PBA’s Tournament of Champions Again Delivers Memorable Moments

by Bill Vint January 29, 2011 06:07

SEATTLE, Wash. – From ESPN SportsCenter to Sports Illustrated. From Jim Rome’s TV show to Norman Chad’s syndicated column. Mainstream sports media heavyweights have used time and space to re-tell the unforgettable story of the richest tournament in Professional Bowlers Association history, the $1 million PBA Tournament of Champions, which concluded Saturday, Jan. 22, at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.

Native Finlander Mika Koivuniemi won the biggest first prize in PBA history ($250,000) when he defeated Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., 269-207, for the title. The victory, and Koivuniemi’s remarkable, record-setting 299-100 semifinal win over Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla., was historic on a number of levels.

It marked the return of pro bowling to its longtime network home on ABC-TV after a 14-year absence, with the first-ever PBA telecast in high-definition garnering the largest audience of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season (averaging more than 1.1 million viewers), plus a sold-out crowd including a “who’s who” of bowling industry leaders.

In the wake of the telecast, Koivuniemi’s near-perfect game was re-visited as one of the “Top Plays of the Weekend” on ESPN’s SportsCenter while Daugherty’s 100 game made the show’s “Not Top 10 Plays of the Week.” Daugherty also was a guest on Scott Van Pelt’s ESPN Radio show, earned a mention in Sports Illustrated, The Jim Rome Show, a feature story on AOL’s FanHouse website among others. ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption and ESPN’s Around the Horn personalities debated the tournament, while SportsCenter ran highlights for three days across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews. Additionally, Norman Chad’s nationally-syndicated “Couch Slouch” column plus hundreds of daily newspapers, local radio stations and web sites all covered the PBA’s signature event.

The PBA also showed growth in its digital media coverage of the tournament week. Its pba.com live scoring and multifaceted coverage generated an average of more than 40,000 unique visits per day (up from an average of 25,000 per day for the previous month) with a peak of 77,750 unique visits for the final round of match play on Friday night. In January – including the PBA World Championship a week earlier – pba.com had nearly 3.5 million page views, including 692,650 on Friday, Jan. 21, alone.

Additionally, 50 hours of live qualifying and match play round coverage of the TOC on pba.com’s “Xtra Frame” online video service resulted in a 15 percent increase in subscriptions from the start of the week. Dozens of critical games were webcast live on Xtra Frame including the final position round, but one of the key shots only Xtra Frame fans saw was a 7-10 split conversion by Andres Gomez that eventually helped him secure the fourth spot in the stepladder finals by 18 pins over Chris Barnes.

Grammy-nominated “Bowling for Soup” made a “halftime show” appearance to perform its new single “S-S-S-Saturday.” In the wake of their performance, band manager Mike Swinford wrote to fans on Facebook: “You guys were so excited to download our new song you broke our BandPage.”

The telecast also brought the return of Nelson Burton Jr., the long-time color analyst for Pro Bowlers Tour telecasts on ABC, to the broadcast team.

The entire TOC production, including the PBA Hall of Fame ceremonies which capped the week, drew praise from PBA CEO and Commissioner Fred Schreyer.

“Today truly was a great day for the PBA and bowling,” Schreyer said. “I don’t know where this show ranks in the history of the PBA Tour, but I easily can say it was the greatest show I have been associated with in my 10 years with the organization. Everything was spectacular, including Tom Daugherty’s 100, and we should all feel proud about what we accomplished. We demonstrated to the industry, and our television audience, how good bowling can be.”

At the heart of the discussion in the wake of the tournament was the 299-100 match. Daugherty, a 35-year-old pro shop operator and four-time PBA Regional champion, was making his first television appearance. Conversely, Koivuniemi, who now owns three PBA major titles, was making his 31st career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour television appearance.

Daugherty, who had lead the field in average for 58 games (225.26), promptly left seven splits in 10 frames en route to his 100 game: the 2-8-10 in the first, 4-6-7-10 “big four” in the third, 4-6-7-9-10 “Greek church” in the fifth, 4-6-10 in the sixth, 3-4-6-7-10 in the eighth, 2-10 in the ninth and another “big four” in the 10th. Daugherty’s 100 shattered the previous PBA record for lowest game on television, a 129 bowled by Steve Jaros in the 1992 Brunswick Memorial World Open finals in Lake Zurich, Ill.

Meanwhile only a wobbling 10-pin left standing on his final ball prevented Koivuniemi from becoming the first PBA Tour player to roll two 300 games on national TV (his previous 300 came in 2003). The near perfect game reminded all bowling historians of the 299 bowled by Don Johnson at the 1970 Tournament of Champions.

Koivuniemi’s resulting 199-pin margin of victory over Daugherty is a PBA record that likely will never be broken.

Other notables from the finals:

● Daugherty finished third in the Tournament of Champions and earned $50,000 (Smallwood’s second-place finish netted him $100,000). In his only full-time season as a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player (2005-06), Daugherty earned $43,600 for the entire 20-tournament campaign.

● Koivuniemi won $250,000. During the 2003-04 season, when he won two titles and was selected as PBA Player of the Year, he earned a personal-best $238,590.

● For his 100 game, Daugherty earned $500 per pin. Koivuniemi, for his three-game 792 series, earned “only” $315.65 per pin.

The telecast also was the first event in a new three-year relationship to air the TOC finals on ABC.

“We are happy with the start of a new Tournament of Champions tradition on Saturday on ABC, and encouraged by the increase in viewers over the course of the show,” said PBA COO and Deputy Commissioner Tom Clark, noting an increase of 400,000 viewers from the first half hour to the pinnacle of 1.3 million viewers tuning in. “Moving extremely fast, we have already built an anxious audience for what will become appointment TV in coming years. The high-definition telecast produced stunning images and the electricity generated by the record-setting purse and packed Red Rock crowd created the perfect stage for the best players in the world.

“The biggest NFL games of the year were played on Sunday, but because of the moments only our sport can create, the PBA was right there in water cooler discussions along with the NFL on Monday morning,” Clark added. “This unforgettable event and the resulting media attention gave us a great deal to build on. We are already looking forward to next year’s TOC on ABC, just like everyone else.”

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Ryan Ciminelli Hoping for First PBA Tour Title as Top Qualifier for PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Finals

by Jason Thomas January 28, 2011 18:43

DUBLIN, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2011) -- Looking for his first Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., earned the top seed for Sunday’s stepladder finals of the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl.

The 24-year-old Ciminelli earned the top seed with an 11-6-1 overall match play record and 32-game 7,688 overall pinfall total Friday, topping PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who had an 11-7 match play record and 7,572 overall pinfall to earn the No 2 seed.

Ciminelli’s previous best Tour finishes were second in the 2009 Cheetah and Viper Championships and third in the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters. He’s gained a lot of confidence after finishing 14th in last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

“For whatever reason I haven’t matched up with the conditions well for a long time,” said Ciminelli. “Things started to turn around at the Tournament of Champions where my physical game was sharp and my mental game was locked in.

“If I can win it will take a big load off my shoulders. There’s a lot of pressure but I’m in the best position to be in so hopefully the pins will fall my way this time.”

Weber, 48, will be trying for his 36th Tour title with his last title coming in the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open last April. He’s gotten off to a slow start this season with a best finish of 17th in both the Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship and GEICO Shark Championship.

“It may be hard to believe but I feel I’m bowling well but just not scoring well,” Weber said. “A lot of times it comes down to the breaks you get. You can throw it good but not get the breaks but when you do get the breaks you need to take advantage of them and I was able to do that.”

Withstanding a nail-biting battle for the TV show, competing in the opening stepladder match that will be televised Sunday on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) will be No. 3 seed Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., against No. 4 seed Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C. Both players will be trying for a14th Tour title. Ironically, both of their last wins came in the DyDo Japan Cup—Jones in 2010 and Allen in 2009. Last week’s Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi missed the finals by one pin.

Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour

PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jan. 28

Round of 16

(after 32 games, pinfall totals include match play bonus pins; top four advance to Sunday’s ESPN2 television finals)

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11-6-1, 7,688.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-7, 7,572.
3, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 13-4-1, 7,535.
4, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 11-7, 7,534.
5, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 14-4, 7,533, $4,000.
6, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 10-8, 7,517, $3,600.
7, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 11-6-1, 7,436, $3,400.
8, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 12-6, 7,416, $3,200.
9, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 9-8-1, 7,356, $3,100.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 12-6, 7,239, $3,000.
11, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8-10, 7,221, $2,900.
12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 9-9, 7,218, $2,800.
13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 6-12, 7,209, $2,700.
14, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 10-8, 7,125, $2,700.
15, Stuart Williams, England, 7-11, 7,117, $2,500.
16, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 8-10, 7,094, $2,400.

 

Round of 32

(after 23 games, pinfall totals include match play bonus pins; top 16 advanced to Round of 16)

1, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 6-3, 5,492.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 7-2, 5,399.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 8-1, 5,369.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-4, 5,359.
5, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 8-1-0, 5,349.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5-4-0, 5,325.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6-3, 5,318.
8, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7-2, 5,304.
9, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 6-3, 5,302.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 5-4, 5,293.
11, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-5, 5,291.
12, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 5-4, 5,268.
13, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7-2, 5,252.
14, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 4-5, 5,223.
15, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-5, 5,208.
16, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5-4, 5,141.
17, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 4-5, 5,133, $2,340.
18, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5-4, 5,127, $2,200.
19, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-4, 5,086, $2,150.
20, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3-6, 5,081, $2,100.
21, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 4-5, 5,057, $2,050.
22, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3-6, 5,035, $2,000.
23, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 4-5, 5,016, $1,950.
24, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3-6, 4,990, $1,900.
25, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 4-5, 4,981, $1,850.
26, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-6, 4,956, $1,800.
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-7, 4,949, $1,750.
28, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 4-5, 4,930, $1,700.
29, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2-7, 4,910, $1,650.
30, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3-6, 4,864, $1,600.
31, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 2-7, 4,857, $1,550.
32, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1-8, 4,744, $1,400.
33, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 0-0, 3,005, $1,400, withdrew and was replaced by alternate Chris Warren.


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Jones Retains Lead After First Match Play Round In PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial: Koivuniemi in Third

by Jason Thomas January 28, 2011 11:06

Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C., posted a 6-3 match play record and averaged 224.6 to maintain his lead after Friday’s first match play round in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl.

The field has been cut from 32 players to 16 who will return this evening for another nine-game match play round that will determine the four players who will advance to the the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.

Jones, a 13-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist whose last title came in the DyDo Japan Cup that concluded the 2009-10 season, had games of 215, 215, 198, 225, 215, 244, 237, 214 and 259 winning his last four matches.

“The lanes broke down a little differently than I thought so I had to make some quick adjustments,” Jones said. “I was hoping to get off to a better start but I was able to hang in there early and finish strong. I’m going to drill up another ball for tonight’s round so I can pick it up quicker.”

Jones’ best finish this season was third in the PBA World Series of Bowling Pepsi Viper Championship.

In second after posting a 7-2 match play record is Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who is looking for his first PBA Tour title, and coming all the way from 31st with the help of an 8-1 match play record and a 237.2 block average is last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi of Finland in third. PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, looking for his 36th title, rounds out the top four.

Two 300s were bowled in today’s early match play round by Dave Wodka and Weber, both seen on pba.com’s Xtra Frame video service. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com home page for subscription info.

 

Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour

PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jan. 28

Round of 32

(after 23 games, pinfall totals include match play bonus pins; top 16 advanced to Round of 16)

1, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 6-3, 5,492.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 7-2, 5,399.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 8-1, 5,369.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-4, 5,359.
5, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 8-1-0, 5,349.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5-4-0, 5,325.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6-3, 5,318.
8, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7-2, 5,304.
9, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 6-3, 5,302.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 5-4, 5,293.
11, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-5, 5,291.
12, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 5-4, 5,268.
13, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7-2, 5,252.
14, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 4-5, 5,223.
15, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-5, 5,208.
16, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5-4, 5,141.
17, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 4-5, 5,133, $2,340.
18, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5-4, 5,127, $2,200.
19, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-4, 5,086, $2,150.
20, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3-6, 5,081, $2,100.
21, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 4-5, 5,057, $2,050.
22, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3-6, 5,035, $2,000.
23, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 4-5, 5,016, $1,950.
24, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3-6, 4,990, $1,900.
25, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 4-5, 4,981, $1,850.
26, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-6, 4,956, $1,800.
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-7, 4,949, $1,750.
28, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 4-5, 4,930, $1,700.
29, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2-7, 4,910, $1,650.
30, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3-6, 4,864, $1,600.
31, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 2-7, 4,857, $1,550.
32, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1-8, 4,744, $1,400.
33, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 0-0, 3,005, $1,400, withdrew and was replaced by alternate Chris Warren.


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Tommy Jones Leads After Two Rounds In PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

by Jason Thomas January 27, 2011 17:09

Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C. averaged 235 to take the lead after two rounds in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Thursday at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl.

Jones, a 13-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, had a 3,290 14-game pinfall to hold a 49-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in second with 3,241.

Jones had a 1,645 seven-game pinfall in Thursday’s early round and followed that up with an identical pinfall in the second round on games of 198, 269, 235, 221, 299, 234 and 189.

“It’s quite a difference from bowling the Tournament of Champions last week which was about the worst I’ve bowled in a tournament,” said Jones, who finished 91st in the Tournament of Champions. “But that tournament is over and it’s time to move on and that’s the mindset you have to have.

“Going into match play tomorrow the lanes will play differently but if I can get off to a good start I like my chances.”

Jones won the DyDo Japan Cup to close out the 2009-10 season and his best finish this season was third in the Pepsi Viper Championship.

The field has been cut to 32 players for match play on Friday. After match play concludes the four players will be determined for the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.

Mika Koivuniemi, who won the Tournament of Champions and a record $250,000 first prize last week for his ninth PBA Tour title and third major, finished the day in 31st just making the cut with a 2,994 pinfall.

Earl Anthony Memorial defending champion Anthony LaCaze failed to advance to match play after finishing 45th.

PBA.com’s Xtra Frame video service is providing live coverage of the Earl Anthony Memorial. For Xtra Frame subscription information click on the Xtra Frame logo on the homepage of pba.com.

 

PBA ONE A DAY EARL ANTHONY MEMORIAL

Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jan. 27

SECOND ROUND (after 14 games)

 

Top 32 advance to Friday’s match play

1, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3,290.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,241.
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,224.
4, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3,213.
5, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and
Stuart Williams, England, 3,166.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,164.
8, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,163.
9, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,153.
10, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,142.
11, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,120.
12, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,112.
13, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,101.
14, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,100.
15, (tie) Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and
Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,065.
17, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,062.
18, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 3,060.
19, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and
Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,054.
21, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3,051.
22, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,040.
23, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,035.
24, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,034.
25, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,017.
26, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,014.
27, (tie) Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., and
Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,013.
29, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,005.
30, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,998.
31, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,994.
32, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 2,990.

 

Failed to advance
33, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,986, $1,300.
34, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,972, $1,300.
35, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,956, $1,300.
36, (tie) Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., and
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,954, $1,250.
38, (tie) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,951, $1,200.
40, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,943, $1,200.
41, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,925, $1,200.
42, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,924, $1,200.
43, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,913, $1,200.
44, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,909, $1,200.
45, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,883, $1,200.
46, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,882, $1,200.
47, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,875, $1,200.
48, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,862, $1,200.
49, Dennis Acma, San Ramon, Calif., 2,858, $1,200.
50, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,855, $1,200.
51, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 2,811, $1,200.
52, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,805, $1,200.
53, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,796, $1,200.
54, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 2,790, $1,200.
55, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,783, $1,000.
56, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,770, $1,000.
57, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,768, $1,000.
58, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 2,767, $1,000.
59, Brett Spangler, New Castle, Ind., 2,765, $1,000.
60, Ron Case, Oakley, Calif., 2,737, $1,000.
61, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,734, $1,000.
62, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,728, $1,000.
63, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 2,673, $1,000.
64, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,646, $1,000.


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Mike Scroggins Leads PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial After First Round

by Jason Thomas January 27, 2011 10:08

Eight-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, leads the 64-player field in the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial after the first Round of 64 block Thursday with a 1,677 seven-game pinfall (239.57 average). He had games of 290, 259, 200, 213, 209, 269 and 237.

Scroggins, who had been in a bit of a slump since the World Series of Bowling last November felt his game returning to form after last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions where he finished 19th.

“Making match play last week at the Tournament of Champions was a good confidence builder,” said Scroggins. “During the World Series I think I bowled the minimum number of games you could bowl—didn’t make the top 16 in any of the events.

“Sometimes I get into a phase where my timing isn’t where it should be and that was the case in the World Series, but I think I have that corrected now and I’m feeling much more comfortable.”

Mika Koivuniemi, who won the PBA Tournament of Champions and record $250,000 first prize last week for his ninth PBA Tour title, finished the first block in 21st with a 1,528 pinfall.

He’s hoping to keep the momentum going after winning the T of C for his third major.

“When you’re bowling good, you’re bowling good,” Koivuniemi said. “When I won my first tournament (2000 USBC Masters) I made the show the next week so hopefully I can do that again this week. It’s easier to keep bowling good than having to start bowling good.”

Earl Anthony Memorial defending champion Anthony LaCaze will have some work to do to advance to match play currently sitting in 56th place.

The entire field will bowl another seven-game round later this afternoon after which the field will be cut to the top 32 players who will advance to Friday’s match play. After match play has concluded the four players will be determined for the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.

 

PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Round of 64 First round

1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,677.
2, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,650.
3, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 1,645.
4, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,613.
5, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,604.
6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,591.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,572.
8, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,560.
9, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,556.
10, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,553.
11, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,547.
11, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,547.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 1,546.
14, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,544.
14, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,544.
16, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,538.
17, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,537.
18, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,535.
19, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,532.
20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,530.
21, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,528.
22, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,524.
23, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,522.
24, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,520.
25, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,517.
26, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,513.
27, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,511.
28, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,499.
29, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,494.
30, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,491.
30, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,491.
32, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,472.
33, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,467.
34, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,460.
35, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,455.
36, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,447.
37, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,445.
38, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,443.
39, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,441.
40, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,438.
41, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,435.
42, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,434.
43, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,428.
44, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,416.
45, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,415.
46, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,413.
47, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,410.
48, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,405.
49, Brett Spangler, New Castle, Ind., 1,404.
50, Dennis Acma, San Ramon, Calif., 1,401.
51, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,397.
51, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,397.
53, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,390.
54, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,381.
55, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,380.
56, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,368.
57, Ron Case, Oakley, Calif., 1,362.
57, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,362.
59, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 1,346.
59, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,346.
61, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,340.
62, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,334.
63, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,328.
64, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,300.


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