November 22, 2006 19:00
In a place he admits he has always bowled well in, Danny Wiseman leads the first round of qualifying in the Discover® Card Windy City Classic at Hawthorn Lanes.
The 11-time Denny’s Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour titlist opened up his seven-game block with games of 279 and 276 before jumping past Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.) in the final game with a 258. He finished with a 1,768 seven-game pinfall.
“I tend to bowl well in this center, especially when I won here during the 2002-03 Tour,” said Wiseman (Baltimore, Md.). “I tried something different that I haven’t done all year. When I see something out there, I used to drill a ball from what I saw. I hadn’t been doing that and I did it this week. I actually drilled three balls and two of them worked. I used a MoRich Awesome Revs for the first five games and my last pair hooked a little so I switched to a Storm Spitfire.”
Bohn, who led the field going into the seventh game, slipped with a 203 in the block’s finale to finish third with a total pinfall of 1,749, 19 pins behind Wiseman.
Wes Malott (Argyle, Texas) ended the first round with a 257, giving him 1,753 and a second-place finish.
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, who advanced through the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round, fired a 300 in her sixth game, becoming the first ever woman to throw a perfect game in a standard Tour event, not counting the Tour Qualifying Round.
All 64 bowlers return at 6 p.m. CST for another seven games. The top 32 from today’s rounds advance to Friday’s match play.
The top five bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at Noon CST at Hawthorn Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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