Robin Romeo top qualifier at USBC Senior Queens


    2015 USBC Senior Queens

    Top 32 players advance to the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern



    Defending champion Robin Romeo (pictured) of Newhall, California, earned top qualifier honors Saturday as the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens made the cut to match play.

    Romeo, a USBC Hall of Famer, finished qualifying with a 15-game total of 3,111 (207.4 average) at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley in Green Bay, Wis. The top 32 players advanced to the double-elimination match-play bracket, which begins Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern.

    "Match play is a whole different ball game, and I think the way the scores are, I just need to not worry about who I'm bowling, just bowl my own game and fill frames," Romeo said.

    "The Queens is not always how good you bowl, sometimes it's just winning your match. As long as I fill my frames and win my matches, I don't care about the score."

    In Saturday's third round, Romeo had her lowest five-game block of the tournament with 993 but had enough to maintain her lead. She shot 1,080 in the first round and 1,038 in the second round.

    Kristy Whitcher of Belfair, Washington, earned the second seed with 3,029, while Lisa Wasson of Murphy, Texas, was third with 3,003.

    Beth Owen-Cipielewski of Bradenton, Florida, settled into fourth place with 2,950, and Mandy Wilson of Dayton, Ohio, was fifth with 2,941. Joanne Herman of Natick, Massachusetts, earned the final spot in match play with a 2,414 total.

    Match play will continue all day Sunday and Monday until the final five are determined for the stepladder finals. BowlTV will broadcast the finals on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern.
    The player who survives the bracket to win the event will take home $3,000 of the $20,600 prize fund.

    The Senior Queens, open to all female USBC members age 50 and older, marks the second stop of the Senior Women's Triple Crown Series presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown Series is a special competition for bowlers who compete in the Senior Queens, National Golden Ladies Classic and the U.S. Women's Open.

    The top 10 players in the Triple Crown standings, which combines qualifying totals from all three events, will take part in the Triple Crown Shoot-Out presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown Shoot-Out will be held after the U.S. Women's Open qualifying rounds Sept. 4 at Brunswick Zone Carolier Lanes in North Brunswick, New Jersey.




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    2015 USBC Senior Queens - Standings after Round 3

    Players with position, hometown/country and 15-game total; top 32 players advanced to the double-elimination match-play bracket

    1, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 3,111. 2, Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 3,029. 3, Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, 3,003. 4, Beth Owen Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., 2,950. 5, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 2,941. 6, Margarita Ramos, Mexico, 2,913.

    7, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,909. 8, Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 2,903. 9, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 2,861. 10, Christine Weber, Waukesha, Wis., 2,848. 11, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,841. 12, Pam Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2,834.

    13, Laurie Lanfier, Muscatine, Iowa, 2,796. 14, Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 2,792. 15, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,776. 16, LoriJo Turner, Sheridan, Wyo., 2,765. 17, Camille Kohner, Bloomington, Minn., 2,706. 18, Melanie McAllister, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,694.

    19, Linda Cunningham, Davenport, Iowa, 2,677. 20, Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash., 2,661. 21, Corinne Hoffman, Rhinelander, Wis., 2,633. 22, Debbie Colby, Frisco, Texas, 2,632. 23, Lisa Vint, East Troy, Wis., 2,621. 24, Linda Andrews, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 2,610.

    25, Tayna Fulmer, McKinney, Texas, 2,607. 26, Jennifer Nelson, Menlo Park, Calif., 2,598. 27, Suzanne Soderberg, Conover, Wis., 2,596. 28, Tonda Lee, Fredericksburg, Va., 2,577. 29, Pam Buckner, Reno, Nev., 2,571. 30, Lynn Minning, Austin, Texas, 2,560.

    31, Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 2,512. 32, Joanne Herman, Natick, Mass., 2,414.

    Missed Cut:
    33, Pam Harms, Apple Valley, Minn., 2,402. 34, Linda Buffa, Manchester, N.J., 2,322. 35, Loree Hippe, Bremerton, Wash., 2,303. 36, Karen Tenor, De Pere, Wis., 2,254. 37, Karla Alsgood, Rio Linda, Calif., 1,733.