Jones, Dorin-Ballard Take Early Qualifying Leads in Shark Championships

by PBA Editor August 27, 2009 19:00
Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, raced into the first round qualifying leads in the Professional Bowlers Association Shark and Women’s Shark Championships, respectively, at Thunderbowl Lanes Friday.
The Shark Championships are last of five so-called “animal pattern” lane conditioning events in the inaugural PBA World Series of Bowling, a festival of professional bowling which will determine 13 championship events by the time it ends on Sept. 6.
Jones averaged 229 for the first seven qualifying games, finishing with a 1,603 pinfall total and a 23-pin lead over Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo. Patrick Dombroski of Parma, Ohio, who qualified for the event through the Tour Qualifying Round, was third with 1,545 pins follosed by Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., at 1,533 and Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan., at 1,525.
“It’s been a rough road for me so far at Thunderbowl Lanes,” Jones said. “My ball really hasn’t been rolling well, but we tried some new drilling patterns and so far, so good. Normally the Shark pattern is my least favorite of the animal patterns, but I bowled okay on it at Taylor Lanes (where he made the championship round of the Motor City Open earlier in August) and so far, I’m doing okay on the Shark pattern here. I’ll take it.”
Dorin-Ballard, a 20-time Professional Women’s Bowling Association champion and a two-time PBA Women’s Series presented by USBC winner, averaged 226.71 for a 1,587 total and a 37-pin lead over 2009 U.S. Women’s Open champion Tammy Boomershine of North Ogden, Utah. Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., was third with 1,539 pins followed by Colombia’s Clara Guerrero at 1,512 and Leslie Bohn of Jackson, N.J., with 1,499 pins.
“The one thing about the Shark pattern is you know where you have to play – inside,” Dorin-Ballard said. “There is nowhere else to go. Today the ladies broke the pattern down pretty well, and I was about to get a double here, a turkey there, so I’m happy.”
Dorin-Ballard withdrew from the Women’s Scorpion Championship earlier in the week to return home for a rest break, and to be on hand for her daughter Alyssa’s first day of school.
“That’s the first tournament I’ve missed in 18, 19 years as a professional,” she said, “but some things take a precedent. There’s only one word to explain that experience as a parent: priceless.”
After qualifying concludes this evening the top 28 players in the men’s Shark Championship and the top eight in the Women’s Series Shark Championship will advance to best-of-seven game match play beginning Saturday morning. The finals of both events will be taped on Sept. 6 at Thunderbowl Lanes for airing on ESPN Dec. 6.

PBA Shark Championship
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 28
1, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,603
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,580
3, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,545
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,533
5, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 1,525
6, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,523
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,521
8, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,497
9, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,494
10, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,485
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,480
12, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,479
13, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,477
14, (tie) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 1,472
16, (tie) Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,460
18, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,457
19, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La, 1,454
20, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,444
21, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,443
22, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,442
23, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,441
24, (tie) Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., and Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,440
26, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,420
27, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,418
28, (tie) Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,415
30, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,414
31, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,411
32, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,402
33, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,401
34, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,398
35, (tie) Steve Harman, Indianapolis, and Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,397
37, (tie) Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla.; John May, Lincolnton, N.C., and Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,393
40, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,391
41, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,390
42, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 1,383
42, George Lambert IV, Canada, 1,383
44, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 1,376
45, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,374
46, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,369
47, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,365
48, (tie) Mason Brantley, Detroit, and Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind, 1,363
50, (tie) Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., and Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,361
52, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich, 1,355
53, (tie) Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., and Tony Campagna Jr., Chesapeake, Va., 1,347
55, Christopher Moyer, Saginaw, Mich., 1,339
56, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,337
57, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,332
58, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 1,329
59, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 1,327
60, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,323
61, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 1,315
62, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,313
63, Matt White, Youngsville, Pa, 1,310
64, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,302
65, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,296
66, Stuart Williams, England, 1,289
67, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,275
68, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,265
69, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,249
70, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,244
71, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,217
72, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,189
PBA Women’s Series Presented by BOWL.COM Shark Championship
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 28

1, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,587
2, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 1,550
3, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 1,539
4, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,512
5, Leslie Bohn, Jackson, N.J., 1,499
6, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 1,498
7, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 1,496
8, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,482
9, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,460
10, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 1,450
11, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,423
12, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1,419
13, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,418
14, Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,417
15, Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, 1,407
16, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,370
17, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 1,343
18, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,339
19, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,271
20, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1,184

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