Stefanie Nation leads after first round at 2011 USBC Queens


    2011 USBC Queens

    OnCenter Complex in Syracuse, N.Y., United States (April 22-27, 2011)

    2011USBCQStefanieNation.jpgStefanie Nation (pictured left) of Grand Prairie, Texas, surged into the first-round lead at the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Queens with a 1,236 total for five games Saturday night.

    The seven-time Team USA member watched the first qualifying squad before finalizing her own game plan and then averaged more than 247 to pace the 206-player field at the Oncenter Convention Center. Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., and Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., both USBC Hall of Famers, are second and third with 1,193 and 1,171, respectively.

    "After watching the first squad, I knew I needed to come out and throw good shots," Nation said. "This is an interesting event for me because of the unique format. Once you get to match play, it's really anybody's game. I'm excited to be in a good position right now, though. We don't get too many opportunities, so we need to embrace the ones we do get."

    Nation had an ally on the lanes Saturday in USBC Hall of Famer and 2001 Queens champion Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, whom she grew up watching on Professional Women's Bowling Association telecasts.

    2011USBCQWendyMacpherson.jpg"Crossing with Carolyn really helped me with reading the lanes quicker," said Nation, a former collegiate standout at the University of Central Florida. "I've always looked up to Carolyn, and being able to read each other's ball reaction tonight helped tremendously, especially moving from pair to pair."

    Macpherson (pictured right), who led after the day's opening squad, is one of two three-time winners at the Queens. She was just 20 years old when she won the event for the first time, and now, more than two decades later, is looking to become the first four-time champion.

    "My concentration lately has been on repeating shots and being strong out there physically," said Macpherson, a 43-year-old right-hander who won the Queens in 1988, 2000 and 2003. "I bowled well today and filled frames, and I was pleased overall. All I can do now is go out and throw the ball as well as I did today. It's so early, though, and anything can happen along the way. My goal is to keep making good shots and give myself a chance to win."

    This week's winner will take home $20,000 and the coveted Queens tiara. Defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who is guaranteed a spot in the 64-person match-play bracket, is tied for seventh place with 1,107.

    All 206 Queens competitors will return to the lanes for another five games Sunday, with the field being cut to the top 80. Monday will feature five more games of qualifying before the field is cut to the top 63, who will join Kulick in the double-elimination match-play bracket.

    The championship round will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. EDT.


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    2011 USBC QUEENS - First Round Qualifying

    Top 80 with position, hometown and 5-game total

    Complete Results

    1, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,236
    2, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 1,193
    3, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 1,171
    4, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 1,149
    5, Aesha Turner, Tempe, Ariz., 1,140
    6, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1,120
    T7, Maxine Nable, Australia, 1,107
    T7, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,107
    T9, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,100
    T9, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,100
    11, Kari Watson, Kettering, Ohio, 1,095
    12, Christina Kinney, Las Vegas, 1,090
    13, Laurie Soto, Castaic, Calif., 1,088
    14, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 1,087
    15, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 1,082
    16, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, TX, 1,077
    17, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1,076
    18, Catie Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,074
    19, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 1,067
    20, Jamie Rovner, West Hills, Calif., 1,064
    21, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,063
    22, Kristie Leong, S. San Francisco, 1,062
    23, Stephanie Brownie, Louisville, Ky., 1,060
    24, Tina Stickney, Phoenix, 1,058
    25, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 1,055
    26, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,054
    27, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,051
    28, Louann Mosher, Watertown, N.Y., 1,048
    T29, Lori Colclasure, Grayslake, Ill., 1,047
    T29, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 1,047
    31, Debbie Ayers, El Cajon, Calif., 1,044
    32, Anne Conner, New York Mills, N.Y., 1043
    33, Keli Callahan, Las Vegas, 1,041
    34, Melissa Klug, Macomb, Mich., 1,037
    35, J Martirano, Bronx, N.Y., 1,032
    36, April Ellis, Arlington, Texas, 1,030
    37, Amanda Johnson, Tacoma, Wash., 1,028
    38, KatieMae Pritchard, Coon Rapids, Minn., 1,027
    39, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 1,024
    T40, Jennifer Creno, East Syracuse, N.Y, 1,022
    T40, Jennifer Hernandez, Land 'O Lakes, Fla., 1,022
    42, Lisa Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,021
    43, Colby Stejbach, Auburn, N.Y., 1,019
    44, C Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,018
    45, Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,014
    46, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., 1,010
    47, Dawn Fay, Manassas, Va., 1,008
    T48, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 1,003
    T48, Felica Goll, St. Clair, MI, 1,003
    50, Tracy Ganjoin, Brick, N.J., 999
    51, M M Singleton, Lockport, N.Y., 995
    T52, Terri Bollinger, West Grove, Pa., 994
    T52, Susan Mineo, Austintown, Ohio, 994
    54, N Idziak-Owsley, Washington Township, Mich., 991
    T55, Doris Kimmerle, Great Falls, Mont., 990
    T55, Marissa Martinek, Albany, N.Y., 990
    57, Jonquay Armon, Roselle, Ill., 989
    T58, Rebecca Huffman, Clearfield, Utah, 988
    T58, Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 988
    T60, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 985
    T60, Tracy Luncsford, Des Plaines, Ill., 985
    T60, Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla., 985
    63, Traci Sparitz, Rochester, N.Y., 982
    64, Jan Schmidt, Hales Corner, Wis., 981
    65, Angie Trego, Huber Heights, Ohio, 980
    66, Tiffany Lebahn, Wasilla, Alaska, 979
    T67, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 977
    T67, Chele Schirmer, Bel Air, Md., 977
    T67, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 977
    T67, Danielle Knittle, State College, Pa., 977
    T71, J Stephens, Indianapolis, Ind., 976
    T71, Margie Chetney, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 976
    73, Michelle Barker, Ballston Spa, N.Y., 970
    T74, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 966
    T74, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 966
    T76, Samantha Williams, Baltimore, Md., 963
    T76, Mariann Klosin, Windham, N.H., 963
    T76, Susan Jeziorski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 963
    T79, Angela Wilt, Westland, MI, 961
    T79, Kayla Bandy, Pikeville, KY, 961