PBA Spare Shots: Vote for the Greatest PBA Tournament of Champions TV Moment in History

by Bill Vint January 30, 2015 08:28

What was the greatest moment in PBA Tournament of Champions television history? In celebration of the 50th anniversary tournament which gets underway on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis, you are invited to vote on your favorite, starting Sunday, by clicking on the special “TOC Poll” link at the top of the pba.com home page.

Fans can vote until Monday, Feb. 9. The top three moments, based on fan voting, will be aired as part of the live ESPN telecast of the TOC finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. ET.

Below is a list of 12 of the Tournament of Champions’ most historic moments, listed in order of when they happened. Go to the online poll to cast your vote, or visit PBA on Facebook or Twitter if you have another special moment you think the PBA’s panel of experts missed.

1967 - Jack Biondolillo shoots the first TV 300 game in PBA history.
1970 - Don Johnson shoots 299 in the title match.
1971 - Johnny Petraglia makes four straight TV shows and wins three straight titles, culminating with the T of C.
1984 - Mike Durbin becomes the first player to win three T of C titles (1972, 1982 & 1984).
1986 - Marshall Holman wins 2nd T of C and surpasses $1 million in career earnings (3rd player to do so).
1991 - A bomb scare temporarily halts the telecast; David Ozio eventually wins the title.
1993 - George Branham wins the last Firestone T of C and becomes first African-American to win the event.
1995 - Mike Aulby wins to complete Bowling’s Triple Crown and Grand Slam.
2002 - Jason Couch wins his third straight T of C title to become the only “three-peat” winner in the event.
2010 - Kelly Kulick becomes the first female to win a PBA Tour title.
2011 - Mika Koivuniemi shoots 299 vs. Tom Daugherty’s 100 in the semifinal match, then wins the event and a PBA record $250,000 first prize.
2013 - Pete Weber becomes the oldest player to win the event at age 50 (his second T of C win).

ESPN NIXES KNICKS IN FAVOR OF PBA’S CP3 CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL

The traditional Super Bowl Sunday telecast of Chris Paul’s CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational got a boost into an even better time slot on ESPN (Sunday at 2 p.m. ET) and an extension from a 90-minute show to two hours thanks to a struggling New York Knicks team.

As New York Post reporter Marc Berman wrote: “The Knicks’ scheduled nationally televised games are falling like bowling pins. A matinee clash with the (Los Angeles) Lakers on Super Bowl Sunday on ESPN was pulled by the network — not for another NBA showdown — but for a celebrity bowling event, an NBA source told The Post.

“The Chris Paul-hosted celebrity bowling event has been deemed more appetizing than the bumbling Lakers (12-31) visiting the bumbling Knicks (7-36) in Derek Fisher’s first game as coach against his former club.”

Speaking of Sunday’s Chris Paul PBA event, here’s a link to a special preview of the CP3 show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzLOllkGA9U

TACKETT WINS “SELFIE CHALLENGE;” FLAVOR FLAV MAKES GUEST APPEARANCE

Thirteen-year-old Ryan Knippel was mildly surprised he was going to bowl against 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in the final one-shot High 5 Gear “Selfie Challenge” of GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI, but he was even more surprised when hip-hop artist Flavor Flav joined the fun.

Tackett set the bar high with a strike on his shot. Knippel managed only a three-count. And Flav, who frequently dropped by to watch the action at South Point Bowling Center during the week, rolled a shot straight down the middle to knock down eight pins. Knippel received an autographed ball from Tackett for participating in the challenge, which took place during the World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA.

PBA REGIONAL UPDATE: BOHN, ALLEN WIN CENTRAL OVER/UNDER DOUBLES EVENT

PBA Hall of Famer and PBA50 Tour competitor Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and partner Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., defeated the Ohio duo of Mike Henry of Brunswick and Patrick Dombrowski of Parma, 2-0, in a best-of-three-game match to win the PBA Don Vay Memorial Regular/Senior Doubles Central Classic presented by Ebonite at Legend Lanes in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Sunday.

The first PBA Regional tournament of the 2015 season featured teams of one bowler age 50 or older, and one bowler under the age of 50. The title was Bohn’s and Allen’s first of the year in the PBA Central Region. It also was Bohn’s 22nd career PBA Regional title and Allen’s 24th. They split a $4,000 first prize.

In the semifinal round, Bohn and Allen blanked Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, and Dave Wodka, newly located in Columbus, Ohio, 2-0, while Henry and Dombrowski swept Jim Pencak of Parma, Ohio and Brandon Tarabek of Cleveland, 2-0, to set up the championship match.

● The Feb. 6-8 weekend includes the Break Point Alley South Challenge presented by DV8, a tournament for non-title winners, in Tavares, Fla., and the PBA50 Tony Grigat Allstate Midwest/Central Open at River Rand Lanes in Des Plaines, Ill.

● The Feb. 20-22 weekend includes the PBA50 Dave Edwards Toyota South Open presented by Ebonite in Spartanburg, S.C.; the Lakewood Colorado Southwest Open at Holiday Bowling and Billiards; the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort West Championship at Gold Country Lanes in Sutter Creek, Calif., and the Lynwood Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip, a non-titlists event, at Lynwood Bowl in Lynwood, Ill.

For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit pba.com, open the “schedules” tab and click on Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.

QUICK NOTES

● For the latest in PBA-logoed merchandise, visit the PBA Tour Store on pba.com: https://www.kotisdesign.com/estore/landing.asp?estore=pbastore

● Reminder: Tickets for the live ESPN telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions, and the finals of the PBA Players Championship and Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, over the Feb. 14-15 Valentine’s Day weekend at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis are now on sale on pba.com. For ticket information, click here: http://www.pba.com/Tickets/.

● Reminder: if you missed Sunday’s ESPN telecast of the World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA, all GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI telecasts are archived on Xtra Frame three days after they air on ESPN. Click on the “2014 WSOB archives” tab on the left side of the Xtra Frame home page for a complete listing of archived shows.

● Reminder: HotelPlanner.com, the official travel partner of the PBA, has renewed its sweepstakes program for 2015 and will award a $200 lodging gift certificate to a lucky winner each month all year. To enter, book a hotel room through HotelPlanner.com using one of the links below before the last day of the month, and you will be automatically entered. The monthly drawing will take place on the last day of the month. The $200 gift certificate will be valid for hotel room and tax only.

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Duke, Malott Qualify No. 1 in Defense of Mark Roth-Marshall PBA Doubles Championship Title

by Bill Vint January 30, 2015 04:43

WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and partner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, will try to repeat as Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship winners after racing away to the No. 1 qualifying position for the stepladder finals on Feb. 15 in Indianapolis.

Duke, who stands 5-foot-6, and Malott, his 6-foot-4 partner, dominated Friday’s match play rounds at AMF Bowlero, averaging a combined 238.44 for 48 games of qualifying and match play to finish with 11,835 pins. The 2011 Roth/Holman doubles champions – the last time the event was held – finished 343 pins ahead of Dino Castillo of Carrollton, Texas, and his partner, Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

Also qualifying for the Baker format stepladder finals which will be held at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 15, are Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa.; No. 4 D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, and Shawn Maldonado of Houston, Texas, and No. 5 Dom Barrett of England and Osku Palermaa of Finland.

Throughout the doubles event, Duke was the dominant player, playing a straight down the outside of the lane while most of the field – including Malott – played a big hook, inside-angle power game. Among the field of finalists, three are high-rev two-handed players – Belmonte, Maldonado and Palermaa – and Daugherty gets his power with a “thumbless” release.

The finalists also include two players trying for their first PBA Tour title (Castillo and Maldonado), and two one-time winners (Daugherty and Archer).

“We’re so different, but we just go about our business, and enjoy bowling with each other,” Duke said. “I have so much respect for Wes. I wanted to do well just because of that.”

“What made it work for us is that Norm bowled his butt off and I kinda went along for the ride,” Malott, a nine-time PBA Tour titlist, said. “I know he hasn’t necessarily bowled great the past couple of years, but I have a lot of faith in him and he certainly showed why this week. To have a chance to defend our title is an honor.”

Duke, a 37-time PBA Tour champion, will head to Indianapolis as a finalist in the PBA Players Championship as well as the doubles event. He will have two chances to break his tie for third place on the PBA all-time titles list with fellow hall of famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. Duke and Weber trail all-time titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and the late Earl Anthony (43).

Neither Duke nor Malott is concerned about the two-week interval between Friday’s match play and the Feb. 15 finals, which will be contested at Woodland Bowl at 7 p.m. ET, following the live ESPN finals of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions at 1 p.m. ET.

“Milwaukee has been good to me. I’ve made a lot of TV shows here, but I haven’t won that many times,” Duke said. “It would be nice to stay here, but if we have to go somewhere for the finals, I’d go to Indy. I’ve closed the deal a few times down there.”

Malott felt the same way.

“With all of the bowling we’re going to be doing the next couple of weeks, having a little time before the finals is a good thing,” Malott said, “and I think I’ll be able to strike a little more in Indy.”

The Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

PBA Tour players headed north to Green Bay where they will compete in the United States Bowling Congress Masters Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 8. The Masters finals will air live on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET. All qualifying and match play rounds of the Masters will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel (visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link for subscription information).

The 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions follows, Feb. 11-15, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis. The PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will kick off the week on Feb. 10. All qualifying and match play rounds of the Tournament of Champions also will be covered live on Xtra Frame.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 30

FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 48 combined games, includes combined individual and team match play records and bonus pins)
1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 23-13, 11,835.
2, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 24-12, 11,492.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia/Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 16-20, 11,481.
4, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 21-15, 11,431.
5, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 21-14-1, 11,396.
6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 21-15, 11,372, $6,000.
7, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind./Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 17-19, 11,334, $5,000.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla./Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 12-24, 11,319, $4,500.
9, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 19-17, 11,261, $4,000.
10, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y./Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 13-23, 11,228, $3,500.
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 15-20-1, 11,157, $3,000.
12, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y./Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 13-23, 11,007, $2,500.

300 Games: none

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Torrid Final Round Propels Parker Bohn III into No. 1 Berth for PBA Players Championship Stepladder Finals

by Bill Vint January 29, 2015 10:14

WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., won seven of his eight matches and tied the other Thursday afternoon at AMF Bowlero to complete a rally from 69th place after round one to claim the top berth for the PBA Players Championship stepladder finals.

Bohn, a 33-time PBA Tour champion, threw games of 248, 287, 266, 258, 247, 279, 238 and 270 during the final round of match play to finish the Players Championship with a 36-game total of 9,222 pins, claiming the lead for the first time when he defeated Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., 270-220, in the final position round game. Russell, who had led most of the day, finished second with 9,170 pins.

Also advancing to the stepladder finals, which will be contested on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. ET at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis as part of the PBA’s 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions week, were two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia; 37-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., and Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel, Fla.

The finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET.

“Tonight was one of those nights when I put it into cruise control and just let things happen,” the 51-year-old Bohn said. “After the first eight games, I went to dinner with Ryan Ciminelli, my doubles partner, and we just decided we had to try something different. We were just trying to figure out how we could make the doubles field. We were so far out of it, we had no plans to make singles.”

During the 12 qualifying games, bowlers also were competing concurrently for the top 12 spots in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship, which moves into its match play finals Friday. Bohn and Ciminelli made the cut in ninth place, but a huge final four games by Bohn moved him up from 69th to 23rd place for the singles match play finals, and he just kept going.

”After every block you bowl, you have to analyze what’s going on, and try to figure out where things are going to happen in the future,” Bohn said. “If your guesses are correct, you stand to be one step ahead of everyone else.

“Today, I was an escalator ahead of everyone,” he added. “Everything worked out. In my match against Belmonte, he threw a 279, which would normally win, and I struck out to tie. Go figure.”

Having to wait until Valentine’s Day for the stepladder finals in Indianapolis doesn’t bother Bohn a bit.

“It’s okay that I have to wait a couple of weeks,” he said. “My kids are at home right now, but they’re already making plans to come to Indy. I’m going to hope I win the tournament, but no matter what, when you get up on the lanes and you mathematically have a chance to win, it isn’t over. We’ll see.”

Competition continues Friday with the match play final rounds in the Roth/Holman Doubles Championship. PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and his partner, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., will take a 72-pin lead over Belmonte and his partner, Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., into Friday’s six-game rounds at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT.

In Friday’s doubles matches, the leadoff and anchor bowler from each team will compete head-to-head for 10 bonus pins against the opposing team in each match, and the teams will compete for 30 bonus pins for winning each match, in addition to their actual pinfall totals.

The Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship finalists will meet in a five-game Baker format stepladder finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. ET at Woodland Bowl, following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions finals. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

Both doubles match play rounds Friday will be covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, and on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 29

Final Match Play Standings (after 36 games, including match play bonus pins; top five advance to ESPN stepladder finals on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis)

1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 15-6-3, 9,222.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 14-9-1, 9,170.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 14-8-2, 9,110.
4, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 15-9, 9,107.
5, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 11-12-1, 9,070.

Other Cashers (after 36 games)
6, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 16-8, 8,989, $7,000.
7, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 15-9, 8,945, $6,000.
8, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 14-10, 8,901, $5,000.
9, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 12-11-1, 8,878, $4,500.
10, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 9-15, 8,742, $4,000.
11, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11-13, 8,725, $3,800.
12, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 11-12-1, 8,672, $3,600.
13, Dom Barrett, England, 11-13, 8,659, $3,400.
14, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 11-13, 8,516, $3,200.
15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 7-16-1, 8,485, $3,000.
16, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 13-10-1, 8,472, $2,800.
17, Patrick Girard, Canada, 14-10, 8,462, $2,700.
18, Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 11-12-1, 8,438, $2,600.
19 (tie), Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 12-12, and Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 9-15, 8,434, $2,450.
21, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 8-16, 8,427, $2,300.
22, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 12-12, 8,363, $2,200.
23, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 10-14, 8,288, $2,100.
24, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 7-17, 8,286, $2,000.

300 Games (6): Tom Daugherty 2, Scott Norton, Parker Bohn III, Wes Malott, Norm Duke.

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DJ Archer Uses New-Found Confidence to Take PBA Players Championship Lead

by Bill Vint January 28, 2015 10:14

WAUWATOSA, Wis. – After 12 years and 159 tournaments before winning his first title, DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas, put himself into position for a second Professional Bowlers Association Tour title Wednesday as the leader in the PBA Players Championship at AMF Bowlero.

Archer, 34, won his break-through title in the PBA Chameleon Championship during the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI in early November in Las Vegas, and used his new-found confidence to take the lead in the PBA Players Championship, winning seven of his first eight matches and averaging 244.25 to finish with 5,065 pins for 20 games, including match play bonus pins.

Archer will take a 42-pin lead over Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who is going through a similar career renaissance, into the final two rounds of match play Thursday. Australia’s Jason Belmonte was third with 4,997 pins followed by Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., with a 4,881 total and Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., in fifth place with a 4,879 total.

“I have a lot of making up to do,” Archer said with a smile. “I feel more confident, more relaxed knowing I’ve been there. I know what the feeling (of winning a title) is.

“Tomorrow is going to be one of those days when I’m not going to worry about matches, but I’ll try to bowl 240 and see what happens. It’s just confidence bowling against these guys. If you’re relaxed, your ball reaction comes along.

“It’s very much the same way with Ronnie Russell right now,” Archer added. “I figure we’ll go back and forth tomorrow, and hopefully when the day is over, I’ll be in the same place. It’s kinda like a football game where the last team with the ball wins.”

In the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying which is being held concurrently with the Players Championship, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and his partner, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., combined for a 5,760 pinfall total – a composite 240 average – to maintain their lead with a 72-pin margin over Belmonte and his partner, Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., who finished with 5,688. The top 12 teams after 24 combined games advanced to the match play rounds which will be held Friday.

Williams and Smallwood are an “odd couple” pairing, considering the 55-year-old Williams favors a “straighter is greater” bowling style while Smallwood is a high-rev player who prefers to hook the ball a lot. Williams holds the PBA Tour record with 47 titles while Smallwood, 37, is a two-title winner, including the 2009 PBA World Championship.

“I haven’t been bowling that well the past couple of years so I was pleasantly surprised when (Smallwood) asked me to bowl with him,” said Williams, who hasn’t made a TV show since 2013 and hasn’t won a PBA Tour title since the 2010 USBC Masters. “We’re doing two different things, but we’re making it work. (Smallwood) is able to take advantage of the inside shot as the lane break down and I’m able to stay outside and stay effective there. We’re able to learn some things that we can both benefit from even though we’re playing two different parts of the lane.”

Smallwood said he was surprised that Walter Ray was still available as a doubles partner, so he jumped at the chance to bowl with the Tour’s all-time leader.

“I had already assumed he had a partner, but when I found out he was available I jumped at the opportunity,” Smallwood said. “When Walter Ray’s available you call him. It’s as simple as that.

“We’re basically playing in two different zip codes (on the lanes),” Smallwood added. “Even though we’re playing two different parts of the lane, our adjustments are still surprisingly similar, two boards here, two boards there. We’re just doing what we do best.”

The PBA Players Championship finalists will bowl their final two eight-game match play rounds Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT, with the top five after 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The top 12 doubles teams will bowl two six-game match play rounds at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT on Friday. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and match play games, the top five teams will advance to the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions finals.

The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

All match play rounds of the Players Championship and PBA Doubles are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel, and on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature. For Xtra Frame subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 28

Third Round Standings (after 20 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 6-2, 5,065.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5-2-1, 5,023.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-4-1, 4,997.
4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5-1-2, 4,881.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5-3, 4,879.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4-4, 4,861.
7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5-3, 4,841.
8, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 4-4, 4,808.
9, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-5, 4,778.
10, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 2-5-1, 4,777.
11, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 2-5-1, 4,763.
12, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5-3, 4,750.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6-2, 4,741.
14, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5-2-1, 4,717.
15, Dom Barrett, England, 4-4, 4,704.
16, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-5, 4,689.
17, Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 4-4, 4,679.
18, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 3-5, 4,629.
19, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-4, 4,619.
20, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2-6, 4,594.
21, x-Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3-5, 4,567.
22, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2-5-1, 4,561.
23, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 4-4, 4,558.
24, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 3-5, 4,529.

Failed to advance (after 12 games)
25, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 2,728
26, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,723.
27, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,722.
28, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,721.
29, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,718.
30, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 2,717.
31, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,716.
32, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,714.
33 (tie), Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,713.
35, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,700.
36, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,699.
37, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 2,697.
38 (tie), Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,691.
40, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 2,689.
41, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 2,688.
42, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,684.
43, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,678.
44, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,676.
45, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 2,673.
46, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonowanda, N.Y., 2,671.
47, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,665.
48, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,664.
49, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,656.
50, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,647.
51, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,646.
52, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 2,645.
53, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,644.
54, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,641.
55, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,638.
56, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,632.
57, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2,629.
58, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, Calif., 2,628.
59, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,624.
60, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,623.
61 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2,616.
63, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 2,615.
64 (tie), John Furey, Freehold, N.J., and Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 2,613.
66, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,609.
67, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2,595.
68, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,591.
69, Paul Moor, England, 2,586.
70, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,579.
71, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,564.
72, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,563.
73, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,562.
74, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,561.
75, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2,557.
76, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 2,550.
77, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 2,490.
78, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,486.
79, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,472.
80, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 2,469.
81, Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 2,447.
82, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,434.
83, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 2,429.
84, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 2,417.
85, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,008.

x-McCune def. Fagan, 217-166 in roll-off to advance to match play

300 Games (2): Chris Loschetter, Stuart Williams.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

Final Qualifying Standings (after 24 composite games; top 12 advance to match play)
1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,760.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia/Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,688.
3 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,627.
5, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 5,532.
6, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 5,514.
7, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,490.
8, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,473.
9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J./Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,432.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,424.
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Brian Himmler, 5,413.
12, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 5,410.
Failed to advance:

13, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio/Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,408.
14, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz./Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5,404.
15, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla./Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 5,395.
16, John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y./John VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 5,377.
17, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,374.
18 (tie), Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas/Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich./Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5,372.
20, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa./Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,361.
21, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix/Stuart Williams, England, 5,348.
22, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash./EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,341.
23, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa./John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 5,336.
24 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa/Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich./Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 5,334.
26, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas/Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,327.
27, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio/Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 5,326.
28, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill./John Szczerbinski, Columbus, Ohio, 5,316.
29, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 5,312.
30, David Haynes, Las Vegas/Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,295.
31, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,267.
32, Blake DeMore, Springfield, Mo./Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 5,238.
33, Thomas Larsen, Denmark/Paul Moor, England, 5,195.
34, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5,167.
35, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 5,151.
36, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas/Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 5,058.
37, Julio Cesar Blancas/Humberto Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 4,898.
38, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. (Koivuniemi withdrew, injury).

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Red-Hot Russell Rolls into PBA Players Championship Lead; Williams-Smallwood Duo Top Doubles Standings

by Jerry Schneider January 27, 2015 08:45

WAUWATOSA, Wis. – Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., arguably the hottest player on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, caught fire after an opening 212 game and rolled into the first round lead in the PBA Players Championship Tuesday at AMF Bowlero.

Russell, who is trying for his third PBA Tour title, finished the eight-game opening round with games of 268, 289, 259, 234, 247, 238 and 269 for a 2,016 pinfall total – a 252 average – and a 35-pin lead over DJ Archer of Friendswood, Texas. Newly-crowned PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte of Australia, who threw one of the eight 300 games bowled during the opening round, was third with 1,964 pins.

Russell, a 35-year-old, 11-year PBA Tour veteran, is coming off a stellar year when he won the PBA Bear Open and was the only player to qualify for three television shows during the recent GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling. He said his hot streak is a matter of confidence and relaxation.

“I’m just throwing it and taking full advantage of it over everything,” he said. “I’m very loose. I feel good. I’m enjoying bowling. I threw 212 the first game, but I didn’t panic. I just kept throwing it, figured it out and pins started falling.

“The players out here are so good, if you start putting expectations on yourself, you’re going to get yourself in trouble,” he said. ““I’m just letting things happen.”

In the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship qualifying which is being held concurrently with the Players Championship, PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., and his partner, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., combined for 3,855 pins – a composite 240.94 average – to take a 56-pin lead over Russell and his partner, Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, who finished with 3,799 pins.

The final four games of Players Championship and Roth/Holman Doubles qualifying will take place at 8 a.m. CT Wednesday, with the top 24 individuals and top 12 doubles teams advancing to match play. Players Championship finalists will bowl three eight-game match play rounds Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., and Thursday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., with the top five after 36 games advancing to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis.

The top 12 teams will bowl two six-game, Baker format match play rounds at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. CT on Friday. After a composite total of 36 qualifying and Baker games, the top five teams will advance to the Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship finals on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Woodland Bowl, following the live 1 p.m. telecast of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions finals.

The PBA Players Championship finals will air on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. ET. The PBA Doubles show will air on ESPN on March 1 at 1 p.m. ET.

All qualifying and match play rounds of the Players Championship and PBA Doubles are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.

PBA PLAYER CHAMPIONSHIP
AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa, Wis., Jan. 17

First Round (after 8 games)

1, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,016.
2, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,981.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,964.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,943.
5, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,920.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,912.
7, Dom Barrett, England, 1,889.
8, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,886.
9, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,876.
9, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,876.
11, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,875.
12, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,874.
13, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,863.
14, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 1,859.
15, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,858.
16, Dave Wodka, Beaver Creek, Ohio, 1,857.
17, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,852.
18, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,850.
19, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 1,849.
20, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,844.
21, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,841.
22, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,830.
23 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,829.
25, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,824.
26, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,819.
27, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,816.
28, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,811.
29, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,810.
30, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,809.
31 (tie), Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,807.
33, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,806.
34 (tie), Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., and Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,799.
36, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonowanda, N.Y., 1,798.
37, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,792.
38, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,790.
39, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,783.
40, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,779.
41, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,775.
42, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,774.
43, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, Calif., 1,770.
44, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,768.
45, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,767.
46, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,763.
47 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,761.
49 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas; Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,760.
52, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,752.
53, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,745.
54, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,743.
55, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,742.
56, Paul Moor, England, 1,741.
57, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,740.
58, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,733.
59, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 1,728.
60, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,717.
61, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,716.
62 (tie), J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., and John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,713.
64, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,712.
65 (tie), Stuart Williams, England, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,711.
67, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,710.
68, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,704.
69 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,702.
71 (tie), Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., and Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,694.
73, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,688.
74, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,680.
75, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,668.
76, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 1,660.
77, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,647.
78 (tie), Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,643.
80, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,639.
81, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,632.
82, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,630.
83, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,627.
84, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,606.
85, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,599.

300 Games (8): Mike Fagan, Dave Wodka, Jason Belmonte, Dom Barrett, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Josh Blanchard, Brian Himmler, Chad Roberts.

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP

First Round (after 16 composite games)
1, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,855.
2, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,799.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia/Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,709.
4, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 3,692.
5, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 3,683.
6, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz./Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,649.
7 (tie), Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Jonathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla./Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,634.
9, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich./Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,633.
10, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas/Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,628.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,619.
12, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill./John Szczerbinski, Columbus, Ohio, 3,608.
13, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 3,599.
14, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,591.
15, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind./Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,585.
16, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla./Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,583.
17, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa./John Furrey, Freehold, N.J., 3,574.
18, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash./EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,569.
19, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix/Stuart Williams, England, 3,560.
20, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich./Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,558.
21, Thomas Larsen, Denmark/Paul Moor, England, 3,533.
22 (tie), John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y./John VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., and Mike Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,532.
24, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,522.
25, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas/Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,521.
26, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa./Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,518.
27, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio/Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 3,517.
29, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa/Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,515.
30, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,495.
31 (tie), Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas/Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, and David Haynes, Las Vegas/Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3,478.
33, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,456.
34, Blake DeMore, Springfield, Mo./Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 3,443.
35, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J./Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,414.
36, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif./Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 3,412.
37, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,374.
38, Julio Cesar Blancas/Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,246.

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