Restrepo Leads Opening Round of PWBA Las Vegas Open

by Bob Johnson 0

Aaron Smith
USBC Communications

G02A4325.JPGNORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Fresh off a Masters gold medal at the Pan American Bowling Confederation Champion of Champions event, Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, put together another strong performance Saturday as she led qualifying at the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Las Vegas Open.

Restrepo, a member of Team Colombia, averaged more than 226 to lead the opening event of 2016 PWBA season with a 2,718 total for 12 games at Texas Station.

Mexico’s Sandra Gongora is second with 2,698, while Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio (2,679), Singapore’s Hui Fen New (2,634) and reigning PWBA Player of the Year, Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y. (2,631), round out the top five.

The top 32 players in qualifying Saturday advanced to Sunday’s cashers’ round, which begins at 11 a.m. Eastern. Competition will conclude Sunday with a group stepladder final starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. All rounds leading up to the stepladder finals are being broadcast live on Xtra Frame.

“Last year in Sacramento, I bowled really well to start the season, so it feels really good to do it again,” said Restrepo, who finished fourth at the 2015 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open. “There are a lot of games left tomorrow, but I feel like I have good ball reaction. I’m going to be positive, stay in the moment and enjoy every shot.”

The final spot in Sunday’s cashers’ round went to 2015 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open champion, Elysia Current of Ephrata, Pa. Current earned the final spot with a 2,415 total, a 201.25 average.

Six additional games in Sunday’s cashers’ round will determine the top 12 players to advance to round-robin match play. The match-play finalists will be split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group will bowl six games of match play, including a final position round.

At the end of the match play, the top qualifier in each group will earn an automatic spot in the stepladder finals, with seeding being determined by total pins. The second, third and fourth qualifiers in each group will advance to a group stepladder final. The winner of each group stepladder final will advance to the televised stepladder finals.

The finals of the PWBA Las Vegas Open will air Tuesday, June 7 on CBS Sports Network.

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PWBA Las Vegas Open
At Texas Station, North Las Vegas, Nev.
Saturday’s results

QUALIFYING
(12 games; top 32 advance)

1, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 2,718. 2, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,698. 3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 2,679. 4, Hui Fen New, Singapore, 2,634. 5, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,631. 6, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,601.
7, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,600. 8, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,596. 9, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2,593. 10, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,572. 11, Amanda Greene, Romney, W.Va., 2,563. 12, Kristina Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,562.
13, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 2,559. 14, Jennifer Higgins, Westerville, Ohio, 2,550. 15, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,548. 16, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,529. 17, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,527. 18, Cassandra Leuthold, Lincoln, Neb., 2,526.
19, Shannon O’Keefe, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,520. 20, Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 2,517. 21, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,512. 22, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,510. 23, Liz Kuhlkin, Schenectady, N.Y., 2,508. 24, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,501.
25, Brenda Padilla, Mansfield, Texas, 2,498. 26, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 2,484. 27, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2,471. 28, T’Nia Falbo, Greensburg, Pa., 2,458. 29, Brandi Branka, Fairview Heights, Ill., 2,447. 30, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 2,446.
31, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 2,440. 32, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,415.

DID NOT ADVANCE

33, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,414. 34, (TIE) Linda Walbaum, Brighton, Colo., and Brandi Calderon, Tempe, Ariz., 2,410. 36, Brittany Himmelreich, Cressona, Pa., 2,403.
37, Adrianne Barela (a), Henderson, Nev., 2,402. 38, (TIE) Emily Peterson (a), West Fargo, N.D., and Bryanna Cot‚, Red Rock, Ariz., 2,391. 40, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 2,387. 41, Debbie Ayers, La Mesa, Calif., 2,381. 42, (TIE) Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., and Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 2,379.
44, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 2,374. 45, Ashley Rucker, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,367. 46, Erin McCarthy, Omaha, Neb., 2,356. 47, Josie Earnest, Nashville, Tenn., 2,351. 48, Keli Callahan (a), Las Vegas, 2,342.
49, Kerry Smith, New Holland, Pa., 2,340. 50, (TIE) Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, and Rina Sabo (a), Bennett, Colo., 2,339. 52, Catherine Rawsthorne, Tacoma, Wash., 2,338. 53, Natalie Goodman, O’Fallon, Ill., 2,335. 54, Samantha Schaden, Baltimore, 2,317.
55, Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 2,316. 56, Akiko Suzuki (a), Japan, 2,312. 57, Genie Franklin (a), Frisco, Texas, 2,308. 58, Tina Williams (a), Phoenix, 2,307. 59, Daphne Tan, Singapore, 2,295. 60, Cassandra Molbeck, Sussex, Wis., 2,292.
61, Takiko Naganawa (a), Japan, 2,291. 62, Lilia Robles, Mexico, 2,285. 63, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 2,280. 64, (TIE) Kim Adler (a), Ojo Caliente, N.M., and Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 2,262. 66, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 2,260.
67, Kiyoko McDonald (a), McKinney, Texas, 2,246. 68, Matsuoka Mihoko (a), Japan, 2,244. 69, Tish Johnson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,237. 70, Marcia Kloempken (a), Pleasant View, Utah, 2,230. 71, (TIE) Hiromi Susumu (a), Japan, and Heather D’Errico, Rochester, N.Y., 2,229.
73, Jessica Lesagonicz, Atlanta, 2,228. 74, Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 2,217. 75, Kerrie Watson, Canada, 2,215. 76, Gabriella Mayfield, Lake Isabella, Calif., 2,214. 77, Paula Vidad, Sun City, Calif., 2,192. 78, Christina Kinney (a), Las Vegas, 2,189.
79, Kaidee Sutphin, Mount Dora, Fla., 2,176. 80, Mai Funamoto (a), Japan, 2,172. 81, Virginia Young (a), Vista, Calif., 2,159. 82, Amy Gamage, Las Vegas, 2,149. 83, Ginell Walton, Placentia, Calif., 2,134. 84, Brandy Sanderson, Bossier City, La., 2,132.
85, Erin Lenahan (a), Meadow Vista, Calif., 2,072. 86, Nichole DePaul-Miller, Baytown, Texas, 2,066. 87, Megan McGinley, Cinnaminson, N.J., 2,020. 88, Gloria Blair (a), Albuquerque, N.M., 1,973. 89, Angelica Greene, Superior, Colo., 1,842.

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.