On moving day at the USBC Queens at the Raising Cane’s River Center, while many were trying to hold their spots, others were making big gains in Friday's second five-game qualifying block, moving them into what they hope would be a qualifying position.
The top 63 and defending champion Bernice Lim will advance to three-game double-elimination bracket play, which will eventually produce the five stepladder finalists for Tuesday’s 11 a.m. national television taping.
Speaking of Lim, she had a good second day of plus-48 to stand at plus-24 after 10 games, jumping above the cut line.
There was drama late as 2015 Queens runner-up Erin McCarthy put herself back in the running in the final game, throwing the first 10 strikes before a 7-10 split on the 11th ball left her at 289 to get back in the plus column.
Lindsay Boomershine, who had the first-day qualifying lead, had another good set on Friday’s “fresh” condition, posting a consistent five games of plus-133. After 10 games, she is in front at plus-346 on a par of 200 per game or a 234.60 average.
With her position, Boomershine can experiment a bit on the “fresh” condition Saturday to find the best equipment for bracket play.
“I just tried to keep the momentum going from (Thursday), make good shots and stay slow,” Boomershine said in an interview for her Storm equipment company. “Every shot, I kept telling myself to stay slow and smooth.”
Among those making good moves from minus to plus was Summer Jasmin of Beckley, West Virginia, who closed the third game of her day on the “burn” with 11 straight strikes to shoot 290. She moved from minus-51 at the start of the day to plus-89, safely in the top 40.
Amateur Anita Arnett of Richmond, Texas, turned a minus-52 into the best set of the second day at plus-164. She stands at plus-116 and in the top 25. Arnett closed Friday’s set with a 266 game.
Another amateur, Jasmine Snell of Papillion, Nebraska, moved from minus-95 to plus-42 with a plus-137 set that moved her inside the final 10 places in front of the cut line.
The Saturday shifts begin at 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. Admission is free.