December 7, 2006 19:00
With Chris Collins withdrawing from next week’s Columbia 300 Classic, a record NINE PBA member spots will be available from next Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round at AMF Babylon Lanes.
Five exempt bowlers have now withdrawn from the event, giving nine PBA members as well as one amateur a spot in the Columbia 300 Classic Round of 64. There’s never been a better time to enter a Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round. Entries will be taken until the field of 140 is full or until 9 a.m. EST Wednesday morning.
Locals Putting on a Show
Tim Criss and Danny Wiseman, bowling in front of their home crowd for the first time in 10 years, each put on a show Thursday night to make Friday’s Round of 32.
Criss became the second bowler this season to bowl back-to-back 300 games, joining Ryan Shafer who accomplished the feat in the Discover® Card Windy City Classic in Vernon Hills. Criss fired consecutive 300s in games five and six of the first squad to give him enough cushion to earn a spot in match play. Unfortunately, his run ended in the Round of 32 with a 4-0 loss to Riga Kalfas.
Wiseman, meanwhile, kept the dream alive of winning his second title in his hometown, finishing 14th in the Round of 64 to advance to match play where he won his first match over Brad Angelo, 4-2.
Delutz Returns to Form
The last two years have been a struggle for Tommy Delutz Jr., enduring a year layoff after wrist surgery and a lackluster 2005-06 season which saw him not clinch an exemption until the final week of the season.
Delutz appears to be returning to the form that helped him win two titles and make 21 championship round appearances. After missing the first two weeks of the season with elbow and back injuries, Delutz has made match play in all four events he’s bowled in, making the top 10 in the last three.
It’s been almost three years since his last TV appearance, but Delutz is getting closer. He made the Round of 8 in the Lake County Indiana Classic where he fell to Mika Koivuniemi, then finished eighth in the Discover® Card Windy City Classic round robin event. He just missed a third consecutive top-eight finish, falling in the Round of 16 last week to Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4-3, but finishing ninth.
Delutz looks for another top 10 finish this week. He’ll take on Brian Kretzer in the Round of 16.
DeVaney Lights it Up
Mike DeVaney was on fire in the second block Thursday night, averaging 254.12 in the final seven games to move up from 13th to second. DeVaney’s 1,779 was the highest seven-game block of the season.
DeVaney’s luck ran out Friday morning, however, as he dropped his Round of 32 match to Brian Kretzer, 4-2.
Lefties Duke it Out
Two of the eight lefties who made the Round of 32 faced off in an exciting match Friday morning, with both bowlers searching for their first ever match win. Rookies David Tessman and Billy Oatman battled each other in a high-scoring match, with Tessman coming out victorious, 4-2.
Tessman was on fire the first three games, averaging 268.33 to jump out to a 3-0 lead which included a 269-268 win in game three. Oatman fought back, squeaking out a one-pin win of his own in game four, 259-258, before firing his first 300 game as an exempt bowler to take game five. Tessman denied Oatman his first win in game six, however, winning the lowest scoring game of the match, 235-222.
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