Malott, Mohr, Kulick are Third Round Leaders in PBA World Championships

by PBA Editor September 1, 2009 19:00
Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, trying to add his first major title to his resumé, claimed the third round lead in the PBA World Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Wednesday.
                                                                                      
Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, retained their leads in the PBA Women’s and Senior World Championships, respectively.
 
Malott, a three-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour winner during the 2008-09 season, averaged 233.06 for a 4,195 pinfall total to advance from fourth place into a 64-pin lead over Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who needs a PBA World Championship title to become the sixth player in history to complete the PBA Triple Crown.
 
“I started slow, but then I moved left, got slow, managed to get the right ball in my hands and the combination of things worked out,” Malott said. “The main thing is to stay in the top eight. Unless I fall on my face, that would be two less matches I’d have to worry about.”
 
Barnes, who won the 2005 U.S. Open and 2006 PBA Tournament of Champions, finished with 4,131 pins.
 
“I have six more games to try to make the top eight and get a couple of bye rounds in match play,” Barnes said. “The World Championship is my missing piece. I have two seconds against guys who shot big scores at me. I need to get back to the title match and be the one who has the big game. You can’t bowl average and win this title.”
 
Among Wednesday’s casualties was two-time defending PBA World Champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., who failed to make the cut to the top 40.
 
Kulick, who has won two majors herself – the 2007 USBC Queens and 2003 U.S. Women’s Open titles – struggled but maintained a healthy lead over the women’s field. She finished with an 18-game total of 4,191 pins – a 232.83 average – for a 101-pin lead over Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix.
 
“The lanes were different today. I read the condition wrong and made some dumb mistakes,” Kulick said. “But I caught some breaks, too. The goal now is to keep pushing, make the top four tomorrow and worry about it from there.”
 
Mohr, the PBA Senior Tour’s only three-time winner in 2009, hopes to win his first major title in the Senior Tour’s final event of the year. Mohr, who had led all three rounds, posted an 18-game total of 4,018 pins to fend off hard-charging Kent Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., who finished with 3,953 pins.
 
“This whole year has been surreal,” Mohr said. “If I won a major, I don’t know how I could explain that. My first title in Dayton was awesome, but winning last week in Lansing against the stepladder field of players I had to beat? That was unreal. I was like that guy who beat Tiger Woods a couple of weeks ago. He said, what’s the worst that can happen? I lost to Tiger Woods? That’s the way I was thinking.
 
“My goal tonight was just to stay ahead of fifth place,” he added. “Getting one of those byes would be a huge advantage.”
 
The top 40 men, 36 seniors and 20 women’s advance to a six-game cashers round Thursday morning to determine seeding positions for best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play rounds Thursday night and Friday. Thursday’s morning round will determine the top eight men, four seniors and four women who will earn byes through the first two rounds of match play.
 
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.
 
PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 2
 
Third Qualifying Round (after 18 games, top 40 advance to cashers round)
1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,195
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4,131
3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4,130
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 4,119
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,116
6, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 4,107
7, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 4,105
8, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 4,081
9, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 4,056
10, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,995
11, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,981
12, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,976
13, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 3,975
14, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,970
15, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 3,966
16, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,956
17, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,944
18, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 3,940
19, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,937
20, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 3,930
21, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 3,921
22, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,915
23, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,909
24, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,907
25, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3,899
26, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,890
27, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3,880
28, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,877
29, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 3,873
29, Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 3,873
31, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,872
32, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 3,868
33, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 3,866
34, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3,863
35, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,861
36, Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 3,859
37, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 3,854
38, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,852
39, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,849
40, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,844
 
Did not advance:

41, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 3,842
42, Stuart Williams, England, 3,828
43, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 3,825
44, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,818
45, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 3,816
46, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,815
47, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,812
48, Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., 3,808
49, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 3,806
50, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,799
51, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 3,782
52, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,779
53, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,772
54, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,755
55, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,751
56, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,748
57, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,741
58, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 3,740
59, Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Hts., Mich., 3,739
60, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,738
61, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,737
62, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,728
63, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 3,715
63, Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla., 3,715
65, Noah Berger, Berkeley, Calif., 3,679
66, Daniel Miyamoto, Mililani, Hawaii, 3,678
66, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 3,678
68, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,676
69, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,674
69, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 3,674
71, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,673
72, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,668
73, Todd Sim, Canada, 3,667
74, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,660
75, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,658
76, Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich., 3,634
77, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,633
78, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 3,631
79, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 3,618
80, Tony Campagna Jr., Chesapeake, Va., 3,616
81, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, 3,615
82, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 3,608
83, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 3,606
84, Tim Keeler, Omaha, Neb., 3,596
85, Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., 3,594
86, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 3,590
87, Allan Smith, Augusta, Ga., 3,587
88, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 3,585
89, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 3,584
90, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,582
91, Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 3,576
92, Leon Walsh Jr., Plymouth, Mich., 3,575
93, Manuel Otalora Ortiz, Weston, Fla., 3,574
94, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3,572
95, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,559
96, Paul Benedict, Wyandotte, Mich., 3,532
97, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,525
98, Jonathan Nask, Jupiter, Fla., 3,523
99, George Lambert IV, Canada, 3,510
100, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,499
101, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3,486
102, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 3,483
103, Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 3,468
103, Timothy Behrendt, St. Louis, 3,468
105, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 3,464
106, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 3,452
107, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, 3,444
108, Timothy Mayer, Harrison Twp., Mich., 3,421
109, Alex Medveditskov, Russia, 3,405
110, Tracy Damm, Toledo, Ohio, 3,382
111, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,366
112, Jeff Klemenswicz, Woodridge, Ill., 3,356
113, Ron Williams, Marana, Ariz., 3,297
114, Brian DiCicco, Agawam, Mass., 3,245
115, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, 3,181
116, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 3,149
117, Jason Crawford, Ontario, N.Y., 3,018
118, Jonathan Estes, Greensburg, Pa., 2,754
119, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., withdrew
20, Scotie Coleman, Minooka, Ill., withdrew
 
PBA SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 2
 
Third Qualifying Round (after 18 games, top 36 advance to cashers round)
1, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 4,018
2, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 3,953
3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,900
4, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,856
5, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3,855
6, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,853
7, Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 3,839
8, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 3,832
9, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,779
10, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,760
11, Carl Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 3,756
12, (tie) Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 3,754
14, (tie) Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, and Dale Eagle, Frisco, Texas, 3,736
16, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,728
17, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,718
18, Larry Franz, Redford, Mich., 3,714
19, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,713
20, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,702
21, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,700
22, Rick Vittone, Canada, 3,695
23, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,692
24, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,689
25, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 3,673
26, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 3,668
27, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,655
28, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,647
29, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,641
30, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,634
31, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,604
32, Rick Minier, Houston, 3,601
33, Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 3,593
34, Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill., 3,591
35, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3,588
36, x-Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,586
Did not advance:
 
37, Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich., 3,586
38, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,584
39, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,582
40, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,580
41, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,578
42, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Penn., 3,568
43, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,562
44, Douglas Kirkman, Clovis, N.M., 3,557
45, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3,548
46, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,547
47, Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, 3,534
48, (tie) Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,531
48, John Chapman, Canada, 3,531
51, John Di Santis, Wilmington, Del., 3,529
52, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,524
53, Richard Kanadet, Oakland, Ill., 3,523
54, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,520
55, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,510
56, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,503
57, Dave Sill, Cary, Ill., 3,500
58, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,499
59, Curtis Aemisegger, Wauconda, Ill., 3,498
60, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 3,486
61, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,479
62, Derek Smith, Hicksville, Ohio, 3,478
63, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3,477
64, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 3,463
65, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 3,459
66, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,457
67, (tie) Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, and Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 3,452
69, Russ Freeman, Antioch, Ill., 3,445
70, (tie) Leo Scantamburlo, Riverview, Mich., and Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,444
72, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 3,441
73, Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 3,421
74, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 3,407
75, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 3,406
76, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 3,396
77, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,383
78, Max Shellabarger, Ogden, Utah, 3,378
79, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,374
80, Paul Kwiecien, Lansing, Mich., 3,367
81, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 3,353
82, Marc Clyburn, Pittsburg, Calif., 3,349
83, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,342
84, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,329
85, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 3,327
86, Garry Blanton, Owensboro, Ky., 3,325
87, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,324
88, John Babbitt, Valdosta, Ga., 3,307
89, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,297
90, Dennis Roberts, Quenemo, Kan., 3,281
91, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,280
92, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 3,266
93, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,253
94, Ken Waters, Homosassa, Fla., 3,249
95, Kerry Fulford, Brownwood, Texas, 3,223
96, Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,217
97, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,215
98, Richard Nesbit, Pittsburgh, 3,214
99, Albert Amella III, Macomb, Mich., 3,209
100, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 3,207
101, John Nelson, Lexington, Ky., 3,175
102, Pete Zerger, Redford, Mich., 3,154
103, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 3,129
104, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3,115
105, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 3,073
106, Bob McGuire, Warrenton, Va., 3,039
107, Rick Kralovic, Sylvania, Ohio, 2,907
108, Bob Faragon, Schenectady, N.Y., 974
   x-won a one-game roll-off over Bob Chamberlain for 36th place, 228-184
 
PBA WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Sept. 2
 
Third Qualifying Round (after 18 games, top 20 advance to cashers round)
1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 4,191
2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 4,090
3, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 3,971
4, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 3,913
5, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 3,889
6, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 3,883
7, Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 3,876
8, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,863
9, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,846
10, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 3,835
11, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 3,828
12, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 3,811
13, Robin Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,803
14, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,797
15, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,779
16, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 3,774
17, Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 3,729
18, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 3,726
19, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 3,724
20, Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,717
 
Did not advance:
21, Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., 3,710
22, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 3,677
23, Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, 3,656
24, (tie) Trisha Reid, Columbus, Ohio, and Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., 3,595
26, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 3,582
27, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 3,580
28, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 3,579
29, Leslie Bohn, Jackson, N.J., 3,506
30, Megan Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,439
31, Kathy Tribbey, Dundee, Ore., 3,408
32, Ashly Galante, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3,380
33, Andrea Lucente, Youngstown, Ohio, 3,266
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