Diandra Asbaty defends Masters title; Women's final an all-American affair

    09/27/05

    2005 AmZ Championship

    Metrobowl in San José, Costa Rica - September 18-28, 2005

     The Team USA women capped off an impressive finish to the American Zone Championships on Tuesday by capturing all three medals in the Masters finals. The United States swept the women's Masters medals as Diandra Asbaty of Chicago took gold, Jennifer Petrick of Canton, Ohio, won silver and Lynda Barnes of Flower Mound, Texas, claimed bronze.

    Diandra Asbaty of the United States successfully defended her title when she defeated Jennifer Petrick, 378-370, in the women's Masters finals of the 14th American Zone Championship at Metrobowl in San José, Costa Rica. The stepladder final was an all-American affair as reigning World Youth Masters champion Petrick topped Lynda Barnes in the opening match, 244-238.

    Barnes defeated team mate Shannon Pluhowsky in the position round to grab the final spot for the stepladder. Pluhowsky missed the cut by eight pins to finish fourth.

     "It was amazing to be able to represent the United States like we did and take all three medals from a really strong field," said Asbaty, who also won Masters gold in the last American Zone Championships in 2001. "I'm just glad that we are bringing a lot of medals home."

    For Asbaty, Petrick (left) and Barnes (right), the outcome of the stepladder finals to determine medal positions was not important. But you couldn't tell that from the way they competed.

    It was the second time in American Zone Championships history that one country has swept all three women's Masters medals. The United States also accomplished the feat in 1989 when Barnes won bronze.


    14th American Zone Championship - Women's Masters Finals

    Metrobowl in San José, Costa Rica
    September 18-28, 2005


    Championship Round:
    1. Diandra Asbaty, United States, 378 (2 games)
    2. Jennifer Petrick, United States, 614 (3 games)
    3. Lynda Barnes, United States, 238 (1 game)

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: Petrick def. Barnes, 244-238
    Championship Match: Asbaty (207-171) def. Petrick (191-178), 378-370.

    Women Masters - Standings after 16 match play games

    Players with position, 16-game total (block 1-2), average, bonus and grand total

    1. Diandra Asbaty, United States, 3489 (1753-1736), 218,06, 140, 3629
    2. Jennifer Petrick, United States, 3477 (1770-1707), 217,31, 100, 3577
    3. Lynda Barnes, United States, 3442 (1706-1736), 215,13, 95, 3537
    Top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.

    4. Shannon Pluhowsky, United States, 3439 (1720-1719), 214,94, 90, 3529
    5. Alicia Marcano, Venezuela, 3264 (1693-1571), 204,00, 70, 3334
    6. Robin Crawford, Canada, 3204 (1606-1598), 200,25, 75, 3279
    7. Mariela Alarza, Venezuela, 3164 (1521-1643), 197,75, 80, 3244
    8. Marie Ramirez, Costa Rica, 3163 (1594-1569), 197,69, 80, 3243
    9. Lisa Noor, United States, 3158 (1615-1543), 197,38, 80, 3238
    10. Sayuri Yamada, Mexico, 3140 (1567-1573), 196,25, 70, 3210
    11. Kerrie Ryan-Ciach, Canada, 3090 (1548-1542), 193,13, 70, 3160
    12. Annie Henriquez, Dominican Republic, 3033 (1475-1558), 189,56, 80, 3113
    13. RocĂ­o Restrepo, Colombia, 2997 (1504-1493), 187,31, 80, 3077
    14. Paola Gomez, Colombia, 3005 (1482-1523), 187,81, 60, 3065
    15. Isabelle Rioux, Canada, 2963 (1503-1460), 185,19, 70, 3033
    16. Iliana Lomeli, Mexico, 2986 (1617-1369), 186,63, 40, 3026

    Download the Game-by-Game Results here....