Shannon O'Keefe breaks match play record at USBC Queens


    United States

    National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev. (April 25-29, 2009)

    2008TTShannonOKeefe.jpgOnce Shannon O'Keefe (pictured left) of Arlington, Texas, fixed one little hitch in her game Monday she put on a record-breaking performance in match play at the 2009 United States Bowling Congress Queens.

    The five-time Team USA member fired a tournament-record 803 series in the second round of three-game, double-elimination match play and leads a group of 16 players who remain undefeated at the Queens. O'Keefe's total topped the previous high of 801 by Dede Davidson in 1999.

    O'Keefe's big set included the fifth perfect game of this year's tournament as she defeated fellow Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix, 803-670, at the National Bowling Stadium.

    "This morning in the middle of the third game of qualifying, I realized I was really hesitant with my pushaway," O'Keefe said. "The second I got that sorted out, everything fell into place. I believed every single shot off my hand was going to strike."

    In her opening round match, O'Keefe fired a 280 game in defeating Angela Wilt of Westland, Mich., 725-649. In all, O'Keefe averaged nearly 255 per game in her two matches.

    "To get off to a start like this in match play is an unbelievable feeling," O'Keefe said. "Now I just have to refocus because there is still a lot of work to be done."

    Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., entered match play as the top seed after leading qualifying with a 15-game total of 3,472, also a tournament record, and also went 2-0.

    Kulick staged a big comeback in her opening match, stringing 10 strikes for a 280 game to close out a 716-695 victory over Linda Kogut of Jacksonville, Fla. Kulick then defeated newly-elected USBC Hall of Famer Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., 688-584.

    "It wasn't easy but there are never any easy matches when it comes to a format like this," Kulick said. "Being the top seed you have a bull's-eye on your back. But I just have to take it one match at a time."

    2008EBT14LyndaBarnes_1.jpgDefending champion Lynda Barnes (right) of Double Oak, Texas, opened match play with a 644-573 victory over Joy Esterson of Annapolis, Md. Barnes then fell to Lisa Bishop of Belleville, Mich., 676-666 before staying alive in the contenders bracket with a 684-623 win over Anita Manns of Hutto, Texas.

    In the contenders bracket late Monday, 32 of the 64 players in the match play field were eliminated from the tournament. The remaining 32 players will battle Tuesday for the five spots in the televised championship round. The stepladder finals will be conducted at the Reno Events Center and broadcast live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EDT on Wednesday.


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    2009 USBC Queens - Match Play Results

    Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall

    Opening Round

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

    Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. Linda Kogut, Jacksonville, Fla., 716-695
    Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., def. Jan Schmidt, Hales Corners, Wis., 573-548
    Kim Terrell-Kearney, Dover, Del., def. Laura Hardeman, Chula Vista, Calif., 672-623
    Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., def. Lindsay Baker, Amherst, N.Y., 712-712 (210-156)
    Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. Nichole Spratford, Flanders, N.J., 627-574
    Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Kristin Warzinski, Grand Prairie, Texas, 677-610
    Jacqui Reese, Nazareth, Pa., def. Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 652-599
    Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, def. Rebecca Williamson, Matoaca, Va., 611-505

    Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., def. Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 633-605
    Tina Peak-Balser, Columbia, Mo., def. Jennifer Murphy, Clarksville, Tenn., 607-602
    Samantha Williams, Hunt Valley, Calif., def. Shana Ray, Woodsboro, Texas, 609-556
    Sandra Gongora, Wichita, Kan., def. Anita Manns, Hutto, Texas, 649-577
    Carol Gianotti, Henderson, Nev., def. Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., 665-564
    Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., def. Lisa Farwell, Elizabethtown, Pa., 633-551
    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, def. Tina Stickney, Chandler, Ariz., 704-698
    Adrianne Barela, Henderson, Nev., def. Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 656-543

    Kendra Gaines, Orlando, Fla., def. Rieko Kosuda, Japan, 645-597
    Christina Kinney, Las Vegas def. Takiko Nagamawa, Japan, 625-503
    Christine Kato, Pearl City, Hawaii, def. Clara Guerrero, Plugerville, Texas, 618-618 (214-204)
    Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. Stephanie Beck, Dubuque, Iowa, 603-583
    Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, def. Angela Wilt, Westland, Mich., 725-649
    Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix def. Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 633-606
    Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., def. Michelle Silver, Los Angeles, 653-567
    Diandra Asbaty, Chicago def. Eryn Cully, Medford, N.Y., 718-526

    Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., def. Melissa Klug, Macomb, Mich., 694-604
    Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 644-573
    Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., def. Kristy Krol, Alvin, Texas, 628-619
    Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, def. Corrine Ham, Cocoa, Fla., 708-682
    Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., def. Darlee Horiuchi, Japan, 612-555
    Brenda Edwards, Mansfield, Texas, def. Debbie Ayers, El Cajon, Calif., 663-614
    Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., def. Karen Boyd, Plantation, Fla., 591-590
    Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., def. Kayla Bandy, Pikeville, Ky., 650-515


    Winners Bracket - Round 1

    Kulick def. Macpherson, 688-584
    Wilson def. Terrell-Kearney, 638-626
    Woessner def. Bellinder, 684-614
    Nation def. Reese, 665-498
    Feldman def. Peak-Balser, 720-604
    Williams def. Gongora, 585-569
    Gianotti def. Tribbey, 680-607
    Barela def. Dorin-Ballard, 674-590

    Gaines def. Kinney, 633-564
    Johnson def. Kato, 627-612
    O'Keefe def. Pluhowsky, 803-670
    Asbaty def. Romeo, 685-581
    Bishop def. Barnes, 676-666
    Rapach def. Petrick, 616-576
    Edwards def. Stolz, 631-523
    Martin def. Current, 619-545


    Contenders Bracket - Round 1

    Losers eliminated, earn $1,200

    Kosuda def. Kogut, 570-570 (203-182)
    Nagamawa def. Schmidt, 604-556
    Hardeman def. Guerrero, 673-583
    Beck def. Baker, 663-523
    Spratford def. Wilt, 597-545
    Wilson def. Warzinski, 662-611
    Sterner def. Silver, 643-611
    Williamson def. Cully, 626-509

    Klug def. Dorin-Lizzi, 656-581
    Esterson def. Murphy, 675-647
    Ray def. Krol, 637-605
    Manns def. Ham, 582-537
    Bator def. Horiuchi, 734-688
    Farwell def. Ayers, 766-682
    Boyd def. Stickney, 655-573
    Galante def. Bandy, 654-585


    Contenders Bracket - Round 2

    Losers eliminated, earn $1,400

    Bellinder def. Kosuda, 686-622
    Nagamawa def. Macpherson, 596-591
    Dorin-Ballard def. Hardeman, 648-587
    Beck def. Gongora, 722-718
    Spratford def. Reese, 686-602
    Terrell-Kearney def. Wilson, 672-558
    Sterner def. Peak-Balser, 750-708
    Williamson def. Tribbey, 604-603

    Current def. Klug, 650-625
    Petrick def. Esterson, 636-540
    Ray def. Stolz, 629-564
    Barnes def. Manns, 684-623
    Pluhowsky def. Bator, 708-649
    Kinney def. Farwell, 687-606
    Kato def .Boyd, 645-626
    Galante def. Romeo, 730-612