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Barnes back in rhythm, Greene leads at U.S. Women’s Open


2016PWBALyndaBarnes.jpgLynda Barnes admitted to being a little grumpy after completing the first squad of the day at the U.S. Women’s Open at Stardust Bowl. Through the first six games of the eight-game block on Tuesday, Barnes (pictured left) was 62 pins on the plus side and sitting near the top of the leaderboard.

But back-to-back games in the 180s dropped the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer back a few spots. By the time the second squad would finish on Tuesday evening, Barnes would be in 24th place.

There will be 16 more qualifying games to bowl over the next two days before the first cut is made, but the Double Oak, Texas, resident was bothered because she felt she could have knocked down a few more pins in the opening round of qualifying.

“That’s probably the best I’ve bowled this whole season, as far as rhythm and being patient, and then I got a little lost there,” she said about her finish on Tuesday.

“It happens, it’s the U.S. Open. (The lanes) are always hard, which is good, and there’s lots of games left. But it’s one of those things that you know they are hard, so you want to dig in little bit more because it’s so easy to give up pins with this field … so, I’m happy but there’s more work to be done.”

An 11-time member of Team USA, Barnes twice has won the USBC Queens and knows in the longer-format tournaments there will be tough games to grind through and games when you need to take advantage of a favorable pair of lanes.

“I felt like I left a couple (of bigger games) behind on a couple of pairs that I had a really good look early,” Barnes said. “That’s where the frustration comes in, when you have a little something and don’t take full advantage of it. But there’s a lot of games (to go), I just have to be a little more patient.”

2016PWBA13AmandaGreene.jpg2016EBT05KellyKulick.jpgBowling on the second of the two squads on Tuesday, Amanda Greene (left) of Romney, West Virginia, averaged 227 for a 1,818 pinfall total and holds a 32-pin lead over three-time U.S. Women’s Open winner Kelly Kulick (right) of Union, New Jersey.

Seven of the top eight bowlers came from the second squad, which bowled on the burn as the lanes were not oiled between squads.

“I got to play my ‘A’ game – I like to get inside and hook it, and I always seem to do well when I can move left and hook the lane,” Greene said.

“The scores today for the fresh were lower than the burn squad, so I will need to come in with a new game plan. I’m obviously not going to be able to play them like I did today. So we’ll see how it goes.”

2016EBT05TannyaRoumimper.jpg2015WWCShaynaNg.jpgIndonesia’s Tannya Roumimper (left) is third with a 1,763 pinfall total followed by Shayna Ng (right) of Singapore at 1,759, and Valerie Calberry of Derry, New Hampshire, and three-time Junior Team USA member Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, each at 1,727.

Ng was the lone bowler from the opening squad to break into the top eight.

“Usually, I’m not good on the fresh,” Ng said. “Every strike is like a bonus to me, and if not, I just pick up my spares. The scores are not really high, so spares are very important.”

Now, both Ng and Barnes will turn their attention to the second round of qualifying, which for them will be on the burn.

Barnes said she has spent the last few weeks working on her game. She said watching the rev rates, and the different way today’s players attack the lanes, she “got trapped a lot and started throwing it really bad.”

“My goal the last two or three weeks was just to relax and bowl, get my rhythm back, and then match up to the lanes,” Barnes said. “When I stop learning, I stop bowling.”

2016USWomensOpenLogo.jpgThe U.S. Women’s Open continues Wednesday with eight more qualifying games. All competitors will bowl 24 games over three days after which the field will be cut to the top third for eight more games.

After 32 games, the top 24 will advance to round-robin match play to determine the five finalists for Sunday’s stepladder that will be televised live on CBS Sports Network at 11 a.m. Eastern.

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2016 U.S. Women’s Open – First Round Standings

Players with position, hometown and 8-game total

1, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 1,818. 2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,786. 3, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 1,763. 4, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 1,759. 5(tie) Valerie Calberry (a), Derry, N.H., and Sydney Brummett, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,727.

7, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,700. 8, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1,698. 9, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 1,697. 10, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,693. 11, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 1,682. 12(tie), Margaret Suchoski, East Moline, Ill., and Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 1,681.

14(tie) Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, and Kerry Smith, Lititz, Pa., and Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,680. 17, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,675. 18, Katherine Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 1,671.

19, Maria Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 1,658. 20, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 1,654. 21, Hui Fen New, Singapore, 1,645. 22, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,638. 23, Brandi Branka, Momence, Ill., 1,637. 24, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,634.

25, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 1,631. 26, Amanda Cortese (a), Hoffman Estates, Ill., 1,629. 27, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,628. 28, Chenoa Rhoades (a), Wichita, Kan., 1,625. 29, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 1,622. 30, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,619.

31, Kamilah Dammers, Aruba, 1,613. 32, Heather Melvin, Sioux Falls, S.D., 1,610. 33, Shannon Sellens, Copiague, N.Y., 1,608. 34(tie) Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, and Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Sandra Andersson (a), Sweden, 1,607.

37, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,606. 38, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 1,603. 39, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,602. 40, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 1,600. 41, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 1,597. 42, Daria Pajak (a), Poland, 1,596.

43, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 1,591. 44, Kristin Nieter (a), Homewood, Ill., 1,582. 45, Julie Oczepek, Reese, 1,576. 46, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,574. 47, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 1,570. 48, Victoria Johansson (a), Sweden, 1,567.

49, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 1,565. 50(tie) Amanda Van Duyn (a), Whitewater, Wis., and Alice Krucek (a), Hammond, Ind., 1,564. 52, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 1,563. 53, Jodi Gawlik (a), Schaumburg, Ill., 1,559. 54, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,558.

55(tie) Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., and Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,554. 57, Nina Flack (a), Sweden, 1,551. 58, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 1,550. 59, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 1,546. 60(tie) Brittany Smith (a), Des Moines, Iowa, and Samantha Hagerman (a), Loves Park, Ill., 1,542.

62, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, 1,540. 63, Sarah Wille (a), Hoffman Estates, Ill., 1,534. 64(tie) Sierra Kanemoto (a), Riverside, Ohio, and Jessica Abel (a), Rose Hill, Kan., 1,533. 66, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 1,530.

67, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 1,528. 68, Tina Becke (a), Carol Stream, Ill., 1,524. 69, Katherine Sulaitis (a), St. Charles, Ill., 1,523. 70, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 1,522. 71, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 1,519. 72(tie) Megan Szczepanski (a), Lockport, Ill., and Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 1,517.

74(tie) Ingellimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., and Kristin Quah, Singapore, and Cherie Tan, Singapore, 1,514. 77(tie) Torrie Decker (a), Chicago, and Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 1,508.

79(tie) Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., and Kayla Crawford (a), Silvis, Ill., 1,507. 81(tie) Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., and Pamela Alvarez, Mexico, 1,506. 83, Dayna Mackie (a), Glendale Heights, Ill., 1,504. 84, Jordan Newham, Aurora, Ill., 1,500.

85, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 1,499. 86, Lauren Pate, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 1,498. 87, Anneli Blomqvist, Sweden, 1,496. 88, Tara Quinlan (a), Streamwood, Ill., 1,493. 89, Michelle Bowden-Calhoun, Flossmoor, Ill., 1,489. 90(tie) Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., and
Jerracah Heibel (a), Indianapolis, Ind., 1,488.

92(tie) Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., and Courtney Johnston (a), Joliet, Ill., 1,483. 94, (tie) Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., and Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., and Johanna Puentes, Colombia, 1,480.

97, Juliana Franco (a), Colombia, 1,478. 98, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 1,474. 99, Tracy Bowlin, Atlanta, 1,472. 100, Taylor Bailey (a), Joliet, Ill., 1,467. 101, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmonds, Okla., 1,461. 102, Autumn Lee (a), Plainfield, Ill., 1,458.

103, Trisha Reid (a), Columbus, Ohio, 1,452. 104, Jennifer Medon (a), Darien, Ill., 1,450. 105, Aumi Guerra, Domincan Republic, 1,442. 106, Mary Wells, Columbus, Ohio, 1,437. 107, Jonquay Armon (a), Roselle, Ill., 1,429. 108, Cynthia Taylor (a), Belvidere, Ill., 1,427.

109, Kalynn Carl, Albany, N.Y., 1,426. 110, Nikki Stiteler (a), Medina, Ohio, 1,423. 111, Brianna Andrew (a), Orland Park, Ill., 1,422. 112, Nicole Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 1,421. 113, Alexa Wasmund (a), Red Wing, Minn., 1,415. 114, Cassandra Hoehnen, Sussex, Wis., 1,412.

115(tie) Natalie Miskiel (a), Toledo, Ohio, and Stephanie Adams (a), Canada, 1,409. 117, Jes Lesagonicz, Atlanta, 1,408. 118, Jewel Skelton, Niles, Ohio, 1,407. 119, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 1,397. 120, Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., 1,387.

121, Kim Adler, Ojo Caliente, N.M., 1,385. 122, Amber Ottilige, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,378. 123, Blair Blumenscheid, Columbus, Ohio, 1,368. 124, Sarah Muench, Kewaskum, Wis., 1,367. 125, Katelyn Zwiefelhofer, Racine, Wis., 1,360. 126, Ann Coleman (a), Fairborn, Ohio, 1,355.

127, Nicole Rodak (a), Chicago, 1,351. 128, Melanie McAllister, Colorado Springs, 1,349. 129, Astrid Valiente (a), Streamwood, Ill., 1,348. 130, Brandy Silva, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,347. 131, Katie Bishop, Westland, Mich., 1,342. 132, Sabrina Duncan-Rose, Bellaire, Texas, 1,332.

133, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 1,328. 134, Crystal Bunton (a), Portage, Ind., 1,327. 135, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,322. 136, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,321. 137, Crystal Resop, Schofield, Wis., 1,315. 138, Allyson Ware (a), Lockport, Ill., 1,306.

139, Denise Phelps (a), Festus, Mo., 1,305. 140, Celina Broderick, Wallingford, Conn., 1,296. 141, Jennifer Brown (a), Arlington Heights, Ill., 1,270. 142, Amy Gamage, Las Vegas, 0 (WD).

Herbert Bickel

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