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Shannon O’Keefe cruises into lead at Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open


Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, opened the day with a 277 game, and cruised to the lead after 12 games of qualifying Friday at the Pepsi Professional Women’s Bowling Association Lincoln Open at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Following her explosive start, O’Keefe turned in her lowest game of the day (184), but she was able to rally with games of 258, 248, 258 and 219 to close the opening block with a 1,444 total. The 37-year-old right-hander added 1,362 in her second block for a 12-game total of 2,806, an average of 233.83.

2015BWCClaraJulianaGuerreroSandraGongora.jpg2015PWBATourDianaZavjalova.jpgMexico’s Sandra Gongora (pictured with Clara Juliana Guerrero, left), who shot the day’s only perfect game, is second with 2,650. She is followed by 2015 PWBA Minnesota Open champion Diana Zavjalova (right; 2,646), 2015 PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson (2,555) and two-time QubicaAMF World Cup champion Clara Juliana Guerrero (2,551).

Defending Lincoln Open champion, Amanda Greene of Romney, W. Va. made the cut in seventh place with 2,537. The final spot in the cashers’ round went to Natalie Goodman, also from O’Fallon, who finished 32nd with a 2,404 total, a 200.33 average.

O’Keefe found success earlier this season on the way to the No. 2 seed for the stepladder finals at the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open, which will air Tuesday, June 14 at 9 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network.

Although she’s off to a great start in Lincoln this week, she’s not looking too far ahead with such a talented field advancing to the cashers’ round.

“There are so many games left,” said O’Keefe, a 12-time member of Team USA. “I don’t ever look at the scoreboard, so I’m really just trying to throw good shots. The lanes were definitely different this afternoon, and I had to trust that I was making good shots and trust my ball reaction. Same thing for tomorrow – make good shots, trust that I’m throwing it good enough to make adjustments and take it one shot at a time.”

2016PWBALogo.jpgThe Pepsi PWBA Lincoln 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 Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open will be taped June 26 during the Go Bowling PWBA Players Championship and will air Tuesday, July 12 on CBS Sports Network.

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Players with position, hometown and 12-game total; (a) denotes non-member

1, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,806
2, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,650
3, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,646
4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,555
5, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,551
6, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,550
7, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 2,537
8, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,535
9, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,529
10, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,521
11, Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 2,504
12, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,494
13 (tie), Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, and Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,493
15, Nora Lyana Norkamal, Malaysia, 2,491
16, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,478
17, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,466
18, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,463
19, Natasha Roslan, Malaysia, 2,462
20, Sharon Koh, Malaysia, 2,461
21, T’Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,439
22, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,438
23, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,432
24, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,424
25, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,418
26, Syaidatul Afifah, Malaysia, 2,417
27, Sin Li Jane, Malaysia, 2,415
28, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 2,414
29, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,411
30, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,409
31, Esther Cheah, Malaysia, 2,405
32, Natalie Goodman, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,404

Missed Cut:
33, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,401
34, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,396
35, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,395
36, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,391
37, Katie Ann Sopp (a), White Bear Lake, Minn., 2,389
38, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 2,388
39, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,381
40, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,379
41, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,376
42, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,375
43, Nachimi Itakura, Japan, 2,374
44, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,370
45, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,366
46, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,364
47, Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 2,358
48, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,357
49, Kristina Rosberg, Ord, Neb., 2,351
50, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,347
51, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,342
52, Olivia Sandham (a), St. Joseph, Mo., 2,333
53, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,329
54, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 2,322>
55 (tie), Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., and Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,317
57 (tie), Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., and Brittany Smith (a), Des Moines, Iowa, 2,301
59, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,286
60, Katelyn Zwiefelhofer, Racine, Wis., 2,282
61, Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, 2,262
62, Ayami Kondo, Japan, 2,259
63, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2,257
64, Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., 2,251
65, Kayla Stram, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,237
66, Heather D’Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,229
67, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 2,228
68, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,217
69, Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., 2,216
70, Chenoa Rhoades (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,215
71, Nicole Bower (a), Camp Hill, Pa., 2,212
72, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,196
73, Lauren Pate (a), Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 2,173
74, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,130
75, Mochizuki Rie, Japan, 2,126
76, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,087
77, Crystal Resop, Schofield, Wis., 2,057
78, Angelica Greene, Superior, Colo., 1,937
79, Tiffany Morris, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,869
80, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 1,860.

Herbert Bickel

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