CITRUS HEIGHTS, Calif. - With as many as six bowlers on the lanes for each Professional Women's Bowling Association event this season, Singapore has been well-represented, and the group now is guaranteed to bowl for the title at the 2016 PWBA Storm Sacramento Open.
Cherie Tan, the lone left-hander of the contingent, averaged more than 225 this weekend at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes to claim the No. 1 seed for the TV finals, which will be taped May 26 at The Orleans Bowling Center in Las Vegas and air Tuesday, June 21 on CBS Sports Network.
Tan qualified third for the match-play portion of the PWBA Storm Sacramento Open and compiled a 6-0 match-play record to top the Group A standings with a 5,600 pinfall total, which included 30 bonus pins for each victory.
"This has been a good visit for Team Singapore, and it would be huge if I were to win the title," said Tan, whose teammate Hui Fen New earned the No. 4 seed for the show to double Singapore's chances at the trophy. "We support each other at all times, and we know we all have the potential to be successful at any time. Seeing the others do well definitely motivates me, and I'm excited to be the one in this position this time."
Team USA member Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, went 3-3 in match play Saturday and led Group B with a 5,446 total, which earned her a guaranteed spot on the TV show as the No. 2 seed. Colombia's Anggie Ramirez and New advanced through the unique dual stepladder portion of the event to join Tan and Pluhowsky as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.
With overall pinfall deciding the top seed, Pluhowsky was 49 pins behind Tan heading into the position round, and Pluhowsky suffered a 190-172 loss to New. Tan cruised in a 247-179 win against Ramirez to secure the top spot.
"I roughly knew how far ahead I was, but I just tried to focus on my own game and not watch what Shannon was doing, and it worked out," Tan said. "We were really looking forward to coming here to compete and get a taste of the PWBA Tour, and to do well makes us very proud."
In the Group A stepladder at Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes, United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Carol Gianotti of Australia struck out in her final frame to down 2015 PWBA Rookie of the Year Stefanie Johnson of Grand Prairie, Texas, 216-210, after Johnson failed to throw a double of her own for the shutout.
New prevailed in the Group A final, 194-163, when Gianotti lost her look in the second half of the game.
The PWBA Storm Sacramento Open stepladder will be the second for New, who earned the No. 3 seed for the Nationwide PWBA Sonoma County Open finals and just missed the show at the season-opening PWBA Las Vegas Open.
New and Tan look to earn a spot in the record books next to their Team Singapore teammate Jazreel Tan, who won the 2015 PWBA Lubbock Sports Open as a non-member.
In the opening match of the Group B stepladder, Singapore's Shayna Ng tossed six consecutive strikes in frames four through nine to ease past reigning PWBA Player of the Year Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, New York, 233-191.
In the Group B final, Ramirez made a run at perfection, opening with eight consecutive strikes before a 7 pin ended her bid, but she was able to slip past Ng, 279-244, to make her first PWBA TV show.
Saturday's competition kicked off with a six-game block that narrowed the field from the 32 cashers to the top 12 players for round-robin match play.
The match-play finalists were split into two groups, each featuring six players. Each group bowled six games of match play, including a final position round, to determine the top seeds and advancers to each group stepladder final.
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PWBA Storm Sacramento Open
At Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes, Citrus Heights, Calif.
(18-game totals; top 12 advance)
1, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 4,042. 2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 4,000. 3, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 3,979. 4, Hui Fen New, Singapore, 3,973. 5, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,962. 6, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 3,917.
7, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 3,894. 8, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 3,888. 9, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,853. 10, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,852. 11, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,836. 12, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 3,835.
DID NOT ADVANCE:
13, Rocio Restrepo, Louisville, Ohio, 3,818, $1,300. 14, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,808, $1,200. 15, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,784, $1,200. 16, Maria Jose Rodriguez, Austin, Texas, 3,772, $1,200. 17, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 3,762, $1,200. 18(TIE), Jazreel Tan, Singapore, and Kristina Wendell, Kingston, N.Y., 3,761, $1,200.
20, Kayla Bandy, Salisbury, Md., 3,759, $1,200. 21, Shannon O'Keefe, O'Fallon, Ill., 3,751, $1,200. 22, Leanne Hulsenberg, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,732, $1,200. 23, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 3,711, $1,200. 24, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,697, $1,200.
25, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,687, $1,200. 26, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,682, $1,200. 27, Bryanna Cote, Red Rock, Ariz., 3,671, $1,200. 28, Darris Ruffner (a), Exeter, Calif., 3,669, $1,200. 29, Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 3,648, $1,200. 30, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 3,607, $1,200.
31, Amber Vega (a), Orangevale, Calif., 3,563, $1,200. 32, Mariana Alvarado (a), Sacramento, Calif., 3,560, $1,200.
MATCH PLAY - GROUP A
1, Cherie Tan, Singapore, 6-0, 5,600 (earns No. 1 seed for stepladder based on total pinfall).
2, Anggie Ramirez-Perea, Austin, Texas, 4-2, 5,352.
3, Shayna Ng, Singapore, 2-4, 5,252.
4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2-4, 5,250.
5, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2-4, 5,236 (eliminated; earns $1,600).
6, Clara Guerrero, Pflugerville, Texas, 2-4, 5,129 (eliminated; earns $1,600).
MATCH PLAY - GROUP B
1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3-3, 5,446 (earns No. 2 seed for stepladder based on total pinfall).
2, Hui Fen New, Singapore, 4-2, 5,307.
3, Carol Gianotti, Australia, 4-2, 5,249.
4, Stefanie Johnson, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2-4, 5,173.
5, Lindsay Boomershine, Perry, Utah, 3-3, 5,143 (eliminated; earns $1,600).
6, Mariana Ayala, Grand Prairie, Texas, 2-4, 5,072 (eliminated; earns $1,600).
GROUP A STEPLADDER
Semifinal - Ng def. L. Johnson, 233-191 (Johnson finishes tied for seventh; earns $1,900).
Final - New def. Gianotti, 194-163 (New earns No. 4 seed for stepladder based on average; Gianotti finishes tied for fifth; earns $2,100).
GROUP B STEPLADDER
Semifinal - Gianotti def. S. Johnson, 216-210 (Johnson finishes tied for seventh; earns $1,900).
Final - Ramirez def. Ng, 279-244 (Ramirez earns No. 3 seed for stepladder based on average; Ng finishes tied for fifth; earns $2,100).
TELEVISED STEPLADDER FINALS
(Will be taped May 26; will air June 21 on CBS Sports Network)
Match No. 1 - Ramirez vs. New
Match No. 2 - Pluhowsky vs. Match No. 1 winner
Final - C. Tan vs. Match No. 2 winner