Fehr, McEwan continue to lead at 2016 Team USA Trials after Round 3


    2016 Team USA Trials

    2016TeamUSATrialsJeffFehr2.jpgJeff Fehr of Cincinnati and Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, continued strong at Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday to retain their spots atop the standings at the 2016 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials.

    Fehr (pictured left) holds the men's overall lead with a three-round total of 17 ranking points, following a 12th-place finish in Tuesday's third round, while McEwan used a third-place effort to increase her lead over the women's field with 12 points.

    Defending Team USA Trials champion Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tennessee, is second on the men's side with 24 ranking points, and Zach Hattori of Henderson, Nevada, and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Washington, are tied for third with 32.

    McEwan leads Jordan Richard of Tipton, Michigan, by eight points, while 11-time Team USA member Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, is third with 28.

    "It was definitely a tougher road today, but I only missed one spare again, so that was big," said Fehr, who closed with games of 257 and 235 Tuesday for a 1,362 total.

    2016TeamUSATrialsZachHattori.jpg"I felt like I had to go to the bag of tricks today, since I don't have the speed and rev rate like some of the younger guys. I was able to manipulate my ball roll to what it needed to do to match up. Hopefully, I can come out tomorrow and have a good day. I wanted to come out here and make the team, and my goals are in sight."

    2016TeamUSATrialsStefanieJohnsonTennelleMilligan.jpgHattori (left) averaged more than 244 on the 44-foot Tokyo pattern to lead Tuesday's third round with a 1,469 total, holding off a late charge from Kent, who was second with 1,453. Chris Via of Springfield, Ohio, was third with 1,423.

    Johnson (right photo on the left; receiving the trophy from Tennelle Milligan, High Performance Manager for Team USA/National Governing Body) led wire-to-wire during the women's third round, firing a 279 to start, and she never looked back on her way to a 1,428 total. Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, finished second with 1,382.

    2016TeamUSATrialsDanielleMcEwan2.jpgMcEwan (left) finished Tuesday's round with a 257 game to jump into third place for the day with a 1,366 total. The four-time Team USA member credits her versatility in helping her find continued success at the event.

    "Over the years, I've really tried to make my game well-rounded so I'm not just good on one pattern," said McEwan, the 2012 and 2013 Team USA Trials champion.

    "I'm always working on my weaknesses, and I think that's why I'm able to come here and be consistent on each pattern. The cool and different thing about this tournament is that you're never really in good shape - you can't win it in one day, but you can lose it. I'm in a good position now, but I need to come out and bowl well the next two days."

    The players this week earn points based on their finishing position in each of the qualifying rounds - the top bowler of the block earns one ranking point, second place in the block earns two points, etc. - with the lowest total of ranking points after five six-game blocks determining the overall leaders.

    2016USAmateurLogo_small.jpg The United States National Amateur Bowling Championships returns as part of the 2016 Team USA Trials. The top three amateur men and top three amateur women will advance to a stepladder final after the final round of qualifying, which will determine the U.S. Amateur champions. The winners also will earn a spot on Team USA.

    For the second consecutive day, the top three amateurs on the men's side mimic the overall standings, with Fehr, Doyle and Hattori now holding the top spots. The top amateurs in the women's field are Richard, Taylor Bulthuis of Coral Springs, Florida, and Ashley Dunn of Palmdale, California. Bulthuis and Dunn are tied for fifth overall with 38 points.

    2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpgCompetition continues Wednesday at 11 a.m. Eastern with the fourth round of women's qualifying. BOWL.com's BowlTV will provide wire-to-wire coverage of the events.

    On the youth side, Junior Team USA 2016 will consist of 12 boys and 12 girls. The top four boys and top four girls at the 2016 Team USA Trials, based on ranking points, automatically will earn spots, while two additional boys and two additional girls will be selected by the National Selection Committee from either the 2016 Team USA Trials or 2015 Junior Gold Championships.

    They will join the six boys and six girls who already earned their spots on Junior Team USA 2016 by qualifying at the 2015 Junior Gold Championships in Chicago.

    To be eligible for the U.S. Amateur portion of the event, a bowler must not hold or have held a professional membership (PBA or PWBA) anytime in 2015. Also, anyone who has won a professional title (regional, national or senior) as a professional is not eligible to compete as an amateur.


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    2016 USBC Team USA Trials - Round 3 Results

    Top 20 with position, name, hometown and six-game total

    Men's Division (Complete Standings):
    1, Zach Hattori, Henderson, Nev., 1,469
    2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,453
    3, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 1,423
    4, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,412
    5, DeeRonn Booker, Anaheim, Calif., 1,411
    6, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,398
    7, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,380
    8, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 1,379
    9, George Duke, Vidor, Texas, 1,378
    10, Zeke Bayt, Henderson, Nev., 1,372
    11, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 1,370
    12, Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, 1,362
    T13, Jacob Klein, East Islip, N.Y., 1,361
    T13, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,361
    15, Greg Young, Viera, Fla., 1,360
    16, Matt Russo, Millstone Township, N.J., 1,357
    17, Jacob Kersten, Clarkston, Mich., 1,344
    18, Steve Novak, Bay City, Mich., 1,341
    19, Steve Smith, San Diego, 1,337
    20, Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 1,336

    Women's Division (Complete Standings):
    1, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,428
    2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,382
    3, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 1,366
    4, Stephanie Schwartz, San Antonio, 1,351
    5, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 1,339
    6, Jordan Richard, Tipton, Mich., 1,329
    7, Heather Penatzer, Tucson, Ariz., 1,325
    8, Taylor Bulthuis, Coral Springs, Fla., 1,321
    9, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,312
    10, Julia Bond, Aurora, Ill., 1,311
    11, Janine Kuwahara, Huntsville, Texas, 1,305
    12, Sydney Brummett, Fort Wayne, 1,301
    13, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,299
    14, Haley Richard, Tipton, Mich., 1,295
    15, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 1,292
    16, Lauren Hoffman, Monroe Township, N.J., 1,289
    17, Mary Wells, Westerville, Ohio, 1,286
    18, Cayla Hicks, Salem, Va., 1,276
    19, Sarah Lokker, New Baltimore, Mich., 1,275
    20, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,268


    2015 USBC Team USA Trials - Overall Standings after Round 3

    Top 20 with position, name, hometown and total points. Points based on finishing position in each round; top three amateurs advance to stepladder finals after five rounds.

    Men's Division (Complete Standings):
    1, Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, 17 (4-1-12)
    2, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 24 (2-15-7)
    T3, Zach Hattori, Henderson, Nev., 32 (24-7-1)
    T3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 32 (13-17-2)
    5, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 33 (7-20-6)
    6, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 36 (19-14-3)
    7, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 38 (5-4-29)
    8, Rob Gotchall, Clarksville, Tenn., 56 (12-19-25)
    9, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 58 (7-38-13)
    10, Brandon Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 60 (26-10-24)
    11, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 63 (30-29-4)
    12, Steve Smith, San Diego, 68 (43-6-19)
    13, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 71 (27-9-35)
    14, Wesley Low Jr., Palmdale, Calif., 78 (11-59-8)
    15, Meeco Walker, East Cleveland, Ohio, 81 (22-23-36)
    16, Kyle Krol, Tinley Park, Ill.., 83 (31-16-36)
    17, Matthew Farber, Plainview, N.Y., 95 (40-3-52)
    18, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 96 (46-8-42)
    19, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 97 (18-17-62)
    20, Matt Russo, Millstone Township, N.J., 98 (20-62-16)

    Women's Division (Complete Standings):
    1, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 12 (7-2-3)
    2, Jordan Richard, Tipton, Mich., 20 (9-5-6)
    3, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 28 (3-24-1)
    4, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 36 (17-14-5)
    T5, Taylor Bulthuis, Coral Springs, Fla., 38 (8-22-8)
    T5, Ashley Dunn, Palmdale, Calif., 38 (4-7-27)
    7, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 39 (19-18-2)
    8, Stephanie Schwartz, San Antonio, 41 (21-16-4)
    9, Haley Richard, Tipton, Mich., 44 (2-28-14)
    10, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 51 (6-4-41)
    11, Heather Penatzer, Tucson, Ariz., 56 (26-23-7)
    12, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 58 (48-1-9)
    13, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 61 (33-3-25)
    14, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 66 (18-9-39)
    15, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 74 (36-18-20)
    16, Kayla Crawford, Silvis, Ill., 75 (23-26-26)
    17, Julia Bond, Aurora, Ill., 76 (56-10-10)
    18, Katie Stark, Clermont, Fla., 85 (34-8-43)
    19, Mary Wells, Westerville, Ohio, 90 (21-52-17)
    20, Katherine Sutphin, Maitland, Fla., 91 (12-42-37)