Malott Rolls into Lead as Top 24 Qualifiers Advance in H&R Block Tournament of Champions

by PBA Editor January 21, 2009 19:00
Wes Malott continued his torrid streak, charging into the lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Thursday afternoon.
 
The Pflugerville, Texas, right-hander finished 24 games of qualifying with 5,822 pins for a three-pin lead over the second-hottest player on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla. Malott is seeking his third title and fifth TV appearance in the past six events. Allen is in the hunt for his fifth consecutive TV final.
 
“I’m throwing the ball pretty good,” Malott said. “I’m trying to stay humble and keep on doing what I’m doing.”
 
Malott, who said he fulfilled one of his goals last week in Medford, Ore., by winning a second title this season, is now eyeing a couple of new goals. “I’d like to get a major title under my belt and I’m going to keep chasing the PBA Player of the Year points title,” he said.
 
Missing from the field of 24 advancing to match play Thursday evening is Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who came into the Tournament of Champions hoping to win an unprecedented fourth consecutive major title. Duke’s bid ended when he finished qualifying in 39th place with 5,267 pins.
 
“You think you know what you’re doing, but sometimes you don’t,” Duke said. “I came off the lanes after 24 games and I still didn’t know what I should have been doing.”
 
“I gave it everything I had, but it wasn’t enough this week. I’m still proud of myself,” he said. “Maybe it was everything else that’s going on. I’m not sure, but I’m glad they don’t put you in the hall of fame based upon one week’s performance. The way I bowled this week was hard to watch.”
 
In addition to his quest for another major title, Duke came into the week knowing he will be inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame during Saturday’s PBA 50th Anniversary Gala as well as being recognized as the No. 7 player on the list of the 50 Greatest Players in PBA History.
 
After Thursday evening’s first eight-match match play round, the top 24 will bowl two more match play rounds Friday afternoon and Friday evening. The top four after 48 games will advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals which will air at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern, 9:30 a.m. Pacific) on ESPN.
 
First prize in the tournament is $50,000 plus a two-year Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exemption.
 
LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
H&R BLOCK TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Red Rock Lanes – Las Vegas, Nev.
January 22, 2009
 
Qualifying (after 24 games; top 24 advance to round robin match play)
1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,822
2, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,819
3, Rhino Page, Topeka, Kan., 5,768
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,758
4, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,758
6, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 5,750
7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,664
8, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 5,594
9, Brian Voss, Kennesaw, Ga., 5,588
10, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 5,581
11, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 5,578
12, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,536
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,534
14, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 5,528
15, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,515
16, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 5,484
17, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 5,483
18, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 5,455
19, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,450
20, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 5,440
20, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,440
22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,427
23, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,424
24, x-Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,421
25, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,421, $1,700
26, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5,404, $1,680
27, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 5,401, $1,900
28, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 5,397, $1,740
29, Dave Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 5,388, $1,620
30, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 5,374, $1,600
31, Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 5,367, $1,690
32, Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 5,360, $1,580
33, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5,347, $1,570
34, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 5,326, $1,560
35, David Traber, Hebron, Ill., 5,304, $1,550
36, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5,296, $1,540
37, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 5,289, $1,530
38, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5,287, $1,520
39, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,267, $1,510
40, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 5,255, $1,500
41, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,237, $1,490
42, Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., 5,167, $1,480
43, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 5,164, $1,470
44, Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, 5,141, $1,460
45, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 5,124, $1,450
46, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 5,091, $1,440
47, Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 5,087, $1,430
48, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 5,073, $1,420
49, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,066, $1,410
50, Kenny Parks, Hammond, Ind., 5,015, $1,400
51, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 5,014, $1,390
52, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 4,980, $1,380
53, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 4,979, $1,370
54, Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 4,970, $1,360
55, Mike Mineman, Collinsville, Ill., 4,911, $1,350
56, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 4,894, $1,340
57, Nelson Burton Jr., Stuart, Fla., 4,793, $1,330
58, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 4,792, $1,320
59, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 4,593, $1,310
60, Don McCune, Las Vegas, 4,508, $1,300
   x-Weber def. Angelo, 229-224, in a one-game roll-off after they tied for the 24th position in qualifying
 
NOTES: H&R Block Tournament of Champions – Las Vegas, Nev.
300 Games
Chris Barnes (Qualifying Round – Block 1)
Danny Wiseman (Qualifying Round – Block 1)
Dave Husted (Qualifying Round – Block 1)
Sean Rash (Qualifying Round – Block 2)
Tony Reyes (Qualifying Round – Block 2)
Patrick Allen (Qualifying Round – Block 3)
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