Liz Johnson has put herself in great position to advance to the match-play portion of the U.S. Women's Open.
The tournament's defending champion rolled a 300-game as part of her eight-game qualifying block during Thursday's third round to move into first place in the Professional Women's Bowling Tour event in Plano, Texas.
Johnson, the former Cheektowaga resident and Niagara Wheatfield star who now lives in Deerfield, Ill., rolled her perfecto in the penultimate game of her block. That highlighted a thunderous finish in which Johnson strung games of 264, 300 and 236 together to surge into the lead, five pins ahead of Jodi Woessner. Johnson felled 5,522 pins through 24 games. She averaged a daily best 230.08 Thursday, while Woessner averaged 229.89 during the third round.
The fourth round of qualifying is Friday morning with the top 24 advancing into the match-play portion of the tournament later in the evening.