Iowa’s Tom Hess Wins First Lumber Liquidators PBA Title in Bayer USBC Masters

by Bill Vint February 13, 2011 11:02

By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Public Relations

RENO, Nev. - Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, thrust his hands to the sky, jumped into the air and relished his place in bowling history as he claimed the title at the 2011 Bayer United States Bowling Congress Masters on Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

Hess defeated top seed Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., 225-214, to win his first career Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour title.

"I can't put into words right now what this means, this is just a lifelong dream realized," said Hess, who defeated Mika Koivuniemi of Finland, 254-219, for the right to bowl Jurek. "I am a PBA champion now. It's something I've wanted to do since I was very little."

Jurek opened up the championship match in strong fashion, striking on six of his first seven shots and taking a 22-pin lead after seven frames, but disaster struck for the top seed. Jurek left back-to-back splits for open frames in the eighth and ninth.

"All I was thinking was to keep the pressure on him," said Hess, whose only open in the title match came in the first frame when he failed to convert a 4-9 split. "That's why we bowl 10 frames. I caught my bad break early in the game and was able to come back from it."

After Hess struck on his first shot in the 10th frame, he needed just a handful of pins on his final two shots to win, when Jurek approached him and gave Hess some words of advice.

"He actually came up to me and said congratulations, get your emotions together and make a good shot," Hess said. "He's a true gentleman. I almost feel bad that I took his title away from him, but I earned it."

Jurek finished second at the 2006 Masters to Doug Kent, losing as the top seed in that event as well. He said he felt comfortable and was content knowing he made good shots.

"I wasn't the most relaxed that I've been on television, but I wasn't bad," said Jurek, a two-time winner on the PBA Tour. "I felt like I made a lot of quality shots. The two open frames I had in the eighth and ninth, that's part of bowling. Those were two shots where I didn't feel nervous or anxiety."

When Jurek stepped up in the final frame of the championship match, he trailed by one pin. He delivered a clutch strike on his first shot, but left a pocket 7-10 split on his second shot and got one pin.

"Even a spare there forces him to go spare, strike to win and for your first title and a major title, that's not the easiest thing to do," Jurek said. "Throwing the second strike in the 10th and forcing him to double to win would have put a whole new emphasis on things. It was a huge shot."

In the semifinal, Hess and Koivuniemi both started with five consecutive strikes before Koivuniemi opened in the sixth frame. Hess went on to throw two more strikes to run his string to seven in a row before leaving the 3-6 in the eighth frame. Hess converted spares in the final three frames to advance.

In the opening match of the day, Koivuniemi jumped out to a big lead against Mike DeVaney of Murrieta, Calif., and took a 230-206 victory.

The 2011 USBC Masters, the third of four major championships on the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour,  featured a field of 256 of the top professional and amateur players in the world competing for an overall prize fund of $235,000.

The Masters was the second stop on the new World Bowling Tour organized by the World Tenpin Bowling Association. The World Tour is a new concept developed by the WTBA to showcase the best bowlers from around the world.

Players who compete in the selected international events and finish among the top three men and top three women in the final points standings will be eligible to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals, a special televised event with a prize fund of $40,000.

2011 BAYER USBC MASTERS
At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Sunday

Final standings
1, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 479 (two games), $50,000.
2, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 214 (one game), $25,000.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 449 (two games), $15,000.
4, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 206 (one game), $10,000.

Stepladder results
Match One - Koivuniemi def. DeVaney, 230-206.
Semifinal Match - Hess def. Koivuniemi, 254-219.
Championship Match - Hess def. Jurek, 225-214.

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Jurek Earns Top Seed for Bayer USBC Masters Finals: Tune into ESPN Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern

by Jason Thomas February 11, 2011 16:42

By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications

RENO, Nev. - For the second time in his career, Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., has earned the top seed for the television finals at the United States Bowling Congress Masters. Now he hopes to take the next step and win his first major title.

Jurek went 6-0 in the double-elimination match-play bracket at the 2011 Bayer USBC Masters, locking up the top seed with a 668-583 victory over Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa. Hess earned the No. 2 seed for the finals, which will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Mika Koivuniemi of Finland secured the No. 3 seed and will face No. 4 seed Mike DeVaney of Murrieta, Calif., in the opening match of the stepladder finals at the National Bowling Stadium.

For Jurek, his success this week was a flashback to 2006 when he went unbeaten in match play only to lose in the championship match to Doug Kent, 277-230.

"The last few weeks of bowling haven't been very good for me, so I've been trying to find a happy place and 2006 in Milwaukee was it for me," said Jurek, who has two career titles on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour. "The most important thing for me is to try and stay relaxed and calm. I can't think about the magnitude of winning the Masters."

Jurek said the outcome in 2006 didn't leave a negative taste in his mouth because of the way Kent bowled in the final, although he hopes this Sunday he will be on the other side and be the one shooting the big game.

"If you tell me right now that I didn't have to put my shoes on and bowl but could take a 230 game in the final of a major championship, I'd take it," Jurek said. "If I stay relaxed and bowl well, I can beat anyone."

In the battle for the top seed, Jurek opened up against Hess with nine strikes in a row before shooting 276 and taking a 94-pin lead and never looking back.

Hess will be making his second appearance in the televised finals of a PBA Tour event. In January 2009, he made the finals of the Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship, which was also held at the National Bowling Stadium.

"It's going to be very emotional for me on Sunday," said Hess, who finished fifth with Laura Hardeman in the mixed doubles event. "It might have cost me the top seed because I was so emotional when I won the match to make the show. Winning a PBA title has been a dream for me since I was a kid."

In the final matches of the losers bracket, Koivuniemi defeated 1990 Masters winner Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., 695-646, while DeVaney survived a close 594-591 match with 1987 Masters winner Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan.

Koivuniemi will be looking to win his second consecutive major title. He took home the biggest prize in bowling history when he won $250,000 for his victory at the PBA Tournament of Champions last month. Koivuniemi, who has three career major titles, won the Masters in 2000 for his first PBA title.

DeVaney has won two career PBA titles, the most recent coming at the 2009 PBA World Series of Bowling in the Scorpion Championship. He will be making his first appearance in the Masters championship round.

The USBC Masters is a major on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and the champion of the event will earn $50,000. The runner-up will take home $25,000, third place will earn $15,000 and the fourth-place finisher will earn $10,000.

2011 BAYER USBC MASTERS
At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.

TELEVISION FINALS
(ESPN, Sunday, 3 p.m. EST)

Match 1: No. 3 Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., vs. No. 4 Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif.
Match 2: No. 2 Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, vs. Match 1 winner
Championship match: No. 1 Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., vs. Match 2 winner

MATCH PLAY
Friday's results
Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall
(Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total.)

ROUND 2 WINNERS BRACKET

(32) Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, def. (17) Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 750-629
(8) Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., def. (9) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 618-615
(12) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., def. (37) Andres Gomez, Colombia, 692-621
(13) Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., def. (61) Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 664-630

(19) Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., def. (62) J.R. Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., 781-665
(22) Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., def. (38) Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 701-639
(7) Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., def. (10) Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 719-630
(15) Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., def. (34) Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 794-646

ROUND 3 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $2,000)

(40) Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., def. (51) Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 640-624
(30) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. (59) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 646-606
(18) Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, def. (23) David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 688-656
(63) Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, def. (26) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 631-572

(41) Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., def. (35) Stuart Williams, England, 593-540
(25) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., def. (46) PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 690-517
(58) Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., def. (45) Mathew Jones, Avondale, Ariz., 613-573
(47) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. (5) Martin Larsen, Sweden, 648-560

ROUND 4 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $2,500)

Gomez def. Rash, 657-653
Barnes def. Vermilyea, 754-712
Castillo def. Allen, 736-590
Himmler def. Bohr, 639-603

Ciccone def. Haugen, 656-652
Couch def. Fagan, 805-690
Legnani def. Russell, 619-583
Smallwood def. Russell, 693-510

ROUND 4 WINNERS BRACKET

Hess def. Jones, 763-665
Warren def. Steelsmith, 738-538
DeVaney def. Paluszek, 670-605
Jurek def. Koivuniemi, 692-645

ROUND 5 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $3,000)

Barnes def. Gomez, 712-660
Himmler def. Castillo, 569-558
Couch def. Ciccone, 647-635
Legnani def. Smallwood, 727-627

ROUND 6 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $3,600)

Koivuniemi def. Barnes, 804-698
Paluszek def. Himmler, 616-609
Steelsmith def. Couch, 692-631
Legnani def. Jones, 684-631

ROUND 5 WINNERS BRACKET

Hess def. Warren, 611-540
Jurek def. DeVaney, 640-584

ROUND 7 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $4,700)

Koivuniemi def. Paluszek, 669-651
Steelsmith def. Legnani, 676-608

ROUND 8 LOSERS BRACKET
(Winners advance to TV show; Losers eliminated, earn $6,500)

Koivuniemi def. Warren, 695-646
DeVaney def. Steelsmith, 594-591

ROLL-OFF FOR TOP SEED
(Winner takes top seed, loser takes second seed)

Jurek def. Hess, 668-583


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Koivuniemi Among Unbeaten Players at Bayer USBC Masters

by Jason Thomas February 10, 2011 16:48

By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications

RENO, Nev. - Finland's Mika Koivuniemi's proficiency in major tournaments continued Thursday night as he went 2-0 in matches at the 2011 Bayer United States Bowling Congress Masters to lead a group of 16 undefeated players.

Koivuniemi, who last month won $250,000 for his victory at the Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions, dominated his first two matches at the National Bowling Stadium and is the highest seed remaining in the winners bracket at No. 7.

"I'm probably bowling better than I have in my entire life," said Koivuniemi, who won the Masters in 2000 for his first career Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title. "If I keep it up I like my chances to make the show. But you never know if you will run into someone who will bowl a big series."

Koivuniemi defeated No. 58 Ronnie Russell, 690-572, in the first round and then took down No. 26 Brad Angelo, 754-664, in the three games, total pins matches.

"I really like where I am right now," Koivuniemi said. "It's been a long time since I went 2-0 in matches to start the Masters. I feel like I can bowl good enough to beat anyone right now. A lot depends on who I bowl and what pair I bowl on."

The double-elimination match-play bracket wasn't kind to the top seeds as No. 1 Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., No. 2 George Lambert IV of Canada, No. 3 West Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, and No. 4 Jason Belmonte of Australia were all eliminated on Thursday night.

Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. entered match play as the No. 64 seed and he upset O'Neill in the first round, 739-712, but then went on to lose his next two matches to be knocked out of the tournament with a 1-2 record.

In the winners bracket, two amateurs remained alive in their quest to join an elite list of amateur players to win the Masters. Erik Vermilyea of Mansfield, Texas, and Lucas Legnani of Argentina both stayed unbeaten Thursday. Mathew Jones of Avondale, Ariz., is the lone amateur left in the losers bracket.

The only woman remaining in the field is Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who made sports history last year by becoming the first woman to win a PBA Tour title. She will take on the man she beat for that title, Chris Barnes, in the losers bracket Friday morning.

A total of 32 players remain in the hunt for this year's Masters title with 16 players in the winners bracket and 16 players in the losers bracket. All players completed 15 games of qualifying over three days to earn their spot in match play.

The USBC Masters is a major on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and the champion of the event will earn $50,000. The final four players who survive bracket play will advance to the championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

2011 BAYER USBC MASTERS
At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
Thursday's results

MATCH PLAY
Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall
(Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total)

OPENING MATCH PLAY ROUND
(Winners remain in winners bracket. Losers move to losers bracket)
(64) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., def. (1) Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 739-712
(32) Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, def. (33) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 649-634
(17) Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. (48) Mark Scuderi Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 620-612
(49) Ralph Solan, Huntsville, Ala., def. (16) Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 648-623
(9) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., def. (56) Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 612-581
(41) Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., def. (24) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 615-610
(25) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., def. (40) Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 724-694
(8) Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., def. (57) Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 655-640

(5) Martin Larsen, Sweden, def. (60) Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 696-675
(37) Andres Gomez, Colombia, def. (28) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 603-567
(44) Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., def. (21) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 637-553
(12) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., def. (53) Adam Ishman, Las Vegas, 689-545
(13) Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., def. (52) Brandon Kraye, LaHabra, Calif., 694-637
(45) Mathew Jones, Avondale, Ariz., def. (20) Joshua Kierpiec, Scottsville, N.Y., 672-533
(36) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. (29) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 672-662
(61) Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, def. (4) Jason Belmonte, Australia, 620-568

(62) J.R. Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., def. (3) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 599-573
(30) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. (35) Stuart Williams, England, 639-613
(19) Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., def. (46) PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 661-619
(51) Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., def. (14) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 745-609
(54) Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., def. (11) Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 620-605
(22) Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., def. (43) Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 697-541
(38) Lucas Legnani, Argentina, def. (27) Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 624-578
(59) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., def. (6) Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 674-623

(7) Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., def. (58) Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 690-572
(26) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., def. (39) Jason Munkberg, Redding, Calif., 638-594
(23) David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., def. (42) Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 664-586
(10) Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., def. (55) Michael Clark Jr, Cleveland, Ohio, 633-577
(15) Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., def. (50) Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 746-605
(18) Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, def. (47) Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 608-564
(34) Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., def. (31) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 694-595
(63) Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, def. (2) George Lambert IV, Canada, 639-578

 

ROUND 1 WINNERS BRACKET

Hess def. W.R. Williams, 777-611
Allen def. Solan, 654-508
Bohr def. Ciccone, 689-618
T. Jones def. Couch, 659-641
Gomez def. Larsen, 638-583
Warren def. Badovinac, 624-533
Steelsmith def. M. Jones, 676-598
Vermilyea def. Johnson, 600-593

Raymond def. Barnes, 733-673
DeVaney def. Smith, 636-627
Paluszek def. Steil, 603-598
Legnani def. Kulick, 697-693
Koivuniemi def. Angelo, 754-664
Fagan def. Beres, 716-678
Jurek def. Castillo, 729-702
Haugen def. Himmler, 708-637

ROUND 1 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,350)

Boresch def. O'Neill, 686-605
Rash def. Machuga, 657-615
Kretzer def. Scuderi, 660-553
Bright def. Ciminelli, 628-579
Lehtonen def. Garber, 685-684
Belmonte def. LaCaze, 637-559
Weber def. Ishman, 567-493
Kierpiec def. Kraye, 631-555

S. Williams def. Malott, 641-598
Waliczek def. VanDaniker, 776-621
Haggerty def. Edwards, 691-594
MacLelland def. Carter, 612-593
Russell def. Munkberg, 697-672
Lambert det. Duke, 693-605
Clark def. Thompson, 660-533
Smallwood def. Kloempken, 661-607

ROUND 2 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,600)

Smith def. Boresch, 691-576
Rash def. Steil, 644-635
Barnes def. Kretzer, 680-627
Kulick def. Bright, 635-578
Beres def. Lehtonen, 620-617
Castillo def. Belmonte 665-623
Angelo def. Weber, 618-574
Himmler def. Kierpiec, 653-536

S. Williams def. Solan, 669-619
Ciccone def. Waliczek, 677-582
Haggerty def. W.R. Williams, 710-687
Couch def. MacLelland, 667-592
Russell def. Badovinac, 592-555
M. Jones def. Lambert, 612-591
Larsen def. Clark, 590-584
Smallwood def. Johnson, 721-573


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O’Neill Earns High Qualifier Honors at Bayer USBC Masters: Match play begins at 7 p.m. Eastern

by Jason Thomas February 10, 2011 08:17

 

By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications

RENO, Nev. - Team USA member Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., emerged as the high qualifier Thursday after 15 games at the 2011 Bayer United States Bowling Congress Masters.

The three-time winner on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour and last season’s U.S. Open champ finished qualifying with a 3,434 total, an average of 228.9, and will face defending champion and No. 64 seed Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., in the opening round of the double-elimination match-play bracket at the National Bowling Stadium.

"I haven't been bowling great, so to come out here and throw it well is nice," said O'Neill, who earned a $1,000 bonus for being the top qualifier. "I have a lot of confidence going into match play."

The top 63 players from the final qualifying standings advanced to match play. George Lambert IV, who led the first two rounds, qualified second with 3,423, while Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, was third with 3,410.

Match play begins at 4 p.m. Pacific on Thursday with three rounds of matches on the schedule. By the end of the day, only 32 players will remain in the field.

The USBC Masters is a major on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and the champion of the event will earn $50,000. The final four players who survive bracket play will advance to the championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

2011 USBC MASTERS
At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
Thursday's results

QUALIFYING ROUND 3
(15 games)

1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,434, $1,000.
2, George Lambert IV, Canada, 3,423.
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,410.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,400.
5, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,377.
6, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,360.
7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,339.
8, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3,333.
9, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,319.
10, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,317.
11, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 3,296.
12, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,288.
13, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,287.
14, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,283.
15, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,279.
15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,279.
17, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,274.
18, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,271.
19, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,261.
20, Joshua Kierpiec, Scottsville, N.Y., 3,259.
21, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,257.
22, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,255.
23, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,252.
24, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,249.
25, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,247.
26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,242.
27, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,227.
28, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,223.
29, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,219.
30, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,210.
31, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,205.
31, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,205.
33, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,202.
34, Stuart Williams, England, 3,200.
34, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,200.
36, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,198.
37, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 3,195.
37, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,195.
39, Jason Munkberg, Redding, Calif., 3,194.
40, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,192.
41, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,188.
42, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 3,181.
43, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,178.
44, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 3,170.
45, Mathew Jones, Avondale, Ariz., 3,167.
46, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,164.
46, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 3,164.
48, Mark Scuderi Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,160.
49, Ralph Solan, Huntsville, Ala., 3,153.
50, Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,149.
51, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,148.
52, Brandon Kraye, LaHabra, Calif., 3,144.
53, Adam Ishman, Las Vegas, 3,139.
54, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 3,133.
55, Michael Clark Jr, Cleveland, Ohio, 3,127.
56, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 3,126.
57, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,113.
58, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,107.
59, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,094.
60, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,091.
61, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 3,073.
62, J.R. Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., 3,071.
63, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,059.

DID NOT ADVANCE

64, Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., 3,054, $1,000.
65, Teruyuki Obara, Japan, 3,034, $1,000.


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PBA West Regional to Raise Funds for Haiti Orphanage

by Bill Vint February 10, 2011 02:40

SUTTER CREEK, Calif. – With support from the bowling public in the Sutter Creek, Calif., area and the PBA West Region, maybe another child like Claire Bryditzki will have a chance for a better life.

Thanks for the PBA West Region and host Gold Country Lanes, the PBA West Region’s Jackson Rancheria Pro-Am this weekend in Sutter Creek will include a fundraising effort for the orphanage in earthquake-ravaged Haiti where seven-year-old Claire Bryditzki lived until she was rescued by her adoptive parents, Scott and Debbie Bryditzki.

Through a significant and complex humanitarian effort, little Claire was brought to the United States after the tragic earthquake in Haiti in 2009, but there are still hundreds of much less fortunate children left behind in the devastated country. So last February, friends of the Bryditzki family, Carol Kunkle (mother of regional winner Eddie Kunkle – and the guy who helped Claire Bryditzki rolled the ceremonial first ball), Gold Country Lanes staff and PBA West Region tournament director Gary Mage teamed up for raise money for the Haiti orphanage.

The 2010 event was so successful, they’re doing it again this weekend. If you’d like to participate in Friday’s pro-am or show your support, contact Tom Harmon at Gold Country Lanes (phone: 209-223-3334) or e-mail Scott and Deb Bryditzki (bitzki@usamedia.tv).

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