Macpherson leads Classic All-Events at USBC Women's Championships


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    Malaysians overtake Classic Doubles lead

    20067USBCWomensChampionshipLogo.jpg It doesn't seem to matter what type of competition Wendy Macpherson bowls in, she has to be a threat to win.

    She made her bid for a fifth United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships title by moving into the Classic All-Events lead with a 2,161 total Thursday at AMF Carolina Lanes in Matthews, N.C. She rolled a 752 series in team, 724 in doubles and 685 in singles.

    Macpherson, of Henderson, Nev., was able to come into this year's Women's Championships in a much more positive frame of mind than a year ago. In 2006, she was thinking more of her father who was battling cancer, than she was of bowling. After competing in the 2006 Women's Championships she had to leave immediately after bowling to be with her father who would eventually die from the disease.

    "I have mixed feelings coming here to bowl because it brings back those memories," the 39-year-old Macpherson said. "But as time has passed I've become more anxious to bowl and feel renewed and refreshed."

    The 20-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist credited her performance this year to a lot of practice.

    "I just practice until I feel comfortable with my game," she said. "I just feel really good right now, and I hope it continues."

    Macpherson does indeed hope it continues as she will be bowling the USBC Queens which begins April 28 at AMF Carolina Lanes. Along with Millie Ignizio, she owns a record three USBC Queens titles (1988, 2000 and 2003).

    "I'm bowling well, having fun and in general in a positive frame of mind," she said. "But if this score doesn't win, there's always tomorrow."

    In the 2006 USBC Open Championships, Macpherson made bowling history by winning Regular Singles to become the first woman to win a Regular Division title. Her 812 series was just the second rolled by a woman in the Open Championships.

    Malaysians overtake Classic Doubles lead

    Wendy Chai and Esther Cheah of Malaysia moved into the lead in Classic Doubles late Thursday night at the USBC Women's Championships.

    Chai and Cheah, both members of the Malaysian national team, combined to shoot 1,314 at AMF Carolina Lanes. Chai had games of 200, 191 and 268 for a 659 series while Cheah contributed games of 211, 211 and 233 for a 655 set.

    "We thought we might be in the top five but didn't have any idea we took the lead," Chai said. "After not bowling so well in team we had to make some adjustments for doubles and singles. We just bowl the best we can and hope we have a good result."

    The two are part of a record group of international competitors in town to bowl in the USBC Queens this weekend. After the Queens, both will travel to Lake Wales, Fla., to compete in the World Ranking Masters.

    "We have looked forward to this trip for quite some time because it is an opportunity to bowl against the best in the world," Chai said. "We are encouraged by how we bowled in the Women's Championships and hope we continue to bowl well in the Queens and World Ranking Masters."

    Tish Johnson takes Classics Singles lead

    Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., took the lead in Classic Singles on Thursday with a 739 series at AMF Carolina Lanes.

    Johnson, a USBC Hall of Famer, had games of 208, 254 and 277 in taking over the top spot.

    "I was working on a few things while in team and doubles competition," she said. "I think I found something really positive to build on as I completed that last game in singles."

    Johnson, who ranks fourth all-time with 25 Professional Women's Bowling Association titles, will took to add another title to her resume this weekend when the USBC Queens gets underway.

    "The Queens shot will probably be a little different, so I tried a few things in my bowling today to prepare for that," Johnson said. "I feel like I'm ready to go now."

    The Women's Championships, which is the largest participatory sporting event in the world for women, will continue through July 2 at two suburban Charlotte bowling centers. Northcross Lanes in Huntersville, N.C., will host team squads each day while doubles and singles competition will take place at AMF Carolina Lanes in Matthews, N.C.

    The USBC Women's Championships is sponsored by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev., as well as Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider.


    Team (946 average and over)
    1, Ebonite Bowlers Map, Roseville, Calif., 3,210. 2, Bowlers Choice Pro Shop, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,165. 3, U-Can Bowl 2, Milwaukie, Ore., 3,153. 4, Together Once Again, North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,136. 5, Four Friends and the Su, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,107.

    Doubles (379 average and over)
    1, Wendy Chai/Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 1,314. 2 (tie), Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev./Marliss, Tapp, Portage, Mich., and Leanne Barrette, Roseville, Calif./Lauren Takahashi, Woodland Hills, Calif., 1,290. 4 (tie), Nichole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif./Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., and Kelli Callahan/Elizabeth Brents, Houston, 1,279.

    Singles (190 average and over)
    1, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 739. 2, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 726. 3, Shari Wells, Louisville, Ky., 716. 4, Kelli Callahan, Houston, 711. 5 (tie), Pam Pancoast, Lomita, Calif., and Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 708.

    All-Events (846-945 average)
    1, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,161. 2, Leanne Barrette, Roseville, Calif., 2,093. 3, Lil Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 2,078. 4, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,017. 5, Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif., 1,994.