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Bowling News USA - July 23, 2013 Belmonte, Weber, 'Storm Ladies' Dominating in Ohio...First Cut Wednesday...

 

Defending champion and new Storm staffer Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., made good shots and filled frames Tuesday at the 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open and was able to maintain her place atop the women's standings through two rounds of competition.

Although she briefly was passed by United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer and fellow staffer Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif., Kulick used a big final game to surge back into the lead with a 3,449 total for 16 games. Two-time U.S. Women's Open champion and Storm staffer Liz Johnson flirted with the lead all day and is second with 3,417, and Hulsenberg, who turned in the highest block of the day with 1,831, jumped 29 spots to third place with 3,376.

On the men's side, Storm's Jason Belmonte continued his torrid pace and leads after two rounds with a 3,804 total, a 237.75 average, for 16 games. Defending champion and Storm great Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., remained consistent and moved into second place with 3,491, while collegiate standout AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., is third with 3,490.

"Every center is a new tournament, and the lanes today played a lot different than what we bowled on last night," said Kulick, who is looking for her fourth U.S. Women's Open title and third in four years. "I physically felt like I threw the ball well today but was just missing something (ball-wise) that helped me get the four and five baggers yesterday. Overall, it was a good day. Good communication and ball selection really helped take some of the guesswork out of being at a new center, too."

The 36-year-old right-hander enjoys the long format and challenging lane condition at the U.S. Open, which also is serving as the optimal training opportunity this week as she prepares to join fellow Team USA member Mike Fagan at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia, next week.

Despite the dual purpose, Kulick's sights are set on one small goal at a time.

"The goal right now is to make it to the show," Kulick said. "I don't know if I've ever repeated at a tournament, so doing that would be really special. And, my finishes at the U.S. Open the last few years have been phenomenal, so it would mean a lot to be able to keep that going."

Belmonte's performance at recent U.S. Open events has been stellar as well, but he's still in search of his first win. He is looking to improve on last year's third-place finish and add a second major title to his growing resume, which includes a victory at the 2013 USBC Masters.

"The 300 pins is a lot for sure, but it definitely can be run down by a guy like Pete Weber or one of the other great players out here," said Belmonte, who has appeared in the championship match of all three PBA majors this season. "That's why you can't look too far ahead. I look at each day like a new tournament, and if I focus on trying to lead each one as it comes, they won't be able to catch up with me."

Belmonte, a seven-time PBA champion, attributes much of his success to capitalizing on breaks and opportunities.

"I'm glad I was able to take advantage of a good reaction again today," Belmonte said. "At this event, especially, I've learned that if you have a good reaction on a pair, you need to take advantage and get all you can. I bowled well, and I'm really happy."

The 2013 Lipton Bowling's U.S. Open includes nearly 400 of the best men and women bowlers in the world, competing side by side (in separate events) at three Columbus-area bowling centers - Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl, Columbus Western Bowl and Holiday Lanes.

The combined events have a prize fund of more than $400,000 and will culminate with the live two-hour ESPN finals on Saturday at noon EDT. Competition will resume Wednesday with another eight games. Half of the field will bowl at 9 a.m. EDT, and the rest will hit the lanes at 4 p.m.

After 24 games of qualifying over three days, the field will be cut to the top 25 percent in each division (65 men and 28 women). A final six-game cashers qualifying round will determine the top 24 men and top 24 women, who advance to 24 games of round-robin match play. The final four in each division will advance to the TV finals.

The men's and women's champions will face off in a special Battle of the Sexes match to crown the ultimate U.S. Open winner. The special match will be broadcast live on ESPN immediately following the men's and women's finals.

U.S Open Men

Name Hometown Squad Games Block Pinfall Total
Pinfall
+/-
200
Average
1 Jason Belmonte Australia C 16 1835 3804 +604 237.75
2 Pete Weber St. Ann, Mo. F 16 1774 3491 +291 218.19
3 Adam Johnson* Oswego, Ill. D 16 1733 3490 +290 218.13
4 Wes Malott Pflugerville, Texas D 16 1753 3489 +289 218.06
5 Brett Wolfe* Tempe, Ariz. E 16 1598 3471 +271 216.94
6 Marshall Kent* Yakima, Wash. A 16 1826 3438 +238 214.88
7 Brian LeClair Albany, N.Y. D 16 1643 3417 +217 213.56
8 Ronnie Russell Marion, Ind. C 16 1712 3413 +213 213.31
9 Sean Rash Montgomery, Ill. F 16 1813 3408 +208 213.00
10 Craig Nidiffer Trenton, Mich. E 16 1707 3407 +207 212.94
11 Dick Allen Columbia, S.C. B 16 1761 3404 +204 212.75
12 Stuart Williams England E 16 1753 3402 +202 212.63
13 Aaron Lorincz* Belleville, Mich. A 16 1693 3375 +175 210.94
13 John Szczerbinski North Tonawanda, N.Y. C 16 1680 3375 +175 210.94
15 Michael Snell* Plattsmouth, Neb. C 16 1785 3359 +159 209.94
16 Ryan Shafer Horseheads, N.Y. D 16 1698 3351 +151 209.44
17 Kevin Andes Wichita, Kan. F 16 1694 3349 +149 209.31
18 Kamron Doyle* Brentwood, Tenn. C 16 1725 3347 +147 209.19
18 Norm Duke Clermont, Fla. E 16 1617 3347 +147 209.19
20 Chad Roberts* Westerville, Ohio E 16 1717 3337 +137 208.56
20 Osku Palermaa Finland E 16 1662 3337 +137 208.56
22 Alejandro Reyna Costa Rica D 16 1708 3325 +125 207.81
23 Jesse Buss Belvidere, Ill. A 16 1662 3324 +124 207.75
23 Chris Loschetter Avon, Ohio C 16 1633 3324 +124 207.75
25 Mike Fagan Ft. Worth, Texas E 16 1718 3322 +122 207.63

U.S Open Women

Pos  Name Hometown Squad Games Block Pinfall Total
Pinfall
+/-
200
Average
1 Liz Johnson Cheektowaga, N.Y. B 17 234 3651 +251 214.76
2 Kelly Kulick Union, N.J. F 16 0 3449 +249 215.56
3 Leanne Hulsenberg* Roseville, Calif. E 16 0 3376 +176 211.00
4 Lindsay Boomershine* Brigham City, Utah A 17 234 3520 +120 207.06
5 Danielle McEwan* Stony Point, N.Y. D 16 0 3298 +98 206.13
6 Kim Yioulos* Rochester, N.Y. D 16 0 3277 +77 204.81
7 Stefanie Nation* Grand Prairie, Texas A 17 180 3456 +56 203.29
8 Josie Earnest* Vandalia, Ill. B 17 182 3451 +51 203.00
9 Ashly Galante* Palm Harbor, Fla. B 17 236 3443 +43 202.53
10 Diandra Asbaty Chicago F 16 0 3237 +37 202.31
11 Rocio Restrepo* Colombia C 17 209 3428 +28 201.65
12 Brandi Branka* Momence, Ill. D 16 0 3226 +26 201.63
13 Shannon Pluhowsky Dayton, Ohio F 16 0 3224 +24 201.50
14 Clara Guerrero Colombia E 16 0 3211 +11 200.69
15 Shannon O'Keefe* Arlington, Texas C 17 243 3375 -25 198.53
16 Jacqui Reese* Bangor, Pa. B 17 203 3374 -26 198.47
17 Bryanna Caldwell* Red Rock, Ariz. D 16 0 3164 -36 197.75
17 Jodi Woessner* Oregon, Ohio E 16 0 3164 -36 197.75
19 Lynda Barnes* Double Oak, Texas A 17 234 3357 -43 197.47
20 Krista Pollanen* Finland A 17 212 3354 -46 197.29
20 Brenda Padilla* Mansfield, Texas C 17 183 3354 -46 197.29
22 Sandra Andersson* Sweden D 16 0 3153 -47 197.06
23 Caroline Lagrange* Canada D 16 0 3150 -50 196.88
24 Aumi Guerra* Dominican Republic D 16 0 3143 -57 196.44

Full results here: pba.com

(courtesy: pba.com, BowlTV)

 

 

 


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