Machuga Stays Hot in Record-Setting Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open

by PBA Editor December 10, 2009 19:00
Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., won six of his eight matches Friday afternoon, establishing a Professional Bowlers Association 40-game scoring record as he maintained his lead in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress at Northrock Lanes.
 
Machuga, a 33-year-old two-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, improved his average to 252.03 for 40 games, posting an actual total of 10,081 pins to establish a PBA record for 40 games. Including his bonus pins after posting an 11-5 match play record, he had a total of 10,411 pins for a 136-pin lead over rookie Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif.
 
Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., was third with 10,207 pins; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, fourth with a 10,156 total; Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., fifth at 10,153 and Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., held the sixth spot for the championship finals with 10,121 pins.
 
Friday morning’s White round, Machuga’s favorite, produced two more 300 games to boost the record for most perfect games in a PBA Tour event to 28.
 
“I saw some different things today, but the adjustments I had to make made sense,” Machuga said. “I struggled on a couple of pairs, but I figured things out. Every adjustment I made worked, and that’s been the key this week. You have to make quick decisions and not get confused, because you’re going to need to throw a six- or seven-bagger every game.
 
“It’s nice to have a 136-pin lead, but when you’re averaging 250 and the people chasing you are averaging 245 or so, you don’t have a comfort zone. Throw a couple 220s in a row and lose those matches, you’ll give away 80 pins a game. Things can change very quickly.
 
“My strategy has been to try to pick up 100 pins a game. If you can come close to that, no one can catch you and I think that strategy is why I’m where I am right now.”
 
The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf’s tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.
 
After Friday’s final eight-game round of round-robin match play on the Blue pattern, the top six will advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Jan. 10.

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
PESPI RED, WHITE AND BLUE OPEN PRESENTED BY USBC
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Dec. 11
 
FIFTH ROUND (after 40 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 11-5, 10,411
2, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 11-5, 10,275
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 11-5, 10,207
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 11-4-1, 10,156
5, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 8-8, 10,153
6, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 9-7, 10,121
7, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 6-10, 10,093
8, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 10-6, 10,017
9, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 7-9, 9,981
10, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 9-6-1, 9,974
11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 9-6-1, 9,968
12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 9-7, 9,957
13, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 6-8-2, 9,955
14, (tie) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-8, and Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 6-10, 9,931
16, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 9-7, 9,824
17, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 8-8, 9,798
18, Gilbert Sanchez, Mulvane, Kan., 9-7, 9,782
19, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 7-9, 9,769
20, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3-13, 9,719
21, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 6-9-1, 9,679
22, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 7-8-1, 9,570
23, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 4-11-1, 9,541
24, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-12, 9,521
 

300 Games (28) – Mitch Beasley, Tommy Jones, Todd Book (2), Leroy Willis Jr., Billy Oatman, Scott Newell, Michael Machuga (2), Cassidy Schaub (2), Liz Johnson, Derek Hartnell, Cory Simmons, Gilbert Sanchez, Ritchie Allen (2), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2), Brad Angelo, Mike Scroggins, Jason Sterner, Rhino Page, Jason Couch, Wayne Garber, Wes Malott, David Ruder, Jeff Carter.

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Allen Rolls 300 in Final Game to Top Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open Finalists

by PBA Editor December 10, 2009 19:00
Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., fired the 31st and final 300 game of the tournament in the last match Friday night to jump from fifth place to the top qualifying position for the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress finals at Northrock Lanes.
 
Allen, who never led until the final game, rolled his record-setting 300 game against Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., the Professional Bowlers Association record-holder for career titles (46), to finish the event with a 48-game total of 12,308 pins, including match play bonus pins.
 
Also advancing to the championship round were Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour rookie Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 12,306; fifth-round leader Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 12,279; Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 12,257; Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 12,253; and Williams, 12,138.
 
“I just hung around, won a few games in the 10th that I probably didn’t deserve to win, and someone was going to be the odd man out,” Allen, a 13-time PBA Tour titlist, said. “I was just hoping it wouldn’t be me. Then guys around me started opening in the 10th frame and I realized if I shot 300, I could actually take the lead.”
 
Garber, who earned his place on Tour this year through the PBA Regional Players Invitational last December, was stunned by his performance. “I’m 42. I can’t believe this,” he said. “I have no idea how I’ll do on TV, but I’ve done pretty well at the start of each round, so I hope that continues on TV.”
 
“Mentally and physically, I couldn’t have bowled worse than I did tonight,” Machuga said. “But at least I still have a shot at the title.”
 
Friday’s final round on the USBC Blue pattern produced three more 300 games to boost the record for most perfect games in a PBA Tour event to 31.
 
The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC was conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf’s tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.
 
The championship round will be conducted Sunday on the Blue pattern and taped to air on ESPN on Jan. 10. Also on Sunday’s schedule is the live finals of the PBA World Championship, which will air on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern. The World Championship finalists are Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
PESPI RED, WHITE AND BLUE OPEN PRESENTED BY USBC
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Dec. 11
 
FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 48 games, including match play bonus pins; top six advance to ESPN television finals)
1, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 14-10, 12,308
2, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 16-7-1, 12,306
3, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 14-9-1, 12,279
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 12-11-1, 12,257
5, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 15-9, 12,253
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 15-9, 12,138
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 16-7-1, 12,124, $4,500
8, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 16-8, 12,070, $4,000
9, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 10-12-2, 12,030, $3,800
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 13-9-2, 11,996, $3,600
11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 15-8-1, 11,972, $3,400
12, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 14-9-1, 11,938, $3,200
13, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 10-14, 11,917, $3,100
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-12, 11,898, $3,000
15, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 13-10-1, 11,861, $2,900
16, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 13-11, 11,842, $2,800
17, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 8-16-0, 11,772, $2,750
18, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 8-16, 11,643, $2,700
19, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 9-15, 11,458, $2,650
20, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 8-15-1, 11,436, $2,600
21, Gilbert Sanchez, Mulvane, Kan., 9-15, 11,393, $2,550
22, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 10-13-1, 11,390, $2,500
23, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5-19, 11,372, $2,450
24, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 6-17-1, 11,294, $2,400
 

300 Games (31) – Mitch Beasley, Tommy Jones, Todd Book (2), Leroy Willis Jr., Billy Oatman, Scott Newell, Michael Machuga (2), Cassidy Schaub (2), Liz Johnson, Derek Hartnell, Cory Simmons, Gilbert Sanchez, Ritchie Allen (2), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2), Brad Angelo, Mike Scroggins (2), Jason Sterner, Rhino Page, Jason Couch, Wayne Garber, Wes Malott (2), David Ruder, Jeff Carter, Patrick Allen.

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Schaub Leads Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open Field into Match Play

by PBA Editor December 9, 2009 19:00
Rookie Cassidy Schaub of Polk, Ohio, slowed his record scoring pace, but retained his lead as the top 24 qualifiers in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress headed into match play Thursday night at Northrock Lanes.
 
Schaub finished the qualifying portion of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event with a 24-game total of 5,991 pins – shy of the PBA 24-game record of 6,109 by Pete Weber in Las Vegas in 1996 – but held onto a 25-pin lead over Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., after eight games Thursday morning on the USBC’s Blue lane conditioning pattern.
 
Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, who momentarily took the lead after rolling one of the event’s 19 perfect games, sat in third place with 5,957 pins. Billy Oatman of Chicago was fourth with a 5,952 total and Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., was fifth at 5,926 pins.
 
The happiest player in the building, however, was 23-year-old Jack Ness of Gastonia, N.C., who finished 25th, missing the cut to match play by six pins in his very first PBA Tour event.
 
Disappointed, yes, but the fact that Ness was even bowling in Wichita is something of a miracle.
 
On June 26, two days before he was scheduled to bowl in a PBA South Regional tournament, Ness woke up and was virtually blind in his left eye.
 
“I was diagnosed with a tumor on the pituitary gland on my brain,” he said. “I started losing my vision; the tumor had gotten so big it was pinching my optic nerve. They put me on some medication to shrink it because it was too big to take out surgically. The medicine didn’t work, so now I’m on a different medicine. I’ll be on it three months and do another MRI and then we’ll consider possible surgery.”
 
Ness said he went to his eye doctor after waking up with his vision gone. His eye doctor referred him to a retina specialist, who ordered an MRI “and that’s when they found the tumor.”
 
The tumor is non-malignant, Ness said, and if it can be controlled by medication, maybe he can avoid surgery. If not? He has had the experience of a lifetime.
 
“It’s disappointing to look at the leader board and see my name in 25th place, but I’m going to hang around as alternate (in case anyone gets ill or injured),” he said. “There was a lot of pressure, but I had a lot of fun. For my first national tournament, the experience I got here was amazing.”
 
Ness works at a bowling center back home. He has bowled since his father introduced him to the game at age 4. “I’ve been gung-ho ever since,” he said. “I joined the PBA about a year ago and I’ve bowled some regionals, but I decided to come to Wichita kind of on a whim. I just decided to come out and have some fun, and see if I could compete.”
 
If it’s any consolation to Ness, he got knocked out of the match play field by reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who slipped past the North Carolina rookie in the final game.
 
The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf’s tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.
 
The top 24 will bowl three eight-game rounds of round-robin match play on the Red, White and Blue patterns, respectively, Thursday night and Friday. The top six will then advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 10.
 
It took a 236.38 average on the three lane conditioning patterns to advance to match play. With six more 300 games on the Blue pattern Thursday morning, the tournament total is now 19. The PBA record for most 300s in a single tournament is 24, set in Peoria, Ill., in 1995.

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
PESPI RED, WHITE AND BLUE OPEN PRESENTED BY USBC
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Dec. 10
 
THIRD ROUND QUALIFYING (after 24 games)
1, Cassidy Schaub, Polk, Ohio, 5,991
2, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,966
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,957
4, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 5,952
5, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,926
6, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5,919
7, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,892
8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,869
9, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 5,858
10, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 5,853
11, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,828
12, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 5,826
13, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 5,810
14, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,794
15, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 5,782
16, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5,768
17, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 5,757
18, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,738
19, Gilbert Sanchez, Milvane, Kan., 5,709
20, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 5,696
20, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,696
22, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 5,684
23, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,679
24, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 5,673
 
Did not advance:

25, Jack Ness, Gastonia, N.C., 5,668, $1,900
26, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5,660, $1,850
27, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Matt McFayden, Derby, Kan., 5,659, $1,775
29, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 5,654, $1,700
30, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,637, $1,750
31, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 5,614, $1,600
32, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,606, $1,550
33, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 5,578, $1,500
34, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 5,561, $1,450
35, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,553, $1,440
36, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 5,550, $1,430
37, G. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 5,496, $1,420
38, Timothy Banks, Gulfport, Miss., 5,456, $1,410
39, Brett Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 5,448, $1,400
 
300 Games (19) – Mitch Beasley, Tommy Jones, Todd Book, Leroy Willis Jr., Billy Oatman, Scott Newell, Michael Machuga, Cassidy Schaub (2), Liz Johnson, Derek Hartnell, Cory Simmons, Gilbert Sanchez, Ritchie Allen, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Brad Angelo, Mike Scroggins, Jason Sterner, Rhino Page.
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Machuga Sets Torrid Pace in Record-Setting Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open

by PBA Editor December 9, 2009 19:00
Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., threw a record-tying 300 game on his way to the Professional Bowlers Association 32-game scoring record and claimed the fourth-round lead in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress Thursday night at Northrock Lanes.
 
Machuga, a 33-year-old two-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, averaged 250.50 for 32 games, posting an actual total of 8,016 pins to break the PBA record of 7,940 set by Parker Bohn III in Japan in 1999, and with his bonus pins after posting a 5-3 won-lost record in match play, had a total of 8,166 pins for a 67-pin lead over Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla.
 
Machuga, who admitted he had to sell his Jeep in order to raise money to cover his travel expenses to bowl in Wichita, also threw the 24th perfect game of the tournament, tying the Tour’s record for most 300s in one event. David Ruder of Edmond, Okla., then broke the record with 300 No. 25 and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., capped first match play round on the USBC Red lane conditioning pattern with the 26th 300 in the event. The previous record for 300s in one PBA event was set in Peoria, Ill., in 1996.
 
“I got off to a rocky start,” Machuga said, “but all of a sudden, the lanes made sense, the carry is especially easy for me to read, and I’ve used the same ball for 28 of the 32 games. It reads the lane perfectly, not matter what the pattern or how the lanes are breaking down.”
 
His 2,097 pinfall total for eight games in the opening round of match play Thursday night exceed his career best 2,043 which he posted Wednesday on the White oiling pattern. The final two match play rounds Thursday will be conducted on the White and Blue patterns, respectively.
 
“Tomorrow was the pattern I shot my second-best round ever on, so I’m just going to hope my leg and my hand feel good, and I’ll come back and do it the same way,” Machuga said. “And if I can go on and win this thing, I’ll buy myself a new Jeep.”
 
Trailing Patrick Allen in third place was Ritchie Allen (no relation) of Columbia, S.C., with 8,063 pins; Williams with an 8,060 total; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, with 8,004 and Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., with a 7,997 total.
 
Malott, who came into the round in 23rd place, had a 2,115 total for the round, falling 50 pins short of the oldest PBA scoring record on the books – a 2,165 eight-game round by Billy Hardwick in Japan in 1968.
 
The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf’s tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.
 
After Friday’s final two eight-game rounds of round-robin match play on the White and Blue patterns, the top six will advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Jan. 10.

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
PESPI RED, WHITE AND BLUE OPEN PRESENTED BY USBC
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Dec. 10
 
FOURTH ROUND (after 32 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5-3, 8,166
2, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 4-4, 8,099
3, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6-2, 8,063
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5-3, 8,060
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7-1, 8,004
6, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 5-3, 7,997
7, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6-2, 7,991
8, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 4-3-1, 7,988,
9, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 3-5, 7,965
10, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2-6, 7,960
11, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 5-3, 7,945
12, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 3-5, 7,915
13, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5-2-1, 7,887
14, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 5-3, 7,829
15, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-4-1, 7,792
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,750
17, Gilbert Sanchez, Mulvane, Kan., 4-4, 7,735
18, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-4, 7,709
19, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-4, 7,689
20, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 3-5, 7,631
21, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 4-3-1, 7,612
21, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 0-8, 7,612
23, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3-5, 7,600
24, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 0-8, 7,463
 
Did not advance:

25, Jack Ness, Gastonia, N.C., 5,668, $1,900
26, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5,660, $1,850
27, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Matt McFayden, Derby, Kan., 5,659, $1,775
29, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 5,654, $1,700
30, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,637, $1,750
31, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 5,614, $1,600
32, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,606, $1,550
33, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 5,578, $1,500
34, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 5,561, $1,450
35, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,553, $1,440
36, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 5,550, $1,430
37, G. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 5,496, $1,420
38, Timothy Banks, Gulfport, Miss., 5,456, $1,410
39, Brett Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 5,448, $1,400
 

300 Games (26) – Mitch Beasley, Tommy Jones, Todd Book, Leroy Willis Jr., Billy Oatman, Scott Newell, Michael Machuga (2), Cassidy Schaub (2), Liz Johnson, Derek Hartnell, Cory Simmons, Gilbert Sanchez, Ritchie Allen (2), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2), Brad Angelo, Mike Scroggins, Jason Sterner, Rhino Page, Jason Couch, Wayne Garber, Wes Malott, David Ruder.

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Two-hander Schaub Retains PBA Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open Lead

by PBA Editor December 8, 2009 19:00
Rookie Cassidy Schaub of Ashland, Ohio, set a Professional Bowlers Association 16-game scoring record Wednesday, averaging 257.25 to retain the second round lead in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress at Northrock Lanes.
 
Schaub, a two-handed bowler who throws the ball from the left side of his body, posted a 16-game total of 4,116 pins to erase the PBA record of 4,095 set by John Mazza in Las Vegas in 1996. Despite his torrid scoring pace, he maintained only a modest 70-pin lead over Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., who recorded a 2,103 round on the USBC White lane condition Wednesday for a 4,046 total.
 
Billy Oatman of Chicago was third with 3,994 pins followed by Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., with a 3,988 total and Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, with 3,984 pins.
 
“To throw that many strikes in one day is a pretty good feeling,” Schaub beamed. “I honestly thought I’d never top yesterday – and score-wise I didn’t – but throwing my first PBA 300 and backing it up with another is a feeling I can’t describe.”
 
Schaub, who is seeking his first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title, is on top of the world after a miserable debut in the five-week, seven-tournament PBA World Series of Bowling in late summer where his highest finish was 35th place.
 
“After Detroit, I questioned whether I should even be out here,” he said. “In Detroit, if I had bowled a 190, I would have backed it up with a 170 because I would have been mad. Today, shot I 192 (his only sub-200 game of the tournament) and backed it up with a 300, and then another 300, so just taking things one shot at a time is something I’ve learned and I’m still learning.
 
“I’ve never had back-to-back 300s in practice or anything,” he laughed. “I’ve never, ever thrown that many strikes in a row.”
 
Schaub said the USBC White lane condition “played a little tighter at the start, but once a spot developed, the lanes played pretty much like they did yesterday. The right side developed a cliff again, because there are so many more right-handers in the tournament. There were little differences, but nothing drastic.”
 
“I chased (Schaub) all day, but I just couldn’t reel him in,” said Machuga, a two-time PBA Tour winner who bowled on a pair of lanes next to Schaub all day. “I’ve only had one other block of games in my life where I threw the ball as well as I did today.”
 
The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf’s tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.
 
The top 39 after Wednesday’s second round advance to a third eight-game qualifying round on the Blue pattern Thursday morning. The top 24 players after 24 games will advance to three eight-game, round-robin match play rounds on the Red, White and Blue patterns, respectively, Thursday and Friday. The top six will then advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 10.
 
It took a 235 average to make the cut to Wednesday’s third qualifying round. Among those who advanced were Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., with a 3,799 total good for a tie for 29th, and two of the four PBA World Championship finalists who will bowl for that title Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern, live on ESPN. Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, qualified 34th and 39th respectively, both by rolling 279 in their final games. Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., and Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., failed to advance.
 
Johnson also had one of the 13 perfect games bowled thus far. The PBA record for most 300 games in a single tournament is 24, set in Peoria, Ill., in 1995.
 
Among those who didn’t advance was three-time Professional Golfers Association titlist Woody Austin of nearby Derby, Kan., who finished 118th in the field of 119 with a 188 average.
 
“My nine-year-old son (Peyton) told me before the round, ‘Dad, you’re dead last.’ I didn’t want to disappoint him. I bowled better today,” Austin said. “At least I had four games over 200. But I just can’t get enough revolutions on the ball to compete with these guys. I was leaving 10 pins all day long.”

LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
PESPI RED, WHITE AND BLUE OPEN PRESENTED BY USBC
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Dec. 9
 
SECOND ROUND QUALIFYING (after 16 games)
1, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 4,116
2, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 4,046
3, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 3,994
4, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,988
5, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,984
6, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 3,973
7, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,968
8, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,955
9, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,937
10, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,900
11, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 3,890
12, Matt McFayden, Derby, Kan., 3,888
13, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,881
14, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,878
15, Gilbert Sanchez, Milvane, Kan., 3,876
16, Brett Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 3,861
17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,858
17, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,858
19, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,853
20, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,848
21, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 3,844
22, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 3,839
23, Timothy Banks, Gulfport, Miss., 3,834
24, Jack Ness, Gastonia, N.C., 3,831
25, G. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 3,830
26, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,821
27, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,819
28, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,817
29, (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,799
31, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,798
32, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 3,795
33, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 3,793
34, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,780
35, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla, 3,772
36, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 3,769
37, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,765
38, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,762
39, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,760
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40, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 3,759
41, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,757
42, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 3,756
42, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 3,756
44, Daniel Farish, Louisville, Ky., 3,749
45, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 3,739
46, Dustin Schmidt, Warrensburg, Mo., 3,720
47, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,714
48, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 3,705
49, (tie) Josh Blanchard, Wichita, Kan., and Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 3,703
51, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,700
52, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,697
53, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,693
54, Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 3,689
55, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,685
57, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,684
58, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,676
59, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,668
60, George Lambert IV, Canada, 3,663
60, Dan Umscheid, Wichita, Kan., 3,663
62, Gregg Getzlow, St. Charles, Mo., 3,656
63, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,649
64, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,647
65, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3,644
66, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,640
67, Brian Burkhardt, St. Louis, Mo., 3,631
68, Tim Penner, Wichita, Kan., 3,628
69, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,624
70, Stuart Williams, England, 3,623
71, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,620
73, Blake Starr, Wichita, Kan., 3,611
74, Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 3,609
75, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 3,600
76, Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 3,598
77, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,591
78, Kevin Fanter, Maize, Kan., 3,590
79, Mark Buffa, Canada, 3,589
80, (tie) Roberto Silva, Mexico, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,587
82, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 3,581
83, (tie) Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., and Brad Cummings, Gastonia, N.C., 3,574
85, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,571
86, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,567
87, Leroy Willis Jr, Arlington, Texas, 3,537, $100
88, Marcus Berndt, Wichita, Kan., 3,536
89, Derek Hartnell, Wichita, Kan., 3,526, $100
90, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,516
91, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3,515
92, Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 3,511
93, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 3,502
94, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 3,496
95, Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 3,486
96, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 3,478
97, Adam Ferri, Wichita, Kan., 3,473
98, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 3,460
99, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,437
100, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 3,436
101, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 3,433
102, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 3,412
103, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 3,406
104, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass, 3,398
105, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,392
106, Carl See, Amarillo, Texas, 3,371
107, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,330
108, (tie) Blake Branson, Wichita, Kan., and Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 3,276
110, Kyle Bollman, Madison, Mo., 3,273
111, William Panebianco, McPherson, Kan, 3,272
112, Robb Helt, Fort Smith, Ark., 3,255
113, Frank Gallo Jr., Cape Carteret, N.C., 3,250
114, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,210
115, Aaron Ramsden, Tomah, Wis., 3,188
116, Charles Rollins, Shawnee, Kan., 3,170
117, Mark Payne Sr, Amarillo, Texas, 3,112
118, Woody Austin, Wichita, Kan., 3,014
119, Randy Thompson, Marion, Ohio, 2,926
 

300 Games (13) – Mitch Beasley, Tommy Jones, Todd Book, Leroy Willis Jr., Billy Oatman, Scott Newell, Michael Machuga, Cassidy Schaub (2), Liz Johnson, Derek Hartnell, Cory Simmons, Gilbert Sanchez.

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