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Dorin-Ballard continues to lead at USBC Queens

EL PASO, Texas - United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, continued her dominance Sunday at the 2010 USBC Queens as she broke the five and 10-game qualifying records to lead going into Monday's final block of qualifying at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.

Dorin-Ballard came out of the gates with a 299 game, and continued to strike as she added games of 254, 250, 235 and 256 for a five-game total of 1,294. Combined with her first-day total of 1,224, she is at 2,518 through the first two days with a 251.8 average.

She beat her own record for the five-game block, when she posted a 1,258 total in the 2001 event on the way to her lone Queens victory. For the 10-game total, she knocked off Wendy Macpherson's 2,454 mark set during the 2000 event.

"I wasn't even aware of the records," Dorin-Ballard said. "I was trying to stay focused and just make good shots. I really haven't felt like I've bowled well since August. I've made changes to just about everything, so I'm finally seeing the results pay off."

Only the top 79 of 200 participants who started on Saturday made it on to Monday's third round, with another cut being made as defending champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., joins the top 63 bowlers for the double-elimination match-play format, which starts on Monday at 1 p.m. MDT. Although Dorin-Ballard is firmly inside the cut line, she looks to keep her foot on the accelerator.

"I'm still shooting for the top spot," Dorin-Ballard said. "Maybe in the fourth or fifth game I'll try something different, but I'm looking to go out there and make good shots."

The 20-time PWBA champion knows that a brand-new mentality will be needed once match play begins, since every bowler will have a fresh start.

"You never know with match play," she said. "You don't know how your pair will play, or how your opponent will fair. A lot can happen in three games."

Joining Dorin-Ballard in the top five are USBC Hall of Famer and 1999 Queens champion Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif. (2,351), Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y. (2,319), 2007 Queens champion Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. (2,304) and Kathy Tribbey of Dundee, Ore. (2,304).

Earning the final spot for Monday's third round was Melissa Brownie of Shelbyville, Ky., who finished at 2,061.

Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo., became the third bowler to roll a 300 game during the tournament, to finish at 2,228 for her 10-game total to finish the second day in 15th place. Shayna Ng of Singapore and Jessica Baker of Wichita, Kan., shot 300 in Saturday's qualifying round.

Monday's final round of qualifying begins at 9 a.m. MDT. The double-elimination match-play format will being shortly after at 1 p.m. MDT, and continue throughout Monday and Tuesday. The championship round of the 2010 Queens will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. EDT.

MILLER-MACKIE SETS 10-GAME RECORD AT SENIOR QUEENS

Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., set the USBC Senior Queens 10-game qualifying record Sunday as she took the lead after two rounds of qualifying.

Miller-Mackie, a 16-time women's pro tour winner, shot 2,287, an average of 228.7, at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center and easily surpassed the old record of 2,097 set by Sharon Powers in 2008.

A day after being in fourth place after the opening round, Miller-Mackie had games of 229, 206, 279, 235 and 209 for a 1,158 total to add to her first-day score of 1,129.

"Today I felt even better than yesterday," said Miller-Mackie, who lost in the Senior Queens title match to Janine Primrose last year. "The more games you get in, the better you start to feel. I'm just fortunate that both my parents are still living and they are here to watch me and my daughter Adrienne bowl the Queens. It's a huge motivation to me to bowl well."

Pam Lawrence of Pflugerville, Texas, is second 25 pins behind Miller-Mackie with 2,262, while Char Hammel of Las Vegas is third with 2,209. Powers of Lakewood, Colo., is fourth at 2,172, Paula Vidad of Crestline, Calif., is fifth with 2,170 and first-round leader Patti Schultz of Braidwood, Ill., is sixth with 2,160.

The top 39 players advanced to Monday's final five-game qualifying round. The top 31 players then join defending champion Primrose in the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Monday afternoon.
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Hulsenberg rolls 803 to stay undefeated at USBC Queens

4/26/10

By Aaron Smith
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- USBC Hall of Famer Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif., put herself in good position to make a run at her second Queens title as she tied for the second-highest series in match-play history on her way to an undefeated record at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center on Monday.

After qualifying fourth, the 1999 Queens champion defeated Stacey Fehr of Cincinnati, Ohio, 661-573, before beating defending champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 803-698. Hulsenberg's 803 ties her with Shannon O'Keefe of Arlington, Texas, who rolled 803 at the 2009 Queens in Reno, Nev. Johnson holds the record for the highest match-play set with 806, also shot in the 2009 event.

The 26-time Professional Women's Bowling Association titlist knew she would have her hands full against Johnson and took advantage of what the conditions gave her. She also finds herself in the favorable position of staying out of the contenders bracket during the first day of match play.

"I knew I had to bowl a lot, and she bowled a great match. The breaks just went my way," Hulsenberg said. "The conditions were very favorable. Plus, I can't remember the last time I went win-win to start this tournament. My hip has been bothering me, so the fewer games, the better."

Hulsenberg also is making her return to the Queens after missing out last year. Just days before the tournament was set to begin, she gave birth to her son, Barrett.

"I had Barrett maybe five days before the tournament last year," Hulsenberg said. "My husband took vacation to come here and watch him while I bowl, so I hope to make it worth his while."

The 16-undefeated bowlers remaining will continue their run towards the tiara and $25,000 first-place check. Hulsenberg is joined in the winners bracket by several past Queens champions, including Anne Marie Duggan of Edmond, Okla. (1994), Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas (2001), Kim Terrell-Kearney of Grand Prairie, Texas (2002), Tennelle Milligan of Arlington, Texas (2005), Shannon Pluhowsky of Kettering, Ohio (2006) and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J. (2007).

Johnson will not become the first competitor to repeat as champion since Katsuko Sugimoto of Tokyo won back-to-back Queens titles in 1981 and 1982, as she was knocked out of the contenders bracket by Brenda Edwards of Mansfield, Texas, 638-620.

Along with Hulsenberg's 803 series, there were three 300 games during match play. Clara Guerrrero of Pflugerville, Texas, Christine Bator of Warren, Mich., and Lynda Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, raised the 2010 tournament total to eight 300 games.

All of Tuesday's match play action will be live streamed on BOWL.com. The action begins at 9 a.m. MDT, and is scheduled to last until 6:30 p.m. MDT. The championship round of the 2010 Queens will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, April 28 at 8 p.m. EDT.


PRIMROSE REMAINS UNDEFEATED IN TITLE DEFENSE

Janine Primrose of Gardnerville, Nev., developed a knack for finding herself behind in matches during her run to the 2009 USBC Senior Queens title, and she has continued to fight her way back to victories at the 2010 event at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.

Finding herself down going into the final game of her first and second round matches on Monday, she rallied with games of 245 and 247 to defeat USBC Hall of Famer Nancy Fehr of Cincinnati 613-567 and Melody Felton of Colfax, Iowa, 653-635, respectively.

Primrose felt the pressure of coming in as the defending champion, but continued to win despite not putting together her best performance.

"There are major butterflies. I definitely put more pressure on myself then needed, and I'm not bowling up to par," Primrose said. "It's scary because I'm not throwing the ball well and I have to keep chasing everybody to squeak by."

Only eight bowlers remain in the Senior Queens winners bracket. Joining Primrose is USBC Hall of Famer and 2007 Senior Queens champion Lucy Sandelin of Tampa. Fla.

The championship match of the Senior Queens will be live streamed at BOWL.com on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. MDT. With the double-elimination format, the bowler coming from the contenders bracket will have to win two three-game total-pinfall matches to earn the title
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Match Game Highlights from Monday:

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Thanks for the update Keith.  Watching live streaming now.
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I have posted the matches from this telecast on youtube already! Enjoy my friends!
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Missy Bellinder had a horrible break vs Kelly
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Missy Bellinder had a horrible break vs Kelly


I agree. Had she won her match, I think she would have been tough on Anne Marie and Tennelle.
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Missy Bellinder had a horrible break vs Kelly


I agree. Had she won her match, I think she would have been tough on Anne Marie and Tennelle.


Good work on all the videos, as usual, John!
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Missy Bellinder had a horrible break vs Kelly


I agree. Had she won her match, I think she would have been tough on Anne Marie and Tennelle.


Good work on all the videos, as usual, John!


Your thoughts of the video quality?
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John,

The video quality and sound were both excellent!
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FYI, The show will be rebroadcast on Sunday, May 2 at 3:30 EST on ESPN2.

Of course, you can always catch it on Irishpogi's youtube channel!
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Video quality is awesome, even at the lowest resolution.  Thanks for sharing John.  I didn't catch the telecast.

As for Missy's bad break, I think that's the only time I've really seen her frown to be honest.  It was pretty much Kelly's night after that.   She just knows how to adjust and has learned a lot over the years.  She'll be much more competitive with the men in the upcoming season than she was four years ago.


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