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WNY natives finish in top 12 in women's pro bowling opener

Western New York natives Lindsay Baker Boomershine of Perry, Utah, and Liz Johnson of Palatine, Ill., finished in the top 12 of the Nationwide PWBA Greater Cleveland Open on Saturday night at Parma Heights, Ohio.

Josie Barnes, of Nashville, captured the title by defeating Cherie Tan of Singapore, 223-213, in the final match of the stepladder format. She earned the $10,000 top prize.

Jazreel Tan of Singapore defeated Shannon Pluhowsky of Dayton, Ohio, 266-225, in the first stepladder match. Barnes then defeated J. Tan in the semifinal, 234-232.

Boomershine (6,685) and Johnson (6,586) were 11th and 12 after 30 games over two days.

Boomershine earned $1,650 and Johnson $1,600.

Boomershine, a former University of Nebraska star and the niece of PBA Hall of Famer Tommy Baker, was third with 3,709 (231,8 average) and Johnson was sixth with 3,643 (227.5) after 16 games of qualifying on Friday. The top 32 advanced to an an elimination round Saturday. Boomershine was 11th and Johnson 12th after 24 games, making the 12-bowler field for the next round.

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