USBC Queens

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The USBC Queens is an annual ten-pin bowling event for amateur and professional female bowlers, sanctioned by the United States Bowling Congress. The event is one of four women's professional majors since the PWBA tour returned in 2015 and the female equivalent of the USBC Masters, now one of the four majors on the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour.

The USBC Queens made its debut in 1961, as a companion to the Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC) National Tournament.[1] It was known as the WIBC Queens from 1961-2004, until the WIBC became a part of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) on January 1, 2005. The tournament is part of the World Bowling Tour, annually attracting a field of hundreds of the top bowlers from around the world.[2]

The format for the USBC Queens tournament is similar to the USBC Masters. All entrants bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days. The top 63 qualifiers plus the previous year's champion then bowl match play. Match play consists of three-game, total-pinfall matches in a double-elimination format. The last five remaining players take part in the televised finals.[2]

Ten bowlers have won at least two USBC Queens titles, with only two winning three times: Millie Ignizio (Martorella) (1967, 1970, 1971) and Wendy Macpherson (1988, 2000, 2003). Both bowlers are now in the USBC Hall of Fame.

USBC Queens History[edit]

2018 Event[edit]

The 2018 USBC Queens tournament was held May 17-22 in Reno, Nevada. The tournament had 191 total entries and a $153,000 prize fund, with a $20,000 top prize. A five-player stepladder format was used for the live televised finals on May 22.[3]

  • Match 1: (4) Stefanie Johnson def. (5) Amanda Fry, 200–172
  • Match 2: (3) Liz Johnson def. Stefanie Johnson, 232–212
  • Semifinals: (2) Shannon O'Keefe def. Liz Johnson, 247–224
  • Finals: Shannon O'Keefe def. (1) Bryanna Coté, 221–189

Final Standings:
1. Shannon O'Keefe (O'Fallon, Illinois) – $20,000
2. Bryanna Coté (Red Rock, Arizona) – $11,000
3. Liz Johnson (Palatine, Illinois) – $8,000
4. Stefanie Johnson (McKinney, Texas) – $6,500
5. Amanda Fry (Antelope, California) – $5,000

Past Champions[edit]


  1. ^ USBC Queens has rich history. Article at, April 14, 2008[dead link]
  2. ^ a b Official Queens website
  3. ^ "O'Keefe wins 2018 USBC Queens". May 22, 2018. Retrieved May 24, 2018.