U.S. sweeps singles at Senior Open

2012 International Senior Open singles standings

KerryPainter2012LARGELAS VEGAS - The United States was well-represented during the first day of competition at the 2012 International Senior Open, sweeping all four singles divisions at Red Rock Resort and Casino Lanes on Monday.
In the men's 50-60 Division, Kerry Painter of nearby Henderson, Nev., topped the leaderboard with an 823 series, while USBC Hall of Famer Robin Romeo of Newhall, Calif., took top honors in the women's 45-55 classification with a 759 effort.

Henderson's Terry Leong set the bar in the men's 61 and Older Division with a 784 set, and former USBC Senior Queens champion Char Hammel of Las Vegas topped the women's 56 and Older standings with 720. Japan's Toshihiro Kaji, and Ken Meryman of San Diego each rolled perfect games Monday.

Competition continues Tuesday with doubles squads throughout the day.

Bowlers from eight countries and six U.S. states are in Las Vegas to compete in the week-long event, which is endorsed by the United States Bowling Congress, World Tenpin Bowling Association and the Japan Bowling Congress.

The tournament runs through Saturday, and bowlers will compete for medals and a total prize fund of more than $12,000 in singles, doubles, team and Masters competition.

Singles and doubles each will be three games, with re-entries allowed. The team event will feature four-player teams of any combination, with their six-game totals determining the winners. Re-entries also are allowed in team.

At the end of the week, the top six players in each division will advance to Masters match play. Standings will be based on 12-game totals and the top prize in each category is $500.