January 17, 2007 19:00
In a sea of left-handed bowlers, right-handed Tommy Delutz Jr. is quietly emerging as a threat to win the thus-far left-handed dominated 2007 Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl.
Delutz went 6-2 in the first round of match play Thursday night to move up to fifth place with a 5,541 23-game pinfall. Pinfall totals from qualifying carry over into round-robin match play where bowlers earn 30 bonus pins for each win and 15 for each tie.
The two-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist was the highest right-hander after the 15 games of qualifying, sitting 10th in the standings. His six wins and 244.25 average over the eight games Thursday night moved him into the top five, which if it holds up would get him into Sunday’s finals.
“I’m just trying to play that little strip I’m comfortable with in the middle of the lane. When you have a center this big there are three different sections that play differently and I took good notes crossing through qualify. A lot of my guesses tonight were pretty good. I didn’t waste four frames trying to line up,” Delutz (Flushing, N.Y.) said. “Match play really has to do with luck of the draw. If I keep popping 220s and 240s I’m going to win a lot of games. The scores aren’t that high except for guys who have tremendous looks.”
Four bowlers – all left-handed – who have tremendous looks are Jason Couch (Clermont, Fla.), Patrick Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), Parker Bohn III (Jackson, N.J.) and Mike Scroggins (Amarillo, Texas), who sit first through fourth in the standings heading into Friday. Couch maintained his lead from qualifying with a 6-2 record, while Allen went 7-1 to move into second, the best record among the 24 bowlers remaining.
All 24 bowlers return Friday for the final 16 games of match play which will be broken into two eight-game blocks. The first eight games get underway at 11 a.m. PST.
The top five will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 10 a.m. PST. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season.
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