Liz Johnson earns top seed for U.S. Women's Open TV finals


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    Live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 12

    200910PBAWSLizJohnson.jpgLiz Johnson (pictured left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., earned the top seed Tuesday for the championship round of the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, a United States Bowling Congress event.

    Johnson will have a shot to win her third U.S. Women's Open title at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, live on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 12. Johnson won the event in 2007 and 1996.

    After 48 total games, 24 in qualifying and 24 in match play, Johnson found herself at the top of the standings with a match-play record of 14-10 and a total of 10,745, including 30 bonus pins for each match-play victory.

    "Today I kept making the right moves and making good shots all day long," Johnson said. "I had a rough time yesterday and my timing was inconsistent, so today I concentrated on breathing and making good shots."

    200910PBAWSKellyKulick.jpg200910PBAWSClaraJulianaGuerrero.jpgKelly Kulick (left) of Union, N.J., earned the No. 2 seed for the finals with a record of 13-11 and a 10,610 total. Kulick made sports history when she became the first woman to win a Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in January at the Tournament of Champions and also won the other women's major, the USBC Queens, two weeks ago.

    "I put myself in position to make the show, so now I just have to get the job done," Kulick said. "It's been an amazing run the last few months, and I hope it just keeps going tomorrow and all the way into 2011."

    200910PBAWSLyndaBarnes.jpg200910PBAWSCarolynDorinBallard.jpgTaking the third seed was two-time world champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (above right), a Colombian native who lives in Pflugerville, Texas, and finished with an 18-6 record and 10,581 total. Lynda Barnes (left) of Double Oak, Texas, was fourth at 11-13 and 10,480.

    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (right) of Keller, Texas, beat out Australia's Carol Gianotti and former world champion Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, for the No. 5 seed with the field best 19-5 record and 10,452.

    "This is probably the best female television show we have had in a long time," Johnson said. "It's not easy being the top seed, but at least I only have to bowl one game. But it's going to have to be the best game of my life."

    The U.S. Women's Open began with a field of 100 of the top amateur and professional bowlers in the world competing in 24 games of qualifying. The top 24 players then advanced to compete in 24 games of round robin match play, which concluded Tuesday afternoon.


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

    Players with position, hometown match-play record and 38-game total including 30 pins for each win. The top 5 advance to the TV stepladder finals.

    1, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 14-10-0, 10,745
    2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 13-11-0, 10,610
    3, Clara Juliana Guerrero, Colombia, 18-6-0, 10,581
    4, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-13-0, 10,480
    5, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 19-5-0, 10,452

    Missed Cut:
    6, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 15-8-1, 10,395
    7, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 13-11-0, 10,370
    8, Amanda Beck, Plano, Texas, 13-11-0, 10,365
    9, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 15-9-0, 10,306
    10, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 12-12-0, 10,246
    11, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 14-10-0, 10,234
    12, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 11-13-0, 10,213
    13, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 10-14-0, 10,206
    14, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 13-11-0, 10,154
    15, Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, 11-13-0, 10,145
    16, Bryanna Caldwell, Tucson, Ariz., 9-15-0, 10,042
    17, April Ellis, North Richland Hills, Texas, 9-15-0, 9,988
    18, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 8-15-1, 9,939
    19, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 11-13-0, 9,875
    20, Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 10-14-0, 9,853
    21, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 11-13-0, 9,825
    22, Geraldine Ng, Singapore, 11-13-0, 9,727
    23, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 7-17-0, 9,651
    24, Megan Kelly, Kettering, Ohio, 9-15-0, 9,505