Tammy Boomershine starts 2009 U.S. Women's Open with a perfect game


    United States

    Leads Squad A after first round qualifying

    2009WUSOTammyHankBoomershine.jpgFormer PWBA champion Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah (pictured with husband Hank, VP of Sales and Marketing for Storm), took the early lead in the 2009 U.S. Women's Open - A USBC Event Tuesday morning at Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev.

    Boomershine finished her 8-game block on the PBA Shark pattern with the sole 300 game of Squad A followed by 277 to set the pace with 1948 pinfall total and an average of 243.50.

    Trailing Boomershine by 118 pins to sit in second place is Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, one of 59 international players in the 171-player field. Zulkifli, who bowled the PBA Women's Series last year, had an 1830 including a 279 and an average of 228.75.

    Both players paid the extra 750 Dollars entry fee to qualify for the 2009-10 PBA Women's Series.

    Third-place Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, is automatically qualified fort he series as one of the six champions from last season. Dorin-Ballard, who won two silver and a bronze medal the WTBA Women's World Championships last week, totaled 1796 (224.50).

    Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., the only woman who was exempt on the PBA Tour, landed in fourth place with 1773 (221.63). Fresh off her victory in the USBC Open Championships Regular Doubles, Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, rolled a 1765 series (220.63) to overtake fifth place.

    Defending champion Kim Terrell-Kearney, Dover, Del., is in 12th place with 1707.

    2009WUSOZaraGloverLizaDelRosario.jpg2009WUSOClaraGuerrero.jpgThe international bowlers are well represented among the top 24. 3-time World Champion Zara Glover (pictuzred left with Liza Del Rosario from the Philippines), England, is 8th with 1748, Canadian Robin Orlikowski, Canada, is 10th (1733), Esther Cheah, Malaysia, and Tina Hulsch, Germany, are tied for 13th with 1702, followed by Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic (15th, 1695), Veronica Lantto, Sweden (16th, 1691), two-time World Champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (right), Colombia (17th, 1685), Zandra Aziela, (17th, 1681) ,and Sharon Koh (18th, 1679), both Malaysia, Janine Gabel, Germany (23rd, 1674) and Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, who rolled the sole 300 game in last week's Women's World Championships in 24th place with 1665.

    2009WUSOWaileaFilor.gif2009WUSOGermany.jpgPlayers from Squad B will bowl their first qualifying round later Tuesday.

    Pictured left are the four German players Alexandra Filor, Patricia Luoto, Tina Hulsch and Janine Gabel. On the right: Alexandra's husband Thorsten Filor and their 11-month-old daughter Wailea with her funny shirt.

    The qualifying of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event, got underway Tuesday morning at 8am Las Vegas time with Squad a taking to the 72 lanes at Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev.

    The U.S. Women's Open, which has an entry fee of $350, is open to any USBC female member and features a prize fund of $150,000. Kim Terrell-Kearney is the defending champion and will be looking to claim the coveted title for the third time. She also won the event in 2001.

    All 171 players including 59 players from outside the U.S. representing 18 countries from all over the world were split into two squads, A and B, to bowl three eight-game qualifying blocks over three days (Aug. 4-6).

    Each 8-game block will be bowled on a different PBA Experience lane pattern. The first block will be bowled on Shark, the second on Chameleon and the third on Cheetah.

    After the qualifying is over, the field is cut to the top 48 players, who will bowl an additional 16 games on Friday Aug. 7.

    The top 12 players after 40 games will advance to the televised, single-game, match-play portion with the top four players receiving a first-round bye directly into the quarterfinals. The winner will receive the $25,000 first-place check.

    Any competitor who rolls a 300 game on one of the first four TV shows will receive a $25,000 bonus, while a perfect game in the semifinals or championship match (the fifth show), will earn $100,000.

    The Professional Bowlers Association Women's Tour Trials, a simultaneous event gives the bowlers a chance to qualify for the seven-event PBA Women's Series. The top 12 bowlers from the Tour Trials will join the six champions from last season as exempt players for the 2009-10 PBA Women's Series.


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    2009 U.S. Women's Open - Qualifying Round One (Squad A only)

    8 games on the Shark pattern