Pluhowsky, Kulick move to the top as Squad C has completed 16 games in U.S. Women's Open


    2011 U.S. Women's Open

    Feldman, Woessner and Schmidt bring number of 300 games to eight




    2011USWOShannonPluhowsky2.jpg2011USWOKellyKulick2.jpgShannon Pluhowsky (pictured left) and defending champion Kelly Kulick (right) overtook the lead in the qualifying of the U.S. Women's Open, sponsored by the Brands of Ebonite International, as the bowlers of Squad C have completed their second eight-game round Sunday afternoon at AMF Showplace Lanes in Euless, Texas.

    Pluhowsky, who was second to leader Lisanne Breeschoten of the Netherlands after day one with 1974 pinfall added 1898 on Sunday en route to overtake Squad A leader Liz Johnson (below left) by 67 pins.

    The two-time World Cup champion and USBC Queens winner finisher her second block with 1018 for the last four games (268, 204, 277 and 269) and 3872 total, an average of 242 for sixteen games.

    20110327LizJohnson.jpg2011USWOAprilEllis.jpgKulick, who has won the USBC Queens and the PBA Tournament of Champions alongside the U.S. Open last year, started the day in seventh place with 1913 and added 1907 to leap into second place with 3820 (238.75).

    Johnson, who led after the morning squad B, slipped to third place with 3805 (237.81). The top 3 will represent the United States at the Women's World Championships in Hong Kongin September.

    April Ellis (right) used an 1844 series to maintain her fourth place with 3794 and is followed by another two Team USA members, Tennelle Milligan and Shannon O'Keefe, in fifth and sixth place with 3740 and 3714, respectively.

    2010USBCWCJodiWoessner.jpg2011USWOMichelleFeldman.jpgWith 190 of total 286 bowlers in the books, Jodi Woessner (left) has rolled the highest series so far with 1927 including a 300 game, which propelled her into seventh place with 3695.

    Venezuela's Patricia de Faria had the fifth 300 of the Open this morning and was followed by former PWBA star Michelle Feldman (right), who rolled the sixth in the first game of Squad C, before Woessner and long-time women's bowling TV commentator Jan Schmidt brought the number of 300s to eight in game five.

    Schmidt sits in ninth place with 3643, just four pins behind former World and World Ranking Masters champion Diandra Asbaty, who is eighth with 3647. Rounding out the top 10 is Junior Team USA member Elise Bolton (below right), who had series of 1883 and 1753 for 3636 total or an average of 227.25.

    2011USWOEliseBolton.jpgAmong the bowlers of Squad A, which will conclude day two qualifying, are day one leader Breeschoten, ninth place Carol Gianotti of Australia, 10th place Lynda Barnes, two-time U.S. open winner Kim Terrell-Kearney (12th) and defending women's World Champion in Singles, Stefanie Nation (14th).

    2011USWOLogo.jpg Qualifying runs from Saturday through Monday (eight-game blocks each) and is followed by the Rounds of 32 and 16 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The top five players will determine the champion in a stepladder final on June 30 to be staged on the biggest stage possible for their sport: the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and host of Super Bowl XLV.

    The show will be broadcast on ESPN2's "Best and the Brightest," Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. ET.

    The 2ß11 U.S. Women's Open will offer total prize fund of $200.000 based on 300 entries. The tournament winner will receive a $50,000 purse. The runner-up gets $25,000, third place is worth $15,000, the fourth-place finisher takes $12,500 while the fifth-place finisher garners $10,000. If a competitor in the championship match rolls a 300, she will win $1 million.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the Open live from Texas commencing on Sunday, June 26 all the way through to the arena finals on Thursday evening. will have live streaming of all rounds leading up to the ESPN2 televised finals,



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    Qualifying Round Two - Standings after 16 Games (Squad B and C only)

    300 Games (8) - Lisanne Breeschoten, Diandra Asbaty, Sara Vargas, Josie Earnest, Patricia De Faria. Michelle Feldman, Jodie Woessner, Jan Schmidt.