O'Keefe, Page lead going into final day at Team USA Trials


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, NV (Jan. 6-12, 2007)

    2007TTShannonOKeefe.jpg Growing up as a high-level softball pitcher, Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y., developed strength in her right arm most women would envy. She used that to her advantage Wednesday at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials.

    2007TTRhinoPage.jpg O'Keefe averaged nearly 240 over 10 games at the National Bowling Stadium as she surged into the overall lead with 6,588 after 30 games. Rhino Page of Fresno, Calif., leads the men's field with 6,743.

    A two-time Team USA member, O'Keefe mastered the Cheetah lane condition with a 10-game total of 2,405. She led a women's field that averaged just over 200 Wednesday.

    "Even in the sweeper, I knew this was go day," said O'Keefe, who said she favored the Cheetah pattern over the other three being used this week. "I'm really comfortable playing outside, and I feel I can read the lanes really well when I'm playing out there. Plus, because of my background in softball, I'm strong. So I was able to just pick up my speed and never really had to move my feet much."

    2007TTTennelleMilligan.jpg Tennelle Milligan (l.) of Costa Mesa, Calif., trails O'Keefe by just eight pins overall. The 2005 USBC Queens champion also threw the first 300 game of the tournament Wednesday morning.

    Lynda_Barnes_5366.jpg Two-time U.S. Amateur champion Lynda Barnes (r.) of Flower Mound, Texas, is third with 6,549 while defending champion Diandra Asbaty of Chicago is fourth at 6,507.

    For the men, Page, a left-hander, led the way Wednesday with a 300 game and a 2,414 total for 10 games as he put some distance between himself and the rest of the field. He leads Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio, by nearly 200 pins.

    John_Janawicz_5148.jpg 2006MWCBillHoffman_small.jpg Schaub has totaled 6,553 for 30 games and is followed by John Janawicz (l.) of Winter Haven, Fla., at 6,525. Bill Hoffman (r.) of Columbus, Ohio, is fourth with 6,497.

    "I think I bowled really well again today," Page said. "It was hard to tell what was going on as far as the scoring pace, so I just kept plugging away. Luckily, I had a good look. I definitely have some confidence going into the final day, and I'm not going to let up now."

    For the day, Page and O'Keefe both led their respective squads and earned a $500 prize. Asbaty and Schaub each finished second for $250.

    2006BWCDanPatterson_small.jpg Also Wednesday, defending champion Dan Patterson (l.) of Buffalo, N.Y., and Collin Kerschner of Fort Wayne, Ind., joined Page and Milligan as the four players to shoot a perfect game. Patterson is 13th overall with 6,322 while Kerschner is 14th with 6,299.

    Competition continues Thursday at 8 a.m. Pacific when the men take to the lanes for their final 10-game block. The women will bowl at 3 p.m. Pacific.

    Nearly 240 of the nation's best amateur bowlers are competing for spots on 2007 Team USA this week. The top four men and women after 40 games are guaranteed spots while four additional men and women will be added to the team by the National Selection Committee.

    Men's Division - Top 10 after 30 Games

    1, Rhino Page, Fresno, Calif., 6,743
    2, Cassidy Schaub, Polk, Ohio, 6,553
    3, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 6,525
    4, Bill Hoffman, Columbus, Ohio, 6,497
    5, David O'Sullivan, Yonkers, N.Y., 6,468
    6, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,435
    7, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 6,423
    8, Mark Siders, Westerville, Ohio, 6,370
    9, Scott Pohl, Burnsville, Minn., 6,369
    10, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 6,367

    Women's Division - Top 10 after 30 Games

    1, Shannon O'Keefe, Rochester, N.Y., 6,588
    2, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 6,581
    3, Lynda Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 6,549
    4, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 6,507
    5, Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 6,498
    6, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 6,485
    7, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 6,403
    8, Rose Brown, Modesto, Calif., 6,395
    9, Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 6,343
    10, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 6,339