Liz Johnson breaks record en route to top seed at USBC Queens


    United States

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

    2009TUSATTLizJohnson.jpgLiz Johnson (pictured left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., made it clear Tuesday that she was not going to bow out quietly at this year's United States Bowling Congress Queens.

    Johnson earned the top seed for the stepladder finals in record-breaking fashion, setting the all-time match-play three-game series mark with an 806-603 victory over Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y.

    Johnson will attempt to win her first USBC Queens title during the nationally televised finals live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EDT on Wednesday from the Reno Events Center.

    Joining Johnson in the championship round is second seed Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., third seed Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., fourth seed Lisa Bishop of Belleville, Mich., and fifth seed Brenda Edwards of Mansfield, Texas.

    This is the fourth time since 2004 that Johnson has advanced to the Queens championship round, but she has always come up short in her bid to win the event. She finished third last year, second in 2006 and fifth in 2004.

    "Winning the Queens would be the cherry on the icing for me," Johnson said. "I've had two major titles, national titles, local titles, world titles, but this is the one that has eluded me. I just have to focus on one game because I just don't want to put too much pressure on myself."

    In the match to determine the top seed, Johnson blew past Feldman in breaking the match play series record of 803 set a day earlier by Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas. Johnson's 806 series also makes her the only woman to shoot 800 in match play in both the Queens and the USBC Masters (843 in 2007).

    "Not only was I excited to shoot 800 in the Queens, but also having one in the Masters is a pretty proud feat for me," Johnson said. "Michelle and I just went out there and had a good time because at that point we were both on the show already."

    The top four seeds were the final four players remaining in the winners bracket, while Edwards made her way through the contenders bracket. Edwards defeated defending champion Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, 710-676 to earn the final spot in the finals.

    The 2009 USBC Queens featured a field of 251 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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    2009 USBC Queens - Match Play Results

    Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall

    Winners Bracket - Round 2

    Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., 791-645
    Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, def. Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 718-566
    Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., def. Samantha Williams, Hunt Valley, Calif., 553-531
    Carol Gianotti, Henderson, Nev., def. Adrianne Barela, Henderson, Nev., 652-596
    Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 679-556
    Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, def. Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 679-676
    Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., def. Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 695-523
    Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, def. Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 681-601


    Winners Bracket - Round 3

    Kulick def. Nation, 653-630
    Feldman def. Gianotti, 743-668
    Johnson def. O'Keefe, 733-722
    Bishop def. Edwards, 654-646


    Winners Bracket - Round 4

    Feldman def. Kulick, 652-583
    Johnson def. Bishop, 663-563


    Winners Bracket - Round 5

    Johnson def. Feldman, 806-603


    Contenders Bracket - Round 3

    Losers eliminated, earn $1,700.

    Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 707-588
    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, def. Stephanie Beck, Dubuque, Iowa, 753-572
    Kim Terrell-Kearney, Dover, Del., def. Nichole Spratford, Flanders, N.J., 673-590
    Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., def. Rebecca Williamson, Matoaca, Va., 589-569
    Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., def. Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 645-642
    Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Shana Ray, Woodsboro, Texas, 668-646
    Christina Kinney, Las Vegas def. Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 627-617
    Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., def. Christine Kato, Pearl City, Hawaii, 637-556


    Contenders Bracket - Round 4

    Losers eliminated, earn $2,000.

    Martin def. Bellinder, 569-536
    Gaines def. Dorin-Ballard, 643-612
    Terrell-Kearney def. Williams, 706-616
    Sterner def. Wilson, 655-654
    Woessner def. Current, 670-549
    Barnes def. Asbaty, 690-665
    Rapach def. Kinney, 606-591
    Galante def. Barela, 608-557


    Contenders Bracket - Round 5

    Losers eliminated, earn $2,400.

    Gaines def. Martin, 710-621
    Terrell-Kearney def. Sterner, 650-630
    Barnes def. Woessner, 676-584
    Galante def. Rapach, 700-589


    Contenders Bracket - Round 6

    Losers eliminated, earn $3,300.

    Edwards def. Gaines, 764-581
    Terrell-Kearney def. Gianotti, 738-635
    Barnes def. O'Keefe, 657-605
    Galante def. Nation, 667-657


    Contenders Bracket - Round 7

    Losers eliminated, earn $4,200.

    Edwards def. Terrell-Kearney, 702-693
    Barnes def. Galante, 729-667


    Contenders Bracket - Round 8

    Winner earns No. 5 seed. Loser eliminated, earns $5,500.

    Edwards def. Barnes, 710-676.