April 26, 2010
EL PASO, Texas - The field for match play is set at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Queens as USBC Hall of Famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, continued her torrid pace by breaking the 15-game qualifying record on her way to leading the field.
The 2001 Queens champion posted an 1,118 score in her final five-game block to finish at 3,636 overall, surpassing Kelly Kulick's 3,472 set in the 2009 event. Dorin-Ballard now owns the highest five, 10 and 15-game totals in tournament history.
Kulick of Union, N.J., the 2007 Queens champion, finished qualifying in second with 3,458. USBC Hall of Famer Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo. (3,457), USBC Hall of Famer and 1999 Queens champion Leanne Hulsenberg of Roseville, Calif. (3,444) and Missy Bellinder of Fullerton, Calif. (3,442) round out the top five.
The top 63 competitors, along with defending champion Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., will now begin the double-elimination match-play format, which begins at 2 p.m. MDT and will be live streamed on BOWL.com. Each match will consist of a three-game set, with total pinfall determining who advances.
The last spot in match play went to Stacey Fehr of Cincinnati, who finished in 63rd with 3,098.
Bellinder and Aumi Guerra of Doral, Fla., became the fourth and fifth bowlers to shoot a perfect game during qualifying. Shayna Ng of Singapore, Jessica Baker of Wichita, Kan., and Amy Stolz of Castle Rock, Colo., also reached perfection on the lanes at the El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center.
MILLER-MACKIE LEADS GOING INTO MATCH PLAY AT SENIOR QUEENS
USBC Hall of Famer Dana Miller-Mackie of Albuquerque, N.M., led the final round of qualifying for the Senior Queens rolling 3,445 for her 15-game total, easily topping the old record of 3,147 set by Lucy Sandelin in 2009.
Miller-Mackie paced the field by nearly 200 pins. Melody Felton of Colfax, Iowa, finished qualifying in second with 3,247, and was followed by Char Hammel of Las Vegas (3,236), USBC Hall of Famer and 2007 Senior Queens champion Sandelin of Tampa, Fla. (3,226) and Paula Vidad of Crestline, Calif., with 3,204.
The top 31 finishers along with 2009 champion Janine Primrose of Gardnerville, Nev., will enter the double-elimination match-play format. The final spot in match play went to Terri Cooley of Danville, Ky., who finished at 2,843.