnie Cox*, LaPine, Ore., 2925, 182.81
    82. Daniela Martorano*, Chicago, 2920, 182.50
    83. Fionna Goczeski*, Ft. Myers, Fla., 2914, 182.13
    84. Helen Lewis*, Lakewood, Wash., 2911, 181.94
    85. Theresa Fiore*, Lakeport, Calif., 2908, 181.75
    86. Sara Vargas*, Orlando, Fla., 2903, 181.44
    87. Jamille Weber*, Aurora, Colo., 2896, 181.00
    88. Angie Trego*, Huber Heights, Ohio, 2894, 180.88
    89. Belinda Thomas*, Lompoc, Calif., 2878, 179.88
    90. Kimberly McGriff*, Caledonia, Ill., 2876, 179.75
    91. Carli Wickman*, Las Vegas, 2874, 179.63
    92. Kim Long*, Vacaville, Calif., 2872, 179.50
    93. Terry Sargent*, Layton, Utah, 2869, 179.31
    94. Lisa Timm*, Springfield, Ill., 2862, 178.88
    95. LaRonda Buchert*, Helotes, Texas, 2860, 178.75
    96. Julie Jackson*, Germanton, N.C., 2859, 178.69
    97. Robin Cenedejas*, Yuma, Ariz., 2856, 178.50
    98. Cyndee Sutherland*, San Jose, Calif., 2855, 178.44
    99. Kelly DeLisle*, Grants Pass, Ore., 2846, 177.88
    100. Stacy Lynn Washington*, Aurora, Ill., 2835, 177.19
    101. Renee Wesley*, Murphy, Texas, 2831, 176.94
    102. Polly Torvik*, Grass Valley, Calif., 2825, 176.56
    103. Sara DiScioscia*, Hampton, Va., 2818, 176.13
    104. Erica Merritt*, Chicago, 2813, 175.81
    105. Doris Kimmerle*, Great Falls, Mt., 2809, 175.56
    106. Anita Pope*, Silsbee, Texas, 2798, 174.88
    107. Maria Bacos*, Long Beach, Calif., 2796, 174.75
    108. Cora Wais*, Barstow, Calif., 2790, 174.38
    109. Rowena DeMesa*, Daly City, Calif., 2788, 174.25
    110. Lisa Hobbs*, Folsom, Calif., 2784, 174.00
    111. Clarissa Maddox*, Richmond, Va., 2775, 173.44
    112. Julie Coker*, Stuart, Fla., 2769, 173.06
    113. Elizabeth Pastva*, Panama City, Fla., 2751, 171.94
    114. Lisa Miller*, Bowling Green, Ky., 2733, 170.81
    115. Ann Shivers*, Leander, Texas, 2709, 169.31
    116. Cleofe Avis*, San Mateo, Calif., 2688, 168.00
    117. Carla Burke*, Nevada City, Calif., 2662, 166.38
    118. Chris Helf*, West Valley, Utah, 2656, 166.00
    119. Traci Reem*, Kingsland, Ga., 2636, 164.75
    120. Janice Taylor*, Stockton, Calif., 2633, 164.56
    121. Mindy Jordan*, Lewisville, Texas, 2609, 163.06
    (tie) Laurie Walker*, Casa Grande, Ariz., 2609, 163.06
    123. Pamela Schaal*, Modesto, Calif., 2603, 162.69
    124. Nancy Sieben*, Snohomish, Wash., 2596, 162.25
    125. Mary Martinez*, Pahrump, Nev., 2595, 162.19
    126. Amber Ress*, Flagstaff, Ariz., 2586, 161.63
    127. Marty Kulesza*, Las Vegas, 2540, 158.75
    128. Connie Thibodeaux*, Houma, La., 2536, 158.50
    129. Roxanna Horton*, Napa, Calif., 2491, 155.69
    130. Debbie Hillygus*, Dayton, Nev., 2469, 154.31
    131. Cathy Gomez*, Hollister, Calif., 1792, 162.91

    Nation leads U.S. Women's open after first round

     

    2007USWOStefanieNation.jpg Although she's relieved to be off to a good start at the 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event, Team USA's Stefanie Nation of Orlando, Fla., realizes there's plenty of work to be done.

    Nation, a three-time Team USA member and former collegiate player of the year at Central Florida, took the lead after the first Round of qualifying at the U.S. Women's Open on Monday at the National Bowling Stadium.

    For eight games, Nation shot 1,774, an average of better than 221 per game. Karen Stroud of Victoria, Texas, was second with 1,757, while Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, is third with 1,750.

    "It's a relief because it's always nice to have a good start and not necessarily have to come back from behind," Nation said. "In any tournament, it's nice to have a cushion because it puts you a little more at ease and let's you just go out there and bowl. It's definitely a mental boost."

    Nation had games of 187, 205, 238, 235, 269, 243, 243 and 154 on the Viper lane condition, which she said played a little different than she expected.

    "When we lay it out back home, it's one of the easier patterns for me, but it didn't play the same, even though I bowled well," Nation said. "I had to throw my Blast Zone, which has some surface, and back home I usually throw something shiny. I just got the Blast Zone a couple weeks ago so I'm still getting a feel for it, but it did the job today."

    Competition in the U.S. Women's Open continues Tuesday with the second of four eight-game qualifying rounds. After 32 games, the field will be cut to the top 16 for Friday and Saturday's bracket-elimination quarterfinals, which will be taped for broadcast on ESPN. The remaining four players will return to Reno on Oct. 14 for the championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN.

    Nation also leads the field of 65 players who elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials. The top 16 players after 32 games advance to the PBA Women's Series, which will feature four events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season.

    The 2007 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event, is sponsored by Banquet, the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, Nev., the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    2007 U.S. Women's Open Round One Qualifying


    Players with position, hometown, 8-game total and average

    1. Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 1774, 221.75
    2. Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, 1757, 219.63
    3. Carolyn DorinBallard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 1750, 218.75
    4. Roberta Vann, South Gate, Calif., 1729, 216.13
    5. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1705, 213.13
    6. Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, Ariz, 1701, 212.63
    7. Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 1699, 212.38
    8. Tish Johnson, Napa, Calif., 1691, 211.38
    9. Shannon O'Keefe, Rochester, N.Y., 1687, 210.88
    10. Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 1681, 210.13
    11. Adrienne Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1678, 209.75
    12. Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1665, 208.13
    13. Kayla Lehmann, Oviedo, Fla., 1653, 206.63
    14. Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 1644, 205.50
    (tie) Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., 1644, 205.50
    (tie) Renee Steele, Carson City Nev., 1644, 205.50
    17. Karen Rosprim, Fresno, Calif., 1636, 204.50
    (tie) Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev, 1636, 204.50
    19. Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif, 1634, 204.25
    20. Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1631, 203.88
    21. Maggie Smith, Olathe, Kan., 1629, 203.63
    22. Laura Hardeman, Chula Vista, Calif., 1625, 203.13
    23. Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 1622, 202.75
    24. Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1620, 202.50
    25. Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1606, 200.75
    26. Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 1604, 200.50
    27. Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 1601, 200.13
    (tie) Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 1601, 200.13
    29. Debbie McMullen, Denver, 1599, 199.88
    30. Crystal Webb, Livonia, Mich., 1595, 199.38
    31. Kathy Tribbey, Beaverton, Ore., 1592, 199.00
    (tie) Jacqui Reese, Nazareth, Pa., 1592, 199.00
    33. Michelle Quirk, Fresno, Calif., 1590, 198.75
    34. Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 1589, 198.63
    35. Emily Maier, Sparks, Nev., 1582, 197.75
    36. Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 1576, 197.00
    37. Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 1575, 196.88
    38. Ricki Williams, Wichita, Kan., 1573, 196.63
    39. Lisa Wagner, Tampa, Fla., 1571, 196.38
    40. Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 1569, 196.13
    41. Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah, 1567, 195.88
    42. Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1560, 195.00
    43. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1558, 194.75
    44. Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 1555, 194.38
    (tie) Jessica Lesagonicz, Reading, Pa., 1555, 194.38
    46. Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 1552, 194.00
    47. Kari Schwager, Chicago, 1549, 193.63
    (tie) Tina Stickney, Goodyear, Ariz., 1549, 193.63
    49. Laura Lee Daniel, Corona, Calif., 1543, 192.88
    50. Lindsey Coulles, Orlando, Fla., 1538, 192.25
    51. Heidi Septer, Tonawanda, N.Y., 1533, 191.63
    52. Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 1532, 191.50
    53. Stacy Ricker, Haskell, N.J., 1531, 191.38
    54. Diana Kurrass, Patchogue, N.Y., 1527, 190.88
    55. April Ellis, Jackson, Tenn., 1517, 189.63
    56. Christina Wickey, El Cajon, Calif., 1513, 189.13
    57. Jen Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1512, 189.00
    58. Jeanette Menacho, Sacramento, Calif., 1510, 188.75
    59. Jennifer Ridilla, St. Charles, Mo., 1503, 187.88
    60. Dawn Fay, Manassas, Va., 1502, 187.75
    61. Kristine Bailey, Sanford, Mich., 1500, 187.50
    62. Amanda Beck, Oakdale, N.Y., 1499, 187.38
    63. Sabrina Duncan Rose, Houston, 1494, 186.75
    64. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmonds, Okla., 1491, 186.38
    65. Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, Ill., 1489, 186.13
    66. Lindsy Bonifacini, San Diego, 1488, 186.00
    67. Stephanie Castro, San Jose, Calif., 1483, 185.38
    68. Laura Harvey, Grants Pass, Ore., 1481, 185.13
    69. Elizabeth Brents, Wichita, Kan., 1478, 184.75
    70. Mindy Pancoast, Newport News, Va., 1475, 184.38
    71. Kimberly McGriff, Caledonia, Ill., 1467, 183.38
    (tie) Sherree Monaco, Carpentersville, Ill., 1467, 183.38
    73. Fionna Goczeski, Ft. Myers, Fla., 1463, 182.88
    74. Maria Lockridge, Livermore, Calif., 1458, 182.25
    (tie) Kim Long, Vacaville, Calif., 1458, 182.25
    76. Sara Vargas, Orlando, Fla., 1448, 181.00
    77. Maria Bacos, Long Beach, Calif., 1446, 180.75
    (tie) Angie Becker, Granada Hills, Calif., 1446, 180.75
    79. Theresa Fiore, Lakeport, Calif., 1441, 180.13
    80. Bonnie Cox, LaPine, Ore., 1440, 180.00
    81. Cyndee Sutherland, San Jose, Calif., 1439, 179.88
    82. LaRonda Buchert, Helotes, Texas, 1437, 179.63
    83. Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 1436, 179.50
    84. Deanna Pelkie, Canada, 1435, 179.38
    85. Pam Marciniszyn, Canada, 1432, 179.00
    86. Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1430, 178.75
    87. Daniela Martorano, Chicago, 1428, 178.50
    88. Jamille Weber, Aurora, Colo., 1423, 177.88
    89. Cleofe Avis, San Mateo, Calif., 1422, 177.75
    90. Elizabeth Pastva, Panama City, Fla., 1421, 177.63
    91. Julie Jackson, Germanton, N.C., 1420, 177.50
    92. Helen Lewis, Lakewood, Wash., 1418, 177.25
    93. Kelly DeLisle, Grants Pass, Ore., 1416, 177.00
    94. Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 1413, 176.63
    95. Angie Trego, Huber Heights, Ohio, 1408, 176.00
    96. Cora Wais, Barstow, Calif., 1404, 175.50
    97. Stacy Lynn Washington, Aurora, Ill., 1401, 175.13
    98. Rowena DeMesa, Daly City, Calif., 1399, 174.88
    99. Debbie Baerman, Merlin, Ore., 1398, 174.75
    100. Doris Kimmerle, Great Falls, Mt., 1385, 173.13
    101. Terry Sargent, Layton, Utah, 1381, 172.63
    102. Lisa Miller, Bowling Green, Ky., 1379, 172.38
    (tie) Ann Shivers, Leander, Texas, 1379, 172.38
    104. LeeAnn Torkelson, Fountain Hills, Ariz., 1378, 172.25
    (tie) Lisa Timm, Springfield, Ill., 1378, 172.25
    106. Belinda Thomas, Lompoc, Calif., 1377, 172.13
    107. Sara DiScioscia, Hampton, Va., 1374, 171.75
    108. Carli Wickman, Las Vegas, 1373, 171.63
    109. Cathy Gomez, Hollister, Calif., 1365, 170.63
    110. Renee Wesley, Murphy, Texas, 1362, 170.25
    111. Robin Cenedejas, Yuma, Ariz., 1357, 169.63
    112. Polly Torvik, Grass Valley, Calif., 1355, 169.38
    113. Clarissa Maddox, Richmond, Va., 1353, 169.13
    114. Julie Coker, Stuart, Fla., 1348, 168.50
    115. Erica Merritt, Chicago, 1335, 166.88
    (tie) Chris Helf, West Valley, Utah, 1335, 166.88
    117. Mary Martinez, Pahrump, Nev., 1326, 165.75
    118. Anita Pope, Silsbee, Texas, 1324, 165.50
    119. Carla Burke, Nevada City, Calif., 1315, 164.38
    120. Roxanna Horton, Napa, Calif., 1309, 163.63
    121. Lisa Hobbs, Folsom, Calif., 1300, 162.50
    122. Marty Kulesza, Las Vegas, 1295, 161.88
    123. Debbie Hillygus, Dayton, Nev., 1292, 161.50
    124. Nancy Sieben, Snohomish, Wash., 1287, 160.88
    125. Laurie Walker, Casa Grande, Ariz., 1281, 160.13
    126. Amber Ress, Flagstaff, Ariz., 1272, 159.00
    127. Traci Reem, Kingsland, Ga., 1264, 158.00
    128. Mindy Jordan, Lewisville, Texas, 1239, 154.88
    129. Janice Taylor, Stockton, Calif., 1218, 152.25
    130. Connie Thibodeaux, Houma, La., 1216, 152.00
    131. Pamela Schaal, Modesto, Calif., 1213, 151.63
    132. Stephanie Milhous, Nevada City, Calif. 813, 135.50