Patti Schultz takes second-round lead

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A few physical adjustments and a new mindset helped Patti Schultz of Braidwood, Ill., into the second-round lead at the USBC Senior Queens on Sunday.

The 53-year-old right-hander started the day in 16th place, but averaged more than 232 on the way into the top spot with a 2,193 total for 10 games at the Oncenter Convention Center. USBC Hall of Famer Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., is second with 2,178, while opening-round leader and first-time participant, Cynthia Johnson of Bowie, Md., is third with 2,159.

"I felt a lot more comfortable throwing the ball today," said Schultz, who shot 1,023 in Saturday's first round. "I moved left of where I was yesterday and changed the surface on my ball to get a better read on the lane. I'm in a good place now, and my plan is just to repeat what I did today for the rest of the tournament."

Schultz has enjoyed past success at the Senior Queens, including a fourth-place finish in 2008, and the highest first-round score in tournament history (1,171) in 2010. While her experience definitely played a factor in her rise to the top Sunday, she also credits the women she bowled with.

"It was nice to bowl with such a nice group of girls, who are just here to have fun and enjoy some bowling," said Schultz, who rolled games of 224, 214, 257, 256 and 219 on Sunday. "It was very laid back, we were able to converse and I was even asked to stop laughing so much. It was a lot of fun and made the environment a lot better. I've been out there when it's really serious and competitive, and days like today make it easier to stay relaxed."

Jeanette Porter of Omaha, Neb., provided some excitement to the second round of qualifying by rolling the second perfect game in 12 years of Senior Queens competition.

The 59-year-old right-hander added games of 172, 166, 189 and 153 and snuck into the first cut with a 1,864 total for 10 games. Two-time Senior Queens champion Shirley Levens of Cocoa, Fla., tossed the event's only other 300 game at the 2005 tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

All 76 Senior Queens participants have competed 10 games of qualifying, and the top 40 will bowl an additional five games Monday morning at 9 a.m. Eastern. Dora Nettleman of Eaton Rapids, Mich., finished in 40th place with a 10 game total of 1,863.

Following the third round, the top 31 qualifiers will join defending champion Char Hammel of Las Vegas in the double-elimination match-play bracket. Hammel sits in 18th place after 10 games with 1,985.

The Senior Queens finals will be broadcast live on on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Eastern.