Michael Machuga of Erie, Pa., threw a record-tying 300 game on his way to the Professional Bowlers Association 32-game scoring record and claimed the fourth-round lead in the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress Thursday night at Northrock Lanes.
Machuga, a 33-year-old two-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, averaged 250.50 for 32 games, posting an actual total of 8,016 pins to break the PBA record of 7,940 set by Parker Bohn III in Japan in 1999, and with his bonus pins after posting a 5-3 won-lost record in match play, had a total of 8,166 pins for a 67-pin lead over Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Machuga, who admitted he had to sell his Jeep in order to raise money to cover his travel expenses to bowl in Wichita, also threw the 24th perfect game of the tournament, tying the Tour’s record for most 300s in one event. David Ruder of Edmond, Okla., then broke the record with 300 No. 25 and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., capped first match play round on the USBC Red lane conditioning pattern with the 26th 300 in the event. The previous record for 300s in one PBA event was set in Peoria, Ill., in 1996.
“I got off to a rocky start,” Machuga said, “but all of a sudden, the lanes made sense, the carry is especially easy for me to read, and I’ve used the same ball for 28 of the 32 games. It reads the lane perfectly, not matter what the pattern or how the lanes are breaking down.”
His 2,097 pinfall total for eight games in the opening round of match play Thursday night exceed his career best 2,043 which he posted Wednesday on the White oiling pattern. The final two match play rounds Thursday will be conducted on the White and Blue patterns, respectively.
“Tomorrow was the pattern I shot my second-best round ever on, so I’m just going to hope my leg and my hand feel good, and I’ll come back and do it the same way,” Machuga said. “And if I can go on and win this thing, I’ll buy myself a new Jeep.”
Trailing Patrick Allen in third place was Ritchie Allen (no relation) of Columbia, S.C., with 8,063 pins; Williams with an 8,060 total; Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, with 8,004 and Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., with a 7,997 total.
Malott, who came into the round in 23rd place, had a 2,115 total for the round, falling 50 pins short of the oldest PBA scoring record on the books – a 2,165 eight-game round by Billy Hardwick in Japan in 1968.
The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC is being conducted on three different lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce on an optional basis to American league bowlers in cooperation with the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America for the 2010-11 winter league season. Similar in concept to golf’s tee system, the USBC Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, the White condition is a medium challenge and the Blue pattern is the most challenging.
After Friday’s final two eight-game rounds of round-robin match play on the White and Blue patterns, the top six will advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Jan. 10.
LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
PESPI RED, WHITE AND BLUE OPEN PRESENTED BY USBC
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Dec. 10
FOURTH ROUND (after 32 games, including match play bonus pins)
1, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5-3, 8,166
2, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 4-4, 8,099
3, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6-2, 8,063
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5-3, 8,060
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7-1, 8,004
6, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 5-3, 7,997
7, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6-2, 7,991
8, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 4-3-1, 7,988,
9, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 3-5, 7,965
10, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2-6, 7,960
11, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 5-3, 7,945
12, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 3-5, 7,915
13, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5-2-1, 7,887
14, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 5-3, 7,829
15, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3-4-1, 7,792
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4-4, 7,750
17, Gilbert Sanchez, Mulvane, Kan., 4-4, 7,735
18, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-4, 7,709
19, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-4, 7,689
20, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 3-5, 7,631
21, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 4-3-1, 7,612
21, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 0-8, 7,612
23, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3-5, 7,600
24, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 0-8, 7,463
Did not advance:
25, Jack Ness, Gastonia, N.C., 5,668, $1,900
26, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 5,660, $1,850
27, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Matt McFayden, Derby, Kan., 5,659, $1,775
29, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 5,654, $1,700
30, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,637, $1,750
31, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 5,614, $1,600
32, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,606, $1,550
33, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 5,578, $1,500
34, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 5,561, $1,450
35, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,553, $1,440
36, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 5,550, $1,430
37, G. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 5,496, $1,420
38, Timothy Banks, Gulfport, Miss., 5,456, $1,410
39, Brett Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 5,448, $1,400
300 Games (26) – Mitch Beasley, Tommy Jones, Todd Book, Leroy Willis Jr., Billy Oatman, Scott Newell, Michael Machuga (2), Cassidy Schaub (2), Liz Johnson, Derek Hartnell, Cory Simmons, Gilbert Sanchez, Ritchie Allen (2), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (2), Brad Angelo, Mike Scroggins, Jason Sterner, Rhino Page, Jason Couch, Wayne Garber, Wes Malott, David Ruder.