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Robin Romeo undefeated at USBC Senior Queens


Two-time defending champion Robin Romeo of Newhall, California, is undefeated through two rounds of match play at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Senior Queens and still in contention for an unprecedented third consecutive win at the premier event in senior women’s bowling.

Romeo (pictured above), who qualified second for the double-elimination match-play bracket after averaging 220 through 15 games of qualifying at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas, is one of eight undefeated bowlers left in the field.

The USBC Hall of Famer began match play with a 679-539 victory against Shelley Nell of Silverdale, Washington, and followed that with a win against 2010 USBC Senior Queens champion Char Hammel of Las Vegas, 612-537.

While there still is work to do, Romeo is in great position to add to her hall of fame resume. A win Thursday would help the 58-year-old right-hander match fellow USBC Hall of Famer Sandra Postma for the most career Senior Queens titles.

“I’m trying not to think about making the show or going for a three-peat, but it’s hard not to,” Romeo said. “If tomorrow’s a good day and I’m on the show, it’s going to be exciting, and I’m going to really look forward to trying to win a third one.”

Romeo will face the seventh seed, Sharon Powers of Lakewood, Colorado, in her opening match Thursday. Powers defeated Deborah Lee of Canada and Michele Carter of National City, California, in her opening matches. Despite being undefeated, Romeo understands the importance of not looking ahead.

2016USBCSeniorQueensTishJohnson2.jpg“I just tried to stay within myself,” Romeo said. “A lot of times, you start to look ahead to what’s next, and one of the things I learned from bowling the Queens for all of these years is that you can’t look ahead. You need to stay focused on your game and not worry about your opponent.”

The winners’ bracket also includes top seed and USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson (right) of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Johnson, who has finished second at the event in each of the last three years, still is looking for her first Senior Queens victory.

The elimination bracket features two past champions – USBC Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin (2007 and 2013) and Paula Vidad (2011).

2016USBCSeniorQueensLogo.jpgThe 16 remaining players will return to the lanes Thursday at noon Eastern. The 2016 event will conclude Thursday evening with a five-player stepladder final, beginning at 9:30 p.m. EDT. All rounds of the 2016 Senior Queens are being broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV.

The winner at the 2016 Senior Queens will take home the top prize of $3,000 from the estimated $20,000 prize fund. The event is open to all female USBC members age 50 and older.

For more information on the USBC Senior Queens, click here.

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2016 USBC Senior Queens – Final Qualifying Standings

Players with position, hometown and 15-game total; a indicates amateur

Standings after 5 games
Standings after 10 games
Standings after 15 games

1, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,306
2, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 3,300
3, Barbara Batt (a), Jacksonville, Fla., 3,141
4, Penny Fentiman, Sweet Home, Ore., 3,131
5, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 3,127
6, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., 3,112
7, Sharon Powers (a), Lakewood, Colo., 3,071
8, Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 3,067
9, Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 3,062
10, Michele Carter (a), National City, Calif., 3,051
11, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,031
12, Karen Barcal (a), Albuquerque, N.M., 3,019
13, Lilia Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 3,007
14, Julie Harrison (a), Australia, 2,980
15, Lucy Sandelin (a), Tampa, Fla., 2,975
16, Yolanda Garrett (a), The Colony, Texas, 2,970
17 (tie), Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., Carol Teel (a), The Villages, Fla., and Char Hammel, Las Vegas, 2,964
20, Karen Miller (a), Las Vegas, 2,961
21, Adriana Ortega (a), Mexico, 2,955
22, Rosanne Costanzo (a), San Diego, 2,942
23, Mandy Wilson (a), Dayton, Ohio, 2,934
24, Carole Jones (a), Englewood, Colo., 2,931.
25, Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, 2,910
26, Deborah Lee (a), Canada, 2,901
27, Jeanette Baker (a), Australia, 2,895
28, Michelle Silver (a), Los Angeles, 2,890
29, Sandra Schultz (a), Macomb, Mich., 2,876
30, Robyn Flynn (a), Australia, 2,868
31, Shelley Nell (a), Silverdale, Wash., 2,850
32, Melanie McAllister (a), Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,835

Missed Cut:
33, Lynn Louze (a), Mosinee, Wis., 2,833
34, Terri Stynes (a), San Jose, Calif., 2,824
35, Debby Essary (a), Paris, Texas, 2,816
36, Cheryl Robinson (a), Hemet, Calif., 2,804
37, Margarita Ramos (a), Mexico, 2,797
38, Heidi Pagenkopf, Lynnwood, Wash., 2,794
39, Pam Lawrence (a), Pflugerville, Texas, 2,779
40, Cindy McBride (a), Plano, Texas, 2,770
41 (tie), Gloria Gates (a), Maple Grove, Minn., and Pam Sprow (a), Lakeland, Fla., 2,762
43, Della Kallenback, Fairfield, Calif., 2,754
44, LoriJo Turner (a), Sheridan, Wyo., 2,733
45, Cyndee Vernig-Sutherland (a), San Jose, Calif., 2,714
46, Debbie Colby (a), Frisco, Texas, 2,710
47, Lynn Minning (a), Austin, Texas, 2,708
48, Jackie Wyckoff, Campbell, Calif., 2,695
49, Camille Kohner (a), Bloomington, Minn., 2,686
50, Linda Andrews (a), Highlands Ranch, Colo., 2,684
51, Ann Swann, Wilmington, N.C., 2,683
52, Jenny Burton-Douglas (a), Australia, 2,675
53, Tonda Lee, Fredericksburg, Va., 2,648
54, Pam Buckner (a), Reno, Nev., 2,639
55, Diana Cavins, Boulder City, Nev., 2,627
56, Joyce Marshall, New York, 2,626
57, Susan O’Hara (a), Sahuarita, Ariz., 2,611
58, Judith Leroux (a), Meraux, La., 2,599
59, Joanne Herman, Seminole, Fla., 2,598
60, Jennifer Nelson (a), Menlo Park, Calif., 2,592
61, (tie) Janet Romig, Osprey, Fla., and Maria Sutphin (a), Maitland, Fla., 2,580
63, Joan Reilly (a), Wilmington, N.C., 2,578
64, Inger Bortolazzo (a), Santa Barbara, Calif., 2,569
65, Gail Smith (a), Discovery Bay, Calif., 2,490
66, Diane Stokes, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,737 (WD)
67, Candice Dalton (a), Temecula, Calif., 1,717 (WD)
68, Debra McMullen (a), Denver, 1,712 (WD)
69, Karla Alsgood (a), Rio Linda, Calif., 1,106 (WD)
70, Sue West (a), Tujunga, Calif., 1,665 (WD).

2016 USBC Senior Queens – Round 1

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

(1) Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. (32) Melanie McAllister, Colorado Springs, Colo., 648-531
(17) Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., def. (16) Yolanda Garrett, The Colony, Texas, 615-538
(9) Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., def. (24) Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 610-530
(8) Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., def. (25) Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, 603-570

(28) Michelle Silver, Los Angeles, def. (5) Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 698-631
(12) Karen Barcal, Albuquerque, N.M., def. (21) Adriana Ortega, Mexico, 605-509
(13) Lilia Johnson, Lawton, Okla., def. (20) Karen Miller, Las Vegas, 625-528
(29) Sandra Schultz, Macomb, Mich., def. (4) Penny Fentiman, Sweet Home, Ore., 585-536

(30) Robyn Flynn, Australia, def. (3) Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, Fla., 628-594
(14) Julie Harrison, Australia, def. (19) Carol Teel, The Villages, Fla., 600-484
(22) Rosanne Costanzo, San Diego, def. (11) Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 608-582
(6) Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., def. (27) Jeanette Baker, Australia, 608-584

(7) Sharon Powers, Lakewood, Colo., def. (26) Deborah Lee, Canada, 641-635
(10) Michele Carter, National City, Calif., def. (23) Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 559-532
(18) Char Hammel, Las Vegas, def. (15) Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 619-606
(2) Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. (31) Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash., 679-539

2016 USBC Senior Queens – Winners Bracket Round 2

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

T. Johnson def. Ward, 700-580
Whitcher def. Aronson, 603-560
Barcal def. Silver, 640-558
Schultz def. L. Johnson, 680-607

Flynn def. Harrison, 631-577
Costanzo def. Owen-Cipielewski, 555-490
Powers def. Carter, 654-558
Romeo def. Hammel, 612-537

2016 USBC Senior Queens – Elimination Bracket Round 2

Losers eliminated, earn $350

McAllister def. Garrett, 506-501
Miller def. Fentiman, 597-533
Wasson def. Jones, 557-522
Vidad def. Ortega, 672-579

Batt def. Teel, 568-565
Baker def. Kelly, 682-657
Sandelin def. Nell, 670-546
Lee def. Wilson, 616-553

2016 USBC Senior Queens – Elimination Bracket Round 3

Losers eliminated, earn $400

Owen-Cipielewski def. McAllister, 656-594
Miller def. Harrison, 623-577
Carter def. Wasson, 580-494
Vidad def. Hammel, 684-599

Batt def. Aronson, 565-518
Baker def. Ward, 671-581
Sandelin def. Silver, 645-588
Lee def. L. Johnson, 572-551

Herbert Bickel

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