Southern California Native Robert Smith Leads After First Round in PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open

by Jerry Schneider January 27, 2010 10:19

Southern California native and seven-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Robert Smith averaged 233 after five games Wednesday to take the first round lead in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Dick Weber Open at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, Calif.

Smith, who now makes his home in Columbus, Ohio, topped a field of 153 bowlers with a 1,166 five-game pinfall on games 212, 279, 256, 213, 206 to hold a three-pin lead over 12-time titlist and 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. in second.

“I had two big games in that block that really carried me,” Smith said. “The lanes really opened up and that’s really an advantage for my game.

“When I bowl the next block the condition will be different and I’ll have to adjust quite a bit. This tournament is kind of like a series of sprints and that’s how I approach it.”

All bowlers return this evening for another five-game qualifying round and the final five-game qualifying round Thursday. The field will then be cut to the top 24 players who will advance to the first eight-game match play round Thursday evening. Match play continues on Friday to determine the top five bowlers who will advance to the Sunday’s stepladder final that will be televised by ESPN2 at 1 p.m. Eastern (10 a.m. Pacific).

A member of the PBA and United States Bowling Congress Halls of Fame, Dick Weber amassed one of the greatest careers in the sport. He was ranked No. 3 on the PBA’s 50 Greatest list behind only Earl Anthony and Walter Ray Williams Jr. Weber’s 30 PBA Tour titles ranks seventh all-time and he was the only bowler to win a PBA title in six different decades.

PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open

Fountain Bowl, Fountain Valley, Calif.

Jan. 27, 2010

First Round (after 5 games)

1, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 1,166
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,163
3, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,159
4, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,153
5, David Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,151
6, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,148
7, George Lambert IV, Canada, 1,147
8, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,137
9, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,131
10, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,125
Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 1,125
12, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,124
13, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 1,118
14, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,114
15, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 1,105
16, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,100
17, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,099
18, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,097
Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,097
Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,097
21, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,096
22, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 1,095
23, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,093
24, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,088
Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Hts., Ohio, 1,088
26, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,087
27, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,077
Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,077
29, Vance Sisk, Sun City, Calif., 1,074
30, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,070
31, Nicholas Wilson, LaMirada, Calif., 1,068
32, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 1,065
33, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,063
Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,063
35, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,061
36, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,057
37, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,056
38, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,055
39, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,054
Dominic Barrett, England, 1,054
41, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 1,053
Devin Bidwell, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,053
43, Robert Piroozshad, Irvine, Calif., 1,051
44, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla, 1,049
45, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,047
46, Zack Jellsey, Moreno Valley, Calif., 1,045
47, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,042
48, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,037
48, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,037
50, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,032
51, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,029
Paul Moor, England, 1,029
53, Stuart Williams, England, 1,028
54, Mads Sandbekken, Norway, 1,027
55, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,026
56, Ben Laughlin, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,024
57, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,022
58, Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 1,021
59, Tony Cowan, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,018
60, Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,017
Joe Goldstein, Hayward, Calif, 1,017
62, Liwei Liu, Pasadena, Calif., 1,014
63, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 1,009
64, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 1,008
Brandon Kraye, LaHabra, Calif., 1,008
66, Nathaniel Jones, Twin Falls, Idaho, 1,007
67, Paul Varela, Carson, Calif., 1,006
68, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,005
69, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,004
70, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,002
71, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 999
72, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 997
73, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 996

Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 996
75, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 995
76, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 992
Art Ramirez, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 992
78, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 991
79, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 990
80, Lowell Huber, Westminster, Calif., 983
81, Missy Bellinder, Lake Forest, Calif., 982
82, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif, 979
83, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 977
84, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 975
85, Kenneth Maxey Jr., La Habra, Calif., 973
86, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 971
87, Scott Critchfield, Canyon Country, Calif., 970
Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 970
Jonathan Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 970
90, Kevin Valmonte, LaVerne, Calif., 966
91, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 965
Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.., 965
Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 965
94, Thomas Andres Sr., Highland, Calif., 964
95, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 963
96, Chris Grulke, Irvine, Calif., 960
97, Raul Rosales, El Monte, Calif., 959
98, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 957
99, John Oliva, Simi Valley, Calif, 955
Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 955
101, Michael Hamilton, Miami, 953
102, Steven Black, Phoenix, 952
103, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 948
104, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 946
105, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 945
106, Dennis Cassidy, Victorville, Calif., 944
107, Laura Fonnegra, Colombia, 943
Tim Porritt, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., 943
109, Troy Kendrick, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 941
110, Tony Figuiera, Gardena, Calif., 940
111, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 939
112, Paul Navarrette, Riverside, Calif, 935
Drew Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 935
114, Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 934
115, Manuel Otalora, Weston, Fla., 931
116, Scott Kraye, LaHabra, Calif., 929
117, Jason Thomas, Moorpark, Calif., 925
118, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 924
119, Patrick Smith, Bakersfield, Calif., 922
120, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 917
Brandon Grant, Bellflower, Calif., 917
122, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 916
Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 916
124, Peter Ljung, Sweden, 909
Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 909
126, Tony Knuth, Oceanside, Calif., 898
127, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 896
128, Rich Maldonado, Anaheim, Calif., 895
129, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 892
Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 892
131, Lindsay Baker, Amherst, N.Y., 885
132, Jeff Garrison, Hawthorne, Calif., 883
133, Alan Mojado, Fallbrook, Calif., 882
134, Frank Gallo Jr., Cape Carteret, N.C., 878
135, Jim Theyken, San Diego, 875
136, Jason Tehee, Fresno, Calif., 870
137, Daniel Wood, Beaumont, Calif., 861
138, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 855
139, Joseph Locke, Moreno Valley, Calif., 846
140, Kevin Westerman, Moreno Valley, Calif., 845
141, James Grago, Rome, N.Y., 841
142, Bobby Campagnale, Highland, Calif., 836
143, Garran Hein, Brea, Calif., 829
144, Michael Reichstein, Agoura Hills, Calif., 828
145, Anggie Ramirez, Colombia, 804
146, Bruce Kramer, Westminster, Calif, 801
147, Michael Peterson, Los Angeles, 785
148, Lamont Hanna, Salt Lake City, 779
149, Howard Goldstein, Northridge, Calif., 777
150, Lawrence Pena, West Covina, Calif., 775
151, Donn Flanders II, Anaheim, Calif., 763
152, Demetrius Cash, Costa Mesa, Calif., 740
153, Victor Cruz, Perris, Calif., 719


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