Australia's Putney sets the pace on the Chameleon pattern at 2009 U.S. Women's Open


    United States

    Bellinder takes the overall lead as Squad B has completed 16/24 qualifying games

    2009WUSOAnnMareePutney.jpg2009WUSOMissyBellinder.jpgAnn-Maree Putney (pictured left) from Australia, one of the most experienced players among the 59 international bowlers, who are participating the 2009 U.S. Women's Open posted the highest block of the morning squad on the second day of qualifying at Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev.

    Putney started with a low game of 171 on the Chameleon pattern and added seven games between 204 and 253 to lead Squad B with 1796 and an average of 224.50 for the day.

    Missy Bellinder (pictured right) of Fullerton, Calif. was 38 pins behind with 1758 including three games in the 240s to lead the overall standings with 3598 total for 16 games, an average of 224.88. Putney is second with 3474.

    16-tim LPBT champion Dana Miller-Mackie (1755), Albuquerque, N.M., rolled the third-highest score this morning and was followed by Trisha Reid (1739), Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Team USA member Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas.

    2009WUSOChaMiJungLeeSunHee.jpg2009WUSOIsabelleSacco.jpgNext were two players from the large international contingent. Cha Mi-Jung (pictured left with compatriot Lee Sun-Hee, right), Korea, the first woman who rolled a perfect game at WTBA World Championships (1999) posted a 1715 8-game series to sit right behind Bellinder and Putney with 3433 (214.56).

    French No. 1 Isabelle Sacco (right), who has won 10 consecutive individual national championships in her country from 1995 through 2004 had a 1693 series and a 3326 total (207.88) good for 9th place after 16 games.

    Round One leader Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, who averaged 243.50 for the first eight games including a 300 game, is now on the lanes with Squad A for their second block of eight games.

    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.

    2009WUSOPuttyArmein.jpg2009WUSOSofiaRodriguez.jpgAll 170 players including 59 players from outside the U.S. representing 18 countries from all over the world (pictured left is Indonesia's Putty Armein and right Guatemala's Sofia Rordiguez) 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. A total of 43 players have paid the additional entry fee for the Women's Tour Trials.

    The top 12 of those 43 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 - Standings after Qualifying Round Two (Squad B only)

    Round 1 on Shark, Round 2 on Chameleon and Round 3 on Cheetah. The top 48 after 24 games will advance.



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

    8 games on the Chameleon pattern