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Shannon O’Keefe leads qualifying at 2016 PWBA Rochester Open


2016PWBA08ClaraGuerrero2.jpgShannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Illinois, is bowling with confidence this season, and that again was on display Friday at the 2016 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Rochester Open.

O’Keefe (pictured above) averaged 235 over 12 qualifying games for a 2,820 pinfall total at AMF Gates Lanes in Rochester, N.Y., edging Clara Juliana Guerrero (right) of Pflugerville, Texas (2,794), for the lead.

O’Keefe, who also led after the first six-game block Friday, averaged 242.5 during the evening block to stay ahead of the charging Guerrero. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York (2,708), Bryanna Cote of Red Rock, Arizona, (2,683) and Kristina Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, New York (2,647), round out the top five.

O’Keefe has been a different bowler this season and has said her time as head coach of the McKendree University women’s bowling team has forced her to become confident in making, and committing to, on-lane moves or ball choices, because she expects her team members to do the same.

But, what also has allowed O’Keefe to bowl confidently, is knowing she is a PWBA singles title holder, a distinction she earned after winning the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open earlier this season.

“Getting that first individual win under my belt helped,” said O’Keefe, who won her second title in the Pepsi PWBA Lincoln Open. “I feel everything else is just gravy, I really do. Everything else is just bonus. We’re so lucky we get to do this week in and week out, so keeping it in perspective is a lot of it, too. Tomorrow, I want to separate myself as much as possible from 13th place. And, if there is some separation between me and third, I’d like to make good shots and further separate myself from that position.”

Shannon Sellens of Copiague, New York, earned the final spot in Saturday’s cashers’ round with a 2,467 total, a 205.58 average.

2016PWBALogo.jpgThe PWBA Rochester 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 Rochester Open will be taped Aug. 7 in conjunction with the U.S. Women’s Open and air Tuesday, Aug. 23 on CBS Sports Network.

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Players with position, hometown and 12-game total

1, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,820. 2, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,794. 3, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,708. 4, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,683. 5, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,647. 6, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,634.

7, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,623. 8, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,617. 9, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,607. 10, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,580. 11, Nicole Trudell, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,578. 12, Sabrena Divis, Gillette, Wyo., 2,573.

13, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,572. 14, Amanda Greene, Romney, W. Va., 2,567. 15, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,565. 16, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 2,551. 17, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,547. 18, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,546.

19, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,545. 20, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,525. 21, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,514. 22, Valerie Calberry (a), Derry, N.H., 2,510. 23, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,505. 24, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,501.

25, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,483. 26, Brittni Hamilton, Victor, N.Y., 2,477. 27(tie), Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, and Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,476. 29, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,474. 30, Jennifer Russo (a), Monmouth Junction, N.J., 2,473.

31, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,468. 32, Shannon Sellens (a), Copiague, N.Y., 2,467.

Missed Cut:
33, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,460. 34, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,459. 35, Leslie Bohn (a), Jackson, N.J., 2,445. 36, T’Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,438.

37, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,435. 38, Julie Oczepek, Saginaw, Mich., 2,433. 39, Verity Crawley (a), England, 2,431. 40, Katie Thornton, Chesapeake, Va., 2,419. 41, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 2,415. 42, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,414.

43, Heather D’Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,411. 44, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,408. 45(tie), Melissa Kammerer (a), Staten Island, N.Y., and Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,393. 47, Anneli Blomqvist, Sweden, 2,391. 48, Natalie Cortese, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,387.

49, Marion Singleton (a), Lockport, N.Y., 2,373. 50, Nicole Parkhurst (a), Utica, N.Y., 2,363. 51(tie), Sandra Gongora, Mexico, and Nicole Bower (a), Camp Hill, Pa., 2,361. 53, Jacqueline Evans (a), Acton, Mass., 2,357. 54, Jessica Peters, Toms River, N.J., 2,354.

55, Diana Walter (a), Bellport, N.Y., 2,349. 56, Shanna Chepelsky (a), Rochester, N.Y., 2,336. 57, Sarah Gerken (a), Brockport, N.Y., 2,321. 58, Jennifer Sparks (a), York, Pa., 2,309. 59, Stephanie Casey, Yonkers, N.Y., 2,305. 60, Gabby Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,302.

61, Jewel Skelton, Niles, Ohio, 2,300. 62, Rachael Gittings, Glen Allen, Va., 2,284. 63, Ingellimar Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,279. 64, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W. Va., 2,277. 65, Suzette Draper (a), Dumont, N.J., 2,268. 66, Kalynn Carl, Albany, N.Y., 2,261.

67, Sarah Germano (a), Rochester, N.Y., 2,244. 68, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, Md., 2,226. 69, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,224. 70, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,219. 71, Paola Gomez Roberts (a), Colombia, 2,207. 72(tie), Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., and Suzanne Morine (a), Castleton on Hudson, N.Y., 2,195.

74, Pamela Burns, Endicott, N.Y., 2,192. 75, Tammy Burgstahler (a), Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,191. 76, Jennifer Reagan (a), Rochester, N.Y., 2,189. 77, Anne Connor (a), New York Mills, N.Y., 2,159. 78, Kendra Tryniski (a), Fulton, N.Y., 2,141.

79(tie), Jacqueline Malone (a), Scotia, N.Y., and Mallory Nutting (a), Topsham, Maine, 2,105. 81, Celina Broderick, Wallingford, Conn., 2,092. 82, Ashley Chiaramonte, Jackson, N.J., 2,061. 83, Krystal Mannering (a), Hammonton, N.J., 2,045. 84, Christine Grispart (a), Kenilworth, N.J., 2,037.

85, Michelle Sterner (a), Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1,273 (WD).

Herbert Bickel

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