Women’s Open begins

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

TAMMY BOOMERSHINE has dealt with injuries and adversity her entire bowling career, but for a short time last August she was able to put all of that our of her mind and bask in her victory at the U.S. Women's Open.

Boomershine, of North Ogden, Utah, will look to regain that feeling again when she takes on a field of top women bowlers from around the world at the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, which begins today at Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 39-year-old, five-time professional women's titlist has overcome surgeries on her back, elbow, heart and nose — and even during qualifying at last year's Open she battled a sciatic nerve injury. She went on to defeat Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, 269-225, to win the 2009 title.

"It felt so good to get that monkey off my back after going off the women's tour after back surgery and never winning until last year," said Boomershine. "I'm still enjoying the moment, even though it has been nine months now."

This year's tournament — which bowling fans are hoping will not be the last — will feature a revamped format that includes round-robin match play. Players will compete in three eight-game blocks today, Saturday and Sunday, with the top 24 players advancing to match play on Monday and Tuesday. The five players with the best 48-game totals, including bonus pins, will compete in the stepladder finals. All qualifying and match-play rounds will be Webcast live on Bowl.com.

After the final five are determined, action will shift to the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for the live ESPN2-televised finals at 8 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday.

Last week at the USBC Convention in Reno, it was announced that the U.S. Women’s Open would be “put on hiatus” in 2011 as the organization works to cut costs. That’s a big blow for women’s bowling, which also will see the PBA Women’s Series go away next season as USBC withdraws its financial support in another cost-cutting move.

The 2010 U.S. Women's Open kicks off a series of major bowling events in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The 2010 USBC Hall of Fame dinner will take place Tuesday at the City Club in downtown Fort Worth, while the Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Wednesday afternoon on the grounds of the International Bowling Campus in Arlington.

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