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Kulick grabs lead at U.S. Women's Open

Aaron Smith
USBC Communications
Published: June 23, 2012 | Bowl.com
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RENO, Nev. - Two-time Bowling's U.S. Women's Open champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., continued strong as she grabbed the second-round lead at the 2012 event Saturday.

Kelly Kulick 2011 USWOThe Team USA member averaged more than 232 in her six-game block Saturday to take hold of the top spot after 12 games with 2,824. Her Team USA teammate Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, sits in second with 2,807.

Kulick was able to take advantage of how the earlier squad broke down the lanes ahead of her and made the correct equipment selections on her way to the top of the leaderboard. After two solid sets, she said she's confident to come back to the National Bowling Stadium on Sunday and continue to perform at a high level.

"Watching the earlier squad today, it seemed the lanes hooked more in the middle," Kulick said. "The first squad was forced deeper inside faster, which opened up the lanes a lot quicker. My ball selection was right on. Physically, I feel like I threw the ball better tonight. The plan is to come in tomorrow and get as many pins as I can, execute like every frame is worth $40,000 and go from there."

Kulick owns the 2003 and 2010 U.S. Women's Open titles, and finished second at the 2011 event held at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The challenging oil pattern and format has played into her strengths.

"I really think the U.S. Women's Open pattern and format suits me," Kulick said. "I really like the longer formats. I know that if I have a bad game, I have a couple more to make up for it. It's conducive to my game and style."

Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, sits in third place at 2,779, while Yuka Tsuchiya of Japan is fourth with 2,766. Rounding out the Top 5 is Michelle Sterner of Niagara Falls, N.Y., with 2,765.

Jessica Baker of Wichita, Kan., recorded the first perfect game of the 2012 event during her second block Saturday. She is currently in 30th with a 2,629 total.

All 202 bowlers in the U.S. Women's Open field will return for the third six-game block Sunday. After 18 games of qualifying, the field will be cut to the top 50 for six additional games to determine the final 16 for round-robin match play.

The five players who remain at the top of the standings after 40 total games will advance to Wednesday's television finals, which will be broadcast July 3 at 8 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

SANDELIN CONTINUES PACE AT SENIOR U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN

USBC Hall of Famer Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, Fla., continued on her torrid pace as she distanced herself from the field at the Senior U.S. Women's Open on Saturday.

Sandelin holds the second-round lead with a 2,716 total for 12 games. Pamela Pancoast of Lomita, Calif., sits in second place with 2,575, while Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., is third with 2,550.

All 61 Senior U.S. Women's Open competitors will bowl 18 games of qualifying before the cut is made to the top 15 for six additional games. The top eight players will take part in round-robin match play to determine the finalists for the stepladder finals.

For more information on the U.S. Women's Open and complete standings, visit BowlingsUSWomensOpen.com.

2012 U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
Saturday's results

QUALIFYING - ROUND 2
(12 games)

1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,824.
2, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,807.
3, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,779.
4, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 2,766.
5, Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2,765.
6, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 2,757.
7, Angela Chirpich, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,745.
8, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 2,742.
9, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 2,731.
10, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 2,731.
11, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,716.
12, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,715.
13, Ashly Galante, Lake Wales, Fla., 2,714.
14, Rocio Restrepo, Canton, Ohio, 2,702.
15, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,697.
16, Joely Carrillo, Clifton, N.J., 2,688.
17, Kimberly Yioulos, Rochester, N.Y., 2,679.
18, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,677.
19, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 2,677.
20, Brinda Burks, Bossier City, La., 2,673.
21, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 2,673.
22, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,665.
23, Liz Johnson, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,664.
24, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque , N.M., 2,658.
25, Kayla Bandy, Pikeville, Ky., 2,655.
26, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 2,654.
27, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,637.
28, Shannon Sellens, Kansas City, Mo., 2,636.
29, Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, Utah, 2,635.
30, Jessica Baker, Wichita, Kan., 2,629.
31, Anita Manns, Houston, Texas, 2,627.
32, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 2,626.
33, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,624.
34, Kayla Stram, Grand Rapids, Minn., 2,622.
35, Marion Singleton, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,621.
36, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 2,619.
37, Lisanne Breeschoten, Netherlands, 2,616.
38, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 2,616.
39, Masae Nakajima, Japan, 2,615.
40, Brandi Branka, Momence, Ill., 2,607.
41, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 2,595.
42, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,593.
43, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,592.
44, Ho-Jung Kim, Korea, 2,584.
45, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 2,583.
46, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,582.
47, Samantha How, Oregon City, Ore., 2,582.
48, Jacqui Reese, Bangor, Pa., 2,578.
49, Yuko Nakatani, Japan, 2,577.
50, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,569.
51, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, Ill., 2,568.
52, Kristina Frahm, Salisbury, Md., 2,561.
53, Kristie Leong, Daly City, Calif., 2,557.
54, Sol Han, Korea, 2,555.
55, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,554.
56, Roxanne George, Waukesha, Wis., 2,548.
57, Kayla M. Johnson, Washington, Ill., 2,547.
58, Terysa Wojnar, Chicago, Ill., 2,545.
59, Shima Washizuka, Japan, 2,544.
60, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmond, Okla., 2,541.
61, Teri Haefke, Youngstown, Ohio, 2,534.
62, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 2,531.
63, Laura Hardeman, Chula Vista, Calif., 2,531.
64, Jo Allsebrook, England, 2,530.
65, Rebecca Huffman, Clearfield, Utah, 2,527.
66, Jennifer Martin, Antioch, Calif., 2,526.
67, Sanae Mori, Japan, 2,526.
68, Tammy Turner, North Ogden, Utah, 2,525.
69, Yuki Ichihara, Japan, 2,507.
70, Alicia Marcano, Venezuela, 2,502.
71, Misa Abe-Otake, Japan, 2,497.
72, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,497.
73, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,492.
74, Jennifer Eaves, Pleasanton, Calif., 2,487.
75, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,487.
76, Christina Kinney, Las Vegas , Nev., 2,485.
77, Jacqueline Malone, Scotia, N.Y., 2,485.
78, Aki Suzuki, Japan, 2,482.
79, Jonquay Armon, Roselle, Ill., 2,481.
80, Tannya Roumimper, Wichita, Kan., 2,480.
81, Kristal Wilson, Lawrence, Kan., 2,479.
82, Valerie Calberry, Lincoln, Neb., 2,478.
83, Debbie Ayers, El Cajon, Calif., 2,473.
84, Makayla Douglas, Sandy, Ore., 2,473.
85, Sarah Germano, Rochester, N.Y., 2,470.
86, Kristin Warzinski, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,468.
87, Tina Becke, Carol Stream, Ill., 2,466.
88, Darris Ruffner, Exeter, Calif., 2,466.
89, Aesha Turner, Temple, Ariz., 2,463.
90, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,455.
91, Karen Morris, Nelsonville, Ohio, 2,455.
92, Katelyn Simpson, Emmett, Idaho, 2,455.
93, Yumi Nakajima, Japan, 2,454.
94, Rachael Gittings, Glen Allen, Va., 2,453.
95, Jackie Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,449.
96, Jan Schmidt, Hales Corners, Wis., 2,446.
97, Samantha Williams, 2,444.
98, Paola Gomez, Ft Lauderdale, Fla., 2,439.
99, Nicole Burke, Angola, Ind., 2,437.
100, Sara Vargas-Narvaez, Orlando, Fla., 2,436.
101, Cheryl Keslar, Tonganoxie, Kan., 2,432.
102, Nicole Harrison, Rochester, Mich., 2,426.
103, Natsumi Koizumi, Japan, 2,417.
104, Samantha Kelly, Streamwood, Ill., 2,416.
105, Mai Takasaka, Japan, 2,412.
106, Darlee Horiuchi, Waipahu, Hawaii, 2,411.
107, Caitlin Campbell, Topeka, Kan., 2,408.
108, Seul Ki Kim, Korea, 2,401.
109, Caryn Evitts, Waukegan, Ill., 2,400.
110, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2,398.
111, Lisa Beeksma, Pensacola, Fla., 2,391.
112, Ha Young Cha, Korea, 2,391.
113, Elizabeth Sienicki, Mansfield, Texas, 2,382.
114, Lisa Chapman, Bedford, Ohio, 2,381.
115, Debbie Cramer, North Bend, Ore., 2,380.
116, Marcia Kloempken, Ogden, Utah, 2,379.
117, Lindsey Siegel, Gurnee, Ill., 2,379.
118, Lisa Graham, Centerville , Ohio, 2,374.
119, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,373.
120, Jamie Rovner, West hills, Calif., 2,367.
121, Takiko Naganawa, Japan, 2,366.
122, Mika Sakai, Japan, 2,364.
123, Adorna Hayward, Sandston, Va., 2,361.
124, Alexis Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,361.
125, Amanda Fry, Antelope, Calif., 2,357.
126, Brittani Scruggs-Barber, Pikeville, Ky., 2,357.
127, Christine Gill, Denver, Colo., 2,351.
128, Susan Condeff, Fremont, Calif., 2,348.
129, Paula Wenzel, Palmetto, Fla., 2,348.
130, Suzana Signaigo, Kapolei, Hawaii, 2,346.
131, Roxanna Horton, Napa, Calif., 2,344.
132, Kimberly Power, San Leandro, Calif., 2,341.
133, Jolene Walker-Akau, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2,341.
134, Andee Tadiello, Antioch, Calif., 2,337.
135, Jessica Spires, New Lenox, Ill., 2,335.
136, Erin Lenahan, Meadow Vista, Calif., 2,334.
137, Melanie DeCarlo, Peru, Ill., 2,328.
138, Jennifer Dovers, Sierra Vista, Ariz., 2,326.
139, Chevelle Holstein, Sparks, Nev., 2,320.
140, Roberta Vann, Downey, Calif., 2,320.
141, Gabriella L. Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,317.
142, Michelle Keirns, Holt, Mich., 2,314.
143, Allison Jones, Rocklin, Calif., 2,313.
144, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,313.
145, Kathleen Blevins, University Park, Ill., 2,312.
146, Sarah Izydorek, Scott Air Force Base, Ill., 2,309.
147, Keli Callahan, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,304.
148, Guyla Streit, Fort Benton, Mont., 2,301.
149, Maria Bacos, Long Beach, Calif., 2,298.
150, Shanice Graham, Lansing, Ill., 2,298.
151, Sachiko Hitomi, Japan, 2,296.
152, Jeanette Adams, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 2,293.
153, Viviana Delgado, Costa Rica, 2,293.
154, Stephanie Alexander, Fairport, N.Y., 2,290.
155, Colleen Insko, Medicine Hat, AB, 2,290.
156, Tracy Luncsford, Prospect Heights, Ill., 2,276.
157, Brianna Andrew, Orland Park, Ill., 2,273.
158, Tamlyn Murata, Daly City, Calif., 2,268.
159, Sylvia Villalobos, Costa Rica, 2,267.
160, Deborah Alosi Horn, Cameron Park, Calif., 2,266.
161, Kerry Moreland, Houston, Texas, 2,265.
162, Amanda Falk, Tucson, Ariz., 2,260.
163, Michelle Taylor, Minneapolis, Minn., 2,257.
164, Tonie Dominquez, Pleasant Hill, Calif., 2,250.
165, Marie Ramirez Solera, Costa Rica, 2,248.
166, Debbie Baerman, Wilton, Calif., 2,247.
167, Tona Porcayo, Corning, Calif., 2,246.
168, Sherry Spause, Hanover, Md., 2,242.
169, Crystal Boutotte, Montgomery, Texas, 2,238.
170, Brandi Stephens, Lahoma, Okla., 2,235.
171, Jessica Lesagonicz, Janesville, Wis., 2,234.
172, Shawna Lane-Strause, Tucson, Ariz., 2,231.
173, Monica Fitzgerald, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,230.
174, Jennifer Peacock, North Port, Fla., 2,228.
175, Lorie Schmidt, Freeport, Ill., 2,224.
176, Brittany Hillman, Pleasanton, Calif., 2,222.
177, Andreya Teuber, Flint, Mich., 2,220.
178, Melissa Kammerer, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,215.
179, Ann Sperling, Byram, N.J., 2,208.
180, Georgia Drewes, Wichita, Kan., 2,206.
181, Debbie Rudd, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,178.
182, Jennifer Brown, Arlington Heights, Ill., 2,167.
183, Shauna Kamaka, Waipahu, Hawaii, 2,161.
184, Missy Jahner, Bismarck, N.D., 2,156.
185, Karen Medalen, Monterey, Calif., 2,152.
186, Michelle Smart, Pana, Ill., 2,151.
187, Tiffinay Hager, Rupert, Idaho, 2,148.
188, Amy Gamage, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,139.
189, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 2,137.
190, Sara Teuber, Flint, Mich., 2,113.
191, Jolie Trode, El Cerrito, Calif., 2,111.
192, Stephany Walton, Turlock, Calif., 2,070.
193, Brittani Mather, Alpena, Mich., 2,064.
194, Jennifer Hand, Hobbs, N.M., 2,044.
195, LaTonya Walker, Lithonia , Ga., 2,032.
196, Andrea Rojas, Chile, 2,031.
197, Connie R. Thibodeaux, Houma, La., 2,024.
198, Sue West, Tujunga, Calif., 2,018.
199, Angela Williams, Los Angeles, Calif., 2,013.
200, Paige Woodard, Stockton, Calif., 1,988.
201, Tracy Adams, Wasilla, Alaska, 1,981.
202, Ruth Arismendi, Venezuela, 1,968.

2012 SENIOR U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN
At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
Saturday's results

QUALIFYING - ROUND 2
(12 games)


1, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 2,716.
2, Pamela Pancoast, Lomita, Calif., 2,575.
3, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,550.
4, Dana Miller-Mackie, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,523.
5, Jeanne Naccarato, Tacoma, Wash., 2,514.
6, Lisa Wasson, Plano, Texas, 2,486.
7, Mandy Wilson, Dayton, Ohio, 2,478.
8, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,455.
9, Tracey Kincaid, Cookeville, Tenn., 2,439.
10, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,438.
11, Sharon Powers, Denver, Colo., 2,432.
12, Terri Ward, Loveland, Colo., 2,426.
13, Sharri Johnson, Tampa, Fla., 2,411.
14, Teresa Ross, Arlington, Texas, 2,410.
15, Judy Vogel, Slidell, La., 2,389.
16, Char Hammel, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,382.
17, Shelley Nell, Silverdale, Wash., 2,382.
18, Barbara Batt, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,378.
19, Jennifer Martin, San Jose, Calif., 2,363.
20, Carole Jones, Englewood, Colo., 2,355.
21, Pam Buckner, Reno, Nev., 2,335.
22, Kristine Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 2,333.
23, Janine Ditch, Chino Hills, Calif., 2,308.
24, Debbie Wade, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2,295.
25, Virginia Norton, Cypress, Calif., 2,280.
26, Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Sarasota, Fla., 2,271.
27, Karen Miller, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,265.
28, Janie Edgerton, Alameda, Calif., 2,256.
29, Olivia Rice, Windsor Mill, Md., 2,240.
30, Debbie McMullen, Denver, Colo., 2,235.
31, Fran Deken, Coweta, Okla., 2,231.
32, Rita Wilson, York, S.C., 2,228.
33, Sandra Postma, Lansing, Ill., 2,225.
34, Vesma Grinfelds, San Francisco, Calif., 2,224.
35, Joan Reilly, Wilmington, N.C., 2,204.
36, Callie Belton, Keller, Texas, 2,196.
37, Connie Palmer, El Cajon, Calif., 2,185.
38, Melanie McAllister, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,177.
39, Diva Gwiscz, Houston, Texas, 2,164.
40, Anita Pope, Silsbee, Texas, 2,163.
41, Kathy Allen, Moreno Valley, Calif., 2,153.
42, Lynn Minning, Austin, Texas, 2,129.
43, Cindy McBride, Plano, Texas, 2,121.
44, Pam Lawrence, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,116.
45, Leslie Blandford, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,113.
46, Maryann McComb, Egg Harbor Township, N.J., 2,112.
47, Ann Swann, Wilmington, N.C., 2,109.
48, Pamela Sprow, Lakeland, Fla., 2,088.
49, Donna Johnson, Sparks, Nev., 2,063.
50, Linda Andrews, Highland Ranch, Colo., 2,051.
51, Jeanette Porter, Omaha, Neb., 1,999.
52, Karla Alsgood, Rio Linda, Calif., 1,944.
53, Sharman Hardin, Lone Tree, Colo., 1,944.
54, Derry Smith, Rupert, Idaho, 1,935.
55, Nancy Janicek, Saint Joseph, Mo., 1,927.
56, Jennifer Nelson, Menlo Park, Calif., 1,916.
57, Ann Shivers, Austin, Texas, 1,910.
58, Melody Rane, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,904.
59, La Von Burks, Markham, Ill., 1,723.

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