Paula Vidad wins Senior U.S. Women's Open title

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Paula Vidad of Sun City, Calif., defeated Lucy Sandelin of Tampa, Fla., 234-215, on Wednesday to win the 2013 Bowling's Senior U.S. Women's Open presented by BPAA and Storm.

Vidad stepped up in the final two frames and closed out the title match with four clutch strikes to lock up the victory at Sequoia Pro Bowl.

Paula Vidad inside story"It's amazing to win my second major title," said Vidad, who won the USBC Senior Queens in 2011. "We don't have a whole lot of tournaments for the senior women, so it's always special. There's nothing like winning a major and holding up that trophy."

Sandelin led the event throughout qualifying and match play leading up to the stepladder finals, but was unable to pick up the victory in the high-scoring finale. Sandelin also finished as the runner-up last year.

Vidad, who entered the stepladder as the second seed, easily won her semifinal match against Tish Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo., 238-177. Johnson took down Kristy Whitcher of Belfair, Wash., 178-147, in the opening match.

The Senior U.S. Women's Open was the second leg of the Senior Women's Triple Crown presented by The Orleans. The Triple Crown includes the National Golden Ladies Classic, won by Johnson in March, and the Senior Queens, which will take place at the International Bowling Campus from Oct. 24-29.

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At Sequoia Pro Bowl, Columbus, Ohio
Wednesday's results

Final standings

1, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 472 (two games), $2,500
2, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 215 (one game), $1,250
3, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 355 (two games), $1,000
4, Kristy Whitcher, Belfair, Wash., 147 (one game), $800

Stepladder results

Match One - Johnson def. Whitcher, 178-147
Semifinal - Vidad def. Johnson, 238-177
Championship - Vidad def. Sandelin, 234-215