Patti Schultz sets USBC Senior Queens record to lead after Round 1

    04/25/10

    2010 USBC Senior Queens

    2006USBCSeniorQueensLogo.jpgPatti Schultz of Braidwood, Ill., had the highest five-game block in USBC Senior Queens history as she took the first-round qualifying lead Saturday.

    Schultz shot 1,171, an average of 234.2, at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center to top the old record of 1,117 set by Lucy Sandelin in 2009.

    Schultz, a 52-year-old special needs teacher, had games of 226, 222, 212, 236 and 275, including a string of 10 consecutive strikes the last game.

    "I got into a good rhythm and stayed with my game plan," said Schultz, who finished fourth at the 2007 Senior Queens in her only other appearance in the event. "I wouldn't say that I bowled great today. I gave up 55 pins on five missed easy spares."

    Pamela Lawrence of Pflugerville, Texas, is second just 16 pins behind Schultz with 1,155, while Sharon Powers of Lakewood, Colo., is third at 1,135. Last year's runner-up, Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., is fourth with 1,129. Char Hammel, Las Vegas, rounds out the top 5, who all broke the previous record, with 1123.

    All 101 players in the field will complete their 10-game qualifying Sunday before the field is cut to the top 39 for Monday's final five-game qualifying round. The top 31 players then join defending champion Janine Primrose of Gardernville, Nev., in the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Monday afternoon.

     


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