Carolyn Dorin-Ballard leads after two rounds at 2011 USBC Queens


    2011 USBC Queens

    2011USBCQCarolynDorinBallard.jpgFor the second consecutive year, United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (pictured left) of Keller, Texas, is the second-round leader at the USBC Queens, but she knows there's still a long road between her and her second win at the prestigious event.

    The 46-year-old right-hander entered Sunday's qualifying round in 16th place, but used games of 235, 249, 222, 233 and 246 for a 1,185 set and catapulted into the lead with a 2,262 total for 10 games at the Oncenter Convention Center.

    2011USBCQStefanieNation.jpgAustralia's Maxine Nable is second with 2,224, and first-round leader, Stefanie Nation (right) of Grand Prairie, Texas, sits in third place with 2,198.

    "I'm becoming more and more comfortable with my new equipment, and I even drilled a new ball today, which worked well for me," said Dorin-Ballard, who won the Queens in 2001. "The fresh is usually good for me, and that's what we bowled on today. It allows me to play the lanes a little straighter with a little surface on the ball, and it's nice because I don't have to give away the pocket."

    Dorin-Ballard blazed through qualifying at last year's Queens in El Paso, Texas, setting the five, 10 and 15-game qualifying records, but finished the week in sixth place, just one win away from the TV show. The four-time Team USA member is experienced enough to know that once match play begins, anything can happen.

    201011PBAKellyKulick.jpg"Right now, the focus is making the top 64 and getting into match play," Dorin-Ballard said. "After that, where you qualified doesn't matter. At that point, it's luck of the draw as far as who you bowl and what pairs you bowl on. I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing and keep trying to bowl good games. "

    This week's winner will take home $20,000 and the coveted Queens tiara. Defending champion Kelly Kulick (left) of Union, N.J., who is guaranteed a spot in the 64-person match-play bracket, is ninth with 2,152.

    All 206 Queens competitors completed 10 games of qualifying, and the top 80 players will return to the lanes for five more games Monday, after which, the field will be cut to the top 63, who will join Kulick in the double-elimination match-play bracket. Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., earned the 80th spot with 1,912.

    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 - Second Round Qualifying

    Top 80 with position, hometown and 10-game total. Top 80 advance.

    Complete Results

    1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,262
    2, Maxine Nable, Australia, 2,224
    3, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,198
    4, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 2,186
    5, W Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,182
    6, Tina Stickney, Phoenix, 2,168
    7, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, OH, 2167
    8, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,156
    9, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,152
    10, Kari Watson, Kettering, Ohio, 2,133
    11, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,127
    12, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,124
    13, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 2,112
    14, Aesha Turner, Tempe, Ariz., 2,111
    15, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,106
    16, Cassie Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,102
    17, Christina Kinney, Las Vegas, 2,101
    18, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 2,099
    19, Lisa Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,088
    T20, Tracy Luncsford, Des Plaines, Ill., 2,086
    T20, Lori Colclasure, Grayslake, Ill., 2,086
    22, Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,083
    23, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,082
    24, Jennifer Creno, East Syracuse, N.Y., 2,080
    T25, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2,077
    T25, April Ellis, Arlington, Texas, 2,077
    27, Tracy Ganjoin, Brick, N.J., 2,074
    28, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,068
    29, J Martirano, Bronx, N.Y., 2065
    T30, Keli Callahan, Las Vegas, 2,061
    T30, Jamie Rovner, West Hills, Calif., 2,061
    32, Amanda Johnson, Tacoma, Wash., 2,053
    33, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,051
    34, Melissa Klug, Macomb, Mich., 2,040
    35, L Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 2,032
    36, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 2,031
    37, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,030
    37, Catie Jensen, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,030
    39, Kimberly Hogue, Akron, Ohio, 2,029
    40, Jonquay Armon, Roselle, Ill., 2,025
    41, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 2,024
    42, Laurie Soto, Castaic, Calif., 2,021
    43, Paola Gomez, Weston, Fla., 2,013
    44, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., 2,010
    45, Debbie Ayers, El Cajon, Calif., 2,009
    46, Danielle Knittle, State College, Pa., 2,002
    47, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,001
    48, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,998
    49, KatieMae Pritchard, Coon Rapids, Minn., 1,997
    50, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,995
    51, Samantha Williams, Baltimore, Md., 1,994
    T52, Terri Bollinger, West Grove, Pa., 1,993
    T52, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 1,993
    T54, Stephanie Brownie, Louisville, Ky., 1,992
    T54, Anne Conner, New York Mills, N.Y., 1,992
    56, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,988
    57, Karen Boyd, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 1,986
    58, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 1,984
    59, Susan Jeziorski, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,980
    T60, Colby Stejbach, Auburn, N.Y., 1,979
    T60, Lisa Barfield, Silverdale, Wash., 1,979
    62, Jenny Brown, Deland, Fla., 1,976
    63, Kayla Bandy, Pikeville, Ky., 1,975
    64, Louann Mosher, Watertown, N.Y., 1,973
    65, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 1,967
    66, Trisha Reid, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 1,963
    67, Jacqui Reese, Roseto, Pa., 1,962
    68, Kristie Leong, S. San Francisco, 1,959
    69, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,956
    70, Brittany Updike, Cressona, Pa., 1,952
    71, Bryanna Caldwell, Tucson, Ariz., 1,944
    72, Chele Schirmer, Bel Air, Md., 1,938
    73, Margie Chetney, Baldwinsville, N.Y., 1,931
    74, Jennifer Hernandez, Land 'O Lakes, Fla., 1,929
    75, Terysa Wojnar, Chicago, 1,918
    76, Courtney Radick, Oswego, N.Y., 1,917
    77, Felica Goll, St. Clair, Mich., 1,914
    T78, D DeCarlo-Johnson, Selkirk, N.Y., 1,913
    T78, J Stephens, Indianapolis, 1,913
    80, Leslie Rapach, Charlotte, N.C., 1,912