The Ultimate Scoring Championship certainly lived up to its name as Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. shot a record-tying 3,647 (+847) total, averaging 260.50 for the 14-game block in Monday’s Round of 64 qualifying at Taylor Lanes, the fourth stop on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour.
“My game plan for tomorrow is to strike more than the other guy,” Allen said. “You’re not remembered for leading qualifying, it’s whether you make the show on Sunday.”
Eleven players shot 300 during Monday’s Round of 64. Ritchie Allen and Parker Bohn III saw perfection in the first seven-game block. Whereas nine more perfect games were registered during block two (Mitch Beasley, Edward Van Daniker Jr., Bohn III, Pete Weber, Patrick Allen, Sean Rash, Mike Wolfe, Tony Reyes and Steve Jaros).
Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. was the only player to shoot two 300 games during Monday’s qualifying, bringing his PBA career total to 82.
“Pete (Weber) and I had a good doubles score, shooting 600 (in one game) on the same lane,” Bohn III said. Bohn III and Weber were two of five bowlers who shot 300 in game nine of qualifying.
“It’s almost equivalent to playing 480 yard par-5s in golf, lots of birdies and lots of eagles,” added Bohn III, referring to the Ultimate Scoring Championship oil pattern.
The Ultimate Scoring Championship, a new event introduced as part of the 50th anniversary celebration, spotlights the incredible scoring potential of the world’s greatest bowlers on a wide-open “house shot” lane condition that is found in most league bowling today. It is also the first event of the “Extreme Swing” which includes five “creative” format championships during the season. The four other events this season include the GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Feb. 18-22), Etonic Marathon Championship (Feb. 23-March 1), Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator (March 2-8) and Go RVing Match Play Championship (March 18-22).
The Ultimate Scoring Championship has not disappointed, with the field averaging 226.18 in qualifying, compared to 211.39 in the Pepsi Viper Championship and 214.88 in the Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship.
Joe Bailey of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Mike Edwards of Tulsa, Okla. tied at 3,157 (+357) for the final 32nd spot into match play, averaging 225.50, forcing a one game roll-off. Edwards advanced over Bailey, 196-193.
Three of the players who shot 300 unpredictably missed the cut.
Tuesday’s competition continues with single-elimination best 4-of-7 match play, until four players remain.
Ultimate Scoring Championship Format:
The field bowled two 7-game qualifying blocks for a total of 14 games on Monday, Nov. 10 in which the top 32 players advanced. Bowlers making the cut return on Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, competing in a single-elimination best 4-out-of-seven match play format in the Round of 32, Round of 16 and Round of 8. The final four will advance to Sunday’s finals which will be taped and air on ESPN on Sunday, Nov. 23.