O’Neill Edges Belmonte for Top Finals Berth In PBA Oklahoma Open

by Jerry Schneider May 14, 2015 16:29

Making his third stepladder final of the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, five-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., won a position round match in the final match play round Thursday at FireLake Bowling Center to earn the top berth for the PBA Oklahoma Open finals.

O’Neill, who already qualified second for the Summer Swing Wolf and Bear Open finals, beat two-time defending PBA Player of the Year and Oklahoma Open defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, 255-214, in the final match to take the top spot. O’Neill finished the day with 10-8 overall match play record and 8,492 36-game pinfall (including bonus pins) to edge Belmonte, who finished second five pins behind with an 8,487 pinfall and 11-7 match play record.

“Obviously you’re looking at the big picture to get to this point in this tournament, but you can’t really ever let off the gas,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill, who says he sometimes has a tendency to over-analyze his game when he’s not bowling well didn’t have that problem during the Summer Swing.

“When I’m bowling well, I really don’t think about much at all,” O’Neill said. “In that last match I knew what I had to do and just threw it because may game was where it needed to be.”

In the final match play round, conducted on PBA’s 52-foot Badger lane condition, O’Neill was 4-2 and had games of 259, 217, 214, 196, 214 before his 255 in the position round match.

The Oklahoma Open is the fourth of five events that comprise the Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) will be taped by the CBS Sports Network Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center.

Belmonte, a favorite to win his third consecutive Player of the Year crown after winning the United States Bowling Congress Masters for the third consecutive year and the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions for the second consecutive year earlier this season, will be trying for his third title of the season and 13th of his career. For Belmonte it was his second Summer Swing stepladder final after qualifying third for the Bear Open.

Earning the third qualifying position for the Oklahoma Open finals, was 15-time Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., who also qualified fifth for the Wolf Open and fourth for the Bear Open. He ended the day with a 12-5-1 match play record and 8,272 pinfall.

Thirteen-time PBA Tour winner Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y., was the first round leader of the Badger and Wolf Opens only to drop out of contention for a stepladder spot after the final round. He hung on to earn a spot in the Oklahoma Open final qualifying fourth with a 9-8-1 record and 8,247 pinfall. He will be trying to end a six-year drought without a PBA Tour title.

Wrapping up the top five was two-time Tour winner Andres Gomez of Colombia who has already qualified fourth for the Wolf Open finals. Gomez finished the day with a 11-7 record and 8,206 pinfall.

All of the 18 match play finalists earned their spots in the Oklahoma match play rounds through their aggregate first round qualifying pinfall totals in the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens.

This weekend’s taping schedule at the Grand Event Center begins Saturday with the Wolf Open at 11 a.m. CT; Bear Open, 2:30 p.m. and Badger Open at 5:15 p.m. Tapings continue Sunday with the Oklahoma Open at noon and Oklahoma’s Grand Resort King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the tapings by visiting www.grandboxoffice.com or on site at the Grand Event Center box office.

CBS Sports Network airings of the Summer Swing begin on successive Tuesday’s beginning with the Wolf Open (May 26, 8 p.m. ET), Bear Open (June 2, 9 p.m.), Badger Open (June 9, 9 p.m.) Oklahoma Open (June 16, 9 p.m.) and King of the Swing (June 23, 9 p.m.).

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

Final Match Play Standings (after 36 games, including match play bonus pins; top five advanced to stepladder finals Sunday at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 10-8, 8,492.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11-7, 8,487.
3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-5-1, 8,272.
4, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 9-8-1, 8,247.
5, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 11-7, 8,206.
6, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 10-8, 8,190, $4,000.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 10-8, 8,160, $3,500.
8, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-7, 8,107, $3,000.
9, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 10-8, 8,069, $2,800.
10, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 10-8, 8,063, $2,500.
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8-10, 8,022, $2,300.
12, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 9-9, 8,000, $2,100.
13, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 8-10, 7,978, $2,000.
14, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6-12, 7,955, $1,900.
15, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 8-10, 7,942, $1,800.
16, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 6-12, 7,887, $1,700.
17, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 6-12, 7,843, $1,600.
18, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 6-12, 7,648, $1,500.

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Belmonte Surges Into Oklahoma Open Second Round Match Play Lead

by Jerry Schneider May 14, 2015 06:10

Heading into tonight’s final Oklahoma Open match play round, which will be conducted on PBA’s 52-foot Badger Open lane condition, two-time defending PBA Player of the Year and Oklahoma Open defending champion Jason Belmonte moved into the second round lead with an 8-4 overall match play record and 30-game 7,065 pinfall.

In Thursday’s second round conducted on the 40-foot Bear Open lane condition, the 12-time Tour titlist went 4-2 and bowled games of 192, 247, 245, 247, 187 and 246 for a 227.3 average.

The 2015 USBC Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions winner, who qualified third for the Summer Swing Bear Open Tuesday, is trying for his third win of the season.

Belmonte holds a 48-pin lead over five-time tour titlist Bill O’Neill who has already qualified second for the Summer Swing Wolf and Bear Open stepladder finals. O’Neill has a 6-6 match play record and 7,017 overall pinfall.

Thirteen-time PBA Tour winner Patrick Allen was the first round leader of two the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing events only to drop out of contention for a stepladder spot after the final round. After the second round Allen finished with a 7-5 record and third-place 7,003 pinfall.

Fifteen-time Tour winner Tommy Jones, who qualified fifth for the Wolf Open and fourth for the Bear Open finals, is in fourth with an 8-4 record and 6,890 pinfall. Wrapping up the top five is two-time Tour winner Andres Gomez who has already qualified fourth for the Wolf Open finals. Gomez has a 9-3 match play record after two rounds and 6,878 pinfall.

Tonight’s final six-game match play round gets underway at 6:30 p.m. CT.

All of the 18 match play finalists earned their spots in the Oklahoma match play rounds through their aggregate first round qualifying pinfall totals in the Summer Swing Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens.

Today’s match play concludes the fourth of five events that comprise the 2015 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) will be taped by the CBS Sports Network Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center.

CBS Sports Network airings of the Summer Swing begin on successive Tuesday’s beginning with the Wolf Open (May 26, 8 p.m. ET), Bear Open (June 2, 9 p.m.), Badger Open (June 9, 9 p.m.) Oklahoma Open (June 16, 9 p.m.) and Oklahoma’s Grand Resort King of the Swing (June 23, 9 p.m.).

This weekend’s taping schedule at the Grand Event Center begins Saturday with the Wolf Open at 11 a.m. CT; Bear Open, 2:30 p.m. and Badger Open at 5:15 p.m. Tapings continue Sunday with Oklahoma Open at noon and King of the Swing at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the tapings by visiting www.grandboxoffice.com or on site at the Grand Event Center box office.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

After second round match play

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 8-4-0, 7,065.
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6-6-0, 7,017.
3, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 7-5-0, 7,003.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-4-0, 6,890.
5, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 9-3-0, 6,878.
6, Dom Barrett, England, 6-6-0, 6,835.
7, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 7-5-0, 6,783.
8, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8-4-0, 6,733.
9, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 7-5-0, 6,732.
9, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 7-5-0, 6,732.
11, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 6-6-0, 6,720.
12, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5-7-0, 6,680.
13, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4-8-0, 6,668.
14, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 7-5-0, 6,667.
15, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4-8-0, 6,577.
16, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2-10-0, 6,505.
17, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3-9-0, 6,489.
18, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 4-8-0, 6,411.

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England’s Dom Barrett Averages 227.6 to Earn Top Qualifying Berth For PBA Badger Open Finals

by Jerry Schneider May 13, 2015 17:09

Four-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Dom Barrett of England averaged 227.6 Wednesday at FireLake Bowling Center to capture the top qualifying berth for Saturday’s stepladder finals in the PBA Badger Open.

Barrett completed qualifying with a 2,732 12-game pinfall total on the 52-foot Badger lane condition, bowling games of 192, 222, 234, 225, 237 and 234 in Wednesday’s final round.

“It feels good to get here because I haven’t been bowling well,” Barrett said. “I think I over-bowled the past few months and it has taken its toll. I took the month of April off to fix some bad habits and get in better shape and the work seems to be paying off.

“In the first two events (of the Summer Swing) I’ve been bowling good but not great but I just decided to put my head down after the first round today and went for the lead.”

Barrett topped three-time Tour winner Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., who qualified second 14-pins behind with a 2,718 pinfall total. Two-time Tour titlist Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who won last year’s Summer Swing Bear Open, qualified third with a 2,709 pinfall total.

The PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., qualified fourth with a 2,680 pinfall. The Hall of Famer will try to end a five-year drought without a win to extend his record to 48 titles. His 47th title came in the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters.

“This feels awesome,” said Williams after making it into the top five for the finals. “I’ve been struggling so much that I had second thoughts about even coming to the Summer Swing. I didn’t bowl well in the Wolf and Bear Opens but thought maybe I can make something work on the Badger pattern and just grinded it out to get here.”

Making the last qualifying spot was Shawn Maldonado of Houston, who is one of a few players on Tour who uses the unique two-handed delivery. Trying for his first PBA Tour title, he finished qualifying with a 2,675 pinfall.

The Badger Open is the third of five events that comprise the 2015 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) will be televised by CBS Sports Network and will air on successive Tuesday nights beginning May 26. The Badger Open, will be taped Saturday at 5:15 p.m. CT at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center and will air June 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

With the completion of the Badger Open first round earlier in the day, the 18 spots were determined for the PBA Oklahoma Open match play rounds on Thursday. Three six-game match play rounds will be conducted at 10 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. on each of the Summer Swing lane conditions (Wolf, Bear and Badger) at FireLake with the top five after match play advancing to the stepladder finals Sunday at noon at the Grand Event Center.

The top five heading into Oklahoma Open match play were Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,142; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,112; Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 4,093; Russell, 4,026, and Barrett, 4,022.

Thursday’s Oklahoma Open match play rounds will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA BADGER OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top five advanced to stepladder finals Saturday at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center)

1, Dom Barrett, England, 2,732.
2, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2,718.
3, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,709.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,680.
5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,675.
6, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,674, $2,000.
7, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 2,663, $1,800.
8, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 2,647, $1,600.
9, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,644, $1,400.
10, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,598, $1,300.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,594, $1,200.
12, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,579, $1,100.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,561, $1,000.
14, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,545, $900.
15, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2,533, $800.
16, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,520, $700.
17, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,487, $600.
18, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,480, $500.

Failed to advance after six games:
19, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,321.
20, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,318.
20, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,318.
22, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,311.
23, (tie)Thomas Larsen, Denmark, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,298.
26, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,295.
27, (tie) Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,293.
29, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., and a-A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,290.
31, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,285.
33, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,279.
34, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, and John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,278.
36, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,276.
37, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,275.
38, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,270.
39, Stuart Williams, England, 1,269.
40, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,268.
41, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,261.
42, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,260.
43, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,258.
44, Robert Smith, Ventura, Calif., 1,257.
45, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,256.
46, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,252.
47, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,248.
48, Clint Land, Houston, 1,245.
49, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,244.
50, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,242.
52, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, and John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,236.
54, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,233.
55, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,232.
56, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,229.
57, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,227.
58, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,226.
59, (tie) Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, and Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,224.
61, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,223.
62, (tie) Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, and Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,219.
64, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,218.
65, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,215.
66, Dale Coleman, High Springs, Fla., 1,211.
67, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,206.
69, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,204.
70, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,203.
71, (tie) Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,202.
73, (tie) Brett Cooper, Denver, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,201.
75, Dan Buchman, Maple Shade, N.J., 1,197.
76, (tie) Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., and Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 1,196.
78, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,191.
79, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,190.
81, Christopher Colella, Templeton, Mass, 1,188.
82, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,186.
83, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,185.
84, Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, 1,178.
85, a-Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,170.
86, Dirk Gibson, Little Rock, Ark., 1,168.
87, Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,167.
88, (tie) Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,165, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,165.
91, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,161.
93, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,154.
94, Corey Bottos, Houston, 1,143.
95, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 1,140.
96, Chris Skillings, Shawnee, Okla., 1,139.
97, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 1,134.
98, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,133.
99, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 1,131.
100, Robert McBride, Dallas, 1,129.
101, Kenneth Bland Jr., Chibolo, Texas, 1,122.
102, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,121.
103, (tie) Justin Morris, McLoud, Okla., and Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,120.
105, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,111.
106, Michael DeVore II, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 1,105.
107, a-Bryant Ezell, Fayetteville, Ark., 1,090.
108, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,088.
109, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,084.
110, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,082.
111, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,077.
112, (tie) Cory Gilbert, Dickson, Tenn., and a-Perry Hall Jr., Oklahoma City, 1,074.
114, a-Floyd Speck, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,069.
115, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 1,068.
116, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 1,063.
117, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,057.
118, Nicholas Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 1,034.
119, Sheldon Oliver, Oklahom City, Okla., 1,028.
120, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 1,003.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

(Top 18 after 18 games advanced to Thursday’s round-robin match play; top five after match play advance to stepladder finals Sunday at Grand Event Center)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,142.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,112.
3, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 4,093.
4, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,026.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 4,022.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,013.
7, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,002.
8, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,981.
9, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,979.
10, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,976.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,975.
12, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,970.
13, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,950.
14, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,923.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,917.
16, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,916.
*18, (tie) Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 3,909.

*-Raymond defeated Page in one-game roll-off 224-148 to advance to match play

a-denotes amateur

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Patrick Allen Leads 18 Players Into PBA Badger Open Second Round

by Jerry Schneider May 13, 2015 06:18

Hoping to redeem himself after bowling a 168 in the final game of Monday’s Professional Bowlers Association Wolf Open second round to miss the stepladder finals, 13-time PBA Tour winner Patrick Allen of Mount Kisco, N.Y., led Badger Open first round qualifying Wednesday at the FireLake Bowling Center.

In the third tournament of the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, Allen bowled a 1,425 pinfall total (237.5 average) with games of 259, 222, 224, 223, 286 and 211 in the first round to lead 18 players into the Badger Open second round which gets underway this evening.

After this evening’s round, the top five will be determined for the stepladder finals at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center Saturday at 5:15 p.m. CT. The Badger Open will air on the CBS Sports Network Tuesday, June 9 at 9 p.m. ET.

Allen, who was also the first round leader in the Wolf Open, is trying to win his first Tour title since the 2009 Dydo Japan Cup.

Trying to make his second telecast of the Summer Swing, Andres Gomez of Colombia finished the first round in second with a 1,399 pinfall on the 52-foot Badger lane condition, the longest of the three Summer Swing lane conditions.

Gomez, a two-time Tour winner, has already qualified fourth for the PBA Wolf Open stepladder finals which was the first event of the Summer Swing.

Rounding out the top five heading into this evening’s second round were three-time Tour winner Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., 1,396; four-time Tour winner Dom Barrett, England, 1,388, and two-time winner Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 1,382.

With the completion of the Badger Open first round, the 18 spots were determined for the PBA Oklahoma Open match play rounds on Thursday. Three six-game match play rounds will be conducted at 10 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. on each of the Summer Swing lane conditions (Wolf, Bear and Badger) at FireLake with the top five advancing to the stepladder finals Sunday at noon at the Grand Event Center.

The top five heading into Oklahoma Open match play were Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,142; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,112; Patrick Allen, 4,093; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,026 and Dom Barrett, England, 4,022. Page failed to make the cut to the top 18 after losing a one-game roll-off to J.R. Raymond of Bay City, Mich., 224-148, breaking the tie for 18th place.

Thursday’s Oklahoma Open match play rounds will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA BADGER OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday

First Round Standings (after six games; top 18 advance to final six-game qualifying round at 7:30 p.m. CT)

1, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 1,425.
2, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,399.
3, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,396.
4, Dom Barrett, England, 1,388.
5, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 1,382.
6, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,368.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,360.
8, (tie) Shawn Maldonado, Houston, and Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,355.
10, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,351.
11, (tie)Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,347.
13, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,341.
14, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,337.
15, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,328.
16, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,327.
18, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,323.

Failed to advance:
19, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,321.
20, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,318.
20, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,318.
22, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,311.
23, (tie)Thomas Larsen, Denmark, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,298.
26, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,295.
27, (tie) Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,293.
29, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., and a-A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,290.
31, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,285.
33, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,279.
34, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, and John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,278.
36, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,276.
37, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,275.
38, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,270.
39, Stuart Williams, England, 1,269.
40, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,268.
41, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,261.
42, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,260.
43, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,258.
44, Robert Smith, Ventura, Calif., 1,257.
45, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,256.
46, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,252.
47, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,248.
48, Clint Land, Houston, 1,245.
49, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,244.
50, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,242.
52, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, and John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,236.
54, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,233.
55, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,232.
56, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,229.
57, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,227.
58, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,226.
59, (tie) Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, and Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,224.
61, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,223.
62, (tie) Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, and Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,219.
64, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,218.
65, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,215.
66, Dale Coleman, High Springs, Fla., 1,211.
67, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,206.
69, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,204.
70, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,203.
71, (tie) Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,202.
73, (tie) Brett Cooper, Denver, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,201.
75, Dan Buchman, Maple Shade, N.J., 1,197.
76, (tie) Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., and Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 1,196.
78, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,191.
79, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,190.
81, Christopher Colella, Templeton, Mass, 1,188.
82, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,186.
83, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,185.
84, Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, 1,178.
85, a-Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,170.
86, Dirk Gibson, Little Rock, Ark., 1,168.
87, Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,167.
88, (tie) Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,165, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,165.
91, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,161.
93, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,154.
94, Corey Bottos, Houston, 1,143.
95, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 1,140.
96, Chris Skillings, Shawnee, Okla., 1,139.
97, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 1,134.
98, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,133.
99, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 1,131.
100, Robert McBride, Dallas, 1,129.
101, Kenneth Bland Jr., Chibolo, Texas, 1,122.
102, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,121.
103, (tie) Justin Morris, McLoud, Okla., and Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,120.
105, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,111.
106, Michael DeVore II, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 1,105.
107, a-Bryant Ezell, Fayetteville, Ark., 1,090.
108, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,088.
109, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,084.
110, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,082.
111, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,077.
112, (tie) Cory Gilbert, Dickson, Tenn., and a-Perry Hall Jr., Oklahoma City, 1,074.
114, a-Floyd Speck, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,069.
115, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 1,068.
116, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 1,063.
117, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,057.
118, Nicholas Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 1,034.
119, Sheldon Oliver, Oklahom City, Okla., 1,028.
120, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 1,003.

PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

(Top 18 after 18 games advance to round-robin match play Thursday)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,142.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,112.
3, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 4,093.
4, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,026.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 4,022.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,013.
7, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,002.
8, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,981.
9, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,979.
10, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,976.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,975.
12, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,970.
13, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,950.
14, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,923.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,917.
16, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,916.
*18, (tie) Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 3,909.

*-Raymond defeated Page in one-game roll-off 224-148 to advance to match play

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PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke Earns Top Berth for PBA Bear Open Finals

by Jerry Schneider May 12, 2015 16:29

Bowling in his 33rd year of Professional Bowlers Association competition, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., averaged 225.3 Tuesday to earn the top qualifying berth for the stepladder finals of the PBA Bear Open at FireLake Bowling Center.

Duke, who ranks third on the all-time PBA Tour win list with 38 titles, earned the top spot with a 2,704 12-game pinfall total bowling games of 198, 280, 234, 232, 212 and 215 in Tuesday evening’s final qualifying round.

“Obviously the power players got there this year which forces me to put more on the ball than I’m used to,” said the 51-year-old Duke. “To be competitive with these guys it’s a work in progress.

“I’m as confident as I’ve always been but I have to call on all the experience I have and even more to stay in the game,” he added. “I’m definitely going to have to rise to the occasion if I’m going to get No. 39.”

Duke is one of a handful of players who competes on both the PBA Tour and the PBA50 Tour for players 50 and over. In 2014, the two-time PBA Player of the Year earned both PBA50 Player and Rookie of the Year honors.

Qualifying second for his second consecutive stepladder final in the Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing, five-time PBA Tour champion Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., earned the No. 2 berth finishing 45 pins behind Duke with a 2,659 pinfall total. O’Neill also earned the No. 2 spot for the Wolf Open on Monday.

One day after a 56th-place finish in the Wolf Open, two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia bounced back Tuesday to earn the No. 3 qualifying berth for the Bear Open finals finishing with a 2,651 pinfall.

Heading into the Summer Swing, Belmonte is the front-runner for a third consecutive PBA Player of the Year title, thanks to wins in the season’s first two majors, the United States Bowling Congress Masters and Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions.

Also qualifying for his second consecutive stepladder final was 15-time Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., completing qualifying with a 2,642 pinfall. Jones qualified fifth for the Wolf Open stepladder.

Earning the fifth and final spot for the finals with a 2,609 pinfall total was Brad Angelo of Lockport, N.Y., who will be trying for his third PBA Tour title.

The Bear Open is the second of five events that compose Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) will be televised by CBS Sports Network on consecutive Tuesday nights beginning with the Wolf Open on May 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The Bear Open finals will be taped Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT at the Grand Hotel Casino & Resort Event Center and will air June 2 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Summer Swing continues Wednesday with the PBA Badger Open on a 52-foot lane condition. Squad A will bowl six qualifying games at 8 a.m. and Squad B will bowl at 2 p.m. The top 18 players will bowl an additional six-game qualifying round at 7:30 p.m. to determine the Badger Open stepladder finalists.

The first six games on each of the three animal patterns will determine the 18 players who will advance to the Oklahoma Open match play rounds on Thursday. The King of the Swing field will consist of the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open winners plus the highest player in points without winning one of the four events.

All preliminary rounds of the PBA Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, plus match play rounds of the Oklahoma Open are being covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA BEAR OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Tuesday

Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top five advance to stepladder finals at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday at the Grand Hotel Casino & Resort Event Center in Shawnee)

1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,704.
2, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,659.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,651.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,642.
5, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,609.
6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,604, $2,000.
7, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,569, $1,800.
8, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,563, $1,600.
9, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,548, $1,400.
10, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,498, $1,300.
11, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,480, $1,200.
12, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 2,471, $1,100.
13, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,457, $1,000.
14, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,444, $900.
15, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,443, $800.
16, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,439, $700.
17, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,430, $600.
18, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 2,415, $500.

Failed to advance after six games:

19, (tie) Dom Barrett, England, and Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,293.
21, John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,292.
22, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,283.
23, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,281.
24, (tie) D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,280.
26, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,279.
27, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 1,277.
28, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,276.
30, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,274.
31, (tie) Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., and Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,268.
33, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,261.
36, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,257.
37, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,256.
38, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,252.
39, Stuart Williams, England, 1,247.
40, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,245.
41, Robert Smith, Ventura, Calif., 1,243.
42, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,241.
43, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 1,240.
44, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,239.
45, (tie) Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,238.
47, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,237.
48, Christopher Colella, Templeton, Mass., 1,235.
49, Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 1,231.
50, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,229.
51, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,227.
52, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,226.
53, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,225.
54, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,223.
55, (tie) Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,216.
57, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,213.
58, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,211.
60, (tie) Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 1,207.
62, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,204.
63, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,202.
64, (tie) Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, and Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,199.
66, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,198.
67, (tie) Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,197.
69, a-Perry Hall Jr., Oklahoma City, 1,192.
70, Clint Land, Houston, 1,190.
71, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,187.
72, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,185.
73, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 1,184.
74, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,183.
75, Dale Coleman, High Springs, Fla., 1,179.
76, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,178.
77, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,176.
78, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 1,173.
79, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,171.
80, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,166.
81, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,165.
82, Brett Cooper, Denver, 1,164.
83, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,161.
84, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,159.
85, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 1,158.
87, Michael DeVore II, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 1,153.
88, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,148.
89, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,144.
90, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,143.
91, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,142.
92, (tie) Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., and Dirk Gibson, Little Rock, Ark., 1,133.
95, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,132.
96, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,129.
97, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,118.
98, a-Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,117.
99, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,110.
100, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,109.
101, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,107.
102, Dan Buchman, Maple Shade, N.J., 1,106.
103, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,104.
104, Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,099.
105, Corey Bottos, Houston, 1,095.
106, Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,093.
107, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 1,085.
108, Cory Gilbert, Dickson, Tenn., 1,082.
109, (tie) Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., and a-Bryant Ezell, Fayetteville, Ark., 1,075.
111, Kenneth Bland Jr., Chibolo, Texas, 1,071.
112, a-A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,061.
113, Nicholas Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 1,053.
114, Justin Morris, McLoud, Okla., 1,052.
115, Sheldon Oliver, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,042.
116, Chris Skillings, Shawnee, Okla., 1,023.
117, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 1,011.
118, a-Floyd Speck, Marshalltown, Iowa, 996.
119, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 993.
120, Robert McBride, Dallas, 969.

a-denotes amateur

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