BATON ROUGE, La. – In the past month, Sydney Brummett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, has logged more hours than most at the Raising Cane’s River Center, and that time is paying off this week at the United States Bowling Congress Queens.
Brummett, a collegiate standout at Wichita State, captured the 2017 Intercollegiate Singles Championships title at the 44-lane venue in April, and her success in Baton Rouge has continued at the USBC Queens, where she qualified for the double-elimination match-play bracket.
The 21-year-old right-hander finished qualifying with a 3,211 total, a 214.07 average, to qualify in 13th place. Brummett will face Colombia’s Clara Guerrero in Sunday’s opening round of match play.
Match play at the 2017 USBC Queens, which will feature the top 63 competitors and defending champion Bernice Lim of Singapore, begins Sunday at 10 a.m. Eastern and will continue through Monday until the five stepladder finalists are determined. CBS Sports Network will air the finals Tuesday at 10 p.m. Eastern.
Brummett’s trip to Baton Rouge in April also included the Intercollegiate Team Championships with her Wichita State teammates. The Team USA and Junior Team USA member used the opportunity not only to compete, but to obtain information for her return visit.
“Getting to bowl here in April has been very helpful this week,” said Brummett, who defeated Webber International’s Taylor Bulthuis, 225-170, in the ISC title match, which aired on CBS Sports Network in May. “I wrote down some of the characteristics I noticed on each pair, and I hoped those notes would help me figure out the moves quicker. It didn’t help as much the first day, since I wasn’t executing shots very well, but it definitely helped the last two days after I was able to correct a flaw in my physical game.”
Brummett hopes that knowledge, along with previous match-play experiences, will help her as she looks to improve on her 17th place finish at the 2016 Queens in Las Vegas.
“Some of the matches before the ISC show were very telling,” said Brummett, the 2016-2017 National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Most Valuable Player. “I struggled in those a little bit more than I would have liked and really had to come back in the third game. That let me know I have it within myself to persevere in those situations, so I feel very confident heading into tomorrow. No matter what’s going on in a match, I can always just keep going, and hopefully, it will work out.”
Lindsay Boomershine of Perry, Utah, claimed the top qualifying spot with a 15-game total of 3,440, a 229.33 average.
The 31-year-old right-hander led the 162-player field after each qualifying round, adding games of 196, 258, 219, 244 and 177 for a 1,094 total Saturday.
Boomershine and her husband, Hank, welcomed their first child, Aiden, in February, and after competing in the Professional Women’s Bowling Association’s season-opening event in Rohnert Park, California, she took off two weeks to rest an injured knee.
She feels her performance this week, regardless of the outcome, shows she’s ready for the remainder of the season.
“It’s a whole new tournament tomorrow, so today, I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard or trying to get to a certain number,” Boomershine said. “I wanted to stay smooth and slow, since it’s been working for me. Coming off an injury and having Aiden three months ago, I finally feel like I’m getting into better shape, and this performance is encouraging for me going into the rest of the season.”
Boomershine will face Jennifer King of Irmo, South Carolina, in her opening match. King tied with two-time PWBA Tour champion Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, for 63rd place in qualifying with a 3,021 total.
Restrepo earned the No. 63 seed based on having the highest qualifying block, and she will face Kelly Kulick of Union, New Jersey, in the opening round.
Kulick, a two-time Queens champion, moved into second place in the standings with a 3,423 total after posting the highest five-game block Saturday with 1,247. Kulick rolled games of 237, 257, 228, 269 and 256.
Defending champion Bernice Lim of Singapore improved during each qualifying round at the River Center to finish in 23rd place with a 3,169 total. Lim will face Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the 2011 Queens runner-up, in the opening round.
Lim was guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the bracket but was able to improve her seeding through qualifying.
The match-play bracket will feature three-game matches, with total pinfall determining who advances. The five players who make their way through the bracket will advance to the stepladder finals and have the chance to take home the top prize of $20,000.
All rounds of competition leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast on Xtra Frame, the exclusive online bowling channel for the Professional Bowlers Association. To subscribe to watch the action on Xtra Frame, visit XtraFrame.TV.
For more information on the USBC Queens, visit BOWL.com/Queens.
2017 USBC Queens
At Raising Cane’s River Center, Baton Rouge, La.
1, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 3,440. 2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,423. 3, Josie Earnest-Barnes, Nashville, Tenn., 3,353. 4, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,334. 5, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 3,323. 6, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 3,321.
7, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3,288. 8, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,269. 9, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 3,260. 10, Juliana Franco (a), Colombia, 3,246. 11, Katelyn Zwiefelhofer, Racine, Wis., 3,241. 12, Liz Johnson, Deerfield, Ill., 3,220.
13, Sydney Brummett (a), Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,211. 14, Joey Yeo (a), Singapore, 3,206. 15, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,193. 16, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,192. 17(tie), Melissa Van Dyke (a), Parma, Ohio, and Shayna Ng, Singapore, 3,187.
19, Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 3,179. 20, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 3,178. 21, Anita Arnett (a), Richmond, Texas, 3,174. 22, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 3,173. 23, Bernice Lim, Singapore, 3,169. 24(tie), Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, and Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,166.
26, Julia Bond (a), Aurora, Ill., 3,163. 27(tie), Amanda Fry, Antelope, Calif., and Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., and Stephanie Schwartz (a), Racine, Wis., 3,158. 30, Daphne Tan, Singapore, 3,150.
31, Katelyn Simpson (a), Emmett, Idaho, 3,145. 32, Karen Boyd (a), Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 3,141. 33, Hollyann Johansen (a), Wichita, Kan., 3,140. 34, Brittany Smith, Johnston, Iowa, 3,138. 35, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,131. 36, Jasmine Snell (a), Papillion, Neb., 3,124.
37, Jessica Mellott (a), Lauderhill, Fla., 3,122. 38, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 3,115. 39(tie), Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., and Taylor Bulthuis (a), Coral Springs, Fla., 3,110. 41, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,095. 42, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 3,089.
43, Jackie Carbonetto, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,085. 44, Shannon Sellens (a), Copiague, N.Y., 3,082. 45, Danielle Van der Meer, Washington, Ill., 3,077. 46, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,075. 47, Kayla Johnson, Washington, Ill., 3,072. 48, Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., 3,067.
49, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 3,066. 50, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 3,065. 51, Daria Pajak, Poland, 3,060. 52, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 3,058. 53, Verity Crawley, England, 3,057. 54, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,056.
55, Birgit Poppler, Germany, 3,039. 56, Brooke Bower, Camp Hill, Pa., 3,038. 57, Marissa Thomas (a), Louisville, Ky., 3,034. 58, New Hui Fen, Singapore, 3,033. 59, Nicole Bower (a), Camp Hill, Pa., 3,032. 60, Emily Peterson (a), West Fargo, N.D., 3,028.
61(tie), Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, and Missy Klug (a), The Villages, Fla., 3,023. 63(tie), Jennifer King (a), Irmo, S.C., and Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 3,021.
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65, Caitlyn Johnson (a), Lumberton, Texas, 3,020. 66(tie), Maria Jose Rodriguez, Colombia, and Jasmine Yeong-Nathan, Singapore, 3,013.
68, Gabby Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 3,011. 69, Johanna Puentes (a), Colombia, 3,009. 70, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 3,004. 71, Lauren Pate (a), Inver Grove Heights, Minn., 3,003. 72, Stephanie Martins, Brazil, 2,999.
73, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,982. 74, Allie Ijams, Wichita, Kan., 2,979. 75, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 2,976. 76, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,969. 77, Ghislane Van der Tol (a), Netherlands, 2,960. 78, Jennifer Russo (a), Monmouth Junction, N.J., 2,953.
79, Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 2,952. 80, Trista Kimmes (a), Eagan, Minn., 2,951. 81, Bryanna Coté, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,947. 82(tie), Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, and Mary Wells (a), Columbus, Ohio, 2,940. 84, April Ellis, Wichita, Kan., 2,939.
85, Katie Ann Sopp (a), White Bear Lake, Minn., 2,937. 86(tie), Genie Franklin (a), Frisco, Texas, and Olivia Sandham (a), St. Joseph, Mo., 2,936. 88, Jen Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,934. 89, Hayley Veitch (a), Kenner, La., 2,930. 90, Kristie Leong (a), Daly City, Calif., 2,929.
91, Madeleine McDuff (a), Katy, Texas, 2,923. 92(tie), Sarah Muench, Johnston, Iowa, and Blair Blumenscheid (a), Columbus, Ohio, and Brandi Stephens, Stillwater, Okla., 2,920. 95, Jenny Notman (a), Australia, 2,918. 96(tie), Julie Oczepek, Saginaw, Mich., and Danielle Knittle, State College, Pa., 2,917.
98, Dena Buxton, Australia, 2,915. 99, Vanina Carlton (a), Lithia Springs, Ga., 2,912. 100, Natalie Goodman, O'Fallon, Ill., 2,904. 101, Kimi Davidson, Irving, Texas, 2,898. 102, Kayla Pashina, Minnetonka, Minn., 2,897.
103, Kiyoko McDonald (a), McKinney, Texas, 2,892. 104, Kaitlyn Commane, Australia, 2,890. 105, Kalynn Carl, Albany, N.Y., 2,883. 106(tie), Mandy Etem (a), Cave Creek, Ariz., and Sarah Wille (a), Hoffman Estates, Ill., 2,882. 108, Alexia Hicks (a), Australia, 2,874.
109, Sierra Kanemoto (a), Riverside, Ohio, 2,872. 110, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,870. 111, Stephanie Adams (a), Canada, 2,862. 112, Laura Plazas (a), Bel Aire, Kan., 2,861. 113, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,857. 114, Stephanie Zavala (a), Downey, Calif., 2,856.
115, Michelle Sterner (a), Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2,849. 116, Catherine Rawsthorne, Lewiston, Idaho, 2,846. 117, Sandi Charles (a), Nolanville, Texas, 2,842. 118, Grace Hall, Oklahoma City, 2,835. 119, Melissa-Ann Fisher (a), Australia, 2,834. 120, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,832.
121, Chelsie Bahr (a), Topeka, Kan., 2,831. 122, Holly Harris, Wichita, Kan., 2,827. 123, Sara DiScioscia (a), Hampton, Va., 2,825. 124, Sarah Broussard (a), Denham Springs, La., 2,813. 125, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,807. 126, Tannya Lopez, Mexico, 2,801.
127, Heather D'Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,797. 128(tie), Kayla Ovesny (a), Norman, Okla., and Tracy See (a), Singapore, 2,795. 130, Ashlyn Herzberg (a), Wichita, Kan., 2,788. 131, Ashley Crowder (a), Tamarac, Fla., 2,786. 132, Samantha Kelly, Waukesha, Wis., 2,784.
133, Krista Sandt, Bethlehem, Pa., 2,778. 134, Adrienne Hare, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,773. 135, Jennifer Dovers (a), Sierra Vista, Ariz., 2,771. 136, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,766. 137, Estefania Cobo (a), Puerto Rico, 2,765. 138, Stephanie Casey, Yonkers, N.Y., 2,761.
139, Lori Eskew, Hillsboro, Ore., 2,759. 140, Jessica Peters (a), Toms River, N.J., 2,758. 141, Robin Orlikowski (a), Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,749. 142, Rebekah Martin (a), Australia, 2,745. 143, Mariana Ayala, Euless, Texas, 2,731. 144, Katie Bishop (a), Westland, Mich., 2,726.
145(tie), Vanessa Romero (a), Las Cruces, N.M., and Jerracah Heibel, Indianapolis, 2,710. 147, Chong Dodson (a), Panama City, Fla., 2,704. 148, Tara Quinlan (a), Streamwood, Ill., 2,698. 149, Natalie Dutton (a), Jenks, Okla., 2,692. 150, Denisyha Waller (a), Markham, Ill., 2,682.
151, Mariann Klosin (a), Windham, N.H., 2,664. 152, Rebecca O'Connor, Knoxville, Tenn., 2,660. 153, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,650. 154, Claudia Meeks (a), Shreveport, La., 2,649. 155, Desiree Negron, Puerto Rico, 2,639. 156, Joely O'Grady (a), Matawan, N.J., 2,617.
157, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 2,607. 158, Bernadette Wooley (a), Frankfort, Ill., 2,604. 159, Sabrina Duncan-Rose (a), New Orleans, 2,601. 160, Melanie Crawford (a), Allen, Texas, 2,600. 161, Tiffany Morris, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,548. 162, Stacy Cox (a), Baton Rouge, La., 2,531.