Weiss, Jewell Share Day One Lead

by PBA Editor May 29, 2007 19:00
For two bowlers who haven’t yet solved the trick of the Denny’s PBA Tour Trials, being cautiously optimistic is the best attitude after the first day in a long week.

Ricky Jewell Jr. and Randy Weiss tied for the lead after the first of five days in the 2007 Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials Wednesday at Stardust Bowl II with 2,166 nine-game pinfall.

The five-day event in which competitors bowl nine games a day, each day on a different PBA oil pattern, is offering seven exemptions for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season.

Weiss (Columbia, S.C.) was exempt in 2005-06 after finishing first in the PBA South Region, while Jewell (Greenville, S.C.) has never earned an exemption. Neither has had great success in two previous tries in the event with Jewell finishing 23rd last season and 48th in 2005 while Weiss finished 46th last season and 15th in 2004.

“The lanes happened to be a little different (from practice) and fortunately I saw it really quickly and happened to pick the right ball,” Weiss said. “It doesn’t mean anything yet. It’s nice to get out of the gate well but there’s a whole lot of bowling yet. It doesn’t mean anything.”

Other than Weiss, the rest of the top seven are each looking for their first career exemptions. Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.) is third, Brian Waliczek (Birch Run, Mich.) is fourth, Jason Sterner (Roswell, Ga.) is fifth and Ray Cyr Jr. (New Hartford, N.Y.) and Edward VanDaniker Jr. (Essex, Md.) are sixth and seventh, respectively.

Last year’s biggest newsmaker, Kelly Kulick, is 19th after the first day after rolling a 1,975. Last season, Kulick became the first woman in history to earn a full-season exemption on the Denny’s PBA Tour when she finished sixth to earn one of 10 exemptions.

Liz Johnson, who became the first female to make the finals of a PBA event in 2005, is 11th with 1,995.

Three bowlers who were exempt in 2006-07 are in the top 20. The 12-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist Del Ballard Jr. (N. Richland Hills, Texas), who finished 10th in last season’s Tour Trials to earn the final exemption, is ninth with 2,006. Brian LeClair (Athens, N.Y.) is 12th with 1,994 while Chris Collins (Savannah, Ga.) is 15th with 1,984.

Just seven exemptions are available this season due to three exempt bowlers deferring their exemptions to 2007-08 due to injuries.

Thursday’s nine-game block will take place on the Shark pattern and gets underway at 9 a.m. CT, followed by nine games on the Scorpion pattern Friday, nine games on Chameleon Saturday and the final nine games on the Cheetah pattern Sunday. The top seven based on 45-game pinfall will earn the final seven of 59 exemptions for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour.


Denny’s PBA Tour
Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials
Stardust Bowl II
Merrillville, Ind.
Wednesday, May 30

ROUND ONE

(Pos., name/hometown and nine-game pinfall. Top 16 cash.)

1, Ricky Jewell Jr., Greenville, S.C., 2,166, $900.
1, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,166, $900.
3, Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla., 2,113, $700.
4, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 2,112, $650.
5, Jason Sterner, Roswell, Ga., 2,094, $600.
6, Ray Cyr Jr., New Hartford, N.Y., 2,050, $550.
7, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,048, $500.
8, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,038, $450.
9, Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 2,006, $410.
10, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 2,003, $380.
11, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,995, $360.
12, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 1,994, $340.
13, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,991, $330.
14, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,985, $320.
15, Chris Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,984, $310.
16, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 1,980, $300.
17, Steve Harman, Camby, Ind., 1,979.
18, Rick Francis, Modesto, Calif., 1,978.
19, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,975.
20, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,974.
21, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 1,969.
22, Rudy Kasimakis, Tupelo, Miss., 1,960.
23, Christopher Lucas, Keller, Texas, 1,959.
23, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 1,959.
25, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,957.
26, Alan Chetister Jr., Jonesboro, Ark., 1,947.
27, Steven Elson, Wichita, Kans, 1,937.
28, Troy Wollenbecker, Toledo, Ohio, 1,935.
29, Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 1,932.
30, Will Jackson, Philadelphia, 1,930.
31, Ed Olszewski III, Griffith, Ind., 1,925.
31, Michael Norris, Melvindale, Mich., 1,925.
33, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,923.
34, Jim Pratt, Youngtown, AZ, 1,919.
35, Aaron Williams, Trenton, N.J., 1,914.
36, Steve Weber, Chalmette, La, 1,912.
36, Bill Machin, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,912.
38, Brian Gunn, Griffith, Ind., 1,906.
39, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 1,905.
40, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,902.
41, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 1,901.
42, John Riffle, Highland, Ind., 1,899.
43, Michael Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 1,896.
44, Humberto Vazquez Morales, Monterrey, Mexico, 1,894.
45, Lewis Sims, Willard, Ohio, 1,893.
46, Robert (Joe) Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 1,878.
47, Steve Wishner, Rye Brook, N.Y., 1,876.
48, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,873.
49, Darryl Carreon, Ft Washington, Md., 1,868.
50, Ike Brownfield, Lowell, Ind., 1,860.
51, Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 1,858.
52, Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, 1,853.
53, Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,852.
53, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,852.
55, Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 1,849.
56, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,839.
57, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,838.
58, Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 1,833.
59, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 1,829.
60, Shawn Boyd, Southampton, Pa., 1,825.
61, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 1,821.
62, Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,818.
63, Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 1,817.
64, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 1,815.
64, Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 1,815.
64, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 1,815.
67, Travis Loeffler, Manchester, Tenn., 1,813.
67, Alex Cavagnaro, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,813.
67, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,813.
70, DJ Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,812.
70, Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,812.
72, Paul Gibson, Bunswick, Ohio, 1,807.
73, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, Fla., 1,805.
74, Stoney Brown, Vancouver, Wash, 1,801.
74, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,801.
76, Will Hoge, Sand Spring, Okla., 1,799.
77, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,798.
78, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,797.
79, J.T. Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 1,788.
80, Michael Austin, Houston, 1,774.
81, Thomas Ochs, Salisbury, N.C., 1,770.
82, Sean Lepper, Glen Burnie, Md., 1,762.
83, John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 1,755.
83, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,755.
85, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,738.
86, Marty Kirsten Jr., Newfoundland, Pa., 1,736.
87, George Patel, Essex, England, 1,721.
88, Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore, 1,710.
89, Pat Nolan, Vancouver, Wash, 1,705.
90, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,702.
91, Alex Medveditskov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1,683.
92, Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa, 1,678.
93, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 1,671.
94, Doug Gassman Jr., Dwight, Ill, 1,656.
95, Art Swain, Jr., Philadelphia, 1,629.
96, Jeffrey Scott, Rochester, N.Y., 1,612.
97, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,610.
98, Rick Bell, Clinton, Utah, 1,592.
99, Joe Long, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,591.
100, Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 1,574.

300 games (3) – Andrew Cain, P.J. Haggerty, Brian Waliczek.
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