Kelly Kulick continues to lead U.S. Women's Open for third straight day


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    Lucy Sandelin earns top seed for Senior U.S. Women's Open finals

    2012BridgestoneAdKellyKulick.jpg2011USBCQMissyParkin2.jpgKelly Kulick (pictured left) of Union, N.J., finds herself just eight games away from making the finals at the 2012 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open as she continued her dominant performance at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Monday.

    For the third straight day, Kulick is atop the standings after going 6-2 in match play to finish with a 32-game total of 7,689 including a 299 game Monday, more than 150 pins ahead of Missy Parkin (right) of Lake Forest, Calif., who is second at 7,537.

    After struggling during the fourth and last six-game block of qualifying earlier in the day, the two-time U.S. Women's Open champion came into match play with a new outlook.

    "I just hope I throw it as good tomorrow as I did tonight," Kulick said. "I really struggled in the earlier block. When I came back I had a new mentality and was really able to throw the ball very well tonight."

    With the top seed for the finals in her sights, Kulick is ready to come in Wednesday and put herself in position to claim her third U.S. Women's Open crown.

    "I'm going to come out and execute, play the lanes and not worry about what everyone else is doing," Kulick said. "It's really just about getting to Wednesday. From there it's a crapshoot. Take your favorite pair of dice, throw them down the table and see what happens."

    Team USA's Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas, is in third with 7,509, Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, is fourth with 7,371 and Brenda Padilla of Mansfield, Texas, is fifth with 7,343.

    Yuka Tsuchiya of Tokyo, Japan, was the best of just two non-U.S. bowlers, who survived the cut to the top 16, in tenth place with 7,191. Rocio Restrepo of Colombia, who lives in the United States, rounded out the field with 7,007.

    The remaining 16 bowlers will return Tuesday afternoon for eight more games of round-robin match play before the cut to the top five for Wednesday's television finals, which will be broadcast July 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.


    Lucy Sandelin earns top seed for Senior U.S. Women's Open finals

    2009USBCSQLucySandelin.jpg2009USBCWCRobinRomeoJeanneNaccarato.jpgUSBC Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin (pictured left) of Tampa, Fla., is in position for a wire-to-wire victory at the Senior U.S. Women's Open as she grabbed the top spot for the stepladder finals at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., on Monday.

    Sandelin will need just one win to claim the title after leading every round of the inaugural running of the event. She will be joined by three other Hall of Famers in the finals. Robin Romeo (pictured with Jeanne Naccarato, right) of Newhall, Calif., was second with 6,959, Dana Miller-Mackie (below right) of Albuquerque, N.M., was in third with 6,929 and Jeanne Naccarato of Tacoma, Wash., rounded out the field with 6,878.

    2010USBCSQDanaMillerMackie.jpg"We're all hall of famers, we're all champions, so this tournament is wide open for anyone," Sandelin said.

    "It's going to come down to who can execute the shot in the critical moments. I'm just going to follow my pre-shot routine, make sure the ball feels good on my hand and just have some fun. To be the first-ever Senior U.S. Women's Open champion, no one can take that away."

    Miller-Mackie will face off against Naccarato in the opening match, with the winner squaring off against Romeo. Sandelin will await the winner in the finals, with the champion claiming the $5,000 top prize.

    Competition will kick off at 4 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday and will be broadcast live on's BowlTV.


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    2012 U.S. Women's Open - Match Play Round 1/2 (fifth round overall

    Players with position, hometown and 32-game total including bonus pins (30 for a win, 15 for a tie).


    2012 Senior U.S. Women's Open - Match Play Round (fifth round overall

    Players with position, hometown and 32-game total including bonus pins (30 for a win, 15 for a tie). The top 4 advance to the stepladder finals.


    2012 U.S. Women's Open - Qualifying Round 4

    Players with position, hometown and 24-game total. The top 16 advance to Match Play.

    1. Kelly Kulick, Union, NJ, 5555
    2. Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, TX, 5520
    3. Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, CA, 5485
    4. Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, TX, 5479
    5. Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, TX, 5458
    6. Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, TX, 5444
    7. Liz Johnson, Buffalo, NY, 5443
    8. Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, TX, 5437
    9. Erin McCarthy, Omaha, NE, 5404
    10. Kayla Bandy, Pikeville, KY, 5352
    11. Rachel Perez, Maumelle, AR, 5326
    12. Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, CA, 5318
    13. Jodi Woessner, Oregon, OH, 5314
    14. Brittni Hamilton, Webster, NY, 5308
    15. Yuka Tsuchiya, Tokyo, Japan, 5300
    16. Rocio Restrepo, Canton, OH, 5298

    Missed Cut:
    17. Anita Manns, Houston, TX, 5282
    18. Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, IL, 5278
    19. Jacqui Reese, Bangor, PA, 5266
    20. Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, OH, 5261
    21. Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, NM, 5249
    22. Kimberly Yioulos, Rochester, NY, 5248
    23. Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, NY, 5247
    24. Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, SD, 5239
    25. Megan Kelly, Dayton, OH, 5234
    26. Carol Gianotti, Morley, W.A, 5231
    27. Josie Earnest, Nashville, TN, 5227
    28. Angela Chirpich, Urbandale, IA, 5225
    29. Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, TX, 5223
    30. Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, IL, 5217
    31. Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, OH, 5211
    32. Jamie Martin, Omaha, NE, 5199
    33. Kristina Frahm, Salisbury, MD, 5192
    34. Tannya Roumimper, Wichita, KS, 5184
    35. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, TX, 5183
    36. Joely Carrillo, Clifton, NJ, 5159
    37. Ho-Jung Kim, Korea, 5156
    38. Shannon Sellens, Kansas City, MO, 5150
    39. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, NV, 5145
    40. Ashly Galante, Lake Wales, FL, 5133
    41. Tammy Turner, North Ogden, UT, 5106
    42. Yuko Nakatani, Hyogo, Japan, 5068
    43. Sol Han, Korea, 5060
    44. Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, UT, 5057
    45. Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, AZ, 5050
    46. Brinda Burks, Bossier City, LA, 5047
    47. Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, OH, 5046
    48. Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, NM, 5038
    49. Jessica Baker, Wichita, KS, 5033
    50. Jacqueline Malone, Scotia, NY, 5014



    2012 Senior U.S. Women's Open - Qualifying Round 4

    Players with position, hometown and 24-game total. The top 8 advance to Match Play.

    1. Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, FL, 5255
    2. Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, NM, 5102
    3. Robin Romeo, Newhall, CA, 5098
    4. Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, WA, 5017
    5. Paula Vidad, Sun City, CA, 5003
    6. Mandy Wilson, Dayton, OH, 4956
    7. Teresa Ross, Arlington, TX, 4907
    8. Pamela Pancoast, Lomita, CA, 4874

    Missed Cut:
    9. Terri Ward, Loveland, CO, 4866
    10. Char Hammel, Las Vegas, NV, 4865
    11. Sharon Powers, Denver, CO, 4815
    12. Lisa Wasson, Plano, TX, 4810
    13. Sharri Johnson, Tampa, FL, 4790
    14. Tracey Kincaid, Cookeville, TN, 4767
    15. Linda Kelly, Dayton, OH, 4735