Sandelin takes first-round USBC Senior Queens qualifying lead

    04/26/09

    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (April 25-29, 2009)

    2009USBCSQLucySandelin.jpgLucy Sandelin (pictured) of Tampa, Fla., didn't come into the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens angry and upset at herself over the "tactical error" she made a year ago in a failed attempt to defend her 2007 Senior Queens title. But she definitely learned a lesson.

    Bowling with a sense of purpose Saturday in her bid to advance to the 32-woman match play finals field, the USBC Hall of Famer and 10-time Team USA member fired a Senior Queens record five-game 1,108 total to take the first-round qualifying lead at the National Bowling Stadium. She holds an 83-pin lead over 2000 Senior Queens champion Rose Smith of Las Vegas, who was assigned to bowl on the same lanes.

    Karen Smith of San Marcos, Calif., is third with 1,018 and USBC Hall of Famer Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., competing in her first Senior Queens, was fourth with 1,004.

    "I think I got lucky being paired with Rose," Sandelin said. "She's a really good bowler and we play similar lines. When we changed pairs after each game, the lanes reacted a little different, but we were able to make similar adjustments just by watching each other. Plus the lanes played similar to the way they did in practice, which was a pleasant surprise."

    Last year in suburban Detroit, Sandelin was automatically seeded into the three-game, double-elimination match play finals as defending Senior Queens champion. She had an option of bowling the 15 games of qualifying just for practice and to get familiar with the lane conditions, or she could sit out until match play started. She opted to sit back, watch and wait.

    "I made a tactical error by deciding to save 15 games of wear and tear on my arm," she said. "I figured I'd get 15 minutes of practice before match play, which would have been enough time to decide what ball I wanted to use, where to stand, etc., but when match play started, the tournament director said we'd only have five minutes of practice instead of 15.

    "I guess I should have read the rules," Sandelin confessed. "I'm not saying I would have won the tournament, but I wasted three games trying to figure things out, and that cost me."

    Sandelin was eliminated with a 1-2 match play record in 2008, but she learned her lesson and isn't going to waste any opportunities this year.

    "This year I have no choice about bowling 15 games," she said. "But I'm confident in the way I'm playing. The key right now is just to get into the match play field. After that, it's a matter of making good shots and letting fate take its course."

    2008USBCSQSandyPostma_small.jpgThe 10th USBC Senior Queens, open to women bowlers ages 50 and older, drew a field of 140 players. After another five games for all players Sunday, the top 50 will advance to a third five-game qualifying round Monday morning to determine the top 31 who will join defending champion Sandy Postma (left9 of Lansing, Ill., in the match play finals Monday and Tuesday.

    Just for the record, Postma is bowling her optional qualifying-round games in preparation for match play.

     


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    2009 USBC Senior Queens - Round 1 Qualifying


    Players with position, hometown, 5-game total and average

    1. Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, FL, 1108, 221.60
    2. Rose Smith, Las Vegas, NV, 1025, 205.00
    3. Karen Smith, San Marcos, CA, 1018, 203.60
    4. Dana Miller - Mackie, Albuquerque, NM, 1004, 200.80
    5. Shelley West, Omaha, NE, 1001, 200.20
    6. Jackie Reed, Clearfield, UT, 1000, 200.00
    (tie) Sharon Powers, Lakewood, CO, 1000, 200.00
    8. Virginia Norton, Cypress, CA, 988, 197.60
    9. Anita Pope, Silsbee, TX, 984, 196.80
    10. Cathy Smith, Richmond, VA, 977, 195.40
    11. Susan George, Middle Island, NY, 973, 194.60
    12. Rosanne Allen, El Paso, TX, 972, 194.40
    13. Christina Holcomb, Glenpool, OK, 970, 194.00
    14. Lilia Johnson, Lawton, OK, 966, 193.20
    15. Helen Lewis, Lakewood, WA, 964, 192.80
    16. Nancy Fehr, Cincinnati, OH, 962, 192.40
    (tie) Janice Berry, Madison, AL, 962, 192.40
    18. Fran Deken, Coweta, OK, 958, 191.60
    19. Cheryl Hammitt, Union City, CA, 945, 189.00
    20. Denise Myers, Pensacola, FL, 944, 188.80
    21. Cathrine Wilson, Seguin, TX, 937, 187.40
    22. Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, FL, 933, 186.60
    23. Lynn Minning, Austin, TX, 932, 186.40
    24. Juliana Rhoads, Las Vegas, NV, 929, 185.80
    25. Janine Primrose, Gardnerville, NV, 926, 185.20
    26. Derry Lee Smith, Rupert, ID, 923, 184.60
    27. Beverly Russell, El Paso, TX, 919, 183.80
    28. Kuniko Naganawa, Japan, 918, 183.60
    29. Pam Campbell, Fairfield, OH, 917, 183.40
    30. Debra Sinek, Odenton, MD, 912, 182.40
    31. Becky Clark, Des Moines, IA, 910, 182.00
    32. Barbara Shelton, Hempstead, NY, 909, 181.80
    (tie) Cynthia Kesterson, Council Bluffs, IA, 909, 181.80
    34. Fran Minton, Iowa Park, TX, 902, 180.40
    35. Jayne Lampugnani, Philadelphia, PS, 901, 180.20
    (tie) Melody Rane, Reno, NV, 901, 180.20
    37. Elizabeth Dawson, Sunnyvale, CA, 899, 179.80
    (tie) Judy Gurney, Omaha, NE, 899, 179.80
    (tie) M Virginia Johnson, Greenland, NH, 899, 179.80
    40. Cindy Darling, Lake Placid, FL, 897, 179.40
    (tie) Pam Buckner, Reno, NV, 897, 179.40
    (tie) Pattie Cochran, Rogue River, OR, 897, 179.40
    43. Linda De Camp, Henderson, NV, 894, 178.80
    44. Pamela Lawrence, Pflugerville, TX, 891, 178.20
    45. Judy Vogel, Slidell, LA, 889, 177.80
    46. Margaret Kruper, Long Island, NY, 885, 177.00
    47. Donna Johnson, Sparks, NV, 884, 176.80
    48. Debbie Wade, West Jordan, UT, 879, 175.80
    (tie) Ann Swann, Wilmington, NC, 879, 175.80
    50. Connie Palmer, El Cajon, CA, 877, 175.40
    51. L Jean Fisher, Olathe, KS, 872, 174.40
    (tie) Teri Sunell, Eugene, OR, 872, 174.40
    53. Cora Johnson, Waipahu, HI, 871, 174.20
    (tie) Patti Linn, Madison, AL, 871, 174.20
    55. Diana Cavins, Fairfield, CA, 869, 173.80
    56. Susan Kolbert, Las Vegas, NV, 868, 173.60
    (tie) Susan Hirner, Lockport, IL, 868, 173.60
    58. Joan Reilly, Wilmington, NC, 865, 173.00
    (tie) Karen Pullman, Salt Lake City, UT, 865, 173.00
    60. Merlina Wood, Longmont, CO, 863, 172.60
    61. Ginger Barbacovey, Cantonment, FL, 860, 172.00
    62. Annese Dunleavy, Las Vegas, NV, 857, 171.40
    (tie) Cathy Turner, Williamsville, VT, 857, 171.40
    64. Rose Irby, Pensacola, FL, 854, 170.80
    65. Andi Whitlock, Middleton, DE, 853, 170.60
    (tie) Theresa Chaney, Pensacola, FL, 853, 170.60
    67. Jennifer Nelson, Menlo Park, CA, 852, 170.40
    (tie) Melody Felton, Colfax, IA, 852, 170.40
    69. Ann Kordenbrock, Cincinnati, OH, 850, 170.00
    70. Debbie Ip, Edmonton, Alberta, 849, 169.80
    (tie) Jennifer Jones, Powder Springs, GA, 849, 169.80
    72. Marianne Morton, Palm Coast, FL, 848, 169.60
    (tie) Barbara Gnegy, Lakeland, FL, 848, 169.60
    (tie) Susan Harris, Tampa, FL, 848, 169.60
    (tie) Debbie Haggerty, Weimar, CA, 848, 169.60
    76. Heidi Pagenkopf, Lynnwood, WA, 846, 169.20
    77. Carole Jones, Englewood, CO, 845, 169.00
    78. Cleofe Avis, San Mateo, CA, 840, 168.00
    79. Amy Gottlieb, San Diego, CA, 837, 167.40
    80. Polly Torvik, Grass Valley, CA, 836, 167.20
    (tie) Patricia Addison, La Vista, NE, 836, 167.20
    82. Christine Drew, Santa Clara, CA, 834, 166.80
    (tie) June Shimoda, Fresno, CA, 834, 166.80
    84. Elizabeth Wong, Calgary, Alberta, 831, 166.20
    (tie) Donna Moulton, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 831, 166.20
    86. Norma Winfield, Chester, VA, 829, 165.80
    (tie) Candy Sylvia, Felton, CA, 829, 165.80
    88. Joyce Owens, Greenback, TN, 827, 165.40
    89. Jeanette Porter, Omaha, NE, 826, 165.20
    90. Sharon Taylor, Frederick, MD, 825, 165.00
    (tie) Lela Larkin, Medford, OR, 825, 165.00
    92. Marci Williams, Wichita, KS, 823, 164.60
    93. Deyonne Pickerign, Leavenworth, KS, 822, 164.40
    94. Roberta Haffner, Grand Prairie, TX, 820, 164.00
    95. Olivia Rice, Windsor Mill, MD, 819, 163.80
    (tie) Shirley Braverman, Phoenix, AZ, 819, 163.80
    97. Janine Ditch, Chino Hills, CA, 813, 162.60
    98. Joan Boyce, Olathe, KS, 811, 162.20
    (tie) Alice Hale, Austin, TX, 811, 162.20
    (tie) A Jane Hassell, Springfield, VA, 811, 162.20
    (tie) Freida Gates, Villages, FL, 811, 162.20
    102. Gwen Terry, Tacoma, WA, 810, 162.00
    (tie) Cindy Whiteman, Portland, OR, 810, 162.00
    104. Karren Drysdale, Bixby, OK, 808, 161.60
    105. Cheryl Younger, Overland Park, KS, 807, 161.40
    (tie) Sharon Bush, Bloomingdale, NJ, 807, 161.40
    (tie) Doreen Phone, Canada, 807, 161.40
    (tie) Lynda White, Corydon, IN, 807, 161.40
    109. Louise Szerzo, Pensacola, FL, 806, 161.20
    (tie) Waynette Lewis, Carsen City, NV, 806, 161.20
    111. Maryfran Milbank, Winter Haven, FL, 803, 160.60
    112. Norma Manns, Austin, TX, 802, 160.40
    113. Leslie Blandford, Jacksonville, FL, 801, 160.20
    114. Carla Burke, Nevada City, CA, 799, 159.80
    115. Gail Kelly, Philadelphia, PA, 797, 159.40
    116. Jan Thomas, Urbandale, IA, 794, 158.80
    117. Jinnie Henry, Hixson, TN, 789, 157.80
    118. Wendy Brown, La Mesa, CA, 784, 156.80
    (tie) Marjorie Netz, Las Vegas, NV, 784, 156.80
    120. Donna Munoz, Pleasant Hill, CA, 783, 156.60
    121. Pat Chambers, Severna Park, MD, 781, 156.20
    122. Kathy Kurtz, Bismark, ND, 779, 155.80
    123. Joyce Marshall, New York, NY, 777, 155.40
    124. Jean Schrilla, Addison, IL, 776, 155.20
    125. Marilyn Kreg, Delton, MI, 774, 154.80
    126. Shirlee Tooke, El Paso, TX, 773, 154.60
    127. Jan Schnell-topolski, Anchorage, AK, 771, 154.20
    128. Linda Gooding, Willow Street, PA, 767, 153.40
    (tie) Theda Hicks, Cantonment, FL, 767, 153.40
    130. Darlena Almond, Longmont, CO, 765, 153.00
    131. Carmen Antunez, El Paso, TX, 762, 152.40
    132. Stephanie Milhous, Nevada City, CA, 753, 150.60
    133. Virginia Wright, Winter Haven, FL, 739, 147.80
    134. Elizabeth Woods, Bel Air, MD, 730, 146.00
    135. Shirley Hollingsworth, Corydon, IN, 719, 143.80
    136. Jeania Schmidt, Chula Vista, CA, 713, 142.60
    137. Shirley Strum, Herlong, CA, 712, 142.40
    138. Jean Pakes, Oxnard, CA, 700, 140.00
    139. Maritza Collazo, Bayamon, PR, 695, 139.00
    140. Marti Elliott, Seven Lakes, NC, 693, 138.60