Kulick Passes First Test

by PBA Editor October 25, 2006 19:00
In her first Denny’s PBA Tour event since becoming the first woman to earn a full-season exemption, Kelly Kulick is proving she belongs.

Kulick won a one-game roll-off over 2003-04 PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Johnson, 210-156, to advance to match play in the 2006 USBC Masters, the first of four Major events this season.

The two tied for 63rd with a 3,129 15-game pinfall after three days of qualifying. The original field of 497 was cut to 124 last night, and those 124 bowled an additional five games Thursday morning.

Kulick advances to double elimination match play which starts today at 4 p.m. ET, and features the top 63 from qualifying plus defending champion Mike Scroggins.

The 29-year-old from Union, N.J., became the first woman to earn an exemption when she finished sixth in the Denny’s PBA Tour Tour Trials last June. This week’s event does not feature the all-exempt format as it is an open field. She will make her debut in the all-exempt format in next week’s 2006 Motor City Classic in Taylor, Mich.

The 2005-06 PBA Rookie of the Year Bill O’Neill led qualifying with 3,436. The 25-year-old is looking for his first career Denny’s PBA Tour title.

“I haven’t had much success at the Masters in past. This is the first time I’ve made the first cut and the first time I’ve made match play so it’s nice to be able to bounce back,” O’Neill (Levittown, Pa.) said. “The tournament is just beginning now so I have to stay focused and bowl a little better. It’s still one shot at a time but whoever I’m bowling is going to be a good bowler so I have to be at the top of my game.”

O’Neill finished 193rd in his first USBC Masters in 2004 and 242nd last season.

Two other women advanced to match play. Liz Johnson (Cheektowaga, N.Y.), who was the first woman to qualify for a Tour event in 2004 and finished second in a Tour event in 2005, finished 11th with 3,321. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (N. Richland Hills, Texas) finished 25th with 3,247.

The top four bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 1 p.m. ET at the Wisconsin Exposition Center. The winner will take home $100,000 and a two-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.

2006 USBC Masters
AMF Bowlero Lanes
Wauwatosa, Wis.
Thursday, Oct. 26

DOUBLE-ELIMINATION MATCH PLAY

#1 Bill O’Neill vs. #61 Robert Smith
#29 Chris Barnes vs. #33 Shawn Evans
#17 Brian Kretzer vs. #45 David Traber
#13 Brad Angelo vs. #49 Jack Jurek
#21 Mike Wolfe vs. #41 Parker Bohn III
#9 Amleto Monacelli vs. #53 Mike Mineman
#25 Carolyn Dorin-Ballard vs. #37 Steve Jaros
#5 Mika Koivuniemi vs. #57 Brian Voss
#3 Walter Ray Williams Jr. vs. #63 Michael Kaul
#31 Kevin Bandrowski vs. #35 Rick Hara
#19 Norm Duke vs. #47 Daniel Patterson
#15 Kenneth Jessee vs. #51 Art Brown
#23 Ed Smaglik vs. #43 Mike Taylor
#11 Liz Johnson vs. #55 Christopher Sand
#27 Brian Waliczek vs. #39 Greg Thompson Jr.
#7 Tommy Jones vs. #59 Jimmy Levendowsky
#2 Dave Wodka vs. #62 Ronnie Russell
#30 Mike Edwards vs. #34 Bob Learn Jr.
#18 Dan Bock vs. #46 George Gohagan III
#14 Steve Lemke vs. #50 Peter Zmozynski
#22 Chris Loschetter vs. #42 George Lambert IV
#10 Chad Maas vs. #54 Mark Clark
#26 Joe Ciccone vs. #38 Dave D’Entremont
#6 John May vs. #58 Eugene McCune
#4 John Nolen vs. #64 Kelly Kulick
#32 Mike Scroggins vs. #36 Doug Kent
#20 Pete Weber vs. #48 David O’Sullivan
#16 Wes Malott vs. #52 Mike Rose Jr.
#24 Chad Kloss vs. #44 Henry Gonzalez
#12 Rick Steelsmith vs. #56 Ryan Shafer
#28 Mark Siders vs. #40 Mike DeVaney
#8 Tom Baker vs. #60 Scott Pohl

ROUND THREE QUALIFYING
(Pos., name/hometown and 15-game pinfall. Top 63 advance to double elimination match play. Positions 64-125 cash.)

1, Bill O'Neill, Levittown, Pa., 3,436.
2, Dave Wodka, Las Vegas, Nev, 3,426.
3, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,402.
4, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 3,384.
5, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,383.
6, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 3,364.
7, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3,352.
8, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,347.
9, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,341.
10, Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis., 3,324.
11, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,321.
12, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,319.
13, (TIE) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Steve Lemke, Kenosha, Wis., 3,312.
15, Kenneth Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 3,310.
16, Wes Malott, Austin, Texas, 3,304.
17, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,303.
18, Dan Bock, Albert Lea, Minn., 3,289.
19, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,282.
20, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,275.
21, (TIE) Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and Christopher Loschetter, Olmstead Falls, Ohio, 3,269.
23, Ed Smaglik, West Lafayette, Ind., 3,259.
24, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 3,256.
25, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 3,247.
26, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,237.
27, Brian Waliczek, Frankenmuth, Mich., 3,227.
28, Mark Siders, Westerville, Ohio, 3,225.
29, Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Tx, 3,224.
30, (TIE) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Kevin Bandrowski, Speonk, N.Y., 3,211.
32, Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 3,208.
33, (TIE) Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., and Rick Hara, Mount Prospect, Ill., and Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,204.
36, (TIE) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Gregory Thompson Jr, Dayton, Ohio, 3,203.
39, Mike DeVaney, Temecula, Calif., 3,198.
40, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,191.
41, George Lambert IV, Wellandport, Ontario, 3,187.
42, Mike Taylor, Las Vegas, 3,185.
43, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,184.
44, David Traber, Hebron, Ill., 3,182.
45, George Gohagan III, Dayton, Ohio, 3,181.
46, (TIE) Daniel Patterson, Buffalo, NY, and David O'Sullivan, Yonkers, N.Y., 3,176.
48, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,172.
49, Peter Zmozynski, Depew, N.Y., 3,167.
50, Art Brown, Lansing, Mich., 3,166.
51, Mike Rose Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,164.
52, Mike Mineman, Belleville, Ill., 3,161.
53, Mark Clark, Napperville, Il, 3,158.
54, Christopher Sand, Chesterfield, Mich., 3,156.
55, Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y., 3,153.
56, Brian Voss, Alphretta, Ga., 3,150.
57, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,149.
58, Jimmy Levendosky, Jenison, Mich., 3,144.
59, Scott Pohl, Eagan, Minn., 3,140.
60, Robert Smith, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 3,135.
61, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 3,132.
62, Michael Kaul, Neenah, Wisc., 3,130.
63, (TIE) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., and Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 3,129, $1,100.
65, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,128, $1,000.
66, (TIE) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Wash, and Chris Hayden, Orlando, Fla., 3,121, $1,000.
68, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,118, $1,000.
69, Thomas Elborne, Round Rock, Texas, 3,117, $1,000.
70, Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, 3,116, $1,000.
71, Geoff Wetzler, Vernon, Conn., 3,114, $1,000.
72, Doug Becker, Clermont, Fla., 3,113, $1,000.
73, Steve Elson, Wichita, Kan., 3,105, $1,000.
74, (TIE) Adam Apo, Rochester, Minn., and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,103, $1,000.
76, (TIE) Steve Weber, Chalmette, LA, and Rhino Page, Lawrence, Kan., 3,100, $1,000.
78, (TIE) Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, and Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,098, $1,000.
80, Thomas Sorce, Blasdell, NY, 3,097, $1,000.
81, Michael Fagan, Greenlawn, N.Y., 3,095, $1,000.
82, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,092, $1,000.
83, Michael King, Garfield Heights, Ohio, 3,091, $1,000.
84, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 3,090, $1,000.
85, (TIE) Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,088, $1,000.
87, (TIE) Jim Hansen, Anchorage, Alaska, and Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 3,080, $1,000.
89, Bob Hochrein, Dubuque, Iowa, 3,074, $1,000.
90, Jason Lower, Beaverton, Ore., 3,070, $1,000.
91, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 3,069, $1,000.
92, Bob Porter, Vancouver, Wash., 3,066, $1,000.
93, Paul Kaboskey, New Berlin, Wis., 3,065, $1,000.
94, Peter Dohan Jr., Tampa, Fla., 3,062, $1,000.
95, Edward VanDaniker Jr, Essex, Md, 3,059, $1,000.
96, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan, 3,055, $1,000.
97, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,054, $1,000.
98, Tim Penner, Wichita, Kan., 3,050, $1,000.
99, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 3,048, $1,000.
100, (TIE) Bruce Falcon, Bay City, Mich., and Jerry Brunette Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,044, $800.
102, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,042, $800.
103, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,036, $800.
104, (TIE) Richard Wolfe, Vienna, Va., and Kyle Hartzell, Easton, Pa., 3,035, $800.
106, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,022, $800.
107, Richard Rathjen Jr., Naples, Fla., 3,016, $800.
108, Dan Hogan, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 3,014, $800.
109, Michael Haugen Jr., Cave Creek, Ariz, 3,012, $800. 110, David Tessman, Lake Placid, Fla., 3,004, $800.
111, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 3,003, $800.
112, Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,002, $800.
113, Lawrence McClantoc, Mobile, Ala., 3,001, $800.
114, Stephen Warren, Indian Trail, N.C., 2,999, $800.
115, J.D. Nance, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,998, $800.
116, Matthew Weatherly, Chicago, 2,991, $800.
117, Warren Eales, Phoenix, 2,988, $800.
118, Hubert Register, Philadelphia, 2,982, $800.
119, Tim Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis., 2,979, $800.
120, Greg Thomas, Old Town, Id, 2,974, $800.
121, Scott How, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,972, $800.
122, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 2,968, $800.
123, David Atwood, Sparks, Nev., 2,962, $800.
124, Chris VanAkkeren, Chilton, Wis., 2,952, $800.

300 games – None.
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