November 28, 2006 19:00
At just 21 years old, Edward VanDaniker is proving he has a bright future ahead of him on the Denny’s PBA Tour.
VanDaniker fired a 259 in his final game Wednesday to finish as the overall leader in the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round (TQR) for the 2006 Ace Hardware Championship with a 1,680 seven-game pinfall at Freeway Lanes of Wickliffe.
The Baltimore native made his second Round of 64 this season after finishing third in the TQR for the Motor City Classic.
“I felt like I bowled pretty well, although there were a couple games in the middle of the block where I didn’t bowl as well,” said VanDaniker (Essex, Md.), who became a PBA member in April 2006. “I’m just trying to get out on Tour full time.”
VanDaniker started strong with games of 247 and 266, before games of 215, 211 and 203 dropped him down the standings. He made a late charge to the with a 279 in game six and a 259 in game seven.
Finishing second with 1,638 was Robert Bailey (Doylestown, Ohio), followed by Bruce Falcon (Bay City, Mich.) with 1,578. Paul Ashby (Madison Township, Ohio) finished fourth with 1,574 and Kenneth Kolberg Jr. (Parma Hts., Ohio) was fifth with 1,541. Falcon and Kolberg advanced for the first time in their careers.
Earning the final spot in the Round of 64 was Jim Tomek Jr. (Camp Hill, Pa.), who fired a 227 his final game to finish with 1,533, just six pins ahead of Troy Wollenbecker (Toledo, Ohio). Tomek advanced for the first time this season after advancing six times last season.
Earning a spot in the Round of 64 as the top amateur was
Mark Siders (Westerville, Ohio), who finished 11th overall with 1,487.
Liz Johnson (Cheektowaga, N.Y.), who made history at Freeway Lanes in November 2004 when she became the first woman to advance from the TQR, finished 18th with 1,474.
This week, six PBA members advanced to the Round of 64 as no Commissioner’s Exemption was awarded and exempt bowler Mark Scroggins withdrew.
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 single elimination match play on Friday.
The final four advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 1 p.m. EST. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season.
300 games (1) – Chuck Heath.
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