Perfect Finish Vaults Page into H&R Block Tournament of Champions Lead

by PBA Editor January 21, 2009 19:00
After rolling a pair of 289 games earlier in the round, Rhino Page of Topeka, Kan., closed the opening round of match play with a perfect game Thursday night to take the lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s H&R Block Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes.
 
Page, bowling in his first Tournament of Champions, finished the fourth round averaging 240.3 for his 32 games taking a 23–pin lead over Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas. Earlier in the day, Page jumped into contention when he started the third round with three consecutive 279 games.
 
“It was a roller coaster day,” said the 25-year-old left-hander, a two-time titlist on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. “Fortunately, my peaks were really high and my valleys weren’t too low. I had a 289 in my first game tonight and I got really relaxed. Getting loose caught up with me and I lost my focus and bowled a 170 game. I got so mad at myself after that one that I could actually feel my ears burning, but it helped me get my focus back.”
 
Page, the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year, is trying not to think about making the TV show in his quest for his first major title, but he did admit to getting momentarily caught up in a case of star-gazing when the event got underway.
 
“When I reported to my starting lanes at the start of the tournament, I found out two of my boyhood idols were right there,” he said. “Parker Bohn III was on my pair, and Mike Aulby was next to me. Just to be in the same event with two of the guys I’ve idolized my whole career was a thrill.”
 
Bowling alongside a pair of PBA Hall of Famers actually motivated Page, but he never took his eyes off the bigger prize.
 
“I’m going to stay focused and not get into a mode where I think I’m locked into the TV show,” he said. “You can’t be thinking about winning a major. If you get complacent against any of these guys, you’ll get your butt kicked.”
 
Earlier Thursday, Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., finished in 39th place, failing to advance to match play and ending his bid to win a record fourth consecutive PBA major title.
 
The top 24 will bowl two more eight-game match play rounds Friday, after which the top four will advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals. ESPN will air the finals live 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
 
Round 4 (after 32 games, including match play records and bonus pins)
1, Rhino Page, Topeka, Kan., 6-2, 7,870
2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5-3, 7,847
3, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-3, 7,799
4, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-3, 7,750
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-4, 7,667
6, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 5-3, 7,631
7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5-3, 7,613
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6-1-1, 7,586
9, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 4-4, 7,567
10, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 7-1, 7,526
11, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 4-4, 7,440
12, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 4-4, 7,409
13, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 2-6, 7,408
14, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 5-3, 7,400
15, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5-3, 7,388
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5-3, 7,346
17, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 4-4, 7,328
18, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2-6, 7,316
19, Brian Voss, Kennesaw, Ga., 2-6, 7,300
20, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-5, 7,296
21, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 4-4, 7,293
22, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2-6, 7,282
23, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1-7, 7,248
24, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 0-7-1, 7,104
 
Other Finishers (after 24 games)
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 match play
 
NOTES: H&R Block Tournament of Champions – Las Vegas, Nev.
300 Games (7)
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)
Rhino Page (Round of 24 – Block 1)
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