Erin McCarthy takes first-round lead at U.S. Women's Open


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    Lucy Sandelin leads Senior U.S. Women's Open

    2012USWOErinMcCarthy.jpg Two months ago Erin McCarthy (pictured) of Omaha, Neb., was leading Midland to the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships finals on her way to be named the tournament's most valuable player. On Friday, her success on the big stage continued as she took the opening-round lead of the 2012 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open.

    McCarthy averaged more than 250 for the opening block with a six-game total of 1,501 at the National Bowling Stadium. Jodi Woessner of Oregon, Ohio, is second with 1,445.

    After a disappointing showing in her first U.S. Women's Open appearance last year in Euless, Texas, McCarthy came out of the gates strong in hopes of redeeming her 2011 performance. She credited her success to making each frame as important as the next.

    "I wasn't very happy with my performance at all last year," McCarthy said. "I didn't bowl very well and missed a lot of spares. I came back this year in hopes to redeem myself. I just took it one shot at a time today. If I made a bad shot or got a lucky break, I just erased it from my memory and started a new frame. Every game was a new game like every day is a new day."

    Although Midland fell to Webber International in the finals of the ITC, McCarthy used the momentum of that performance to help her prepare for the event. She hopes to take advantage of her strong set as qualifying continues Saturday.

    "It gave me something to build on," McCarthy said. "I'm going to come in tomorrow and not think about what I did today. I'm just going to start fresh again and keep trying to make good shots."

    Brenda Padilla of Mansfield, Texas, sits in third place with 1,435. Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Brinda Burks of Bossier City, La., are tied for fourth with 1,431.

    All 202 bowlers in the U.S. Women's Open field will return for six additional qualifying games Saturday with the final six-game block Sunday. After 18 games of qualifying, the field will be cut to the top 50 for six additional games to determine the final 16 for round-robin match play.

    The five players who remain at the top of the standings after 40 total games will advance to Wednesday's television finals, which will be broadcast July 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.


    Lucy Sandelin leads Senior U.S. Women's Open

    The Senior U.S. Women's Open saw USBC Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, Fla., grab the early lead with 1,364 (227.3 average).

    Sandelin already has a major title under her belt, as she claimed the 2007 USBC Senior Queens title. More than 60 of the top female bowlers over the age of 50 are competing for the first running of the event.

    Pamela Pancoast of Lomita, Calif., sits in second place with 1,316, while Sharon Powers of Denver is third with 1,315.

    All 61 Senior U.S. Women's Open competitors will bowl 18 games of qualifying before the cut is made to the top 15 for six additional games. The top eight players will take part in round-robin match play to determine the finalists for the stepladder finals.


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    2012 U.S. Women's Open - Qualifying Round 1

    Top 50 with position, hometown and 6-game total

    1, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 1,501
    2, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1,445
    3, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 1,435
    4, Brinda Burks, Bossier City, La., 1,431
    4, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,431
    6, Kimberly Yioulos, Rochester, N.Y., 1,426
    7, Kayla Stram, Grand Rapids, Minn., 1,422
    8, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,419
    9, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 1,415
    10, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 1,406
    11, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,399
    12, Kayla Bandy, Pikeville, Ky., 1,398
    12, Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1,398
    14, Joely Carrillo, Clifton, N.J., 1,387
    15, Ashly Galante, Lake Wales, Fla., 1,386
    16, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,384
    17, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,382
    18, Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, Utah, 1,376
    19, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 1,375
    20, Lynda, Barnes Double Oak, Texas, 1,371
    21, Roxanne George, Waukesha, Wis., 1,356
    22, Angela Chirpich, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,353
    23, Jennifer Martin, Antioch, Calif., 1,352
    24, Shannon Sellens, Kansas City, Mo., 1,347
    25, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 1,344
    26, Rocio Restrepo, Canton, Ohio, 1,339
    27, Brandi Branka, Momence, Ill., 1,336
    28, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 1,334
    28, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 1,334
    30, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 1,333
    31, Kristina Frahm, Salisbury, Md., 1,332
    32, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 1,327
    33, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 1,323
    34, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 1,320
    35, Terysa Wojnar, Chicago, Ill., 1,317
    36, Samantha How, Oregon City, Ore., 1,316
    36, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,316
    38, Kristin Warzinski, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,315
    39, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 1,314
    39, Masae Nakajima, Japan, 1,314
    41, Yuki Ichihara, Japan, 1,312
    42, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 1,304
    42, Kristie Leong, Daly City, Calif., 1,304
    44, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 1,302
    45, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 1,300
    46, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 1,291
    47, Yuko Nakatani, Japan, 1,289
    48, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,288
    49, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,286
    49, Anita Manns, Houston, Texas, 1,286


    2012 U.S. Senior Women's Open - Qualifying Round 1

    Top 15 with position, hometown and 6-game total

    1, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1,364
    2, Pamela Pancoast, Lomita, Calif., 1,316
    3, Sharon Powers, Denver, Colo., 1,315
    4, Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, Wash., 1,278
    5, Tracey Kincaid, Cookeville, Tenn., 1,274
    6, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 1,270
    7, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 1,256
    8, Lisa Wasson, Plano, Texas, 1,253
    9, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,250
    10, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 1,246
    11, Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,230
    12, Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 1,214
    13, Kristine Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 1,208
    14, Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash., 1,196
    15, Judy Vogel, Slidell, La., 1,193