Nation's Best

by PBA Editor August 12, 2007 19:00
After being named the Player of the Year in the 2006 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Championships, Stefanie Nation is hardly an unknown in the world of women’s bowling.

Nation leads the field with an eight-game pinfall of 1,774 on the PBA Viper oil pattern in the 2007 PBA Women’s Tour Trials, which is being held in conjunction with the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, a USBC event, at the National Bowling Stadium.

“When we lay this pattern down back home, it’s easier for me,” said Nation (Orlando, Fla.). “Today it didn’t play the same for me. I had to throw a ball with surface. I was using a Blast Zone which I’ve only used for a couple of weeks, so I’m still getting a good feel for it. I was able to throw some great shots and I got rewarded. It’s nice to have a good start in any tournament and not come from behind.”

Nation opened and closed the block with her two lowest scores of the day, 187 and 154, respectively. The two scores were the only two games under 200 for Nation as the Team USA member averaged 238.83 over games 2-7, including a 269 in game five.

Karen Stroud (Victoria, Texas) is Nation’s closest competition, coming in second, 17 pins behind with 1,757. Stroud opened the day with her two highest scores of 256 and 234.

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, a 20-time winner on the defunct Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour, is third with 1,750. Dorin-Ballard (North Richland Hills, Texas) stayed above 200 in every game including a high game of 236 in her fifth game.

Kelly Kulick (Union, N.J.), who made history as the first-ever exempt female bowler on the Denny’s PBA Tour, is fourth with 1,705.

The entire field will return Tuesday for the second of four eight-game blocks, bowling on the Scorpion oil pattern beginning at 10 a.m. PT. The top 16 women after Thursday’s fourth round, based on a 32-game pinfall, and who have paid the additional PBA Women’s Tour Trials entry fee will earn exemptions for the 2007 PBA Women’s Series.

The 2007 PBA Women’s Series, which is sponsored by the USBC, marks the first opportunity for women to bowl on Tour since the PWBA folded in 2003. The series will feature 16 women competing in four events which will run concurrently with four Denny’s PBA Tour events. All events will feature a $51,100 prize fund including a $10,000 top prize.

Professional Bowlers Association
PBA Women’s Tour Trials
National Bowling Stadium
Reno, Nev.
Monday, Aug. 13

ROUND ONE – VIPER

(Pos., name/hometown and eight-game pinfall.)

1, Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 1,774.
2, Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, 1,757.
3, Carolyn DorinBallard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 1,750.
4, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,705.
5, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, Ariz, 1,701.
6, Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 1,699.
7, Tish Johnson, Napa, Calif., 1,691.
8, Adrienne Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,678.
9, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,665.
10, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 1,644.
10, Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., 1,644.
12, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev, 1,636.
13, Maggie Smith, Olathe, Kan., 1,629.
14, Laura Hardeman, Chula Vista, Calif., 1,625.
15, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 1,622.
16, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,620.
17, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1,606.
18, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 1,604.
19, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 1,601.
19, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 1,601.
21, Debbie McMullen, Denver, 1,599.
22, Jacqui Reese, Nazareth, Pa., 1,592.
23, Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,589.
24, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 1,576.
25, Lisa Wagner, Tampa, Fla., 1,571.
26, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 1,569.
27, Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah, 1,567.
28, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,560.
29, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,558.
30, Jessica Lesagonicz, Reading, Pa., 1,555.
31, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 1,552.
32, Tina Stickney, Goodyear, Ariz., 1,549.
32, Kari Schwager, Chicago, 1,549.
34, Laura Lee Daniel, Corona, Calif., 1,543.
35, Heidi Septer, Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,533.
36, Stacy Ricker, Haskell, N.J., 1,531.
37, April Ellis, Jackson, Tenn., 1,517.
38, Jen Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1,512.
39, Amanda Beck, Oakdale, N.Y., 1,499.
40, Sabrina Duncan Rose, Houston, 1,494.
41, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmonds, Okla., 1,491.
42, Lindsy Bonifacini, San Diego, 1,488.
43, Sherree Monaco, Carpentersville, Ill., 1,467.
43, Kimberly McGriff, Caledonia, Ill., 1,467.
45, Fionna Goczeski, Ft. Myers, Fla., 1,463.
46, Maria Lockridge, Livermore, Calif., 1,458.
47, Sara Vargas, Orlando, Fla., 1,448.
48, Bonnie Cox, LaPine, Ore., 1,440.
49, Cyndee Sutherland, San Jose, Calif., 1,439.
50, Pam Marciniszyn, Canada, 1,432.
51, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1,430.
52, Jamille Weber, Aurora, Colo., 1,423.
53, Julie Jackson, Germanton, N.C., 1,420.
54, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 1,413.
55, Cora Wais, Barstow, Calif., 1,404.
56, Stacy Lynn Washington, Aurora, Ill., 1,401.
57, Debbie Baerman, Merlin, Ore., 1,398.
58, Doris Kimmerle, Great Falls, Mt., 1,385.
59, Lisa Timm, Springfield, Ill., 1,378.
60, Belinda Thomas, Lompoc, Calif., 1,377.
61, Carli Wickman, Las Vegas, 1,373.
62, Renee Wesley, Murphy, Texas, 1,362.
63, Mary Martinez, Pahrump, Nev., 1,326.
64, Laurie Walker, Casa Grande, Ariz., 1,281.
65, Traci Reem, Kingsland, Ga., 1,264.

300 games – None.
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