International Two-Handed Players Advance to Match Play in Viper Championship

by PBA Editor August 14, 2009 19:00
A pair of two-handed international stars advanced to Round of 28 match play in the Professional Bowlers Association Viper Championship Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes.
 
Two-handers Jason Belmonte of Australia, and Osku Palermaa of Finland, finished qualifying in fifth and 18th, respectively.
 
Belmonte, who made history last season by becoming the first two-handed player to win a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event, bowled a 3,080 14-game pinfall (220 average).
 
“I’m encouraged by the way I bowled today because I’ve been disappointed in how I’ve been bowling here at the World Series (PBA World Series of Bowling) so far,” said the 26-year-old Belmonte. “I can tell you I’m far from being in top form so I’ve got a ways to go.”
 
The 25-year-old Palermaa who also has numerous international titles to his credit and a best PBA Tour finish of fifth in the 2004 U.S. Open, had a 2,953 pinfall for a 210.9 average.
 
“I was happy with the way I bowled but I struggled a little bit with carrying the corner pins,” Palermaa said. “Tomorrow is match play and I just need to do what I do best. When I’m at my best I feel I can beat anyone.”
 
Seven-time Tour titlist Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., topped the 72-player Viper Championship field with a 3,214 pinfall (229.5 average).
 
“The Viper condition is one of the tougher (PBA) lane conditions and generally I do a little better on the tougher ones,” Jaros said. “There’s more emphasis on making spares and using speed control which better suits my game.
 
Twenty-time women’s professional titlist Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, of Keller, Texas, led the PBA Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM Viper Championship qualifying with a 3,157 14-game pinfall (225.5 average). She recently finished second in the 2009 Women’s U.S. Open.
 
“The second block was a little different for me,” Dorin-Ballard said. “Generally I bowled well but just didn’t make all the right adjustments and had to grind it out.”
 
The top 28 players from the Viper Championship and the top eight from the Women’s Series Viper Championship advance to best-of-seven game match play beginning Sunday. Both events are being held concurrently this weekend as part of the PBA World Series of Bowling.
 
The finals of both events will be taped on Sept. 5 at Thunderbowl Lanes for airing on ESPN Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. ET.

PBA Viper Championship
Thunderbowl Lanes,
Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 15
 
First round qualifying (after 14 games)
Top 28 advance to Sunday’s best-of-seven game match play
 
1, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,214
2, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,138
3, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,126
4, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,103
5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,080
6, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,069
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,068
8, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,049
9, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,040
10, Martin Larsen, Gothenburg, Sweden, 3,024
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,023
12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,002
13, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,997
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,986
15, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,981
16, George Lambert IV, Canada, 2,979
17, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 2,978
18, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,953
19, Brian Voss, Kennesaw, Ga., 2,937
20, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,934
20, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich, 2,934
22, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,924
23, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,920
23, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,920
25, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La, 2,911
26, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,903
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,892
28, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,889
29, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 2,881, $1,600
30, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,873, $1,600
31, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,872, $1,600
32, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind, 2,869, $1,600
33, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 2,868, $1,600
34, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,864, $1,600
35, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,861, $1,600
36, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,856, $1,500
37, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,852, $1,500
38, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,850, $1,500
39, P.J. Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,837, $1,500
40, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 2,834, $1,500
41, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 2,829, $1,500
41, Stuart Williams, England, 2,829, $1,500
43, Todd Sim, Canada, 2,827, $1,500
44, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,826, $1,500
45, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,825, $1,500
46, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,818, $1,500
47, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,812, $1,500
48, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,802, $1,500
49, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 2,797, $1,500
50, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,788, $1,500
51, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 2,776, $1,500
52, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,773, $1,500
53, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,772, $1,500
54, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,770, $1,400
55, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,760, $1,400
56, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 2,739, $1,400
57, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,709, $1,400
58, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,703, $1,400
59, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 2,694, $1,400
60, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,672, $1,400
61, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 2,653, $1,400
62, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,638, $1,400
63, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,637, $1,400
64, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,624, $1,400
65, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 2,609, $1,400
66, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 2,598, $1,400
67, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 2,572, $1,400
68, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,568, $1,400
69, Timothy Behrendt, St Louis, Mo., 2,561, $1,000
70, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 2,532, $1,400
71, Edward VanDaniker Jr, Essex, Md., 2,531, $1,400
72, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., (WD), $1,400
 
PBA Women’s Series Presented by BOWL.COM Viper Championship
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 15
 
First round qualifying (after 14 games)
Top eight advance to Sunday’s best-of-seven game match play
 
1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,157
2, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 3,127
3, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,126
4, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,072
5, Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,060
6, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,054
7, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,968
8, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,965
9, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 2,954, $1,400
10, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 2,948, $1,400
11, Lindsay Baker, Grand Blanc, Mich., 2,943, $1,400
12, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 2,934, $1,400
13, Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 2,914, $1,400
14, Aumi Guerra, Domincan Republic, 2,887, $1,400
15, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 2,882, $1,400
16, Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, 2,848, $1,400
17, Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,835, $1,400
18, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,794, $1,400
19, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 2,779, $1,400
20, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., (WD), $1,400
 
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