February 13, 2007 19:00
With an exemption all but wrapped up for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season through the PBA East Region, Jim Tomek Jr. has been able to fine tune his game.
Tomek’s hard work has paid off as he led Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round for the 2007 Go RVing Classic at Thunderbowl with a 1,634 seven-game pinfall.
With a nearly insurmountable lead, Tomek will most likely earn one of seven exemptions given from the PBA Regional Tour for next season. Tomek has struggled in the Qualifying Rounds this season, however, as this week marks just the second time he’s qualified for the Round of 64.
“I’ve been struggling a little on Wednesdays this year. I’ve been practicing a lot though, especially in this second half, to get things straightened out for next year,” said Tomek (Camp Hill, Pa.), who credited a looser arm swing to his success Wednesday. “It’s a good opportunity to learn. Sometimes things work like they did today, but sometimes they don’t. Today I felt good all the way around: mentally, physically and I made good choices.”
Tomek has also had the opportunity this season to devote his time to helping his girlfriend, Kelly Kulick, who has endured a difficult season as the first woman to earn a full-season exemption on the Tour.
“There are some things Kelly and I have both been working on this season,” added Tomek. “It hurts to see her struggle, but it’s not by lack of effort. We have a lot of minds working on it. There isn’t anyone out here who doesn’t want to see her do well. We feel like two heads are better than one so hopefully it’s not too late.”
Finishing second was Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.), with 1,617, while six-time titlist Dave D’Entremont (Middleburg Heights, Ohio) finished third with 1,584. Also qualifying were Chad Kloss (Greenfield, Wis.), Craig LeMond (Jasper, Ind.) and Nathan Bohr (Wichita, Kan.). Bohr advanced by winning a one-game roll-off over D.J. Archer (Mineral Wells, Texas), 191-171, after the two tied with 1,534 after seven games.
Advancing as the top amateur was Joshua Edenburn (Council Bluffs, Iowa), who finished fifth overall.
Thursday’s Round of 64 features two seven-game qualifying blocks, the first of which gets underway at 11 a.m. CST. The top 32 advance to Friday’s round robin match play.
The top five bowlers after match play advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 11:30 a.m. CST. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season.
300 Games (1) - Brian Kjergaard.
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