Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., enjoyed her visit to her old Kentucky home besting 78 other bowlers at Eastland to be the top seed for the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Lexington Open. The Morehead State alum will compete for the title on Aug. 7 in Addison, Ill., at the site of the 2016 Women’s U.S. Open. Despite an ankle injury, Kulick topped the final twelve going 5-1 in match play and posting a 211 average for the tournament.
The PWBA Lexington Open will be covered by CBS Sports and shown on a tape delay.
It will be shown on Tuesday, Aug. 16 on CBS at 9 p.m., and the winner will earn $10,000.
The field began play Friday morning and was cut to 32 after Friday evening’s round. The 32 rolled six games on Saturday morning and were cut to the top 12, divided into Group A and Group B. Each group rolled a round robin match play. The winner of both groups automatically advanced to the finals. The group winner with the highest pin fall became the number one seed for the finals in Illinois.
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Kulick won Group A with a total pin fall of 5,227 and became the top seed. The group B winner and second seed was Bryanna Cote of Red Rock, Ariz., with a pin fall total of 5,136. The other two finalist were determined from a group stepladder.
In Group A, Shannon Pulhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, topped Rocio Restrepo of Louisville, Ohio, 201-188, to become the third seed for the finals.
In Group B, fourth-place finisher Missy Parkin lost 239-214 to second-place finisher Shannon O’Keefe of O’Fallon, Ill., making O’Keefe the fourth seed.
Former Morehead State star Liz Johnson finished sixteenth, earning $1,200.
The only local bowler to compete, Chelsey Stephens of Frankfort, finished 50th. Leanne Hulsenberg of Pleasant View, Utah, who won the last event in Lexington in 2001, finished 20th and earned $1,200.