Rash Leads Field of 53 Survivors into Wednesday’s PBA World Championship Cashers’ Round

by Bill Vint November 8, 2011 16:21

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., dominated the first 32 games of the PBA World Series of Bowling and will lead the field of 53 survivors into the cashers’ round of the PBA World Championship, the Professional Bowlers Association’s first major championship of the 2011-12 season, Wednesday at South Point Bowling Center.

Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour title winner, averaged 239.81 over four eight-game rounds on the PBA’s Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark lane conditioning patterns for a total of 7,674 pins and a 314-pin lead over Australia’s Jason Belmonte. Rash has qualified among the top four for the ESPN television finals in the Bayer Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and GEICO Shark Open events and needs to remain among the top 16 after Wednesday’s final eight-game round of PBA World Championship qualifying to advance to an unprecedented five consecutive PBA World Series of Bowling telecasts.

In the three-year history of the PBA WSOB, no player had appeared in more than three TV finals in a single World Series until this year.

Defending PBA World Champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, also advanced to the cashers’ round, sitting in 12th place after 32 games.

Following Wednesday morning’s final round, the top qualifier will earn a $5,000 bonus and the top 16 will advance to a series of divisional elimination rounds named in honor of past PBA World Champions Don Carter, Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia and Mike Aulby. In each divisional final, the highest of four seeded player (based on their qualifying totals) will select the lane condition and all four will bowl one game with the lowest-scoring player eliminated. The three surviving players will bowl a second game, again eliminating the low score. The two survivors will then bowl a game to decide who advances to the PBA World Championship finals which will follow the same format.

All five PBA World Championship rounds will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a special arena lanes setup at South Point. The telecasts will air on ESPN on five consecutive Sundays except Christmas Day (Dec. 11, 18, Jan. 1, 8 and 15) at 1 p.m. ET.

Wednesday’s cashers’ round (and all other World Series preliminaries) will be webcast live on pba.com’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Special one-day and World Series of Bowling subscription packages are available on pba.com.

First prize in the 2011 PBA World Championship will be $50,000. If reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi or 13-time PBA Tour titlist Tommy Jones should happen to win the event, the PBA Triple Crown club will have its seventh member.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday
(After 32 games; top 53 advance to Wednesday’s cashers’ round)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7,674.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,360.
3, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 7,314.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7,300.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 7,246.
6, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7,213.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7,205.
8 (tie), Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Dom Barrett, England, 7,191.
10, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 7,167.
11, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 7,165.
12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 7,130.
13, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7,107.
14, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 7,103.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 7,093.
16, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,067.
17, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 7,066.
18, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 7,063.
19, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 7,060.
20, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 7,055.
21 (tie), Dan MacLelland, Canada, and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,039.
23, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 7,032.
24, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7,024.
25, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 7,016.
26, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 7,009.
27, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 7,008.
28, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 6,976.
29, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 6,964.
29, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,964.
31, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 6,963.
32, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,953.
33, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,948.
34, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 6,939.
35, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 6,934.
36, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 6,929.
37, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 6,925.
38, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 6,920.
39, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6,919.
40, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 6,918.
41, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,914.
42, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 6,907.
43, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 6,903.
44, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 6,901.
45, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,897.
46, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,889.
47, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 6,888.
48 (tie), Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6,885.
50, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,867.
51, Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 6,862.
52, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 6,858.
53, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6,857.

FAILED TO ADVANCE

54, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 6,853.
55, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 6,848.
56, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 6,847.
57, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 6,844.
58, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 6,838.
59, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 6,832.
60, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 6,827.
61, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 6,825.
62, Floyd Raymond, Gaylord, Mich., 6,812.
63 (tie), Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 6,810.
65, Ray Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., 6,807.
66 (tie), Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, and Ji-Hyun Cha, South Korea, 6,803.
68, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 6,801.
69, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 6,795.
70, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 6,791.
71, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 6,788.
72, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 6,784.
73, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 6,770.
74, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6,762.
75, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 6,761.
76, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 6,756.
77, Billy Rogers, Dallas, 6,752.
78, Antonio Medina, Louisville, Ky., 6,744.
79, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 6,740.
80 (tie), Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 6,739.
82, Paul Moor, England, 6,732.
83, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 6,730.
84, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 6,728.
85, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 6,722.
86, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 6,721.
87, Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 6,700.
88 (tie), Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 6,687.
90, Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 6,681.
91, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 6,680.
92 (tie), Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., and Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 6,667.
94, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 6,666.
95, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 6,664.
96, Chuck Tillson, Rohnert Park, Calif., 6,636.
97 (tie), Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 6,631.
99, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 6,621.
100, Fawaz Abdullah, Bahrain, 6,612.
101, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 6,607.
102, Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 6,604.
103, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 6,602.
104, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 6,596.
105 (tie), Paola Gomez, Colombia, and Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 6,594.
107, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 6,579.
108 (tie), Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 6,562.
110, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 6,559.
111, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 6,558.
112 (tie), John DeBenedetta Jr., Las Vegas, and Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 6,549.
114, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 6,548.
115, Robert Piroozshad, Ranch Santa Margarita, Calif., 6,546.
116, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 6,545.
117, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 6,539.
118, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 6,528.
119, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 6,519.
120, Mathias Arup, Sweden, 6,518.
121 (tie), Chris Hayden, Las Vegas, and Billy Rohde, Marietta, Ga., 6,509.
123, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 6,489.
124, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 6,487.
125, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 6,479.
126, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 6,474.
127, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 6,464.
128, Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 6,460.
129, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Il., 6,459.
130, Yong-Jin Gu, South Korea, 6,454.
131, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 6,452.
132, Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., 6,450.
133, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 6,448.
134, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 6,445.
135, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 6,444.
136, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 6,426.
137, Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 4,818.
138, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 6,415.
139, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 6,400.
140, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 6,367.
141 (tie), Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., and Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 6,340.
143, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 6,335.
144, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 6,319.
145, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 6,316.
146, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 6,315.
147, Matthew Thornton, Montgomery, Ill., 6,314.
148, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 6,276.
149, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 6,273.
150 (tie), Adam Monks, San Diego, and Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., 6,264.
152, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 6,254.
153, Brett Cooper, Fort Worth, Texas, 6,248.
154, Isaac Amkie Amkie, Mexico, 6,238.
155, Santiago Garcia, Colombia, 6,237.
156, Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., 6,234.
157, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 6,203.
158, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 6,198.
159, Mahd Assad, Bahrain, 6,186.
160, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 6,151.
161, Krzysztof Olesinski, Poland, 6,116.
162, Bubba Harrison, Citrus Heights, Calif., 6,111.
163, Sean Mamlok, San Jose, Calif., 6,105.
164, Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 6,102.
165, Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 6,100.
166, Toni Palermaa, Finland, 6,090.
167, Adam Miller, Charlotte, N.C., 6,084.
168, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 6,079.
169, Michael Ciardulli Jr., Valley Stream, N.Y., 6,075.
170, Mohammed Al Swawoosh, Bahrain, 6,073.
171, Jeff Toyne, Columbia, S.C., 6,068.
172, Will Wells, New Zealand, 6,066.
173, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 6,053.
174, David Peterson, Plano, Texas, 6,051.
175, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 6,047.
176, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 6,043.
177, Masoud Saberi, Bahrain, 6,037.
178, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 6,013.
179, Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 5,987.
180, Jim Horan, Oakley, Calif., 5,945.
181, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 5,942.
182, Don Mathey, Turlock, Calif., 2,714.
183, Dwight Tincher, Perris, Calif., 4,262.
184, Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 5,858.
185 (tie), J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., and Mark Fennell, Seattle, 5,832.
187, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 5,808.
188, Frank Boyer, Lebanon, Pa, 5,805.
189, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 5,792.
190, Chuck Galaviz, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5,754.
191, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 5,721.
192, Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 5,664.
193, Miroslaw Pajak, Poland, 5,661.
194, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 5,605.
195, Chris Helton, Fountain, Colo., 5,586.
196, Jorge Tello, Colombia, 5,572.
197, Kevin Prior, Allen, Texas, 5,558.
198, Travis Thomas, Lumberton, N.C., 5,543.
199, Sam Grihm, Portland, Ore., 5,519.
200, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 5,513.
201, David Meadows, Houston, 5,494.
202, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 5,468.
203, Mathew Tabor, Cooperstown, N.Y., 5,206.
204, Tyler Johnson, Surprise, Ariz., 5,181.

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Belmo is Early Leader in GEICO Shark Open

by Jerry Schneider November 8, 2011 08:39

Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte is hoping to qualify for his second World Series of Bowling television final by taking the early lead in the GEICO Shark Open Tuesday at South Point.

Belmo fired a 1,897 eight-game pinfall (237.1 average) to lead Tuesday’s first squad by 55 pins over 13-time Tour champion and 2010 PBA World Championship winner Chris Barnes in second.

Belmo, who has already made the TV finals for the Chameleon Open, and Barnes are a virtual lock to advance to tonight’s final qualifying round which will advance 16 players after this afternoon’s second qualifying block. After the final round the top four will be determined for the Shark Open ESPN taping at 8 p.m. PT on Nov. 18.

“I think it comes down to patience,” Belmonte said. “When the lanes come to you, you take advantage. That’s what guys around the world do.

“The Shark pattern forces you to play farther left, which is where I like to play. You couldn’t swing the ball. You had to play a little tighter line. I was patient and waited for lanes to come to me. They did, I saw it and took advantage.

“I didn’t start so well (on the Viper pattern Saturday), but I led on the Chameleon and yesterday I was a pin or two away from making the cut, so I’m very happy with the way things are going. This is a brutal tournament. It’s quick, it’s short, but it’s the same for all of us, so when you get a chance, you take it advantage.”

Belmonte tied for 75th on the Viper pattern, led Sunday’s Chameleon Open qualifying and finished 20th in the Scorpion round Monday. After 24 games, he was seventh on the PBA World Championship qualifying list.

After this afternoon’s second eight-game qualifying block the top 53 players will advance to the World Championship cashers round on Wednesday beginning at 9 a.m.

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SCOTT THE ENGINEER: So Far So Good

by Pba Editor November 7, 2011 03:42

Scott the Engineer of The Howard Stern Show bowled in the WSOB last year at South Point. This year he wasn't able to bowl, but he is watching on Xtra Frame and doing a blog throughout.

After the first two rounds of the PBA World Championship some interesting stories are developing. I think the first one is that six different countries are represented in the top ten which gives the word “world” true meaning. I have always thought American bowlers to be the best in the world, I know there have been international players on the tour for many years, but I think the overall level of competition at the WSOB from the international players is now equal to the Americans.

The next story I like is the upcoming final of the Chameleon Open. I’m sure everyone remembers “bottlegate”. How exciting will it be if we see Jason Belmonte and Sean Rash matched up in the final. This has the makings to be one of the best matches in a long time. I think I’ll look through my sound effects library and see what I can come up with to help these guys. Stay tuned.

And finally, can anyone stop Sean Rash? The term “In The Zone” describes where Sean’s game is right now. He was within a solid 9 pin from winning the All-in Showdown, he’s in the final 4 for the Viper and Chameleon Opens, and he’s leading the World Championship with a 245 average. I was able to get to know Sean pretty well from the time I spent at the WSOB last year - he spent time giving me recommendations on how to improve my game - something he didn’t have to do that I appreciated very much. I think everyone knows the amount of talent Sean has, and he certainly brings an intensity we haven’t seen in a long time, but now he’s stepped up his game to an amazing level - maybe it’s the new Brunswick gear he’s using! I know I’ll be watching him the rest of the way, I hope you do to.

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SCOTT THE ENGINEER: Where the Action Is

by Pba Editor November 5, 2011 12:27

Scott the Engineer of The Howard Stern Show bowled in the WSOB last year at South Point. This year he wasn't able to bowl, but he is watching on Xtra Frame and doing a blog throughout.

If you didn’t see the All-in showdown on Xtra  frame you missed something really special. Eight of the best bowlers in the world put up $5,000 of their own money for a chance at $45,000. It came down to the last frame between Tommy Jones and Sean Rash and Jones needed a triple in the 10th to lock out Rash. He threw the first one but couldn’t carry the next giving Rash a shot at the big pot. All Sean needed was a double and good count to claim the 45g. He threw what looked like a perfect ball and got frozen by one of the only true wraps in the game, the dreaded 9 pin. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Which leads be to believe the WSOB will be the best one to date, with over 200 of the best bowlers in the world, it will be an exciting two weeks. When the PBA gave me the incredible chance to compete in last year's WSOB I really didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived for the first day of practice I couldn’t believe I was bowling with the best in the world.  I knew it would be hard, and all I wanted to do was not make a fool out of myself. The guys really made me feel right at home which helped me for the week.

Looking at this years WSOB, I would have to say that Tommy Jones and Sean Rash would be at the top of my list to win at least one of the tournaments. I think some of the others at the top of my list are Bill O’Neill, Norm Duke and Walter Ray Williams, Jr. I think we found out where the action is - it’s at the South Point Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. Enjoy!

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