ALLEN EYES BACK-TO-BACK TITLES IN PBA BAYER EARL ANTHONY MEDFORD CLASSIC

by PBA Editor January 15, 2009 19:00
Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., will try for back-to-back Lumber Liquidators PBA titles Sunday in the ESPN-televised finals of the Bayer Earl Anthony Classic at Lava Lanes, but he’ll have to win three matches to do it.
 
Allen, fresh off a victory in the National Bowling Stadium Championship in Reno, Nev., qualified fourth for Sunday’s finals behind top qualifier Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., and Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. He’ll have to beat all three, starting with Malott, to claim his 12th career PBA Tour title.
 
Jones, bidding for his first title in almost a year, posted a 32-game total of 7,624 pins on a demanding new Earl Anthony lane conditioning pattern, taking the top spot by 27 pins over O’Neill, who is seeking his first Lumber Liquidators PBA title. O’Neill and Malott also were finalists a week ago in Reno while Jones, a 10-time PBA Tour winner, will be making his first TV appearance of the 2008-09 season.
 
“The lanes were really hard tonight,” said Jones, “it reminded me of a U.S. Open pattern. I tried to with 15 pounds last year and got into some bad habits. Two weeks ago I went back to 16 and worked with Mark Baker, my swing was getting way to steep.”
 
For the second straight week, Allen is the only left-hander to reach the TV finals, and he did it this time in a tournament dedicated to the most successful left-hander bowler in PBA history.
 
"I would never compare myself to Earl,” Allen noted, “but he had his weeks when no other lefties were close, so maybe there is a little of Earl in the house this week."
 
Allen locked up his spot in the finals by starting his final position round match against Malott with seven strikes.
 
"I bowled a big game when I had to,” he said. “I knew if I could beat Malott, I would be in good shape and fortunately I struck in the ninth frame to seal the deal."
 
In the final PBA Women’s Series event of the season, newly-elected United States Bowling Congress Hall of Famer Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., will try for her first Women’s Series title against rising star Stefanie Nation of Arlington, Texas. Macpherson, the all-time earnings leader in women’s professional bowling, led the women’s field with a 23-game total of 4,951 pins, earning the top qualifying position by 15 pins over Nation.
 
"I'm the alternate in the PBA Women’s Series, so this was only the fourth event I’ve been able to bowl in,” Macpherson said. “I was really excited to advance to match play. I'm speechless right now, tickled pink to make the show. I've done nothing but work on my game, bowling every day since September. I'm really excited."
 
Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour
2009 Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic
Lava Lanes, Medford, Ore.
Friday, Jan. 16
 
Round of 16 (after 32 games, pinfall totals include match play bonus pins; top four advance to Sunday’s ESPN television finals)
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 15-3, 7,624
2, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 12-6, 7,597
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 11-7, 7,500
4, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 10-8, 7,342
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5, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 12-5-1, 7,276, $5,000
6, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 10-7-1, 7,234, $4,000
7, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 11-7, 7,221, $3,700
8, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 9-9, 7,163, $3,400
9, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 10-8, 7,151, $3,200
10, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 9-9, 7,115, $3,000
11, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 9-9, 7,093, $2,800
12, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 7-11, 7,075, $2,700
13, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 8-10, 7,064, $2,650
14, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 10-8, 7,058, $2,600
15, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 9-9, 7,027, $2,550
16, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 7-11, 6,969, $2,500
 
Round of 32 (after 23 games, pinfall totals include match play bonus pins; top 16 advanced to Round of 16)
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8-1, 5,526
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7-2, 5,469
3, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 7-2, 5,444
4, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6-3, 5,230
5, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 7-2, 5,210
6, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 6-3, 5,173
7, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 5-4, 5,169
8, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 6-3, 5,147
9, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 5-4, 5,105
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7-2, 5,099
11, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5-4, 5,095
12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 4-5, 5,068
13, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 5-4, 5,067
14, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 2-7, 5,052
15, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 5-4, 5,042
16, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3-6, 5,040
17, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 4-5, 5,022, $2,340
18, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3-5-1, 5,016, $2,240
19, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 4-5, 5,010, $2,230
20, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-7, 4,986, $2,220
21, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 4-4-1, 4,982, $2,210
22, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 4-5, 4,972, $2,200
23, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 5-4, 4,960, $2,190
24, Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 5-4, 4,943, $2,180
25, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5-4, 4,925, $2,170
26, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 4-5, 4,900, $2,160
27, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3-6, 4,894, $2,150
28, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 4-5, 4,892, $2,140
29, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis, 4-5, 4,855, $2,130
30, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2-7, 4,842, $2,120
31, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 1-8, 4,828, $2,110
32, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1-8, 4,717, $2,100
 
PBA WOMEN’S SERIES
 
Round of 10 (after 23 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advance to Sunday’s ESPN television finals)1, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 6-3, 4,951
2, Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, 7-2, 4,936
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3, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 5-3-1, 4,852, $5,000
4, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 4-5, 4,841, $4,000
5, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 5-4, 4,834, $3,500
6, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 5-4, 4,739, $3,000
7, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3-6, 4,724, $2,500
8, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 2-6-1, 4,645, $2,200
9, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 2-7, 4,617, $2,100
10, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 5-4, 4,611, $2,000
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