Rocio Restrepo leads opening round of PWBA Las Vegas Open


    2016 PWBA Tour



    Fresh off a Masters gold medal at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions event, Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, put together another strong performance Saturday as she led qualifying at the Professional Women's Bowling Association Las Vegas Open.

    Restrepo (pictured above), a member of Team Colombia, averaged more than 226 to lead the opening event of 2016 PWBA season with a 2,718 total for 12 games at Texas Station.

    2015BWCSandraGongora4.jpg 2015WWCMastersNewHuiFen.jpg Mexico's Sandra Gongora (left) is second with 2,698, while Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio (2,679), Singapore's New Hui Fen (right; 2,634) and reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (2,631), round out the top five.

    The top 32 players in qualifying Saturday advanced to Sunday's cashers' round, which begins at 11 a.m. Eastern. Competition will conclude Sunday with a group stepladder final starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. All rounds leading up to the stepladder finals are being broadcast live on Xtra Frame.

    "Last year in Sacramento, I bowled really well to start the season, so it feels really good to do it again," said Restrepo, who finished fourth at the 2015 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. "There are a lot of games left tomorrow, but I feel like I have good ball reaction. I'm going to be positive, stay in the moment and enjoy every shot."

    The final spot in Sunday's cashers' round went to 2015 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open champion Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Current earned the final spot with a 2,415 total, a 201.25 average.

    Six additional games in Sunday's cashers' round will determine the top 12 players to advance to round-robin match play. The match-play finalists will be split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group will bowl six games of match play, including a final position round.

    At the end of the match play, the top qualifier in each group will earn an automatic spot in the stepladder finals, with seeding being determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final. The winner of each group stepladder final will advance to the televised stepladder finals.

    The finals of the PWBA Las Vegas Open will air Tuesday, June 7 on CBS Sports Network.


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    PWBA Las Vegas Open - Qualifying Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; top 32 advance; a denotes non-member

    1, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,718
    2, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,698
    3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,679
    4, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 2,634
    5, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,631
    6, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,601
    7, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,600
    8, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,596
    9, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2,593
    10, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,572
    11, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 2,563
    12, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,562. 13, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,559
    14, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,550
    15, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,548
    16, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,529
    17, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,527
    18, Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 2,526
    19, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,520
    20, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,517
    21, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,512
    22, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,510
    23, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,508
    24, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,501
    25, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 2,498
    26, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,484
    27, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,471
    28, T'Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,458
    29, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,447
    30, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,446
    31, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,440
    32, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,415

    Missed Cut:
    33, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,414
    34, (tie) Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., and Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 2,410
    36, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,403
    37, Adrianne Barela (a), Henderson, Nev., 2,402
    38, (tie) Emily Peterson (a), West Fargo, N.D., and Bryanna Cot‚, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,391
    40, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,387
    41, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,381
    42, (tie) Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,379
    44, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,374
    45, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,367
    46, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,356
    47, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,351
    48, Keli Callahan (a), Las Vegas, 2,342
    49, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,340
    50, (tie) Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, and Rina Sabo (a), Bennett, Colo., 2,339
    52, Catherine Rawsthorne, Tacoma, Wash., 2,338
    53, Natalie Goodman, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,335
    54, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,317
    55, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 2,316
    56, Akiko Suzuki (a), Japan, 2,312
    57, Genie Franklin (a), Frisco, Texas, 2,308
    58, Tina Williams (a), Phoenix, 2,307
    59, Daphne Tan, Singapore, 2,295
    60, Cassandra Molbeck, Sussex, Wis., 2,292
    61, Takiko Naganawa (a), Japan, 2,291
    62, Lilia Robles, Mexico, 2,285
    63, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,280
    64, (tie) Kim Adler (a), Ojo Caliente, N.M., and Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,262
    66, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,260
    67, Kiyoko McDonald (a), McKinney, Texas, 2,246
    68, Matsuoka Mihoko (a), Japan, 2,244
    69, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,237
    70, Marcia Kloempken (a), Pleasant View, Utah, 2,230
    71, (tie) Hiromi Susumu (a), Japan, and Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,229
    73, Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, 2,228
    74, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,217
    75, Kerrie Watson, Canada, 2,215
    76, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,214
    77, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,192
    78, Christina Kinney (a), Las Vegas, 2,189
    79, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,176
    80, Mai Funamoto (a), Japan, 2,172
    81, Virginia Young (a), Vista, Calif., 2,159
    82, Amy Gamage, Las Vegas, 2,149
    83, Ginell Walton, Placentia, Calif., 2,134
    84, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 2,132
    85, Erin Lenahan (a), Meadow Vista, Calif., 2,072
    86, Nichole DePaul-Miller, Baytown, Texas, 2,066
    87, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 2,020
    88, Gloria Blair (a), Albuquerque, N.M., 1,973
    89, Angelica Greene, Superior, Colo., 1,842.