Strong Start for Haggerty

by PBA Editor October 30, 2007 19:00
When the USBC announced a few weeks ago that PBA stars would be eligible to compete for Team USA, a handful of amateur bowlers decided to join the PBA.

The decision paid off for two of those bowlers, P.J. Haggerty (Clovis, Calif.) and Rhino Page (Topeka, Kan.), who finished 1-2 in the standings in Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round at Taylor Lanes and advanced to the Round of 64 in the 2007 Motor City Classic.

Thinking their chances of re-qualifying for Team USA in 2008 were smaller once Patrick Allen, Chris Barnes, Parker Bohn III, Tommy Jones, Sean Rash and Walter Ray Williams Jr. – who have a combined 103 career Denny’s PBA Tour titles – joined the team, Haggerty and Page both got their cards knowing the PBA was their ultimate goal.

The move has paid off so far as Haggerty finished first with a 1,597 seven-game pinfall and Page finished second with 1,589 to advance to their first standard Denny’s PBA Tour events. Both will bowl the entire 2007-08 season and chase the exemption offered to the high non-exempt bowler in the PBA World Point Rankings at season’s end.

“I bowled one qualifying round in Reno last year and didn’t make it and then the next week I qualified for Team USA,” Haggerty said. “I had only been on the team for four months when I heard the decision might be made to allow PBA pros to bowl for Team USA. I took the risk and got my card and it worked out because the decision went through. Ultimately (bowling on the PBA Tour) was what I wanted to do anyway.”

A man who is 15 years older than Haggerty and Page combined sits third as 10-time PBA Senior Tour champion Dale Eagle (Tavares, Fla.) finished with 1,586. The 61 year old, who finished just behind the 22-year-old Haggerty and the 24-year-old Page, used three games of 245 or better to make the cut.

Denny’s PBA Tour champion Jeff Lizzi (Sandusky, Ohio) finished fifth with 1,568 while Brian Hatcher (Roseville, Mich.), Corey Miller (Grand Blanc, Mich.) and Edward VanDaniker Jr. (Essex, Md.) finished sixth-through-eighth to earn the final PBA member spots for Thursday’s Round of 64. Dan MacLelland (Canada) finished fourth overall and qualified as the high amateur.

The top seven PBA members advanced to the Round of 64 as three exempt bowlers withdrew from the event. Thursday’s Round of 64, which features two seven-game qualifying blocks, gets underway at 10 a.m. EST. The top 32 will advance to match play on Friday.

The top four after Friday’s match play will advance to Sunday’s championship round live on ESPN at 1 p.m. The winner receives $25,000 an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour. Additionally, Sunday’s finals features the first-ever title match for the new PBA Women’s Series, which gets underway Thursday.

Denny’s PBA Tour
2007 Motor City Classic
Taylor Lanes
Taylor, Mich.
Wednesday, Oct. 31

DENNY’S PBA TOUR QUALIFYING ROUND

(Pos., name/hometown and seven-game pinfall. Top seven PBA members and top amateur advance. Places 9-19 cash)

1, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,597.
2, Rhino Page, Topeka, Kansas, 1,589.
3, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,586.
4, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,573.
5, Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 1,568.
6, Brian Hatcher, Roseville, Mich., 1,565.
7, Corey Miller, Grand Blanc, Mich., 1,564.
8, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,561.
9, Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill, 1,547, $1,000.
10, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 1,531, $800.
11, Timothy Behrendt, St Louis, 1,522, $600.
12, Kerry Kreft, Hazel Park, Mich., 1,520, $500.
13, Kenneth Lowe Jr., Oxon Hill, MD, 1,486, $400.
14, Paul Gibson, Bunswick, Ohio, 1,482, $380.
15, Alex Cavagnaro, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,481, $360.
16, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 1,479, $340.
17, Marc Grosinsky, Flint, Mich., 1,474, $315.
17, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,474, $315.
19, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,465, $300.
20, Donald Hogue, Akron, Ohio, 1,458.
21, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,457.
21, Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 1,457.
21, Jeffrey Peoples, Clinton Township, Mich., 1,457.
24, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,450.
25, DJ Archer, Mineral Wells, TX, 1,448.
26, Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 1,447.
27, Jen Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1,446.
28, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,443.
29, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 1,441.
30, Paul Koehler, Roseville, Mich., 1,434.
31, Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, 1,427.
32, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,422.
33, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 1,415.
34, Tom Sibiski, Kingsville, Md., 1,410.
34, Justin Reitz, Rossford, Ohio, 1,410.
36, Jerry Kessler, New Carlisle, Ohio, 1,400.
37, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,385.
38, Ron Schoenbachler, Indianapolis, 1,383.
39, Brian Lake, Warren, Mich., 1,377.
40, Bruce Falcon, Bay City, Mich., 1,375.
41, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,374.
41, Ryan VanHecke, Sterling Heights, Mich., 1,374.
43, John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,371.
44, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,364.
45, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,361.
45, Michael Camerano, Chicago, 1,361.
47, Terrance Bright, Canton, Mich., 1,358.
48, Micah Gibbons, Springfield, Mo, 1,355.
49, Scott Christie, Southgate, Mich., 1,350.
50, Jeffery Hicks, Taylor, Mich., 1,343.
51, Bill Oravecz, Mentor, Ohio, 1,334.
52, Andrew Horodecki, Jackson, Mich., 1,333.
53, Paul Christopher, Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,328.
54, Mike Nadolski, Westland, Mich., 1,312.
55, Humberto Vazquez, , 1,311.
56, Ed Campbell, Rochester Hills, Mich., 1,309.
57, Gary Zwiezinski, Elyria, Ohio, 1,303.
58, Justin Jeffery, Lincoln Park, Mich., 1,302.
59, Pat Desjardins, Canada, 1,301.
60, Mark Evans, Ionia, Mich., 1,292.
61, John Putman, Toledo, Ohio, 1,289.
62, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 1,284.
63, Bill Crane III, Noblesville, Ind., 1,274.
64, Chris Brady, Flint, Mich., 1,268.
65, W. Terry Smith, Sturgis, Mich., 1,267.
66, Richard Pribula, Macomb, Mich., 1,262.
67, Derek Hively, Tecumseh, Mich., 1,239.
68, Jeffrey Scott, Rochester, N.Y., 1,210.
69, Dusty Oskey, Flint, Mich., 1,193.
70, Daniel Kelsey, Novi, Mich., 1,183.
71, Paul Hamblen JR, Westland, Mich., 1,143.
72, Anthony Moses, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 1,139.
73, Shawn Klanseck, Swartz Creek, Mich., 1,133.
74, Shaun Bens, Taylor, Mich., 1,098.
75, Erik Dashner, Toledo, Ohio, 1,045.
76, Robert Flunder IV, Toledo, Ohio, 825.

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