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Tish Johnson leads after two rounds at 2016 USBC Senior Queens


United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, averaged more than 230 during her second block of qualifying at the USBC Senior Queens and leads after two rounds at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

The left-hander (pictured above) was fourth after the first five-game block Tuesday, but surged to the top of the 70-player field with a 1,152 total during the second block, giving her a 10-game total of 2,222.

2015USBCSQRobinRomeo2.jpgTwo-time defending Senior Queens champion and fellow hall of famer Robin Romeo (right) of Newhall, California, sits in second place with 2,187. Barbara Batt of Jacksonville, Florida, is third with 2,155, while Sharon Powers of Lakewood, Colorado, and Sharon Aronson of Turlock, California, round out the top five with 2,124 and 2,115, respectively.

“The first squad, I threw the ball really, really well, but I just didn’t score very well,” said Johnson, who also is a Professional Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Famer.

“I left a lot in the back row, so during the break, I said I had to make a carry adjustment. I switched to something a little smoother through the front and mid-part of the lane to be able to parallel a little bit more. I’m going to try the same game plan tomorrow and see what happens.”

Johnson has found continued success at the Senior Queens, but still is searching for her first win at the event. She has made the stepladder finals in each of the last four years and finished as the runner-up in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

“I want to win this,” Johnson said. “I’ve been leading the senior events that I’ve been bowling but keep finishing second, so something’s got to turn around and come my way.”

2016USBCSeniorQueensLogo.jpgAll competitors will return to the lanes Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. Eastern for five additional games of qualifying before the field is cut to the top 31 players, plus Romeo, for the double-elimination match-play bracket, which will have its opening rounds Wednesday.

Bracket play will continue Thursday until only five players remain for the stepladder finals, scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. All rounds of the 2016 Senior Queens are being broadcast live on BOWL.com’s BowlTV.

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

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2016 USBC Senior Queens – Qualifying Standings

Players with position, hometown and 10-game total; a indicates amateur

Standings after 5 games
Standings after 10 games

1, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,222
2, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,187
3, Barbara Batt (a), Jacksonville, Fla., 2,155
4, Sharon Powers (a), Lakewood, Colo., 2,124
5, Sharon Aronson, Turlock, Calif., 2,115
6, Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 2,098
7, Penny Fentiman, Sweet Home, Ore., 2,097
8, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,093
9, Michele Carter (a), National City, Calif., 2,085
10, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,036
11, Lucy Sandelin (a), Tampa, Fla., 2,012
12, Carole Jones (a), Englewood, Colo., 2,005
13, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Bradenton, Fla., 1,997
14, Sandra Schultz (a), Macomb, Mich., 1,993
15, Rosanne Costanzo (a), San Diego, 1,984
16, Julie Harrison (a), Australia, 1,983
17 (tie) Yolanda Garrett (a), The Colony, Texas, and Carol Teel (a), The Villages, Fla., 1,982
19, Karen Miller (a), Las Vegas, 1,981
20, Jeanette Baker (a), Australia, 1,976
21, Adriana Ortega (a), Mexico, 1,969
22 (tie) Char Hammel, Las Vegas, and Mandy Wilson (a), Dayton, Ohio, 1,968
24, Michelle Silver (a), Los Angeles, 1,965
25, Melanie McAllister (a), Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,949
26, Karen Barcal (a), Albuquerque, N.M., 1,947
27, Debby Essary (a), Paris, Texas, 1,946
28, Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 1,935
29, Lilia Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 1,932
30, Deborah Lee (a), Canada, 1,925
31, Shelley Nell (a), Silverdale, Wash., 1,918
32, Robyn Flynn (a), Australia, 1,917
33, Pam Sprow (a), Lakeland, Fla., 1,906
34, Lisa Wasson, Murphy, Texas, 1,904
35, Cindy McBride (a), Plano, Texas, 1,896
36, Della Kallenback, Fairfield, Calif., 1,870
37, (tie) Heidi Pagenkopf, Lynnwood, Wash., and Margarita Ramos (a), Mexico, 1,866
39, Cheryl Robinson (a), Hemet, Calif., 1,859
40, Gloria Gates (a), Maple Grove, Minn., 1,858
41, Terri Stynes (a), San Jose, Calif., 1,856
42, Debbie Colby (a), Frisco, Texas, 1,843
43, LoriJo Turner (a), Sheridan, Wyo., 1,842
44, Lynn Louze (a), Mosinee, Wis., 1,830
45, Jackie Wyckoff, Campbell, Calif., 1,823
46, Ann Swann, Wilmington, N.C., 1,822
47, Pam Lawrence (a), Pflugerville, Texas, 1,809
48, Lynn Minning (a), Austin, Texas, 1,791
49, Camille Kohner (a), Bloomington, Minn., 1,780
50, Pam Buckner (a), Reno, Nev., 1,778
51, Cyndee Vernig-Sutherland (a), San Jose, Calif., 1,775
52, Joanne Herman, Seminole, Fla., 1,771
53, Susan O’Hara (a), Sahuarita, Ariz., 1,762
54, Janet Romig, Osprey, Fla., 1,756
55, Joyce Marshall, New York, N.Y., 1,752
56, Jenny Burton-Douglas (a), Australia, 1,751
57, Inger Bortolazzo (a), Santa Barbara, Calif., 1,744
58, Tonda Lee, Fredericksburg, Va., 1,738
59, Diane Stokes, East Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,737
60, Linda Andrews (a), Highlands Ranch, Colo., 1,736
61, Joan Reilly (a), Wilmington, N.C., 1,733
62, Candice Dalton (a), Temecula, Calif., 1,717
63, Debra McMullen (a), Denver, 1,712
64, Maria Sutphin (a), Maitland, Fla., 1,704
65, Jennifer Nelson (a), Menlo Park, Calif., 1,703
66, Judith Leroux (a), Meraux, La., 1,698
67, Diana Cavins, Boulder City, Nev., 1,682
68, Sue West (a), Tujunga, Calif., 1,665
69, Gail Smith (a), Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,653
70, Karla Alsgood (a), Rio Linda, Calif., 1,106 (WD).

Herbert Bickel

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