November 14, 2006 19:00
Jen Petrick became the fifth woman to advance to a Denny’s PBA Tour standard event as she finished as the high amateur in Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round (TQR) for the 2006 Lake County Indiana Classic at Stardust Bowl I.
The PBA opened its membership to women after the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) folded in 2004. Since the 2004-05 season when the PBA first started allowing women to qualify for Tour events, five women – Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Michelle Feldman, Liz Johnson, Kelly Kulick and Petrick – have qualified for standard events through the weekly TQRs.
A three-time Team USA member, Petrick (Canton, Ohio) finished 15th overall with a 1,551 seven-game pinfall. The top amateur and top six PBA members advanced to Thursday’s Round of 64. Normally the top four PBA members advance, but exempt bowlers Amleto Monacelli and Robert Smith withdrew from this week’s event.
Petrick came on strong in the middle games of the block, firing a 247 in game four, a 237 in game five and a 247 in game six to lead the closest amateur, Rick Hara (Skokie, Ill.), by 47 pins.
Leading the field with 1,627 was Walter Schaub II (Schaumberg, Ill.), followed by four-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist David Traber (Hebron, Ill.) with 1,619.
“I had a 267 the first game and a 239 the last game but other than that I really didn’t string a lot of strikes together,” Schaub said. “I just tried to keep it in a zone and not move off that spot. I’ve been in the position before where I’ve been in the cut and I’ve bowled a bad game to drop out of the cut so I didn’t want to do anything drastic.”
Jeff Lizzi (Sandusky, Ohio) finished third with 1,615 to qualify for the second time this season, while Steve Rogers (Bourbonnais, Ill.) finished fourth with 1,599.
Rounding out the group of qualifiers was Troy Wollenbecker (Toledo, Ohio), who bowled a 239 the final game to make the cut, and Dino Castillo (Carrollton, Texas), who averaged 249 over the final three games to advance. Both are making their second consecutive Round of 64 appearance.
Thursday’s Round of 64 features two seven-game qualifying blocks, the first of which gets underway at 11 a.m. EST. The top 32 will advance to match play on Friday.
The final four will bowl for the $25,000 top prize and an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season Sunday, Nov. 19. The live ESPN televised finals get underway at 1 p.m. EST.
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