Ballard on Top

by PBA Editor November 8, 2006 19:00
Despite finishing the first round of qualifying in the Etonic Championship at AMF Thruway Lanes, with a 215, Del Ballard Jr. was surprised to find himself in first place, especially with the top five spots only being separated by five pins.

The 215 gave Ballard a seven-game total of 1,565 in the first session of Thursday’s Round of 64, topping second-place Tommy Delutz Jr., who is bowling in his first action of the season, by one pin.

“I’m surprised to be in first, but I’m not surprised that I bowled so well,” said Ballard (North Richland Hills, Texas). “I had a nice 30 minute conversation with my sports shrink last night and just decided to bowl like I deserve to be here.”

Ballard posted five scores above the 200 mark, opening with a 247 before firing his high game, 269, in the third game.

Ballard started the day throwing an Ebonite Infinite One before switching to a Storm Passion for his final three games.

Delutz (Flushing, N.Y.), who missed the first two events of the season with an elbow injury, ended the round with games of 266, 231 and 252.

The two finalists from last week’s Motor City Classic, Wes Malott and Tony Reyes, sit third and fourth, respectively.

Malott (Argyle, Texas) sits in the third position with a 1,561.

Reyes (San Bruno, Calif.), who won his first career title last week, finished in the fourth spot with a 1,560 after bowling a 171 in his seventh game. Reyes had a 299 in his first game.

Michael Fagan (Greenlawn, N.Y.) rounded out the top five with a 1,560, bowling a 256 in his final game.

All 64 bowlers return at 6 p.m. EST for another seven games. The top 32 from today’s rounds advance to Friday’s match play.

The top four bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised stepladder finals at 1 p.m. EST at AMF Thruway Lanes. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.

- Norm Duke withdrew in the middle of the first game with back spasms.

- While Tommy Delutz Jr. returned after missing the first two weeks, Robert Smith withdrew for the second consecutive week with a hip injury.

- After firing the 17th nationally televised 300 game in PBA Tour history Sunday, Tony Reyes continued his hot streak Thursday morning. He shot a 299 in game one, only leaving a 10-pin on his final shot. Reyes' last four games at that point were a 299 in Friday's round robin position round match, a 300 and a 255 in the finals, and a 299 today.

- Doug Kent (Newark, N.Y.), who like Reyes has a looser arm swing these days after winning the 2006 USBC Masters, had the morning's only 300 game.

Denny’s PBA Tour
2006 Etonic Championship
AMF Thruway Lanes
Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Thursday, November 9

(Pos., name/hometown and five-game pinfall.)

1, Del Ballard Jr, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 1,565.
2, Tommy Delutz Jr, Flushing, N.Y., 1,564.
3, Wes Malott, Dallas, 1,561.
4, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 1,560.
5, Michael Fagan, Greenlawn, N.Y., 1,559.
6, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,554.
7, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,548.
7, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,548.
9, Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 1,540.
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,538.
11, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan, 1,534.
12, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,530.
13, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore, 1,523.
14, Mike DeVaney, Temecula, 1,521.
15, Patrick Healey Jr, Flower Mound, Texas., 1,516.
16, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,509.
17, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,508.
18, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,506.
19, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,504.
20, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 1,503.
21, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 1,477.
22, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,475.
23, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,460.
24, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,456.
25, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,446.
26, Troy Wollenbecker, Toledo, OH, 1,445.
27, Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., 1,443.
28, Bill O'Neill, Levittown, Pa., 1,438.
29, Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 1,434.
30, Michael Haugen Jr, Cave Creek, Ariz., 1,430.
30, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,430.
32, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 1,429.
33, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,428.
33, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,428.
33, Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 1,428.
36, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,427.
37, Richard Wolfe, Vienna, Va., 1,422.
38, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,420.
39, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,412.
40, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,411.
41, Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 1,405.
42, Walter Ray Williams Jr, Ocala, Fla., 1,402.
42, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,402.
44, William Stoddard, Rochester, NY, 1,398.
45, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 1,394.
46, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,393.
47, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, WI, 1,389.
48, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,388.
49, Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,384.
50, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,379.
50, Rudy Kasimakis, Tupelo, Miss., 1,379.
52, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,377.
53, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,376.
54, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,372.
55, Chris Hayden, Orlando, Fla., 1,352.
56, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,340.
57, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,339.
58, David Tessman, Lake Placid, Fla., 1,326.
59, Riga Kalfas, Florence, Ky., 1,296.
60, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,295.
61, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,293.
62, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,267.
63, Mark Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,180.
64, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 0.

300 games (1) – Doug Kent
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