Barnes earns top seed at USBC Queens


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    Super Bowl Lanes in Canton, Mich. and Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich. (April 26-30, 2008)

    2008USBCQLyndaBarnes.jpg Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, earned the top seed Tuesday for the live televised finals of the 2008 United States Bowling Congress Queens.

    Barnes, who won the 1998 Queens, went undefeated in match play, winning six consecutive three-game matches against a field of the best women bowlers in the world at Super Bowl Lanes. The championship round will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Eastern from Skore Lanes in Taylor, Mich., on Wednesday.

    Joining Barnes in the stepladder finals are second seed Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., third seed Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo., fourth seed Joy Esterson of Annapolis, Md., and fifth seed Carol Gianotti of Australia.

    "When I won the national amateur title last year it had been 10 year since I'd won that event, and if I win tomorrow it will be 10 years between Queens titles," said Barnes, 40, an 11-time Team USA member and three-time U.S. Amateur champion. "I've had to work for it more now that I'm older and it would be very rewarding after 10 years to win again."

    Barnes was clutch when she needed it most, firing her best three-game set of the tournament by nearly 70 pins as she defeated Johnson, 736-680, to earn the top seed.

    "I knew I would have to bowl my absolute best and would have to bowl my highest set of the tournament to beat Liz," said Barnes, whose husband is PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes. "I felt like I thought much clearer and physically, that was the best I've bowled all week."

    The top four seeds were the final four players remaining in the winners bracket, while Gianotti made her way through the contenders bracket. Gianotti, the 1989 Queens champion, defeated defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., 698-631 to earn the final spot in the finals.

    The USBC Queens featured a field of 337 of the top female bowlers in the world competing for a total prize fund of $200,000 with $30,000 going to the winner.

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    2008 USBC Queens - Match Play

    Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall.

    Winners Bracket - Round 2

    Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix def. Emily Maier, Wichita, Kan., 641-625
    Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., def. Lindsay Baker, Lincoln, Neb., 603-555
    Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Maria Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 637-575
    Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Stefanie Nation, Winter Springs, Fla., 648-604
    Robin Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., def. Kim Terrell, Dover, Del., 674-631
    Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Maria Ward, Baltimore, 606-591
    Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., def. Corrine Ham, Cocoa, Fla., 611-455
    Debbie McMullen, Denver, def. Jacqui Reese, Nazareth, Pa., 622-576

    Winners Bracket - Round 3

    Esterson def. Pluhowsky, 643-630
    Johnson def. Bellinder, 754-733
    Barnes def. Orlikowski, 629-578
    Stolz def. McMullen, 663-597

    Winners Bracket - Round 4

    Johnson def. Esterson, 689-664
    Barnes def. Stolz, 666-602

    Winners Bracket - Round 5

    Barnes def. Johnson, 736-680

    Contenders Bracket - Round 3

    Losers eliminated, earn $1,700.

    Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., def. Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 682-628
    Carol Gianotti, Australia, def. Jennifer Murphy, Clarksville, Tenn., 555-542
    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Texas, def. Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 680-634
    Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., def. Michelle Feldman, Mattydale, N.Y., 581-533
    Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 614-551
    Shannon O'Keefe, Brookfield, Wis., def. Stephanie Beck, Dubuque, Iowa, 667-551
    Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., def. Cheryl Daniels, W. Bloomfield, Mich., 615-544
    Brenda Viator, Lake Wales, Fla., def. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 707-623

    Contenders Bracket - Round 4

    Losers eliminated, earn $2,000.

    Bishop def. Reese, 584-580
    Gianotti def. Terrell, 692-676
    Dorin-Ballard def. Kloempken, 702-655
    Tribbey vs. Maier, 610-599
    Kulick def. Baker, 649-537
    O'Keefe def. Ward, 690-573
    Ham def. Current, 612-556
    Viator def. Nation, 650-616

    Contenders Bracket - Round 5

    Losers eliminated, earn $2,400.

    Gianotti vs. Bishop, 591-496
    Tribbey def. Dorin-Ballard, 683-675
    Kulick def. O'Keefe, 774-698
    Viator def. Ham, 668-529

    Contenders Bracket - Round 6

    Losers eliminated, earn $3,300.

    Gianotti def. McMullen, 639-612
    Bellinder def. Tribbey, 690-582
    Kulick def. Orlikowski, 664-541
    Pluhowsky def. Viator, 697-683

    Contenders Bracket - Round 7

    Losers eliminated, earn $4,200.

    Gianotti def. Bellinder, 676-555
    Kulick def. Pluhowsky, 721-689

    Contenders Bracket - Round 8

    Losers eliminated, earn $5,500.

    Gianotti def. Kulick, 698-631