November 21, 2006 19:00
David Beres is just one big tournament away from earning an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour via the PBA Regional Tour. The only problem is the tournament isn’t until March.
In the meantime, Beres is honing his skills through the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round (TQR), and he led the field in Wednesday’s TQR with a 1,729 seven-game pinfall to earn a spot in the 2006 Discover® Card Windy City Classic at Hawthorn Lanes.
The 2005 Regional Players Championship winner is currently third in a very tight points race in the 2006-07 PBA Midwest Region. The leader at the end of the season earns an exemption on the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour. Beres trails David Traber by just 4,399 points and second-place Jason Wojnar by 3,717. The region is off until March, when one final event will determine the exemption.
“It’s the same as last year, it’s just three bowlers instead of two,” said Beres (Waukesha, Wis.), who finished second last season to Jeff Carter in a race that went down to the last event. “After finishing second last year I had to go for it again. I bowled well last year and being in the race the whole time gave me a lot of confidence. But if I don’t make it this year, I’ll try again. (Being on Tour) is what we all dreamed about as kids.”
Finishing second was Ryan Abel (Wichita, Kan.), who earned a spot as the high amateur in the field with 1,716. Also qualifying were Chris Sand (Chesterfield, Mich.), Jimmy Levendosky (Hudsonville, Mich.), Greg Thompson Jr. (Dayton, Ohio) and Ronnie Russell (Indianapolis), who finished third thru sixth, respectively.
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (N. Richland Hills, Texas) earned the sixth and final PBA member spot into the Round of 64 with 1,669, becoming the fourth woman in the last three weeks to earn a spot through the Qualifying Round. Liz Johnson (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) and Michelle Feldman (Skaneateles, N.Y.) qualified for the Etonic Championship two weeks ago while Jen Petrick (Canton, Ohio) qualified as the high amateur for last week’s Lake County Indiana Classic.
Overall, six different women have now qualified through the TQR since the Tour opened up to women in the 2004-05 season. Dorin-Ballard’s sister, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, also qualified last season, and Kelly Kulick – who has a season-long exemption – qualified for a single event last season.
Thursday’s Round of 64 features two seven-game qualifying blocks, the first of which gets underway at 11 a.m. CST. The top 32 will advance to round robin match play on Friday.
The five-bowler stepladder finals take place Sunday, Nov. 26 at Noon live on ESPN. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season.
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