Liz Johnson conquers PWBA Detroit Open


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    2015PWBAStefanieJohnson.jpgLiz Johnson (pictured above) of Cheektowaga, New York, became the first two-time winner this season on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour as she overcame a tough lane condition Saturday to claim the 2015 PWBA Detroit Open title.

    Johnson took down PWBA Tour points leader Stefanie Johnson (right) of Grand Prairie, Texas, 193-158, in the championship match at Super Bowl in Canton, Michigan.

    Competing on the season's toughest lane condition, which measured 35 feet in length and was nearly flat, Liz Johnson cruised past Stefanie Johnson in the final frame after Stefanie Johnson left a split for an open in the ninth frame.

    It was the second title of the season for Johnson, who captured the United States Bowling Congress Queens championship in May. "It means a lot to win a second title this season because there are so many talented women out here and they are hungry to win titles," said Johnson, a USBC Hall of Famer who won her 13th career PWBA title. "You have to really stay on top of your game physically and mentally to be competitive out here."

    2015PWBAJosieEarnest.jpgThe stepladder finals capped off a low-scoring event in which only three players averaged better than 200 for the tournament.

    2015PWBA09KellyKulick.jpg"You would think with a short pattern the scores would be a little lower anyway but they were just ugly this week," Liz Johnson said. "I like it when it is more of a grind like this, but with the start I had in qualifying this week I didn't even think I'd make the show."

    Johnson, who earned $10,000 for the victory, took down Team USA member Josie Earnest (left) of Nashville in the highest-scoring match of the stepladder finals, 235-202, to advance to the title match. In the opening match, Earnest topped Kelly Kulick (right) of Union, New Jersey, 169-153.


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    PWBA Detroit Open - Stepladder Finals

    Super Bowl in Canton, Mich., United States (Aug. 27-29, 2015)

    Championship Round:
    1. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 428 (2 games), $10,000
    2. Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 158 (1 game), $5,000
    3. Josie Earnest, Nashville, 371 (2 games), $3,500
    4. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 153 (o1ne game) $3,000

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: No. 4 Earnest def. No. 3 Kulick, 169-153
    Semifinal Match: No. 2 L. Johnson def. Earnest, 235-202
    Championship Match: L. Johnson def. No. 1 S. Johnson, 193-158


    PWBA Detroit Open - Match Play Results

    Players with position, hometown/country, won-loss-tie record and 16-game total including bonues pins (30 bonus pins for a win, 15 bonus pins for a tie); top four advance to the stepladder finals, places 5-16 show earnings.

    1, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 11-5-0, 6,122
    2, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 12-3-1, 6,050
    3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 6-9-1, 5,900
    4, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 10-6-0, 5,868

    Missed Cut:
    5, Jacqui Reese, McAdoo, Pa., 10-6-0, 5,841, $2,000
    6, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 10-6-0, 5,821, $1,850
    7, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 9-6-1, 5,805, $1,800
    8, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 8-8-0, 5,776, $1,750
    9, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 11-5-0, 5,710, $1,700
    10, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 7-9-0, 5,665, $1,650
    11, Tnia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 5-11-0, 5,634, $1,550
    12, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 6-10-0, 5,633, $1,500
    13, Heather Melvin, Sioux Falls, S.D., 5-11-0, 5,607, $1,450
    14, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 4-12-0, 5,475, $1,400
    15, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 7-9-0, 5,466, $1,350
    16, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 5-10-1, 5,415, $1,300