Kulick leads undefeated players at USBC Queens

    05/01/07

    United States

    Tish Johnson high qualifier at USBC Queens

    2006PBAKellyKulick.jpg For the past year, Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., has been practicing and competing at bowling's highest level. She reaped the rewards of that hard work Monday at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Queens.

    Kulick, who a year ago became the first woman to earn an exemption on the Denny's Professional Bowlers Association Tour, led a group of 16 undefeated players in three-game, double-elimination match play in the Queens at AMF Carolina Lanes.

    The former Team USA member overcame a 53-pin first-game deficit to defeat Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla., in her second-round match 608-584. In her first match, Kulick defeated Rachel Perez of Maumelle, Ark., 677-596.

    "A year of practice and competition have really helped me fine tune my game," Kulick said. "I've been bowling non-stop since I earned my spot on Tour and have had a full-year of bowling on competitive conditions against competitive players. If I'm good enough to be on the men's tour, I'm definitely good enough to compete out here against the best women in the world."

    Joining Kulick in the winners bracket is three-time Queens champion Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., who needed overtime to dispose of Michelle Feldman of Skaneateles, N.Y. The two ended their match in a tie at 674, forcing a one-game roll-off, which Macpherson won 205-180.

    Other big names still alive in the winners bracket are USBC High School spokesperson Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, USBC Youth spokesperson Diandra Asbaty of Chicago and last year's Queens runner-up Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

    Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., who earned the top seed in match play earlier in the day by finishing as the high qualifier after 15 games, is also still undefeated. She took out Paula Vilas of the Dominican Republic 607-548 and defeated Sharon Koh of Malaysia 724-598.

    In the contenders bracket, defending champion Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix was eliminated with a 618-587 loss to Japan's Mihoko Matsuoka-Ishikawa. Pluhowsky defeated Lisa Wagner of Auburn, Ga., 626-514 in the first round before being sent to the contenders bracket with a 667-629 loss to Asbaty.

    Also Monday, Team USA member Tina Stickney of Goodyear, Ariz., bowled the 15th perfect game in the 47-year history of the USBC Queens. Stickney's 300 game came in her 774-534 opening-round victory over Crystal Schoneman of Orlando, Fla. Stickney, however, lost her next two matches and was eliminated.

    The match-play field began with 64 players Monday afternoon and after two rounds in the contenders bracket, 32 players were eliminated.

    Match play continues Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern. The tournament concludes with the top five bowlers (four from the winners bracket and the contenders bracket champion) facing off live on ESPN2 in the stepladder finals Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern.

    In addition to the live telecast of the Queens, the event is also scheduled to be re-aired on May 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

    The USBC Queens, which features an overall prize fund of $200,000 with $30,000 going to the champion, is presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev., and is sponsored by Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    USBC Queens - Double Elimination Match Play

    Three-game matches decided by total pinfall

    Opening Round

    Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to contenders bracket.

    Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Paula Vilas, Dominican Republic, 607-548
    Sharon Koh, Malaysia, def. Laura Hardeman, Chula Vista, Calif., 711-512
    Kathy Tribbey, Vancouver, Wash., def. Maxine Nable, Australia, 651-538
    Kristal Scott, Wichita, Kan., def. Kim Terrell, Antioch, Calif., 572-526
    Hidemi Mizobuchi, Japan, def. Jacqui Reese, Phillipsburg, N.J., 572-558
    Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, def. Julie Jackson, Rural Hall, N.C., 567-435
    Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., def. Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 610-571
    Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Linda Kogut, Jacksonville, Fla., 565-561
    Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City def. Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 711-568
    Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, def. Evelyn Chan, Singapore, 700-560
    Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., def. Leanne Barrette, Roseville, Calif., 622-547
    Chele Schirmer, Bel Air, Md., def. Went Chai, Malaysia, 649-620
    April Ellis, Jackson, Tenn., def. Cindy Carroll, Williamsville, N.Y., 560-486
    Nichole Spratford, Hopelawn, N.J., def. Corrine Ham, Cocoa, Fla., 590-578
    Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, def. Lisa Noor, Mound, Minn., 635-615
    Shannon O'Keefe, Rochester, N.Y., def. Heidi Septer, Tonawanda, N.Y., 645-575
    Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 705-551
    Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, def. Aumi Gurerra, Dominican Republic, 656-573
    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, North Richland Hills, Texas, def. Carol Gianotti, Australia, 673-551
    Tina Stickney, Goodyear, Ariz., def. Crystal Schoneman, Orlando, Fla., 774-534
    Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., def. Jennifer Swanson, Shelton, Conn., 561-537
    Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 677-596
    Esther Cheah, Malaysia, def. Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 679-625
    Jennifer Tan, Singapore, def. Dede Davidson, Buellton, Calif., 672-592
    Diandra Asbaty, Chicago def. Paola Gomez, Colombia, 667-635
    Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix def. Lisa Wagner, Auburn, Ga., 626-514
    Brenda Viator, Lake Wales, Fla., def. Jessica Reynolds, Blacksbury, Va., 681-621
    Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., def. Mihoko Matsuoka-Ishikawa, Japan, 581-543
    Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., def. Colby Alexander, Mattydale, N.Y., 653-546
    Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., def. Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 616-579
    Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., def. Stephanie Sjobom, Murrieta, Calif., 665-623
    Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., def. Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, Fla., 686-568


    Winners Bracket - Round 1

    Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to contenders bracket.

    T. Johnson def. Koh, 724-598
    Scott def. Tribbey, 655-554
    Mizobuchi def. Reid, 654-565
    Sandham def. Barnes, 647-639
    Kelly def. Stanbrough, 723-613
    Milligan def. Schirmer, 582-538
    Spratford def. Ellis, 585-582
    O'Keefe def. Petrick, 630-607
    L. Johnson def. Kloempken, 664-580
    Dorin-Ballard def. Stickney, 716-657
    Kulick def. Duggan, 608-584
    Cheah def. Tan, 702-568
    Asbaty def. Pluhowsky, 667-629
    Nation def. Viator, 680-651
    Gaines def. Esterson, 719-711
    Macpherson def. Feldman, 674-674 (205-180)


    Contenders Bracket - Round 1

    Winners advance. Losers eliminated, earn $1,200.

    Vilas def. Daniels, 658-599
    Hardeman def. Guerre, 635-550
    Gianotti def. Nable, 782-750
    Terrell def. Schoneman, 607-596
    Swanson def. Reese, 671-669
    Perez def. Jackson, 663-629
    Bellinder def. Current, 621-603
    Kogut def. Davidson, 666-604
    Mack def. Gomez, 721-527
    Chan def. Wagner, 682-604
    Barrette def. Reynolds, 649-577
    Matsuoka-Ishikawa def. Chai, 583-583 (203-174)
    Alexander def. Carroll, 600-527
    Ham def. Wilson, 688-536
    Sjobom def. Noor, 560-513
    Septer def. Batt, 651-560


    Contenders Bracket - Round 2

    Winners advance. Losers eliminated, earn $1,400.

    Vilas def. Reid, 642-596
    Hardeman def. Koh, 754-600
    Gianotti def. Petrick, 638-632
    Terrell def. Schirmer, 645-593
    Swanson def. Barnes, 645-583
    Tribbey def. Perez, 667-659
    Stanbrough def. Bellinder, 654-642
    Ellis def. Kogut, 656-644
    Mack def. Feldman, 659-550
    Viator def. Chan, 682-552
    Esterson def. Barrette, 616-486
    Matsuoka-Ishikawa def. Pluhowsky, 618-587
    Duggan def. Alexander, 572-523
    Ham def. Kloempken, 696-526
    Sjobom def. Stickney, 690-634
    Tan def. Septer, 662-552


    Complete Results and Match-ups


    To view the results and the match-ups of the Winners Bracket CLICK HERE

    To view the results and the match-ups of the Contenders Bracket CLICK HERE


    Tish Johnson high qualifier at USBC Queens


    2007USBCQTishJohnson.jpg Hall of Famer Tish Johnson earned high qualifier honors Monday at the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Queens.

    The left-hander from Colorado Springs, Colo., had a 15-game total of 3,410 to earn the No. 1 seed in the double-elimination match play bracket at AMF Carolina Lanes in suburban Charlotte, N.C. First-round matches get underway at 1 p.m. Eastern today.

    2006USBCQueensShannonPluhowsky_small.jpg Johnson will be joined by 63 other players, including defending champion Shannon Pluhowsky (r.) of Phoenix, who will compete to determine the final five bowlers for the ESPN2-televised finals on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern.

    "Personally, I think it's a disadvantage to be the top seed," said Johnson, whose 25 Professional Women's Bowling Association titles ranks fourth all-time. "Everybody is going to be gunning for me, so I'm just going to try and make good shots like I've done all day today, and we'll see what happens."

    Cheryl Daniels of West Bloomfield, Mich., earned the No. 2 seed with 3,317 while Tiffany Stanbrough of Oklahoma City was third with 3,312.

    With qualifying now over, Pluhowsky finally gets a chance to enter the competition. As defending champion, the three-time U.S. Amateur champion will automatically be seeded No. 32 in the bracket.

    The remaining 64 athletes compete in three-game, double-elimination match play beginning this afternoon and continuing Tuesday. The tournament concludes with the top five bowlers (four from the winners bracket and the contenders bracket champion) facing off live on ESPN2 in the stepladder finals Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern.

    In addition to the live telecast of the Queens, the event is also scheduled to be re-aired on May 20 at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. Tickets for the live broadcast on May 2 are $10 and can be purchased at AMF Carolina Lanes or Northcross Lanes in Huntersville, N.C.

    The USBC Queens, which features an overall prize fund of $200,000 with $30,000 going to the champion, is presented by Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus Hotel/Casinos in Reno, Nev., and is sponsored by Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider for USBC.


    Qualifying - Third Round (five games)


    The top 63 women after 15 games advanced to Double-Elimination Match Play