Williams, Mohr, Kulick Hold First Round PBA World Championships Leads

by PBA Editor August 30, 2009 19:00
Walter Ray Williams Jr., seeking an eighth major title and a record 46th Professional Bowlers Association Tour victory, averaged 244.17 to take the first round lead in the PBA World Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday.
 
Three-time 2009 PBA Senior Tour champion Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., led the Senior and Women’s World Championships, respectively.
 
Williams, the top qualifier in the Motor City Open, the first tournament in the five-week-long PBA World Series of Bowling, posted a six-game total of 1,465 pins to lead Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., who had a 1,422 total. Two-time defending champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was in a tie for 42nd place after the opening round at 1,296, 169 pins behind Williams.
 
“I had some fun today,” Williams said. “It seemed like I threw more strikes today than I did in 14 games on the Shark pattern last week.
 
“I started playing way outside and then moved in to second arrow,” the Ocala, Fla., right-hander added. “I had a real nice ball reaction and the pins cooperated. I’m happy to be where I am.”
 
Mohr, who took a decided lead in PBA Senior Player of the Year race with his third victory of the year in last week’s Senior Dick Weber Open in Lansing, Mich., had a 1,423 pinfall total – a 237 average pace – for his six games and a 62-pin lead over Michael Henry of Brunswick, Ohio, who had 1,361 pins.
 
“I’m real pleased,” the Eagle River, Alaska, resident said. “I drilled a new ball and it was the right answer. You need good roll here and not so much power in order to get good pin carry, and that was my answer today.”
 
Kulick rolled the first 300 game of the World Championships tripleheader, and the first by a woman in five PBA Women’s Series presented by BOWL.COM events, to finish with a six-game total of 1,432 pins and a 35-pin lead over Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y.
 
Kulick, who won an intense best-of-seven-game match play battle against Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4-3, Saturday to clinch a spot in the PBA Shark Women’s Championships title match, said the momentum from that contest carried over into the inaugural PBA Women’s World Championship.
 
“Bowling the first 300 by a woman in the World Series is pretty special,” the Union, N.J., resident said. “My confidence is definitely a lot stronger after my match with Liz. Today it was a combination of having the right ball, matching up with the lanes and making good shots. It all worked.”
 
All players in the three PBA World Championship events will bowl additional six-game qualifying rounds Tuesday and Wednesday. After a six-game semifinal round Thursday morning, the top 40 men, top 20 senior and top 20 women qualifiers will advance to best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play Thursday night and Friday. The Women’s and Senior World Championship title matches will be contested Saturday at noon for delayed telecast on ESPN. The men’s finals will be contested live on ESPN on Dec. 13 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.
 
With 12 games to go in the special PBA World Series of Bowling Lumber Leader competition, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, leads the race for a $10,000 bonus with a combined total of 20,121 games for 91 qualifying games.
 
PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 31
 
First Qualifying Round (after 6 games)
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,465
2, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,422
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,414
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,406
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,400
6, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,397
7, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,396
9, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,393
10, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,384
11, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 1,383
12, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,379
13, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,375
14, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,372
15, (tie) Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, and Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,371
17, (tie) Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, and Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 1,361
19, (tie) Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., and Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,360
21, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,359
22, Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla., 1,354
23, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,352
24, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,351
25, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,349
26, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,343
27, Timothy Behrendt, St. Louis, 1,337
28, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,335
29, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,329
30, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,326
31, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,320
32, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,316
33, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,313
34, (tie) Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., and Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Hts., Mich., 1,306
36, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,305
38, (tie) Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., and Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,302
40, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,301
41, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,297
42, (tie) Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,296
44, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,295
45, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,293
46, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,292
47, Allan Smith, Augusta, Ga., 1,291
48, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,289
49, (tie) Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., and Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 1,286
51, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,285
52, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 1,282
53, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 1,280
54, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 1,279
54, (tie) Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 1,273
57, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 1,267
58, (tie) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 1,257
60, Jonathan Nask, Jupiter, Fla., 1,253
61, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 1,252
62, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,249
63, Noah Berger, Berkeley, Calif., 1,248
64, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,247
65, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,246
66, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,245
67, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 1,244
68, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,243
69, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich., 1,241
71, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,238
72, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,234
73, Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 1,233
74, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 1,232
75, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,230
76, Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,229
77, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 1,227
78, George Lambert IV, Canada, 1,226
78, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,226
80, Leon Walsh Jr., Plymouth, Mich., 1,225
81, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 1,222
82, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,220
83, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,213
84, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,206
85, Paul Benedict, Wyandotte, Mich., 1,204
86, Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., 1,199
87, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 1,196
88, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,194
89, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,189
90, Tracy Damm, Toledo, Ohio, 1,185
91, Timothy Mayer, Harrison Twp., Mich., 1,182
92, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,180
93, (tie) Johnny Petraglia Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, and Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, 1,173
95, (tie) Tim Keeler, Omaha, Neb., and Todd Sim, Canada, 1,171
97, Nick Kokenos, St Clair Shores, Mich., 1,164
98, Ron Williams, Marana, Ariz., 1,159
99, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,158
100, Manuel Otalora Ortiz, Weston, Fla., 1,156
101, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,154
102, Stuart Williams, England, 1,151
103, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,149
104, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 1,147
105, (tie) Tim Mack, Indianapolis, and Jeff Klemenswicz, Woodridge, Ill., 1,122
107, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 1,116
108, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,115
109, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,111
110, (tie) Brian DiCicco, Agawam, Mass., and Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,109
112, Tony Campagna Jr., Chesapeake, Va., 1,100
113, Alex Medveditskov, Russia, 1,091
114, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,062
115, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,058
116, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,052
117, Scotie Coleman, Minooka, Ill., 1,038
118, Jason Crawford, Ontario, N.Y., 977
119, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, 949
120, Jonathan Estes, Greensburg, Pa., 863
 
PBA SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 31
 
First Qualifying Round (after 6 games)
1, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,423
2, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,361
3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,359
4, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,355
5, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,339
6, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 1,326
7, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 1,323
8, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,309
9, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,304
10, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,298
11, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 1,293
12, John Di Santis, Wilmington, Del., 1,273
13, Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 1,256
14, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,255
15, Dale Eagle, Frisco, Texas, 1,251
16, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 1,243
17, Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 1,236
18, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 1,234
19, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,233
20, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,231
21, (tie) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,230
23, (tie) Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 1,228
25, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,220
26, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,218
27, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,215
28, Dave Sill, Cary, Ill., 1,211
29, Douglas Kirkman, Clovis, N.M., 1,207
30, Rick Minier, Houston, 1,206
31, (tie) Max Shellabarger, Ogden, Utah, and Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,204
33, (tie) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,202
35, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,197
36, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,196
37, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,195
38, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,194
39, Derek Smith, Hicksville, Ohio, 1,193
40, (tie) Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., and Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, 1,189
42, (tie) John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., and Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,188
44, (tie) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and Rick Vittone, Canada, 1,186
46, Larry Franz, Redford, Mich., 1,180
47, Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,179
48, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,176
49, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,174
50, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 1,171
51, (tie) Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 1,169
53, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,165
54, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,162
55, (tie) Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., and Paul Kwiecien, Lansing, Mich., 1,158
57, (tie) Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., and Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,153
59, (tie) Leo Scantamburlo, Riverview, Mich.; Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,151
62, (tie) Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., and William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 1,150
64, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,149
65, (tie) Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, and Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,145
67, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,143
68, (tie) John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich.; Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., and Richard Kanadet, Oakland, Ill., 1,141
71, (tie) Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind.; Carl Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y.; Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich.; Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,138
76, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 1,130
77, (tie) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and John Babbitt, Valdosta, Ga., 1,129
79, Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 1,121
80, Curtis Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 1,119
81, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,117
82, (tie) John Chapman, Canada, and Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 1,115
84, Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill., 1,113
85, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 1,105
86, (tie) Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., and Richard Nesbit, Pittsburgh, 1,103
88, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,101
89, John Nelson, Lexington, Ky., 1,100
90, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,098
91, Marc Clyburn, Pittsburg, Calif., 1,096
92, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,092
93, Dennis Roberts, Quenemo, Kan., 1,091
94, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,090
95, Ken Waters, Homosassa, Fla., 1,089
96, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1,076
97, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 1,065
98, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,063
99, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,061
100, Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 1,039
101, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,035
102, Pete Zerger, Redford, Mich., 1,032
103, Rick Kralovic, Sylvania, Ohio, 1,029
104, Bob McGuire, Warrenton, Va., 1,027
105, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 1,022
106, Albert Amella III, Macomb, Mich., 991
107, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 941
108, Bob Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., withdrew
 
PBA WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Aug. 31
 
First Qualifying Round (after 6 games)
1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,432
2, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,397
3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,343
4, Robin Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,328
5, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 1,318
6, Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,315
7, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,303
8, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1,302
9, (tie) Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., and Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 1,295
11, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,289
12, Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 1,286
13, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,280
14, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 1,253
15, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 1,247
16, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 1,230
17, Leslie Bohn, Jackson, N.J., 1,228
18, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,221
19, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 1,215
20, Paoloa Gomez, Colombia, 1,199
21, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,197
22, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1,194
23, Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., 1,191
24, Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., 1,189
25, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 1,176
26, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 1,160
27, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,158
28, Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, 1,149
29, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,147
30, Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., 1,138
31, Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, 1,112
32, Andrea Lucente, Youngstown, Ohio, 1,097
33, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,076
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