PBA Spare Shots: PBA Japan Regional Program Off to Stunning Start

by Bill Vint July 18, 2014 06:53

The PBA’s first international regional tournament program, PBA Japan, is off to a stunning start and already has a “superstar” after its first two weekends of activity.

PBA Commissioner Tom Clark, who attended the second weekend of PBA Japan Region competition over the July 12-13 weekend at Sound Bowl in Ushiku along with PBA Deputy Commissioner Kirk von Krueger, got a first-hand look at the program, met many of the players and tournament officials, and witnessed Yuka Tsuchiya’s historic performance in adding the PBA Japan Women’s Chameleon and Chameleon Open titles to the Women’s Cheetah and Cheetah Open titles she won the previous weekend at Tokyo Port Bowl.

“Yuka has tears in her eyes when we told her she’s now eligible to bowl in the PBA Tournament of Champions and World Series of Bowling,” Clark said.

“It was an extremely successful weekend,” Clark added. “The PBA Japan tournament staffers were everything we’d ever want representing our organization. Japan Bowling Promotions, our partner in the creation of the PBA Japan Region, ran smooth events, with live streaming coverage that will soon be available on Xtra Frame, provided outstanding on-site exposure for the PBA and their main sponsor, DHC, and there were large fields considering the short amount of time we’ve had to promote the program.

“It was very gratifying to see how much the PBA brand means to the Japanese bowlers. The players wore dye-sublimated jerseys with PBA League or PBA player replicas. Our animal pattern lane conditions defined the playing fields. The respect the players gave us and the pride they demonstrated as PBA International members was terrific.

“And topping it all off was watching Yuka Tsuchiya sweep all four of our inaugural women’s and open regional titles. For one person to survive the demanding format and win four trophies and roughly $20,000 in U.S. dollars was incredible.”

Tsuchiya, a 31-year-old veteran of Japanese professional competition, won the Women’s Chameleon title over a field of 29 players on Saturday, defeating Hiroko Shimizu, 221-157, in the championship match. On Sunday, she topped a field of 72 men and women in the Chameleon Open, defeating Naoshi Ishimine in the final match, 197-176, for her fourth consecutive title. With her wins in the Cheetah Open and Chameleon Open, she joins Missy Parkin and Kelly Kulick as the third woman to win two PBA “open” regional titles.

Clark said he and von Krueger had an opportunity to visit with all of Japan’s bowling leaders and discuss the PBA’s long-term goal of expanding PBA-level competition around the world.

The PBA Japan Region has four more tournaments scheduled in its inaugural season: the PBA Japan Viper Open Sept. 15 at Sagami Fast Lane in Sagamihara, the Women’s Scorpion and Scorpion Open tournaments Nov. 8-9 at Higashiyamoto Grand Bowl in Tokyo, and the Badger Open at a location and date to be announced.

The PBA will help the Japan Region expand its international coverage via Xtra Frame. The Cheetah events are already archived on Xtra Frame (with original commentary in Japanese), the Chameleon finals will be added to Xtra Frame’s programming in the near future, and the PBA is working toward carrying future events live.


PBA Hall of Famer Del Ballard Jr., a 12-time PBA Tour title winner who currently is PBA Tour representative for Storm Products, is recovering after successful heart bypass surgery in the Dallas area on Tuesday.

"Del underwent a triple bypass and valve repair,” wife Carolyn Dorin-Ballard said Friday. “His surgeon is thrilled with the results and Del is already walking well. It’s a slow process but everything is on track. Thanks to everyone for your support and well wishes."

Ballard celebrated his 51st birthday on July 1.


The race for PBA50 Tour Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Super Senior Player of the Year and berths in the PBA50 Tour Finals enters the home stretch starting Friday in Fort Wayne, Ind., and PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel will video stream all of the action from the final four events live.

The PBA’s senior citizens return to action with a new Dick Weber Super Senior Classic, presented by Storm, for players 60-and-older. Pro Bowl West in Fort Wayne will host the Dick Weber event Friday thru Sunday, followed immediately by the Pro Bowl West Fort Wayne Classic for all players 50-and-older (including any “super seniors” who care to compete), July 20-23.

The PBA50 Tour continues with the Dayton Classic presented by Roto Grip, July 29-31, at Capri Bowling Lanes in Dayton, Ohio; the South Shore Open presented by DV8 at Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., Aug. 4-7, and the season-ending Treasure Island Resort & Casino Open presented by Hammer at Island Xtreme Bowl in Welch, Minn., Aug. 10-13.

PBA Hall of Famers Norm Duke, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Pete Weber, Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III and Amleto Monacelli are fighting it out for Player of the Year. They also are leading the competition points race for six spots in the PBA50 Tour Finals to be held at PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas in late October. Duke and Bohn are also leading the “rookie” race while two other Hall of Famers, Johnny Petraglia and Dale Eagle, are frontrunners in the “super senior” race.

To follow the competition as it unfolds, subscribe to Xtra Frame. Monthly subscriptions are $7.99. A full-year subscription is $64.99. Visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link to enroll.


Amateur Kimberly Roe of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., earned a check for finishing 17th in the field of 76 players, and new PBA member Christina Hardee of Mount Dora, Fla., became the first woman to earn PBA Women’s Regional points as the new PBA program for women bowlers made its debut in the PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla., Sunday.

The PBA’s recently-announced regional program for women drew four competitors in Spring Hill, where Roe cashed for $425 while Hardee –who had cashed in two previous PBA South Regional tournaments as a non-member – finished 60th. But as a new PBA member, Hardee is the early South Region points leader in her bid to earn a spot in the PBA Women’s Regional Finals in Las Vegas later in the year. Non-members Morgan Rosario of Gainesville, Fla., and Amber Ottilige of Lake Wales, Fla., were the other two women who bowled in Spring Hill.

Two PBA Women’s Regional events in the Central and Midwest Regions scheduled for this weekend have been replaced on their respective regional schedules due to a conflict with the BPAA Women’s All Star which gets underway Sunday in Rockford, Ill. The Central Region’s first women’s event will be part of the Lefeld Implement Central Classic at Pla-Mor Lanes in Coldwater, Ohio, Aug. 15-17 while the Midwest Region’s debut event for women will be the Bowlerama Lanes Midwest Open presented by Radical at Bowlerama Lanes in Des Moines, Iowa, Aug. 22-24.


Mitch Beasley of Nashville, Tenn., returning to competition after a two-year layoff due to a back injury, defeated amateur Jason Duran of Littleton, Colo., 226-217, to win the PBA Lubbock Southwest Super Regional Open, presented by Track, at South Plains Lanes in Lubbock, Texas, Sunday.

Beasley jumped to an early lead in the final match when Duran left a pocket split in the third frame. After fighting his way back into the match, Duran left the 7-10 split in the ninth frame to allow Beasley a chance to clinch the title and $10,000 first prize with a spare in the 10th. The title was Beasley’s 17th in PBA Regional competition. The tournament drew a field of 138 players.

● Amateur Sean Riccardi of St. Petersburg, Fla., defeated Dustin Ochoa of Carrollton, Texas, 256-214, to win the 26th annual PBA Crystal Automotive Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla., Sunday.

Riccardi posted a 10-2 match play record and rolled three 300 games in the preliminary rounds to qualify as top seed for the stepladder finals by 253 pins over fellow amateur Jason Mahr of Spring Hill. Ochoa, also an amateur, defeated Mahr, 277-214, in the semifinal round match to advance to the title match. Riccardi earned $2,500 for winning the event, but doesn’t earn a PBA title because he is a non-member.

Jay Boyle of Garnet Valley, Pa., ended his seven-year quest for his first PBA title when he defeated Sammy Ventura of Syracuse, N.Y., 237-175, to win the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Track at Playdrome Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill, N.J., Sunday.

The tournament, which began in 2004, was renamed this year to honor its sponsor who passed away in January. Raymond was the 2013 recipient of the East Region’s Pat Patterson Award for outstanding contributions to the region. Along with his first PBA Regional title, Boyle earned a $1,500 first prize.

Brad Bufkin of Citrus Heights, Calif., defeated Dennis Horan of Oakley, Calif., 225-164, to win the PBA Wine Country West/Northwest Open presented by Hammer at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, Calif., Sunday. In addition to his first PBA Regional title, Bufkin earned a $2,000 prize.

● On tap for the July 18-20 weekend are the Boss Snow Plows/Brunswick Central Open at PinHeads Bowling Center in Fishers, Ind.; the Homefield Eastern Open presented by Motiv at Homefield Bowl in Yonkers, N.Y.; the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm in St. Charles, Mo., and the PBA/PBA50 Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles at High Sierra Lanes in Reno, Nev.

The July schedule concludes over the July 25-27 weekend with the PBA50 Sparetimes Hampton Southern Open at Sparetimes Bowling Center in Hampton, Va.; the Pure-It Pro Shop East Open presented by DV8 at Cedar Lanes in Lebanon, Pa.; the Farmer’s State Bank/Roto Grip Central Re-Entry Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Progressive/Gerdeman Insurance Agency/Al Smith Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Central/Midwest Classic at Al-Mar Lanes in Bowling Green, Ohio; the Fort Sill Southwest Open presented by Columbia 300 at Twin Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla.; the Plamor Lanes Midwest Challenge (for non-winners) presented by Track in Muscatine, Iowa, and the PBA and PBA50 Boise Northwest/West Opens at 20th Century Lanes in Boise, Idaho.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.


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PBA Introduces New Champion’s Challenge Television Show as Part of PBA World Series of Bowling VI

by Bill Vint June 26, 2014 03:09

SEATTLE - Four champions in four unique areas of elite bowling competition – Professional Bowlers Association Regionals, PBA50 Tour, PBA Women and Teen Masters – will be crowned in a two-hour ESPN telecast emanating from the PBA World Series of Bowling VI in Las Vegas this fall, Commissioner Tom Clark announced today.

The new PBA Champion’s Challenge will culminate with the tops stars of the PBA50 Tour, PBA Regional Tour, the new PBA Women’s Regional Tour, and the Teen Masters boys’ and girls’ division champions bowling in the four-match television show at the South Point Casino complex over the Nov. 1-2 weekend. Preliminary rounds in the PBA50, Women’s and Regional competitions will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.

PBA World Series of Bowling VI will take place Oct. 24-Nov. 2 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. The World Series will include the PBA Cheetah, Scorpion, Chameleon and Viper Championships along with the PBA World Championship in addition to the newly-announced special competitions.

“The new PBA Champion’s Challenge telecast gives us an opportunity to showcase the diversity of competition the PBA provides,” Clark said. “It will focus attention on our senior players, the legion of players who compete in our extensive regional program, women bowlers who have had very few opportunities to bowl on national television over the past few years, and the future stars of bowling. It’ll be a very entertaining two hours of television, and it will add another dimension to our already popular World Series of Bowling.”

The PBA50 Tour Finals will feature the top six players from the 2014 PBA50 Tour competition points list. All six will receive a free entry into WSOB VI. The PBA50 players will compete in a six-game Champion’s Challenge Match Play Round on Friday, Oct. 24. The top two players at the end of the match play round will advance to the ESPN-televised PBA50 Tour Finals.

The PBA Regional Tour Finals will feature the 2014 competition points leader from each of the seven PBA regions (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest, West and Northwest) as of Oct. 12. All seven will receive a free entry into the WSOB. On Friday, Oct. 24, the West and Northwest points leaders will bowl a two-game match with the winner advancing to a six-player PBA Regional Champion’s Challenge Match Play Round. The top two players after the six-game match play round will advance to the ESPN televised PBA Regional Tour Finals.

The PBA Women’s Regional Tour Finals will feature the points leaders from six PBA Regional Women’s Tour programs (East, South, Central, Midwest, Southwest and West/Northwest combined). Each will receive a free entry into the World Series. The six qualifiers will bowl the same Champion’s Challenge Match Play Round format as the PBA50 and PBA Regional players on Friday, Oct. 24 with the top two advancing to the PBA Regional Women’s Finals match.

The fourth match on the PBA Champion’s Challenge ESPN telecast will be a non-PBA event: the 2014 Teen Masters Grand Championship featuring the boys’ and girls’ division champions who survive preliminary competitions conducted by Killer B Promotions.

Additional details concerning the time of the finals in Las Vegas and the ESPN air date will be announced later.

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Kulick takes 2010 USBC Queens title

by Jason Thomas April 29, 2010 03:26


EL PASO, Texas - Kelly Kulick proved she could beat the men earlier this year and Wednesday she came out on top against a field of the top women bowlers in the world, earning her second United States Bowling Congress Queens title.

The Union, N.J., native climbed the five-player stepladder, winning four consecutive matches, and defeating top seed Tennelle Milligan of Arlington, Texas, 232-188, to win the Queens at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.

Kulick, the No. 4 seed, made sports history when she became the first woman to win a title on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour in January by defeating Chris Barnes, 265-195, to win the PBA Tournament of Champions. On Wednesday, she added her third career major women's title to her resume.

"I feel like I've been carrying a four-leaf clover in my pocket and have had luck on my side lately," said Kulick, who earned $25,000 for the victory. "This has been the ride of a lifetime. The only way it gets better at this point is if in three months I'm driving a Lexus and have a million dollar endorsement deal."

The 2007 Queens champion and 2003 U.S. Women's Open champion, Kulick got ahead early in the match and never looked back against Milligan. Kulick threw four consecutive strikes from the fourth to the seventh frame, while Milligan failed to double in that stretch.

"It's heartbreaking for Tennelle because I know what a stellar performance she had all week," said Kulick, who was the runner-up to Liz Johnson at the 2009 Queens. "I just had a good performance all week long as well and it was just about getting to the show and seeing what would happen."

Milligan, the 2005 Queens and 2000 U.S. Women's Open champion, said she was pleased with her performance this week despite losing in the title match.

"I was excited, nervous, pumped up and ready to go out there and put on a good show," said Milligan, who earned $15,000 for second. "I just went out there and overthrew the ball. Once I calmed down, everything fell into place, but when you are bowling a game on TV, it's the fastest game of your life."

In reaching the title match, Kulick took out USBC Hall of Famer Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla., 226-176. With the third place finish and a $10,000 prize, Duggan became the fifth woman to earn $1 million in her career, joining Wendy Macpherson, Tish Johnson, Aleta Sill and Leanne Barrette-Hulsenberg.

Kulick escaped with a victory over Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., 220-212, in the match before when Bellinder left a pocket 7-10 split in the final frame. Kulick threw the last five strikes to force Bellinder to mark in the 10th frame, which she failed to do.

"I made an adjustment on that lane after I had the messenger take out the 10 pin on the previous shot," Bellinder said. "I moved a little bit right and squared up. Off my hand I thought I threw it perfect, and that's all you can really do."

To open the championship round, Kulick defeated Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y., 186-170. After Kulick left the 4-7-10 split in the ninth frame and spared in the 10th, Feldman had a chance to throw two strikes and a five count to win, but left a 10 pin on her first shot.

The Queens, which will be rebroadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, featured a field of 201 of the top female bowlers in the world competing for a total prize fund of $166,750. Storm Bowling Products is the official ball company of the 2010 USBC Queens.

For complete coverage of the USBC Queens, including stories, results, videos and photos, visit BOWL.com.

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The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to more than two million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.

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Bowl with US

(At the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, El Paso, Texas)
Wednesday's Results    


Match 1
Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 186-170. (Feldman finishes fifth, earns $6,000.)

Match 2
Kulick def. Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 220-212. (Bellinder finishes fourth, earns $8,000.)

Match 3
Kulick def. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 226-176. (Duggan finishes third, earns $10,000.)

Match 4
Kulick def. Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 232-188. (Milligan finishes second, earns $15,000; Kulick finishes first, earns $25,000.)

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Milligan is top seed for 2010 USBC Queens finals

by Jason Thomas April 27, 2010 17:31


EL PASO, Texas - Tennelle Milligan of Arlington, Texas, was the only competitor to run through match play undefeated at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Queens and finds herself one victory away from claiming her second USBC Queens title.

The 2005 Queens champion defeated USBC Hall of Famer Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla., 793-598, to claim the top spot in the stepladder championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT.

Duggan, the 1994 Queens champion, is the second seed and will be joined on the live televised final by No. 3 seed Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif., fourth seed and 2007 Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and No. 5 seed Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y.

Milligan also was the top seed in her 2005 victory when she defeated Duggan for the title, so she knows the importance of absorbing as much information as she can with the title being decided in one game, versus the format used throughout match play which consisted of three-game series with total pinfall determining who would advance.

"The obvious advantage is that I only need to win one game," said Milligan, a five-time member of Team USA. "I also get to watch the games before I bowl. With only one game it's really important for me to learn as much as I can because it's do or die."

The four-time PWBA titlist got stronger from match-to-match at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, as she averaged 234.83 throughout match play.
After just getting by USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., 661-659, in her first match Tuesday morning, Milligan went on to defeat Christine Bator of Warren, Mich., 741-605, and Bellinder, 763-741, before meeting up with Duggan.

In the rematch of the 2005 Queens final, Milligan tossed the record ninth 300 game of the 2010 event.

"There were a lot of tough matches over the past two days. The matches against Tish and Missy were really big," Milligan said. "Sometimes there is tension in these matches, but against Anne we both decided to go out and just relax and have fun. And you always have fun when you're throwing strikes."

Knowing that a $25,000 first-place check is just one game away, she looks to enjoy the spotlight and make the most of the opportunity to take home her second tiara.

"I'm going to go out there and have fun no matter what," Milligan said. "We don't get the opportunity to do something like this too often anymore, so we'll see what we can do."

For complete coverage of the USBC Queens, including stories, results, photos and videos, visit BOWL.com.


Defending USBC Senior Queens champion Janine Primrose of Gardnerville, Nev., is one match away from becoming the first competitor in Senior Queens history to win back-to-back titles.

She remained undefeated in match play for the second straight year and will face Char Hammel of Las Vegas in the three-game total-pinfall finals. With the double-elimination format, Hammel will have to defeat Primrose twice if she is to claim her first Senior Queens victory.

Primrose defeated Hammel to reach the championship match, 657-647, forcing Hammel to the contenders bracket. For the chance to face Primrose a second time, Hammel knocked out USBC Hall of Famer and 2009 Senior Queens runner-up Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., 642-615.

"For tomorrow, I'm just going to try and stay calm, avoid mistakes and hope to catch a few breaks, too," Primrose said. "I'm just so happy to be here. To go back-to-back would just be awesome."

The finals of the Senior Queens will be live streamed on BOWL.com starting at Noon EDT.

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The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to more than two million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience.

The interactive home of USBC is BOWL.com. Go to twitter.com/USBC for the fastest USBC headlines.

Bowl with US

At El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center
Tuesday's Results

Match play
Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall
(Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total)


Round 2

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, def. Karen Boyd, Plantation, Fla., 724-601
Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 686-667
Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, def. Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, 661-659
Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., def. Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 667-594
Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 746-561
Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 685-675
Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., def. Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 553-512
Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., def. Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., 666-658

Round 3

Bellinder def. Dorin-Ballard, 754-697
Milligan def. Bator, 741-605
Kulick def. Woessner, 766-626
Duggan def. Feldman, 677-641

Round 4

Milligan def. Bellinder, 763-741
Duggan def. Kulick, 637-605

Round 5

Milligan def. Duggan, 793-598


Round 3
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,500)

Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., def. Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 726-649
Geraldine Ng, Singapore, def. Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 625-550
Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., def. Amanda Beck, Plano, Texas, 706-694
Sue Jeziorski, Tonawanda, N.Y., def. Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 587-579
Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, def. Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 709-649
Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, def. Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 673-592
Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., def. Jonquay Armon, Roselle, Ill., 679-534
Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Jacqui Reese, Bangor, Pa., 614-560

Round 4
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,900)

Current def. Tribbey, 650-605
Pluhowsky def. G. Ng, 647-614
Johnson def. Martin, 735-728
Boyd def. Jeziorski, 686-594
Manns def. Tan, 750-664
Guerrero def. Edwards, 607-585
Wilson def. Hulsenberg, 681-666
Miller def. Terrell-Kearney, 678-624

Round 5
(Losers eliminated, earn $2,400)

Current def. Pluhowsky, 678-572
Johnson def. Boyd, 708-638
Guerrero def. Manns, 642-626
Miller def. Wilson, 688-515

Round 6
(Losers eliminated, earn $3,000)

Feldman def. Current, 665-657
Bator def. Johnson, 653-584
Woessner def. Guerrero, 719-665
Dorin-Ballard def. Miller, 670-619

Round 7
(Losers eliminated, earn $3,700)

Feldman def. Bator, 703-639
Dorin-Ballard def. Woessner, 720-694

Round 8
(Loser eliminated, earns $4,500)
Feldman def. Dorin-Ballard, 695-602

At El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, El Paso, Texas
Tuesday's Results


Round 2

Sharon Powers, Lakewood, Colo., def. Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 672-576
Char Hammel, Las Vegas, def. Paula Vidad, Crestline, Calif., 656-644
Janine Primrose, Gardnerville, Nev., def. Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, Fla., 614-575
Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., def. Lilia Johnson, Lawton, Okla., 595-583

Round 3

Hammel def. Powers, 650-589
Primrose def. Sandelin, 606-594

Round 4

Primrose def. Hammel 657-647


Round 2
(Losers eliminated, earn $450)

Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Debbie Wade, West Jordan, Utah, 716-555
Nancy Fehr, Cincinnati, def. Cathy Smith, Richmond, Va., 686-584
Elizabeth Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., def. Virginia Norton, Cypress, Calif., 616-585
Shelley West, Omaha, Neb., def. Karen Boekemuehl, Bozeman, Mont., 635-513
Pam Lawrence, Pflugerville, Texas, def. Heidi Pagenkopf, Lynnwood, Wash., 614-573
Rose Hare, Sante Fe, N.M., def. Patti Schultz, Braidwood, Ill., 667-567
Melody Felton, Colfax, Iowa, def. Judy Vogel, Slidell, La., 688-587
Jeanette Porter, Omaha, Neb., def. Pam Buckner, Reno, Nev., 609-589

Round 3
(Losers eliminated, earn $500)

Miller-Mackie def. Fehr, 771-556
Dawson def. West, 622-531
Hare def. Lawrence, 624-577
Felton def. Porter, 695-499

Round 4
(Losers eliminated, earn $600)

Miller-Mackie def. Johnson, 688-646
Batt def. Dawson, 668-603
Hare def. Vidad, 602-582
Felton def Jones, 599-579

Round 5
(Losers eliminated, earn $700)

Miller-Mackie def. Batt, 770-552
Felton def. Hare, 645-580

Round 6
(Losers eliminated, earn $800)

Miller-Mackie def. Sandelin, 647-618
Felton def. Powers, 614-577

Round 7
(Loser eliminated, earns $1,000)
Miller-Mackie def. Felton, 642-634

Round 8
(Loser eliminated, earns $1,300)
Hammel def. Miller-Mackie, 642-615

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Dorin-Ballard continues to lead at USBC Queens

by Jason Thomas April 26, 2010 04:18

Courtesy Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications

EL PASO, Texas - United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, continued her dominance Sunday at the 2010 USBC Queens as she broke the five and 10-game qualifying records to lead going into Monday's final block of qualifying at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.

Dorin-Ballard came out of the gates with a 299 game, and continued to strike as she added games of 254, 250, 235 and 256 for a five-game total of 1,294. Combined with her first-day total of 1,224, she is at 2,518 through the first two days with a 251.8 average.

She beat her own record for the five-game block, when she posted a 1,258 total in the 2001 event on the way to her lone Queens victory. For the 10-game total, she knocked off Wendy Macpherson's 2,454 mark set during the 2000 event.

"I wasn't even aware of the records," Dorin-Ballard said. "I was trying to stay focused and just make good shots. I really haven't felt like I've bowled well since August. I've made changes to just about everything, so I'm finally seeing the results pay off."

Only the top 79 of 200 participants who started on Saturday made it on to Monday's third round, with another cut being made as defending champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., joins the top 63 bowlers for the double-elimination match-play format, which starts on Monday at 1 p.m. MDT. Although Dorin-Ballard is firmly inside the cut line, she looks to keep her foot on the accelerator.

"I'm still shooting for the top spot," Dorin-Ballard said. "Maybe in the fourth or fifth game I'll try something different, but I'm looking to go out there and make good shots."

The 20-time PWBA champion knows that a brand-new mentality will be needed once match play begins, since every bowler will have a fresh start.

"You never know with match play," she said. "You don't know how your pair will play, or how your opponent will fair. A lot can happen in three games."

Joining Dorin-Ballard in the top five are USBC Hall of Famer and 1999 Queens champion Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif. (2,351), Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. (2,319), 2007 Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. (2,304) and Kathy Tribbey of Dundee, Ore. (2,304).

Earning the final spot for Monday's third round was Melissa Brownie of Shelbyville, Ky., who finished at 2,061.

Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo., became the third bowler to roll a 300 game during the tournament, to finish at 2,228 for her 10-game total to finish the second day in 15th place. Shayna Ng of Singapore and Jessica Baker of Wichita, Kan., shot 300 in Saturday's qualifying round.

Monday's final round of qualifying begins at 9 a.m. MDT. The double-elimination match-play format will being shortly after at 1 p.m. MDT, and continue throughout Monday and Tuesday. The championship round of the 2010 Queens will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. EDT.


Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., set the USBC Senior Queens 10-game qualifying record Sunday as she took the lead after two rounds of qualifying.

Miller-Mackie, a 16-time women's pro tour winner, shot 2,287, an average of 228.7, at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center and easily surpassed the old record of 2,097 set by Sharon Powers in 2008.

A day after being in fourth place after the opening round, Miller-Mackie had games of 229, 206, 279, 235 and 209 for a 1,158 total to add to her first-day score of 1,129.

"Today I felt even better than yesterday," said Miller-Mackie, who lost in the Senior Queens title match to Janine Primrose last year. "The more games you get in, the better you start to feel. I'm just fortunate that both my parents are still living and they are here to watch me and my daughter Adrienne bowl the Queens. It's a huge motivation to me to bowl well."

Pam Lawrence of Pflugerville, Texas, is second 25 pins behind Miller-Mackie with 2,262, while Char Hammel of Las Vegas is third with 2,209. Powers of Lakewood, Colo., is fourth at 2,172, Paula Vidad of Crestline, Calif., is fifth with 2,170 and first-round leader Patti Schultz of Braidwood, Ill., is sixth with 2,160.

The top 39 players advanced to Monday's final five-game qualifying round. The top 31 players then join defending champion Primrose in the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Monday afternoon.

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(At the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center)
Sunday's results

(Top 80; 10 games, top 79 advance)

1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2518.
2, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 2351.
3, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 2319.
4, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2304.
4, Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., 2304.
6, Tish Johnson, Colo Spgs, Colo., 2301.
7, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 2298.
8, Emily Maier, Wichita, Kan., 2285.
9, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2283.
10, Debbie Ayers, El Cajon, Calif., 2274.
11, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2256.
12, Carol Gianotti, Henderson, Nev., 2253.
13, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 2250.
14, Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., 2245.
15, Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 2228.
16, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 2219.
16, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 2219.
18, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2218.
19, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2214.
20, Alisia Kellow, Louisville, Ky., 2213.
21, Geraldine Ng, Singapore, 2209.
22, Jacqui Reese, Bangor, Pa., 2208.
23, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2207.
24, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2203.
25, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2196.
26, Mihoko Matsuoka-Ishikawa, Japan, 2190.
27, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 2187.
28, Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2181.
29, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2180.
30, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2179.
31, Jessica Baker, Wichita, Kan., 2177.
32, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2176.
33, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2172.
34, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 2171.
34, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2171.
36, Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, 2170.
36, Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 2170.
36, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 2170.
39, Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., 2159.
40, Melissa Klug, Macomb, Mich., 2154.
41, Anita Manns, Austin, Texas, 2152.
42, Karen Boyd, Plantation, Fla., 2151.
43, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 2147.
44, Kayla Bandy, Danviell, Va., 2141.
45, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2136.
46, Bernice Lim, Singapore, 2134.
47, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 2129.
48, Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., 2128.
49, Nichole Spratford, Flanders, N.J., 2127.
49, Bryanna Caldwell, Tucson, Ariz., 2127.
51, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2121.
52, Camille Sykos, El Paso, Texas, 2119.
53, Adriana Perez, El Paso, Texas, 2113.
54, Stacey Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2108.
55, Amanda Beck, Plano, Texas, 2107.
56, Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla., 2105.
57, Christina Kinney, Las Vegas, 2103.
58, Beth Kirkpatrick, Harrisburg, Pa., 2097.
59, Aesha Turner, Montgomery, Ala., 2094.
60, Megan Kelly, Kettering, Ohio, 2093.
61, Aumi Guerra, Doral, Fla., 2091.
61, Susan Jeziorski, Tonawanda, N.Y., 2091.
63, Cathrine Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 2088.
64, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 2087.
65, Jonquay Armon, Roselle, Ill., 2086.
66, Samantha Williams, Hunt Valley, Md., 2085.
67, Rochelle Blake, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 2084.
68, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2083.
69, Lisa Noor, Mound, Minn., 2077.
69, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 2077.
71, Tina Peak-Balser, Shelbyville, Mo., 2071.
71, Jennifer Hernandez, Land O Lakes, Fla., 2071.
73, Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., 2069.
73, Tracy Luncsford, DesPlaines, Ill., 2069.
75, Lindsay Baker, Amherst, N.Y., 2067.
75, Lisa Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2067.
77, Danielle Johnson, Baltimore, Md., 2064.
77, Monica Fitzgerald, Bridgeport, Conn., 2064.
79, Melissa Brownie, Shelbyville, Ky., 2061.
80, Gina Ford, Yukon, Okla., 2058.

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