November 20, 2007 19:00
Lennie Boresch Jr. led a record-tying group of 12 qualifiers into Thursday’s Round of 64 in the 2007 CLR Windy City Classic at Hawthorn Lanes, leading Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round with a 1,678 seven-game pinfall.
Boresch, who started this season strong with a 15th-place finish out of 486 bowlers in the 2007 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters, will look to draw on his past success at Hawthorn Lanes, where he won a PBA Regional Tour event in 1995.
The Kenosha, Wis., resident came out of the gates slow on Wednesday with a 185 in game one, which turned out to be his low score of the day by a big margin. He turned it on over the next four games with scores of 248, 268, 258 and 266 and never looked back, finishing with a 227 to take the overall lead.
“I’ve always had good luck here for whatever reason,” Boresch, 45, said. “Being in a center where you feel comfortable just makes you a little more relaxed and I can really carry the corners here. My ball just seems to carry here better and that gives you a little more confidence as you go along.”
Boresch advanced from a Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round for just second time in his career. The only other time came in the 2005 Chicago Classic at Hawthorn Lanes, where he finished 46th overall in the event.
Finishing second was Derek Sapp (Keokuk, Iowa), who qualified for the second consecutive week with 1,655. Tom Daugherty (Tampa, Fla.) finished third with 1,636. Non PBA-member Gregory Kuehnl (Saginaw, Mich.) finished fourth with 1,621 and earned a spot as the high amateur. Ken Abner (Cincinnati) finished fifth.
One of the best stories of the day was Hawthorn Lanes proprietor and three-time Denny’s PBA Tour champion Bill Spigner, who finished sixth with 1,602 to advance through the TQR for the first time in his career. The 58-year-old Spigner, who now competes on the PBA Senior Tour, won his last Denny’s PBA Tour title in the 1981 City of Roses Open in Portland, Ore.
Earning the final spots in the Round of 64 were John Slavich IV (Schaumburg, Ill.) who finished eighth, Steve Rogers (Bourbonnais, Ill.) who finished ninth, Mark Raymond Jr. (Vernon Hills, Ill.) who was 11th, Brian Hatcher (Roseville, Mich.), who ended the day 12th and Chris Wade (O'Fallon, Mo.) and Christopher Glaz (Elmwood Park, Ill.), who were 13th and 14th, respectively.
For the second consecutive week, a record 11 PBA members advanced to the Round of 64 as seven exempt bowlers withdrew from the event (Jeff Carter, Jason Couch, Tim Criss, Norm Duke, Patrick Healey Jr., Doug Kent and Tony Reyes). Thursday’s Round of 64, which features two seven-game qualifying blocks, gets underway at 11 a.m. CST. The top 32 men will advance to round robin match play on Friday.
The top five bowlers after Friday’s match play will advance to Sunday’s championship round live on ESPN at Noon CST.
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