Asbaty earns top seed for TV finals at USBC Queens

    05/02/07

    United States

    2007USBCQDiandraAsbaty.jpg Two-time U.S. Amateur champion Diandra Asbaty of Chicago earned the top seed for the television finals of the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Queens on Tuesday.

    Asbaty, a nine-time Team USA member and USBC Youth spokesperson, went undefeated in match play, winning six consecutive three-game matches against a field of the best women bowlers in the world. The championship round will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Eastern from AMF Carolina Lanes on Wednesday.

    Joining Asbaty in the final five are second seed Kristal Scott of Lawrence, Kan., third seed Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., fourth seed Shannon O'Keefe of Rochester, N.Y., and fifth seed Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev.

    "No matter what I will be bowling for the title, and no matter what I had a great week," said Asbaty, who last year won the prestigious QubicaAMF World Cup in Caracas, Venezuela. "I really feel like everything is coming together for me. I've worked really hard the past year on my weaknesses, and I've had an opportunity to travel a lot of different places and bowl on a lot of different lane conditions. I feel like I came here very prepared."

    Asbaty, 26, who is competing in the Queens for the fifth time, was a former collegiate star at Nebraska and has won dozens of international medals while competing for Team USA. At the 2003 World Championships, Asbaty won four medals, including the gold medal in Masters play.

    During her run to the top seed Monday and Tuesday, Asbaty never shot a three-game series higher than 702 or lower than 667. Over her six matches, she averaged 225.3 for 18 games.

    "I think the key in my matches was that I wasn't up and down," Asbaty said. "I was very steady, and I had great ball reaction. I really felt like the balls I threw really matched up well and helped me read the midlane. That was the difference in me being able to kick out the 10 pin versus the other players."

    The top four seeds were the final four players remaining in the winners bracket, while Macpherson made her way through the contenders bracket.

    Macpherson has a chance to do something no other bowler has done in the 47-year history of the Queens - win a record fourth title. To do so, the 20-time winner on the Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour must win four consecutive matches on the television show.

    Like Asbaty, the other three players in the finals have connections to Team USA. Scott was a Team USA member in 2001 and 2002, Kulick was on Team USA from 1998-2001 and O'Keefe is currently on Team USA for the second consecutive year.

    Kulick made history a year ago when she became the first woman to earn a full-time exemption on the Denny's Professional Bowlers Association Tour. Over the past six months she has competed against the best male bowlers in the world before failing to maintain her exemption when she finished 54th in the points race.

    The USBC Queens featured a field of 344 of the top female bowlers in the world competing for a total prize fund of $200,000 with $30,000 going to the winner.

    The USBC Queens 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.


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