First Place...Book It

by PBA Editor May 30, 2007 19:00
Sometimes being in the dark can be a good thing, as Todd Book proved Thursday.

Book, who had never seen the Shark oil pattern in competition prior to Thursday, averaged 217.56 over his nine games on the difficult pattern to take the lead after two days in the 2007 Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials at Stardust Bowl II with a 4,071 18-game pinfall.

The trials, which offers seven exemptions for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour season, features a different PBA oil pattern each of the five days of competition. Bowlers get an hour of official practice on a pattern the night before it’s used, and Book took advantage of the time he was given.

“I had never seen the pattern before last night, in fact I hadn’t seen the pattern from Tuesday night either,” Book (Cantonment, Fla.) said of the Viper pattern used the first day which he averaged 234.78 on. “After the one-hour practice session last night I stayed an extra two hours and practiced on it some more.”

The 35-year-old Book just became a PBA member in 2006 and has bowled in five Denny’s PBA Tour events. His best career finish came recently in the 2007 Denny’s World Championship, where he finished 14th.

“The key out here is making your spares. I only missed two today and with this tournament the key is to get as many pins as you can,” Book said. “I’ve just been bowling non-stop lately, even after I’ve bowled 780 in league, I’ll stay an extra hour and only use my plastic ball and just work on spares. That’s the most important thing.”

Book never got into serious trouble Thursday with his lowest games in the 190s. He had a high game of 277 in the sixth game of the day, which helped him take another step toward his first career exemption.

Young gun Edward VanDaniker Jr. (Essex, Md.), a 21-year-old who finished third in the 2006-07 PBA Rookie of the Year voting, is second with 4,012. Steve Harman (Camby, Ind.) is third with 3,968 while Chris Collins (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Brian Waliczek (Birch Run, Mich.) are fourth and fifth, respectively.

Rounding out the top seven are former exempt bowler Rudy Kasimakis (Tupelo, Miss.) and Wednesday’s leader Ricky Jewell Jr. (Greenville, S.C.).

Knocking on the door are two women who have made history recently on the Denny’s PBA Tour. Liz Johnson (Cheektowaga, N.Y.), the first woman to make the finals of a Tour event, is ninth with 3,938. Kelly Kulick (Union, N.J.), who became the first woman to earn a full-season exemption at last year’s Tour Trials, is 12th with 3,918.

Friday’s nine-game block will take place on the Scorpion pattern starting at 9 a.m. CT, followed by nine games on Chameleon Saturday. The final nine games will take place on the Cheetah pattern Sunday with the top seven based on 45-game pinfall earning 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.
Thursday, May 31

ROUND TWO

(Pos., name/hometown and 18-game pinfall. Top 16 bowlers based on Thursday’s scores cash.)

1, Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla., 4,071, $1,025.
2, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 4,012, $880.
3, Steve Harman, Camby, Ind., 3,968, $550.
4, Chris Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 3,967, $810.
5, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3,956, $650.
6, Rudy Kasimakis, Tupelo, Miss., 3,951, $600.
7, Ricky Jewell Jr., Greenville, S.C., 3,942, $900.
8, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,941, $635.
9, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,938, $360.
10, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,934, $700.
11, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,920, $340.
12, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,918.
13, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 3,917, $300.
14, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 3,897, $1,000.
15, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 3,885, $380.
16, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 3,880, $450.
16, Ray Cyr Jr., New Hartford, N.Y., 3,880, $550.
18, Christopher Lucas, Keller, Texas, 3,878.
19, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 3,866, $450.
20, Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 3,863, $800.
20, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,863, $900.
22, John Riffle, Highland, Ind., 3,858, $350.
23, Rick Francis, Modesto, Calif., 3,854.
23, Jason Sterner, Roswell, Ga., 3,854, $600.
25, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,849.
26, Steven Elson, Wichita, Kans, 3,816.
27, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 3,813, $650.
28, Troy Wollenbecker, Toledo, Ohio, 3,812.
29, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 3,810.
30, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 3,800, $300.
31, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,798, $350.
32, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,796, $325.
33, Jim Pratt, Youngtown, AZ, 3,790.
34, Robert (Joe) Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 3,782.
35, Alan Chetister Jr., Jonesboro, Ark., 3,778.
36, Brian Gunn, Griffith, Ind., 3,767.
37, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,763.
38, Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, 3,759.
39, Will Jackson, Philadelphia, 3,756.
40, Alex Cavagnaro, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 3,748.
41, Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 3,747, $410.
42, Ed Olszewski III, Griffith, Ind., 3,741.
43, Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 3,738.
44, Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 3,735.
45, Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 3,734.
46, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,733.
47, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,731, $320.
48, Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,730.
49, Darryl Carreon, Ft Washington, Md., 3,723.
50, Michael Norris, Melvindale, Mich., 3,718.
50, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 3,718.
52, Shawn Boyd, Southampton, Pa., 3,714.
53, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 3,711, $410.
54, Paul Gibson, Bunswick, Ohio, 3,710.
55, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 3,709.
56, Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 3,695.
56, Lewis Sims, Willard, Ohio, 3,695.
58, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 3,692.
59, Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,677.
59, Steve Weber, Chalmette, La, 3,677.
61, Travis Loeffler, Manchester, Tenn., 3,664.
62, Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 3,658.
63, DJ Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 3,643.
64, Steve Wishner, Rye Brook, N.Y., 3,618.
65, Stoney Brown, Vancouver, Wash, 3,612.
66, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 3,609.
67, Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 3,596.
68, Bill Machin, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,595.
69, Pat Nolan, Vancouver, Wash, 3,570.
70, Humberto Vazquez Morales, Monterrey, Mexico, 3,568.
71, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,567.
72, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,558.
73, Marty Kirsten Jr., Newfoundland, Pa., 3,557.
74, Michael Austin, Houston, 3,556.
75, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 3,547.
76, Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa, 3,533.
76, Aaron Williams, Trenton, N.J., 3,533.
78, George Patel, Essex, England, 3,527.
79, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 3,525.
80, Michael Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 3,519.
81, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,518.
82, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 3,504.
83, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3,499.
84, Ike Brownfield, Lowell, Ind., 3,486.
85, Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore, 3,475.
86, Alex Medveditskov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 3,461.
87, Sean Lepper, Glen Burnie, Md., 3,457.
88, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, Fla., 3,449.
89, Doug Gassman Jr., Dwight, Ill, 3,414.
90, Thomas Ochs, Salisbury, N.C., 3,382.
91, J.T. Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 3,381.
92, Will Hoge, Sand Spring, Okla., 3,370.
93, John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 3,360.
94, Joe Long, Oklahoma City, Okla., 3,318.
95, Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 3,307.
96, Rick Bell, Clinton, Utah, 3,288.
97, Art Swain, Jr., Philadelphia, 3,237.
98, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 3,190.
99, Jeffrey Scott, Rochester, N.Y., 3,163.
100, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 3,121.

300 games – None.
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