On Top Again

by PBA Editor February 14, 2007 19:00
With only six events remaining on the 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour, Jason Couch continues to make a case for himself as the Tour’s top bowler.

The 37-year old, who won back-to-back titles in January, will take the No. 1 seed into match play in the 2007 Go RVing Classic at Thunderbowl, finishing Thursday’s Round of 64 with a 3,441, 14-game pinfall.

“Last time we bowled on the chameleon oil pattern was in Reno, so I’m using the exact same equipment as I did there,” said Couch, who finished third in the 2007 H&R Block Classic in Reno. “It’s just a matter of figuring out the lanes and matching up. I thought the lanes were a little tighter in the second block so I used a more aggressive ball.”

Couch (Clermont, Fla.) can lay claim to the “King of Council Bluffs Qualifying” moniker after leading both blocks of the Round of 64 in last season’s 2005 Greater Omaha Classic, before being eliminated in the first round of match play.

Riga Kalfas (Florence, Ky.) is second with 3,376 edging Floridian Patrick Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.), who is third with 3,335. Allen showed his ability to consistently post high scores, topping the 225 mark in 11 of his 14 games.

Two bowlers from Wichita, Kan., round out the top five as Rick Steelsmith and Nathan Bohr sit in fourth and fifth with 3,321 and 3,284, respectively.

David Tessman (Lake Placid, Fla.) topped David Traber (Hebron, Ill.), 245-213, in a one-game roll off for the 32nd and final spot for tomorrow’s match play.

The top 32 bowlers advance to Friday’s round-robin match play beginning at 11 a.m. with the top 16 after the first nine-game block advancing to a second nine-game block at 6 p.m.

The top five bowlers will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 11:30 a.m. CST at Thunderbowl. The winner will take home $25,000 and a one-season Denny’s PBA Tour exemption.
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