November 6, 2007 19:00
While it’s only been two weeks, Rhino Page looks to be on a mission to earn an exemption for the 2008-09 Denny’s PBA Tour season as the high non-exempt bowler.
Page qualified second overall in the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round for the second consecutive week, this time finishing as the high PBA member with a 1,738 seven-game pinfall to advance to Thursday’s Round of 64 in the 2007 Etonic Championship at AMF Thruway Lanes.
The Team USA member joined the PBA only a month ago and has made the decision to bowl all the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Rounds this season in hopes of earning an exemption as the high non-exempt bowler in the PBA World Point Rankings at season’s end. He finished second in last week’s qualifier for the 2007 Motor City Classic and ended the week 35th overall in the tournament.
Page got some early practice at AMF Thruway Lanes, winning the Bud Light Challenge this weekend at the center.
“It was good preparation for today. I had never bowled here so it was good to get some practice on the lanes and it was certainly nice to win the tournament to give me some confidence here this week,” Page (Topeka, Kan.) said. “There is a lot to learn out here. These guys are really, really good. I just need to learn how to catch the transitions a lot quicker and have the right equipment. Not only that, but make the right decisions at the right times and make all the right moves.”
Page did just that Wednesday. After getting out of the gates fast with a 277, he struggled with a 216 in game two and a 190 in game three. After throwing his first shot in game four, Page said he got a vibe about a different ball.
“I got off to such a good start but then it kind of got away from me,” Page said. “These guys are so good at trusting themselves and making the right moves. I had a feeling after the first ball of game four and it just came to me to make a ball change. I trusted myself and went with it and that’s when I really started bowling well.”
Page responded with games of 279, 243, 300 and 233 to end the block and earn his second spot in the Round of 64 in as many tries this season. His 300 game was the only perfect game of the day.
Finishing one pin ahead of Page in the overall lead was amateur Rich Ferraro (Webster, N.Y.) with 1,739. The 20-year-old is just the second amateur in the last two seasons to lead the TQR.
Also advancing to Thursday’s Round of 64 was Kenneth Lowe Jr. (Oxon Hill, Md.) who finished third, Bo Goergen (Midland, Mich.) who was fourth, Roger Kossert (Lithia, Fla.) who finished fifth and Edward VanDaniker Jr. (Essex, Md.) who finished seventh. VanDaniker qualified for last week’s Motor City Classic and nearly earned a spot in the championship round, falling to Jeff Lizzi in the Round of 8.
Earning the final two spots for Thursday were Jason Lundquist (Hawley, Pa.) and Frankie Cianella (Stroudsburg, Pa.). The top seven PBA members advanced to the Round of 64 as three exempt bowlers withdrew from the event (Jason Couch, Patrick Healey Jr., Tony Reyes). 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. Additionally, Sunday’s finals feature the title match of the PBA Women’s Series, which runs concurrently with this week’s Denny’s PBA Tour event. The title match will air following the two semifinal matches of the men’s event on Sunday.
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