Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., fired the 31st and final 300 game of the tournament in the last match Friday night to jump from fifth place to the top qualifying position for the Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the United States Bowling Congress finals at Northrock Lanes.
Allen, who never led until the final game, rolled his record-setting 300 game against Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., the Professional Bowlers Association record-holder for career titles (46), to finish the event with a 48-game total of 12,308 pins, including match play bonus pins.
Also advancing to the championship round were Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour rookie Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 12,306; fifth-round leader Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 12,279; Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 12,257; Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 12,253; and Williams, 12,138.
“I just hung around, won a few games in the 10th that I probably didn’t deserve to win, and someone was going to be the odd man out,” Allen, a 13-time PBA Tour titlist, said. “I was just hoping it wouldn’t be me. Then guys around me started opening in the 10th frame and I realized if I shot 300, I could actually take the lead.”
Garber, who earned his place on Tour this year through the PBA Regional Players Invitational last December, was stunned by his performance. “I’m 42. I can’t believe this,” he said. “I have no idea how I’ll do on TV, but I’ve done pretty well at the start of each round, so I hope that continues on TV.”
“Mentally and physically, I couldn’t have bowled worse than I did tonight,” Machuga said. “But at least I still have a shot at the title.”
Friday’s final round on the USBC Blue pattern produced three more 300 games to boost the record for most perfect games in a PBA Tour event to 31.
The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open presented by the USBC was 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.
The championship round will be conducted Sunday on the Blue pattern and taped to air on ESPN on Jan. 10. Also on Sunday’s schedule is the live finals of the PBA World Championship, which will air on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern. The World Championship finalists are Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas; Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Bill O’Neill, Southampton, Pa., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich.
LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR
PESPI RED, WHITE AND BLUE OPEN PRESENTED BY USBC
Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Dec. 11
FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 48 games, including match play bonus pins; top six advance to ESPN television finals)
1, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 14-10, 12,308
2, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 16-7-1, 12,306
3, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 14-9-1, 12,279
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 12-11-1, 12,257
5, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 15-9, 12,253
6, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 15-9, 12,138
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 16-7-1, 12,124, $4,500
8, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 16-8, 12,070, $4,000
9, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 10-12-2, 12,030, $3,800
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 13-9-2, 11,996, $3,600
11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 15-8-1, 11,972, $3,400
12, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 14-9-1, 11,938, $3,200
13, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 10-14, 11,917, $3,100
14, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 12-12, 11,898, $3,000
15, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 13-10-1, 11,861, $2,900
16, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 13-11, 11,842, $2,800
17, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 8-16-0, 11,772, $2,750
18, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 8-16, 11,643, $2,700
19, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 9-15, 11,458, $2,650
20, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 8-15-1, 11,436, $2,600
21, Gilbert Sanchez, Mulvane, Kan., 9-15, 11,393, $2,550
22, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 10-13-1, 11,390, $2,500
23, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5-19, 11,372, $2,450
24, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 6-17-1, 11,294, $2,400
300 Games (31) – Mitch Beasley, Tommy Jones, Todd Book (2), 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 (2), Jason Sterner, Rhino Page, Jason Couch, Wayne Garber, Wes Malott (2), David Ruder, Jeff Carter, Patrick Allen.