Dutch Lisanne Breeschoten averages almost 250 to set the pace in U.S. Women's Open

    06/26/11

    2011 U.S. Women's Open

    Breeschoten, Asbaty, Vargas and Earnest shoot 300 games on Day One Qualifying

    2011USWOLisanneBreeschoten.jpg2010PWCShannonOKeefe.jpgLisanne Breeschoten (pictured left) of the Netherlands took the lead in the first round of Bowling's U.S. Women's Open after two of three squads Saturday at AMF Showplace Lanes in Euless, Texas.

    The Dutch national team member had games of 233, 289, 247, 251, 203 and 247 before she rolled one of four 300 games on day one qualifying and closed out the eight-game block with 227 for 1997 and an average of 249.63.

    With 188 players in the books, Breeschoten leads Team USA member Shannon O'Keefe (right) by 40 pins. The 2007 World Singles champion used four 250s and a high game of 269 for 1957.

    Two-time U.S. Open winner Liz Johnson was third with 1919 and was followed by Anita Manns (1915), Jacqui Reese (1901), all United States, and 16-time PWBA champion Carol Gianotti of Australia (1900).

    Seventh place belonged to long-time Team USA member Lynda Barnes (1899) with another two-time Open winner, Kim Terrell-Kearney in eighth (1895). World and World Ranking Masters champion Diandra Asbaty had games of 300 and 279 in her 1894 series, good for ninth place.

    Rounding out the top 10 was defending World Singles champion Stefanie Nation all United States, with 1885 including a 290.

    Joining Breeschoten and Asbaty in the 300-Club were former World Ranking Masters champion Sara Vargas, Colombia (47th; 1738) and Josie Earnest, United States (68th; 1695).

    2011USWOLogo.jpg Qualifying runs from Saturday through Monday (eight-game blocks each) and is followed by the Rounds of 32 and 16 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The top five players will determine the champion in a stepladder final on June 30 to be staged on the biggest stage possible for their sport: the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and host of Super Bowl XLV.

    The show will be broadcast on ESPN2's "Best and the Brightest," Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. ET.

    The 2ß11 U.S. Women’s Open will offer total prize fund of $200.000 based on 300 entries. The tournament winner will receive a $50,000 purse. The runner-up gets $25,000, third place is worth $15,000, the fourth-place finisher takes $12,500 while the fifth-place finisher garners $10,000. If a competitor in the championship match rolls a 300, she will win $1 million.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the Open live from Texas commencing on Sunday, June 26 all the way through to the arena finals on Thursday evening. BOWL.com will have live streaming of all rounds leading up to the ESPN2 televised finals,

     


     




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    Qualifying Round One - Squad A and B only


     


    300 Games (4) - Lisanne Breeschoten, Diandra Asbaty, Sara Vargas, Josie Earnest.