Carolyn Dorin-Ballard continues to lead at USBC Queens after 10 games


    2010 USBC Queens

    El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center in El Paso, Texas (April 24-28, 2010)

    2010EBT05CarolynDorinBallard3.jpg United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (pictured left) of Keller, Texas, continued her dominance Sunday at the 2010 USBC Queens as she broke the 5 and 10-game qualifying records to lead going into Monday's final block of qualifying at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.

    Dorin-Ballard came out of the gates with a 299 game, and continued to strike as she added games of 254, 250, 235 and 256 for a five-game total of 1,294. Combined with her first-day total of 1,224, she is at 2,518 through the first two days with a 251.8 average.

    She beat her own record for the five-game block, when she posted a 1,258 total in the 2001 event on the way to her lone Queens victory. For the 10-game total, she knocked off Wendy Macpherson's 2,454 mark set during the 2000 event.

    "I wasn't even aware of the records," Dorin-Ballard said. "I was trying to stay focused and just make good shots. I really haven't felt like I've bowled well since August. I've made changes to just about everything, so I'm finally seeing the results pay off."



    Only the top 79 of 200 participants who started on Saturday made it on to Monday's third round, with another cut being made as defending champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., joins the top 63 bowlers for the double-elimination match-play format, which starts on Monday at 1 p.m. MDT. Although Dorin-Ballard is firmly inside the cut line, she looks to keep her foot on the accelerator.

    "I'm still shooting for the top spot," Dorin-Ballard said. "Maybe in the fourth or fifth game I'll try something different, but I'm looking to go out there and make good shots."

    The 20-time PWBA champion knows that a brand-new mentality will be needed once match play begins, since every bowler will have a fresh start.

    "You never know with match play," she said. "You don't know how your pair will play, or how your opponent will fair. A lot can happen in three games."

    2009WUSOLeanneHulsenberg.jpg200910PBAWSMichelleFeldman.jpgJoining Dorin-Ballard in the top five are USBC Hall of Famer and 1999 Queens champion Leanne Hulsenberg (left) of Roseville, Calif. (2,351), Michelle Feldman (right) of Auburn, N.Y. (2,319), 2007 Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. (2,304) and Kathy Tribbey of Dundee, Ore. (2,304).

    Earning the final spot for Monday's third round was Melissa Brownie of Shelbyville, Ky., who finished at 2,061.

    Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo., became the third bowler to roll a 300 game during the tournament, to finish at 2,228 for her 10-game total to finish the second day in 15th place. Shayna Ng of Singapore and Jessica Baker of Wichita, Kan., shot 300 in Saturday's qualifying round.

    Monday's final round of qualifying begins at 9 a.m. MDT. The double-elimination match-play format will being shortly after at 1 p.m. MDT, and continue throughout Monday and Tuesday. Watch the USBC Queens live from 9 am through 9 pm MDT.

    The championship round of the 2010 Queens will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. EDT.


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