Lynda Barnes moves into third place as Squad A finished qualifying in Women's U.S. Open


    2011 U.S. Women's Open

    Six players crack the top 10; with one squad to go, the cut for 32nd place is 218.83 average



    2011USWOLyndaBarnes.jpg2011USWODedeLisanneBreeschoten4.jpgLong-time Team USA member Lynda Barnes (pictured left) of Double Oak, Texas, missed the 12th 300 game of the U.S. Women's Open, sponsored by the Brands of Ebonite International, in the first and sixth game of round three qualifying by one pin but moved into third place in the overall standings with 5652 and an average of 235.50. The USBC Queens champion and World Cup winner used two 299 games for a 1908 series Monday afternoon at AMF Showplace Lanes in Euless, Texas.

    Barnes trails Squad C leaders, defending U.S. Open champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. (5930) and Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio (5808) by 268 and 156 pins, respectively.

    Another five players of Squad A cracked the top ten on the leaderboard. Day one leader Lisanne Breeschoten (right) of the Netherlands is the top foreign bowler in fourth place with 5605 total behind a, 1882 series today.

    2011USWOStefanieNation.jpg2011USWOHelenJohnsson.jpgLeanne Hulsenberg rolled a 1970 series (246.25 ave.) to leap into fifth place with 5581. 2010 USBS Women's Championship Scratch Division All Events winner Jodi Woessner slipped to sixth place with 5578.

    Team USA's Stefanie Nation (left) and former Junior Team USA member Anita Manns had series of 1854 and 1842 to tie at 5563, currently good for 7th place. Two-time U.S. Open champion Kim Terrell-Kearney sits in ninth place with 5478. Rounding out the top 10 is Tennelle Milligan with 5451.

    2011USWOJolineParssonPLanefors.jpg2011USWODianaZavjalova.jpgWith 194 out of 296 players having completed qualifying, another five international players have positioned themselves in the top 32, who will survive the first cut. Helen Johnsson (above right) of Sweden is 11th with 5447 and is followed by Australia's Carol Gianotti in 15th place with 5415 and Swedes Nina Flack and Joline Persson-Planefors (left) in 18th and 25th place with 5400 and 5345.

    Diana Zavjalova (right) of Latvia has totaled 5333 pins to sit in 27th place. Lindsay Baker currently holds the 32nd and last place to advance with 5252 and an average of 218.83.

    Squads B will complete their 24 games of qualifying Monday evening after which the first cut will be made. The top 32 of the record 286-player field will advance to the next round while it's "cab day" for other 254 players.

    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 Three - Standings after 24 Games (Squad C and A only)

    300 Games (11) - Lisanne Breeschoten, Diandra Asbaty, Sara Vargas, Josie Earnest, Patricia De Faria. Michelle Feldman, Jodie Woessner, Jan Schmidt, Brittani Scruggs-Barb, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Jovan Blankenfeld.