October 28, 2021
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U.S. Women’s Open bowling in Rohnert Park

  • Bowling at Double Decker Lanes. Photo by Tracy Si

By: Irene Hilsendager
September 3, 2021

Friday, August 27, was the second day of qualifying for the special U.S. Women’s Open Bowling tournament. Upon entering, a low hum was heard, bowling balls were being dropped and pins were cracking up against the backsplash.

You could hear in a hushed voice, “I should have shifted to the left a little,” but excitement was in the air even though this was not a regulation tour stop; however, it is the biggest tournament of the season taking place at the Double Decker Lanes at 300 Golf Course Dr., in Rohnert Park.

Seventy-two ladies are participating in the U.S. Women’s Open Bowl. This tournament is in a much longer format with practice sessions for several days.

The ladies will have to bowl and get used to the condition of the lanes, as the lanes get re-oiled after each practice session. All 72 ladies came back and split into two squads. On the third day of qualifying and each day eight games had to be bowled. After the Saturday night session, the field was cut in half to come back for the Sunday games.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday all A and B Squads did eight games for their qualifying round. After Saturday night the field is cut in half and those will come back Sunday morning to bowl another eight games again. There is now another cut to whittle down to the top with 24 games with pinfall totals.

These 24 ladies will start to match bowl with individual matches doing a round robin game.

On Sunday morning, August 29, eight ladies from the two squads will come to Double Decker Lanes and bowl against the other competitors in a strenuous game from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This will weed out the athletes when they bowl against each other to determine the top five.

The top 5 athletes will bowl a step ladder game to determine the final winner.

To watch the finals of this tournament on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. local time. go to CBS sports and see if the local ladies, Amber Wurz of Rohnert Park and Ashtyn Woods from Santa Rosa, reach the top five.

Jim Decker says, “This tournament is the highest and richest in money in the history of bowling.” “I am so honored to host this tournament and bring to Rohnert Park the U.S. Women’s Open Bowling Tournament.”

The total prize fund stands at $298,125. There will be 36 young ladies receiving money from #36 receiving $1,225 to the top five receiving #5, $12,000; #4 getting $15,000, #3 receiving $35,000; #2, $50,000 and the champion getting $100,000.


After an exciting few days of fast bowling at the Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, the top 2021 U.S. Women’s Open winner was Josie Barnes of Tennessee.  Barnes is a 33-year-old-right hander who defeated Singapore’s Cherie Tan to claim the largest prize check ever awarded at a professional women’s bowling event. The check was for $100,000.