DJ Archer Uses New-Found Confidence to Take PBA Players Championship Lead

by Bill Vint January 28, 2015 10:14

WAUWATOSA, Wis. – After 12 years and 159 tournaments before winning his first title, DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, put himself into position for a second Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Wednesday as the leader in the PBA Players Championship at AMF Bowlero.

Archer, 34, won his break-through title in the PBA Chameleon Championship during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in early November in Las Vegas, and used his new-found confidence to take the lead in the PBA Players Championship, winning seven of his first eight matches and averaging 244.25 to finish with 5,065 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins.

Archer will take a 42-pin lead over Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who is going through a similar career renaissance, into the final two rounds of match play Thursday. Australia’s Jason Belmonte was third with 4,997 pins followed by Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., with a 4,881 total and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., in fifth place with a 4,879 total.

“I have a lot of making up to do,” Archer said with a smile. “I feel more confident, more relaxed knowing I’ve been there. I know what the feeling (of winning a title) is.

“Tomorrow is going to be one of those days when I’m not going to worry about matches, but I’ll try to bowl 240 and see what happens. It’s just confidence bowling against these guys. If you’re relaxed, your ball reaction comes along.

“It’s very much the same way with Ronnie Russell right now,” Archer added. “I figure we’ll go back and forth tomorrow, and hopefully when the day is over, I’ll be in the same place. It’s kinda like a football game where the last team with the ball wins.”

In the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying which is being held concurrently with the Players Championship, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and his partner, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., combined for a 5,760 pinfall total – a composite 240 average – to maintain their lead with a 72-pin margin over Belmonte and his partner, Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., who finished with 5,688. The top 12 teams after 24 combined games advanced to the match play rounds which will be held Friday.

Williams and Smallwood are an “odd couple” pairing, considering the 55-year-old Williams favors a “straighter is greater” bowling style while Smallwood is a high-rev player who prefers to hook the ball a lot. Williams holds the PBA Tour record with 47 titles while Smallwood, 37, is a two-title winner, including the 2009 PBA World Championship.

“I haven’t been bowling that well the past couple of years so I was pleasantly surprised when (Smallwood) asked me to bowl with him,” said Williams, who hasn’t made a TV show since 2013 and hasn’t won a PBA Tour title since the 2010 USBC Masters. “We’re doing two different things, but we’re making it work. (Smallwood) is able to take advantage of the inside shot as the lane break down and I’m able to stay outside and stay effective there. We’re able to learn some things that we can both benefit from even though we’re playing two different parts of the lane.”

Smallwood said he was surprised that Walter Ray was still available as a doubles partner, so he jumped at the chance to bowl with the Tour’s all-time leader.

“I had already assumed he had a partner, but when I found out he was available I jumped at the opportunity,” Smallwood said. “When Walter Ray’s available you call him. It’s as simple as that.

“We’re basically playing in two different zip codes (on the lanes),” Smallwood added. “Even though we’re playing two different parts of the lane, our adjustments are still surprisingly similar, two boards here, two boards there. We’re just doing what we do best.”

The PBA Players Championship finalists will bowl their final two eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT, with the top five after 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The top 12 doubles teams will bowl two six-game match play rounds at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT on Friday. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and match play games, the top five teams will advance to the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions finals.

The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

All match play rounds of the Players Championship and PBA Doubles are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, and on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 28

Third Round Standings (after 20 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 6-2, 5,065.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5-2-1, 5,023.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-4-1, 4,997.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5-1-2, 4,881.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-3, 4,879.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4-4, 4,861.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-3, 4,841.
8, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 4-4, 4,808.
9, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 4,778.
10, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 2-5-1, 4,777.
11, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 2-5-1, 4,763.
12, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5-3, 4,750.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6-2, 4,741.
14, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5-2-1, 4,717.
15, Dom Barrett, England, 4-4, 4,704.
16, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-5, 4,689.
17, Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 4-4, 4,679.
18, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 3-5, 4,629.
19, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-4, 4,619.
20, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2-6, 4,594.
21, x-Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3-5, 4,567.
22, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2-5-1, 4,561.
23, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 4-4, 4,558.
24, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 3-5, 4,529.

Failed to advance (after 12 games)
25, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,728
26, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,723.
27, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,722.
28, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,721.
29, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,718.
30, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 2,717.
31, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,716.
32, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,714.
33 (tie), Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,713.
35, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,700.
36, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,699.
37, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 2,697.
38 (tie), Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,691.
40, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,689.
41, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 2,688.
42, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,684.
43, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,678.
44, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,676.
45, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 2,673.
46, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonowanda, N.Y., 2,671.
47, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,665.
48, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,664.
49, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,656.
50, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,647.
51, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,646.
52, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 2,645.
53, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,644.
54, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,641.
55, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,638.
56, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,632.
57, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2,629.
58, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, Calif., 2,628.
59, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,624.
60, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,623.
61 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2,616.
63, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 2,615.
64 (tie), John Furey, Freehold, N.J., and Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 2,613.
66, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,609.
67, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2,595.
68, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,591.
69, Paul Moor, England, 2,586.
70, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,579.
71, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,564.
72, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,563.
73, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,562.
74, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,561.
75, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2,557.
76, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 2,550.
77, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 2,490.
78, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,486.
79, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,472.
80, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 2,469.
81, Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 2,447.
82, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,434.
83, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 2,429.
84, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 2,417.
85, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,008.

x-McCune def. Fagan, 217-166 in roll-off to advance to match play

300 Games (2): Chris Loschetter, Stuart Williams.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Final Qualifying Standings (after 24 composite games; top 12 advance to match play)
1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,760.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia/Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,688.
3 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,627.
5, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 5,532.
6, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5,514.
7, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,490.
8, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,473.
9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J./Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,432.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,424.
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Brian Himmler, 5,413.
12, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 5,410.
Failed to advance:
13, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz./Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5,404.
14, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5,395.
15, John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y./John VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 5,377.
16, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,374.
17 (tie), Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas/Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich./Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5,372.
19, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa./Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,361.
20, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix/Stuart Williams, England, 5,348.
21, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash./EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,341.
22, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa./Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,336.
23 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa/Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich./Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 5,334.
25, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas/Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,327.
26, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio/Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 5,326.
27, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill./John Szczerbinski, Columbus, Ohio, 5,316.
29, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 5,312.
30, David Haynes, Las Vegas/Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,295.
31, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,267.
32, Blake DeMore, Springfield, Mo./Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 5,238.
33, Thomas Larsen, Denmark/Paul Moor, England, 5,195.
34, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga./John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 5,167.
35, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 5,151.
36, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas/Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 5,058.
37, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico/Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,898.
38, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (Koivuniemi withdrew, injury).

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PBA Central Leaders through January 28, 2015

by Bobby Jakel January 28, 2015 08:17

The PBA Challenge point leader from each region in the men’s and women’s divisions will earn a free entry into the World Series of Bowling VII and receive an invitation to compete in the PBA Challenge. The PBA Challenge will be held at the World Series of Bowling VII. The top two players in each division, after eight games of match play, will advance to an ESPN televised PBA Regional Tour Finals. PBA Challenge Point Leaders (Women’s Division) (January 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015) Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. PBA Challenge Point Leaders (Men’s Division) (January 1, 2015 – September 30, 2015) Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 25,000 2. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 25,000 3. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 19,249 4. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 19,249 5. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 15,398 2015 Points Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Points 1. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 25,000 2. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 25,000 3. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 19,249 4. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 19,249 5. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 15,398 6. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 1 13,097 7. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 1 13,097 8. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 1 11,054 9. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 11,054 10. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 1 9,822 11. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 1 9,822 12. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 1 8,863 13. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 8,096 14. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 1 8,096 15. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 1 6,668 16. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 1 6,668 17. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 1 5,702 18. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 5,322 19. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y. 1 4,993 20. Kent, Doug M. - Newark, N.Y. 1 4,993 21. Bigelow, Kyle - Troy, Ohio 1 4,705 22. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa. 1 4,705 23. Profitt, Ron (s) - Brookville, Ohio 1 4,451 24. Billings, Dean (s) - Rootstown, Ohio 1 4,225 25. Ventura, Sammy (s) - Syracuse, N.Y. 1 4,023 26. Angelo, Brad - Lockport, N.Y. 1 4,023 27. Jordon, Kelly - Marion, Ohio 1 3,841 28. Brown, Richie (s) - Marion, Ohio 1 3,841 29. Novak, Brandon - Chillicothe, Ohio 1 3,677 30. Buckley, Roy (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 3,677 31. Book, Todd - Russells Point, Ohio 1 3,527 32. Llaneza, Michael (s) - Columbus, Ohio 1 3,527 33. Wunderlich, Jason - Homestead, Pa 1 3,390 34. Nesbit, Richard (s) - Pittsburgh 1 3,390 35. Zakrajsek, Rick (s) - Lorain, Ohio 1 3,265 36. Nicodemus, Brian - Akron, Ind. 1 3,265 37. Touhey, John - Miamisburg, Ohio 1 3,149 38. Harris, Brandon - North Canton, Ohio 1 3,043 39. Pallas, Harv (s) - Stevensville, Mich. 1 3,043 40. Easterday, Steve (s) - Strasburg, Ohio 1 2,944 41. Gran, Dick (s) - Hartville, Ohio 1 2,852 42. McCune, Eugene - Munster, Ind. 1 2,852 43. Durbin, Jr. Paul - Ellwood City, Pa. 1 2,766 44. Briggs, Dennis (s) - New Galilee, Pa. 1 2,766 45. Richardson, Bill - Daniels, W. Va. 1 2,541 46. Toney, Charlie (s) - Oak Hill, W.Va. 1 2,541 47. Toney, Wes - Oak Hill, WV 1 2,355 48. Shreve Sr., John H. (s) - Sheffield Villag 1 2,300 49. Dilyard, Jim (s) - Burbank, Ohio 1 2,247 50. Johnson, Tony - Canton, Ohio 1 2,247 51. Verble, Larry - Mason, Mich. 1 2,198 52. Michalojko, Robert (s) - Pittsburgh 1 2,198 53. Goodwill, Craig (s) - Jefferson Hills, PA 1 2,151 54. Cygnarowicz, Chad - Robinson Township, Pa. 1 2,151 55. Robinson, Brian - Morgantown, W.Va. 1 2,106 56. Zwiezinski, Gary (s) - Elyria, Ohio 1 2,106 57. Alman, R.J. (s) - Murrysville, Pa. 1 2,022 58. Bowman, Anthony - Georgetown, KY 1 1,981 59. Popp, Larry (s) - Marion, Ohio 1 1,981 60. Akins, Chad - Northfield, Ohio 1 1,943 61. Holgate, Dale W (s) - Silver Lake, Ohio 1 1,943 2015 Earnings Pos. Name - Hometown #Events Earnings 1. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 $2,000.00 2. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 $2,000.00 3. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 $1,000.00 4. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 $1,000.00 5. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 1 $800.00 6. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 $800.00 7. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 1 $800.00 8. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 1 $600.00 9. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 1 $600.00 10. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 1 $600.00 11. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 1 $600.00 12. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 $600.00 13. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 1 $600.00 14. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 $600.00 15. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 1 $500.00 16. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 1 $500.00 17. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 $500.00 18. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 1 $500.00 19. Bigelow, Kyle - Troy, Ohio 1 $400.00 20. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y. 1 $400.00 21. Kent, Doug M. - Newark, N.Y. 1 $400.00 22. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa. 1 $400.00 2015 Average (minimum 8 games) Pos. Name - Hometown #Games Average 1. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 12 241.25 2. Kent, Doug M. - Newark, N.Y. 8 240.25 3. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 11 233.64 4. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 11 233.09 5. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 17 232.29 6. Nicodemus, Brian - Akron, Ind. 8 232.00 7. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 15 230.87 8. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 15 230.07 9. Brown, Richie (s) - Marion, Ohio 8 229.63 10. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 13 228.92 11. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 20 227.55 12. Book, Todd - Russells Point, Ohio 8 227.25 13. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 15 226.93 14. Wunderlich, Jason - Homestead, Pa 8 226.88 15. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 20 224.05 16. Angelo, Brad - Lockport, N.Y. 8 224.00 17. Harris, Brandon - North Canton, Ohio 8 223.38 18. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 15 222.40 19. Touhey, John - Miamisburg, Ohio 8 222.00 20. Robinson, Brian - Morgantown, W.Va. 8 220.13 21. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 11 218.91 22. Bigelow, Kyle - Troy, Ohio 8 218.75 23. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 18 218.11 24. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 12 217.67 25. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 17 216.82 26. Novak, Brandon - Chillicothe, Ohio 8 215.63 27. Easterday, Steve (s) - Strasburg, Ohio 8 215.25 28. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 12 215.17 29. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa. 8 214.50 30. Durbin, Jr. Paul - Ellwood City, Pa. 8 214.13 31. Buckley, Roy (s) - Westerville, Ohio 8 214.13 32. Richardson, Bill - Daniels, W. Va. 8 212.13 33. Billings, Dean (s) - Rootstown, Ohio 8 211.25 34. Profitt, Ron (s) - Brookville, Ohio 8 210.13 35. McCune, Eugene - Munster, Ind. 8 209.63 36. Gran, Dick (s) - Hartville, Ohio 8 209.25 37. Ventura, Sammy (s) - Syracuse, N.Y. 8 208.63 38. Cygnarowicz, Chad - Robinson Township, Pa. 8 207.88 39. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 12 204.75 40. Briggs, Dennis (s) - New Galilee, Pa. 8 203.50 41. Llaneza, Michael (s) - Columbus, Ohio 8 202.13 42. Jordon, Kelly - Marion, Ohio 8 201.88 43. Nesbit, Richard (s) - Pittsburgh 8 200.88 44. Verble, Larry - Mason, Mich. 8 200.75 45. Toney, Wes - Oak Hill, WV 8 200.63 46. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 13 199.00 47. Johnson, Tony - Canton, Ohio 8 198.00 48. Pallas, Harv (s) - Stevensville, Mich. 8 196.88 49. Popp, Larry (s) - Marion, Ohio 8 196.38 50. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y. 8 194.00 51. Shreve Sr., John H. (s) - Sheffield Villag 8 193.75 52. Dilyard, Jim (s) - Burbank, Ohio 8 193.25 53. Zakrajsek, Rick (s) - Lorain, Ohio 8 192.25 54. Toney, Charlie (s) - Oak Hill, W.Va. 8 191.88 55. Akins, Chad - Northfield, Ohio 8 190.00 2015 Cashes Pos. Name - Hometown #Cashes Events % 1. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 1 1 100.00 2. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 1 1 100.00 3. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 1 1 100.00 4. Bigelow, Kyle - Troy, Ohio 1 1 100.00 5. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 1 1 100.00 6. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 1 1 100.00 7. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 1 1 100.00 8. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 1 100.00 9. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 1 100.00 10. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 1 1 100.00 11. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 1 100.00 12. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 1 1 100.00 13. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 1 1 100.00 14. Tryniski, Michael (s) - Fulton, N.Y. 1 1 100.00 15. Kent, Doug M. - Newark, N.Y. 1 1 100.00 16. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 1 100.00 17. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 1 1 100.00 18. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 1 100.00 19. Zaffino, Jeff (s) - Warren, Pa. 1 1 100.00 20. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 1 100.00 21. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 1 100.00 22. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 1 100.00 2015 Finals Pos. Name - Hometown #Finals Events % 1. Johnson, Dave (s) - Ashtabula, Ohio 1 1 100.00 2. Segura Jr., Ernie (s) - Taylor, Mich. 1 1 100.00 3. Conner, Josh - Columbus, Ohio 1 1 100.00 4. Raymond, J.R. - Bay City, Mich. 1 1 100.00 5. White, Matt - Warren, Pa. 1 1 100.00 6. Csuhta, Dale (s) - Wadsworth, Ohio 1 1 100.00 7. Sterner, Jason - Covington, Ga. 1 1 100.00 8. Pencak, Jim (s) - Parma, Ohio 1 1 100.00 9. Tucker, Mike (s) - Concord, N.c. 1 1 100.00 10. Scarborough, Joe B. (s) - Charlotte, N.C. 1 1 100.00 11. Textor, Ray (s) - Kennedy, N.Y. 1 1 100.00 12. Wodka, Dave - Henderson, Nev. 1 1 100.00 13. Bohn III, Parker (s) - Jackson, N.J. 1 1 100.00 14. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C. 1 1 100.00 15. Allen, Patrick - Sewell, N.J. 1 1 100.00 16. McCorkle, Bill (s) - Westerville, Ohio 1 1 100.00 17. Henry, Michael (s) - Brunswick, Ohio 1 1 100.00 18. Dombrowski, Patrick - Parma, Ohio 1 1 100.00 2015 Champions Legend Lanes, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Over/Under Doubles) - Parker Bohn III/Patrick Allen
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Belmonte Takes Lead in Players Championship, Smallwood and Williams Maintain Doubles Lead After Wednesday’s Early Round

by Bill Vint January 28, 2015 04:40

After Wednesday morning’s round in the PBA Players Championship two-time reigning Player of the Year Jason Belmonte surged into the lead and led a field of 24 players who advanced to the first PBA Players Championship match play round which gets underway this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. ET at AMF Bowlero Lanes.

Belmonte finished qualifying with a 2,972 12-game pinfall averaging 247.67. The 10-time Tour titlist who just earned his second consecutive Player of the Year crown holds a 22-pin lead over DJ Archer who won his first PBA Tour title in the recent Chameleon Championship.

In the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship qualifying which is being held concurrently with the Players Championship, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and his partner, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., combined for a 5,760 pinfall total – a composite 240 average – to maintain their lead with a 72-pin margin over Belmonte and his partner, Bill O’Neill, who finished with 5,688.

“I haven’t been bowling that well the past couple of years so I was pleasantly surprised he (Smallwood) asked me,” Williams said. “We’re doing two different things but we’re making it work. He’s able to take advantage of the inside shot as the lane break down and I’m able to stay outside and stay effective there.” We’re able to learn some things that we can both benefit from even though we’re playing two different parts of the lane.”

Smallwood, who was nearly as surprised that Walter Ray was still available as a doubles partner jumped at the chance to bowl with the Tour’s all-time leader.

“I had already assumed he had a partner but when I found out he was available I jumped at the opportunity,” Smallwood said. “When Walter Ray’s available you call him, it’s as simple as that.

“We’re basically playing in two different zip codes,” Smallwood said. “Even though we’re playing two different parts of the lane, our adjustments are still surprisingly similar, two boards here, two boards there. We’re just doing what we do best.”

After this afternoon’s Players Championship match play round players will return Thursday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. ET, with the top five after 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The top 12 teams will bowl two six-game match play rounds at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET on Friday. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and match play games, the top five teams will advance to the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions finals.

The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

PBA Players Championship Standings After 12 Games

Top 24 advanced to match play

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,972.
2, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,950.
3, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,915.
4, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,914.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,881.
6, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 2,858.
7, Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 2,854.
8, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,845.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,845.
10, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 2,829.
11, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,790.
12, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 2,775.
13, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,773.
14, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,763.
15, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,761.
16, Dom Barrett, England, 2,759.
17, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2,757.
17, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,757.
19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,746.
20, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,739.
21, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2,734.
22, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,733.
23, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 2,732.
24, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,728.

McCune def. Fagan, 217-166 in roll-off to advance to match play

Failed to advance

24, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,728
26, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,723.
27, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,722.
28, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,721.
29, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,718.
30, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 2,717.
31, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,716.
32, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,714.
33, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,713.
33, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,713.
35, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,700.
36, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,699.
37, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,697.
38, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,691.
38, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,691.
40, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,689.
41, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 2,688.
42, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,684.
43, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,678.
44, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,676.
45, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 2,673.
46, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,671.
47, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,665.
48, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,664.
49, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,656.
50, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,647.
51, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,646.
52, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 2,645.
53, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,644.
54, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,641.
55, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,638.
56, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,632.
57, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2,629.
58, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, Calif., 2,628.
59, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,624.
60, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,623.
61, Stuart Williams, England, 2,616.
61, John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2,616.
63, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 2,615.
64, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,613.
64, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 2,613.
66, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,609.
67, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2,595.
68, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,591.
69, Paul Moor, England, 2,586.
70, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,579.
71, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,564.
72, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,563.
73, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,562.
74, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,561.
75, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2,557.
76, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 2,550.
77, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 2,490.
78, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,486.
79, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,472.
80, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 2,469.
81, Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 2,447.
82, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,434.
83, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 2,429.
84, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 2,417.
85, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,008.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Final Qualifying Standings (after 24 combined games, top 12 advance to match play)

1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,760.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia/Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,688.
3 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,627.
5, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 5,532.
6, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5,514.
7, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,490.
8, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,473.
9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J./Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,432.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,424.
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Brian Himmler, 5,413.
12, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 5,410.

Failed to advance:

13, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz./Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5,404.
14, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5,395.
15, John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y./John VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 5,377.
16, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,374.
17 (tie), Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas/Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich./Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5,372.
19, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa./Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,361.
20, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix/Stuart Williams, England, 5,348.
21, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash./EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,341.
22, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa./Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,336.
23 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa/Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich./Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 5,334.
25, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas/Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,327.
26, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio/Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 5,326.
27, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill./John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 5,316.
29, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 5,312.
30, David Haynes, Las Vegas/Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,295.
31, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,267.
32, Blake DeMore, Springfield, Mo./Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 5,238.
33, Thomas Larsen, Denmark/Paul Moor, England, 5,195.
34, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga./John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 5,167.
35, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 5,151.
36, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas/Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 5,058.
37, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico/Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,898.
38, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (Koivuniemi withdrew, injury).

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Red-Hot Russell Rolls into PBA Players Championship Lead; Williams-Smallwood Duo Top Doubles Standings

by Jerry Schneider January 27, 2015 08:45

WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., arguably the hottest player on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, caught fire after an opening 212 game and rolled into the first round lead in the PBA Players Championship Tuesday at AMF Bowlero.

Russell, who is trying for his third PBA Tour title, finished the eight-game opening round with games of 268, 289, 259, 234, 247, 238 and 269 for a 2,016 pinfall total – a 252 average – and a 35-pin lead over DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas. Newly-crowned PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who threw one of the eight 300 games bowled during the opening round, was third with 1,964 pins.

Russell, a 35-year-old, 11-year PBA Tour veteran, is coming off a stellar year when he won the PBA Bear Open and was the only player to qualify for three television shows during the recent GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. He said his hot streak is a matter of confidence and relaxation.

“I’m just throwing it and taking full advantage of it over everything,” he said. “I’m very loose. I feel good. I’m enjoying bowling. I threw 212 the first game, but I didn’t panic. I just kept throwing it, figured it out and pins started falling.

“The players out here are so good, if you start putting expectations on yourself, you’re going to get yourself in trouble,” he said. ““I’m just letting things happen.”

In the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying which is being held concurrently with the Players Championship, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and his partner, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., combined for 3,855 pins – a composite 240.94 average – to take a 56-pin lead over Russell and his partner, Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, who finished with 3,799 pins.

The final four games of Players Championship and Roth/Holman Doubles qualifying will take place at 8 a.m. CT Wednesday, with the top 24 individuals and top 12 doubles teams advancing to match play. Players Championship finalists will bowl three eight-game match play rounds Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the top five after 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The top 12 teams will bowl two six-game, Baker format match play rounds at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT on Friday. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and Baker games, the top five teams will advance to the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions finals.

The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the Players Championship and PBA Doubles are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP
AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 17

First Round (after 8 games)

1, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,016.
2, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,981.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,964.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,943.
5, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,920.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,912.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 1,889.
8, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,886.
9, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,876.
9, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,876.
11, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,875.
12, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,874.
13, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,863.
14, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 1,859.
15, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,858.
16, Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 1,857.
17, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,852.
18, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,850.
19, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 1,849.
20, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,844.
21, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,841.
22, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,830.
23 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,829.
25, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,824.
26, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,819.
27, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,816.
28, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,811.
29, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,810.
30, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,809.
31 (tie), Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,807.
33, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,806.
34 (tie), Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,799.
36, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonowanda, N.Y., 1,798.
37, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,792.
38, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,790.
39, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,783.
40, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,779.
41, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,775.
42, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,774.
43, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, Calif., 1,770.
44, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,768.
45, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,767.
46, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,763.
47 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,761.
49 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas; Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,760.
52, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,752.
53, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,745.
54, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,743.
55, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,742.
56, Paul Moor, England, 1,741.
57, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,740.
58, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,733.
59, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 1,728.
60, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,717.
61, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,716.
62 (tie), J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., and John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,713.
64, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,712.
65 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,711.
67, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,710.
68, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,704.
69 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,702.
71 (tie), Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,694.
73, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,688.
74, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,680.
75, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,668.
76, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,660.
77, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,647.
78 (tie), Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,643.
80, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,639.
81, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,632.
82, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,630.
83, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,627.
84, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,606.
85, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,599.

300 Games (8): Mike Fagan, Dave Wodka, Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Josh Blanchard, Brian Himmler, Chad Roberts.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

First Round (after 16 composite games)
1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,855.
2, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,799.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia/Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,709.
4, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,692.
5, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 3,683.
6, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz./Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,649.
7 (tie), Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Jonathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,634.
9, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich./Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,633.
10, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas/Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,628.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,619.
12, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill./John Szczerbinski, Columbus, Ohio, 3,608.
13, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 3,599.
14, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,591.
15, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,585.
16, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla./Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,583.
17, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa./John Furrey, Freehold, N.J., 3,574.
18, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash./EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,569.
19, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix/Stuart Williams, England, 3,560.
20, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich./Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,558.
21, Thomas Larsen, Denmark/Paul Moor, England, 3,533.
22 (tie), John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y./John VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., and Mike Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,532.
24, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,522.
25, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas/Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,521.
26, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa./Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,518.
27, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio/Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,517.
29, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa/Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,515.
30, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,495.
31 (tie), Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas/Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, and David Haynes, Las Vegas/Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3,478.
33, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,456.
34, Blake DeMore, Springfield, Mo./Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 3,443.
35, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J./Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,414.
36, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,412.
37, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,374.
38, Julio Cesar Blancas/Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,246.

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Australia’s Jason Belmonte Wins Second Consecutive Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award

by Bill Vint January 26, 2015 10:22

MILWAUKEE -- With another outstanding record in 2014 PBA Tour major championships, Australian two-handed competitor Jason Belmonte picked up where he left off in 2012-13 to earn his second consecutive GEICO Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year award.

Belmonte, along 2014 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash.; Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner Brett Spangler of Niles, Ohio, and Tony Reyes PBA Community Service Award winner Missy Parkin of Laguna Hills, Calif., were recognized during a presentation webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel Monday in advance of the PBA Players Championship/Mark Roth–Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship preliminary rounds which get underway Tuesday at AMF Bowlero in suburban Milwaukee.

An overwhelming winner in balloting among his fellow competitors and a panel of veteran bowling journalists over Mike Fagan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., Belmonte won three PBA Tour titles in 2014 including back-to-back majors in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions and United States Bowling Congress Masters. He also won the Oklahoma Open during the Grand Casino Resort Summer Swing, and led the PBA Tour in earnings ($163,788), average (226.71) and competition points (136,454).

He is the only two-handed player to win the PBA Player of the Year award. He joined Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli (1989 and ’90) as the second international player to win PBA Player of the Year honors in back-to-back years, and he joined Monacelli and Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi as the third foreign-born player to win PBA’s highest annual honor twice. Belmonte is the sixth player to win the POY award in consecutive years. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Earl Anthony (twice) and Mark Roth all won the honor three years in a row.

During the 2014 season, Belmonte defeated Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, with a strike on his last shot to win the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions by a single pin in January at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich., 219-218. A month later, he defeated top qualifier EJ Tackett of Huntingon, Ind., 221-177, to become the third player to win back-to-back Masters titles, joining Hall of Famers Billy Welu (1964 and 1965) and Dick Hoover (1956 and 1957) in that exclusive club. The 31-year-old Australian then won four straight matches on a demanding Bear lane condition to win the Oklahoma Open, defeating Tackett in the title match, 193-145, for his 10th career title.

“The PBA boasts the best bowlers in the world and we aspire to be the best of the best,” Belmonte said. “To be standing here, holding this award again, is very special.

“I don’t put myself in the category of the other guys who have won Player of the Year back-to-back,” he added, “but one day I hope I can join that elite group.

“I also want to thank the haters,” Belmonte said of those who criticize his two-handed style. “It seems like the more you hate, the better I bowl, so keep it up.”

Kent, one of the Tour’s top young stars at age 23, won the Saudi Arabia Kingdom International Open in December for first PBA Tour title. He defeated Sweden’s Martin Larsen, 257-206, in championship match. Prior to joining the PBA in the summer of 2014, Kent won the Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, as an amateur.

Kent, a former collegiate star at Robert Morris-Illinois University, also finished fourth in the Badger Open, his first television appearance as a PBA member, losing to Brian Valenta in the second stepladder match, 236-165. He dominated PBA rookies for the season, earning $32,528 and averaging 217.03 in only a half season as a professional.

“(Winning Rookie of the Year) was the main goal when I joined and to be able to accomplish that feels great,” Kent said. “It’s an honor and a privilege, and to get my first title, too, makes it even better. It was just in time for me to bowl in the 50th anniversary PBA Tournament of Champions.”

Also during the Xtra Frame webcast, PBA awarded its prestigious Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award, selected by PBA Tour players, to Brent Spangler of Niles, Ohio. The 33-year-old, nine-year PBA member has gained the respect and admiration of his fellow competitors not only on the lanes, but for his help as a representative for MOTIV bowling balls.

“Winning (the Nagy award) was a surprise. Actually, being nominated was a surprise,” Spangler said. “I’ve worked really hard on my physical game in order to become competitive, but the thing I really wanted to do when I came out on tour was to exemplify the principles I believe in – being nice to other people, earning respect, that kind of thing. I guess at least some people took notice.”

In Nagy voting among PBA Tour players, Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., and four-time Nagy winner Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., tied for second place behind Spangler.

Established in 1966, the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award is named after the late PBA Hall of Famer and founding members of the PBA. A colorful and talented performer, Nagy made such an impact on his fellow pros that the award was established shortly after his death.

Parkin, a three-time PBA Regional titlist, earned the second Tony Reyes Award which recognizes a PBA member for outstanding community service, charitable and/or educational contributions over the course of a PBA Tour season. The first woman to join the PBA when the opportunity became available in 2004, Parkin was recognized largely for her work in organizing the Baby Reesa Foundation fundraiser which supports families with children born with Krabbe Disease and has raised more than $20,000.

Parkin is a staunch supporter of the sport, serving as a volunteer USA Bowling and Junior Gold instructor. She regularly donates her time organizing other charity bowling tournaments. She also provides autographed jerseys, bowling balls and photos that are auctioned for charities such as BVL, Ronald McDonald Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

”I’m very surprised,” Parkin said. “Just the fact that the award is named after Tony makes it very special. He was a special guy. His smile would light up any room he walked into. To receive an award named for him is such an honor.”

The Reyes award is named after the popular PBA Tour titlist who died in September 2012 of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near his home in San Bruno, Calif. Parker Bohn III was the first Tony Reyes award recipient in 2014.

For a complete list of PBA Players of the Year, click here: http://news.pba.com/post/2014/01/17/Australiae28099s-Jason-Belmonte-Named-2012-13-Chris-Schenkel-PBA-Player-of-the-Year.aspx

For a complete list of PBA Rookies of the Year, click here: http://news.pba.com/page/Harry-Golden-PBA-Rookie-of-the-Year-Award.aspx

For a complete list of Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winners, click here: http://news.pba.com/page/Steve-Nagy-Sportsmanship-Award.aspx

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