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Rocio Restrepo leads opening round of PWBA Las Vegas Open


Fresh off a Masters gold medal at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions event, Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, put together another strong performance Saturday as she led qualifying at the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Las Vegas Open.

Restrepo (pictured above), a member of Team Colombia, averaged more than 226 to lead the opening event of 2016 PWBA season with a 2,718 total for 12 games at Texas Station.

2015BWCSandraGongora4.jpg2015WWCMastersNewHuiFen.jpgMexico’s Sandra Gongora (left) is second with 2,698, while Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio (2,679), Singapore’s New Hui Fen (right; 2,634) and reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (2,631), round out the top five.

The top 32 players in qualifying Saturday advanced to Sunday’s cashers’ round, which begins at 11 a.m. Eastern. Competition will conclude Sunday with a group stepladder final starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. All rounds leading up to the stepladder finals are being broadcast live on Xtra Frame.

“Last year in Sacramento, I bowled really well to start the season, so it feels really good to do it again,” said Restrepo, who finished fourth at the 2015 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. “There are a lot of games left tomorrow, but I feel like I have good ball reaction. I’m going to be positive, stay in the moment and enjoy every shot.”

The final spot in Sunday’s cashers’ round went to 2015 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open champion Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Current earned the final spot with a 2,415 total, a 201.25 average.

Six additional games in Sunday’s cashers’ round will determine the top 12 players to 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 of match play, including a final position round.

At the end of the 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 final will advance to the televised stepladder finals.

The finals of the PWBA Las Vegas Open will air Tuesday, June 7 on CBS Sports Network.

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PWBA Las Vegas Open – Qualifying Standings

Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; top 32 advance; a denotes non-member

1, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,718
2, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,698
3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,679
4, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 2,634
5, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,631
6, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,601
7, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,600
8, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,596
9, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2,593
10, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,572
11, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 2,563
12, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,562.
13, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,559
14, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,550
15, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,548
16, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,529
17, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,527
18, Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 2,526
19, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,520
20, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,517
21, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,512
22, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,510
23, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,508
24, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,501
25, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 2,498
26, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,484
27, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,471
28, T’Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,458
29, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,447
30, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,446
31, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,440
32, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,415

Missed Cut:

33, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,414
34, (tie) Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., and Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 2,410
36, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,403
37, Adrianne Barela (a), Henderson, Nev., 2,402
38, (tie) Emily Peterson (a), West Fargo, N.D., and Bryanna Cot‚, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,391
40, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,387
41, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,381
42, (tie) Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,379
44, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,374
45, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,367
46, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,356
47, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,351
48, Keli Callahan (a), Las Vegas, 2,342
49, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,340
50, (tie) Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, and Rina Sabo (a), Bennett, Colo., 2,339
52, Catherine Rawsthorne, Tacoma, Wash., 2,338
53, Natalie Goodman, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,335
54, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,317
55, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 2,316
56, Akiko Suzuki (a), Japan, 2,312
57, Genie Franklin (a), Frisco, Texas, 2,308
58, Tina Williams (a), Phoenix, 2,307
59, Daphne Tan, Singapore, 2,295
60, Cassandra Molbeck, Sussex, Wis., 2,292
61, Takiko Naganawa (a), Japan, 2,291
62, Lilia Robles, Mexico, 2,285
63, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,280
64, (tie) Kim Adler (a), Ojo Caliente, N.M., and Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,262
66, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,260
67, Kiyoko McDonald (a), McKinney, Texas, 2,246
68, Matsuoka Mihoko (a), Japan, 2,244
69, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,237
70, Marcia Kloempken (a), Pleasant View, Utah, 2,230
71, (tie) Hiromi Susumu (a), Japan, and Heather D’Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,229
73, Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, 2,228
74, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,217
75, Kerrie Watson, Canada, 2,215
76, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,214
77, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,192
78, Christina Kinney (a), Las Vegas, 2,189
79, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,176
80, Mai Funamoto (a), Japan, 2,172
81, Virginia Young (a), Vista, Calif., 2,159
82, Amy Gamage, Las Vegas, 2,149
83, Ginell Walton, Placentia, Calif., 2,134
84, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 2,132
85, Erin Lenahan (a), Meadow Vista, Calif., 2,072
86, Nichole DePaul-Miller, Baytown, Texas, 2,066
87, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 2,020
88, Gloria Blair (a), Albuquerque, N.M., 1,973
89, Angelica Greene, Superior, Colo., 1,842.

Herbert Bickel

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