Swanson Wins RPC

by PBA Editor May 25, 2008 19:00
Sean Swanson was out of his comfort zone as an exempt bowler on the Denny’s PBA Tour in 2007-08. Now that he’s back in his element, Swanson is back to his winning ways.

Swanson defeated Gregg Zicha, 247-154, Monday to win the 2008 PBA Lake County Indiana Regional Players Championship at Stardust Bowl II, his first career PBA Regional Tour Major title.

After winning the 2006-07 PBA Southwest Region, Swanson earned his first career PBA Tour exemption, but being away from home for most of six months saw him drop to 53rd in the PBA World Point Rankings knocking him out of the running for a 2008-09 exemption.

“The Tour just wasn’t for me,” Swanson (Springfield, Mo.) said. “I’d rather be gone 2-3 days a week than weeks at a time.”

A regional bowler at heart, Swanson showed where his comfort level was this weekend, dominating his opponents on Monday. He capped it off with an easy win against Zicha.

Swanson won his first four matches by a combined 10-2 match score. He then took down the No. 2 seed John Gould (Richmond, Calif.), 223-167, in the semifinals before squaring off against Zicha.

The title match was never in doubt as Zicha (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) opened in the third and fourth frames and Swanson ran away with the match by striking in the first five frames and in seven of the first nine, clinching the victory with a strike in the ninth frame.

“The last two matches today I was lucky to get off to a good start in each,” Swanson said. “The lanes were really difficult today and when the lanes are tough, if you get out to a good start with a couple strikes your opponents start squeezing it a little bit and that leads to some splits.”

The victory was the 15th PBA Regional Tour title of Swanson’s career, but his first Major. He earned $9,000 for the victory along with a spot in the prestigious 2008-09 PBA Tournament of Champions as well as a berth in the 2008 PBA Regional Players Invitational.

Zicha took home $5,000 for second while Gould and Craig Tuholski (Washougal, Wash.) earned $2,800 for third and fourth.

Stardust Bowl II hosts the Denny’s PBA Tour Trials later this week where nearly 100 bowlers will battle it out for the final seven exemptions for the 2008-09 PBA Tour. Competition starts Wednesday with the first of five nine-game qualifying blocks. The seven bowlers with the highest 45-game pinfall after five days will receive one-season exemptions.


PBA Regional Tour
2008 PBA Regional Players Championship
Stardust Bowl II
Merrillville, Ind.
Monday, May 26

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

(Single-game match. Winner earns $9,000. Loser earns $5,000.)

#11 Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., def. #45 Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1-0 (247-154).

ROUND OF 4
(Single-game matches. Losers eliminated, earn $2,800.)

#11 Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., def. #2 John Gould, Richmond, Calif., 1-0 (223-167).
#45 Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., def. #9 Craig R. Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., 1-0 (215-211).

ROUND OF 8
(Single elimination, best-of-three games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,700.)

#2 John Gould, Richmond, Calif., def. #10 Ronnie Russell, Huntingburg, Ind., 2-0 (195-188, 210-195).
#9 Craig R. Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., def. #16 Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2-0 (232-204, 216-195).
#11 Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., def. #14 Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky., 2-0 (224-195, 212-203).
#45 Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., def. #21 Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 2-1 (170-190, 183-167, 219-171).

ROUND OF 16
(Single-elimination, best-of-three games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,100.)

#2 John Gould, Richmond, Calif., def. #50 Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 2-0 (211-175, 197-153).
#9 Craig R. Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., def. #8 Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2-1 (223-164, 201-236, 255-211).
#10 Ronnie Russell, Huntingburg, Ind., def. #58 Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2-0 (228-199, 205-188).
#11 Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., def. #37 Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 2-1 (254-206, 156-193, 236-188).
#14 Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky., def. #31 Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 2-0 (163-159, 246-182).
#16 Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., def. #64 Ronnie B Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 2-0 (263-176, 237-189).
#21 Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., def. #28 Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 2-1 (224-186, 190-193, 214-184).
#45 Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., def. #29 Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., 2-0 (210-203, 224-168).

ROUND OF 32
(Single-elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $800)

#2 John Gould, Richmond, Calif., def. #34 Neil W. Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3-2 (192-238, 195-156, 205-222, 256-213, 235-198).
#8 Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., def. #25 Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis., 3-1 (201-168, 222-196, 189-228, 188-180).
#9 Craig R. Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., def. #41 Joe Kolanowski, Muskegon, Mich., 3-2 (196-193, 143-189, 188-245, 199-179, 213-174).
#10 Ronnie Russell, Huntingburg, Ind., def. #42 Christopher R. Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 3-1 (207-188, 205-209, 194-147, 222-213).
#11 Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., def. #43 Andrew Mortensen, Fort Smith, Ark., 3-1 (213-198, 191-228, 227-209, 247-182).
#14 Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky., def. #19 Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3-1 (262-223, 200-245, 264-175, 241-141).
#16 Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., def. #48 Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 3-1 (240-190, 234-160, 179-194, 204-197).
#21 Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., def. #53 Aaron Buss, Freeport, Ill., 3-1 (213-239, 255-180, 246-222, 224-170).
#28 Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., def. #5 Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3-2 (234-187, 236-225, 219-228, 192-203, 227-204).
#29 Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., def. #4 Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3-1 (227-152, 232-224, 187-189, 210-185).
#31 Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, def. #62 Noel Vega, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3-1 (256-156, 191-171, 160-166, 243-156).
#37 Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., def. #6 Richard Kidd, El Paso, Ill., 3-2 (201-202, 207-232, 234-196, 255-242, 224-182).
#45 Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., def. #13 Emilio T. Mora Jr., Defiance, Ohio, 3-1 (194-251, 253-185, 224-174, 211-156).
#50 Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., def. #18 Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, 3-0 (190-177, 189-182, 159-158).
#58 Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, def. #38 Randy M. Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3-2 (176-159, 186-146, 179-227, 176-219, 251-203).
#64 Ronnie B Horton, Christiansburg, Va., def. #33 Troy Wollenbecker, Homestead, Fla., 3-1 (279-214, 235-268, 233-198, 246-212).

ROUND OF 64
(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $650.)

#2 John Gould, Richmond, Calif., def. #63 Larry Larsen Jr, Decatur, Ill., 3-2 (200-163, 199-237, 182-249, 220-192, 195-164).
#4 Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. #61 Christopher Blackmore, Alexandria, Va., 3-0 (218-194, 246-214, 227-189).
#5 Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., def. #60 Brett Spangler, Anderson, Ind., 3-1 (197-175, 234-245, 211-156, 206-189).
#6 Richard Kidd, El Paso, Ill., def. #59 Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, Ind., 3-1 (180-185, 204-173, 210-178, 178-172).
#8 Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., def. #57 John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 3-1 (202-184, 226-206, 177-220, 208-175).
#9 Craig R. Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., def. #56 Jimmy Levendosky, Hudsonville, Mich., 3-1 (212-197, 168-227, 211-185, 213-166).
#10 Ronnie Russell, Huntingburg, Ind., def. #55 Lee Vanderhoef, Greeneville, S.C., 3-1 (168-206, 236-188, 255-222, 246-237).
#11 Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., def. #54 Mark S. Johnson, Normal, Ill., 3-0 (212-177, 233-147, 186-181).
#13 Emilio T. Mora Jr., Defiance, Ohio, def. #52 Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-2 (158-159, 202-214, 259-187, 219-191, 230-184).
#14 Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky., def. #51 John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 3-0 (211-192, 223-174, 197-181).
#16 Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., def. #49 Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 3-1 (182-205, 207-200, 211-180, 188-178).
#18 Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, def. #47 Matt Roberts, Calumet City, Ill., 3-1 (215-148, 171-171, 202-170, 229-191).
#19 Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, def. #46 Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 3-0 (214-191, 237-168, 188-180).
#21 Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., def. #44 Tony Caraker, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 3-1 (228-211, 236-238, 215-184, 184-174).
#25 Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis., def. #40 Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 3-2 (185-202, 210-206, 210-225, 246-179, 197-190).
#28 Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., def. #39 Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-2 (231-223, 222-247, 181-221, 214-193, 231-207).
#29 Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., def. #36 David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3-0 (183-163, 182-181, 183-182).
#31 Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, def. #35 Douglas Cutler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3-1 (181-214, 204-171, 247-198, 231-215).
#33 Troy Wollenbecker, Homestead, Fla., def. #32 Jerry Kessler, Kettering, Ohio, 3-0 (280-227, 186-168, 251-193).
#34 Neil W. Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, def. #30 David Anthony, Austin, Texas, 3-1 (201-175, 192-199, 201-197, 189-177).
#37 Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., def. #27 Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3-1 (256-186, 210-197, 157-235, 223-206).
#38 Randy M. Weiss, Columbia, S.C., def. #26 Paul Viesto, Sandy Hook, Conn., 3-0 (204-203, 179-151, 199-178).
#41 Joe Kolanowski, Muskegon, Mich., def. #24 Jeff T. Smith, Little Falls, Minn., 3-2 (210-195, 156-192, 175-167, 147-229, 216-157).
#42 Christopher R. Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., def. #23 Dale W. Albert, Kenton, Ohio, 3-1 (210-215, 193-181, 270-223, 227-176).
#43 Andrew Mortensen, Fort Smith, Ark., def. #22 D.J. Archer, Arlington, Texas, 3-1 (216-167, 232-168, 176-195, 220-214).
#45 Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., def. #20 Leo DiBenedetto, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 3-2 (191-156, 226-206, 192-220, 228-235, 233-214).
#48 Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., def. #17 Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3-2 (191-166, 171-189, 168-209, 256-255, 223-196).
#50 Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., def. #15 Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 3-0 (200-175, 205-193, 201-173).
#53 Aaron Buss, Freeport, Ill., def. #12 Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 3-2 (221-223, 183-155, 143-205, 246-204, 213-185).
#58 Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, def. #7 Kerry Kreft, Hazel Park, Mich., 3-2 (202-194, 162-195, 245-192, 230-233, 196-188).
#62 Noel Vega, Brooklyn, N.Y., def. #3 Jason Wojnar, Chicago, Ill., 3-1 (167-205, 194-160, 225-190, 222-207).
#64 Ronnie B Horton, Christiansburg, Va., def. #1 Jason Lundquist, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., 3-0 (247-226, 201-182, 221-207).
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Lundquist Takes Top Spot

by PBA Editor May 24, 2008 19:00
Jason Lundquist averaged 230.13 over his eight-game block Sunday to finish qualifying with a 3,662 16-game pinfall to earn the top spot for match play in the 2008 PBA Regional Players Championship at Stardust Bowl II.

The Regional Players Championship is one of two majors on the PBA Regional Tour and offers a $10,000 top-prize, a berth in the 2008-09 PBA Tournament of Champions and an automatic entry into the PBA Regional Players Invitational, where eight exemptions for the 2009-10 PBA Tour season will be up for grabs.

Lundquist became a PBA member in 2006 and won his lone PBA Regional Tour title last summer. He just missed an exemption for the 2008-09 Denny’s PBA Tour, finishing second in the PBA East Region.

The 32-year-old from Delaware Water Gap, Pa., finished fourth at last year’s Regional Players Championship, falling to eventual champion Scott Santos in the semifinals. He’ll look to survive single elimination match play on Monday and earn a shot at redemption.

“I think I have a good enough ball reaction and since I’ll be facing lower seeds early on tomorrow I’ll have the better chance,” Lundquist said. “I have better carry right now that not too many people can touch. As long as I can keep that reaction going I’ll be okay.”

The lefty maintained his success from Saturday’s first day of qualifying without too many adjustments.

“(Saturday) there was a lot more hook so I tightened up my line but played the same part of the lane. I played fourth arrow almost the entire day and never moved right of 23-24,” Lundquist said. “I was a little more consistent today than yesterday. I just tried to stay as steady as I could and just tried to find a way to keep carry alive.”

John Gould (Richmond, Calif.) finished second with 3,606 while 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour exempt player Jason Wojnar (Chicago) finished third with 3,579. Saturday’s leader Thomas Smallwood (Saginaw, Mich.) dropped to fourth with 3,565 while Brad Snell (Mount Prospect, Ill.) rounded out the top five with 3,536.

Ronnie Horton (Christiansburg, Va.) earned the final spot in match play, finishing 64th with 3,248, one pin ahead of Tim Kelly (Orland Park, Ill.).

The top 64 advance to match play which features single elimination best-of-five games in the Rounds of 64 and 32 and best-of-three in the Rounds of 16 and 8. Single-game matches determine the semifinals and finals. The Round of 64 gets underway at 8 a.m. CT followed by the Round of 32 at Noon and the Round of 16 at 2 p.m. The remaining rounds will begin immediately following the completion of each preceding round.


PBA Regional Tour
2008 PBA Regional Players Championship
Stardust Bowl II
Merrillville, Ind.
Sunday, May 25

ROUND TWO QUALIFYING

(Pos., name, hometown and 16-game pinfall. Top 64 advance to match play. Positions 65-70 cash.)

1. Jason Lundquist, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., 3,662.
2. John Gould, Richmond, Calif., 3,606.
3. Jason Wojnar, Chicago, Ill., 3,579.
4. Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,565.
5. Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 3,536.
6. Richard Kidd, El Paso, Ill., 3,506.
7. Kerry Kreft, Hazel Park, Mich., 3,470.
8. Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,454.
9. Craig R. Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., 3,445.
10. Ronnie Russell, Huntingburg, Ind., 3,443.
11. Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 3,437.
12. Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 3,434.
13. Emilio T. Mora Jr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,426.
14. Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky., 3,426.
15. Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,407.
16. Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,399.
17. Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3,395.
18. Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, 3,395.
19. Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,383.
20. Leo DiBenedetto, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 3,380.
21. Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 3,379.
22. D.J. Archer, Arlington, Texas, 3,377.
23. Dale W. Albert, Kenton, Ohio, 3,377.
24. Jeff T. Smith, Little Falls, Minn., 3,372.
25. Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis., 3,370.
26. Paul Viesto, Sandy Hook, Conn., 3,368.
27. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,363.
28. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 3,361.
29. Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., 3,360.
30. David Anthony, Austin, Texas, 3,359.
31. Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,359.
32. Jerry Kessler, Kettering, Ohio, 3,352.
33. Troy Wollenbecker, Homestead, Fla., 3,352.
34. Neil W. Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,346.
35. Douglas Cutler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,341.
36. David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,332.
37. Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 3,328.
38. Randy M. Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,328.
39. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,328.
40. Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 3,314.
41. Joe Kolanowski, Muskegon, Mich., 3,310.
42. Christopher R. Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 3,300.
43. Andrew Mortensen, Fort Smith, Ark., 3,299.
44. Tony Caraker, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 3,295.
45. Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 3,293.
46. Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 3,288.
47. Matt Roberts, Calumet City, Ill., 3,286.
48. Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 3,284.
49. Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 3,283.
50. Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 3,281.
51. John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 3,278.
52. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,275.
53. Aaron Buss, Freeport, Ill., 3,272.
54. Mark S. Johnson, Normal, Ill., 3,272.
55. Lee Vanderhoef, Greeneville, S.C., 3,269.
56. Jimmy Levendosky, Hudsonville, Mich., 3,268.
57. John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,264.
58. Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,263.
59. Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,260.
60. Brett Spangler, Anderson, Ind., 3,254.
61. Christopher Blackmore, Alexandria, Va., 3,254.
62. Noel Vega, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3,250.
63. Larry Larsen Jr, Decatur, Ill., 3,249.
64. Ronnie B Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 3,248.
65. Tim Kelly, Orland Park, Ill., 3,247, $500.
66. Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 3,247, $500.
67. Rich Blake, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 3,247, $500.
68. Ramon Estrada, Connellsville, Pa., 3,244, $500.
69. Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 3,236, $500.
70. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,236, $500.
71. Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 3,230.
72. Louis Franzetti, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,229.
73. Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 3,227.
74. Clint Dacy, Keller, Texas, 3,225.
75. Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 3,223.
76. Brian J. Hatcher, Roseville, Mich., 3,222.
77. Robert (Joe) Bailey, Pittsburgh, Pa., 3,221.
78. Michael Svilar, Munster, Ind., 3,220.
79. Nathan D Michalowski, Oak Creek, Wis., 3,220.
80. Brian Burkhardt, Wildwood, Mo., 3,218.
81. Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 3,210.
82. Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 3,206.
83. Ronald Holliday, Mason, Ohio, 3,204.
84. Chris Hibbitts II, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,202.
85. Robert Spigner, Chicago, Ill., 3,198.
86. Jeremy Hunt, Sikeston, Mo., 3,196.
87. Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,194, $300.
88. Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,188.
89. Richard Fairley, Christiansburg, Va., 3,187.
90. Scott Santos, Ledyard, Conn., 3,185.
91. Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,184.
92. George H Woodill, Deerfield Beach, Fla., 3,182.
93. Bill Machin, Newbury Park, Calif., 3,181.
94. Brian Gunn, Chicago, Ill., 3,178.
95. Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,177.
96. Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,177.
97. Chris Curry, Greenwood, Ind., 3,176.
98. Billy Robinson, Valpariso, Ind., 3,176.
99. Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,175.
100. Bruno Diaz, San Juan, 3,175.
101. Mark London, Palatine, Ill., 3,171.
102. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,170.
103. Don J. Breeden, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,151.
104. Don Stephenson, Palm Bay, Fla., 3,149.
105. Nicholas A. Miseno, Amsterdam, N.Y., 3,146.
106. Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 3,144.
107. Michael F. Camerano, Brookfield, Ill., 3,142.
108. Kevin M. Mitchell, Tulsa, Okla., 3,138.
109. Christopher Glaz, Elmwood Park, Ill., 3,134.
110. Timothy Banks, Spaartanburg, S.C., 3,130.
111. Christopher Sand, St Clair Shores, Mich., 3,128.
112. Kenneth Corley, Atoka, Tenn., 3,124.
113. PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 3,123.
114. Richard E Horodecki Jr, Jackson, Mich., 3,119.
115. Eric J. Martin, Cedar Lake, Ind., 3,118.
116. Brandon Balsis, Tinley Park, Ill., 3,112.
117. Gabe Jacks, Churubusco, Ind., 3,110.
118. Shawn McKee, Concord, N.C., 3,109.
119. Jason Wunderlich, Homestead, Pa., 3,109.
120. Rick Hale, Wilmington, Ohio, 3,109.
121. Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, 3,105.
122. Corey Young, Steeleville, Ill., 3,098.
123. Brandon Gibson, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,097.
124. Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill., 3,095.
125. Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore., 3,092.
126. Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 3,090.
127. Jeff Sanders, Pittsburgh, Pa., 3,090.
128. Stephen J. Haas, Enola, Pa., 3,088.
129. Danny Neill, Allen, Texas, 3,085.
130. Kenny E Narron Jr, Disputanta, Va., 3,083.
131. Jeffrey A Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,080.
132. Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 3,075.
133. Jeremy Delcamp, Elkhart, Ind., 3,074.
134. Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 3,069.
135. David Newcomer, Pearcy, Ark., 3,068.
136. Shane Bennett, New Salisbury, Ind., 3,064.
137. Malcolm Sanders, Mauldin, S.C., 3,062.
138. Frank E Ensweiler, Lowell, Ind., 3,061.
139. Evan Rachbuch, East Windsor, N.J., 3,051.
140. Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 3,050.
141. Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 3,048.
142. Scott G. Smith, North Aurora, Ill., 3,046.
143. Walter L. Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,041.
144. Trent Burns, Indianapolis, Ind., 3,036.
145. John Murphy, Richmond, Ind., 3,033.
146. Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,032.
147. Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 3,032.
148. Vaughn Bass Jr., Muncie, Ind., 3,032.
149. Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, Va., 3,027.
150. Ryan Smith, Asheboro, N.C., 3,026.
151. Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,023.
152. Jerry Rich, Painesville, Ohio, 3,021.
153. Mike English, Elkhart, Ind., 3,020.
154. Josh Chambliss, Summerville, S.C., 3,017.
155. Nick Plouff, Tomahawk, Wis., 3,014.
156. John Bitz, Fort Wayne, Ind., 3,012.
157. Jeffrey D Voght, Canajohaire, N.Y., 3,004.
158. Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 2,999.
159. Robert J. Leonard Sr., Elmira Heights, N.Y., 2,996.
160. Christopher Watson, Winston-Salem, N.C., 2,994.
161. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 2,992.
162. John H. Shreve Jr., Vermilion, Ohio, 2,991.
163. Michael L. Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 2,989.
164. Glenn Lasowski, Phelps, Wis., 2,987.
165. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,985.
166. Humberto Vazquez, San Pedro, Mexico, 2,977.
167. Timothy P. Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,977.
168. Andrew Horodecki, Jackson, Mich., 2,972.
169. Scott Weber, La Salle, Ill., 2,969.
170. Thomas C Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,965.
171. Jamie Lanier, Youngsville, N.C., 2,964.
172. William J. Burke, Sturgis, Mich., 2,957.
173. Dean O. Buchanan Jr., Snohomish, Wash., 2,956.
174. Jason L Dooley, Paw Paw, Mich., 2,954.
175. James Rutherford Jr, Hammond, Ind., 2,950.
176. Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Heights, Mich., 2,946.
177. Jason Kosby, Clive, Iowa, 2,945.
178. Marty Kirsten Jr., Hawley, Pa., 2,944.
179. Roderick Wright, Nashville, N.C., 2,940.
180. Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,934.
181. Kirby Joseph Allen, Ironton, Ohio, 2,931.
182. Aaron Williams, Trenton, N.J., 2,925.
183. John Schnur, Oconomowoc, Wis., 2,915.
184. Jesse Scrivens, St Charles, Mo., 2,914.
185. Michael Boudreau, Hebron, Ind., 2,910.
186. Ariachizu Kamalu, Chicago, Ill., 2,902.
187. Tom Seliger, Highland, Ind., 2,901.
188. Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa., 2,866.
189. Stanley L Lobodzinski, Edgewood, Md., 2,848.
190. Steven Lach, Sloan, N.Y., 2,843.
191. Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 2,833.
192. Michael Abfall, Fenton, Mo., 2,823.
193. Anthony Huffman, Indianapolis, Ind., 2,822.
194. Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, Fla., 2,819.
195. Matthew Parks, Fairborn, Ohio, 2,809.
196. John Touhey, Moraine, Ohio, 2,808.
197. Gary Zwiezinski, Elyria, Ohio, 2,789.
198. Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 2,774.
199. Chris A Mays, Muncie, Ind., 2,720.
200. Paul A Lundahl, Chicago, Ill., 2,717.
201. Ed Campbell, Rochester Hills, Mich., 2,695.
202. Hunter Brooks IV, Nashville, Tenn., 2,689.
203. Dan Kiran, Chicago, Ill., 2,669.
204. Jim Mitts, St Peters, Mo., 2,643.
205. Thomas Rogers, Madison, Wis., 2,642.
206. Scot T Archabal, Boise, Idaho, 2,034, (W/D).
207. Chad Vendeville, Otsego, Mich., 2,032, (W/D).
208. Jeffrey Snuffer, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,439, (W/D).
209. Shawn Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,257, (W/D).
210. Joshua Kogod, Industry, Pa., 1,242, (W/D).

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Smallwood Leads Day One

by PBA Editor May 23, 2008 19:00
PBA Regional Tour
PBA Lake County Indiana Regional Players Championship
Stardust Bowl II
Merrillville, Ind.
Saturday, May 24

ROUND ONE QUALIFYING

Pos., name, hometown, eight-game pinfall.)

1. Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,873.
2. Brad Snell, Mount Prospect, Ill., 1,862.
3. Jason Lundquist, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., 1,821.
4. Kerry Kreft, Hazel Park, Mich., 1,819.
5. Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, 1,805.
6. Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,792.
7. Richard Kidd, El Paso, Ill., 1,789.
8. Neil W. Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,782.
9. Craig R. Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., 1,777.
10. John Gould, Richmond, Calif., 1,771.
11. Leo DiBenedetto, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 1,770.
12. Jason Wojnar, Chicago, Ill., 1,766.
13. Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,751.
14. Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis., 1,744.
15. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,742.
16. Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 1,741.
17. Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,736.
18. Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,736.
19. Mark London, Palatine, Ill., 1,736.
20. Matt Roberts, Calumet City, Ill., 1,735.
21. Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 1,734.
22. Larry Larsen Jr, Decatur, Ill., 1,733.
23. Ronnie Russell, Huntingburg, Ind., 1,732.
24. Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., 1,730.
25. Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,725.
26. Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,719.
27. Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky., 1,714.
28. Emilio T. Mora Jr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,713.
29. Scot T Archabal, Boise, Idaho, 1,713.
30. PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,711.
31. Mark S. Johnson, Normal, Ill., 1,711.
32. Ronnie B Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,704.
33. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,701.
34. Christopher R. Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 1,696.
35. Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 1,695.
36. Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 1,691.
37. Rich Blake, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 1,689.
38. Joe Kolanowski, Muskegon, Mich., 1,688.
39. Brian Burkhardt, Wildwood, Mo., 1,685.
40. Gregg Zicha, Glen Ellyn, Ill., 1,683.
41. Nathan D Michalowski, Oak Creek, Wis., 1,682.
42. Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,681.
43. Ramon Estrada, Connellsville, Pa., 1,677.
44. Tim Kelly, Orland Park, Ill., 1,676.
45. Lee Vanderhoef, Greeneville, S.C., 1,674.
46. Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,673.
47. Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,670.
48. David Anthony, Austin, Texas, 1,670.
49. Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 1,668.
50. Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 1,665.
51. David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,664.
52. Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,663.
53. Paul Viesto, Sandy Hook, Conn., 1,662.
54. Christopher Blackmore, Alexandria, Va., 1,661.
55. Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 1,658.
56. Jimmy Levendosky, Hudsonville, Mich., 1,653.
57. Robert Spigner, Chicago, Ill., 1,651.
58. Clint Dacy, Keller, Texas, 1,649.
59. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,647.
60. Randy M. Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,646.
61. Jeff T. Smith, Little Falls, Minn., 1,646.
62. Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 1,645.
63. Dale W. Albert, Kenton, Ohio, 1,645.
64. Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,638.
65. Nick Plouff, Tomahawk, Wis., 1,637.
66. Bruno Diaz, San Juan,, 1,634.
67. Ronald Holliday, Mason, Ohio, 1,634.
68. Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 1,634.
69. Christopher Sand, St Clair Shores, Mich., 1,631.
70. Noel Vega, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,630.
71. Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill., 1,628.
72. D.J. Archer, Arlington, Texas, 1,620.
73. Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,618.
74. Troy Wollenbecker, Homestead, Fla., 1,616.
75. Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,616.
76. Tony Caraker, Hoffman Estates, Ill., 1,612.
77. Jeff Sanders, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1,611.
78. Michael F. Camerano, Brookfield, Ill., 1,611.
79. Shawn McKee, Concord, N.C., 1,609.
80. Michael Svilar, Munster, Ind., 1,607.
81. Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,607.
82. Robert (Joe) Bailey, Pittsburgh, Pa., 1,605.
83. Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,601.
84. Kevin M. Mitchell, Tulsa, Okla., 1,598.
85. John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,596.
86. Louis Franzetti, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,595.
87. Brian Gunn, Chicago, Ill., 1,595.
88. Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,595.
89. Rick Hale, Wilmington, Ohio, 1,592.
90. Jason Kosby, Clive, Iowa, 1,592.
91. Jeffrey D Voght, Canajohaire, N.Y., 1,591.
92. Aaron Buss, Freeport, Ill., 1,591.
93. Shane Bennett, New Salisbury, Ind., 1,591.
94. Jerry Kessler, Kettering, Ohio, 1,590.
95. Brandon Gibson, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,589.
96. Brett Spangler, Anderson, Ind., 1,589.
97. Bill Machin, Newbury Park, Calif., 1,588.
98. Scott Weber, La Salle, Ill., 1,586.
99. Richard Fairley, Christiansburg, Va., 1,585.
100. Jeffrey A Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,585.
101. George H Woodill, Deerfield Beach, Fla., 1,584.
102. Jeremy Hunt, Sikeston, Mo., 1,584.
103. Chris Hibbitts II, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,583.
104. Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 1,583.
105. Trent Burns, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,581.
106. John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,580.
107. Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 1,578.
108. Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 1,573.
109. Kenny E Narron Jr, Disputanta, Va., 1,572.
110. Douglas Cutler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,572.
111. Brian J. Hatcher, Roseville, Mich., 1,572.
112. Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,571.
113. Ron Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1,567.
114. David Newcomer, Pearcy, Ark., 1,567.
115. Eric J. Martin, Cedar Lake, Ind., 1,566.
116. Nicholas A. Miseno, Amsterdam, N.Y., 1,566.
117. John Murphy, Richmond, Ind., 1,562.
118. Jeremy Delcamp, Elkhart, Ind., 1,559.
119. Chris Curry, Greenwood, Ind., 1,558.
120. Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,558.
121. Evan Rachbuch, East Windsor, N.J., 1,557.
122. Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,554.
123. Don Stephenson, Palm Bay, Fla., 1,553.
124. Malcolm Sanders, Mauldin, S.C., 1,553.
125. Andrew Mortensen, Fort Smith, Ark., 1,551.
126. Ryan Smith, Asheboro, N.C., 1,551.
127. Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 1,550.
128. Jason Wunderlich, Homestead, Pa., 1,548.
129. Don J. Breeden, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,548.
130. Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,546.
131. Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 1,545.
132. Christopher Glaz, Elmwood Park, Ill., 1,544.
133. Aaron Williams, Trenton, N.J., 1,544.
134. Scott Santos, Ledyard, Conn., 1,544.
135. John H. Shreve Jr., Vermilion, Ohio, 1,543.
136. Billy Robinson, Valpariso, Ind., 1,542.
137. Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, Va., 1,541.
138. Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, 1,540.
139. Michael Boudreau, Hebron, Ind., 1,536.
140. Stanley L Lobodzinski, Edgewood, Md., 1,535.
141. Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore., 1,534.
142. Corey Young, Steeleville, Ill., 1,533.
143. Walter L. Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,533.
144. Tom Seliger, Highland, Ind., 1,532.
145. Jerry Rich, Painesville, Ohio, 1,529.
146. Gabe Jacks, Churubusco, Ind., 1,529.
147. Timothy Banks, Spaartanburg, S.C., 1,528.
148. Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,526.
149. Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,526.
150. Glenn Lasowski, Phelps, Wis., 1,524.
151. Stephen J. Haas, Enola, Pa., 1,522.
152. Kirby Joseph Allen, Ironton, Ohio, 1,520.
153. Kenneth Corley, Atoka, Tenn., 1,517.
154. Vaughn Bass Jr., Muncie, Ind., 1,517.
155. Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,517.
156. Josh Chambliss, Summerville, S.C., 1,515.
157. Thomas C Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,514.
158. Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,512.
159. Mike English, Elkhart, Ind., 1,508.
160. Danny Neill, Allen, Texas, 1,500.
161. Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,499.
162. Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 1,498.
163. Brandon Balsis, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,497.
164. Timothy P. Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 1,497.
165. Richard E Horodecki Jr, Jackson, Mich., 1,491.
166. Humberto Vazquez, San Pedro, XX, 1,490.
167. William J. Burke, Sturgis, Mich., 1,488.
168. Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, Fla., 1,478.
169. Michael Abfall, Fenton, Mo., 1,477.
170. Frank E Ensweiler, Lowell, Ind., 1,476.
171. Andrew Horodecki, Jackson, Mich., 1,472.
172. Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 1,471.
173. Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,469.
174. John Schnur, Oconomowoc, Wis., 1,464.
175. Michael L. Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,461.
176. Ariachizu Kamalu, Chicago, Ill., 1,460.
177. Jason L Dooley, Paw Paw, Mich., 1,458.
178. Steven Lach, Sloan, N.Y., 1,456.
179. Roderick Wright, Nashville, N.C., 1,456.
180. Terry Metzner, Kentwood, Mich., 1,456.
181. Scott G. Smith, North Aurora, Ill., 1,455.
182. Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,451.
183. Dean O. Buchanan Jr., Snohomish, Wash., 1,451.
184. John Bitz, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,450.
185. Gary Zwiezinski, Elyria, Ohio, 1,447.
186. Jesse Scrivens, St Charles, Mo., 1,446.
187. Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa., 1,446.
188. Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,440.
189. Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Heights, Mich., 1,439.
190. Jeffrey Snuffer, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,439.
191. Chris A Mays, Muncie, Ind., 1,438.
192. Robert J. Leonard Sr., Elmira Heights, N.Y., 1,430.
193. Anthony Huffman, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,429.
194. Jamie Lanier, Youngsville, N.C., 1,428.
195. Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 1,425.
196. Marty Kirsten Jr., Hawley, Pa., 1,409.
197. Ed Campbell, Rochester Hills, Mich., 1,408.
198. Christopher Watson, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1,395.
199. Matthew Parks, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,370.
200. James Rutherford Jr, Hammond, Ind., 1,364.
201. Paul A Lundahl, Chicago, Ill., 1,353.
202. Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,334.
203. Jim Mitts, St Peters, Mo., 1,325.
204. Chad Vendeville, Otsego, Mich., 1,315.
205. Hunter Brooks IV, Nashville, Tenn., 1,314.
206. John Touhey, Moraine, Ohio, 1,309.
207. Dan Kiran, Chicago, Ill., 1,295.
208. Thomas Rogers, Madison, Wis., 1,281.
209. Shawn Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 1,257.
210. Joshua Kogod, Industry, Pa., 1,242.
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Submit Your Questions to the Winner Each Week

by PBA Editor May 22, 2008 19:00

Want to know what a player was thinking during their championship match?  Wondering why a player made a specific ball change? Submit questions throughout the ESPN telecast to the Xtra Frame mailbag and tune in to see if your question is used on Sunday afternoon.


Fans can go to http://www.pba.com/mailbag/mailbag.aspx or click on the "Xtra Frame Mailbag" banner on PBA.com to submit questions to Xtra Frame play-by-play man Jeff Mark, who will ask selected questions on air during the live streaming interview with the winner after every telecast.


To hear questions answered by the players each Sunday and to see live Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour action, sign up for Xtra Frame at www.pba.com/xtraframe.

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RPC Just Days Away

by PBA Editor May 21, 2008 19:00
The seventh annual Regional Players Championship kicks off this week at Stardust Bowl II in Merrillville, Ind., with more than 200 of the top regional players from around the country fighting for the $10,000 top prize and a berth in the 2008-09 PBA Tournament of Champions.

Scott Santos will be there to defend his 2007 RPC title along with past RPC winners David Anthony (2004), D.J. Archer (2006) and David Beres (2005).

Competition gets underway Saturday with the first of two days of qualifying. Squads run Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CT. The top 64 bowlers based on 16-game pinfall will advance to single elimination match play on Monday.

The Round of 64 and 32 feature best-of-five games match play followed by the best-of-three games Rounds of 16 and 8. Single-game matches will determine the semifinal and final matches with the winner taking home not only $10,000 and a berth in the Tournament of Champions, but also earn an automatic Regional Players Invitational berth, including airfare and hotel accommodations along with a chance to bowl for a 2009-10 PBA Tour exemption.

This season’s RPC marks the fifth consecutive year Stardust Bowl II will host the event.

Following the RPC, the Denny’s PBA Tour Trials moves into Stardust Bowl II for the fourth time in the five years of the competition.

The five-day event kicks off Wednesday, May 28 with the first nine-game block and runs through Sunday, June 1 after which the top seven bowlers based on 45-game pinfall will earn exemptions for the 2008-09 season.

A mix of young stars, seasoned veterans, past Tour Trials success stories and international stars will be on hand. Future stars like Ryan Abel, Ryan Ciminelli and P.J. Haggerty will look to bank on the successes they had bowling the Tour Qualifying Rounds each week in the 2007-08 season, while former champions like Chris Collins, Dave D’Entremont, Brian Himmler and Jason Hurd will all look to regain their exemptions.

Also competing will be young stars-in-the-making such as Chad Kloss, Ronnie Russell and Troy Wollenbecker, who each made it out of the 2007 Tour Trials and had a taste of exempt life before just missing out on regaining their spots via the point rankngs. Also look out for Liz Johnson, who will look to become the second woman to earn a full-season PBA Tour exemption after Kelly Kulick’s success story in 2006.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to watch the final two days of Tour Trials competition live on Xtra Frame. Sign up now at www.pba.com/xtraframe.

In addition to the live content, the final matches of the RPC along with exclusive interviews from both events will air tape-delayed on Xtra Frame in the coming weeks.

Billy Welu Scholarship Deadline Approaching
The deadline for applications for the Billy Welu Scholarship is fast approaching. The scholarship, which is awarded annually, recognizes exemplary qualities in male or female college students who compete in the sport of bowling.

Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, May 31. To be eligible, candidates must be amateur bowlers who are currently in college and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent. The scholarship winner receives $1,000.

The scholarship was established to annually recognize a college student who combines outstanding bowling talents with academic excellence. The late Welu was best known for his expert analysis alongside legendary ABC broadcaster and PBA Hall of Famer Chris Schenkel on the popular “Pro Bowlers Tour” series. Welu was a two-champion Denny’s PBA Tour champion and was a member of the PBA Hall of Fame’s inaugural induction class in 1975.

To download the Billy Welu Scholarship application click here
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