Following a successful Sunday on the Shark lane condition at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open, Brenda Mack overtook Stefanie Nation for the lead in the PBA Women's Tour Trials.
Mack and Nation are among a 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. 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.
Mack also moved into second place in the U.S. Women’s Open competition following an eight-game total of 1,739 on Sunday.
"I've put in a lot more preparation for this event than I have in the past," Mack said. "I've bowled a lot more practice games going into this. It's hard, though, because now that I had a baby girl, I don't bowl as much. I only bowl a couple tournaments a year now, but I feel really good about my game."
United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, maintained her lead after three rounds of qualifying at the 2008 U.S. Women's Open, a USBC event.
Dorin-Ballard, whose best finish at the U.S. Women's Open was second in 2003, has totaled 5,255 over 24 games, an average of 218.96, and leads the field of 186 of the best female bowlers in the world by more than 100 pins at Brunswick Zone XL. Brenda Mack of Indianapolis is second with 5,146.
"My husband always gives me a hard time about not winning this event," said Dorin-Ballard, whose husband, Del, has 12 Professional Bowlers Association titles. "He always says, 'I can't believe you have 20 titles and haven't won a U.S. Open. That would be the cornerstone of your career.' He can say that, though, because he's won the men's title twice."
Dorin-Ballard said her goal coming into this week was simple - she just wanted to secure a spot among the top 16 who advance to the televised Round of 16.
"I just always want to bowl well no matter how far ahead I am because you never know what will happen," Dorin-Ballard said. "I just want to make it to TV, because if I make TV, I've put myself in position to win the tournament."
Left-hander Trisha Reid of Columbus, Ohio, had the high score Sunday with 1,834, an average of 229.25. Her 24-game total of 5,100 places her in fourth place, 45 pins behind Kristal Wilson of Lawrence, Kan.
Competition continues Monday with the last 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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