Match Play is underway at 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open

    07/26/13

    2012-13 PBA Tour #17

    Jason Belmonte, Kelly Kulick lead top 24 men and women into final day of match play

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    Australia's Jason Belmonte (pictured left) has been the man to beat by a wide margin this week at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open, but along with the top seed for match play, his success also earned him a target on his back.

    The two-hander's opponents struck early often during the first block of round-robin matches Thursday night at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl and out-averaged him 231-202, while cutting his lead from 449 pins to 172.

    201213PBA14PeteWeber4.jpg201112PBA06WesMalott.jpgBelmonte went 3-5 in the opening round and leads with an 8688 total for 38 games, which includes 30 bonus pins for each win.

    Pete Weber (left) of St. Ann, Mo., and Wes Malott (right) of Pflugerville, Texas, each posted 7-1 records and sit second and third, respectively, with 8516 and 8499.

    Team USA member Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., is fourth with 8309. England's Stuart Williamsis mere 38 pins off the pace for the stepladder finals in fifth place with 8.261.

    2012USWOKellyKulick4.jpg2013IBCActionLizJohnson8.jpgDefending champion Kelly Kulick (left) of Union, N.J., and two-time U.S Women's Open winner Liz Johnson (right) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., have split time at the top of the women's leaderboard all week, but after eight games of match play, Kulick is out front with an 8221 total.

    Johnson is second with 8157, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, N.Y., is third with 8033 and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif., is fourth with 7839.

    Just outside the box looking in are Josie Earnest of Vandalia, Ill. (7835) and Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio (7828) in fifth and sixth place.

    "The more they breakdown, the more they come to me, so knowing I've found something at the end of the last few blocks makes me feel good about finishing strong," said Kulick, who is looking for her fourth U.S. Women's Open crown.

    "Now, it's just about making the moves quicker and avoiding splits. The 30 bonus pins each game are so important. I just want to keep grinding and taking advantage of the pairs that will give me 240 but still get to 190-200 on the pairs that are tougher."

    Belmonte, a seven-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist, notched his first major win at the 2013 USBC Masters and was the runner-up at this year's PBA World Championship and Barbasol Tournament of Champions. He's looking to become the 11th player in PBA history to win two majors in the same season.

    While his first match-play block was a struggle, Belmonte sees it more as motivation than defeat.

    "My shot focus tonight was all over the place, while it's something I've been really good at the last couple of days," Belmonte said. "I'm just going to prepare better for tomorrow. I will get a good night's rest and come in more focused and disciplined."

    Weber, who is the defending champion at the U.S. Open after winning the event for a record fifth time, also won the Tournament of Champions earlier this season. He is tied with the late Earl Anthony for the most major victories with 10, but he never has won two in the same year.

    2013LITUSOpenLogo.jpgMatch play will continue Friday with two more eight-game rounds at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT, after which, the top four bowlers in each division will advance to the TV finals.

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

    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.

    The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open started with 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.

    It took an average of 207.57 to make match play on the men's side and 195.23 to make the cut in the women's division.

    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 Match Play Round One


    Players with position, hometown, match play record and 38-game total.

    1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-5-0, 8,688
    2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7-1-0, 8,516
    3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7-1-0, 8,499
    4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6-2-0, 8,309
    5, Stuart Williams, England, 4-4-0, 8,261
    6, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 5-3-0, 8,212
    7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6-2-0, 8,200
    8, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5-3-0, 8,168
    9, Adam Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2-6-0, 8,116
    10, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-5-0, 8,114
    11, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4-4-0, 8,070
    12, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 6-2-0, 8,058
    13, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3-5-0, 8,030
    14, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3-5-0, 8,029
    15, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3-5-0, 8,004
    16, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2-6-0, 7,998
    17, Brett Wolfe, Tempe, Ariz., 3-5-0, 7,982
    18, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-4-0, 7,975
    18, Michael Snell, Plattsmouth, Neb., 5-3-0, 7,975
    20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3-5-0, 7,965
    21, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4-4-0, 7,940
    22, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3-5-0, 7,936
    23, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, MI, 3-5-0, 7,887
    24, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-6-0, 7,882

    Missed Cut (after 30 games):
    25, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 6,221, $1,250
    26, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 6,189, $1,225
    27, Dan Higgins Jr., Westerville, Ohio, 6,184, $1,200
    28, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6,177, $1,185
    29, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 6,172, $1,180
    30, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 6,167, $1,175
    31, Chad Roberts, Westerville, Ohio, 6,165, $1,170
    32, Dom Barrett, England, 6,156, $1,165
    33, Bobby Bures, Mentor, Ohio, 6,148, $1,160
    34, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 6,142, $1,153
    34, Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 6,142, $1,153
    36, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 6,133, $1,145
    37, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 6,129, $1,140
    38, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 6,125, $1,135
    39, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 6,122, $1,130
    40, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,120, $1,125
    41, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 6,119, $1,120
    42, Kip Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 6,117, $1,115
    43, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 6,116, $1,110
    44, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 6,108, $1,105
    45, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,086, $1,100
    46, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 6,074, $1,095
    47, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 6,065, $1,090
    48, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 6,058, $1,085
    49, T.J. Schmidt, Mishawaka, Ind., 6,051, $1,080
    50, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 6,046, $1,075
    51, Robert Smith, Las Vegas, 6,040, $1,070
    52, A.J. Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 6,037, $1,065
    53, Rick Miller, Lincoln, Neb., 6,032, $1,060
    54, Alex Aguiar, N. Dartmouth, Mass., 6,029, $1,055
    55, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6,027, $1,050
    56, Kevin Andes, Wichita, Kan., 6,025, $1,045
    57, Austin Boulds, Wichita, Kan., 6,017, $1,040
    58, Steven Smith, San Diego, 6,012, $1,035
    59, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 6,002, $1,030
    60, Paul Bober, Morton Grove, Ill., 6,001, $1,025
    61, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 6,000, $1,020
    62, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5,997, $1,015
    63, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 5,993, $1,010
    64, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 5,981, $1,005
    65, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 5,980, $1,000

    Official Results

     


    2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open - Women's Division after Match Play Round One


    Players with position, hometown, match play record and 38-game total.

    1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 6-2-0, 8,221
    2, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 6-2-0, 8,157
    3, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 4-4-0, 8,033
    4, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 4-4-0, 7,839
    5, Josie Earnest, Vandalia, Ill., 4-4-0, 7,835
    6, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 4-4-0, 7,828
    7, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 5-3-0, 7,761
    7, Jacqui Reese, Bangor, Pa., 6-2-0, 7,761
    9, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 6-2-0, 7,746
    10, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 4-4-0, 7,730
    11, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 4-4-0, 7,716
    12, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 2-6-0, 7,715
    13, Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 5-3-0, 7,684
    14, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 3-5-0, 7,652
    14, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2-6-0, 7,652
    16, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3-5-0, 7,622
    17, Kim Yioulos, Rochester, N.Y., 4-4-0, 7,620
    18, Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 3-5-0, 7,606
    19, Lindsay Boomershine, Brigham City, Utah, 4-4-0, 7,577
    20, Kim Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2-5-1, 7,570
    21, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3-4-1, 7,528
    22, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 4-4-0, 7,522
    23, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3-5-0, 7,471
    24, Brandi Branka, Momence, Ill., 4-4-0, 7,464

    Missed Cut (after 30 games):
    25, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 5,846, $1,100
    26, Maria Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 5,812, $1,050
    27, Caroline Lagrange, Canada, 5,716, $1,025
    28, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 5,668, $1,000

    Official Results