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Bowling News USA - June 25, 2012 Kulick Leads at Women's U.S Open...Hulsenberg Moves To 12th..

Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., continued her dominance at the 2012 Bowling's U.S. Women's Open as she retained the top spot after the third round of qualifying Sunday.

The two-time U.S. Women's Open champion averaged 245 during her six-game block to finish with an 18-game total of 4,294 (238.5 average). Team USA's Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, is second with 4,224.

Kulick is feeling at home at the National Bowling Stadium as the field of 202 narrowed to the top 50 competitors for Monday's fourth round. An additional six games will be bowled before the top 16 advance to round-robin match play Monday night.

"Right now my A game is always in play," said Kulick, who rolled her highest six-game block of the event Sunday with 1,470. "I can play straight when I need to, but as soon as I can get left and throw the ball a little right the lanes open up to me and I feel very comfortable."

After being in the same position at the 2011 U.S. Women's Open in Euless, Texas, Kulick knows all she can do now is to try and keep herself in contention throughout match play to make the stepladder finals that will be held on four specially-constructed lanes underneath the famed Reno Arch.

"I had a big lead last year, but it didn't do me any good in the finals," Kulick said. "I'm going to bowl each day, one game at a time and keep myself in contention to make the show. My goal is really just to bowl consistently until I get to that position and try to really come into my own out there."

At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
Sunday's results

(18 games)

1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 4,294.
2, Stefanie Nation, Grand Prairie, Texas, 4,224.
3, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 4,178.
4, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 4,159.
5, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,149.
6, Tennelle Milligan, Arlington, Texas, 4,122.
7, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 4,109.
8, Kayla Bandy, Pikeville, Ky., 4,082.
9, Joyce Biondo, Carpentersville, Ill., 4,073.
10, Michelle Sterner, Niagara Falls, N.Y., 4,058.
11, Rocio Restrepo, Canton, Ohio, 4,031.
12, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 4,023. (Storm)
13, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 4,010.
14, Brittni Hamilton, Webster, N.Y., 4,009.
15, Kimberly Yioulos, Rochester, N.Y., 4,005.
16, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque , N.M., 3,999.
17, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 3,986.
18, Rachel Perez, Maumelle, Ark., 3,983. (Roto Grip)
19, Liz Johnson, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,973.
20, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 3,973.
21, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3,973.
22, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 3,968.
23, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 3,966.
24, Jacqui Reese, Bangor, Pa., 3,960.
25, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,950.
26, Shannon Sellens, Kansas City, Mo., 3,947.
27, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 3,945.
28, Angela Chirpich, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,938.
29, Ashly Galante, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,910.
30, Joely Carrillo, Clifton, N.J., 3,907.
31, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,903.
32, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,903. (Storm)
33, Anita Manns, Houston, Texas, 3,900. (Storm)
34, Cassandra Leuthold, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,894.
35, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 3,873.
36, Bryanna Caldwell, Red Rock, Ariz., 3,859.
37, Tannya Roumimper, Wichita, Kan., 3,856.
38, Kristina Frahm, Salisbury, Md., 3,855.
39, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,850. (Roto Grip)
40, Sol Han, Korea, 3,849.
41, Jessica Baker, Wichita, Kan., 3,845.
42, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, Ill., 3,844. (Storm)
43, Jacqueline Malone, Scotia, N.Y., 3,835.
44, Shauna Shannon, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,832.
45, Yuko Nakatani, Japan, 3,831.
46, Ho-Jung Kim, Korea, 3,824.
47, Lindsay Baker, Brigham City, Utah, 3,823. (Storm)
48, Brinda Burks, Bossier City, La., 3,821.
49, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 3,810.
50, Tammy Turner, North Ogden, Utah, 3,810. (Storm)

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