Two-hander Schaub Leads PBA Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open

by PBA Editor December 7, 2009 19:00
Cassidy Schaub, a two-handed bowler who throws the ball from the left side, averaged 258.7 Tuesday to take the first round lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open at Northrock Lanes.
Schaub, a 26-year-old first-year Professional Bowlers Association member from Polk, Ohio, finished the first eight qualifying games on the United States Bowling Congress’ “Red” lane conditioning pattern, with a total of  2,070 pins and a 27-pin lead over 15-time PBA Tour titlist Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla. Couch had 2,043 pins.
Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., was third with a 2,019 total followed by Chicago’s Billy Oatman at 2,012 and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., with a 1,991 total.
Schaub is the lesser-known of the PBA’s two touring two-handed players. Australia’s Jason Belmonte, who used his unique two-handed delivery from the right side to win a PBA Tour title last season, remained home in Australia this week, awaiting the birth of his first child. That left Schaub to deliver the two-handed message and the two-time Team USA member did it in style, easily conquering the first of three “test” lane oiling patterns being used in the tournament.
“It’s always fun to strike,” Schaub said. “I caught a couple of breaks, but all in all, I threw the ball pretty good. But it’s only eight games. I won a sprint in a marathon.”
It was still a relief after a miserable professional debut in the PBA’s inaugural World Series of Bowling in Detroit in August. In his five-week, seven-event PBA debut, Schaub’s best finish was 35th place.
“That was pretty bad,” he confessed. “I learned you have to take shots one at a time. I beat myself up after every shot I threw in Detroit. Later in the World Series, I talked with Rhino Page and Patrick Allen (two of the PBA’s premier left-handers). They told me some things about my physical game I needed to work on. I went home and worked on what they suggested, and I came in here with a different attitude and a different mental game.”
Couch, who is trying for his first title in more than two years, was philosophical about his performance.
“Everyone knew the scoring conditions were going to be easier than what we’re used to,” he said. “Some guys like it, some guys don’t, but I like this pace for once a year. I get a lot of questions about lane conditions when I go home. I think an event like this answers a lot of questions league bowlers have about the differences between league and professional bowling conditions.
“I came in with a good game plan,” Couch added. “I knew what balls I wanted to use during the transition and it worked well for me. I had a plan and I stuck with it.”
The Pepsi Red, White and Blue Open, presented by the USBC, is being conducted on three “test” lane conditioning patterns the USBC plans to introduce to American league bowlers for the 2010-11 winter league season. The Red condition is the most forgiving pattern, with White condition a medium challenge and the Blue pattern the most challenging. The varying degrees of difficulty is intended to help bowlers who would like to advance to the PBA Experience Sport Bowling program, USBC’s most challenging scoring environment, where they will learn more about the sport and how to improve their skills.
All bowlers in Wichita will bowl eight more qualifying games Wednesday with the top 39 advancing to a third eight-game qualifying round on the Blue pattern Thursday morning. The top 24 players after 24 games will advance to three eight-game, round-robin match play rounds on the Red, White and Blue patterns, respectively, Thursday and Friday. The top six will then advance to the championship round which will be taped Sunday to air on ESPN on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan., Dec. 8
1, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 2,070
2, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,043
3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,019
4, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,012
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,991
6, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 1,978
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,963
8, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,962
9, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,958
10, (tie) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., and Matt McFayden, Derby, Kan., 1,955
12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,952
13, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 1,949
14, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,947
15, (tie) Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., and Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,945
17, (tie) Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 1,944
19, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,943
20, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,942
21, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,941
22, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,940
23, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 1,939
24, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,938
25, (tie) Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., and Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,936
27, Timothy Banks, Gulfport, Miss., 1,923
28, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,918
29, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,917
30, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,913
31, Jack Ness, Gastonia, N.C., 1,911
32, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 1,908
33, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,904
34, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,900
35, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,889
36, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,885
37, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 1,884
38, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,882
39, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,879
40, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,877
41, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,873
42, (tie) Brian Burkhardt, St. Louis, Mo.; Daniel Farish, Louisville, Ky.; Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Brett Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 1,871
46, (tie) Dan Umscheid, Wichita, Kan., and Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,869
48, Mark Buffa, Canada, 1,865
49, Dustin Schmidt, Warrensburg, Mo., 1,863
50, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,859
51, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,857
52, Brad Cummings, Gastonia, N.C., 1,856
53, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,850
54, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 1,843
55, Gilbert Sanchez, Milvane, Kan., 1,836
56, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,835
57, Tim Penner, Wichita, Kan., 1,833
58, Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 1,826
59, George Lambert IV, Canada, 1,823
60, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,822
61, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,821
62, Josh Blanchard, Wichita, Kan., 1,813
63, Kevin Fanter, Maize, Kan., 1,811
64, (tie) G. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y.; Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, and Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,807
67, Stuart Williams, England, 1,806
68, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,805
69, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,804
70, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,801
71, Leroy Willis Jr, Arlington, Texas, 1,796
72, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,791
73, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,787
74, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,786
75, Gregg Getzlow, St Charles, Mo., 1,784
76, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,783
77, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 1,779
78, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 1,776
79, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,775
80, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 1,772
81, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,770
82, (tie) Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., and Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,767
84, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,763
85, Carl See, Amarillo, Texas, 1,760
86, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,757
87, Kyle Bollman, Madison, Mo., 1,752
88, Derek Hartnell, Wichita, Kan., 1,751
89, (tie) Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,745
91, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,741
92, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,725
93, Marcus Berndt, Wichita, Kan., 1,709
94, Blake Starr, Wichita, Kan., 1,706
95, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,702
96, Roberto Silva, Mexico, 1,698
97, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 1,696
98, Adam Ferri, Wichita, Kan., 1,693
99, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,692
100, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,684
101, Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,679
102, Charles Rollins, Shawnee, Kan., 1,657
103, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,653
104, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,650
105, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,642
106, Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 1,640
107, Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 1,635
108, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 1,633
109, Robb Helt, Fort Smith, Ark., 1,631
110, William Panebianco, McPherson, Kan, 1,629
111, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,610
112, Frank Gallo Jr., Cape Carteret, N.C., 1,605
113, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,601
114, Aaron Ramsden, Tomah, Wis., 1,560
115, Randy Thompson, Marion, Ohio, 1,550
116, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 1,535
117, Blake Branson, Wichita, Kan., 1,531
118, Mark Payne Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 1,489
119, Woody Austin, Wichita, Kan., 1,416

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