Perfection to Exemption

by PBA Editor June 2, 2007 19:00
The list of exempt bowlers for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour is set after seven new names completed the 59-man roster following the 2007 Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials at Stardust Bowl II.

Todd Book (Cantonment, Fla.), who led four out of the five nine-game rounds bowled on the five different PBA oil patterns, led the way followed by Ronnie Russell (Indianapolis), Steve Harman (Camby, Ind.), Brian LeClair (Athens, N.Y.), Troy Wollenbecker (Toledo, Ohio), Chad Kloss (Greenfield, Wis.) and Steve Weber (Chalmette, La.).

While Book cruised through the day with the lead and finished with a 10,063 45-game pinfall, Russell made the biggest jump, firing one of the day's three perfect games and posting the day’s highest score, 2,202 on the Cheetah oil pattern to finish with 10,044. Russell entered the final day ninth.

“This pattern is not even close to being my best pattern. I had a good ball reaction throwing an Ebonite RXS300,” said Russell. “In this event you have to go out and get it. If you wait for people to catch you, they’ll catch you. That was pretty obvious today. My score today was the most I’ve ever been over and to be honest it’s surprising. As heavy as I roll, I’m sure some people probably counted me out today. I think wanting it so much probably got me there.”

Harmon also posted one of the day’s three perfect games, firing the 300 in his seventh game and finished with 10,027.

LeClair regained his exemption from the 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour with a fourth-place finish and a total pinfall of 9,991. The veteran bowler, who has bowled in 356 Denny’s PBA Tour events, finished 47th in the 2006-07 PBA World Point Rankings.

Also making a big jump Sunday was Wollenbecker who entered the day 11th before shooting the day’s fourth-highest score, 2,137, to finish fifth with 9,973.

Kloss shot a 2,039 Sunday, his highest round of the event, to finish sixth with 9,911.

The final and most dramatic exemption belonged to Weber, who edged out Randy Weiss (Columbia, S.C.) by just six pins. Weber, despite shooting 197 in his final score, averaged 254.50 over his final four games to finish with a total pinfall of 9,891.

Denny’s PBA Tour
Lake County Indiana Denny’s PBA Tour Trials
Stardust Bowl II
Merrillville, Ind.
Sunday, June 3

ROUND FIVE – CUMULATIVE TOTALS
(Pos., name/hometown and 45-game pinfall. Cumulative earnings listed. Daily totals listed below.)


1, Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla., 10,063, $1,990.
2, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 10,044, $1,660.
3, Steve Harman, Camby, Ind., 10,027, $1,410.
4, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 9,991, $1,320.
5, Troy Wollenbecker, Toledo, Ohio, 9,973, $1,200.
6, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 9,911, $1,320.
7, Steve Weber, Chalmette, La, 9,891, $1,340.
8, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 9,885, $2,150.
9, Chris Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 9,884, $1,610.
10, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 9,870, $1,380.
11, Steven Elson, Wichita, Kans, 9,833, $1,000.
12, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 9,772, $360.
13, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 9,767, $700.
14, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 9,749, $1,000.
15, Jason Sterner, Roswell, Ga., 9,735, $600.
16, Rudy Kasimakis, Tupelo, Miss., 9,719, $600.
17, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 9,716, $950.
18, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 9,708, $730.
19, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 9,696, $380.
20, Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 9,677, $1,080.
21, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 9,671, $450.
22, Ricky Jewell Jr., Greenville, S.C., 9,656, $900.
23, Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 9,655, $1,210.
24, Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 9,651, $720.
24, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 9,651, $1,120.
26, Robert (Joe) Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 9,645, $920.
27, Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 9,636, $340.
28, Michael Austin, Houston, 9,627, $1,450.
29, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 9,620.
30, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 9,608, $500.
31, Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, 9,590, $600.
32, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 9,584, $650.
33, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 9,568, $990.
34, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 9,567, $850.
35, Alan Chetister Jr., Jonesboro, Ark., 9,542.
36, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 9,532, $450.
37, Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 9,518, $330.
38, Christopher Lucas, Keller, Texas, 9,492, $300.
39, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 9,452, $370.
40, Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 9,439.
41, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 9,426, $630.
42, DJ Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 9,410, $410.
43, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 9,402.
44, Alex Cavagnaro, N. Massapequa, N.Y., 9,395.
45, John Riffle, Highland, Ind., 9,394, $350.
46, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 9,388, $325.
47, Jim Pratt, Youngtown, AZ, 9,377, $300.
48, Ray Cyr Jr., New Hartford, N.Y., 9,368, $550.
49, Steve Wishner, Rye Brook, N.Y., 9,313, $450.
50, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 9,303.
51, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 9,302.
52, Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 9,280.
53, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 9,252, $300.
54, Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 9,249.
55, Pat Nolan, Vancouver, Wash, 9,244, $315.
56, Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 9,237.
57, Will Jackson, Philadelphia, 9,223.
57, Rick Francis, Modesto, Calif., 9,223.
59, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 9,204, $700.
60, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 9,176.
61, Humberto Vazquez Morales, Monterrey, Mexico, 9,129.
62, Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 9,125.
63, Darryl Carreon, Ft. Washington, Md., 9,094.
64, Paul Gibson, Bunswick, Ohio, 9,092.
65, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 9,071, $410.
66, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 9,070.
67, Ed Olszewski III, Griffith, Ind., 9,049.
68, Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa, 9,014.
69, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 9,013.
70, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 9,001.
71, Aaron Williams, Trenton, N.J., 8,994.
72, George Patel, Essex, England, 8,975.
73, Brian Gunn, Griffith, Ind., 8,958.
74, Marty Kirsten Jr., Newfoundland, Pa., 8,934.
75, Alex Medveditskov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 8,931.
76, Travis Loeffler, Manchester, Tenn., 8,864.
77, Lewis Sims, Willard, Ohio, 8,799.
78, Ike Brownfield, Lowell, Ind., 8,783.
79, Doug Gassman Jr., Dwight, Ill, 8,782.
80, Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore, 8,746.
81, Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 8,682.
82, John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 8,644.
83, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, Fla., 8,605.
84, Rick Bell, Clinton, Utah, 8,535.
85, Thomas Ochs, Salisbury, N.C., 8,463.
86, Will Hoge, Sand Spring, Okla., 8,432.
87, J.T. Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 8,295.
88, Joe Long, Oklahoma City, Okla., 8,215.
89, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 8,139.
90, Art Swain, Jr., Philadelphia, 7,927.
91, Jeffrey Scott, Rochester, N.Y., 7,786.
92, Michael Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 7,023.
93, Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 6,917.
94, Sean Lepper, Glen Burnie, Md., 6,876.
95, Bill Machin, Simi Valley, Calif., 6,845.
96, Shawn Boyd, Southampton, Pa., 6,457, $330.
97, Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 5,484.
98, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 5,409.
99, Michael Norris, Melvindale, Mich., 4,926.
100, Stoney Brown, Vancouver, Wash, 3,612.

ROUND FIVE – CHEETAH ONLY
(Pos., name, hometown, nine-game pinfall. Top 16 based on Sunday’s scores cash.)


Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 2,202, $1,000.
Chris Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 2,186, $800.
Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2,149, $700.
Troy Wollenbecker, Toledo, Ohio, 2,137, $650.
Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, 2,127, $600.
Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,103, $550.
Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,091, $500.
Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 2,080, $450.
DJ Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 2,072, $410.
Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2,066, $380.
Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,065, $360.
Michael Gaither, Grain Valley, Mo., 2,061, $340.
Chris Wade, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,042, $330.
Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 2,039, $320.
Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 2,033, $310.
Jim Pratt, Youngtown, AZ, 2,024, $300.
Steve Wishner, Rye Brook, N.Y., 2,023.
James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 2,021.
Alan Chetister Jr., Jonesboro, Ark., 2,013.
Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 2,011.
Steve Weber, Chalmette, La, 2,010.
Steve Harman, Camby, Ind., 2,007.
Darryl Carreon, Ft Washington, Md., 1,996.
Humberto Vazquez Morales, Monterrey, Mexico, 1,992.
Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 1,989.
Jeff Campbell II, Amarillo, Texas, 1,984.
Jason Craigen, Mesa, Ariz., 1,974.
Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 1,970.
Jason Sterner, Roswell, Ga., 1,955.
Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,951.
Doug Gassman Jr., Dwight, Ill, 1,948.
Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla., 1,947.
Will Jackson, Philadelphia, 1,945.
Xeno Garcia, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,938.
Michael Austin, Houston, 1,938.
Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,933.
Rudy Kasimakis, Tupelo, Miss., 1,932.
Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,929.
Steven Elson, Wichita, Kans, 1,928.
David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,917.
Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 1,910.
Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,899.
Alex Cavagnaro, N. Massapequa, N.Y., 1,896.
Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,889.
Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,887.
Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,881.
Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,879.
Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,878.
Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 1,878.
PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,871.
Pat Nolan, Vancouver, Wash, 1,870.
Aaron Williams, Trenton, N.J., 1,862.
John Riffle, Highland, Ind., 1,860.
Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa, 1,857.
John Pierce, Denton, Texas, 1,856.
Marty Kirsten Jr., Newfoundland, Pa., 1,849.
Robert (Joe) Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 1,846.
Brian DiCicco, Ridgefield, Conn., 1,844.
Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,836.
Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 1,833.
Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 1,830.
Ricky Jewell Jr., Greenville, S.C., 1,827.
Christopher Lucas, Keller, Texas, 1,822.
Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,810.
Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 1,805.
Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,804.
Ed Olszewski III, Griffith, Ind., 1,803.
Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,802.
Ike Brownfield, Lowell, Ind., 1,800.
Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 1,799.
Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,790.
Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore, 1,784.
Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,783.
George Patel, Essex, England, 1,780.
Alex Medveditskov, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1,765.
Rick Bell, Clinton, Utah, 1,750.
Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, Fla., 1,748.
Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 1,748.
Brian Gunn, Griffith, Ind., 1,743.
Rick Francis, Modesto, Calif., 1,737.
Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,733.
Ray Cyr Jr., New Hartford, N.Y., 1,698.
Travis Loeffler, Manchester, Tenn., 1,678.
Lewis Sims, Willard, Ohio, 1,677.
Thomas Ochs, Salisbury, N.C., 1,673.
Paul Gibson, Bunswick, Ohio, 1,665.
Will Hoge, Sand Spring, Okla., 1,602.
Joe Long, Oklahoma City, Okla., 1,565.
Jeffrey Scott, Rochester, N.Y., 1,519.
Art Swain, Jr., Philadelphia, 1,514.
J.T. Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 1,495.
Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 232.
Bill Machin, Simi Valley, Calif., 0.
Sean Lepper, Glen Burnie, Md., 0.
Shawn Boyd, Southampton, Pa., 0.
Michael Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 0.
Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 0.
Michael Norris, Melvindale, Mich., 0.
Stoney Brown, Vancouver, Wash, 0.
Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 0.

300 games (3) – Steve Harman, Ronnie Russell, Kip Roberts.
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