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Rocio Restrepo grabs lead at PWBA Lexington Open


When Colombia native Rocio Restrepo, now living in Louisville, Ohio, arrived for the Thursday practice session of the 2016 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Lexington Open, to say she was tired would have been an understatement.

Restrepo dealt with several flight delays en route to Lexington and wasn’t quite herself during practice. She opted to sleep late Friday, despite the opportunity to attend the morning practice session, and the extra hours of sleep paid off.

2016PWBA06ShannonOKeefe2.jpg2015USBCWCDianaZavjalova.jpgRestrepo averaged more than 221 through 12 games of qualifying Friday to take the lead at Collins Bowling Center-Eastland with a 2,662 total. She was followed by Bryanna Cote of Red Rock, Arizona (2,574), Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois (left; 2,553), Diana Zavjalova of Latvia (right; 2,543) and Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, California (2,535).

The 14-time Team Colombia member noticed a few similarities between her home center, Stonehedge Entertainment, and Collins Bowling Center-Eastland. She also relied on a good memory to help her attack the 38-foot lane condition.

“I was still a little tired,” said Restrepo. “Today, I thought about what rolls good in my home house – what works, what doesn’t work – and I felt that kept me more focused. When I was younger in Colombia, there was a house similar to this one, and I remembered what rolled well there, too. I have a really good memory from my younger years, so I had a good idea of what I like to see. I guess being tired made me work harder.”

2015PWBATourMariaJoseRodriguez.jpgRestrepo’s teammate on the Colombian national team, 2014 United States Bowling Congress Queens champion Maria Jose Rodriguez (right) of Austin, Texas, earned the final spot in Saturday’s cashers’ round with a 2,351 total, a 195.92 average.

2016PWBALogo.jpgThe PWBA Lexington Open continues Saturday with six additional games, with pinfall carrying over to determine the 12 players who will advance to round-robin match play. The match-play finalists will be split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group will bowl six games, including a final position round.

At the end of match play, the top qualifier in each group will earn an automatic spot in the stepladder finals, with seeding being determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final. The winner of each group stepladder will advance to the televised stepladder finals.

All qualifying and match-play rounds are being broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. The finals of the PWBA Lexington Open will be taped Aug. 7 during the U.S. Women’s Open and air Tuesday, Aug.16 on CBS Sports Network.

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Players with position, hometown and 12-game total

1, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,662. 2, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,574.
3, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,553. 4, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,543. 5, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,535. 6, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,529

7, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,524. 8, Trisha Reid (a), Columbus, Ohio, 2,512. 9, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,509. 10, Jennifer King (a), Irmo, S.C., 2,508. 11, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,490. 12, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., 2,467

13, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,456. 14, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,451. 15, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,446. 16(tie), Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., and Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,426. 18, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,420

19, Anggie Ramirez Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,419. 20, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,414. 21, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,413. 22, Nicole Trudell (a), Bridgeport, Conn., 2,411. 23, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,409. 24(tie), Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., and Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,408

26, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 2,406. 27, Brittany Smith (a), Des Moines, Iowa, 2,399. 28, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,384. 29, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 2,380. 30, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2,364

31, Ingellimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,355. 32, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,351

Missed Cut:

33, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,349. 34, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,348. 35, Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va., 2,342. 36, Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 2,338

37, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,336. 38(tie), Jes Lesagonicz, Atlanta, and Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,335. 40, Anna Groce (a), Kernersville, N.C., 2,334. 41, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,332. 42, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 2,326

43, Jerracah Heibel (a), Indianapolis, 2,308. 44, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 2,307. 45(tie), Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., and Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,300. 47(tie), Andrea Behr, Kettering, Ohio, and Ann Coleman (a), Fairborn, Ohio, 2,298

49, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y., 2,291. 50, Chelsey Stephens (a), Frankfort, Ky., 2,288. 51, Kalynn Carl, Albany, N.Y., 2,287. 52(tie), Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,282. 54(tie), Rachael Gittings, Glen Allen, Va., and Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,279

56, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,276. 57, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,261. 58, Nicole Bower (a), Camp Hill, Pa., 2,239. 59, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 2,237. 60, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,231

61, Anneli Blomqvist, Sweden, 2,219. 62, Jewel Skelton, Niles, Ohio, 2,216. 63, Sarah Muench (a), Altoona, Iowa, 2,210. 64, Kaylee Magazine, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,190. 65, Ashley Purkey, Godfrey, Ill., 2,161. 66, Gabby Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,152

67, Julie Oczepek, Saginaw, Mich., 2,141. 68, Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 2,132. 69, Sabrina Duncan-Rose (a), New Orleans, 2,128. 70, Jessica Peters, Toms River, N.J., 2,118. 71, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,104. 72, Laysha Strong (a), Florence, Ky., 2,086

73, Brittani Higgins (a), Louisville, Ky., 2,078. 74, Kristy Pelstring (a), Independence, Ky., 2,067. 75, Crystal Resop, Schofield, Wis., 2,058. 76, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,945. 77, Casey Goettel, St. Charles, Mo., 1,724 (WD). 78, Regina Jewell (a), Louisville, Ky., 1,652 (WD).

Herbert Bickel

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