Burgoyne and Villanueva lead Team USA Trials after Round 1

    01/09/07

    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., United States (Jan. 6-12, 2007)

    2007TTAmandaBurgoyne.jpg After struggling over the summer, University of Nebraska bowler Amanda Burgoyne of Newport, Minn., recommitted herself to her game heading into the 2007 United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials.

    2007TTStevenVillanueva.jpg The changes she's made paid off Monday at the National Bowling Stadium as she led the women's field after 10 games with 2,273, an average of 227.3 per game. Steven Villanueva of North Las Vegas, Nev., leads the men with 2,272.

    Burgoyne, a three-time Team USA member, pulled away from the rest of the field over her final four games by shooting 266, 267, 264 and 214 on the Viper oil pattern, which is the shortest of the four lane conditions being used this week.

    "This past summer was very, very rough for me," said Burgoyne, who struggled at the 2006 USBC Junior Gold Championships. "After Junior Gold and having many difficulties, I decided to make some changes to my game. I wanted to build more ball speed and have less movement in my backswing. I've been working very hard since last summer, and it's all coming together now."

    Burgoyne leads 2005 USBC Queens champion Tennelle Milligan of Costa Mesa, Calif., by 61 pins. Olivia Sandham of Wichita, Kan., is third at 2,199 while Stefanie Nation of Orlando, Fla., is fourth with 2,195.

    On the men's side, Villanueva led the field by more than 100 pins. Rhino Page of Fresno, Calif., was second with 2,157, while David Haynes of Las Vegas was third at 2,153.

    "This is the pattern I felt like I had to throw a lot of strikes on," said the left-handed Villanueva, who was on Junior Team USA in 2000. "I had good ball reaction during the sweepers and practice sessions, and I just came out throwing strikes. There's three more days of bowling, though, and tomorrow we are on a really tough pattern."

    Each day's squad leader on the men's and women's side receives a $500 prize while second place earns $250. Burgoyne, however, was unable to accept the prize in any form because she competes at an NCAA school. As a result, her prize money will go into the general Team USA fund.

    Competition continues Tuesday at 8 a.m. Pacific when the men take to the lanes for their second 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 10 Games


    1, Steven Villanueva, North Las Vegas, Nev., 2,272
    2, Rhino Page, Fresno, Calif., 2,157
    3, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2,153
    4, Matthew Stromberg, Palm Bay, Fla., 2,133
    5, Chris Bardol, Rochester, N.Y., 2,121
    6, Cassidy Schaub, Polk, Ohio, 2,115
    7, Josh Blanchard, Fresno, Calif., 2,114
    8, David O'Sullivan, Yonkers, N.Y., 2,104
    9, Vince Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,099
    10, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,095


    Women's Division - Top 10 after 10 Games


    1, Amanda Burgoyne, Newport, Minn., 2,273
    2, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,212
    3, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 2,199
    4, Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 2,195
    5, Lynda Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 2,188
    (tie) Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 2,188
    7, Shannon O'Keefe, Rochester, N.Y., 2,180
    8, Marcia Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,153
    9, Rose Brown, Modesto, Calif., 2,131
    10, Amanda Beck, Oakdale, N.Y., 2,119