Bellinder, O'Keefe, Pluhowsky add their names to the leaderboard in U.S. Women's Open


    United States

    Squad A leader Tammy Boomershine holds on to the lead after Day One

    2009WUSOTammyBoomershine.jpg2009WUSOMissyBellinder.jpgOne past and two current Team USA members led Squad B on the first day of qualifying for the 2009 U.S. Women's Open which is being held at Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev.

    Pat member Missy Bellinder (pictured left) of Fullerton, Calif. had eight games between 216 and 248 on the Shark, oil pattern to lead the squad with 1840 pinfall total and an average of 230.00. Bellinder moved into second place in the overall standings, 108 pins behind Squad A leader Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah.

    The former PWBA champion (pictured right) leads the field of 170 players after the first of three 8-game qualifying block with 1948 or an average of 243.50. Boomershine rolled the sole 300 game so far in the penultimate game of the block.

    2009WUSOShannonPluhowsky.jpg2009WUSOShannonOKeefe.jpg"I struggled for several years, but for the last couple, I've been throwing the ball better and bowling some more tournaments," said Boomershine, who was the 1994 PWBA Rookie of the Year and has won four PWBA titles between '94 and '96. "I may not bowl on tour anymore, but I still feel like I'm that type of bowler. I'm very comfortable out there. I enjoy the competitive side of it. I like being tested and bowling against all of these talented women."

    Trailing Bellinder by 90 and 103 pins were current Team USA members Shannon O'Keefe (left), Arlington, Texas, and Shannon Pluhowsky (right), Phoenix. O'Keefe, the 2007 Singles World Champion felled 1750 (218.75) pins including a 278 high game to move into 8th place overall.

    Pluhowsky, a two-time World Cup champion, chalked up 1737 pins (217.13) , good for 12th overall. Another past Team USA member, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, was sixth in the squad with 1713 to move into 17th place overall.

    2009WUSOKarenMarcanoGilantGonzalezAliciaMarcano.jpgThe top 3 players from the huge international contingent which exceeds one-third of the field came from Venezuela and Korea.

    The Marcano sisters, Alicia and Karen, posted 1919 and 1701 to sit in 15th and 21st place after the first day, respectively. Former Korean national team member Cha Mi-Jung was sandwiched between the Venezuelans with 1718, good for 16th place overall.

    L-R Venezuelan national team members Karen Marcano, Gilant Gonzalez and Alicia Marcano.

    2009WRMShalinZulkifli.jpgTwo-time World Champion Shalin Zulkifli (right), Malaysia, is currently the best of the international bowlers in third place with 1830 (228.75). Zara Glover, a 3-time World Champion from England, is 10th with 1748, with Robin Orlikowski, Canada, in 13th at 1733.

    All players will return on Wednesday for the second 8-game block on the Chameleon pattern.

    2009WUSOSylviavdTolDanielleGhislaineIrmavdMeer.jpgThe 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 (18th, 1707) is the defending champion and will be looking to claim the coveted title for the third time. She also won the event in 2001.

    Pictures left are Dutch national team members Dani√ęlle van der Meer and Ghislaine van der Tol (middle, l-r) with Ghislaine's mother Sylvia, left, and Dani√ęlle's mother Irma, right.

    2009WUSOSvetlanaDoroshenkoEvgeniyaSmirnovaYuliaGorbacheva.jpgAll 170 players (one player withdrew) 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).

    Pictured right - L-R Russian national team members Svetlana Doroshenko, Evgeniya Smirnova and Yulia Gorbacheva

    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 - Michelle Feldman, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Stefanie Nation, Jodi Woessner, Wendy Macpherson and Liz Johnson - 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 and B)

    8 games on the Shark pattern


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

    8 games on the Shark pattern