Tammy Boomershine shoots big game to win 2009 U.S. Women's Open

    08/12/09

    United States

    Rolls back-to-back 269 games on the way to the title

     

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    2009WUSOChampTammyBoomershine.jpgAfter undergoing back surgery in 1997, Tammy Boomershine (pictured left) of North Ogden, Utah, completed her long recovery by winning the 2009 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

    Boomershine defeated USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 269-225, in the championship match at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center. She earned $25,000 for the victory, which was televised nationally on ESPN.

    "It's so surprising to me to be in this position after all I've been through," Boomsershine said. "I'm truly honored to bowl against Carolyn, one of my best friends and one of the best bowlers ever, and to beat her for a major title is a huge accomplishment."

    After earning Professional Women's Bowling Association rookie of the year honors in 1994 and finishing runner-up for player of the year honors in 1996, Boomershine won her first title since the back surgery derailed her career. And she nearly did so in dramatic fashion.

    Boomershine had her sights set on a $100,000 bonus for a perfect game in the championship match, starting with eight consecutive strikes before a ringing 10 pin put an end to her bid for perfection.

    "Once I let the ball out of my hand, I thought it would strike," Boomershine said. "I wanted to throw a strike more to end the match, but I was definitely thinking about that $100,000."

    Dorin-Ballard could only sit and watch as Boomershine built a 40-pin lead after four frames. For Dorin-Ballard, it was her second career runner-up finish at the U.S. Women's Open. She also finished second in 2003 to Kelly Kulick.

    "I'm proud of the way I bowled," Dorin-Ballard said. "It's a lot easier to lose when you know that you've bowled well. I'm at peace with what happened today."

    In the semifinals, Dorin-Ballard started with six consecutive strikes before missing left and leaving a 3 pin in a 268-232 victory over Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix. Boomershine threw eight consecutive strikes starting in the third frame as she knocked off Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., 269-206.

    Dorin-Ballard earned $15,000 for the second place finish, while Pluhowsky and Bellinder took home $8,500 as they shared third place.

     


    2009 U.S. Women's Open - A USBC Event


    Strike Zone at Sunset Station in Henderson, Nev. USA (Aug., 3-9, 2009)

    1st place: Tammy Boomershine North Ogden, Utah, $25,000
    2nd place: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, $15,000
    3rd - 4th place: Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, and Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., $8,500 each
    5th - 8th place Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas; Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J. ; Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; and Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, $6,000 each
    9th - 12th place: Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia; Kim Terrell-Kearney; Grand Prairie, Texas; and Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, $5,000 each

     

     

    Championship Match: No. 4 Tammy Boomershine def. No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, 269-225


    All matches on the 2009 USBC Women’s Championships pattern.

    2009WUSOTammyBoomershine2.jpg009WUSOCarolynDorinBallard2.jpgTammy Boomershine (pictured left) of North Ogden, Utah, the No. 4 finished in style to win the 2009 U.S. Women's Open and the $25,000 top prize. Boomershine, a 4-time PWBA champion and 1994 Rookie of the Year, who hasn't bowled much in the past years, celebrated an unbelievable come back and made run for the 100,000 Dollar perfect game bonus.

    In the championship match against No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, a 20-time champion and one of the stars of the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour before the organization was folded in 2003,

    Tammy was perfect for the first 8 frames before a solid 10-pin ended her dream. She spared and finished with strike and spare for her second consecutive 269 game in TV Show #5 and got standing ovations from the crowd and her fellow bowlers and Team USA members.

    Carolyn alternated strikes (lane 10) and spares (lane 9) in the first five frames before the got the first strike on lane 9 for a double trailing Tammy by 51 pins. After two single-pin spares (7 and 10), Carolyn closed out the match with three strikes and 7. She received $15,000 for second place.

     

     

    Semifinal Match 1: No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard def. No. 6 Shannon Pluhowsky, 268-232


    2009WUSOShannonPluhowsky.jpg2009WUSOCarolynDorinBallard3.jpgNo. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (pictured left) of Keller, Texas, came out of the gates quickly in the first semifinal match against lefty Shannon Pluhowsky (right) of Phoenix, seeded sixth. She reeled off six consecutive strikes to hold a comfortable 41 pin lead.

    Pluhowsky, who ousted defending champion Kim Terrell-Kearney and No. 3 Kelly Kulick on her 27th birthday yesterday, started with three spares and a strike in frame two before she got lined up and fired four consecutive strikes to narrow the gap.

    Working on six strikes, Carolyn's shot clock was about to expire in frame 7 and as she rushed to avoid a fine, she missed her target and almost went Brooklyn but got a 3 pin. She spared and put the match away with another three strikes in a row and a final spare.

    When Shannon left the 2-4-7 combination in frame 9, the match was over. She spared and finished with two strikes and the Big Four. Shannon received $8,500 for a tied third place.

     

     

    Semifinal Match 2: No. 4 Tammy Boomershine def. No. 9 Missy Bellinder, 269-206


    2009WUSOTammyBoomershine.jpg2009WUSOMissyBellinder.jpgNo. 4 seed Tammy Boomershine (pictured left) of North Ogden, Utah, who lead the U.S. Women's Open on Day One qualifying after rolling the first 300 game of the event flew past No. 9 Missy Bellinder (right) of Fullerton, Calif., to advance to the title match against Carolyn Dorin-Ballard.

    Missy and Tammy both started with a strike but while Missy failed to spare the bucket (2-4-5-8) in the second frame Tammy spared a 6-pin and then reeled of eight consecutive strikes to put the match away in the 9th frame. The 1992 BWAA Bowler of the Year, who turned professional in 1994, got a solid 7 on her second ball in the 10th frame and finished with a spare.

    Missy, who had strikes in frame 4, 6 through 8 and on her fill ball and 4 single-pin spares, had to settle for a tied third place, worth $8,500.

     

     

     

    Match 1: No. 5 Shalin Zulkifli def. No. 12 Diandra Asbaty, 255-206

     

    2009WUSOShalinZulkifli.jpg2009WUSODiandraAsbaty.jpgThe opening match of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open finals in an arena setting at Strike Zone, a 72-lanes bowling center at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino in Henderson, Nevada, featured two multiple World Champions, Malaysia's Shalin Zulkifli (pictured left) and Diandra Asbaty (right) of Chicago.

    Diandra, who moved into the 12 in the 40th and final game of the preliminaries, started with a double on the TV pair 9 and 10 but suffered a 2-10 split in frame 5, which resulted in an open frame.

    Shalin spared 3-6 in the first followed by a double to take 15-lead after three frames. Both players then duplicated their first three frames. Diandra got two strikes and 4-6-7 split while Shalin had a spare in the 4th frame followed by another double to take a commanding 52 pin lead.

    Though Diandra finished with a spare, three strikes and a spare, she was not able to put enough pressure on Shalin. The multiple sportswoman from Malaysia secured the victory with three more strikes and a final spare to set up a quarterfinal match with Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah.

     


    Match 2: No. 4 Tammy Boomershine def. No. 5 Shalin Zulkifli, 216-202


    2009WUSOShalinZulkifli3.jpg2009WUSOFinalsTammyBoomershine.jpgNo. 4 seed Tammy Boomershine (pictured left) of North Ogden, Utah, a 4-time PWBA champion, and Match One winner Shalin Zulkifli (right) from Malaysia were set to determine the first semifinalist in the 2009 U.S. Women's Open - A USBC Event.

    Both players are Storm staffers, very much to the delight of Storm owner Bill Chrisman and his wife Barb, who attended the show and, of course, Tammy's husband Hank, VP of Sales and Marketing for Storm, who was even on the lanes as Tammy's coach. In the other corner was Malaysian head coach Holloway Cheah, a USBC silver level coach.

    Tammy was struggling on the right lane (10) already during practice and decided to start on this lane. This meant she would finish last and on the other lane (9). A decision that eventually paid off.

    Shalin came out of the gates quickly rolling three strikes in a row to take a 22-pin lead as Tammy had three spares only. Tammy, who rolled the first 300-game of the Open on the first qualifying day, alternated strikes and spares in the next five frames getting two 10s on the right lane.

    Zulkifli was unable to take advantage as she got two 10s on lane 9 but maintained her 21-pin lead through frame 8.

    Working on a strike in the 8th, Tammy got up for her last shot on lane 10, knowing if this would again be no strike, the match would be practically over. She buried the ball in the pocket and got the strike and added the first in the 10th frame on the left lane. Though she finished with 9.spare, she forced Shalin to finish with 9, spare, strike to win by one pin.

    Shalin got up and suffered a bad shot, resulting in a 4-6-7-10 split and the match was lost. Tammy advances to the semis and will meet the Show No. 4 winner (to be determined).

     


    Match 3: No. 6 Shannon Pluhowsky def. No. 11 Kim Terrell-Kearney, 269-172


    2009WUSOShannonPluhowsky.jpg2009WUSOKimTerrellKearney.jpgOn her 27th birthday, sixth seeded Shannon Pluhowsky (pictured left) of Phoenix, flew past the defending champion, Kim Terrell-Kearney (right) of Grand Prairie, Texas, 269-172, to advance to the quarterfinal of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open.

    Kim, who was 11th after the 40-game preliminaries to have a chance to bowl for her third U.S. Open title (she also won the event in 2001 had two open frames in the first five frames to fall behind early. She got a 4-6-7 split in the first and a baby split in the fifth.

    Shannon, a USBC Queens champion and two-time World Cup winner, started with the front eight to make a run for the $25,000 bonus for a televised 300 game. A solid 7 in the 9th frame ended her dream of a perfect birthday gift but sealed the victory over Kim.

    Kim struck on three of her four shots in frames 6-9 and finished with a spare. Shannon got another strike in the 10 and spared a 6-pin for the highest game of this year's U.S. Open shows en route to set up a quarterfinal match with Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.

     


    Match 4: No. 6 Shannon Pluhowsky def. No. 3 Kelly Kulick, 236-142


    2009WUSOKellyKulick.jpg2009WUSOFinalsShannonPluhowski.jpgIf you thought Kim Terrell-Kearney had a bad day, how is this? 2003 U.S. Women's Open champion Kelly Kulick (pictured left) of Union, N.J., the No. 3 seed, left five splits in her first six frames (all resulted in an open frame) to hand the victory to Shannon Pluhowsky (right) of Phoenix, on silver plate.

    Kelly, the 2003 U.S. Women's Open winner, started with the baby split, followed by 3-4-6-7-10 and 3-6-7-10 in the second and third frame. After a strike in fourth frame, a commercial break came in the wrong moment and Kelly continued with a Greek Church (4-6-7-9-10) and a 2-4-10.

    Shannon started the match with three strikes in a row, two spares and another strike to lead the match after six frames by an enormous 77 pins. Kelly almost got another split in the 7th when a 10-pin fell late and left the 4 and 7 pin standing only. She spared and also spared a 1-2-10 washout in the 8th before she rolled two strikes in the 9th and 10.

    She finished with another 1-2-4-10 washout and the nightmare was finally over. Shannon sandwiched two spares around a three-bagger to cruised to victory and to advance to the semifinals, where she will meet the Show No. 3 winner (to be determined).

     


    Match 5: No. 7 Lynda Barnes def. No. 10 Clara Juliana Guerrero, 218-164

     

    2009WUSOLyndaBarnes2.jpg2009WUSOClaraGuerrero4.jpgIn the first match in Show #3 on Sunday morning at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nevada, two Columbia staffers, No. 7 Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas and No. 10 Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia battled it out for the right to challenge No. 2 seed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard for one of the semifinal spots in the 2009 U.S. Women's Open - A USBC Event.

    Clara, who won the gold medals in All Events and Masters, didn't have a good look on the lanes during practice. She started with a washout (1-2-4-10) on the left lane of the TV pair 9 and 10 and spared it.

    Lynda, who won the USBC Queens and Bowling's Clash of Champions last year, started with two single-pin spares (10 and 9), then reeled off three consecutive strikes to take a 37-pin lead after five frames.

    The 27-year-old Colombian spared a 10-pin in the second frame, then got the "Big Four" (4-6-7-10) followed by a strike in the fourth frame. However, you will not win many matches and especially not at the U.S. Women's Open if you throw only one strike in a match. And this is what happened to Clara.

    She made some adjustments but all she got in the final six frames were three 10-pins, two 6-pins and another big Split (4-6-7).

    Lynda alternated Spares and Strikes in Frames 6 through 10 to put the match away well behind the final frame.

     

     

    Match 6: No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard def. No. 7 Lynda Barnes, 258-225


    2009WUSOCarolynDorinBallard3.jpg2009WUSOLyndaBarnes2.jpgThe final match of TV Show #3 between No. 2 seed Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (pictured left) of Keller, Texas
    and Match 5 winner, Lynda Barnes (right) of Double Oak, Texas, was all about knocking the 10-pin down.

    Both players started into the match with a 10-pin spare and two strikes but while Carolyn connected for a six-bagger before she got another 10-pin in frame 8, Lynda had 10-pins in the 4th, 7th and 8th frame.

    Though Lynda had two more doubles (frames 5-6 and in the 10th), she was unable to put any pressure on Carolyn, who was one of the stars of the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour before the organization was folded in 2003.

    Lynda finished with her fifth 10-pin on the fill ball while Carolyn doubled in the 9th and 10th before she spared a 4-pin en route to advance to the semifinal match No. 1 against Show #2 winner Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix.

     

     

    Match 7: No. 9 Missy Bellinder def. No. 8 Liz Johnson, 212-202


    2009WUSOMissyBellinder.jpg2009WUSOLizJohnson.jpgThe final match of the Round of 12 at the 2009 U.S. Women's Open between No. 8 Liz Johnson (pictured left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y. and No. 9 Missy Bellinder (right) of Fullerton, Calif. was decided in the final frame.

    Liz, who won the USBC Queens earlier this year in Reno, started the match with a single-pin spare (4-pin) bur fell behind after a 4-6-7-10 split in frame #2. Missy, who is the only woman who won two PBA regional titles, sandwiched two single-pin spares on lane #10 around a strike on lane 9 before she doubled in frames 4 and 5.

    Liz countered with three consecutive strikes in frames 3-5 to narrow the gap to 6 pins at the halfway point. However, another 4-pin ended her string of strikes and after her third consecutive strike on lane #9 strike, Liz got a 10 and yet another 4-pin on the next two balls.

    Missy spared a 10-pin in the sixth and extended her lead with a double but when she suffered a 4-10 split in the 9th frame, she led by just one pin heading into the final frame.

    Finishing first, Missy was trying to shut Liz out with three strikes. She got the first two but left a 10-pin on her last ball which gave Liz the chance to tie the match at 212.

    Liz got the first strike but left 3-6 on the next ball to seal her fate. Missy booked her spot in the last quarterfinal match against No. 1 seed Shannon O' Keefe.

     

     

    Match 8: No. 9 Missy Bellinder def. No. 1 Shannon O' Keefe, 279-213


    2009WUSOShannonOKeefe.jpg2009WUSAMissyBellinder3.jpgShannon O'Keefe (pictured left) of Arlington, Texas, earned the No. 1 seed for the 2009 U.S. Women's Open after leading the 170-player field from 19 countries including the U.S. after averaging 220.93 for 40 games on five different PBA pattern.

    However, there isn't really much you can do in a single-game match if your opponent throws 11 strikes.

    That happened in the last quarterfinal match Sunday afternoon at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center when No. 9 Missy Bellinder (right) of Fullerton, Calif. was just a 4-pin away from a perfect game which would have earned her a $25,000 bonus.

    Missy started with a four-bagger before she got the 4-pin in frame 5 to take a 31-pin lead over Shannon. The 2007 World Singles champion started with a strike, two spares and strike. Another strike in the fifth frame would have narrowed the gap but instead Shannon got a ringing 10. Though she reeled off six strikes in the next five frames, a washout in the 8th frame, which resulted in the only open frame, took the wind out of her sails.

    Missy went off the sheet for the highest game in this year's U.S. Women's Open finals en route to set up a semifinal match against Show #1 winner Tammy Boomershine.

     

     

    2009 U.S. Women's Open final produces five TV Shows over the weekend


    WomensUSOpenLogo_small.jpgThe top 12 of the 170-player field from 19 countries including the U.S. advanced to the televised, single-game, match-play portion of the 2009 U.S. Women's Open - A USBC Event. The five shows will be produced at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8-9.

    The top four players, No. 1 Shannon O'Keefe, No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, No. 3 Kelly Kulick and No. 4 Tammy Boomershine received a first-round bye directly into the quarterfinals. The winner will receive the $25,000 first-place check.

    Kim Terrell-Kearney, seeded 11th, is the defending champion and will be looking to claim the coveted title for the third time. She also won the event in 2001.

    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 on ESPN. The schedule is subject to change.

     


    The finalists are:
    No. 1 Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas
    No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas
    No. 3 Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J.
    No. 4 Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah
    No. 5 Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia
    No. 6 Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix
    No. 7 Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas
    No. 8 Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.
    No. 9 Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif.
    No. 10 Clara Juliana Guerrero of Colombia
    No. 11 Kim Terrell-Kearney of Grand Prairie, Texas
    No. 12 Diandra Asbaty of Chicago

     

     

    2009 U.S. Women's Open - TV Schedule


    Quarterfinal Show 1
    Match 1: No. 5 Shalin Zulkifli def. No. 12 Diandra Asbaty, 255-206
    and
    Match 2: No. 4 Tammy Boomershine def. No. 5 Shalin Zulkifli, 216-202.
    Boomershine goes to the semifinals.

    Quarterfinal Show 2
    Match 3: No. 6 Shannon Pluhowsky def. No. 11 Kim Terrell-Kearney, 269-172
    and
    Match 4: No. 6 Shannon Pluhowsky def. No. 3 Kelly Kulick, 236-142.
    Pluhowsky goes to the semifinals.

    Quarterfinal Show 3
    Match 5: No. 7 Lynda Barnes def. No. 10 Clara Juliana Guerrero, 218-164
    and
    Match 6: No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard def. No. 7 Lynda Barnes, 258-225
    Dorin-Ballard goes to the semifinals.

    Quarterfinal Show 4
    Match 7: No. 9 Missy Bellinder def. No. 8 Liz Johnson, 212-202
    and
    Match 8: No. 9 Missy Bellinder def. No. 1 Shannon O' Keefe, 279-213
    Bellinder goes to the semifinals.

    Show 5
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard def. No. 6 Shannon Pluhowsky, 268-232
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 4 Tammy Boomershine def. No. 9 Missy Bellinder, 269-206

    Championship Match: No. 4 Tammy Boomershine def. No. 2 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, 269-225.

    All matches on the 2009 USBC Women’s Championships pattern.

     

     

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