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Big win in final game lifts consistent Josie Barnes past Cherie Tan into top seed for stepladder finals of 2021 U.S. Women's Open

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Monday, August 30, 2021 11:00 pm
The stepladder finalists for the 2021 U.S. Women's Open, left to right and first to fifth: Josie Barnes, Cherie Tan, Shannon Pluhowsky, Diana Zavjalova, Stephanie Zavala. Photo by PWBA.
Singapore’s Cherie Tan led most of the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open and entered the 56th and final game at Double Decker Lanes in Rohnert Park, California with a 65-pin lead over Josie Barnes. That meant Barnes needed to win the final game by 36 pins — each match play win was worth 30 bonus pins — to pass Tan. Barnes struck on five of her last six shots, including three in the 10th frame, to force Tan to throw a double of her own in the 10th to stay in first. But the...