ANDREW'S ANGLE

by Andrew Cain December 9, 2008 19:00
I must be honest. This week may have been one of the most frustrating and difficult (not to mention forgettable) weeks I have yet experienced on Tour. As with all sports, you have your ups…and you have your downs. Despite most of the first half of the season being the latter, I have managed to survive each week with a little more knowledge and a fairly clear head. But this week was mental agony in its full glory. In fact, I could very easily rename this edition of Andrew’s Angle to “Andrew’s Top Clichés for Life and Sports (since the beginning of time).” 
 
Before I get to the meat of that issue, let’s start with my departure from Chicago. On Monday I had to say goodbye to my wonderful wife as she headed back to work and the warm confines of Phoenix. I will see her again in a couple of short weeks, but the lonely homesick feeling surfaced as I headed out on the open road to Buffalo.   I got as far as Ohio before the fun began…
 
With the cruise control set 2 mph over the speed limit, I had an Ohio State Trooper pull off the median and pace me in my blind spot for ten miles. Coincidentally, during that time, my low tire pressure warning light illuminated. Best case? I get pulled over for doing nothing wrong. Worst case? My tire explodes and I careen into a poorly placed police vehicle. Luckily I exceeded my expectations and managed to reach Cleveland without any incident. 
 
Overcoming adversity. Upon hitting the Cleveland suburbs I stopped to get my tire fixed. An hour estimated wait turned into nearly two hours. But I survived the ill-timed rim leak in my tire (which was, by the way, fixable and didn’t require purchasing new tires…whew!), and overcame an adverse situation without losing my cool or panicking. I actually even thought back to the Vernon Hills telecast which featured Ken Simard and Brad Angelo, both of whom had car-related misfortunes prior to the tournament, and thought it may even be an omen that I would have a great week on the Cheetah. Now that’s optimism at its finest!
 
Stay focused and remember you are in control of your own destiny. Well, those are actually two clichés combined, but I think the point is quite obvious. Skipping past practice session and ahead into qualifying, I finished the first block in 27th place, even after having stumbled through a 178 in game 7. A well-bowled morning block wrapped up with a sub-par game makes it easy to fall into a mental trap that can cause a person to focus more on the poor game, and less on the strong position entering the night block. The scoring pace was considerably low (sidenote: Cheetah does not dictate ridiculously high scores as it has in the past…if you doubt that, simply compare it to last week’s Ultimate Score-pion contest!) and I was in control of my own destiny. My tournament fate would be determined by how I played the lanes in the evening. 
 
Rise to the occasion. Starting the night portion of the tournament, I employed different strategies than in the morning. Most of that was due to the increased amount of oil that seemed to be congregated down the lane. In simple terms, it seemed as though the pattern was tighter down the lane with less oil up front and more carry-down. I felt as though I needed to open my angles up to combat the early hook. Bad idea. The result was a 196 and 154 opening duet of games, forcing me to rise to the occasion if I were to make the matchplay cut. I proceeded to bowl 237 in game 3, but got blindsided by an invisible wall in games 4-7. The effort was in place, but I never managed to get on the right track to propel myself ahead of 32nd place. 
 
If you ain’t first, you’re last. Ok, maybe that’s not a famous cliché, and not 100% true (after all, I was 48th, which actually disproves the entire statement…take that, Ricky Bobby!). But the meaning is relevant. On Tour, 33rd place earns the same spectator position on Friday as finishing last. Aside from the minute amount of points that separates all the positions, the result is still a quick ticket to next week’s tournament.   This brings me to my final cliché…
 
One frame/week at a time. I actually despise this phrase. Usually when you hear somebody utter these words, you can be rest assured that things have not gone well. For example, “Andrew, even though you finished 48th out of 64 players, you have to remember to take the year one week at a time.” Perhaps the worst part about this statement is not that it is highly overused or highly annoying, but that it is completely true. There is always the next week to refocus your efforts and forget the past. The present is the only time that matters.
 
I apologize if it seems as though this blog has seemed overly negative and pessimistic. Notice I barely mentioned anything about the physical challenges on the lanes and focused more on the mental rollercoaster? Just remember the old adage that the game is 90% mental and only 10% physical.  Hopefully my experience helps cement that saying in the doubter’s mind. 
 
Now, let’s digress to the more cheerful topic of food. My recommendations for Buffalo are as follows: Otto’s, Mighty Taco, and Tim Horton’s. While I am sure someone has culinary options that beg disagreement with my choices, please remember that the weather dissuaded me from venturing too far away from AMF Thruway or the hotel.    At least I found a way to secure real Buffalo wings, upgraded tacos, and the warmth of English Toffee cappuccino. Clear weather one day, seven inches of snow in two hours the next. Hey, when it rains it pours, right (ahem….another cliché)? Actually, in Buffalo, when it rains it doesn’t pour. It simply indicates that within a short time you won’t be able to find your car or even open your front door without a shovel in hand. 
 
As the week came to a close, I finalized plans for my final week of the half in Baltimore. I wish I had time to enjoy the sights at Niagara Falls and even pay a quick visit to our neighbor in the Great White North, but my bowling made me want to make a quick escape. This week’s first was a challenge to uncover, as two highly decorated Hall-of-Famers won their billionth titles, respectively of course. But thanks to the PBA press release, I can award the first to the PBA for listening intently to players and fans and holding the Women’s Series match first on Sunday’s telecast. Thanks again for reading and remember you can reach me at Andrew@andrewcainbowling.com or simply visit www.andrewcainbowling.com. Until next week, remember that the season is not a sprint, it’s a marathon; in the next 13 weeks I will find a way to rise to the top and overcome all adversity so that I may find myself getting back in the zone!
 
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JOHN NOLEN CONTINUES TO DOMINATE AT THE 2008 REGIONAL PLAYERS INVITATIONAL

by PBA Editor December 9, 2008 19:00
After leading day one action at the 2008 Regional Players Invitational (RPI) on the Cheetah pattern, John Nolen fared quite well on the Viper and Chameleon patterns on Wednesday to again finish atop the field of the RPI at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel.
 
Nolen of Waterford, Mich. finished with 4,252 pins over the 18 games, averaging 236.22, besting second-place Lonnie Walicek of Wichita, Kan. by 81 pins.
 
“I didn’t do a whole lot different (from Tuesday),” Nolen said. “I like Viper, I always bowl well on Viper. But Lonnie bowled great on Viper and after the second round, I was down by 20 pins. And coming into this squad on Chameleon, I had no ball reaction. In practice I never struck and ironically enough I struck the first seven out of the gate. And I opened in the 10th frame five times. Luckily I had some breaks along the way. The bowling gods gave and they tooketh away.”
 
The competitors bowled on the Cheetah pattern on Tuesday which measures 36 feet in length (shortest of all five lane patterns) with a potentially fast scoring pace and play near the gutter. On Wednesday the field competed in six games on the Chameleon --- it measures 40 feet and resembles a "retro" approach to pattern design and requires the player to play in a specific zone on the lane --- and six games on the Viper --- challenges players to attack the pins from multiple angles in order to score well. On Thursday the field will finish with six games apiece on the Scorpion --- similar to the Viper, can yield a wide variety of strategies depending on the type and condition of the lane surface and Shark --- longest of the patterns (44 ft.), forces bowlers to play deep inside the center of the lanes patterns.
 
“I anticipate scores being pretty high in the morning block (on Thursday), said Nolen who hails from the Central Region.
 
Nolen currently also leads the field of players seeking exemptions for the 2009-10 PBA season. This is the first year in its 40-year existence that the tournament offers eight Lumber Liquidator's PBA Tour exemptions to the top regional players.
 
The winner of the RPI will also receive an invitation to compete in the 2009 H&R Block Tournament of Champions being held January 19-25, 2009 at the Red Rock in Las Vegas, Nev.
 
“My approach is to keep playing well and keep shooting in the 200s,” the 29-year-old said. “I’m definitely not going to back off and coast into qualifying. I’ve got a chance to win this tournament which means a chance to bowl in the T.O.C. and I would love to bowl in Vegas next month.”
 
This is the 40th annual RPI and the 10th consecutive year that the Sands Regency Casino Hotel and the National Bowling Stadium have teamed up to bring the event to Reno.
 
In order to qualify for the RPI, PBA regional bowlers have competed all season trying to earn their spot in this event.  The top 25 point leaders from each of the seven PBA regions advanced to compete.

Three bowlers in the field are vying for their second RPI title, which has only been done twice before by Dale Traber (1994 and 2003) and Darryl Bower (1983 and 1985). Defending RPI champion Eddie Graham, 2005 champions David Anthony and 1995 champion Ray Edwards are hoping to win two RPI titles apiece.
 
Tom Hennessey, a member of the famous Budwesier Bowling Team back in the late 50s and 60s, won the inaugural RPI in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1969. 
 
Round Four begins Thursday with six games on the Scorpion pattern at 10:45 a.m. PT, followed by Round Five with six games on the Shark pattern at 3:45 p.m. PT.
 

For updated standings on the Regional Exemptions for 2009-10 click here

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PBA South Region Senior Leaders Through December 10, 2008

by PBA Editor December 9, 2008 19:00
2008-09 Points
Pos. Name - Hometown                       #Events  Points
  1. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.       8 126,491
  2. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.           8 112,146
  3. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.           6  78,002
  4. Bellinger, Jeff - Columbia, S.C.            5  73,952
  5. Banks, William M. - Laurel Hill, N.C.       8  73,952
  6. Brooks, Al - Bluefield, W.V.                5  73,826
  7. Pickford, Mark - Charlotte, N.C.            8  67,808
  8. Herndon, Earl - Richmond, Va                6  66,028
  9. Honeycutt, Vince - Monroe, Ga               6  64,181
 10. Tomey, Charlie - Spartanburg, S.C.          7  61,178
 11. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.               3  57,767
 12. Graybeal, Larry (ss) - Elizabethton, Tenn.  6  57,674
 13. Brazeau, Brian - Ocala, Fla                 3  55,430
 14. Baker, Tom - King, N.C.                     3  42,332
 15. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio            3  41,079
 16. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.        6  38,843
 17. Wilson, Todd (ss) - Summerfield, N.C.       6  36,719
 18. Miller, Jackie A. - Bermuda                 5  33,104
 19. Schrum, Jeff - Cherryville, N.C.            3  32,610
 20. Quinn, Ed (ss) - Roanoke, Va                5  31,066
 21. Stalnaker, Joseph (ss) - Alderson, W.V.     7  28,454
 22. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa              2  27,016
 23. White, Arthur (ss) - Columbia, S.c          4  25,518
 24. Collins Jr., Bradford (ss) - Augusta, Ga.   3  25,287
 25. Breeden, Garry - Manassas, Va               3  24,946
 26. Giffin, Tom (ss) - Bassett, Va              7  24,767
 27. Howe, Johnny (ss) - Columbia, S.C.          5  24,558
 28. Carr, Donny - Hyattsville, Md.              2  24,151
 29. Souder, James (ss) - Greeneville, Tenn      5  23,672
 30. Bailey, Ray (ss) - Asheville, N.C.          3  22,695
 31. Smith, Gregory V. - Baltimore               2  22,606
 32. Buco, Edward E. (ss) - Berlin, Md.          4  22,420
 33. McGee, Jim (ss) - Townville, S.C.           4  22,099
 34. Gallo Jr., Frank (ss) - Newport News, Va.   3  21,930
 35. Gibson, Kenneth D - Greenville, S.C.        2  21,526
 36. O'Barr, Mike (ss) - Anderson, S.C.          3  20,865
 37. Bakke, Mark L - Augusta, Ga.                3  20,637
 38. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md       2  20,150
 39. Cloud, John (ss) - Winston Salem, N.C.      5  19,856
 40. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                  5  19,332
 41. Steinhoff, Rich - S Orange, N.J.            3  18,881
 42. Dunn, Bobby (ss) - Augusta, Ga.             3  18,257
 43. Glasok Sr, Mike (ss) - Canton, Ga           4  17,962
 44. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del       3  17,809
 45. Panicaro, Nick - Canton, Ga                 3  17,630
 46. Woods, Ron (ss) - Hudson, Fla.              1  17,332
 47. Eagle, Dale - Tavares, Fla.                 1  17,332
 48. Sirbaugh, Saunie (ss) - Stephenson, Va.     3  17,246
 49. McDonald, Ross - Clarksville, Md.           3  17,186
 50. Sharp, Keith - Orlando, Fla.                2  16,932
 51. Booe, David (ss) - Winston Salem, N.C.      5  16,825
 52. Kelly, Bob - Dayton, Ohio                   1  15,398
 53. Karsnak, Glenn Allen - New Castle, Pa.      1  15,398
 54. Brown Jr, Clifton - Baltimore               3  14,967
 55. Waldeck, John - Mechancisville, Va.         4  14,929
 56. Horn, Onzy (ss) - Church Hill, Tenn         4  14,318
 57. Adams, Darrell - Scottsdale, Ariz.          2  13,877
 58. Rogers, Ron - Winston-Salem, N.C.           4  12,937
 59. Handley, Bob - Winter Park, Fla.            1  12,697
 60. Breihan, Donald L. (ss) - Columbia, S.C.    2  12,638
 61. Holmes, Richard - Luray, Va.                2  12,382
 62. Hagen, L. Duane - Sedley, Va.               2  12,339
 63. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.           1  12,212
 64. Waters, Ken (ss) - Homosassa, Fla.          3  11,806
 65. Turner Jr., George Richard - Roanoke Rapid  2  11,612
 66. Levin, Robert E - Fairfax, Va.              4  11,499
 67. Michael Sr, Bill (ss) - Bowie, Md           3  11,367
 68. Arrant, David H. - Asheville, N.C.          2  11,250
 69. Salyer, Rick - Kingsport, TN                3  11,225
 70. Martin, David W - Chesapeake, Va.           3  11,083
 71. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.            1  11,054
 72. Neal, Dennis - Thaxton, Va.                 4  10,401
 73. Draper Jr., David - Martinsville, Va.       1  10,397
 74. Ippolito, Andy - Forest Hills, N.Y.         2  10,385
 75. Oelkers, Rick - Douglas, Ga                 2  10,253
 76. Radford, Doyle (ss) - Candler, N.C.         2  10,025
 77. Sliwinski, Thomas - Reynoldsville, Pa.      2   9,935
 78. Miller, Terry - Candler, N.C.               1   9,822
 79. Lord, George E. (ss) - Lakeland, Fla.       1   9,822
 80. Manley Jr., Frank M. (ss) - Fletcher, N.C.  2   9,538
 81. Spears, Gaylon A - Rock Hill, S.C.          1   9,197
 82. Reeves, Tommy - Gastonia, N.C.              2   9,192
 83. Wells, Stan - Kingsport, Tenn.              2   9,172
 84. Dorsey, Tony - Columbia, Md.                2   8,987
 85. Ingram, R Barry - Danville, Va.             1   8,114
 86. Fairchild Jr., Chuck - New Canton, Va       3   7,888
 87. Anderson, Andy (ss) - Falls Church, Va      2   7,854
 88. Schukert Jr., Richard - New Castle, Pa.     1   7,767
 89. Oakes, Bob - Akron, Ohio                    2   7,720
 90. Cooper, Dennis C. - Hampton, Va.            2   7,571
 91. Wilhelm, Greg R. - Stafford, Va.            2   7,266
 92. Todd Sr., Donnie - Somerset, Ky.            1   7,259
 93. Pazur, Bob (ss) - Venice, Fla               2   6,980
 94. Blocker Jr., Eddie (ss) - Seabrook, Md.     1   6,668
 95. McDowell, Harold E. (ss) - Belton, S.C.     1   6,668
 96. Gilyeat, Colin - Waldorf, Md.               2   6,655
 97. Morrison, Gene - Spring Lake, N.C.          2   6,456
 98. Jordan, Leroy - Spout Springs, Va           3   6,382
 99. Glockner, Julius (ss) - Raeford, N.C.       2   6,266
100. Owensby, Roger - Bluefield, W. Va           2   6,205
101. Serino, Nicholas Craig - Simpsonville, S.C  1   5,915
102. Goosney, Lawrence - Calabash, N.C.          2   5,870
103. Keenan Jr., William E. (ss) - Orlando, Fla  2   5,515
104. Ogden, Thurman E (ss) - Lynchburg, Va.      2   5,423
105. McClellan, David M (ss) - Macon, Ga         2   5,281
106. Saum, Robert - Roanoke, Va                  2   4,981
107. Dawson, Darrell - Charlotte, N.C.           2   4,965
108. Peak Sr., Johnie E. (ss) - Hyattesville, M  2   4,836
109. Scime, Mark - Winter Garden, Fla            1   4,752
110. Asta, Jake - Orlando, Fla.                  1   4,752
111. Lippman, Stephen - Palm Harbor, Fla         1   4,593
112. Muse, Bill - Johnson City, Tenn.            1   4,593
113. Bolton, Hugh - Forest, Va                   2   4,511
114. Parisi, Pat (ss) - Parrish, Fla             1   4,444
115. Smith, Gary A. (ss) - Chesapeake, Va.       2   4,319
116. Howison, Tom - Chillicothe, Ohio            1   4,239
117. McBride, Tom (ss) - Cramerton, N.C.         2   4,216
118. Franzetti, Paul (ss) - N Venice, Fla        2   4,099
119. Glover, Mark - Woodbridge, Va               1   4,051
120. Hege, Jeffrey E - Concord, N.C.             1   4,051
121. Stancil, Tim - North Augusta, S.C.          1   3,935
122. Glick, Ron - Morganville, N.J.              1   3,721
123. Alley Jr., Glenn O. - Covington, Ga.        1   3,623
124. Shuttleworth, Bruce - Irmo, S.C.            1   3,530
125. Ennis, George J. - California, Md.          1   3,530
126. Bierch, Brendan V. - Grafton, Mass.         1   3,441
127. Gravely, Ronnie - Rome, Ga                  1   3,277
128. Maloof, John - Park Hall, Md.               1   3,277
129. Ballard, Joe P. (ss) - Pfafftown, N.C.      1   3,277
130. Shontz, Douglas - Savannah, Ga.             1   3,200
131. Cashell, Rick - Dedham, Mass.               1   3,200
132. Mason, Charles T. (ss) - Willston, Fla.     1   3,200
133. Andersen, Bob (ss) - Forest City, N.C.      1   3,127
134. Shultis, Gary - Levittown, N.Y.             1   2,990
135. Inscore Jr, Bob - Waldorf, Md               1   2,926
136. Hall  Sr., Bobby - Landover, Md.            1   2,926
137. Goetz, Gregory - Washington                 1   2,865
138. Tenan Jr, William Ed - Hayes, Va            1   2,695
139. Felten, Richard P. (ss) - Rockville, Md.    1   2,695
140. Rytelewski, Chuck - Mechanicsville, Va.     1   2,544
141. Shelton, Robert H (ss) - Goldvien, Va       1   2,497
142. Valentino, Robert - Valentines, Va.         1   2,452
143. Corcuera, Tom (ss) - Amsterdam, N.Y.        1   2,452
144. Kramarcik Sr., Edward - Lake Mary, Fla.     1   2,286
145. Nealon, Jack - Bowie, Md                    1   2,248
146. Susanek, John - Imperial, Pa.               1   2,248
147. Langkam Jr, Earl - Toppa, Md                1   2,211
148. Robinson, David R. - Anderson, S.C.         1   2,175
149. Gunn, Pete (ss) - Stafford, Va.             1   2,175
150. Lawson Jr, Jesse W - Earlysville, Va        1   2,076
151. Graham Sr., Michael - Suffolk, Va.          1   1,927
Earnings 
Pos.  Name - Hometown                         #Events    Earnings
  1. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.         8   $5,600.00
  2. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.             8   $4,875.00
  3. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.                 3   $3,600.00
  4. Baker, Tom - King, N.C.                       3   $3,600.00
  5. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.             6   $3,500.00
  6. Brooks, Al - Bluefield, W.V.                  5   $3,360.00
  7. Herndon, Earl - Richmond, Va                  6   $3,330.00
  8. Pickford, Mark - Charlotte, N.C.              8   $2,545.00
  9. Banks, William M. - Laurel Hill, N.C.         8   $2,350.00
 10. Bellinger, Jeff - Columbia, S.C.              5   $2,200.00
 11. Tomey, Charlie - Spartanburg, S.C.            7   $2,050.00
 12. Brazeau, Brian - Ocala, Fla                   3   $1,925.00
 13. Graybeal, Larry (ss) - Elizabethton, Tenn.    6   $1,900.00
 14. Honeycutt, Vince - Monroe, Ga                 6   $1,780.00
 15. Schrum, Jeff - Cherryville, N.C.              3   $1,625.00
 16. Sharp, Keith - Orlando, Fla.                  2   $1,450.00
 17. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio              3   $1,400.00
 18. Gibson, Kenneth D - Greenville, S.C.          2   $1,100.00
 19. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.          6   $1,100.00
 20. Carr, Donny - Hyattsville, Md.                2   $1,100.00
 21. Miller, Jackie A. - Bermuda                   5   $1,070.00
 22. Wilson, Todd (ss) - Summerfield, N.C.         6   $1,050.00
 23. Bailey, Ray (ss) - Asheville, N.C.            3   $1,000.00
 24. Steinhoff, Rich - S Orange, N.J.              3     $925.00
 25. O'Barr, Mike (ss) - Anderson, S.C.            3     $925.00
 26. McDonald, Ross - Clarksville, Md.             3     $900.00
 27. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md         2     $850.00
 28. Keenan Jr., William E. (ss) - Orlando, Fla    2     $850.00
 29. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa                2     $800.00
 30. Collins Jr., Bradford (ss) - Augusta, Ga.     3     $775.00
 31. Sirbaugh, Saunie (ss) - Stephenson, Va.       3     $750.00
 32. Buco, Edward E. (ss) - Berlin, Md.            4     $750.00
 33. Breeden, Garry - Manassas, Va                 3     $700.00
 34. Smith, Gregory V. - Baltimore                 2     $700.00
 35. Souder, James (ss) - Greeneville, Tenn        5     $650.00
 36. Woods, Ron (ss) - Hudson, Fla.                1     $650.00
 37. Kelly, Bob - Dayton, Ohio                     1     $600.00
 38. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.             1     $600.00
 39. Eagle, Dale - Tavares, Fla.                   1     $600.00
 40. Karsnak, Glenn Allen - New Castle, Pa.        1     $600.00
 41. Gallo Jr., Frank (ss) - Newport News, Va.     3     $600.00
 42. Handley, Bob - Winter Park, Fla.              1     $530.00
 43. Lord, George E. (ss) - Lakeland, Fla.         1     $525.00
 44. Miller, Terry - Candler, N.C.                 1     $500.00
 45. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del         3     $500.00
 46. Quinn, Ed (ss) - Roanoke, Va                  5     $500.00
 47. Cloud, John (ss) - Winston Salem, N.C.        5     $500.00
 48. Hagen, L. Duane - Sedley, Va.                 2     $500.00
 49. Draper Jr., David - Martinsville, Va.         1     $500.00
 50. Ippolito, Andy - Forest Hills, N.Y.           2     $500.00
 51. White, Arthur (ss) - Columbia, S.c            4     $500.00
 52. Turner Jr., George Richard - Roanoke Rapid    2     $500.00
 53. Schukert Jr., Richard - New Castle, Pa.       1     $500.00
 54. McGee, Jim (ss) - Townville, S.C.             4     $500.00
 55. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.              1     $500.00
 56. Holmes, Richard - Luray, Va.                  2     $500.00
 57. Adams, Darrell - Scottsdale, Ariz.            2     $480.00
 58. Bakke, Mark L - Augusta, Ga.                  3     $470.00
 59. Howe, Johnny (ss) - Columbia, S.C.            5     $450.00
 60. Panicaro, Nick - Canton, Ga                   3     $425.00
 61. McDowell, Harold E. (ss) - Belton, S.C.       1     $425.00
 62. Wells, Stan - Kingsport, Tenn.                2     $425.00
 63. Arrant, David H. - Asheville, N.C.            2     $425.00
 64. Serino, Nicholas Craig - Simpsonville, S.C    1     $425.00
 65. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                    5     $425.00
 66. Radford, Doyle (ss) - Candler, N.C.           2     $400.00
 67. Brown Jr, Clifton - Baltimore                 3     $400.00
 68. Waldeck, John - Mechancisville, Va.           4     $400.00
 69. Blocker Jr., Eddie (ss) - Seabrook, Md.       1     $400.00
 70. Manley Jr., Frank M. (ss) - Fletcher, N.C.    2     $400.00
 71. Anderson, Andy (ss) - Falls Church, Va        2     $250.00
 72. Stalnaker, Joseph (ss) - Alderson, W.V.       7     $250.00
 73. Dunn, Bobby (ss) - Augusta, Ga.               3     $250.00
 74. Glasok Sr, Mike (ss) - Canton, Ga             4     $200.00
 75. Reeves, Tommy - Gastonia, N.C.                2      $50.00
Average (minimum 40 games)
Pos.  Name - Hometown                          #Games Average

  1. Baker, Tom - King, N.C.                      51 233.47
  2. Brazeau, Brian - Ocala, Fla                  52 232.69
  3. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.           106 225.45
  4. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.       126 224.05
  5. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.                42 220.93
  6. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.            76 220.08
  7. Bellinger, Jeff - Columbia, S.C.             63 216.54
  8. Herndon, Earl - Richmond, Va                 86 215.27
  9. Tomey, Charlie - Spartanburg, S.C.           74 214.68
 10. Brooks, Al - Bluefield, W.V.                 73 214.56
 11. Pickford, Mark - Charlotte, N.C.             93 214.47
 12. Honeycutt, Vince - Monroe, Ga                71 214.30
 13. Banks, William M. - Laurel Hill, N.C.        89 212.49
 14. Schrum, Jeff - Cherryville, N.C.             46 210.28
 15. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.         55 204.71
 16. Graybeal, Larry (ss) - Elizabethton, Tenn.   61 204.61
 17. Miller, Jackie A. - Bermuda                  57 203.30
 18. Howe, Johnny (ss) - Columbia, S.C.           52 200.92
 19. Wilson, Todd (ss) - Summerfield, N.C.        53 200.15
 20. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                   40 197.43
 21. Souder, James (ss) - Greeneville, Tenn       40 195.80
 22. Cloud, John (ss) - Winston Salem, N.C.       44 194.52
 23. Stalnaker, Joseph (ss) - Alderson, W.V.      56 191.50
 24. Quinn, Ed (ss) - Roanoke, Va                 45 189.62
 25. Giffin, Tom (ss) - Bassett, Va               56 182.68
 26. Booe, David (ss) - Winston Salem, N.C.       40 176.10
Cashes
Pos.  Name - Hometown                      #Cashes Events      %
  1. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.      8      8 100.00
  2. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.          7      8  87.50
  3. Herndon, Earl - Richmond, Va               6      6 100.00
  4. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.          5      6  83.33
  5. Pickford, Mark - Charlotte, N.C.           5      8  62.50
  6. Brooks, Al - Bluefield, W.V.               4      5  80.00
  7. Graybeal, Larry (ss) - Elizabethton, Tenn. 4      6  66.67
  8. Tomey, Charlie - Spartanburg, S.C.         4      7  57.14
  9. Banks, William M. - Laurel Hill, N.C.      4      8  50.00
 10. Brazeau, Brian - Ocala, Fla                3      3 100.00
 11. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.              3      3 100.00
 12. Schrum, Jeff - Cherryville, N.C.           3      3 100.00
 13. Baker, Tom - King, N.C.                    3      3 100.00
 14. Bellinger, Jeff - Columbia, S.C.           3      5  60.00
 15. Honeycutt, Vince - Monroe, Ga              3      6  50.00
 16. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md      2      2 100.00
 17. Gibson, Kenneth D - Greenville, S.C.       2      2 100.00
 18. Carr, Donny - Hyattsville, Md.             2      2 100.00
 19. Sharp, Keith - Orlando, Fla.               2      2 100.00
 20. Sirbaugh, Saunie (ss) - Stephenson, Va.    2      3  66.67
 21. Steinhoff, Rich - S Orange, N.J.           2      3  66.67
 22. Collins Jr., Bradford (ss) - Augusta, Ga.  2      3  66.67
 23. McDonald, Ross - Clarksville, Md.          2      3  66.67
 24. O'Barr, Mike (ss) - Anderson, S.C.         2      3  66.67
 25. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio           2      3  66.67
 26. Bailey, Ray (ss) - Asheville, N.C.         2      3  66.67
 27. Buco, Edward E. (ss) - Berlin, Md.         2      4  50.00
 28. Souder, James (ss) - Greeneville, Tenn     2      5  40.00
 29. Miller, Jackie A. - Bermuda                2      5  40.00
 30. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.       2      6  33.33
 31. Wilson, Todd (ss) - Summerfield, N.C.      2      6  33.33
 32. Miller, Terry - Candler, N.C.              1      1 100.00
 33. Kelly, Bob - Dayton, Ohio                  1      1 100.00
 34. Draper Jr., David - Martinsville, Va.      1      1 100.00
 35. Blocker Jr., Eddie (ss) - Seabrook, Md.    1      1 100.00
 36. McDowell, Harold E. (ss) - Belton, S.C.    1      1 100.00
 37. Woods, Ron (ss) - Hudson, Fla.             1      1 100.00
 38. Schukert Jr., Richard - New Castle, Pa.    1      1 100.00
 39. Serino, Nicholas Craig - Simpsonville, S.C 1      1 100.00
 40. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.           1      1 100.00
 41. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.          1      1 100.00
 42. Lord, George E. (ss) - Lakeland, Fla.      1      1 100.00
 43. Eagle, Dale - Tavares, Fla.                1      1 100.00
 44. Karsnak, Glenn Allen - New Castle, Pa.     1      1 100.00
 45. Handley, Bob - Winter Park, Fla.           1      1 100.00
 46. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa             1      2  50.00
 47. Anderson, Andy (ss) - Falls Church, Va     1      2  50.00
 48. Radford, Doyle (ss) - Candler, N.C.        1      2  50.00
 49. Hagen, L. Duane - Sedley, Va.              1      2  50.00
 50. Keenan Jr., William E. (ss) - Orlando, Fla 1      2  50.00
 51. Ippolito, Andy - Forest Hills, N.Y.        1      2  50.00
 52. Adams, Darrell - Scottsdale, Ariz.         1      2  50.00
 53. Wells, Stan - Kingsport, Tenn.             1      2  50.00
 54. Arrant, David H. - Asheville, N.C.         1      2  50.00
 55. Turner Jr., George Richard - Roanoke Rapid 1      2  50.00
 56. Smith, Gregory V. - Baltimore              1      2  50.00
 57. Reeves, Tommy - Gastonia, N.C.             1      2  50.00
 58. Manley Jr., Frank M. (ss) - Fletcher, N.C. 1      2  50.00
 59. Holmes, Richard - Luray, Va.               1      2  50.00
 60. Breeden, Garry - Manassas, Va              1      3  33.33
 61. Panicaro, Nick - Canton, Ga                1      3  33.33
 62. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del      1      3  33.33
 63. Brown Jr, Clifton - Baltimore              1      3  33.33
 64. Bakke, Mark L - Augusta, Ga.               1      3  33.33
 65. Gallo Jr., Frank (ss) - Newport News, Va.  1      3  33.33
 66. Dunn, Bobby (ss) - Augusta, Ga.            1      3  33.33
 67. Glasok Sr, Mike (ss) - Canton, Ga          1      4  25.00
 68. Waldeck, John - Mechancisville, Va.        1      4  25.00
 69. White, Arthur (ss) - Columbia, S.c         1      4  25.00
 70. McGee, Jim (ss) - Townville, S.C.          1      4  25.00
 71. Quinn, Ed (ss) - Roanoke, Va               1      5  20.00
 72. Cloud, John (ss) - Winston Salem, N.C.     1      5  20.00
 73. Howe, Johnny (ss) - Columbia, S.C.         1      5  20.00
 74. Bryan, Pete - Laurel, Del.                 1      5  20.00
 75. Stalnaker, Joseph (ss) - Alderson, W.V.    1      7  14.29
Finals
Pos. Name - Hometown                      #Finals Events      %
  1. Pappas, George (ss) - Charlotte, N.C.      7      8  87.50
  2. Lickliter, Steve - Beckley, W Va.          7      8  87.50
  3. Herndon, Earl - Richmond, Va               6      6 100.00
  4. Pickford, Mark - Charlotte, N.C.           5      8  62.50
  5. Brooks, Al - Bluefield, W.V.               4      5  80.00
  6. Kneas, David - Annapolis, Md.              3      3 100.00
  7. Schrum, Jeff - Cherryville, N.C.           3      3 100.00
  8. Baker, Tom - King, N.C.                    3      3 100.00
  9. Bellinger, Jeff - Columbia, S.C.           3      5  60.00
 10. Honeycutt, Vince - Monroe, Ga              3      6  50.00
 11. Troup, Guppy - Taylorsville, N.C.          3      6  50.00
 12. Gibson, Kenneth D - Greenville, S.C.       2      2 100.00
 13. Carr, Donny - Hyattsville, Md.             2      2 100.00
 14. Sharp, Keith - Orlando, Fla.               2      2 100.00
 15. Brazeau, Brian - Ocala, Fla                2      3  66.67
 16. Henry, Michael - Brunswick, Ohio           2      3  66.67
 17. Bailey, Ray (ss) - Asheville, N.C.         2      3  66.67
 18. Miller, Jackie A. - Bermuda                2      5  40.00
 19. Graybeal, Larry (ss) - Elizabethton, Tenn. 2      6  33.33
 20. Tomey, Charlie - Spartanburg, S.C.         2      7  28.57
 21. Banks, William M. - Laurel Hill, N.C.      2      8  25.00
 22. Miller, Terry - Candler, N.C.              1      1 100.00
 23. Kelly, Bob - Dayton, Ohio                  1      1 100.00
 24. Draper Jr., David - Martinsville, Va.      1      1 100.00
 25. Schukert Jr., Richard - New Castle, Pa.    1      1 100.00
 26. Maccarone, Sam - Glassboro, N.J.           1      1 100.00
 27. Lessar, Michael G. - Naples, N.Y.          1      1 100.00
 28. Lord, George E. (ss) - Lakeland, Fla.      1      1 100.00
 29. Eagle, Dale - Tavares, Fla.                1      1 100.00
 30. Karsnak, Glenn Allen - New Castle, Pa.     1      1 100.00
 31. Handley, Bob - Winter Park, Fla.           1      1 100.00
 32. Boyle, Jay - Garnet Valley, Pa             1      2  50.00
 33. Bucey, Richard (ss) - Forest Hill, Md      1      2  50.00
 34. Hagen, L. Duane - Sedley, Va.              1      2  50.00
 35. Keenan Jr., William E. (ss) - Orlando, Fla 1      2  50.00
 36. Ippolito, Andy - Forest Hills, N.Y.        1      2  50.00
 37. Adams, Darrell - Scottsdale, Ariz.         1      2  50.00
 38. Turner Jr., George Richard - Roanoke Rapid 1      2  50.00
 39. Smith, Gregory V. - Baltimore              1      2  50.00
 40. Holmes, Richard - Luray, Va.               1      2  50.00
 41. Breeden, Garry - Manassas, Va              1      3  33.33
 42. Hastings, Michael A - Georgetown, Del      1      3  33.33
 43. Sirbaugh, Saunie (ss) - Stephenson, Va.    1      3  33.33
 44. Steinhoff, Rich - S Orange, N.J.           1      3  33.33
 45. Collins Jr., Bradford (ss) - Augusta, Ga.  1      3  33.33
 46. McDonald, Ross - Clarksville, Md.          1      3  33.33
 47. Bakke, Mark L - Augusta, Ga.               1      3  33.33
 48. O'Barr, Mike (ss) - Anderson, S.C.         1      3  33.33
 49. Gallo Jr., Frank (ss) - Newport News, Va.  1      3  33.33
 50. White, Arthur (ss) - Columbia, S.c         1      4  25.00
 51. McGee, Jim (ss) - Townville, S.C.          1      4  25.00
 52. Buco, Edward E. (ss) - Berlin, Md.         1      4  25.00
 53. Quinn, Ed (ss) - Roanoke, Va               1      5  20.00
 54. Cloud, John (ss) - Winston Salem, N.C.     1      5  20.00
 55. Howe, Johnny (ss) - Columbia, S.C.         1      5  20.00
 56. Argenbright, Bill - Fisherville, Va.       1      6  16.67
2008-2009 Champions
Ft. Belvoir Lanes, Ft. Belvoir, Va. - David Kneas
Lee-Hi Lanes, Salem, Va. - Tom Baker
Sport Lanes, Martinsville, Va. - Greg McMahan
Rockin Roll Bowlin, Douglas, Ga. - Guppy Troup
Lightning Strike Lanes, Marion, N.C. - Tom Baker
Gordon Lanes, Ft. Gordon, Ga. - George Pappas/Steve Lickliter
George Pappas Liberty Lanes, Gastonia, N.C. - Al Brooks
Ft. Belvoir Lanes, Ft. Belvoir, Va. - David Kneas


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MICHAEL FAGAN TO BE FEATURED ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL ON WED., DEC. 10

by PBA Editor December 9, 2008 19:00
PBA star Michael Fagan and his bowling skills will be featured in a segment on the Discovery Channel program, Time Warp which will air on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.
 
The show, which is hosted by MIT scientist and teacher Jeff Lieberman, uses the latest in high-speed photography to take events and slow them down to show exactly how events happen, in a form that your body can actually process.
 
This past September, Time Warp filmed Fagan bowling and broke down the physical side of the game, examining his release, the way a ball rolls on the lane, how it reacts to oil, the way the ball hits the pins and the deflection necessary to get a strike.
 
“It was a great experience,” Fagan said. “I jumped at the opportunity to do the show. It was really cool and I hope it comes across that way. I’ve been telling everyone I know to tune in.”
 
PBA fans can catch Fagan in action on Time Warp on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET and it will again re-air later that night at 12 a.m. ET.
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JOHN NOLEN LEADS DAY ONE OF THE 2008 RPI TOURNAMENT

by PBA Editor December 8, 2008 19:00
John Nolen said he got his worst game out of his system last week in Cheektowaga, N.Y. which enabled him to focus on his game in day one of the Regional Players Invitational (RPI) at the Sands Regency Casino Hotel. Nolen finished atop the 83-player field in Tuesday’s six game block featuring the Cheetah pattern.
 
Nolen, of Waterford, Mich., finished with 1,451 pins, averaging 241.83 over the six games. He was chased by Lonnie Walicek of Wichita, Kansas who was close behind with 1,445 pins.
 
“I felt good,” said Nolen who hails from the PBA Central Region. “I think I bowled the worst I ever bowled all year last Thursday in Buffalo, which might have been a blessing in disguise (Nolen finished 48th in The Cheetah Championship Round of 64 qualifying). I think it kind of woke me up, just in time for this.”
 
The competitors bowled on the Cheetah pattern on Tuesday which measures 36 feet in length (shortest of all five lane patterns) with a potentially fast scoring pace and play near the gutter. On Friday the field will compete in six games on the Chameleon and six on the Viper and then finish off with six games apiece on the Scorpion and Shark patterns on Thursday.
 
“I had good ball reaction today on the Cheetah,” the 29-year-old Nolen said. “I’m going to approach it the same way tomorrow, it’s a marathon. I just have to be disciplined with my release … it’s going to be priority all week.”
 
This is the 40th annual RPI and the 10th consecutive year that the Sands Regency Casino Hotel and the National Bowling Stadium have teamed up to bring the event to Reno.
 
However, what’s unique about this year is that this is the first year in its 40-year existence that the tournament offers eight Lumber Liquidator's PBA Tour exemptions to the top regional players.
 
The winner of the RPI will also receive an invitation to compete in the 2009 H&R Block Tournament of Champions being held January 19-25, 2009 at the Red Rock in Las Vegas, Nev.
 
In order to qualify for the RPI, PBA regional bowlers have competed all season trying to earn their spot in this event.  The top 25 point leaders from each of the seven PBA regions advanced to compete.

Three bowlers in the field are vying for their second RPI title, which has only been done twice before by Dale Traber (1994 and 2003) and Darryl Bower (1983 and 1985). Defending RPI champion Eddie Graham, 2005 champions David Anthony and 1995 champion Ray Edwards are hoping to win two RPI titles apiece.
 
Tom Hennessey, a member of the famous Budwesier Bowling Team back in the late 50s and 60s, won the inaugural RPI in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1969. 
 
Round Two begins Wednesday with six games on the Viper pattern at 10:45 a.m. PT, followed by Round Three with six games on the Chameleon at 3:45 p.m. PT.

To read more about the RPI, visit writer and competitor Jeff Richgel’s live blog here. 

PBA 2008 Regional Players Invitational                                         
Tuesday, December 9
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, NV                
Standings After 6 Games:
     1. John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 1,451.  2. Lonnie   SW Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,445.  3. Brian   C Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,363.  4. Eric M. Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,348.  5. Troy Wollenbecker, Homestead, Fla., 1,344.  6. Scot  NW Archabal, Boise, Idaho, 1,341.
     7. Tyler   SW Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,331.  8. Lee   S Vanderhoef, Greeneville, S.C., 1,311.  9. Wayne   W Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,305.  10. Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,304.  11. Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,293.  12. Emilio   C Mora Jr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,277.
     13. David   SW Anthony, Austin, Texas, 1,274.  14. Chris   SW Hibbitts II, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,273.  15. John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,269.  16. Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver U.S.A., Wash., 1,269.  17. Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,267.  18. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,264.
     19. John   S May, Lincoln Town, N.C., 1,263.  20. Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 1,259.  21. Bob Davidson, Seattle, Wash., 1,257.  22. Derek   MW Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 1,254.  23. Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 1,253.  24. Kip   S Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 1,252.
     25. Jason   MW Wojnar, Chicago, Ill., 1,252.  26. P.J.   NW Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,245.  27. Jeff Nogle, Tigard, Ore., 1,241.  28. John   E Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,241.  29. Jeff   W Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,240.  30. Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,236.
     31. Jim   C Levendosky, Hudsonville, Mich., 1,228.  32. Jason   MW Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,227.  33. Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 1,226.  34. Ed Carter, Akron, Ohio, 1,226.  35. Mark Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,221.  36. Leo  NW DiBenedetto, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 1,219.
     37. Joe   E Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,218.  38. Jon   W Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,215.  39. Jeremy Hunt, Sikeston, Mo., 1,214.  40. Anthony M. Thompson, Redding, Calif., 1,210.  41. Thomas Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,209.  42. David D. Boyd, Clearwater, Fla., 1,207.
     43. Chris   S Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,205.  44. Ronnie   S Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,202.  45. Riga   C Kalfas, Florence, Ky., 1,193.  46. Eddie   C Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,192.  47. Chad   NW Uyehara, Fresno, Calif., 1,192.  48. Gregory Thompson Jr, Dayton, Ohio, 1,190.
     49. Neil P Croinex, Ormond Beach, Fla., 1,185.  50. Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore., 1,184.  51. Ray   E Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,184.  52. Corey Young, Steeleville, Ill., 1,177.  53. Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 1,175.  54. Brett R Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 1,173.
     55. Corey Husted, Clackamas, Ore., 1,172.  56. Ben   W Laughlin, Maricopa, Ariz., 1,172.  57. David  MW Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,172.  58. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,168.  59. Joe Goldstein Sr, Hayward, Calif., 1,168.  60. Jason Wunderlich, Homestead, Pa., 1,166.
     61. Dale W. Albert, Kenton, Ohio, 1,166.  62. Timothy Behrendt, St Louis, Mo., 1,165.  63. Bill Hewlett, Meredian, Idaho, 1,164.  64. Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,155.  65. Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,154.  66. Brett Spangler, Anderson, Ind., 1,150.
     67. Ramon Estrada, Connellsville, Pa., 1,150.  68. Thomas   MW Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,150.  69. Jonathan  E VanHees, Newport, R.I., 1,149.  70. Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 1,144.  71. Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,132.  72. Zack Jellsey, Fullerton, Calif., 1,129.
     73. Jeff   SW Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,125.  74. Don   NW Allen III, Vancouver, Wash., 1,124.  75. Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,120.  76. Nick Plouff, Tomahawk, Wis., 1,106.  77. Brian   E LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 1,090.  78. Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,081.
     79. Mason   W Sherman, Moorpark, Calif., 1,078.  80. Noel Vega, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,063.  81. Dean O. Buchanan Jr., Snohomish, Wash., 1,059.  82. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,038.  83. Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 960.

 
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