EULESS, Texas - Anita Manns of Houston totaled 802 for her first three games en route to the lead after the opening day of qualifying at the 2012 United States Bowling Congress Queens on Friday.
Manns posted games of 270, 268, 264, 215 and 218 for a 1,235 total (247 average) during the afternoon squad at AMF Euless Lanes in Euless, Texas. She leads Diandra Asbaty of Chicago by 18 pins.
"I was just trying to stay focused on making good shots, one at time," said Manns, who had to miss last year's USBC Queens because of work commitments. "Every frame is its own game, so make a good shot, and if you leave something, you spare it up and move on to the next frame."
Asbaty stayed close to Manns throughout the day, rolling games of 258, 254, 269, 191 and 245 to total 1,217. She said bowling in the recent Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions helped her prepare for the Queens.
"The one hiccup game, I just really didn't want to change balls because I loved the look," Asbaty said. "But it was screaming at me to throw another ball. My last game, I switched balls and finished pretty strong."
Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, fired a 289 in her final game and sits in third at 1,196. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who won the Queens in 2007 and 2010, is in fourth place with 1,148. Kulick started the day with nine consecutive strikes and was the top performer on the morning squad. Clara Guerrero of Pflugerville, Texas, is fifth at 1,140, while defending champion Missy Parkin had a 298 game and is in sixth place at 1,133.
The Queens continues Saturday with five more qualifying games, after which the field of 131 will be cut to the top 64 for five additional qualifying games Sunday morning. The top 47 then advance to join Parkin in the double-elimination match-play bracket, which begins at 1:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday. The final five players will advance to the televised stepladder finals.
In a change for 2012, only 48 players will advance to the bracket portion of the event with the top 16 players after qualifying receiving a first-round bye. The final two players in the winners bracket will be assured a spot on the television show, while the final three spots on the show will come from the contenders bracket.
BOWL.com's BowlTV will have live coverage of the match-play rounds. The finals, which will be held at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, will be televised live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday.
The qualifying and match-play portions of the Queens are open to the public at no charge.
For more information and full results from the USBC Queens, visit BOWL.com/Queens.
2012 USBC QUEENS
AMF Euless Lanes in Euless, Texas
Qualifying - First Round (5 games)
1. Anita Manns, Houston, 1,235
2. Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,217
3. Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,196
4. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,148
5. Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,140
6. Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,133
7. Tammy Turner, N. Ogden, Utah, 1,127
7. Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,127
9. Kristy Coles, Kearns, Utah, 1,122
10. Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,119
11. Jessica Baker, Wichita, Kan., 1,118
12. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,115
13. Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark. 1,103
14. Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 1,093
15. Emily Maier, Grapevine, Texas, 1,085
15. Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 1,085
17. Amy Stolz, Lone Tree, Colo., 1,084
18. Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,081
19. Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, Utah, 1,080
20. April Ellis, Arlington, Texas, 1,077
21. Katherine Lanehart, Eagle River, Ark., 1,067
22. Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 1,064
23. Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 1,063
24. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 1,062
25. Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,055
26. Genie Franklin, Frisco, Texas, 1,054
27. Meiling Billingsley, Lees Summit, Mo., 1,053
28. Kim Terrell-Kearney, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,046
29. Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 1,045
30. Erin Lenahan, Lincoln, Calif., 1,043
31. Emily Lewis, Louisville, Ky., 1,042
32. Kiara Grant, Austin, Texas, 1,040
33. Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 1,037
34. Rocio Restrepo, Arlington, Texas, 1,035
34. Teri Haefke, Austintown, Ohio, 1,035
36. Terysa Wojnar, Chicago, 1,034
37. Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,033
38. Elizabeth Sienicki, Mansfield, Texas, 1031
38. Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 1,031
40. Tina Stickney, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,028
41. Stephanie Brownie, Louisville, Ky., 1,025
41. Jenny Brown, Deland, Fla., 1,025
43. Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,023
44. Patty Albrecht, Orlando, Fla., 1,021
44. Melissa Brownie, Pendleton, Ky., 1,021
46. Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,016
47. Lisa Beeksma, Pensacola, Fla., 1,013
48. Christina Kinney, Las Vegas, 1,012
48. Jacqui Reese, Roseto, Pa., 1,012
50. Trista Kimmes, Farmington, Minn., 1,000
50. Karin, Ciesiolka, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,000
50. Nicole Burke, Angola, Ind., 1,000
50. Michelle Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,000