Bowling: Cherie Tan reaches step-ladder finals of PWBA Fountain Valley Open

Singapore bowler Cherie Tan (right) will join Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick and Verity Crawley in the May 23 step-ladder finals at the Raising Cane's River Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Singapore bowler Cherie Tan (right) will join Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick and Verity Crawley in the May 23 step-ladder finals at the Raising Cane's River Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. PHOTO: TWITTER/PWBATOUR

SINGAPORE - Bowler Cherie Tan has qualified for the step-ladder finals of the PWBA Fountain Valley Open in California, after finishing in the top four of the group step-ladder finals on Sunday morning (Singapore time.)

The Open, which featured 83 bowlers, is the third of 14 events on this year's Professional Women's Bowling Association Tour schedule.

Tan, together with sister Daphne and fellow national bowler Shayna Ng, reached the round-robin match-play stage after three qualifying rounds. Daphne was the third seed with 3,842 pinfalls, while Cherie and Ng were seeded 10th (3,765) and 11th (3,760) respectively in the lead-up to the round-robin match-play stage, where the top 12 bowlers faced off against one another.

All three bowlers finished among the top eight to qualify for the group step-ladder finals. Ng fell first, losing to American Liz Johnson (205-211 pinfalls). Daphne and Cherie then faced off against each other, with Cherie winning in 210 pinfalls to Daphne's 199.

Cherie joins Johnson, Kelly Kulick and Verity Crawley in the May 23 step-ladder finals at the Raising Cane's River Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

"The lane conditions were pretty challenging, but I stuck to my routine to take it one shot at a time and pick up my spares," said 29-year-old Cherie, who was champion at the 2016 PWBA Sacramento Open.

"It was great bowling against Daphne. I'm excited to be bowling at the televised finals at Baton Rouge."