Jason's TV Recap - Uncensored

by Jason Thomas March 29, 2009 19:00
Today was the most excited I’ve been for a PBA show since the 1994 AC Delco Classic. For those of you who don’t remember that one, it was the PBA TV debut of a young, up-and-coming phenom who threw one of the most amazing strike balls in bowling history. He was the reigning (and by far youngest ever at 19) US Amateur champion and pulled off the unparalleled feat of leading a Tour stop as an amateur guest. Today, I found it so apropos that the same once-young phenom (I’m talking about Robert Smith, of course) was the elder statesman among the finalists who each had a front row seat to witness the bona-fide arrival of the much-hyped Australian sensation Jason Belmonte onto the PBA scene. 
 
The build-up to Belmonte’s appearance today started quite some time ago, but has really come to a head this season, as he and PBA brass ruffled plenty of feathers with a few controversial early-season Commissioner’s exemptions. As if his stature as the top amateur bowler in the world were not justification enough for said exemptions, Belmonte bolstered his worth with a handful of very respectable top 20 finishes (including a 10th at the season-opening World Championship, where he led qualifying by 300+ pins before drawing Chris Barnes in the elimination matches…who last week I said was the best elimination match bowler on Tour in case you forgot…and losing in six games). But this week the man who throws it with two hands had to slum it in the TQR and earn his way into the field like every other Tom, Dick and Lonnie Waliczek.
 
After squeaking through and narrowly earning a spot in the tournament field, Belmonte steadily worked his way up the leaderboard all week, finally earning the second seed in the five-man stepladder finals. Joining him was a stellar cast featuring Smith, the always-entertaining Ritchie Allen, bad luck Bill O’Neill, and hometown favorite (he used to work in the Pro Shop at the host center for cripes sake!) Michael Fagan. And to whip things up to a real frenzy, Belmonte appeared on the popular Fox and Friends morning show the Saturday before the telecast to talk bowling and throw a few shots on a crooked, rain-soaked bowling lane in downtown NYC.
 
In Match 1, Smith and Allen (sounds like a law firm) was a tale of two halves. The first belonged to Smith, opening with the front five, while the second belonged to Allen, who threw the last seven. Allen’s big string pulled out the “W” and he and his tattoos and white belt (but what happened to the headband THB?) moved on 258-244.
 
O’Neill stepped in to face Allen in Match 2 and, despite starting off with a washout for an open frame on the left lane (which was dressed with the Shark pattern…Viper was used on the right lane), settled down and began throwing strikes. Allen lost both lanes (they started hooking more) and then his carry for most of the match and, by the time he figured out the right ball and strike line combination to bail out a 218, O’Neill was already too far ahead and coasted to victory with a solid 237.  
 
Belmonte time. As expected when you have the hopes and expectations of an entire industry resting on your shoulders (and a gaggle of naysayers whom you badly want to prove wrong) Belmonte looked as nervous as a cat in a roomful of rocking chairs when he stepped up for his first turn against O’Neill. It is difficult for me to describe what I was thinking/feeling when I watched Belmo throw that first shot, but there was definitely a degree of heightened anticipation that I haven’t felt watching bowling in quite some time. For starters, he chose to throw plastic on the right lane and play straight up the first arrow, so I was very curious to see how that would pan out. But I was also very curious to see how he would handle all of the pressure and if he would have “the look” that I remember Robert having back in his first appearance back in 1994 (that would be intense, focused and ready-for-action). After two very shaky opening frames (a 2-8 that he almost missed and then a 2-10 that he did miss), Belmo got his first two strikes in the 3rd and 4th and appeared to realize like Gene Hackman’s high school hoops team in Hoosiers that the lane is exactly the same length even when there are TV cameras and hundreds of spectators in the building.
 
O’Neill, having already been on TV six times previously this season, was already aware that TV bowling is just bowling and really put together an excellent game, consisting of mostly strikes and a few 10-pins mixed in. When he struck in the 9th, he forced Belmo to throw the next four to require himself to throw three strikes in the 10th to win. By then, Belmonte was in full-on “be the ball” bowling mode and crushed three of the last four (he filled nine on his last shot) to shoot 245. O’Neill stepped up needing two strikes and nine to face Fagan in the finale. He got the first one but wrapped a 10 on a terrific shot in the 11th to fall short with 236.
 
Michael Fagan then stepped in to face Belmonte with a whole busload of home court karma. Fagan grew up bowling in the host center and really dominated the tournament from the get-go. He fought off Belmonte Friday night with a clutch position round victory to claim the top seed and was looking for his first PBA Tour singles title (he had a doubles victory with Danny Wiseman last season) in now seven TV appearances. But for someone who’s apparently spent so much time there, he looked downright uncomfortable, throwing one wide for a 2-10 to start the match and then chucking another one OB for a washout (that he missed thanks to a horrendous break) in the 5th.
 
Belmonte meanwhile bowled pretty solidly, mixing a few doubles in with a few easy spares and a nifty conversion of the 3-10 split in the 7th. In fact, watching him downshift the revs, increase the speed and change axis tilt on his spares was pretty darn impressive, although not as jaw-dropping as watching him throw massive messengers with a plastic ball. When he got up in the 10th, he just needed good count to lock up his first win and earn his exemption for next season. A nine-spare, strike 10th frame gave him 215 to Fagan’s 201 and he let out a very audible celebratory yell, releasing all of the tension, expectations and childhood dreams that had been building up inside for so long.
 
So, what does this mean for the PBA and for the future of bowling? The source of much of the vitriol hurled Belmonte’s way is, of course, a direct reaction to the hype and fanfare with which his emergence has been heralded. And bowlers have been searching for…well, more like praying for…a savior figure to come along and deliver the sport from the depths in which it currently resides to the promised land of mainstream cultural and sports acceptance for quite some time now. Will Belmonte do this for bowling? In my opinion, it is as unfair to take pot shots/say nasty things about Belmonte as it is to anoint him as bowling’s version of Tiger Woods. On the other hand, all of the hoopla (both negative and positive) Belmonte is experiencing is merely the test that anyone with great potential in sports or in other arenas of life must face in order to prove their true worth and greatness. If they do prove themselves worthy, they have a chance to eventually build a transcendent following like Tiger, Lance Armstrong and Michael Jordan have done for their respective sports.
 
Since the legendary Dick Weber’s heyday, many bowlers have had the opportunity to prove their willingness to pick up the torch and carry the word of the sport of bowling to the masses. In the past three decades, many have tried their best (although many or more have shied away) but all have failed to reach Mr. Weber’s lofty example. Belmonte’s unique style, his obvious skill, and his global appeal have given him a chance to be the one who embraces the spotlight and accepts the responsibility. Time will tell if he is up to the challenge. But judging from his post-match interview, his wife’s permission to move to the states may be the biggest obstacle standing in his way. I’m hoping she finds it in her heart to share Jason with the rest of us and that, even if he does not turn out to “save bowling”, he will at least give us many more electrifying performances like today’s, in the future.  
 
Here are a few other items of note from the show:
  • That was an excellent 30-second spot featuring The Bowling Foundation. Looked like something you’d see during an NBA, NFL or PGA telecast.
  • Ritchie Allen is Bad…the Michael Jackson version.
  • Shaq’s pre-game intro pimping bowling. Given their bowling backgrounds, you’d think Lebron or Chris Paul would’ve come up with it first!
  • Belmo is “just” the 78th bowler in PBA history to win a title in his first TV appearance. What an exclusive club! (Sarcasm meter beeping loudly).
  • Congrats to Robert Smith for all but locking up his exemption for next season…and hip-hip-hooray that his bum hip looks fixed!
  • Vintage Randy pic makes an appearance in the front row…to his dismay.
 
What did you think? Please e-mail me with your thoughts on this week’s show at jason@jasonthomasbowling.com. Also check out my other weekly blog as well as the latest episode of The Bowling Show. See you next week!
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Australia’s Belmonte First Two-Handed Player to Win a PBA Title

by PBA Editor March 28, 2009 19:00
Australia’s Jason Belmonte became the first two-handed player in Professional Bowlers Association history to win a PBA Tour title when he upset top qualifier Michael Fagan of Patchoque, N.Y., 215-201, to win The Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic at AMF Babylon Lanes Sunday.
 
Belmonte, making his PBA Tour singles television debut, won $25,000 and an exemption to bowl on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour during the 2009-10 season. He also joined Sweden’s Mats Karlsson, Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli and Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi as the fourth international player to win a PBA Tour title.
 
“The PBA Tour is the ultimate bowling competition in the world,” said Belmonte. “With all the media attention I have received, it’s now time for us to put the foot down on the gas and go mainstream; this is not just about me.  There are many great stories and great athletes out here.  It’s time all of us knock on all the doors of we can, the next one could be the ‘golden key’ door we are all looking for.”
 
The 25-year-old Australian has been a terror in international competition over the past few years, but had not experienced PBA competition until this season. In limited PBA Tour participation, he had finished in the top 15 four times with a best finish of 10th place in the season-opening PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan. 
 
“I was very nervous on those first two shots, I threw it where I looked at but then I realized I was looking at the wrong spot,” said Belmonte about his first shots on television. “I settled down after that.”
 
Belmonte developed his unusual style as a toddler growing up in his parents’ bowling center in New South Wales, Australia, bowling with bowling balls that were too heavy to throw with one hand. By inserting the middle two fingers of his right hand into the ball, and using his left hand to guide and spin the ball, he is able to generate hooking power very few one-handed players can match.
 
In the title match against one of the Tour’s premier power players, Belmonte bowled an error-free game, needing only a pair of doubles to build an advantage after Fagan opened in the first and fifth frames. Belmonte used an aggressive reactive bowling ball to play a deep inside angle on the left lane, and a hard plastic ball to play a straight, outside line on the right lane to combat the PBA’s Shark and Viper lane conditioning patterns used on the championship left and right lanes, respectively.
 
“I knew the lanes would break down faster,” said Belmonte. “If Mike had another game, he would have shot 240.”
 
In the opening match, Ritchie Allen of Columbia, S.C., finished with eight strikes in a row to eliminate Robert Smith of Columbus, Ohio, 258-244. Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., overcame an open in the first frame with six strikes on his next seven shots to defeat Allen, 237-218.
 
Belmonte then slipped past O’Neill in the semifinal match, overcoming a spare/open start with eight strikes on his next nine attempts for a 245-236 victory. O’Neill’s hopes for his first PBA title ended when he left a solid 10 pin after striking on his first ball in the 10th frame.
 
“I threw mine great and couldn’t believe I left the ten,” said Belmonte after leaving a ringing tenpin on a solid pocket hit in the 7th frame.  “When I saw Billy’s last shot go down, I thought ‘well that was fun, see you later’, but then his ten stood.”
  
Fagan earned $13,000 for second place, O’Neill $6,500 for third, Allen $5,500 for fourth and Smith $5,000 for fifth place.
 
The PBA Tour concludes its 50th anniversary season next week with the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open which gets underway Tuesday at Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J. Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., is defending champion. ESPN will televise the 2-hour live finals on Sunday, April 5, at 1 p.m. Eastern.
 
LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic
AMF Babylon Lanes, West Babylon, N.Y.
Final Standings
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 460 (two games), $25,000
2, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 201 (one game), $13,000
3, Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa., 473 (two games), $6,500
4, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 476 (two games), $5,500
5, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 244 (one game), $5,000
 
Stepladder Results
Match One – Allen def. Smith, 258-244
Match Two – O’Neill def. Allen, 237-218
Semifinal Match – Belmonte def. O’Neill, 245-236
Championship – Belmonte def. Fagan, 215-201
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Jason Belmonte Makes PBA Debut at Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic Finals 2pm ET on ESPN

by PBA Editor March 27, 2009 19:00
Looking for his first Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour singles title, Michael Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., earned the No. 1 qualifying position for Sunday’s live ESPN-televised stepladder finals of the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic at AMF Babylon Lanes.
 
As a result of earning the No. 2 qualifying position, Australian two-handed bowling sensation Jason Belmonte will make his Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour television debut in Sunday’s finals scheduled for 2 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.
 
After Friday’s Round of 16, the 28-year-old Fagan had a 7,624 overall pinfall and a 12-6 match play record, 53 pins ahead of Belmonte who finished with a 7,571 pinfall and 14-4 record. Belmonte had the tournament lead going into the final position round match against Fagan but lost the match to Fagan 212-185.
 
“I knew I was going have to do something special to compete with Jason but I was able to pull it out in the position round,” Fagan said. “I had the support of a lot of friends and family here tonight and was happy to give them a good show.”
 
Belmonte, who has won several major international titles and is in his first year on the PBA Tour, has garnered much media attention this season and will make an appearance with PBA Player of the Year contender Wes Malott Saturday morning from 7-10 a.m. Eastern on Fox & Friends, the top-rated cable morning show on the Fox News Network.
 
“It’s nice to have the media attention and pressure finally turn into a reward,” said the 25 year-old Belmonte, whose hometown is Orange, Australia. “For America to see me bowl live has been my goal. I will let them their own assessment of what I can do.
 
“The hardest thing about the stepladder will be sitting there watching the other guys get a feel for the lanes,” Belmonte added.
 
Fagan’s top finishes this year have been second and fourth place which both came in February.
Belmonte had 11th, 12th and 15th place finishes in February and posted a 10th place finish in the PBA World Championship which opened the season last October.
 
Rounding out the stepladder field will be No. 3 qualifier, Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa.; No. 4 qualifier, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., and No. 5 qualifier, Robert Smith of Columbus, Ohio.
 
Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic
AMF Babylon Lanes, West Babylon, N.Y.
Round of 16 Results After 32 Games
1, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 12-6, 7,624
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 14-4, 7,571
3, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 10-8, 7,448
4, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 10-8, 7,443
5, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 10-8, 7,401
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 13-5, 7,397, $4,000
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 11-7, 7,319, $3,700
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 9-9, 7,316, $3,400
9, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8-10, 7,312, $3,200
10, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 9-9, 7,282, $3,000
11, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 9-9, 7,263, $2,800
12, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 9-8-1, 7,257, $2,700
13, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7-10-1, 7,246, $2,650
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-10, 7,159, $2,600
15, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 8-10, 7,154, $2,550
16, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 9-9, 7,104, $2,500
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Michael Fagan Leads PBA Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic

by PBA Editor March 25, 2009 19:00
With a 3,296 14-game pinfall (235.43 average), Michael Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., led Thursday’s Round of 64 in the Professional Bowlers Association Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic at AMF Babylon Lanes.
 
With recent second and fourth place finishes, Fagan is looking for his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title and credited his performance to being able to adjust to the different lane condition patterns between the first and second qualifying blocks.
 
“In the first block on the shorter oil pattern I was able to throw a little harder with a cleaner release,” said the 28-year-old Fagan.  “The last seven games I was able to roll it a little heavier on the longer pattern and bowled a couple of good games late.”
 
Looking for his first television finals appearance, Australian two-handed player Jason Belmonte is in seventh place with a 3,127 pinfall (223.36 average). The international bowling star had finishes of 11th, 12th and 15th on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour in the month of February and averaged 243 in Thursday’s second block.
 
 “The longer lane condition seemed more suited to my game,” Belmonte said. “I found a good reaction and started stringing strikes.
 
 “From here on out you’re going to need to come out warm in the first few games and whip the horse over the last nine games and get to the finish.”
 
Another area favorite, Rudy Kasimakis, originally from Long Island who now makes his home in Baldwyn, Miss., is in 13th with a 3,106 pinfall (221.86 average).
 
The top 32 players advance to a nine-game modified round robin match play round Friday morning after which the field will be cut to the top 16 who will advance to another round of match play to determine the top five for the stepladder finals to be televised by ESPN live at 2 p.m. Eastern.
 
The tournament features two of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s lane conditioning patterns: Viper and Shark for the first two qualifying rounds, respectively, and for match play the left lane will use the Shark condition and the right lane Viper.
 
Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic
AMF West Babylon Lanes, West Babylon, N.Y.
Round of 64 Results After 14 Games (Name, Hometown, Pinfall, Money for Non-Qualifiers)
1, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,296
2, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,257
3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,213
4, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 3,185
5, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,176
6, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,140
7, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,127
8, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,120
9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,117
10, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 3,114
11, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,113
12, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,108
13, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 3,106
14, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,102
15, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 3,101
16, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,099
17, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 3,086
18, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,063
19, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,056
20, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,052
21, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,050
22, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 3,044
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,040
24, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,038
25, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,035
26, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,031
27, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,027
28, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,018
29, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 3,006
30, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,001
31, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 3,000
32, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, 2,995
33, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,993, $1,890
34, P.J. Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,990, $1,800
35, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,979, $1,800
36, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,969, $1,800
37, Jason Lundquist, Delaware Water Gap, Pa., 2,963, $1,800
38, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,960, $1,800
39, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 2,956, $1,800
40, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,953, $1,800
41, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,932, $1,800
41, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,932, $1,800
43, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,929, $1,800
44, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,926, $1,800
45, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,922, $1,800
46, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,919, $1,800
47, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 2,912, $1,800
48, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,910, $1,800
49, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 2,903, $1,800
50, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,895, $1,800
51, David Traber, Hebron, Ill., 2,893, $1,800
52, Craig Tuholski, Washougal, Wash., 2,889, $1,800
53, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2,869, $1,800
54, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 2,868, $1,800
55, Rhino Page, Topeka, Kan., 2,847, $1,800
56, Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,839, $1,800
57, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,827, $1,800
58, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 2,822, $1,800
59, Chester Rogers Jr., Milwaukie, Ore., 2,773, $1,800
60, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,764, $1,800
61, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,755, $1,800
62, Norm Ginsberg Jr., East Meadow, N.Y., 2,706, $1,800
63, Dale Aivaz Jr., Yonkers, N.Y., 2,679, $1,800
64, Terrance Reeves, Valrico, Fla., 2,652, $1,800
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“Rudy Revs” Hopes to Strike Gold in Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic

by PBA Editor March 24, 2009 19:00
Australian two-handed bowling sensation Jason Belmonte is getting a lot of attention, but Long Island bowling purists are hoping one of their own will finally break through and win his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title when the Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic officially gets underway Thursday at AMF West Babylon Lanes.
 
Belmonte, whose unusual two-handed delivery has led to a high level of success in the international arena, qualified for the Round of 64 field by a single pin during Wednesday’s Tour Qualifying Round, but long-time Long Islanders were cheering loudest for Rudy Kasimakis, who grew up honing his skills on the island. Kasimakis, a PBA touring player off-and-on throughout much of his adult life, now resides in Baldwyn, Miss., but he turned on his fabled “Rudy Revs” power game and bowled like a hometown favorite in posting a 1,560-pin total to easily make the Round of 64 cut.
 
Jim Tomek Jr. of Camp Hill, Pa., led the TQR field of 96 non-exempt players, posting a 1,572 total for his seven games. Kasimakis was 12 pins behind. Also advancing were PBA members: P.J. Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,537; Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 1,523; 2009 USBC Masters winner John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 1,520; Norm Ginsberg Jr., East Meadow, N.Y., 1,512, Belmonte and Brian Ziesig of Levittown, N.Y., 1,509, who tied for the seventh and eighth PBA berths in the Round of 64. The TQR qualifiers will advance along with PBA Hall of Famer Johnny Petraglia of Jackson, N.J., who is bowling in the tournament at the PBA’s invitation, and Dale Aivaz Jr. of Yonkers, N.Y., who rolled a 1,492 total to top the amateur bowlers in the TQR.
 
The 64-player Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic field will bowl two seven-game qualifying rounds Thursday on the PBA’s Viper and Shark lane conditioning patterns, respectively, before the field is cut to 32 for match play competition on Friday. After nine match games Friday morning, the top 16 will bowl another nine games Friday evening to determine the top four who will compete for the title in the ESPN-televised finals on Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern. 
 
Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic
AMF West Babylon Lanes, West Babylon, N.Y.
Wednesday, March 25
 
PBA TOUR QUALIFYING ROUND
Top eight PBA members and one amateur advance to the Round of 64. a-indicates amateur
1, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 1,573
2, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 1,560
3, P.J. Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,537
4, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 1,523
5, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 1,520
6, Norm Ginsberg Jr., East Meadow, N.Y., 1,512
7, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 1,509
   Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,509
9, Alex Cavagnaro, N. Massapequa, N.Y., 1,508, $1,000
10, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,505, $800
11, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,498, $700
12, a-Dale Aivaz Jr., Yonkers, N.Y., 1,492
13, Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,488, $600
14, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,480, $475
14, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 1,480, $475
16, Kevin Bandrowski, Speonk, N.Y., 1,473, $400
17, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,465, $380
18, Adam Chase, Seaford, N.Y., 1,463, $360
19, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,458, $350
20, Amanda Fagan, Oakdale, N.Y., 1,456, $340
21, Michael Dioguardo, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,452, $330
22, Matthew Brockett, Clinton, Conn, 1,446, $320
23, Justin Warhol, Sound Beach, N.Y, 1,445, $310
24, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,443, $300
25, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,435
     Damon Brown, Amityville, N.Y., 1,435
27, Darryl McDuffie, Floral Park, N.Y., 1,418
28, Bill Beck, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., 1,417
29, Chun Bae, Cedarhurst, N.Y., 1,413
30, Thomas Bragg, Baiting Hollow, N.Y., 1,411
31, Stephen Gregg, Yaphank, N.Y., 1,408
32, Alex Medveditskov, Russia, 1,406
33, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,405
34, Paul Molnar, Commack, N.Y., 1,398
35, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,393
36, Steven Silverman, W. Babylon, N.Y., 1,385
      Robert Jette, Lisbon, Conn., 1,385
38, George Lambert IV, Canada, 1,382
39, Joseph Giampapa, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 1,381
     Anthony Phillips, Elmont, N.Y., 1,381
41, Bill Holota, Bolton, Conn., 1,378
42, Sean McAuliffe, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,374
43, Timothy West, Easton, Conn., 1,373
44, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,370
45, Eric Porter, Traverse City, Mich., 1,369
46, Frank Villardi, East Yaphank, N.Y., 1,367
47, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,349
48, Robert Volk, Ridge, N.Y., 1,344
49, Chris Paroly, Plainview, N.Y., 1,341
50, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,338
     Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,338
52, Jay Marine, Selden, N.Y., 1,337
53, Brandon Robertson, Clinton, Conn., 1,336
54, David Sulzer, Holbrook, N.Y., 1,329
55, Chris Liotta, Dix Hills, N.Y., 1,323
56, Christopher Lucchese, Fresh Meadow, N.Y., 1,319
57, Robert Romeo, Amherst, N.Y., 1,306
58, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,303
59, Douglas Sass, Nottingham, Md., 1,301
60, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,300
61, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,291
62, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,287
63, Frank Gallo Jr., Cape Carteret, N.C., 1,284
64, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,282
65, Octavius Manning, Central Islip, N.Y., 1,270
66, Matt Traina, Farmingdale, N.Y., 1,268
67, Peter Bruss, Farmingville, N.Y., 1,264
68, Shawn Harris, Queens, N.Y., 1,260
69, Joe Biscardi, Wantagh, N.Y., 1,256
70, Andrew Mangiapahella, East Islip, N.Y., 1,255
71, Steve Bova, Massapequa, N.Y., 1,250
72, Joseph Costanzo, Plainview, N.Y., 1,248
73, Walt Taormina, Oak Ridge, N.J., 1,245
74, Mark Cise, Summit, N.J., 1,232
75, Joseph Truchan Jr., Ringwood, N.J., 1,228
76, Derek James, Wyandanch, N.Y., 1,227
77, Anthony Lupo, Bethpage, N.Y., 1,221
78, Joey Serrapica, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 1,217
79, Paul Smith, Clinton, Conn., 1,199
80, Ralph Ehrlich, N. Massapequa, N.Y., 1,196
81, Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,179
82, Brian DiCicco, Agawam, Mass, 1,165
83, Mark Fordin, Oceanside, N.Y., 1,162
84, Joseph Parrinello, Syosset, N.Y., 1,160
85, Bob Andretta Jr, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,157
86, Joseph Giammarino, Deer Park, N.Y., 1,151
87, Noel Rivera, Pt. Jefferson Station, N.Y., 1,145
88, Jim Rogers, Brick, N.J., 1,141
89, Matthew Denmark, Deer Park, N.Y., 1,128
90, John Catapane, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,111
91, Hal Murray, North Babylon, N.Y., 1,098
92, Roy Cadoo Jr, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,095
93, Michael Benzinger, Flushing, N.Y., 1,053
94, Christopher Illescas, South Richmond Hills, N.Y., 1,010
95, Bobby Alescio, Schenectady, N.Y., 967
96, Razor Chisolm, Brooklyn, N.Y., 963
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