PBA South Region Leaders through April 3, 2011

by Harry O'Neale April 6, 2011 14:06
2012 Dick Weber PBA Playoff Points (PBA South Region Pod)
Pos. Name - Hometown                       #Events  Points
  1. Collins, Christopher R. - Savannah, Ga.     5  73,169
  2. Weiss, Randy M. - Columbia, S.C.            4  46,832
  3. Sterner, Jason - McDonough, Ga.             4  46,448
  4. Baker, Tom (s) - King, N.C.                 3  42,600
  5. Horton, Ronnie B - Christiansburg, Va.      4  41,854
  6. McSwain, Christopher - Kings Mountain, N.C  4  40,302
  7. Newell, Scott - Deland, Fla.                5  39,556
  8. Troup, Kyle - Taylorsville, N.C.            3  38,396
  9. Roberts, Kip D. - Glenallen, Va.            3  30,207
 10. Baker, Stoney - Canton, Ga.                 3  26,873
 11. Faulkner, Gary E. - Norfolk, Va.            3  22,837
 12. Taylor, Steve - Madison Heights, Va.        2  19,876
 13. McKee, Shawn - Mooresville, N.C.            3  18,324
 14. Gomez, Andres - Colombia                    2  17,332
 15. Ramos, Erik - Winter Springs, Fla.          2  17,332
 16. Tapia, Javier - Red Springs, N.C.           2  14,370
 17. Mack, Tim - Indianapolis                    1  14,143
 18. Taylor, Matt - Knightdale, N.C.             3  12,591
 19. Minar, Rusty - Atlanta                      3  12,589
 20. Campbell, Donald - Stuarts Draft, Va.       1  12,212
 21. Martin, David W (s) - Chesapeake, Va.       3  12,031
 22. McDonnell, Mike - Chesterfield, Va          3  11,980
 23. O'Sullivan, David - Orlando, Fla.           4  11,589
 24. Vanderhoef, Lee - Greenville, S.C.          2  11,511
 25. Keller, Jeff - Chesapeake, Va.              3  11,347
 26. Chambliss, Josh - Charleston, S.C.          2  11,159
 27. Graham, Rick - Lancaster, Pa.               1  11,054
 28. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C.          3  10,614
 29. Pomatto, Allan - Goose Creek, S.C.          4  10,493
 30. Kneas, David (s) - Annapolis, Md.           1  10,397
 31. Eiker, James - Orlando, Fla.                1  10,254
 32. Holmes Jr., Richard - Midland, Va.          4  10,223
 33. Herndon, Earl (s) - Richmond, Va.           1   9,822
 34. Beeson, Richard - Lexington, N.C.           4   9,700
 35. Wall III, Thomas - Fayetteville, N.C.       4   9,317
 36. Roberts, James - Richmond, Va.              2   9,296
 37. Freiberg, Matt - Simpsonville, S.C.         3   8,882
 38. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C.            3   8,714
 39. Hanson, Craig - Orlando, Fla.               2   8,575
 40. Han, Dave - Orlando, Fla.                   2   8,385
 41. Miller, Adam - Charlotte, N.C.              5   8,160
 42. Dodd, Gary - Portsmouth, Va.                2   8,047
 43. Brown, Eric - Fayetteville, N.C.            4   7,497
 44. Waldeck, John (s) - Mechancisville, Va.     2   7,465
 45. Buford, Justin - Winston-Salem, N.C.        1   7,296
 46. Campbell, Jeffrey - Newport News, Va        1   6,668
 47. Simard, Ken - Greenville, S.C.              1   6,668
 48. Lynch, Michael - Rocky Mount, N.C.          2   6,549
 49. Horsley, Richard - Cary, N.C.               2   6,395
 50. Wiggins, Kelvin - Rocky Mt., N.C.           2   6,083
 51. Daugherty, Tom - Wesley Chapel, Fla.        1   5,745
 52. Bolin, Wayne (s) - Lumberton, N.C.          2   5,616
 53. Wall, Michael - Fayetteville, N.C.          3   5,540
 54. Evans, Shawn M - Satellite Beach, Fla.      1   5,515
 55. Lord, George E. (s) - Lakeland, Fla.        1   5,505
 56. Morris, Deric - Warner Robins, Ga.          4   5,435
 57. Pickett, Kevin (s) - Mechanicsville, Va     1   5,322
 58. Bowlin, Johnathan Lee - Lincolnton, N.C.    2   5,322
 59. Gallo Jr., Frank (s) - Jacksonville, Fla.   2   5,236
 60. Arehart, Steven - Chesapeake, Va.           5   5,231
 61. Nichols, Keith A. - Englewood, Fla.         1   5,203
 62. Langton, Richard N - Tallahassee, Fla.      2   5,145
 63. Rice, A.J. - Salem, Ala.                    1   5,109
 64. Schneider, Ken - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.   2   5,109
 65. Sanders, Malcolm - Taylors, S.C.            2   4,993
 66. May, John W. - Lincolnton, N.C.             1   4,844
 67. Ford, Joseph - Jacksonville, Fla.           1   4,752
 68. Price, Jim (s) - Harrrisburg, N.C.          2   4,705
 69. Baskett, John P. - Palm Coast, Fla.         4   4,633
 70. Decman, Mark - Canada                       1   4,574
 71. Carico, Adam - Galax, Va.                   3   4,562
 72. Jordan, Dakota - Andersen, S.C.             1   4,451
 73. Johnson, Chris - Nashville, N.C.            1   4,444
 74. Taylor, David - Largo, Fla.                 2   4,444
 75. Jones, JJ - Anthony, Fla                    1   4,305
 76. Karsnak, Glenn Allen (s) - New Castle, Pa.  1   4,305
 77. Bohlman, Jerry - Milton, Fla.               3   4,228
 78. Ness, Jack - Gastonia, N.C.                 2   4,225
 79. Glockner, Julius (s) - Raeford, N.C.        1   4,174
 80. Kossert, Roger (s) - Lithia, Fla.           1   4,174
 81. Oelkers, Rick (s) - Douglas, Ga             1   4,051
 82. Farrow Jr., Andrew - Anderson, S.C.         1   4,023
 83. Morgan, Gary (s) - Atlanta                  2   3,966
 84. Miller, Courtney - Charleston, S.C.         3   3,701
 85. Burden, Matt S. - Anderson, S.C.            2   3,677
 86. Petrello, Anthony - Virginia Beach, Va.     1   3,672
 87. Edwards, Ray J. - Middle Island, N.Y.       1   3,672
 88. Croinex, Neil P - Port Orange, Fla.         2   3,623
 89. Cox, Glenn (s) - Richmond, Va.              1   3,530
 90. Pickford, Mark (s) - Charlotte, N.C.        1   3,357
 91. Thomas, Travis - Lumberton, N.C.            2   3,337
 92. Chmura, Richard - Lumberton, N.C.           1   3,277
 93. Rand, Thad - Rapidan, Va                    1   3,200
 94. Belau, Rob - Virginia Beach, Va.            3   3,115
 95. Nealon, Jack (s) - Bowie, Md.               1   3,057
 96. Spoor, Craig - Dunnsville, Va               1   2,865
 97. Mann, Lou - Orlando, Fla.                   1   2,865
 98. Chiriboga, Ivo Raul - Miami                 2   2,829
 99. Troche, Justin - Hope Mills, N.C.           1   2,806
100. Heath, Michael - Chesapeake, Va.            1   2,806
101. Reich, Ed - Biloxi, Miss.                   2   2,695
102. Osteen, Brian - Boiling Springs, S.C.       1   2,643
103. Frye, B.C. (s) - Tampa, Fla.                2   2,643
104. Cudia Jr., Joseph F. - Toms River, N.J.     1   2,643
105. Collins, Marcus L - Winston-Salem, N.C.     1   2,593
106. Hastings, Mike (s) - Millsboro, Del.        1   2,568
107. Hatfield Jr., James - Virginia Beach, Va.   1   2,568
108. Tenan Jr, William Ed (s) - Hayes, Va.       2   2,497
109. Lord, James - Fort Mill, S.C.               2   2,497
110. Tenan, Travis - Gloucester, Va.             2   2,408
111. Clark, Brandon - Windsor, Va.               1   2,366
112. Florie Jr, Victor - Richmond, Va.           1   2,366
113. Wilson, Todd (s) - Summerfield, N.C.        1   2,325
114. Stancil, Tim (s) - Fremont, N.C.            1   2,286
115. Goosney, Lawrence (s) - Calabash, N.C.      1   2,267
116. Sprouse, Barry (s) - Hampton, Va.           1   2,248
117. Valentine Jr., John A. (s) - Cape Coral, F  1   2,248
118. Rucker, Lee (s) - Fort Myers, Fla.          2   2,211
119. Gray Jr., Frank H. - North East, Md.        1   2,211
120. Gifford, James (s) - Portsmouth, Va.        1   2,175
121. Campbell, Thomas - Fishersville, Va.        1   2,141
122. Hamilton, Chip - Bowie, Md                  1   2,108
123. Stanley II, Clifford - Virginia Beach, Va.  1   2,045
124. Berke, Marty (s) - Allentown, Pa.           1   2,045
125. Godwin, Wes - Sebring, Fla.                 1   2,045
126. Johnson, Robin C (s) - Quinton, Va          1   1,984
127. Kuzmicki, Vince - Miami, Fla.               2   1,942
128. Smith, Bill (s) - St Stephens Church, Va    1   1,927
129. Ward, Matt - Battleboro, N.C.               1   1,900
130. Cooper, Dennis C. (s) - Hampton, Va.        1   1,847
131. Garrett, Chris - Greenville, S.C..          2   1,774
132. Terwilliger, Rusty - Portsmouth, Va.        1   1,774
133. McNear, Mark - Altamonte Springs, Fla.      1   1,728
134. Adams Jr, J.R. - Gloucester, Va             1   1,706
135. Serino, Nicholas Craig (s) - Simpsonville,  1   1,663
136. Butler, TJ - Wilmington, N.C.               1   1,642
137. Tuttle, Donna - King, N.C.                  1   1,537
138. Schrum, Jeff (s) - Cherryville, N.C.        1   1,511
139. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C.          2   1,469
140. Monks, Adam - San Diego                     1   1,445
141. Paciocco, Michael - Gastonia, N.C.          2   1,370
142. Graham Sr., Michael (s) - Suffolk, Va.      1   1,335
143. Cruz, Joey (s) - Gloucester, Va.            1   1,289
144. Seals, Zachary - Kingsland, Ga.             3   1,252
145. Langford, Mark - Gastonia, N.C.             2   1,240
146. Tesch Jr., James - Gervais, Ore.            2   1,205
147. Huff, Mark (s) - Columbia, S.C.             1   1,194
148. Price, Donnie - Vale, N.C.                  1   1,183
149. Toyne, Jeff - Fort Mill, S.C.               2   1,111
150. Foucher, D.J. - Evans, GA                   1   1,092
151. Wilson, J D - Lexington, S.C.               1   1,083
152. Moore, Robert W (s) - N Myrtle Beach, S.C.  1   1,065
153. Clark, Brent - Gastonia, N.C.               1   1,047
154. Holloman, Jason - Newsoms, Va.              2   1,030
155. Williams, Justin - Bartlett, Tenn.          1     857
156. Woodill, George H - Orlando, Fla.           1     750
157. Smith, Rickey (s) - Gulf Breeze, Fla.       1     650
Earnings (Beginning April 1, 2011)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                         #Events    Earnings
  1. Baker, Shane - Anderson, S.C.                 1   $2,000.00
  2. Taylor, Matt - Knightdale, N.C.               1   $1,100.00
  3. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C.              1     $850.00
  4. Bowlin, Johnathan Lee - Lincolnton, N.C.      1     $850.00
  5. LeViner, Michael - Mooresville, N.C.          1     $700.00
  6. Arehart, Steven - Chesapeake, Va.             1     $700.00
  7. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C.            1     $550.00
  8. Platt, Leon - Summerville, S.C.               1     $550.00
  9. Adair, Tony - Forest City, N.C.               1     $550.00
 10. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C.            1     $550.00
 11. Bohlman, Jerry - Milton, Fla.                 1     $550.00
 12. Horsley, Richard - Cary, N.C.                 1     $450.00
 13. Martin, David W (s) - Chesapeake, Va.         1     $450.00
 14. Lord, James - Fort Mill, S.C.                 1     $450.00
 15. Tesch Jr., James - Gervais, Ore.              1     $425.00
 16. Marcus, Jerry R. - DeLand, Fla.               1     $425.00
 17. Paciocco, Michael - Gastonia, N.C.            1     $400.00
 18. Morris, Deric - Warner Robins, Ga.            1     $400.00
 19. Ford, Melvin (s) - Hinesville, Ga             1     $400.00
 20. Langford, Mark - Gastonia, N.C.               1     $400.00
 21. Plecha, Dale (s) - Anderson, S.C.             1     $250.00
 22. Hollifield, Ronald - Marion, N.C.             1     $200.00
 23. Miller, Adam - Charlotte, N.C.                1     $200.00
Average (Beginning April 1, 2011 - minimum 8 games)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                          #Games Average
  1. Taylor, Matt - Knightdale, N.C.              15 221.00
  2. Baker, Shane - Anderson, S.C.                14 220.57
  3. Arehart, Steven - Chesapeake, Va.            12 208.75
  4. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C.           11 207.45
  5. Adair, Tony - Forest City, N.C.              11 202.00
  6. Bowlin, Johnathan Lee - Lincolnton, N.C.     15 200.73
  7. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C.             15 198.87
  8. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C.           10 196.60
  9. LeViner, Michael - Mooresville, N.C.         13 193.15
 10. Bohlman, Jerry - Milton, Fla.                11 192.00
 11. Platt, Leon - Summerville, S.C.               9 191.78
Cashes (Beginning April 1, 2011)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                      #Cashes Events      %
  1. LeViner, Michael - Mooresville, N.C.       1      1 100.00
  2. Paciocco, Michael - Gastonia, N.C.         1      1 100.00
  3. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C.         1      1 100.00
  4. Morris, Deric - Warner Robins, Ga.         1      1 100.00
  5. Platt, Leon - Summerville, S.C.            1      1 100.00
  6. Hollifield, Ronald - Marion, N.C.          1      1 100.00
  7. Taylor, Matt - Knightdale, N.C.            1      1 100.00
  8. Arehart, Steven - Chesapeake, Va.          1      1 100.00
  9. Adair, Tony - Forest City, N.C.            1      1 100.00
 10. Miller, Adam - Charlotte, N.C.             1      1 100.00
 11. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C.         1      1 100.00
 12. Baker, Shane - Anderson, S.C.              1      1 100.00
 13. Tesch Jr., James - Gervais, Ore.           1      1 100.00
 14. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C.           1      1 100.00
 15. Plecha, Dale (s) - Anderson, S.C.          1      1 100.00
 16. Horsley, Richard - Cary, N.C.              1      1 100.00
 17. Ford, Melvin (s) - Hinesville, Ga          1      1 100.00
 18. Langford, Mark - Gastonia, N.C.            1      1 100.00
 19. Bohlman, Jerry - Milton, Fla.              1      1 100.00
 20. Martin, David W (s) - Chesapeake, Va.      1      1 100.00
 21. Bowlin, Johnathan Lee - Lincolnton, N.C.   1      1 100.00
 22. Lord, James - Fort Mill, S.C.              1      1 100.00
 23. Marcus, Jerry R. - DeLand, Fla.            1      1 100.00
Finals (Beginning April 1, 2011)
Pos. Name - Hometown                      #Finals Events      %
  1. LeViner, Michael - Mooresville, N.C.       1      1 100.00
  2. Pickford, Connor - Charlotte, N.C.         1      1 100.00
  3. Platt, Leon - Summerville, S.C.            1      1 100.00
  4. Taylor, Matt - Knightdale, N.C.            1      1 100.00
  5. Arehart, Steven - Chesapeake, Va.          1      1 100.00
  6. Adair, Tony - Forest City, N.C.            1      1 100.00
  7. Shinn, David - West Columbia, S.C.         1      1 100.00
  8. Baker, Shane - Anderson, S.C.              1      1 100.00
  9. Arcaro, Chris - Wilmington, N.C.           1      1 100.00
 10. Bohlman, Jerry - Milton, Fla.              1      1 100.00
 11. Bowlin, Johnathan Lee - Lincolnton, N.C.   1      1 100.00
2011-2012 Champions
Lightening Lanes, Marion, N.C. - Shane Baker
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PBA Spare Shots: Three Qualify for 2012 Tournament of Champions as New Regional Season Gets Underway

by Bill Vint April 6, 2011 07:17

After the first full weekend of Professional Bowlers Association regional competition for the new 2011-12 season officially got underway on April 1, three first-time champions qualified to make their debuts in the 2012 PBA Tournament of Champions.

It was a double-header in Lakewood, Wash., on April 3 where Blaine Weninger of Aurora, Ore., defeated Curtis Messer of Aberdeen, Wash., 232-212, to win his first PBA Northwest Region standard title in the PBA Northwest Tacoma Dodge Open at Bowlero Lanes while Noel Vazquez of Sacramento, Calif., defeated Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass, Ore., 209-193, to win the companion Senior Tacoma Dodge Open for his first PBA victory.

Across the nation, Shane Baker of Anderson, S.C., defeated Matt Taylor of Knightsdale, N.C., 264-259, to win the PBA Marion Non-Champions Open at Lightning Lanes in Marion, N.C., Sunday. Baker topped a field of 96 non-champions to claim his first South Region title and a $2,000 prize.

Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, won his second PBA Southwest Region title when he stopped Josh Maxson of Killeen, Texas, 216-188, to win the 2011 Marble Falls Open at Lake Country Lanes in Marble Falls, Texas, on Sunday. Castillo, who rolled a pair of 300 games during the tournament, took home $2,250.

As the PBA Senior Tour ramps up for its season-opener in the PBA Senior Don Carter Open at Carter Family Bowl in Winter Garden, Fla., April 17-21, PBA Senior Tour players had a couple of warmup opportunities. Jeff Zaffino of Warren, Pa., topped Mike Hastings of Millsboro, Del., 200-198, to win his 16th regional title in the Rossi Lanes Senior Open presented by Storm Products in Elmira, N.Y. And, in the Central Region, Kenny Parks of Hammond, Ind., defeated Curt Aemisegger of Wauconda, Ill., 277-220, to win the PBA Central Region’s third annual Victory Lanes Senior Open in Galion, Ohio. The win was Parks’ fifth in senior regional competition.

This weekend’s PBA Regional lineup includes the joint Central/Midwest Lafayette Community Bank Classic at Star Lanes in Lafayette, Ind.; the South Region Wild Magnolia Senior Open at Sport Lanes in Martinsville, Va., and the East Region Roto Grip Open at Hoe Bowl Catskill in Catskill, N.Y. For tournament entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tour” under the “schedule” dropdown tab.

PBA PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS “PRE-GAME SHOW” ON XTRA FRAME

The “pre-game show” leading into Sunday’s telecast of the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Conference Championships round is currently airing on pba.com’s Xtra Frame, the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s exclusive online video streaming service. Sunday’s lineup features the East Conference Championship (East Region winner Steve Jaros vs. South Region winner Randy Weiss), the Midwest Conference Championship (Central Region winner Dick Allen vs. Midwest Region winner Jack Jurek), and the West Region finale (Southwest Region winner Jason Belmonte vs. West/Northwest winner Chris Barnes) on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

The three match winners advance to the Lumber Liquidators Dick Weber PBA Playoffs championship round which will air live from Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m. ET.

JAPAN CUP POSTPONED UNTIL 2012

In the wake of the devastation caused by earthquakes and a tsunami in recent weeks, the Japan Cup – one of the most anticipated international competitions of the year for PBA Tour players over the past 25 years – has been postponed until 2012, the PBA has announced.

FELLOW FINN SPOILS KOIVUNIEMI’S HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION IN GERMANY

Leading Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Player of the Year candidate Mika Koivuniemi was inducted into the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame as part of the second annual Track Dream Bowl Palace Open in Munich, Germany, but a fellow Finn ruined his party.

Koivuniemi was knocked out of the tournament in the quarterfinal round by Sweden’s Johan Hellden, 524-496, in a two-game match, and Finland’s two-handed star, Osku Palermaa, stepped into the spotlight as the tournament winner, defeating Hellden in the title match, 516-459. Palermaa, who won his first PBA Tour title in the 2010 GEICO Shark Championship in Las Vegas, will compete as a PBA Tour exempt player during the 2011-12 season. First prize in Munich was €10,000.

Parker Bohn III also advanced to the quarterfinal round in Munich, but was ousted by England’s Paul Moor, 504-481.

FORMER EXEMPT TOUR PLAYER MACK HELPS RALLY RESCUERS IN SAUDI ARABIA

Former Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player Tim Mack of Indianapolis led a rescue mission when three international players were injured in four-wheel ATV accidents during the fifth annual Kingdom International Open in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, according to World Bowling Writers Newsletter.

Englishman Dominic Barrett, who bowled in the 2010 PBA World Series of Bowling, and Kuwait’s Mohammed al-Rajeebah and Fahad al Regeeb were injured in two separate accidents during a desert party on March 29. It was later determined that Barrett had sustained seven broken ribs and a fractured collar bone along with a cut near left eye. Al-Rajeebah suffered a crushed thigh bone and his passenger, al-Regeeb, suffered a dislocated shoulder. Former Wichita State University star Josh Blanchard, an amateur, also crashed his quad-bike, but walked away with only bruises.

Singapore’s Remy Ong won the Kingdom International Open over UAE’s Shaker Al-Hassan, but eliminated Mack (403-401), Blanchard (466-382) and Sean Rash, 439-421, on his way to the title. Rash finished fourth.

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Barnes Hopes to End 2010-11 PBA Tour Season the Way it Started with Win in Lumber Liquidators Dick Weber Playoffs

by Jerry Schneider April 6, 2011 04:47

INDIANAPOLIS - Thirteen-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Chris Barnes has every right to be envious of his good friend Mika Koivuniemi’s career season during the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. But it isn’t quite over yet.

As winner of the PBA World Championship – the season’s first of four major championships – Barnes would like nothing better than to win the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs to put his own stamp on the 2010-11 campaign. In order to have that opportunity, he has to beat Australia’s Jason Belmonte in the Western Conference championship match which airs Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN.

A win Sunday would put Barnes into the Lumber Liquidators Dick Weber PBA Playoffs championship round which will air live on ESPN on Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m. ET from Woodland Bowl.

While Barnes is enjoying a quality season, his close friend and frequent Tour roommate Koivuniemi has had a sensational year.

A week after being eliminated in the championship round of the PBA World Championship (one win shy of a showdown with Barnes) in January, Koivuniemi won the record $250,000 first prize in the richest tournament in bowling history, the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions. Koivuniemi went on to become the first bowler in PBA history to make the TV finals in all four majors in a single season, and he became only the fourth player to earn more than $300,000 in a season.

On the heels of two rather lackluster seasons, Koivuniemi was one or two shots away from having even greater success in 2010-11. At the same time, the native Finlander has been the biggest reason Barnes hasn’t had an even better season.

“I’ve kidded Mika a few times that his career year came at my expense,” Barnes said. “There were a couple times in the majors where he either beat me or circumstances where we were both in contention at the end of the tournament, and he kept me from making the show.”

One of those occasions was in the Tournament of Champions where Barnes missed the TV show by 18 pins because Koivuniemi lost his position round match against Colombia’s Andres Gomez. Another was a high-scoring three-game match in the Bayer USBC Masters where Koivuniemi defeated Barnes, 804-698, in the sixth round of the losers bracket. That loss knocked Barnes out of the tournament and Koivuniemi went on to finish third.

In the U.S. Open, all PBA fans remember that Koivuniemi finished a disappointing second after missing a 10 pin spare in the 10th frame of the title match. But not many remember that Barnes missed the TV show by only five pins as a result of leaving a ringing 10 pin on the first ball of the 10th frame on his final game in match play.

Regardless of those circumstances, Barnes readily admits that for the two PBA stars it has been mostly an enjoyable season.

“There haven’t been a lot of down moments, that’s for sure,” Barnes said. “I think his (Mika’s) success this year was the combination of a lot of things. He realizes that’s there not a lot of time left in his career, he’s got his equipment situation straightened out and the hard work he applies to his game got him into a good rhythm.

“We’re both the same in that regard because we work hard at the game and motivate each other and that has paid off for both of us this season.”

Barnes and Koivuniemi both had the advantage of earning three byes for the PBA Playoffs based on their finishes in the top six in 2010-11 competition points, but Koivuniemi was eliminated in the Regional Championship Round while Barnes won the West/Northwest Region finale to keep his title hopes alive. He is the only player left who can win two titles during the 2010-11 season, and if he fails to do that, it will be the first time since the formation of the PBA in 1959 without a multi-title winner.

That said, Barnes likes the concept of the Playoffs as a season finale.

“There are a significant number of games to be bowled in this tournament which is going to reward good, consistent bowling. It takes out the luck factor in the preliminary rounds so it’s a fitting conclusion to the season,” Barnes said. “I guess the one disadvantage for me is that having the byes you’re not able to experience the transitions in lane conditions as much as some of the other guys, but you can overcome that.”

Barnes advanced to the Conference Championships by winning the West/Northwest Regional Championship with a 217, topping Lonnie Waliczek’s 201 and Lennie Boresch Jr.’s 177.

Barnes, who is on the brink of becoming the eighth player in PBA history to exceed $2 million in career earnings ($1.92 million), is generally satisfied with a season that also includes four other top 10 finishes including fifth in the Tournament of Champions, seventh in the U.S. Open, 10th in the USBC Masters and fourth in the Chameleon Championship. The highlight was not only winning the PBA World Championship, but becoming the sixth player in history to complete the PBA Triple Crown (U.S. Open, PBA World Championship, PBA Tournament of Champions) in the process.

“I’ve had a few disappointments this season, but winning the World Championship by bowling four good games in matches on tough conditions definitely makes it all worthwhile,” Barnes said. “Winning the Playoffs would be a nice bookend to the season.”

The march to Barnes’ World Championship title actually began at the World Series of Bowling which opened the 2010-11 season in Las Vegas where the top eight scorers from the combined qualifying rounds of the “animal pattern” events (60 games) advanced to the TV finals which took place at the South Point Bowling Center in January.

In Sunday’s opening Conference Championship match, East Region winner Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., will meet South Region surprise winner Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C. Jaros has now qualified for a PBA Tour television final in his 20th consecutive season. In Sunday’s second match, Central Region winner Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., will meet Midwest Region champion Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y. Both are two-time PBA Tour champions. The Barnes-Belmonte match will conclude the show.

A “pre-game” preview of Sunday’s Conference Championships can be seen on pba.com’s Xtra Frame. To subscribe to the PBA’s exclusive online video streaming service, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

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PBA Southwest Region Leaders Through April 3, 2011

by John Weber April 5, 2011 05:29
2012 Dick Weber PBA Playoff Points PBA Southwest Region (October 1, 2010 to January 1, 2012)
Pos. Name - Hometown                       #Events  Points
  1. Hibbitts II, Chris - Ft Worth, Texas        9  89,316
  2. Anthony, David - Austin, Texas              8  73,044
  3. Patterson, Andy - Tyler, Texas              9  62,544
  4. Castillo, Dino - Carrollton, Texas          4  61,775
  5. Lawrence, Rick - Waxahachie, Texas          5  53,881
  6. Dacy, Clint - Keller, Texas                 9  52,114
  7. Carter, Jim - Keller, Texas                 6  47,182
  8. Mortensen, Andy - Tulsa, Okla.              8  45,845
  9. Galler, Chris - San Antonio, Texas          6  37,340
 10. Alexander, Bill - San Angelo, Texas         6  35,437
 11. Hess, Tom - Urbandale, Iowa                 3  31,395
 12. Cooper, Brett R - Fort Worth, Texas         6  30,519
 13. Neill, Danny - Allen, Texas                 6  30,387
 14. Gengelbach, Kurt (s) - Carrollton, Texas    5  29,962
 15. Atkinson, Corey - Montgomery, Texas         4  29,749
 16. Archer, D.J. - Mineral Wells, Texas         5  29,675
 17. Skidmore, Gary - Albuquerque, N.M.          2  29,071
 18. Sullivan, William R (s) - Austin, Texas     5  28,733
 19. Jensen, Tyler - Ft. Worth, Texas            4  28,342
 20. Buss, Jesse - Wichita, Kan.                 2  26,645
 21. Brandon, Jon - Santa Clarita, Calif.        2  25,000
 22. White, Lee - Odessa, Texas                  2  23,845
 23. Findling, Joe - Mesquite, Texas             5  22,086
 24. Laughlin, Ben - Phoenix                     3  22,066
 25. Heninger, Marc - Tonganoxie, Kan.           2  21,714
 26. Ault Jr., Thomas - Portland, Ore.           2  21,714
 27. Copeland, Cole - Austin, Texas              5  21,460
 28. Williams, Mark - Beaumont, Texas            3  21,121
 29. Mills, Charlie - Pasadena, Texas            4  19,979
 30. Dupre IV, Curt - Destrehan, La              2  19,445
 31. Gutierrez, Jorge S. (s) - Las Cruces, N.M.  6  19,372
 32. Kokenos, Nick - St. Clair Shores, Mich.     2  19,249
 33. Wojnar, Jason - Chicago                     2  19,249
 34. Shewmake, Randy - Ft. Worth, Texas          3  18,359
 35. Koeltzow, Kris - Wheat  Ridge, Colo.        3  18,303
 36. Gessner, Phil (s) - Spring, Texas           8  18,105
 37. McBride, Robert - Mesquite, Texas           7  18,082
 38. Swanson, Sean - Springfield, Mo.            1  17,332
 39. Minier, Rick (s) - Houston                  2  17,270
 40. Kloss, Chad - West Allis, Wis.              1  15,398
 41. Reyes, Tony E. - San Bruno, Calif.          2  15,398
 42. Vaughan, Charles - Pasadena, Texas          4  14,718
 43. Gualeni, Dave (s) - Roswell, N.M.           3  14,681
 44. Newcomer, David - Pearcy, Ark.              3  14,623
 45. Wilson, Shayne - Caddo Mills, Texas         3  14,143
 46. Queen, Jason A. - Forsyth, Ill.             1  14,143
 47. Viator, Bryan J. - Friendswood, Texas       3  13,723
 48. Floyd, Lineal - Colorado Springs, Colo.;    1  13,097
 49. Patton Jr., Thomas - Olathe, Kan.           1  13,097
 50. Campbell II, Jeff - Amarillo, Texas         1  12,654
 51. Vanderhoef, Lee - Greenville, S.C.          2  12,212
 52. Oxendine, Larry E. (s) - Joplin, Mo.        1  12,212
 53. Gaither, Michael - Grain Valley, Mo.        1  12,212
 54. Yanes, Gabriel - Corpus Christi, Texas      4  12,008
 55. Gunthorpe, Mark - Killeen, Texas            3  11,921
 56. Weber, Nick - Foristell, Mo.                1  11,054
 57. Weninger, Blaine - Aurora, Ore.             2  11,054
 58. Gollick, Tommy - Oberlin, Pa.               2  10,397
 59. Poli, Jason - West Des Moines, Iowa         1   9,822
 60. Lambert IV, George - Canada                 2   9,609
 61. Gonzalez, Henry (s) - Colorado Springs, Co  2   9,597
 62. Powell Jr., Del - San Antonio               3   9,260
 63. Schissler, Ricky B. - Henderson, Colo.      2   9,022
 64. Carlson, Joel W. - Omaha, Neb.              1   8,863
 65. Smith, Bryon L. - Roseburg, Ore.            2   8,863
 66. James, Gary (s) - Spring, Texas             3   8,469
 67. Mack, Tim - Indianapolis                    1   8,459
 68. Sapp, Derek - Keokuk, Iowa                  3   8,338
 69. Peterson, David - Plano, Texas              4   8,139
 70. Watson, James - Austin, Texas               2   8,130
 71. Garber, Wayne - Modesto, Calif.             2   8,096
 72. Russell, Randy (s) - San Antonio            3   8,019
 73. Haynes, David - Las Vegas                   1   7,767
 74. Slavich IV, John - Schaumburg, Ill.         2   7,767
 75. Scott, Scotty L. - Wylie, Texas             3   7,762
 76. Wukasch Jr., John - Montgomery, Texas       4   7,647
 77. McKee, Barry - Maxwell, Texas               2   7,607
 78. Hobson, James - Converse, Texas             4   7,503
 79. Yoder, Paul - Albuquerque, N.M.             1   6,896
 80. Desmarais, Keith - Killeen, Texas           3   6,684
 81. Atkins, Brent - Midland, Texas              4   6,677
 82. Bohlen, Quinton - Decorah, Iowa             2   6,668
 83. Rede, Edmund B - League City, Texas         3   6,594
 84. Stanton, Steve - Fort Smith, Ark.           2   6,366
 85. Dias, Mike - Lafayette, Colo.               1   6,268
 86. Brannon II, Caesar T - Midland, Texas       3   6,167
 87. Newell, Scott - Deland, Fla.                2   6,145
 88. Creasey, Michael - Whitehouse, Texas        2   6,145
 89. Watkins, Jerry (s) - Bloomfield, N.M.       1   5,995
 90. Sterner, Jason - McDonough, Ga.             2   5,915
 91. Bailey, Mike - Allen, Texas                 2   5,915
 92. Pittsinger, Justin - Garland, Texas         2   5,854
 93. Harvey, Robert - Boise, Idaho               1   5,745
 94. Hare III, E. Lester (s) - The Woodlands, T  3   5,608
 95. Williams, Marvin L. - Colorado Springs, Co  2   5,515
 96. Frankos, Jeff - Daly City, Calif.           2   5,505
 97. Bourgeois, Temple - Harahan, La.            2   5,469
 98. Keeler, Steven - Shawnee, Kan.              1   5,408
 99. Ramsden, Aaron - Pleasant Valley, Mo.       1   5,408
100. Haggerty, PJ - Roseville, Calif.            2   5,322
101. Trombatore, Jared - Littleton, Colo.        2   5,302
102. Bigford, Kyle - Copperas Cove, Texas        3   5,263
103. Brown, Kevin - Greenville, Texas            2   5,245
104. Warren, Chris - Grants Pass, Ore.           1   5,152
105. Gregory, Derek - Sonora, Calif.             1   4,993
106. Gardner, John Jason - Conroe, Texas         2   4,910
107. Tillson, Chuck - Rohnert Park, Calif.       2   4,844
108. Perry, Will - Pflugerville, Texas           2   4,844
109. Traber, Dale (s) - Cedarburg, Wis.          1   4,844
110. Esters, Connie - Houston                    3   4,784
111. Krol, David - Nixa, Mo.                     1   4,752
112. Blane, Stephen - League City, Texas         3   4,735
113. Williams, Randy - San Angelo, Texas         2   4,706
114. Horan Jr., Dennis - Temecula, Calif.        1   4,705
115. Young, Thomas W. (s) - Houston              1   4,672
116. Menini, Brian - Brookfield, Mo.             1   4,593
117. Miller, Adrienne M - Albuquerque, N.M.      2   4,305
118. Lawrence, Robert - Austin, Texas            2   4,291
119. Thayer, William A. - Royse City, Texas      1   4,239
120. Throop, Scott (s) - Princeton, Texas        2   4,203
121. Anderson Jr, Chuck - Bedford, Texas         2   4,200
122. Eubanks, Andre - Los Angeles                2   4,174
123. Diver, Craig - Spring, Texas                2   4,174
124. Collinsworth, Tim - Edgewood, Texas         2   4,108
125. Goldstein Jr., Joe - San Bruno, Calif       2   4,051
126. Nezvensky Jr., Marvin (s) - Pueblo, Colo.   1   4,051
127. Crider, Billy (s) - Austin, Texas           2   3,981
128. Wodka, Dave - Chatsworth, Calif.            2   3,935
129. Dooley, Tim (s) - Van Buren, Ark.           1   3,935
130. West, Larry - Plano, Texas                  3   3,850
131. Roberts, James - Richmond, Va.              2   3,825
132. Rogers, Thomas - Madison, Wisc              1   3,773
133. Ahmad, Adam - Shoreline, Wash.              2   3,721
134. Wehner, Jamie E. - Syracuse, Utah           1   3,721
135. Hoge, Will - Sand Spring, Okla              1   3,623
136. Oatman, Billy - Chicago                     2   3,623
137. Bubak III, Everett J. - Sealy, Texas        1   3,623
138. Acon, Eric - Venezuela                      1   3,576
139. Heath, Sean D - Spokane, Wash.              2   3,530
140. Wofford, Jack - Falgstaff, Ariz             1   3,530
141. Garr, Ron (s) - Ridgedale, Mo.              1   3,530
142. Williams, Ron - Austin, Texas               3   3,473
143. Nolen, John - Waterford, Mich.              1   3,441
144. Gibson, Paul - Brunswick, Ohio              2   3,441
145. Hoppe, John - Layton, Utah                  1   3,441
146. Baldridge, Dallas - Lenexa, Kan.            1   3,357
147. Allen III, Don - Vancouver, Wash.           2   3,357
148. Johnson, Mark S. - Normal, Ill.             1   3,277
149. Dayton, Dave - Reno, Nev.                   1   3,238
150. Tehee, Jason M. - Fresno, Calif.            2   3,238
151. Dunn, Jason - Roswell, N.M.                 1   3,127
152. Camper, Tracy - Piedmont, Okla              1   3,127
153. Laffey, Jack - Indianapolis                 2   3,127
154. Ness, Rich - Belleville, Ill.               1   3,092
155. Sevier, Rick - Albuquerque, N.M.            1   3,057
156. Thompson Jr., Gregory - Dublin, Calif.      2   3,057
157. Johnson, Liz - Cheektowaga, N.Y.            1   3,057
158. Fulford, Kerry - Brownwood, Texas           2   3,057
159. Futrell, Jay - Derby, Kan.                  1   2,990
160. Ross, Ernest (s) - Missouri City, Texas     2   2,958
161. Delling, Kenneth - Houston, Texas           1   2,958
162. Long, Joe (s) - Oklahoma City, Okla         1   2,926
163. Freiberg, Matt - Simpsonville, S.C.         2   2,926
164. Starnes, Shannon - Fort Worth, Texas        1   2,926
165. Baker, Stoney - Canton, Ga.                 2   2,865
166. Elborne, Thomas R. - Round Rock, Texas      1   2,835
167. Clark, Phil - Terrell, Texas                1   2,835
168. Horan, Jim - Oakley, Calif.                 1   2,806
169. McCordic, Patrick - Denton, Texas           2   2,749
170. Elizondo, Joshua - Harlingen, Texas         1   2,695
171. Nakagawa, Glen (s) - Highland Village, Tex  2   2,678
172. Harlin, Kevin - Milpitas, Calif.            1   2,669
173. Francis, Rick - Linden, Calif.              2   2,669
174. Tullos, David - Houston                     2   2,643
175. Meder, Scott - Manor, Texas                 2   2,544
176. Beasley, Mitch - Puyallup, Wash.            2   2,544
177. Goldstein Sr., Joe - Hayward, Calif.        2   2,497
178. Boroff, Ron (s) - Mansfield, Texas          1   2,497
179. Divac, Dre - St. Louis                      1   2,452
180. Sorce, Tom - Blasdell, N.Y.                 2   2,452
181. McElliott, Jeremy - Nampa, Idaho            1   2,408
182. Gould Jr., John L. - Kansas City, Kan.      1   2,408
183. Arnold, Dave - Dublin, Calif.               1   2,366
184. Mincey, Scott - Norman, Okla.               1   2,325
185. Jackson, J.T. - Tarzana, Calif.             2   2,305
186. Spotanski, Jason - River Oaks, Texas        2   2,286
187. Cepeda, Michael - Arlington, Texas          1   2,286
188. Miller, Jason - Portland, Ore.              1   2,211
189. Wilkes, Chris - Reno, Nev                   1   2,175
190. Schirripa Jr, Pete - Killeen, Texas         2   2,108
191. Brown, Andrew A - Windsor, Calif.           2   2,108
192. Thompson, Brian - Flat Rock, Mich.          2   2,076
193. Chambers, Carleton - Detroit                2   2,045
194. Pardini Jr., C.J. - Petaluma, Calif.        1   2,014
195. Godizano, CJ - San Francisco                1   1,984
196. Lawrence, Matt - Waxahachie, Texas          2   1,955
197. Schoneman Jr, Bob - Grand Prairie, Texas    1   1,955
198. Johnson, Tony - Canton, Ohio                2   1,927
199. Husted, Corey - Milwaukie, Ore.             2   1,900
200. Keister, Robert D - Plano, Texas            1   1,847
201. Henderson, Kevin - Albany, Ore              2   1,834
202. Pullmann, Larry - Rio Linda, Calif.         1   1,834
203. Witt, Ron - Austin, Texas                   1   1,798
204. Thomas, Jason - Moorpark, Calif.            1   1,798
205. Wiederkehr, Bill - Spring, Texas            1   1,786
206. Peters, Jason - Gardnerville, Nev           1   1,774
207. Hiam, Kevin - Frisco, Texas                 1   1,728
208. Masters, Blake - Austin, Texas              2   1,706
209. Duerre, Paul John - Killeen, Texas          1   1,684
210. Lattimore, Walt (s) - Duncanville, Texas    1   1,684
211. Tidwell, Steve - Pasadena, TX               1   1,663
212. Irwin, Brian - Lakewood, Wash.              1   1,663
213. Ramirez, Art W - Lake Havasu City, Ariz.    1   1,642
214. Jenkins, Keith D. - Mansfield, Wash.        1   1,622
215. Arnold, Tim - Wilmington, Del.              1   1,602
216. Yee, Ivan - San Francisco                   2   1,583
217. Guccione, Frank - Castle Rock, Colo.        2   1,461
218. Stellick, Wayne J. - Aurora, Colo.          2   1,046
219. Cicero, John - Colorado Springs, Colo.      2     950
220. Gaucin, George - El Paso, Texas             1     734
221. Payne Sr., Mark - Amarillo, Texas           2     615
222. Billingsley, Aaron - El Paso, TX            1     606
223. Keily, Mike - Littleton, Colo.              2     552
Earnings (Beginning April 1, 2011)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                         #Events    Earnings
  1. Castillo, Dino - Carrollton, Texas            1   $2,250.00
  2. Sullivan, William R (s) - Austin, Texas       1   $1,100.00
  3. White, Lee - Odessa, Texas                    1   $1,100.00
  4. Wilson, Shayne - Caddo Mills, Texas           1     $850.00
  5. Jensen, Tyler - Ft. Worth, Texas              1     $850.00
  6. Gaither, Michael - Grain Valley, Mo.          1     $850.00
  7. Barnes, Chris S. - Double Oak, Texas          1     $850.00
  8. Gunthorpe, Mark - Killeen, Texas              1     $600.00
  9. Carter, Jim - Keller, Texas                   1     $600.00
 10. Mortensen, Andy - Tulsa, Okla.                1     $600.00
 11. Dacy, Clint - Keller, Texas                   1     $600.00
 12. Lawrence, Rick - Waxahachie, Texas            1     $600.00
 13. Archer, D.J. - Mineral Wells, Texas           1     $600.00
 14. Anthony, David - Austin, Texas                1     $600.00
 15. Vaughan, Charles - Pasadena, Texas            1     $475.00
 16. Galler, Chris - San Antonio, Texas            1     $475.00
 17. Creasey, Michael - Whitehouse, Texas          1     $475.00
 18. Bailey, Mike - Allen, Texas                   1     $475.00
 19. Alexander, Bill - San Angelo, Texas           1     $425.00
 20. Hibbitts II, Chris - Ft Worth, Texas          1     $425.00
 21. Findling, Joe - Mesquite, Texas               1     $425.00
 22. Perry, Will - Pflugerville, Texas             1     $425.00
 23. Gutierrez, Jorge S. (s) - Las Cruces, N.M.    1     $250.00
Average (Beginning April 1, 2011 - minimum 4 games)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                          #Games Average
  1. Castillo, Dino - Carrollton, Texas           22 240.27
  2. Barnes, Chris S. - Double Oak, Texas         19 228.74
  3. White, Lee - Odessa, Texas                   22 224.18
  4. Dacy, Clint - Keller, Texas                  18 219.56
  5. Gaither, Michael - Grain Valley, Mo.         19 219.00
  6. Archer, D.J. - Mineral Wells, Texas          18 215.61
  7. Jensen, Tyler - Ft. Worth, Texas             21 215.48
  8. Mortensen, Andy - Tulsa, Okla.               17 215.12
  9. Wilson, Shayne - Caddo Mills, Texas          21 214.38
 10. Anthony, David - Austin, Texas               18 214.00
 11. Gunthorpe, Mark - Killeen, Texas             17 211.53
 12. Carter, Jim - Keller, Texas                  18 210.61
 13. Vaughan, Charles - Pasadena, Texas           13 210.23
 14. Creasey, Michael - Whitehouse, Texas         13 209.08
 15. Bailey, Mike - Allen, Texas                  13 207.92
 16. Lawrence, Rick - Waxahachie, Texas           16 207.38
 17. Galler, Chris - San Antonio, Texas           13 206.62
 18. Sullivan, William R (s) - Austin, Texas      22 206.05
 19. Alexander, Bill - San Angelo, Texas          13 204.69
 20. Diver, Craig - Spring, Texas                  8 203.38
 21. Hibbitts II, Chris - Ft Worth, Texas         13 202.85
 22. Findling, Joe - Mesquite, Texas              13 202.77
 23. Perry, Will - Pflugerville, Texas            13 202.62
 24. Yanes, Gabriel - Corpus Christi, Texas        8 202.38
 25. Malott, Wes - Pflugerville, Texas             8 201.75
 26. Gutierrez, Jorge S. (s) - Las Cruces, N.M.    8 201.13
 27. Acon, Eric - Venezuela                        8 199.88
 28. Copeland, Cole - Austin, Texas                8 199.88
 29. Bigford, Kyle - Copperas Cove, Texas          8 199.50
 30. Patterson, Andy - Tyler, Texas                8 199.38
 31. Viator, Bryan J. - Friendswood, Texas         8 199.25
 32. Russell, Randy (s) - San Antonio              8 198.13
 33. Cooper, Brett R - Fort Worth, Texas           8 197.88
 34. Fulford, Kerry - Brownwood, Texas             8 197.50
 35. Futrell, Jay - Derby, Kan.                    8 197.25
 36. Elborne, Thomas R. - Round Rock, Texas        8 196.63
 37. Atkinson, Corey - Montgomery, Texas           8 196.63
 38. Peterson, David - Plano, Texas                8 195.75
 39. Hobson, James - Converse, Texas               8 195.25
 40. Neill, Danny - Allen, Texas                   8 195.00
 41. Meder, Scott - Manor, Texas                   8 194.50
 42. Pittsinger, Justin - Garland, Texas           8 193.00
 43. Gessner, Phil (s) - Spring, Texas             8 192.88
 44. Gengelbach, Kurt (s) - Carrollton, Texas      8 191.50
 45. Mincey, Scott - Norman, Okla.                 8 190.75
 46. Spotanski, Jason - River Oaks, Texas          8 190.50
 47. Roubidoux, Jim - Shawnee, Okla.               8 190.13
 48. West, Larry - Plano, Texas                    8 187.88
 49. Brown, Kevin - Greenville, Texas              8 187.50
 50. Atkins, Brent - Midland, Texas                8 187.13
 51. Schoneman Jr, Bob - Grand Prairie, Texas      8 185.88
 52. McBride, Robert - Mesquite, Texas             8 184.25
 53. Williams, Ron - Austin, Texas                 4 183.25
 54. Crider, Billy (s) - Austin, Texas             8 183.13
 55. Brannon II, Caesar T - Midland, Texas         8 182.13
 56. Anderson Jr, Chuck - Bedford, Texas           8 182.13
 57. Witt, Ron - Austin, Texas                     8 182.00
 58. Wukasch Jr., John - Montgomery, Texas         8 181.38
 59. Scott, Scotty L. - Wylie, Texas               8 180.88
 60. Masters, Blake - Austin, Texas                8 179.13
 61. Duerre, Paul John - Killeen, Texas            8 173.88
 62. Tidwell, Steve - Pasadena, TX                 8 173.63
 63. Collinsworth, Tim - Edgewood, Texas           8 158.25
Cashes (Beginning April 1, 2011)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                      #Cashes Events      %
  1. Gunthorpe, Mark - Killeen, Texas           1      1 100.00
  2. Vaughan, Charles - Pasadena, Texas         1      1 100.00
  3. Carter, Jim - Keller, Texas                1      1 100.00
  4. Alexander, Bill - San Angelo, Texas        1      1 100.00
  5. Wilson, Shayne - Caddo Mills, Texas        1      1 100.00
  6. Sullivan, William R (s) - Austin, Texas    1      1 100.00
  7. Hibbitts II, Chris - Ft Worth, Texas       1      1 100.00
  8. White, Lee - Odessa, Texas                 1      1 100.00
  9. Findling, Joe - Mesquite, Texas            1      1 100.00
 10. Galler, Chris - San Antonio, Texas         1      1 100.00
 11. Creasey, Michael - Whitehouse, Texas       1      1 100.00
 12. Perry, Will - Pflugerville, Texas          1      1 100.00
 13. Mortensen, Andy - Tulsa, Okla.             1      1 100.00
 14. Castillo, Dino - Carrollton, Texas         1      1 100.00
 15. Gutierrez, Jorge S. (s) - Las Cruces, N.M. 1      1 100.00
 16. Dacy, Clint - Keller, Texas                1      1 100.00
 17. Bailey, Mike - Allen, Texas                1      1 100.00
 18. Lawrence, Rick - Waxahachie, Texas         1      1 100.00
 19. Jensen, Tyler - Ft. Worth, Texas           1      1 100.00
 20. Gaither, Michael - Grain Valley, Mo.       1      1 100.00
 21. Barnes, Chris S. - Double Oak, Texas       1      1 100.00
 22. Archer, D.J. - Mineral Wells, Texas        1      1 100.00
 23. Anthony, David - Austin, Texas             1      1 100.00
Finals (Beginning April 1, 2011)
Pos. Name - Hometown                      #Finals Events      %
  1. Gunthorpe, Mark - Killeen, Texas           1      1 100.00
  2. Carter, Jim - Keller, Texas                1      1 100.00
  3. Wilson, Shayne - Caddo Mills, Texas        1      1 100.00
  4. Sullivan, William R (s) - Austin, Texas    1      1 100.00
  5. White, Lee - Odessa, Texas                 1      1 100.00
  6. Mortensen, Andy - Tulsa, Okla.             1      1 100.00
  7. Castillo, Dino - Carrollton, Texas         1      1 100.00
  8. Dacy, Clint - Keller, Texas                1      1 100.00
  9. Lawrence, Rick - Waxahachie, Texas         1      1 100.00
 10. Jensen, Tyler - Ft. Worth, Texas           1      1 100.00
 11. Gaither, Michael - Grain Valley, Mo.       1      1 100.00
 12. Barnes, Chris S. - Double Oak, Texas       1      1 100.00
 13. Archer, D.J. - Mineral Wells, Texas        1      1 100.00
 14. Anthony, David - Austin, Texas             1      1 100.00
2011-2012 Champions (Beginning April 1, 2011)
Lake Country Lanes, Marble Falls, Texas- Dino Castillo
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Six Regional Champions to Battle for Three Berths in Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Finals Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN

by Bill Vint April 5, 2011 04:26

INDIANAPOLIS – Two of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s most successful players, three veterans hungry for another title and one inexperienced upstart from the PBA’s regional ranks compose the cast of contenders who will do battle on Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET ESPN telecast of the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Conference Championships at Woodland Bowl.

Sunday’s telecast, featuring six regional champions in three head-to-head matches, will determine the three players who will return to Woodland Bowl on Sunday, April 17, to compete for the $50,000 first prize in the final telecast of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

In Sunday’s opening Conference Championship match, East Region winner Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., will meet South Region surprise winner Randy Weiss of Columbia, S.C. Jaros, who has now qualified for a PBA Tour television final in his 20th consecutive season, won a heart-stopping 258-257 contest against Tom Smallwood in the Go RVing Regional Championships Round when Smallwood left a 7 pin on his fill ball in the 10th frame. Scott Norton, who rolled a 224 game, finished third in the East Region finals.

Weiss, an eight-time PBA Regional title winner who had never before bowled on national television, pulled off a big-time upset in the South Region final, throwing the final five strikes to nip 13-time PBA Tour winner Tommy Jones, 239-238. Jones had rallied behind a string of five strikes to catch up to Weiss, but he left a 4 pin on his fill ball. Weiss then threw three strikes in his 10th frame for the win. In that match, third-place finisher Ryan Shafer saw his hopes dashed when he threw a pocket 7-10 split in his 10th frame.

In Sunday’s second match, Central Region winner Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., will meet Midwest Region champion Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y. Both are two-time PBA Tour champions. Allen, a nine-year Tour veteran, hasn’t won since 2006. Jurek, a 22-year Tour veteran, won his second Tour title in Allen Park, Mich., in September of 2009, ending a PBA-record 14-year gap between titles.

Allen, following the birth of his first child (daughter Piper) on March 3, posted the most impressive victory in the Regional Championships, throwing a 289 game at 47-time PBA Tour champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. (221) and leading 2010-11 PBA Player of the Year candidate Mika Koivuniemi (201). A 10 pin on his second shot in the 10th frame ended Allen’s bid for a nationally-televised perfect game.

Jurek also had a fairly easy time in eliminating Wes Malott and Bill O’Neill. Jurek used a string of four strikes in the middle of his game to build a significant lead against both struggling challengers, and finished with an error-free 221. Early errors were too much for Malott (206) and O’Neill (178) to overcome.

The final Conference Championships match will pit two of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s most visible stars, Australian two-handed player Jason Belmonte against 13-time PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in a matchup between Southwest and West/Northwest Region winners.

Belmonte, who won his only title in 2009 on his way to earning 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year honors, made his fourth TV appearance of the 2010-11 season in the Southwest Region championship match where he threw a pair of turkeys to overcome a pair of open frames on his way to a 211-202 victory over Brad Angelo. Dino Castillo finished third with a 160 game.

Barnes got a huge break in winning the West/Northwest Region title, rolling a solid 217, but he escaped defeat when former Wichita State University teammate Lonnie Waliczek left a pocket 7-10 in his ninth frame while working on a double. Waliczek finished with a 201. Veteran regional competitor Lennie Boresch Jr. finished third with a 177 in his national television debut.

Barnes, who won the PBA World Championship in January to join Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia, Pete Weber, Mike Aulby and Norm Duke as the sixth member of the PBA Triple Crown club, is the only legitimate threat to Koivuniemi in the Player of the Year chase. Barnes, the only player who still has a chance to win two titles during the 2010-11 season, also had top 10 finishes in all four majors. In addition to winning the PBA World Championship, Barnes finished fifth in the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions, tied for ninth in the Bayer USBC Masters and seventh in the U.S. Open.

A “pre-game” preview of Sunday’s Conference Championships can be seen on pba.com’s Xtra Frame. To subscribe to the PBA’s exclusive online video streaming service, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

DICK WEBER PBA PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (ESPN, Sunday, 1 p.m. ET)

East vs. South

Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., vs. Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C. (winner advances to Lumber Liquidators Championship Round)

Central vs. Midwest

Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., vs. Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y. (winner advances to Lumber Liquidators Championship Round)

Southwest vs. West/Northwest

Jason Belmonte, Australia, vs. Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas (winner advances to Lumber Liquidators Championship Round)

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS DICK WEBER PBA PLAYOFFS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis (ESPN, live Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m. ET)

Match One

Three Conference Championships winners bowl one game; low score eliminated

Championship Match

Two Match One survivors bowl a best-of-two-game match; if players split the two games, title will be decided in a one-ball roll-off.

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