by PBA Editor August 1, 2008 19:00

After two strong days at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open, Stefanie Nation of Miami, Fla. continues to lead the PBA Women’s Series Tour Trials.


Nation leads the field of 50 players who elected to pay a separate entry fee and use their U.S. Women's Open qualifying scores in the PBA Women's Tour Trials. The top 12 players after 32 games advance to the PBA Women's Series, which will feature seven events conducted alongside Denny's PBA Tour stops this season. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Diandra Asbaty, Shannon Pluhowsky and Joy Esterson all earned automatic spots in the PBA Women's Series with their victories in last season's events.


Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas overtook Nation in the U.S. Women’s Open competition, a United States Bowling Congress event.


By dissecting each day's lane condition swiftly, Dorin-Ballard moved into the overall lead against a field of 186 of the best female bowlers in the world after Round 2 of qualifying, finishing with a 16-game total of 3,502, an average of 218.88, at Brunswick Zone XL.


Dorin-Ballard fired 1,742 for eight games Saturday on the Scorpion lane condition, which was preceded by Friday's total of 1,760 on the Viper pattern.


"I've been able to get lined up early each day and off of that, I've been able to make the right ball choices," Dorin-Ballard said. "That's pretty crucial. I've been trying to make subtle adjustments because if you make too big of a move on these patterns it can exaggerate things."


Dorin-Ballard is ahead of first-round leader Stefanie Nation of Miami, who is second at 3,478. Jen Petrick of Canton, Ohio, is third with 3,437, while Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix is fourth at 3,433.


"It's nice to get off to a good start, but there are two more days and some patterns will favor other people," Dorin-Ballard said. "Hopefully I'm able to continue to throw it well and my carry will continue to be as good as it has been."


Kristal Wilson of Lawrence, Kan., who finished third at the USBC Queens in 2007, had the high eight-game total of the day with 1,838, an average of nearly 230 per game. Wilson sits in fifth place overall with 3,432.


Competition continues Sunday with the third of four eight-game qualifying rounds. After 32 games, the field will be cut to the top 16 for Tuesday and Wednesday's televised Round of 16 and quarterfinals. The final four players will then compete in the championship round Wednesday night. All five telecasts will be taped for broadcast on ESPN for five consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 7.



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