New Young Gun Emerging

by PBA Editor January 9, 2008 19:00
All-time Denny’s PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. started Thursday’s Round of 64 with a 300 game and was atop the leader board after each of the first 12 games. But when it was all said and done, 21-year-old Ryan Ciminelli stood alone at the top.

Ciminelli, who led Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round to earn a spot in the Round of 64 Thursday, averaged 254.88 over the final seven games of qualifying to finish with a 3,402 14-game pinfall to earn the top seed for match play in the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic at Lava Lanes.

This week marks just the third time in his career Ciminelli has advanced to the Round of 64 through the TQR, but every time he’s been there he’s made a splash. Two years ago he finished ninth in the GEICO Classic in Cheektowaga, N.Y., as an amateur and earlier this season he finished 11th in the Lumber Liquidators Championship in Baltimore.

On Thursday, Ciminelli was eighth after the first seven-game block, but was a machine in the second block, shooting five consecutive games of 255 or better in the middle of the block including a 277 in game 13 which pushed him past Williams for the first time.

“It was in the back of my mind the whole time I was gaining on him,” Ciminelli said of catching the PBA Hall of Famer. “I set a little goal for myself to catch him just to keep myself focused. I didn’t think I would catch him since Walter Ray throws so many strikes, but I guess every dog has its day.”

Ciminelli (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) will face No. 32 Troy Wollenbecker (Miami) in Friday’s Round of 32. Wollenbecker fired a 229 in the final game to take the final spot in match play by just seven pins over Ritchie Allen.

Williams (Ocala, Fla.) finished second with 3,367 and will face No. 31 Doug Kent, the 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year. The two have gone in opposite directions this season as Williams has won two titles and leads the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race while Kent is looking to make his first championship round appearance of the season.

Rhino Page (Topeka, Kan.), who qualified through Wednesday’s Tour Qualifying Round for the seventh time in nine tries this season, finished third with 3,328 and will face No. 30 Stevie Weber. Page has made history this season, becoming the first qualifier to advance to two championship rounds, including a second-place finish to PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III in the Spartanburg Classic. Bohn finished right behind Page in fourth with 3,300 and will face No. 29 Steve Jaros.

In a rematch of last week’s ConstructionJobs.com Championship title match, No. 7 Patrick Allen will face No. 26 Tommy Jones. Last Sunday, Jones defeated the 10-time titlist Allen to win his 11th career title.

Defending champion Sean Rash finished ninth with 3,137 and will face No. 24 Michael Haugen Jr.

Single elimination match play gets underway Friday at 9 a.m. PST with the Round of 32, followed by the Round of 16 at 2 p.m. and the Round of 8 at 7 p.m. The final four bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN-televised championship round, which gets underway at 10 a.m. PST. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2008-09 season.
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New Young Gun Emerging

by PBA Editor January 9, 2008 19:00
All-time Denny’s PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. started Thursday’s Round of 64 with a 300 game and was atop the leader board after each of the first 12 games. But when it was all said and done, 21-year-old Ryan Ciminelli stood alone at the top.

Ciminelli, who led Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round to earn a spot in the Round of 64 Thursday, averaged 254.88 over the final seven games of qualifying to finish with a 3,402 14-game pinfall to earn the top seed for match play in the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic at Lava Lanes.

This week marks just the third time in his career Ciminelli has advanced to the Round of 64 through the TQR, but every time he’s been there he’s made a splash. Two years ago he finished ninth in the GEICO Classic in Cheektowaga, N.Y., as an amateur and earlier this season he finished 11th in the Lumber Liquidators Championship in Baltimore.

On Thursday, Ciminelli was eighth after the first seven-game block, but was a machine in the second block, shooting five consecutive games of 255 or better in the middle of the block including a 277 in game 13 which pushed him past Williams for the first time.

“It was in the back of my mind the whole time I was gaining on him,” Ciminelli said of catching the PBA Hall of Famer. “I set a little goal for myself to catch him just to keep myself focused. I didn’t think I would catch him since Walter Ray throws so many strikes, but I guess every dog has its day.”

Ciminelli (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) will face No. 32 Troy Wollenbecker (Miami) in Friday’s Round of 32. Wollenbecker fired a 229 in the final game to take the final spot in match play by just seven pins over Ritchie Allen.

Williams (Ocala, Fla.) finished second with 3,367 and will face No. 31 Doug Kent, the 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year. The two have gone in opposite directions this season as Williams has won two titles and leads the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race while Kent is looking to make his first championship round appearance of the season.

Rhino Page (Topeka, Kan.), who qualified through Wednesday’s Tour Qualifying Round for the seventh time in nine tries this season, finished third with 3,328 and will face No. 30 Stevie Weber. Page has made history this season, becoming the first qualifier to advance to two championship rounds, including a second-place finish to PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III in the Spartanburg Classic. Bohn finished right behind Page in fourth with 3,300 and will face No. 29 Steve Jaros.

In a rematch of last week’s ConstructionJobs.com Championship title match, No. 7 Patrick Allen will face No. 26 Tommy Jones. Last Sunday, Jones defeated the 10-time titlist Allen to win his 11th career title.

Defending champion Sean Rash finished ninth with 3,137 and will face No. 24 Michael Haugen Jr.

Single elimination match play gets underway Friday at 9 a.m. PST with the Round of 32, followed by the Round of 16 at 2 p.m. and the Round of 8 at 7 p.m. The final four bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN-televised championship round, which gets underway at 10 a.m. PST. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2008-09 season.
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New Young Gun Emerging

by PBA Editor January 9, 2008 19:00
All-time Denny’s PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. started Thursday’s Round of 64 with a 300 game and was atop the leader board after each of the first 12 games. But when it was all said and done, 21-year-old Ryan Ciminelli stood alone at the top.

Ciminelli, who led Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round to earn a spot in the Round of 64 Thursday, averaged 254.88 over the final seven games of qualifying to finish with a 3,402 14-game pinfall to earn the top seed for match play in the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic at Lava Lanes.

This week marks just the third time in his career Ciminelli has advanced to the Round of 64 through the TQR, but every time he’s been there he’s made a splash. Two years ago he finished ninth in the GEICO Classic in Cheektowaga, N.Y., as an amateur and earlier this season he finished 11th in the Lumber Liquidators Championship in Baltimore.

On Thursday, Ciminelli was eighth after the first seven-game block, but was a machine in the second block, shooting five consecutive games of 255 or better in the middle of the block including a 277 in game 13 which pushed him past Williams for the first time.

“It was in the back of my mind the whole time I was gaining on him,” Ciminelli said of catching the PBA Hall of Famer. “I set a little goal for myself to catch him just to keep myself focused. I didn’t think I would catch him since Walter Ray throws so many strikes, but I guess every dog has its day.”

Ciminelli (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) will face No. 32 Troy Wollenbecker (Miami) in Friday’s Round of 32. Wollenbecker fired a 229 in the final game to take the final spot in match play by just seven pins over Ritchie Allen.

Williams (Ocala, Fla.) finished second with 3,367 and will face No. 31 Doug Kent, the 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year. The two have gone in opposite directions this season as Williams has won two titles and leads the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race while Kent is looking to make his first championship round appearance of the season.

Rhino Page (Topeka, Kan.), who qualified through Wednesday’s Tour Qualifying Round for the seventh time in nine tries this season, finished third with 3,328 and will face No. 30 Stevie Weber. Page has made history this season, becoming the first qualifier to advance to two championship rounds, including a second-place finish to PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III in the Spartanburg Classic. Bohn finished right behind Page in fourth with 3,300 and will face No. 29 Steve Jaros.

In a rematch of last week’s ConstructionJobs.com Championship title match, No. 7 Patrick Allen will face No. 26 Tommy Jones. Last Sunday, Jones defeated the 10-time titlist Allen to win his 11th career title.

Defending champion Sean Rash finished ninth with 3,137 and will face No. 24 Michael Haugen Jr.

Single elimination match play gets underway Friday at 9 a.m. PST with the Round of 32, followed by the Round of 16 at 2 p.m. and the Round of 8 at 7 p.m. The final four bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN-televised championship round, which gets underway at 10 a.m. PST. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2008-09 season.
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PBA Spare Shots

by PBA Editor January 8, 2008 19:00
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This Week
The 11th event of the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour takes place this week with the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic at Lava Lanes in Medford, Ore., Jan. 9-13. This week’s event marks the seventh consecutive season Lava Lanes has hosted a Denny’s PBA Tour event, tied with Taylor Lanes in Taylor, Mich., Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Mich., and Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif., for the longest streak of any current host center.

Sean Rash will look to become the first bowler to successfully defend a title at Lava Lanes. In fact, no bowler has ever won two titles at the center in contrast to Taylor Lanes, Spectrum Lanes and Fountain Bowl, which have both seen two-time winners in their centers. Rash, who hasn’t had a chance to extend his perfect 7-0 record on television since winning the 2007 USBC Masters, should have some success this week as he owns one title on the Cheetah oil pattern (2006 Beltway Classic), which is being used this week.

Other exempt bowlers who have won in Medford include Brian Himmler, Pete Weber and Mike Wolfe. Weber is among a handful of notable players, including Norm Duke and 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year Doug Kent, who have yet to make a championship round appearance in 2007-08.

Last Week
After struggling through the worst first half of a season since his rookie campaign in 2001-02, Tommy Jones showed last week that while he may have cooled down from his record-setting pace of the past three seasons, he’s certainly not going to disappear.

Jones defeated Patrick Allen, 254-214, to win the 2008 ConstructionJobs.com Championship at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., breaking a tie with Allen in the win column with his 11th career Denny’s PBA Tour title and becoming just the second bowler (Mika Koivuniemi) to win a title on all five of the PBA’s standard oil patterns.

The 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year, Jones did not make a TV final in the first half of the season for the first time since 2001-02 and was making his first championship round appearance on the Shark pattern since 2002. Jones forced himself to slow the ball down on the low-scoring pattern and he did so just enough to get past Ryan Shafer, 223-210, in the semifinal, then breezed past Allen, who was making his third consecutive championship round, to capture a title for the fourth consecutive season and take over bragging rights in their friendly rivalry.

This Week's Schedule
The 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic at Lava Lanes in Medford, Ore., features a single elimination match play format. The event started Wednesday, Jan. 9 with the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round, where nine PBA members and one amateur will advance to Thursday’s Round of 64. The official PBA Practice Session takes place Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

The Round of 64 features two seven-game qualifying blocks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. after which the field will be cut to the top 32 for single elimination match play. The Round of 32 gets underway Friday morning at 9 a.m., followed by the Round of 16 at 2 p.m. and the Round of 8 at 7 p.m. which will determine the four finalists for Sunday’s live-ESPN televised finals. PBA Pro-Ams and Fan Day take place at Lava Lanes all day Saturday.

The final four will bowl for the $25,000 top prize and a one-year Denny’s PBA Tour exemption on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 10 a.m. PST at Lava Lanes.

Did You Know?
Tommy Jones, the most successful bowler on television of all-time, is building up another winning streak. With his two wins on Sunday en route to the ConstrcutionJobs.com Championship, Jones ran his winning streak in televised matches to six games.

Jones had a 15-game winning streak two years ago which fell one shy of the all-time record of 16 held by Jim Pencak. Jones now has an astounding 30-7 record in 18 career championship round appearances, good for an .811 winning percentage, nearly 100 percentage points better than Pencak, whose 22-8 career record ranks second among bowlers with at least 10 TV appearances.

Nine Spots Available in Medford
Nine PBA members will earn a berth in Thursday’s Round of 64 as five exempt bowlers will not compete this week. Four bowlers have officially received deferments of their exemptions until the 2008-09 season – Jeff Carter, Jason Couch, Patrick Healey Jr. and Tony Reyes - while Tim Criss announced his retirement following the Lumber Liquidators Championship in December. Those five spots go back to the weekly TQR meaning each TQR for the remainder of the season will offer a minimum of nine spots to PBA members.

Over the course of this season, Rhino Page has showed like so many before the benefits of bowling the weekly Tour Qualifying Rounds. Page is currently ranked 15th in the PBA World Point Rankings, advancing out of the TQR six times in eight tries, making five match play appearances and two championship rounds, the latter being a first for qualifiers. Since Page is in a good position to finish the season in the top 40 in points, that leaves the rest of the non-exempt bowlers to fight it out for the non-exempt spot on the 2008-09 Tour. Currently in second behind Page is Edward VanDaniker Jr.

H&R Block Tournament of Champions Roster Taking Shape
With just two events remaining before the second Major event of the season – the 2008 H&R Block Tournament of Champions – the roster for the prestigious event is starting to take shape. Two changes took place this week, solidifying the fate of a third bowler.

Due to the illness that forced him to defer his 2007-08 exemption, Patrick Healey Jr. has also withdrawn from the Tournament of Champions, putting Kurt Pilon back on the roster. Pilon, who won the 2001 Peoria Open, was bumped off the roster when Michael Haugen Jr. won the Lake County Indiana Classic earlier this season. Healey’s withdrawal also locks 13-time titlist Randy Pedersen into the event as he moves back to third from the bottom with two events remaining. Pilon and Hugh Miller are the only bowlers who can be bumped from the event.

On the PBA Hall of Famers side, Gary Dickinson was also a late withdrawal last week and he will be replaced by Roy Buckley, who is eligible thanks to his 1981 Buffalo Open win.

Petruska Puts You to the Challenge
Are you an “AVTFOB”? Go to the Tucson Citizen’s website to find out.

Dave Petruska of the Tucson, Ariz., newspaper feels that bowling rarely gets a fair shake in the mass media. Read Petruska’s comment piece, his picks of the 12 best films with at least one bowling scene and find out if you are an “AVTFOB: A Very True Friend Of Bowling.” Petruska’s comments can be found by clicking here.

Denny’s All-American H.S. Championships Deadline Approaching
The deadline is approaching fast for high school bowlers to take advantage of their opportunity to compete among the top youth bowlers in the country and have a chance to bowl on ESPN.

For the second consecutive season, Denny’s, the PBA and the USBC are teaming up for the Denny’s All-American High School Championships. One female senior and one male senior will be selected from each state that recognizes bowling as a varsity sport and is a member of a high school varsity bowling team. The total field will be made up of 19 girls and 17 boys from around the country. This year’s application changes include a minimum GPA requirement of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) and an extension of the deadline for application into late January.
Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 21, 2008 for the event which takes place March 28-30 during the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open in North Brunswick, N.J. The top two male and female competitors will compete head-to-head on March 30. Student bowlers selected for the DAAHSC will compete for $10,000 in scholarships and the opportunity to bowl on ESPN with PBA professionals. For more information, visit pba.com or go to the high school section at www.bowl.com, and click “Denny’s Tournament” to download the official forms and details.

Membership Promotion Still in Full Swing
There’s still time for bowlers to take advantage of the PBA’s membership promotion, which runs through Feb. 29. The promotion waives the initiation or reinstatement fees for bowlers who join the PBA and enter a Denny’s PBA Tour event between now and Feb. 29, 2008.

Bowlers who become PBA members and enter a Denny’s PBA Tour event at the same time between now and Feb. 29 will have either their initiation fee ($99) or reinstatement fee ($99 or $198) waived. Participants in the promotion are required to maintain PBA membership for a minimum of six months.

EliteBowling.com is offering a free PBA double-ball tote bag to any bowlers who join the PBA via this special promotion and buy a PBA Series Ball from EliteBowling.com.

2008 PBA Senior Tour Schedule Announced
The PBA announced this week the 2008 PBA Senior Tour schedule, which will include a minimum of nine events with the potential for more events to be added before the season approaches.

The 2008 PBA Senior Tour features six standard events, two Majors and the return of the PBA Ladies and Legends at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Ill., which returned last year after an 11-year hiatus only to see Liz Johnson team up with Roger Kossert to successfully defend her title. The two Major events – the USBC Senior Masters and PBA Senior U.S. Open – will take place in back-to-back weeks with the USBC Senior Masters shifting to Golden Pin Lanes in Tucson, Ariz., and the PBA Senior U.S. Open returning to the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

The schedule includes one new stop this year as Airport Lanes in Jackson, Mich., returns as a host after a two-year hiatus. Additional stops take place at Capri Bowling Lanes in Dayton, Ohio, The Epicenter Bowling Complex in Klamath Falls, Ore., Harvest Park Bowl in Brentwood, Calif., Olympia Lanes in Hammond, Ind., and Spare Time Lanes in Decatur, Ill.

Last season, Tom Baker made history by earning PBA Senior Player of the Year honors for the third consecutive season, edging out fellow PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio. A competitive 2007 season saw several strong rookies join the Tour – including PBA Hall of Famer Steve Cook, Denny’s PBA Tour titlists Sam Maccarone and Hugh Miller and 2007 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year Sam Zurich – along with the return of 34-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist Mark Roth. Look for another exciting season in 2008.

2007-08 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Race
With his win in last week’s ConstructionJobs.com Championship, Tommy Jones threw his name into the 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year race. Walter Ray Williams Jr. still holds the lead, but Patrick Allen closed the gap with his third consecutive championship round appearance and a second-place finish to Jones last week.

With three Majors remaining, much can still change. The 2004-05 PBA Player of the Year Allen is followed by Mike Wolfe and Sean Rash, who won the season’s first Major, the 2007 USBC Masters. Under the new point system, Majors award more points than standard events.

RankNamePoints
1.Walter Ray Williams Jr.44
2.Patrick Allen36
3.Mike Wolfe26
4.Sean Rash24
5.Mika Koivuniemi22
6.Parker Bohn III20
7.Michael Haugen16
Robert Smith16
Wes Malott16
Tommy Jones16


2008 H&R Block Tournament of Champions Roster
With his win in the 2008 ConstructionJobs.com Championship. Tommy Jones moved to the top of the 2008 H&R Block Tournament of Champions roster. Kurt Pilon is on the bubble while Hugh Miller is second from the bottom with two events remaining before the T of C, which takes place Jan. 23-27 at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas. The event features 52 bowlers this season, up from 32 in years past.

Denny’s PBA Tour Entrants

No.NameTournament
1.Tommy JonesConstructionJobs.com Championship (1/6/08)
2.Parker Bohn IIISpartanburg Classic (12/16/07)
3.Patrick AllenLumber Liquidators Championship (12/9/07)
4.Walter Ray Williams Jr.Great Lakes Classic (12/2/07)
5.Robert SmithCLR Windy City Classic (11/25/07)
6.Michael Haugen Jr.Lake County Indiana Classic (11/18/07)
7.Mike WolfeEtonic Championship (11/11/07)
8.Sean RashUSBC Masters (10/28/07)
9.Mika KoivuniemiDydo Japan Cup 2007 (9/23/07)
10.Doug KentDenny’s World Championship (3/25/07)
11.Norm DukePepsi Championship (3/18/07)
12.Pete Weber64th U.S. Open (3/4/07)
13.Mike MinemanBayer Classic (2/25/07)
14.Chris BarnesGEICO Classic (2/11/07)
15.Jason CouchMotel 6 Classic (1/28/07)
16.Wes MalottDiscover® Card Windy City Classic (11/26/06)
17.Tony ReyesMotor City Classic (11/5/06)
18.Ritchie AllenMotel 6 Phoenix Classic (1/22/06)
19.Brian HimmlerEarl Anthony Medford Classic (1/8/06)
20.Mike ScrogginsUSBC Masters (11/20/05)
21.Mike MachugaGreater Omaha Classic (11/13/05)
22.Steve JarosDexter Tournament of Champions (4/10/05)
23.Danny WisemanUSBC Masters (10/31/04)
24.Ryan ShaferEmpire State Open (11/23/03)
25.Mike DeVaneyGEICO Earl Anthony Classic (1/5/03)
26.Eugene McCuneBanquet Classic (11/17/02)
27.Dave D’EntremontWichita Open (10/13/02)
28.Tommy Delutz Jr.Long Island Open (11/18/01)
29.Brian VossJackson Hewitt Tax Service Classic (1/29/06)
30.Jason HurdPepsi Open (11/28/04)
31.Rick LawrenceBowlersParadise.com Open (11/21/04)
32.Lonnie WaliczekOdor-Eaters Open (2/26/03)
33.Chris HaydenVIA Bowling Open (2/16/03)
34.Bryon SmithUSBC Masters (1/19/03)
35.Randy PedersenPepsi Open (11/24/02)
36.Hugh MillerDream Bowl 2002 (9/2/02)
37.Kurt PilonPeoria Open (9/21/01)


PBA Senior Tour Entrants

No.NameTournament
38.Tom BakerUSBC Senior Masters PBA Senior Dick Weber Invitational


PBA Regional Tour Entrants

No.NameTournament
39.Scott SantosPBA Regional Players Championship
40.Eddie GrahamPBA Regional Players Invitational


PBA Tournament of Champions Winners/PBA Hall of Famers

No.NameTournament
41.Bryan Goebel1998 Tournament of Champions
42.David Ozio1991 Tournament of Champions
43.Del Ballard Jr.1989 Tournament of Champions
44.Mark Williams1988 Tournament of Champions
45.Steve Cook1981 Tournament of Champions
46.Wayne Webb1980 Tournament of Champions
47.Johnny Petraglia1971 Tournament of Champions
48.Dave HustedNational/Senior Doubles (1/15/00)
49.Ernie SchlegelBayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (11/8/95)
50.Mark RothIOF Foresters Open (4/15/95)
51.Dave SoutarSyracuse Open (11/9/82)
52.Roy BuckleyBuffalo Open (7/28/81)


2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour Statistical Leaders

Point Leaders


RankNameHometownPoints
1.Walter Ray Williams Jr.Ocala, Fla.141,145
2.Patrick AllenWesley Chapel, Fla.121,139
3.Chris BarnesDouble Oak, Texas107,596.7
4.Wes MalottArgyle, Texas91,105
5.Sean RashWichita, Kan.90,438
6.Michael Haugen Jr.Cave Creek, Ariz.89,964.7
7.Parker Bohn IIIJackson, N.J.82,760
8.Mika KoivuniemiHartland, Mich.82,394
9.Chris LoschetterAvon, Ohio79,785
10.Mike DeVaneyTemecula, Calif.79,461


Earnings Leaders

RankNameHometownEarnings
1.Sean RashWichita, Kan.$123,400
2.Walter Ray Williams Jr.Ocala, Fla.$94,950
3.Patrick AllenWesley Chapel, Fla.$81,650
4.Mika KoivuniemiHartland, Mich.$76,140
5.Mike WolfeNew Albany, Ind.$69,621
6.Steve JarosYorkville, Ill.$69,000
7.Parker Bohn IIIJackson, N.J.$44,880
8.Michael Haugen Jr.Cave Creek, Ariz.$44,850
9.Tommy JonesSimpsonville, S.C.$44,610
10.Wes MalottArgyle, Texas$41,200


Average Leaders

RankNameHometownAverage
1.Walter Ray Williams Jr.Ocala, Fla.231.42
2.Rhino PageTopeka, Kan.229.17
3.Chris BarnesDouble Oak, Texas227.19
4.Wes MalottArgyle, Texas227.04
5.Patrick AllenWesley Chapel, Fla.225.26
6.Mika KoivuniemiHartland, Mich.223.85
7.Parker Bohn IIIJackson, N.J.223.44
8.Mike ScrogginsAmarillo, Texas223.34
9.Mike WolfeNew Albany, Ind.223.20
10.Tommy JonesSimpsonville, S.C.223.18


Final 2007 PBA Women’s Series Statistical Leaders

Point Leaders


RankNameHometownPoints
1.Carolyn Dorin-BallardN. Richland Hills, Texas82,997
2.Liz JonsonCheektowaga, N.Y.71,167
3.Kelly KulickUnion, N.J.66,690
4.Joy EstersonAnnapolis, Md.65,893
5.Shannon PluhowskyPhoenix, Ariz.55,670
6.Missy BellinderFullerton, Calif.54,676
7.Tish JohnsonColorado Springs, Colo.53,860
8.Olivia SandhamWichita, Kan.51,715
9.Amy StolzCastle Rock, Colo.47,726
10.Michelle FeldmanSkaneateles, N.Y.40,059


Earnings Leaders

RankNameHometownEarnings
1.Carolyn Dorin-BallardN. Richland Hills, Texas$25,000
2.Joy EstersonAnnapolis, Md.$19,300
3.Liz JohnsonCheektowaga, N.Y.$17,111
4.Shannon PluhowskyPhoenix, Ariz.$16,100
5.Kelly KulickUnion, N.J.$15,800
6.Tish JohnsonColorado Springs, Colo.$14,700
7.Missy BellinderFullerton, Calif.$12,600
8.Olivia SandhamWichita, Kan.$10,600
9.Amy StolzCastle Rock, Colo.$10,000
10.Diandra AsbatyChicago$10,000


Average Leaders

RankNameHometownAverage
1.Carolyn Dorin-BallardN. Richland Hills, Texas225.75
2.Liz JohnsonCheektowaga, N.Y.222.19
3.Joy EstersonAnnapolis, Md.216.52
4.Kelly KulickUnion, N.J.214.54
5.Olivia SandhamWichita, Kan.212.26
6.Missy BellinderFullerton, Calif.211.88
7.Shannon PluhowskyPhoenix, Ariz211.36
8.Stefanie NationMiami210.48
9.Amy StolzCastle Rock, Colo.209.70
10.Tish JohnsonColorado Springs, Colo.208.94
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Rash's Rants

by Shawn Rash January 8, 2008 19:00
This season, Sean Rash is blogging his life on the Denny's PBA Tour for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer website in Seattle, Wash. Follow his blog all season long on either www.seattle-pi.com or PBA.com.


PBA Constructionjobs.com Championships
Weekly Blog
By: Sean Rash


Welcome back from the holiday break, everyone. I’m going to give you a recap of my two-week break and then talk a little about Reno, Nevada. I have said it many times over the last couple weeks, there is nothing like being at home in your own bed. I was able to be in Wichita for five whole days before my travels for six weeks begin. My girlfriend, Sara, flew into Wichita for a few days and then both of us went to Chicago to spend the holidays with her family.

Let me tell you this now: I have a pretty small family and we don’t celebrate the holidays like her family. Her family does it all out. It was a blast. We spent the Saturday before Christmas going to every person’s house in the family, so a total of six houses with six different meals or games to play. We exchanged gifts and it took 12 hours. I was so tired and stuffed from all the good food, I felt like I gained 15 pounds. The only bad part of being in Chicago was Sara and her siblings got sick on Christmas Eve. Then, of course, I got the 24-hour bug on Christmas Day. This was bad since I had to fly to Alaska that night to be with my family for a few days. Nothing like a six-hour flight and feeling like crap.

Sweet home, Alaska. I took Sara with me up there and it was her first trip to Alaska. The weather wasn’t too bad and it only snowed a few inches while we were there. I go home every year to run a scholarship tournament I started 12 years ago. It’s called the Sean Rash “Stars of the Future”. I’m proud to say we gave out a total of $3,762 in scholarship money. While we were in Alaska, my family and I took Sara to Portage Glacier. This is a famous place in Alaska where you get to see some of the sights and glaciers, of course. We bowled league together one night which was a lot of fun. Sara and I also bowled in a Junior/Adult event New Years Eve day. I have to say, Sara’s team qualified first and I qualified second. Both of us lost our stepladder match, so Sara liked to rub it in that she beat me with her partner.

New Year’s for me wasn’t very exciting. My family, Sara and I went to a hockey game and then went home and packed again since Sara and I were flying to Reno on New Year’s Day. It was great being home in Alaska. I was able to spend time with some old friends. I am sorry to all of my friends who I didn’t get to see.

Reno, Nevada. I hate coming to Nevada only because I like to gamble. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad. For all of you who gamble, you know what I mean. We got in on Tuesday and the event started Wednesday like normal. It was nice to have a free day to relax, have a few good meals and gamble. Bad thing was, Sara and I still weren’t 100 percent feeling better from our cold and bug.

Here is the report on bowling: I pretty much took the entire two weeks off while I was in Wichita, Chicago and Alaska. I think I bowled a total of 17 games. It was good because I was able to rest my knee and get some sleep and be fresh for the second half. But that’s probably the reason I missed the cut by three pins. There’s nothing worse then being in the hunt the whole day on Thursday and bowling a few bad games and just barely missing the cut. We bowled on the Shark pattern, not one of my favorites, but I feel like I am getting better. In practice, I felt like I had a chance to use my rev rate as an advantage. It turned out that was the case for a few games but the second block the lanes got so slick down lane, my speed and rev rate hurt me.

So, like I said, all in all the rest hurt me the most but not performing was the key. I missed some spares I never miss, I was tired from 14 games in one day and I can’t give you any more excuses than that. The scores were low and I feel like I normally excel when we have weeks like this. So, I’m definitely looking for a better week in Medford, Oregon, where I get to try and defend my title from last year.

A couple of other great things that happened: We had a storm in Reno that made me feel like I was still in Alaska. Lots of snow, cold and ice everywhere. Then on Friday night, while we were gambling in the Silver Legacy – I swear I’m not lying – the power went out in the casino. It was completely dark for 10 seconds. It was the coolest thing ever. I felt like we were in the movie Ocean’s Eleven. Once the generators turned on after the 10 seconds, there were security guards and cops everywhere. It took 45 minutes for the power to come back on. Rumor was it, a transmitter went our from the storm we had.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. We will see you next week in Medford, Oregon.


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