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0:00 – Intro
3:31 – Match #1 – Kovalova vs. Acuff
23:55 – Break
28:05 – Match #2 – Beyer
48:12 – Break
50:00 – Match #3 – Rodriguez
1:09:06 – Break
1:13:09 – Championship Match – Boomershine
1:34:23 – Conclusion
Lindsay Boomershine of Brigham City, Utah, went undefeated through two days of match play to earn the top seed for the stepladder finals at the 2023 United States Bowling Congress Queens.
The 37-year-old right-hander defeated 2014 champion Maria Jose Rodriguez of Colombia, 674-564, in the final Winners Bracket match Monday at Sam’s Town Bowling Center. Rodriguez will be the No. 2 seed.
The finals of the 2023 USBC Queens will be broadcast live on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern on CBS Sports Network. The champion will take home the $60,000 first-place prize and the coveted tiara.
Joining Boomershine and Rodriguez in the stepladder will be No. 3 Carlene Beyer of Ogdensburg, Wisconsin, No. 4 Correen Acuff of Surprise, Arizona, and No. 5 Dasha Kovalova of Muskegon, Michigan, the 2019 Queens champion.
Beyer, Acuff and Kovalova advanced out of the Elimination Bracket on Monday. The final four athletes in the Elimination Bracket bowled a three-game total-pinfall contest with the top three scores advancing to the stepladder.
Beyer earned the No. 3 seed with a 668 series. Acuff advanced with a 650 three-game set and will face Kovalova (601) in Tuesday’s opening match. Latvia’s Diana Zavjalova rolled a 569 series and was eliminated, finishing in sixth place.
Boomershine is seeking her first PWBA Tour title. Tuesday’s show will mark her seventh stepladder finals appearance and second as an event’s top seed; however, this will be the first time she’s held the top spot in a major.
Nevertheless, Boomershine is going to do her best to approach Tuesday’s stepladder finals the same way she’s approached the first five days of the tournament.
Earlier in her career, Boomershine may have let the bigger crowd and TV lights get to her, but she doesn’t anticipate that being an issue on Tuesday.
To do so on Tuesday, she could very well end up having to battle one of her best friends in Rodriguez. That matchup wouldn’t bother Boomershine though; in fact, she’d welcome the opportunity.
Speaking of the end, after battling injuries for the better part of the last three years, Rodriguez sometimes wondered if the end of her career might be approaching.
Now that she’s finally healthy, however, she has her game back to the elite level that propelled her to the 2014 Queens title and the PWBA Players Championship in 2018.
Sitting just two wins away from capturing major title No. 3, Rodriguez didn’t mince words when discussing what it would mean to her to get back in the winner’s circle for the first time in more than four years.
Rodriguez has done plenty of winning thus far at this year’s Queens, starting match play 5-0 with wins over Jenna Coldiron of West Chester, Ohio (644-602), Chelsea Sporkia of Eugene, Oregon (670-591), top qualifier Cherie Tan of Singapore (660-609), Karsyn Lukosius of Jackson, New Jersey (713-605) and Acuff (686-635) before falling to Boomershine in the top-seed battle.
Even though the top seed eluded her, Rodriguez still feels very good about her chances on Tuesday night’s show.
Rodriguez will get to see what Acuff and Kovalova do in the opening match before one of them advances to take on Beyer in Match 2.
Beyer and Acuff are both PWBA Tour rookies who will be making their stepladder finals debuts Tuesday night. Kovalova, on the other hand, enters the finals looking for her sixth career title and second major.
The 2023 Queens started with 216 competitors. After 15 games of qualifying over three days, the top 63 players and Birgit Noreiks of German, who was guaranteed a spot in the bracket as the defending champion, advanced to match play.
For more information on the USBC Queens, visit BOWL.com/Queens.