Two-time defending champion Robin Romeo undefeated at USBC Senior Queens


    2016 USBC Senior Queens



    Two-time defending champion Robin Romeo of Newhall, California, is undefeated through two rounds of match play at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens and still in contention for an unprecedented third consecutive win at the premier event in senior women's bowling.

    Romeo (pictured above), who qualified second for the double-elimination match-play bracket after averaging 220 through 15 games of qualifying at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, is one of eight undefeated bowlers left in the field.

    The USBC Hall of Famer began match play with a 679-539 victory against Shelley Nell of Silverdale, Washington, and followed that with a win against 2010 USBC Senior Queens champion Char Hammel of Las Vegas, 612-537.

    While there still is work to do, Romeo is in great position to add to her hall of fame resume. A win Thursday would help the 58-year-old right-hander match fellow USBC Hall of Famer Sandra Postma for the most career Senior Queens titles.

    "I'm trying not to think about making the show or going for a three-peat, but it's hard not to," Romeo said. "If tomorrow's a good day and I'm on the show, it's going to be exciting, and I'm going to really look forward to trying to win a third one."

    Romeo will face the seventh seed, Sharon Powers of Lakewood, Colorado, in her opening match Thursday. Powers defeated Deborah Lee of Canada and Michele Carter of National City, California, in her opening matches. Despite being undefeated, Romeo understands the importance of not looking ahead.

    2016USBCSeniorQueensTishJohnson2.jpg "I just tried to stay within myself," Romeo said. "A lot of times, you start to look ahead to what's next, and one of the things I learned from bowling the Queens for all of these years is that you can't look ahead. You need to stay focused on your game and not worry about your opponent."

    The winners' bracket also includes top seed and USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson (right) of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Johnson, who has finished second at the event in each of the last three years, still is looking for her first Senior Queens victory.

    The elimination bracket features two past champions - USBC Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin (2007 and 2013) and Paula Vidad (2011).

    2016USBCSeniorQueensLogo.jpg The 16 remaining players will return to the lanes Thursday at noon Eastern. The 2016 event will conclude Thursday evening with a five-player stepladder final, beginning at 9:30 p.m. EDT. All rounds of the 2016 Senior Queens are being broadcast live on's BowlTV.

    The winner at the 2016 Senior Queens will take home the top prize of $3,000 from the estimated $20,000 prize fund. The event is open to all female USBC members age 50 and older.

    For more information on the USBC Senior Queens, click here.


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    2016 USBC Senior Queens - Final Qualifying Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 15-game total; a indicates amateur

    Standings after 5 games
    Standings after 10 games
    Standings after 15 games

    1, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,306
    2, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 3,300
    3, Barbara Batt (a), Jacksonville, Fla., 3,141
    4, Penny Fentiman, Sweet Home, Ore., 3,131
    5, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 3,127
    6, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., 3,112
    7, Sharon Powers (a), Lakewood, Colo., 3,071
    8, Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 3,067
    9, Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 3,062
    10, Michele Carter (a), National City, Calif., 3,051
    11, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,031
    12, Karen Barcal (a), Albuquerque, N.M., 3,019
    13, Lilia Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 3,007
    14, Julie Harrison (a), Australia, 2,980
    15, Lucy Sandelin (a), Tampa, Fla., 2,975
    16, Yolanda Garrett (a), The Colony, Texas, 2,970
    17 (tie), Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., Carol Teel (a), The Villages, Fla., and Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 2,964
    20, Karen Miller (a), Las Vegas, 2,961
    21, Adriana Ortega (a), Mexico, 2,955
    22, Rosanne Costanzo (a), San Diego, 2,942
    23, Mandy Wilson (a), Dayton, Ohio, 2,934
    24, Carole Jones (a), Englewood, Colo., 2,931. 25, Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, 2,910
    26, Deborah Lee (a), Canada, 2,901
    27, Jeanette Baker (a), Australia, 2,895
    28, Michelle Silver (a), Los Angeles, 2,890
    29, Sandra Schultz (a), Macomb, Mich., 2,876
    30, Robyn Flynn (a), Australia, 2,868
    31, Shelley Nell (a), Silverdale, Wash., 2,850
    32, Melanie McAllister (a), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,835

    Missed Cut:
    33, Lynn Louze (a), Mosinee, Wis., 2,833
    34, Terri Stynes (a), San Jose, Calif., 2,824
    35, Debby Essary (a), Paris, Texas, 2,816
    36, Cheryl Robinson (a), Hemet, Calif., 2,804
    37, Margarita Ramos (a), Mexico, 2,797
    38, Heidi Pagenkopf, Lynnwood, Wash., 2,794
    39, Pam Lawrence (a), Pflugerville, Texas, 2,779
    40, Cindy McBride (a), Plano, Texas, 2,770
    41 (tie), Gloria Gates (a), Maple Grove, Minn., and Pam Sprow (a), Lakeland, Fla., 2,762
    43, Della Kallenback, Fairfield, Calif., 2,754
    44, LoriJo Turner (a), Sheridan, Wyo., 2,733
    45, Cyndee Vernig-Sutherland (a), San Jose, Calif., 2,714
    46, Debbie Colby (a), Frisco, Texas, 2,710
    47, Lynn Minning (a), Austin, Texas, 2,708
    48, Jackie Wyckoff, Campbell, Calif., 2,695
    49, Camille Kohner (a), Bloomington, Minn., 2,686
    50, Linda Andrews (a), Highlands Ranch, Colo., 2,684
    51, Ann Swann, Wilmington, N.C., 2,683
    52, Jenny Burton-Douglas (a), Australia, 2,675
    53, Tonda Lee, Fredericksburg, Va., 2,648
    54, Pam Buckner (a), Reno, Nev., 2,639
    55, Diana Cavins, Boulder City, Nev., 2,627
    56, Joyce Marshall, New York, 2,626
    57, Susan O'Hara (a), Sahuarita, Ariz., 2,611
    58, Judith Leroux (a), Meraux, La., 2,599
    59, Joanne Herman, Seminole, Fla., 2,598
    60, Jennifer Nelson (a), Menlo Park, Calif., 2,592
    61, (tie) Janet Romig, Osprey, Fla., and Maria Sutphin (a), Maitland, Fla., 2,580
    63, Joan Reilly (a), Wilmington, N.C., 2,578
    64, Inger Bortolazzo (a), Santa Barbara, Calif., 2,569
    65, Gail Smith (a), Discovery Bay, Calif., 2,490
    66, Diane Stokes, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,737 (WD)
    67, Candice Dalton (a), Temecula, Calif., 1,717 (WD)
    68, Debra McMullen (a), Denver, 1,712 (WD)
    69, Karla Alsgood (a), Rio Linda, Calif., 1,106 (WD)
    70, Sue West (a), Tujunga, Calif., 1,665 (WD).



    2016 USBC Senior Queens - Round 1

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

    (1) Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. (32) Melanie McAllister, Colorado Springs, Colo., 648-531
    (17) Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., def. (16) Yolanda Garrett, The Colony, Texas, 615-538
    (9) Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., def. (24) Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 610-530
    (8) Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., def. (25) Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, 603-570

    (28) Michelle Silver, Los Angeles, def. (5) Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 698-631
    (12) Karen Barcal, Albuquerque, N.M., def. (21) Adriana Ortega, Mexico, 605-509
    (13) Lilia Johnson, Lawton, Okla., def. (20) Karen Miller, Las Vegas, 625-528
    (29) Sandra Schultz, Macomb, Mich., def. (4) Penny Fentiman, Sweet Home, Ore., 585-536

    (30) Robyn Flynn, Australia, def. (3) Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, Fla., 628-594
    (14) Julie Harrison, Australia, def. (19) Carol Teel, The Villages, Fla., 600-484
    (22) Rosanne Costanzo, San Diego, def. (11) Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 608-582
    (6) Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., def. (27) Jeanette Baker, Australia, 608-584

    (7) Sharon Powers, Lakewood, Colo., def. (26) Deborah Lee, Canada, 641-635
    (10) Michele Carter, National City, Calif., def. (23) Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 559-532
    (18) Char Hammel, Las Vegas, def. (15) Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 619-606
    (2) Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. (31) Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash., 679-539



    2016 USBC Senior Queens - Winners Bracket Round 2

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

    T. Johnson def. Ward, 700-580
    Whitcher def. Aronson, 603-560
    Barcal def. Silver, 640-558
    Schultz def. L. Johnson, 680-607

    Flynn def. Harrison, 631-577
    Costanzo def. Owen-Cipielewski, 555-490
    Powers def. Carter, 654-558
    Romeo def. Hammel, 612-537



    2016 USBC Senior Queens - Elimination Bracket Round 2

    Losers eliminated, earn $350

    McAllister def. Garrett, 506-501
    Miller def. Fentiman, 597-533
    Wasson def. Jones, 557-522
    Vidad def. Ortega, 672-579

    Batt def. Teel, 568-565
    Baker def. Kelly, 682-657
    Sandelin def. Nell, 670-546
    Lee def. Wilson, 616-553



    2016 USBC Senior Queens - Elimination Bracket Round 3

    Losers eliminated, earn $400

    Owen-Cipielewski def. McAllister, 656-594
    Miller def. Harrison, 623-577
    Carter def. Wasson, 580-494
    Vidad def. Hammel, 684-599

    Batt def. Aronson, 565-518
    Baker def. Ward, 671-581
    Sandelin def. Silver, 645-588
    Lee def. L. Johnson, 572-551