Shannon O'Keefe cruises into lead at Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open


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    Shannon O'Keefe of O'Fallon, Illinois, opened the day with a 277 game, and cruised to the lead after 12 games of qualifying Friday at the Pepsi Professional Women's Bowling Association Lincoln Open at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Following her explosive start, O'Keefe turned in her lowest game of the day (184), but she was able to rally with games of 258, 248, 258 and 219 to close the opening block with a 1,444 total. The 37-year-old right-hander added 1,362 in her second block for a 12-game total of 2,806, an average of 233.83.

    2015BWCClaraJulianaGuerreroSandraGongora.jpg 2015PWBATourDianaZavjalova.jpg Mexico's Sandra Gongora (pictured with Clara Juliana Guerrero, left), who shot the day's only perfect game, is second with 2,650. She is followed by 2015 PWBA Minnesota Open champion Diana Zavjalova (right; 2,646), 2015 PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson (2,555) and two-time QubicaAMF World Cup champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (2,551).

    Defending Lincoln Open champion, Amanda Greene of Romney, W. Va. made the cut in seventh place with 2,537. The final spot in the cashers' round went to Natalie Goodman, also from O'Fallon, who finished 32nd with a 2,404 total, a 200.33 average.

    O'Keefe found success earlier this season on the way to the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals at the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open, which will air Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

    Although she's off to a great start in Lincoln this week, she's not looking too far ahead with such a talented field advancing to the cashers' round.

    "There are so many games left," said O'Keefe, a 12-time member of Team USA. "I don't ever look at the scoreboard, so I'm really just trying to throw good shots. The lanes were definitely different this afternoon, and I had to trust that I was making good shots and trust my ball reaction. Same thing for tomorrow - make good shots, trust that I'm throwing it good enough to make adjustments and take it one shot at a time."

    2016PWBALogo.jpgThe Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open continues Saturday with six additional games, with pinfall carrying over, to determine the 12 players who will 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, including a final position round.

    At the end of 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 will advance to the televised stepladder finals.

    All qualifying and match-play rounds are being broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. The finals of the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open will be taped June 26 during the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 12 on CBS Sports Network.


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    Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open - Final Qualifying Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; (a) denotes non-member

    1, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,806
    2, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,650
    3, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,646
    4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,555
    5, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,551
    6, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,550
    7, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 2,537
    8, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,535
    9, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,529
    10, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,521
    11, Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 2,504
    12, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,494
    13 (tie), Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, and Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,493
    15, Nora Lyana Norkamal, Malaysia, 2,491
    16, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,478
    17, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,466
    18, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,463
    19, Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, 2,462
    20, Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 2,461
    21, T'Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,439
    22, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,438
    23, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,432
    24, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,424
    25, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,418
    26, Syaidatul Afifah, Malaysia, 2,417
    27, Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 2,415
    28, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 2,414
    29, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,411
    30, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,409
    31, Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 2,405
    32, Natalie Goodman, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,404

    Missed Cut:
    33, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,401
    34, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,396
    35, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,395
    36, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,391
    37, Katie Ann Sopp (a), White Bear Lake, Minn., 2,389
    38, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 2,388
    39, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,381
    40, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,379
    41, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,376
    42, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,375
    43, Nachimi Itakura, Japan, 2,374
    44, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,370
    45, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,366
    46, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,364
    47, Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 2,358
    48, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,357
    49, Kristina Rosberg, Ord, Neb., 2,351
    50, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,347
    51, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,342
    52, Olivia Sandham (a), St. Joseph, Mo., 2,333
    53, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,329
    54, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 2,322>
    55 (tie), Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., and Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,317
    57 (tie), Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., and Brittany Smith (a), Des Moines, Iowa, 2,301
    59, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,286
    60, Katelyn Zwiefelhofer, Racine, Wis., 2,282
    61, Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, 2,262
    62, Ayami Kondo, Japan, 2,259
    63, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2,257
    64, Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., 2,251
    65, Kayla Stram, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,237
    66, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,229
    67, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 2,228
    68, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,217
    69, Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 2,216
    70, Chenoa Rhoades (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,215
    71, Nicole Bower (a), Camp Hill, Pa., 2,212
    72, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,196
    73, Lauren Pate (a), Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,173
    74, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,130
    75, Mochizuki Rie, Japan, 2,126
    76, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,087
    77, Crystal Resop, Schofield, Wis., 2,057
    78, Angelica Greene, Superior, Colo., 1,937
    79, Tiffany Morris, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,869
    80, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,860.