Kelly Kulick back on top at U.S. Women's Open


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    200910PBA10KellyKulick4.jpg200910PBA05LizJohnson2.jpgKelly Kulick (pictured left) of Union, N.J., finished the opening day of match play frustrated but at the top of the leaderboard Monday at the U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

    After 12 games of match play, Kulick found herself leading with a 5-7 record and a 36-game total of 7,879, including 30 bonus pins for each victory, at Cityview Lanes. Two players are right on Kulick's heels, however, as Liz Johnson (right) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., is second, 11 pins back, and Amanda Beck of Plano, Texas, is third, just 25 pins off the lead.

    "The lanes have really played differently each round so far," said Kulick, who made history in January by defeating Chris Barnes to become the first woman to win a Professional Bowlers Association Tour title.

    "Any hypothesis you come up with to be better prepared for the next block is out the door. I don't think anyone has seen a consistent look each block because no one has really pulled away."

    Kulick said the lanes played much more difficult during Monday's match-play round than they did in qualifying, and her game plan to continue to stay near the top of the standings is simple - don't make mistakes.

    "At this point it's really all about executing shots and not giving up the pocket," Kulick said. "Spares are the key to keep progressing and then finding the pairs where you can shoot 230s or 240s. There's no magic ball that's going to help anyone strike, it's just about executing."

    2009WUSOShannonOKeefe.jpg2010EBT05CarolynDorinBallard3.jpgJohnson finished the day with a 5-7 record and a total of 7,868, while Beck had a 7-5 record and 7,854 total. Shannon O'Keefe (left) of Arlington, Texas, is fourth at 7,697 after going 6-6 in matches, while Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right) of Keller, Texas, used the field-best 10-2 record to jump into fifth place at 7,688.

    Two-time world champion Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, is the top international bowler in sixth with 7,680 after going 8-4 in match play. Carol Gianotti, Australia, is 9th at 7,648, with Singaporeans Cherie Tan (7,571), Geraldine Ng (7,297) and Jazreel Tan (7,288) in 13th, 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

    Round robin match play continues Tuesday with the final 12 games, which will be broadcast live on, as the players will complete their 48-game totals.

    The top five players after 48 games, including bonus pins, will advance to the championship round at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington for the live ESPN2-televised finals at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 12.

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    2010 U.S. Women's Open - Match Play

    Players with position, hometown match-play record and 36-game total including 30 pins for each win.

    1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5-7-0, 7879
    2, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5-7-0, 7868
    3, Amanda Beck, Plano, Texas, 7-5-0, 7854
    4, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 6-6-0, 7697
    5, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 10-2-0, 7688
    6, Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 8-4-0, 7680
    7, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-8-0, 7677
    8, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 8-4-0, 7669
    9, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 8-4-0, 7648
    10, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 8-4-0, 7638
    11, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 5-7-0, 7579
    12, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 6-6-0, 7575
    13, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 6-6-0, 7571
    14, April Ellis, North Richland Hills, Texas, 6-6-0, 7566
    15, Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, 8-4-0, 7535
    16, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 6-6-0, 7498
    17, Bryanna Caldwell, Tucson, Ariz., 3-9-0, 7481
    18, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 3-9-0, 7384
    18, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 6-6-0, 7384
    20, Megan Kelly, Kettering, Ohio, 6-6-0, 7355
    21, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 5-7-0, 7331
    22, Geraldine Ng, Singapore, 7-5-0, 7297
    23, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 5-7-0, 7288
    24, Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3-9-0, 7237