Kulick, Belmonte still on top at 2013 Bowling's U.S. Open through two rounds of competition

    07/24/13

    2012-13 PBA Tour #17

    201213PBAKellyKulick.jpg2012USWODCLeanneHulsenberg.jpgDefending champion Kelly Kulick (pictured left) of Union, N.J., made good shots and filled frames Tuesday at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open and was able to maintain her place atop the women's standings through two rounds of competition.

    Although she briefly was passed by United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Leanne Hulsenberg (right) of Roseville, Calif., Kulick used a big final game to surge back into the lead with a 3449 total for 16 games.

    Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Liz Johnson flirted with the lead all day and is second with 3417, and Hulsenberg, who turned in the highest block of the day with 1831, a 228.88 average, jumped 29 spots to third place with 3376.

    2013EBT04JasonBelmonte3.jpg201213PBA14PeteWeber4.jpgOn the men's side, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte (left) continued his torrid pace and leads after two rounds with a 3804 total, a 237.75 average, for 16 games. Defending champion Pete Weber (right) of St. Ann, Mo., remained consistent and moved into second place with 3491, while collegiate standout AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., is third with 3,490.

    "Every center is a new tournament, and the lanes today played a lot different than what we bowled on last night," said Kulick, who is looking for her fourth U.S. Women's Open title and third in four years.

    "I physically felt like I threw the ball well today but was just missing something (ball-wise) that helped me get the four and five baggers yesterday. Overall, it was a good day. Good communication and ball selection really helped take some of the guesswork out of being at a new center, too."

    The 36-year-old right-hander enjoys the long format and challenging lane condition at the U.S. Open, which also is serving as the optimal training opportunity this week as she prepares to join fellow Team USA member Mike Fagan at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia, next week.

    Despite the dual purpose, Kulick's sights are set on one small goal at a time.

    "The goal right now is to make it to the show," Kulick said. "I don't know if I've ever repeated at a tournament, so doing that would be really special. And, my finishes at the U.S. Open the last few years have been phenomenal, so it would mean a lot to be able to keep that going."

    Belmonte's performance at recent U.S. Open events has been stellar as well, but he's still in search of his first win. He is looking to improve on last year's third-place finish and add a second major title to his growing resume, which includes a victory at the 2013 USBC Masters.

    "The 300 pins is a lot for sure, but it definitely can be run down by a guy like Pete Weber or one of the other great players out here," said Belmonte, who has appeared in the championship match of all three PBA majors this season. "That's why you can't look too far ahead. I look at each day like a new tournament, and if I focus on trying to lead each one as it comes, they won't be able to catch up with me."

    Belmonte, a seven-time PBA champion, attributes much of his success to capitalizing on breaks and opportunities.

    "I'm glad I was able to take advantage of a good reaction again today," Belmonte said. "At this event, especially, I've learned that if you have a good reaction on a pair, you need to take advantage and get all you can. I bowled well, and I'm really happy."

    2013LITUSOpenLogo.jpg The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open includes nearly 400 of the best men and women bowlers in the world, competing side by side (in separate events) at three Columbus-area bowling centers - Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes.

    The combined events have a prize fund of more than $400,000 and will culminate with the live two-hour ESPN finals on Saturday at noon EDT.

    Competition will resume Wednesday with another eight games. Half of the field will bowl at 9 a.m. EDT, and the rest will hit the lanes at 4 p.m.

    After 24 games of qualifying over three days, the field will be cut to the top 25 percent in each division (65 men and 28 women). A final six-game cashers qualifying round will determine the top 24 men and top 24 women, who advance to 24 games of round-robin match play. The final four in each division will advance to the TV finals.

    The men's and women's champions will face off in a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The special match will be broadcast live on ESPN immediately following the men's and women's finals.

    For more information on the U.S. Open, visit BowlingsUSOpen.com. Live streaming of qualifying and match play are being provided by the PBA's Xtra Frame service.

     


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    2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open - Men's Division after the second round


    Top 65 of 260 players with position, hometown, 16-game total (1st - 2nd round) and average. * indicates non PBA member bowler.

    1. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3804 (1969-1835), 237.75
    2. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3491 (1717-1774), 218.19
    3. Adam Johnson*, Oswego, Ill., 3490 (1757-1733), 218.13
    4. Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3489 (1736-1753), 218.06
    5. Brett Wolfe*, Tempe, Ariz., 3471 (1873-1598), 216.94
    6. Marshall Kent*, Yakima, Wash., 3438 (1612-1826), 214.88
    7. Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3417 (1774-1643), 213.56
    8. Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3413 (1701-1712), 213.31
    9. Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3408 (1595-1813), 213.00
    10. Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3407 (1700-1707), 212.94
    11. Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3404 (1643-1761), 212.75
    12. Stuart Williams, England, 3402 (1649-1753), 212.63
    13. Aaron Lorincz*, Belleville, Mich., 3375 (1682-1693), 210.94
    (tie) John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3375 (1695-1680), 210.94
    15. Michael Snell*, Plattsmouth, Neb., 3359 (1574-1785), 209.94
    16. Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3351 (1653-1698), 209.44
    17. Kevin Andes, Wichita, Kan., 3349 (1655-1694), 209.31
    18. Kamron Doyle*, Brentwood, Tenn., 3347 (1622-1725), 209.19
    (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3347 (1730-1617), 209.19
    20. Chad Roberts*, Westerville, Ohio, 3337 (1620-1717), 208.56
    (tie) Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3337 (1675-1662), 208.56
    22. Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 3325 (1617-1708), 207.81
    23. Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 3324 (1662-1662), 207.75
    (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3324 (1691-1633), 207.75
    25. Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3322 (1604-1718), 207.63
    26. E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3313 (1650-1663), 207.06
    27. Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 3308 (1725-1583), 206.75
    28. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3307 (1733-1574), 206.69
    29. Bobby Bures*, Mentor, Ohio, 3295 (1684-1611), 205.94
    30. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3294 (1666-1628), 205.88
    31. Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3292 (1735-1557), 205.75
    32. Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 3288 (1584-1704), 205.50
    33. Rick Miller*, Lincoln, Neb., 3286 (1679-1607), 205.38
    34. Austin Boulds*, Wichita, Kan., 3282 (1523-1759), 205.13
    35. Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3279 (1673-1606), 204.94
    36. Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3277 (1598-1679), 204.81
    37. Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 3276 (1645-1631), 204.75
    38. Eddie VanDaniker Jr. Chatsworth, Calif., 3275 (1635-1640), 204.69
    39. Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3274 (1582-1692), 204.63
    (tie) Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3274 (1727-1547), 204.63
    41. Brent Matthys*, Whitestown, Ind., 3272 (1694-1578), 204.50
    42. Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, MI, 3271 (1566-1705), 204.44
    43. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3270 (1727-1543), 204.38
    44. T.J. Schmidt, Mishawaka, Ind., 3263 (1709-1554), 203.94
    45. Walter Ray Williams Jr. Ocala, Fla., 3261 (1630-1631), 203.81
    46. Alex Aguiar*, N. Dartmouth, Mass., 3258 (1623-1635), 203.63
    47. Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3256 (1618-1638), 203.50
    48. Connor Pickford*, Charlotte, N.C., 3251 (1593-1658), 203.19
    (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3251 (1626-1625), 203.19
    50. Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3249 (1643-1606), 203.06
    51. Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3248 (1566-1682), 203.00
    52. Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 3247 (1571-1676), 202.94
    53. Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 3243 (1562-1681), 202.69
    54. Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3242 (1682-1560), 202.63
    55. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3237 (1529-1708), 202.31
    (tie) Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 3237 (1678-1559), 202.31
    57. Michael Haugen Jr. Phoenix, 3235 (1655-1580), 202.19
    58. Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3234 (1622-1612), 202.13
    (tie) Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3234 (1654-1580), 202.13
    60. Greg Young*, Viera, Fla., 3232 (1608-1624), 202.00
    61. Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3225 (1660-1565), 201.56
    62. Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 3223 (1710-1513), 201.44
    63. Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3222 (1664-1558), 201.38
    64. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3216 (1671-1545), 201.00
    65. Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3215 (1577-1638), 200.94

    Official Results

     


    2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open - Women's Division after the second round


    Top 28 of 111 players with position, hometown, 16-game total (1st - 2nd round) and average. * indicates non PBA member bowler.

    1. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3449 (1753-1696), 215.56
    2. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3417 (1728-1689), 213.56
    3. Leanne Hulsenberg*, Roseville, Calif., 3376 (1545-1831), 211.00
    4. Danielle McEwan*, Stony Point, N.Y., 3298 (1664-1634), 206.13
    5. Lindsay Boomershine*, Brigham City, Utah, 3286 (1724-1562), 205.38
    6. Kim Yioulos*, Rochester, N.Y., 3277 (1595-1682), 204.81
    7. Stefanie Nation*, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3276 (1726-1550), 204.75
    8. Josie Earnest*, Vandalia, Ill., 3269 (1623-1646), 204.31
    9. Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3237 (1622-1615), 202.31
    10. Brandi Branka*, Momence, Ill., 3226 (1554-1672), 201.63
    11. Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3224 (1597-1627), 201.50
    12. Rocio Restrepo*, Colombia, 3219 (1612-1607), 201.19
    13. Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 3211 (1627-1584), 200.69
    14. Ashly Galante*, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3207 (1579-1628), 200.44
    15. Jacqui Reese*, Bangor, Pa., 3171 (1561-1610), 198.19
    (tie) Brenda Padilla*, Mansfield, Texas, 3171 (1561-1610), 198.19
    17. Bryanna Caldwell*, Red Rock, Ariz., 3164 (1613-1551), 197.75
    (tie) Jodi Woessner*, Oregon, Ohio, 3164 (1673-1491), 197.75
    19. Brittni Hamilton*, Webster, N.Y., 3157 (1634-1523), 197.31
    20. Sandra Andersson*, Sweden, 3153 (1651-1502), 197.06
    21. Caroline Lagrange*, Canada, 3150 (1566-1584), 196.88
    22. Aumi Guerra*, Dominican Republic, 3143 (1550-1593), 196.44
    23. Krista Pöllänen*, Finland, 3142 (1628-1514), 196.38
    24. Shannon O'Keefe*, Arlington, Texas, 3132 (1595-1537), 195.75
    25. Lynda Barnes*, Double Oak, Texas, 3123 (1613-1510), 195.19
    26. Cassandra Leuthold*, Black Hawk, S.D., 3121 (1562-1559), 195.06
    27. Sue Williams*, Rockford, Ill., 3116 (1549-1567), 194.75
    28. Robin Romeo*, Newhall, Calif., 3089 (1537-1552), 193.06

    Official Results