February 20, 2007 19:00
Another week, another record for Dino Castillo.
Castillo led Wednesday’s Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round for the 2007 Bayer Classic with a 1,802 seven-game pinfall at Emerson Lanes. Castillo has led the qualifier in three of the last four weeks, becoming the first bowler in the short history of the TQR to lead three times in a season.
The Carrollton, Texas, resident qualified for the eighth time overall this season, tying the record for most times qualifying in a single season.
Currently 41st in the PBA World Point Rankings, Castillo is looking to earn an exemption for 2007-08 by finishing in the top 40 in points. Should he finish outside the top 40, Castillo would earn his exemption as the high non-exempt bowler in the rankings. With a 25,000 lead over the next non-exempt bowler, those below him are pulling for a top-40 finish.
“For those six or seven of us who have been out here all season, it’d be nice if I can get in the top 40 and help one of those guys out,” Castillo said. “There are still three events after this week though including two Majors so there’s still a lot of work to do. Either way it’d be an honor to gain that spot for next year.”
Castillo dominated on Wednesday, leading the field by 120 pins with his 257.43 average. He started with games of 256 and 248 before firing his fourth 300 game of the season in game three. Two games later Castillo was nearly perfect again with a 298.
“I had a bad week last week and after a long streak of some good bowling I really felt like I let myself down last week,” said Castillo, who missed the cut last week for the first time in five events. “I went into this week telling myself not to let that get to me and I just bowled unbelievable.”
Finishing second with 1,682 was Andrew Cain (Scottsdale, Ariz.) who earlier this season made the championship round of the 2007 Dick Weber Open in his first career event as a PBA member.
Nathan Bohr (Wichita, Kan.) who finished sixth in last week’s 2007 Go RVing Classic, finished third with 1,666.
Also advancing were Malcom Sanders (Taylors, S.C.), Mike Mineman (Belleville, Ill.), Dave D’Entremont (Middleburg Heights, Ohio), Fred Carroll Jr. (Yorktown, Va.) and amateur Donald Hipkiss Jr. (Mingo Junction, Ohio). This week, the top seven PBA members and top amateur out of the record 114-bowler field advanced as exempt bowlers Jason Hurd and Amleto Monacelli withdrew.
Thursday’s Round of 64 features two seven-game qualifying blocks, the first of which gets underway at 11 a.m. EST. The top 32 advance to Friday’s single elimination match play.
The final four bowlers after match play advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised finals at 12:30 p.m. EST. The winner will take home $25,000 and an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season.
b>300 Games (1) - Dino Castillo
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