Asbaty mowes down the field to claim women's title in Panama

    10/08/07

    Panama

    El Dorado Bowling Center in Panama City (October 3-8, 2007)

    2007PITDiandraAsbaty2.jpg World Ranking Masters champion Diandra Asbaty (pictured left) went all the way from the last seed in the stepladder finals to the women's division champion Sunday at the 2007 Panama Invitational Tournament.

    2007PITKellyKulick_small.jpg Asbaty climbed the ladder, beating four tough opponents to win the $15,000 first-place check. In the championship match she started with six consecutive strikes and defeated fellow American Kelly Kulick (right), 268-203, to win the title.

    Kulick ran into some bad luck in the championship match, leaving four 9 pins and a 4 pin in the loss. Asbaty, meanwhile, delighted the crowd with her six-bagger to start before leaving a solid 8 pin on the seventh shot.

    2007PITRobinOrlikowski_small.jpg In all, Asbaty had to win four matches to claim the title. In the opener, she defeated Canada's Robin Orlikowski (left), 248-183. Orlikowski missed a 10 pin early and couldn't recover.

    2007PITFeliciaWong_small.jpg In the second game, Canadian left-hander Felicia Wong (righht) was no match for Asbaty in a 236-201 loss. Asbaty went ahead after just one frame and cruised to the victory.

    2007PITLizJohnson_small.jpg Asbaty's toughest match came against Liz Johnson (left) in a battle to meet Kulick in the championship game. Asbaty stepped up in the final frame needing nine, spare, strike to secure victory. After leaving a 10 pin and making it, Asbaty made a perfect shot to shut Johnson out.




    Panama Invitational Tournament - Women's Division


    El Dorado Bowling Center in Panama City (October 3-8, 2007)

    Championship Round:
    1. Diandra Asbaty, United States, $15,000
    2. Kelly Kulick, United States, $7,700
    3. Liz Johnson, United States, $5,000
    4. Felicia Wong, Canada, $4,000
    5. Robin Orlikowski, Canada, $3,500

    Playoff Results:
    Match 1: Asbaty def. Orlikowski, 248-183
    Match 2: Asbaty def. Wong, 236-201
    Match 3: Asbaty def. Johnson, 216-214
    Match 4: Asbaty def. Kulick, 268-203

    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day One.

    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day Two.

    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Day Three.

    Open, Women's and Senior's Division Standings after Semi-finals.