Rhino Page Leads After First Round in PBA Tournament of Champions

by Jason Thomas January 20, 2010 09:53

Rhino Page of Wesley Chapel, Fla., averaged 235.6 for eight games to take the first round lead in the PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes Wednesday.

Page, a three-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, rolled 1,885 for eight games to hold a 43-pin lead over Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y. in second.


Page is hoping to avenge his defeat in the championship match of last year’s Tournament of Champions where he threw a four-count washout in the 10th frame, handing the victory to Patrick Allen. Allen, currently in 21st after today’s first round, defeated Page 267-263.


“I was miserable for about a day,” said the 26-year-old Page recalling last year’s tournament. “Obviously it was a big disappointment, but I wasn’t going to let it affect me. I just kept looking ahead.


“I’m coming in here really focused and motivated this year and I’m off to a good start but there’s a long way to go.”


The 63-player field will bowl another eight-game qualifying round at 5 p.m. this afternoon and one more eight-game qualifying round Thursday morning. The field will then be cut to the top 24 qualifiers who will advance to match play which begins Thursday evening and continues with two additional rounds on Friday. The top four after 48 games will advance to Sunday’s stepladder finals which airs at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific) on ESPN.


The Tournament of Champions, one of four majors on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, is open exclusively to Tour exempt-player champions; the winners of the most recent PBA Regional Players Championship and Regional Players Invitational; the USBC Masters winner; the USBC Senior Masters, PBA Senior U.S. Open and PBA Senior World Championship winners; all Tournament of Champions past winners, PBA Hall of Famers and the PBA Women’s Championship winner (Kelly Kulick).




Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nev.



First Round (after 8 games)



1, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,885
2, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,842
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,840
4, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 1,833
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,825
6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,815
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,807
8, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 1,799
9, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,797
10, Mika Koivuniemi, Howell, Mich., 1,796
11, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,792
12, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,783
13, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,781
14, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 1,774
14, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,774
14, Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 1,774
17, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,766
18, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,763
19, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,760
20, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,759
21, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,757
22, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,756
23, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,754
24, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 1,739
25, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,738
26, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,737
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,730
28, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,728
29, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,726
30, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,725
31, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,715
32, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,713
32, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,713
34, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,709
35, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,706
36, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,701
37, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,699
38, Del Ballard Jr., Keller, Texas, 1,697
39, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 1,694
40, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,689
41, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,685
41, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,685
43, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,682
44, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,679
45, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,678
46, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,676
47, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,671
48, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,670
49, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,667
50, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 1,661
51, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,641
52, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,633
53, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,628
54, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,620
55, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 1,605
56, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,604
57, Mike Mineman, St Louis, Mo., 1,602
57, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,602
59, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 1,570
60, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,551
61, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,531
62, Don McCune, Las Vegas, 1,526
63, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,466

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