Dorin-Ballard, O'Keefe lead top 48 after Round 4 in U.S. Women's Open - A USBC Event


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    Three international bowlers in the top 12 after 32 of 40 games

    2009WUSOCarolynDorinBallard2.jpg2009WUSOShannonOKeefe2.jpgCarolyn Dorin-Ballard (pictured left), Keller, Texas, rolled the second-highest 1992 series Friday morning at 72-lane Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev. to leap one spot and to overtake the lead in the 2009 U.S. Women's Open - A USBC Event after four rounds. Dorin-Ballard, a star on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour, which folded in 2003, has amassed 7112 pins, an average of 222.25 over 32 games.

    The 41 ft. PBA Scorpion oil, pattern is the second-longest of the six patterns which will be used during the U.S. Open. Team USA member and 2007 World Singles Championships Shannon O' Keefe (right), Arlington, Texas, had the highest 1848 series of all 48 players from 14 countries including the U.S. featuring games of 265, 221, 213, 206, 235, 248, 244 and 216. Averaging 231.00 for the round, O'Keefe leaped five spots to second place with 7053 total (23ß.41.

    As Dorin-Ballard is automatically qualified for the PBA Women's Series O'Keefe is now the top-ranked player in this extra category.

    2009WUSOShalinZulkifli.jpg2009WUSOClaraGuerrero4.jpgShalin Zulkifli (left), Malaysia, who led the field of 170 players before the cut to the top 48 yesterday, slipped to third place with 7052 (220.38) behind a 1684 series on Scorpion. Zulkifli is the best of 20 international players from 13 countries (Australia, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, Venezuela), who survived the first cut.

    With the fifth and final round of qualifying on the PBA Viper pattern to go, two more international bowlers sit among the top 12, who will advance to the TV finals. Two-time World champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (right), Colombia, is in 10th place with 6865, while Aumi Guerra, the No. 1 bowler in the Dominican Republic, is 12th with 6849.

    2009WUSOShannonPluhowsky.jpg2009WUSOLyndaBarnes.jpgThe other players currently in the top 12 are Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah; Amanda Fagan, Patchoque, N.Y.; Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif.; Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Shannon Pluhowsky (left), Phoenix; and Lynda Barnes (right), Double Oak, Texas. Boomershine, Fagan and Johnson each rolled a perfect game in the first qualifying portion.

    The next six players are less than 100 pins behind the cutoff number set by Guerra. World, World Ranking Masters and World Cup champion Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, is six pins off the pace for 12th place with 6843 and is followed by former PWBA star Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, N.M., Sharon Koh, Malaysia, Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore. and defending champion Kim Terrell-Kearney, Dover, Del.

    2009WUSOKerrySmith.jpg2009WUSODaniellevanderMeer.jpgRight before the fourth round action got underway Kerry Smith (pictured left), New Holland, Pa. and Danielle van der Meer (right), Netherlands, bowled a one-game roll-off to break the tie for 48th place and to determine the last player to advance to the Round of 48. The Dutch national team member started very nervous resulting in four opens in the first five frames. Smith started with strike, spare, strike before she suffered a pocket 7-10 split to lead by 24 pins at the halfway point.

    Van der Meer, who studied in the U.S. came back with spare and three strikes in a row to put some pressure on Smith. Finishing first, Needing two strikes in the 10th to shut the Dutch out, Smith managed a spare only.

    Van der Meer, who shot a 290 in the penultimate game yesterday, needed two strikes and a seven-count to advance, but her first ball went high to hand the match to her opponent, 178-168. Smith leaped to 43rd place in Round 4 with 6531 (204.09)

    All players return on Friday afternoon for the fifth and final block on Viper before the field will be cut to the top 12, who will advance to the TV finals on Saturday and Sunday.

    2009WUSOKimTerrellKearney.jpg2009WUSOKristalWilson.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 (14th, 5111) is the defending champion and will be looking to claim the coveted title for the third time. She also won the event in 2001.

    Pictured right is Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan.

    All 170 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 was bowled on a different PBA Experience lane pattern. The first block on Shark, the second on Chameleon and the third on Cheetah.

    2009WUSOSitiSafiyahAmirah.jpg2009WUSAAdrienneMiller.jpgAfter 24 games, the field was cut to the top 48 players, who will bowl an additional 16 games on Scorpion and Viper on Friday Aug. 7.

    Pictured left is Siti Safiyah Amrirah, Malaysia, and on the right side, Adrienne Miller, Arlington Heights, Ill.

    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 shows will air on five consecutive Sundays at 2 p.m. EDT beginning Sept., 13. The scheduled is subject to change.

    2009WUSOMariaJoseRodriguez.jpg2009WUSORocioRestrepo3.jpgThe 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 ($750 additional entry fee for the Women's Tour Trials. 22 of them advanced to the Round of 48.

    Pictured here are Colombian's Maria Jose Rodriguez (left) and Rocio Resprepo (right).

    The top 12 of those 22 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.

    The Women's Series will feature five standard events, the open-field PBA Women's World Championship, the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship and the season-ending PBA Women's Series Showdown.

    Each standard event will have a 20-player field, up from the 16-player field used this season. The final two players in the field will come from the weekly Tour Qualifying Rounds, similar to the PBA Tour. Competitors in the Women's Series will be competing for nearly $500,000 in prize money with $10,000 going to the winner of each regular event.



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    2009 U.S. Women's Open - Top 48 after Qualifying Round Four

    Round 1 on Shark, Round 2 on Chameleon, Round 3 on Cheetah, Round 4 on Scorpion and Round 5 on Viper. The top 12 after 40 games advance.



    2009 U.S. Women's Open - Qualifying Round Four

    8 games on the Scorpion pattern