BATON ROUGE, La. – Lindsay Boomershine of Perry, Utah, leads after the opening round of qualifying at the 2017 United States Bowling Congress Queens.
Boomershine used games of 280, 213, 239, 214 and 267 on Thursday at the Raising Cane’s River Center to pace the 162-player field with a 1,213 five-game total, a 242.6 average.
Boomershine missed the previous two Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour stops to rest and recuperate after suffering a knee injury, and she was able to find her rhythm by trusting her game.
“I just tried to stay slow and smooth and really trust myself,” said Boomershine, who was the runner-up at the 2016 PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open. “One of my weaknesses is trusting my ability and shotmaking, and I felt like I really did that today. For the next 10 games, I’m going to really focus on that, and the strong start takes a lot of pressure off.”
Poland’s Daria Pajak sits in second place with a 1,173 total, Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, is third with 1,147 and 2006 USBC Queens champion Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, is fourth with 1,141. Josie Earnest-Barnes of Nashville, Tennessee, rounds out the top five with 1,133.
Defending champion Bernice Lim of Singapore is in 82nd place with a 976 total after Thursday’s opening round. Lim is guaranteed the No. 64 spot in the bracket, but bowling qualifying will give her a chance to improve her seeding.
All competitors will return to the River Center on Friday for the second round of qualifying, starting at 9 a.m. Eastern. Each player will bowl 15 games over three days to determine the 63 bowlers who will join Lim in match play.
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, which will air on CBS Sports Network on May 23 at 10 p.m. Eastern, 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.