Defending champion Robin Romeo flawless at USBC Senior Queens


    2015 USBC Senior Queens



    Defending champion Robin Romeo (pictured) of Newhall, California, is one of eight bowlers still perfect at the 2015 United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens.

    The 57-year-old right-hander earned the top seed for the double-elimination match-play bracket by averaging more than 207 through 15 games of qualifying and rolled through two matches Sunday at The Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley relatively untested.

    Romeo opened match play with a 608-432 win against Joanne Herman of Natick, Massachusetts, and finished the day with a 596-519 victory over Camille Kohner of Bloomington, Minnesota.

    "So far, I feel like I'm throwing a lot of good shots and not giving away the pocket at all," said Romeo, a USBC Hall of Famer.

    "I know the scores aren't crazy, so I just want to keep the ball around the pocket and stay focused. I've made the right ball decisions, and I feel good, confident and comfortable. I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

    2013USBCTripleCrownShootOutLucySandelin2.jpg2014PBA50TishJohnson.jpgRomeo's first match Monday will be against fellow hall of famer and two-time Senior Queens champion Lucy Sandelin (left) of Tampa, Florida, who remained undefeated with wins against Linda Andrews of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and Tayna Fulmer of McKinney, Texas.

    The winners bracket also includes 2010 Senior Queens winner Char Hammel of Las Vegas, 2011 champion Paula Vidad of Sun City, California, and USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson (right) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the runner-up in 2013 and 2014.

    "Lucy and I always have some pretty good matches, and I think tomorrow will be a pretty tight match, too," said Romeo, who is looking to become the fourth bowler to win the Senior Queens multiple times.

    "At the same time, you can't worry about who you're bowling. You just have to focus on what you're doing in your own game. I'll just think about it one match at a time. I definitely don't want to get too far ahead of myself."

    Match play will continue through 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 is open to all female USBC members age 50 and older.


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    2015 USBC Senior Queens - Opening Round

    Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall. Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket

    (1) Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. (32) Joanne Herman, Natick, Mass., 608-432
    (17) Camille Kohner, Bloomington, Minn., def. (16) LoriJo Turner, Sheridan, Wyo., 515-485
    (9) Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., def. (24) Linda Andrews, Highlands Ranch, Colo., 661-439
    (25) Tayna Fulmer, McKinney, Texas, def. (8) Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 502-487

    (5) Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, def. (28) Tonda Lee, Fredericksburg, Va., 506-459
    (12) Pam Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., def. (21) Corinne Hoffman, Rhinelander, Wis., 538-465
    (13) Laurie Lanfier, Muscatine, Iowa, def. (20) Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash., 572-499
    (4) Beth Owen Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., def. (29) Pam Buckner, Reno, Nev., 568-511

    (3) Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, def. (30) Lynn Minning, Austin, Texas, 584-496
    (14) Char Hammel, Las Vegas, def. (19) Linda Cunningham, Davenport, Iowa, 622-545
    (11) Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., def. (22) Debbie Colby, Frisco, Texas, 620-589
    (27) Suzanne Soderberg, Conover, Wis., def. (6) Margarita Ramos, Mexico, 498-455

    (7) Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. (26) Jennifer Nelson, Menlo Park, Calif., 555-481
    (10) Christine Weber, Waukesha, Wis., def. (23) Lisa Vint, East Troy, Wis., 578-559
    (15) Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, def. (18) Melanie McAllister, Colorado Springs, Colo., 568-439
    (2) Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., def. (31) Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 592-536


    2015 USBC Senior Queens - Winners Bracket Round 1

    Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket.

    Romeo def. Kohner, 596-519
    Sandelin def. Fulmer, 602-556
    Wilson def. Sprow, 612-603
    Lanfier def. Cipielewski, 589-550

    Hammel def. Wasson, 639-523
    Vidad def. Soderberg, 547-484
    Johnson def. Weber, 613-548
    Whitcher def. Kelly, 633-611


    2015 USBC Senior Queens - Elimination Bracket Round 1

    Losers eliminated, earn $350

    Turner def. Herman, 552-433
    Andrews def. Ward, 561-502
    Nell def. Buckner, 525-455
    Lee def. Hoffman, 556-450

    Cunningham def. Minning, 584-491
    Ramos def. Colby, 558-527
    Jones def. McAllister, 609-477
    Nelson def. Vint, 516-512


    2015 USBC Senior Queens - Elimination Bracket Round 2

    Losers eliminated, earn $400

    Turner def. Soderberg, 560-536
    Wasson def. Andrews, 563-457
    Nell def. Weber, 588-548
    Kelly def. Lee, 582-474

    Fulmer def. Cunningham, 599-552
    Ramos def. Kohner, 581-543
    Jones def. Sprow, 564-511
    Cipielewski def. Nelson, 636-551