Danielle McEwan leads after Day 1 at PWBA Sonoma County Open


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    2015PWBATourDanielleMcEwan.jpg Most players on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour travel with diverse equipment arsenals and a wealth of knowledge and support, but Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, found patience to be her most effective tool on the way to the top of the standings Friday at the 2016 Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open.

    McEwan (pictured left and above) said she didn't initially see what she needed to see in order to successfully navigate the 37-foot oil pattern at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., but when it finally clicked, she was able to take advantage. The 24-year-old right-hander averaged more than 226 over 12 games to lead the 76-player field with a 2,719 total.

    "This morning started off pretty rough, and I really wasn't throwing very good shots," said McEwan, who won the 2015 season-ending The Smithfield PWBA Tour Championship for her first PWBA Tour title. "But, I was able to keep my head clear and grind until something finally clicked. Then, I just ran with it."

    2015PWBATourDianaZavjalova.jpgLatvia's Diana Zavjalova (right), the 2013 United States Bowling Congress Queens champion, never fell below second place after opening the day with the tournament's only perfect game, and she finished qualifying just behind McEwan with a 2,694 total.

    Zavjalova was followed by PWBA Tour rookie Jennifer Higgins of Westerville, Ohio (2,688), and the Singaporean duo of New Hui Fen (2,678) and Jazreel Tan (2,669).

    The final spot in the cashers' round went to Kristina Wendell of Kingston, New York, who finished Friday's 12 games with a 2,346 total, a 195.5 average.

    McEwan will lead the top 32 players into Saturday's cashers' round, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Competition will conclude Saturday evening 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.

    The head start is good for confidence and momentum, but McEwan is well aware of how much tournament is left, a lesson she took from last week's PWBA Las Vegas Open, where she finished ninth.

    "There's still a lot of games left, and I know things still can move around quickly," McEwan said. "As the leader today, it means I did some things right, but I still need to remember what I did and make the right moves and ball choices again tomorrow."

    2016PWBALogo.jpgSix additional games, with pinfall carrying over, will determine the 12 players who will advance to the round-robin match-play portion of the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open. 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 Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open will air Tuesday, June 14 on CBS Sports Network. For more information on the PWBA, click here.


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    PWBA Sonoma County Open - Qualifying Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; top 32 advance

    1, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,719
    2, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,694
    3, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,688
    4, NewHui Fen, Singapore, 2,678
    5, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,669
    6, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,653
    7, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,605
    8, Felicia Wong, Canada, 2,597
    9, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,591
    10, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,582
    11, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,573
    12, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,568
    13, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2,528
    14, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,496
    15, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 2,482
    16, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,477
    17 (TIE), Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., and Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,476
    19, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,470
    20, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,456
    21 (TIE), Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., and Daphne Tan, Singapore, 2,452
    23, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,417
    24, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,414
    25, Jasmine Coleman (a), Manteca, Calif., 2,410
    26, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,404
    27, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,394
    28, T'Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,367
    29, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,365
    30, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,360
    31, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,350
    32, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,346

    Missed Cut:
    33, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,318
    34, Karen Rosprim (a), Albany, Calif., 2,308
    35, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,306
    36, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,301. 37, Natalie Goodman, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,298
    38, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,297
    39, Lilia Robles, Mexico, 2,293
    40, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,289
    41 (TIE), Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, and Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,272
    43, Keli Callahan (a), Las Vegas, 2,266
    44, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,260
    45, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,254
    46, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,251
    47, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,245
    48, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,244
    49, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,243
    50, Emily Fagan (a), Berkeley, Calif., 2,242
    51, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,238
    52, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,228
    53 (TIE), Carol Gianotti, Henderson, Nev., and Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,227
    55 (TIE), Kristie Leong (a), Daly City, Calif., and Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 2,204
    57, Kimberly Power (a), San Leandro, Calif., 2,202
    58, Ashley Purkey, Godfrey, Ill., 2,196
    59, Jacquelyn Matsutani (a), Pleasant Hill, Calif., 2,173
    60, Catherine Rawsthorne, Tacoma, Wash., 2,139
    61, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,138
    62, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,126
    63, Michelle Shumway (a), Petaluma, Calif., 2,093
    64, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,091
    65, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,088
    66, Brittany Tierney (a), Fairfield, Calif., 2,080
    67, Rose Wolhar (a), Sunnyvale, Calif., 2,072
    68, Julie Yokoyama (a), Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,986
    69, Amy Gamage, Las Vegas, 1,977
    70, Colleen Radin (a), Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,946
    71, Nichole DePaul-Miller, Baytown, Texas, 1,930
    72, Ginell Walton, Placentia, Calif., 1,918
    73, Amy Hepperle (a), Stockton, Calif., 1,902
    74, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,876
    75, Jacquelynn Farris (a), Robert Park, Calif., 1,841
    76, Karen Russell, El Dorado Hills, Calif., 1,747.