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Lucy Sandelin wins third USBC Senior Queens title


United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, Florida, won the 2017 USBC Senior Queens on Friday to become the third bowler in history to claim the coveted tiara for a third time.

The 60-year-old right-hander defeated fellow hall of famer Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Oklahoma, in the championship match at Circle Bowl in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 193-179, to collect the top prize of $6,000.

With the win, Sandelin (pictured above) matches fellow USBC Hall of Famers Robin Romeo and Sandra Postma as the only three-time winners at the event. Sandelin’s previous wins came in 2007 and 2013.

Sandelin grabbed the early lead in the title match as Duggan, the 2012 Senior Queens champion, opened in the second and third frames. Sandelin locked up the win with a strike to start her final frame.

The 10-time Team USA member has been putting in the time on and off the lanes in preparation of another run at the title, and Sandelin established herself as the player to beat during qualifying, leading the 59-player field through 15 games at Circle Bowl.

Sandelin cruised to a 5-0 record in match play on her way to earning the top seed for Friday’s stepladder, averaging more than 211 in her wins. As the top seed, Sandelin would have had to be beaten twice in the true double-elimination format.

“I have been preparing for this event for nearly a year,” Sandelin said.

“I started a fitness program last July and have been working with a personal trainer the last two months to get in shape to win this tiara. I wanted another one, and if you take care of yourself, good things can happen. I love this sport, love to bowl and love to compete. I was motivated to win, and it’s crazy that it actually happened.”

Sandelin also defeated Duggan, also a Professional Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Famer, in the final of the winners bracket to secure the top seed, 585-527.

Duggan advanced to the title match by defeating Kristy Whitcher of Belfair, Washington, in the semifinal, 233-208. Whitcher finished in third place.

Whitcher collected a win against Panama’s Edissa Andrade a match earlier, 225-194. Andrade finished in fourth place.

In the opening game of the stepladder, Andrade knocked off Robin Romeo of Newhall, California, the three-time defending champion, in a roll-off after they tied at 194. After matching each other’s efforts in the first two attempts, Andrade edged Romeo in the third round, 7-6.

Romeo, who finished fifth, was looking to become the first player to win four Senior Queens titles.

A four-player shootout round determined the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 seeds for the stepladder, and Whitcher finished strong to earn the third seed with a 631 three-game total.

Romeo secured her fourth consecutive stepladder appearance with a 592 series to earn the fourth seed, and Andrade posted 559 for the fifth spot. Cheryl Keslar of Tonganoxie, Kansas, finished sixth with a 491 total.

All competitors at the 2017 Senior Queens bowled 15 games of qualifying over two days to determine the 31 players who joined Romeo in the double-elimination match-play bracket. Match play consisted of three-game matches, with total pinfall determining who advanced.

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2017 United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens

Circle Bowl in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA (May 23-26, 2017)

Championship Round:
1. Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Florida, 193 (1 game)
2. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Oklahoma, 412 (2 games)
3. Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Washington, 402 (2 games)
4. Edissa Andrade, Panama, 388 (2 games)
5. Robin Romeo, Newhall, California, 194 (1 game)

The finalists of the 2017 USBC Senior Queens. From left, Lucy Sandelin, Anne Marie Duggan, Kristy Whitcher, Robin Romeo and Edissa Andrade.

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 5 Andrade def. No. 4 Romeo in roll-off, 6-6, 10-10, 7-6, after a 194-194 tie
Second Match: No. 3 Whitcher def. Andrade, 225-194
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Duggan def. Whitcher, 233-208
Championship: No. 1 Sandelin def. Duggan, 193-179.

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Match Play Results

Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall. Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket


2017 USBC Senior Queens – Match Play Round 1

Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket.

(1) Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., def. (32) Susan Condeff, Fremont, Calif., 643-468
(16) Melody Felton, Colfax, Iowa, def. (17) Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 551-469
(9) Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., def. (24) Rosanne Costanzo, San Diego, 604-525
(25) Ann Sperling, Byram Township, N.J., def. (8) Sharon Powers, Lakewood, Colo., 615-578

(5) Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. (28) Lizzette Abood, Panama, 575-517
(21) Edissa Andrade, Panama, def. (12) Penny Fentiman, Sweet Home, Ore., 541-515
(13) Karen Barcal, Albuquerque, N.M., def. (20) June Shimoda, Fresno, Calif., 544-527
(4) Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., def. (29) Cyndee Sutherland, San Jose, Calif., 533-464

(30) Judith Leroux, Meraux, La., def. (3) Regina Aboud, San Jose, Calif., 623-533
(14) Cheryl Keslar, Tonganoxie, Kan., def. (19) MeiLing Billingsley, Lee’s Summit, Mo., 569-530
(22) Yolanda Garrett, The Colony, Texas, def. (11) Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 538-516
(27) Dawn Leonard, Virginia Beach, Va., def. (6) Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 539-518

(7) Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., def. (26) Pam Lawrence, Pflugerville, Texas, 663-536
(23) Nereyda Mock, Panama, def. (10) Carol Teel, The Villages, Fla., 552-509
(15) Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., def. (18) Christina Niles, Florence, Ariz., 543-506
(31) Inger Bortolazzo, Santa Barbara, Calif., def. (2) Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 677-628

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Winners Bracket Round 2

Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket.

Sandelin def. Felton, 643-533
Sperling def. Owen-Cipielewski, 600-552
Andrade def. Johnson, 691-565
Whitcher def. Barcal, 672-671

Keslar def. Leroux, 602-509
Leonard def. Garrett, 576-512
Duggan def. Mock, 565-459
Bortolazzo def. Vidad, 530-522

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Elimination Bracket Round 2

Losers eliminated, earn $500

Condeff def. Wilson, 565-502
Powers def. Costanzo, 576-497
Sutherland def. Shimoda, 499-467
Fentiman def. Abood, 537-492

Billingsley def. Aboud, 528-477
Hammel def. Ayers, 525-517
Romeo def. Niles, 584-512
Teel def. Lawrence, 634-548

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Elimination Bracket Round 3

Losers eliminated, earn $575

Condeff def. Garrett, 533-454
Leroux def. Powers, 543-528
Sutherland def. Mock, 492-487
Fentiman def. Vidad, 544-539

Owen-Cipielewski def. Billingsley, 582-533
Hammel def. Felton, 632-562
Romeo def. Johnson, 609-514
Barcal def. Teel, 556-496

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Winners Bracket Round 3

Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket.

Sandelin def. Sperling, 618-465
Andrade def. Whitcher, 581-487
Keslar def. Leonard, 569-564
Duggan def. Bortolazzo, 575-505

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Elimination Bracket Round 4

Losers eliminated, earn $650

Leroux def. Condeff, 566-497
Fentiman def. Sutherland, 649-493
Hammel def. Owen-Cipielewski, 612-532
Romeo def. Barcal, 647-534

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Winners Bracket Round 4

Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to elimination bracket.

Sandelin def. Andrade, 686-605
Duggan def. Keslar, 519-508

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Elimination Bracket Round 5

Losers eliminated, earn $750

Whitcher def. Leroux, 520-452
Sperling def. Fentiman, 535-533
Hammel def. Bortolazzo, 582-527
Romeo def. Leonard, 589-569

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Winners Bracket Round 5

Winner earns No. 1 seed for stepladder; loser is No. 2 seed.

Sandelin def. Duggan, 585-527

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Elimination Bracket Round 6

Losers eliminated, earn $850

Whitcher def, Sperling, 565-527
Romeo def. Hammel, 582-575

2017 USBC Senior Queens – Elimination Bracket Round 7

Three highest scores advance to stepladder, high score is No. 3 seed, second high is No. 4, third high is No. 5, lowest score is eliminated, earns $950.

Whitcher 631, Romeo 592, Andrade 559, Keslar, 491.

Herbert Bickel

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