2000 Champion Robert Smith Leads U.S. Open After First Round

by Jason Thomas February 23, 2010 14:53

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Feb. 16, 2010) – Robert Smith of Columbus, Ohio, rolled into the first round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Tuesday, averaging 232.67 for his first six games to take a 16-pin lead over Australia’s two-handed star, Jason Belmonte.

Smith, a 36-year-old 13-year PBA Tour veteran, has won seven PBA Tour titles, including the 2000 U.S. Open.

“This is by far my favorite tournament,” he said. “You go into this event knowing you can’t give away the headpin. You’re going to have your good games and your bad games, but you can’t give anything away. It calls for a different mindset.

“I fell into something today, and I basically had two pockets – the 1-3 and the Brooklyn side. It was a good day.”

Smith, one of the strongest players ever to compete on the PBA Tour, has admittedly had an up-and-down career, partly due to injuries caused by his power game. After 13 years of wear-and-tear, he is forcing himself to adapt.

“I feel healthy for the first time in awhile,” he said, “but my game has changed. I’m not the gorilla I thought I was once upon a time. Mentally, I still am, but physically, no. I can’t do what I used to do. I’m learning to deal with it.”

Smith led the field of 352 players with a 1,396 pinfall total. Belmonte, in his first full year as a PBA Tour competitor after winning the Bowling Foundation Long Island Open a year ago, was second with 1,380 pins. Third was Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., who won the PBA Shark Championship earlier in the season in Detroit, with 1,374 pins followed by defending U.S. Open champion Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas, at 1,352 and Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J., with 1,350 pins.

All players in the U.S. Open will bowl 18 qualifying games before the field is cut to the top 87 for an additional qualifying round Friday morning. The top 24 will then advance to eight-game match play rounds Friday night and Saturday to determine the four finalists for Sunday’s live ESPN telecast at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. At stake in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s final major championship of the 2009-10 season is a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.

FIRST ROUND (after 6 games)

1, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 1,396.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,380.
3, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,374.
4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,352.
5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,350.
6, Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., 1,348.
7, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,347.
8, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 1,346.
8, (tie) Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., and Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,342.
11, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,330.
12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,324.
13, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,320.
14, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,318.
15, Chris Tomlinson, Franklin, Tenn., 1,315.
16, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,308.
17, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 1,306.
18, Matthew Zasowski, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,304.
19, Peter Spreadbury, Oak Forest, Ill., 1,303.
20, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 1,298.
21, Matthew Gasn, Laurel, Md., 1,294.
22, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,293.
23, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,291.
24, (tie) Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., and Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,289.
26, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 1,288.
28, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,287.
29, (tie) Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,285.
31, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,284.
32, (tie) Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind.; Patrick Kendall, Greentown, Ind., and PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,283.
35, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,282.
36, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,281.
37, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,278.
38, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,272.
39, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,271.
40, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,267.
41, Scott Lavy, Troy, Mo, 1,265.
42, Fero Williams, Fairfield, Ohio, 1,263.
43, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,261.
44, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,258.
45, Jeff Clark, Indianapolis, 1,256.
46, Scott Gilmore, Lafayette, Ind., 1,253.
47, Mike Ragon, Marion, Ind., 1,251.
48, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,250.
49, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,245.
50, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 1,243.
51, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,238.
52, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Belleville, Ill.; Luis Rodriguez, Puerto Rico; Luke Matthys, Lafayette, Ind., and Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 1,237.
56, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,234.
57, (tie) Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky.; Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, and Antonio Medina, Davenport, Iowa, 1,231.
60, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,230.
61, Anthony Jordan, Sycamore, Ill., 1,229.
62, (tie) Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss.; Timothy Behrendt, St Louis, and Jerry Gentry Jr., Topeka, Kan., 1,226.
65, (tie) Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,225.
67, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla, 1,223.
68, (tie) Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, and George Lambert IV, Canada, 1,222.
70, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,221.
71, (tie) Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, and Matt Hartigan, Tupelo, Miss., 1,220.
73, John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., 1,219.
74, (tie) Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., and Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 1,218.
76, (tie) Austin Marsh, Anderson, Ind., and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,216.
78, (tie) Joseph Steiner, Saginaw, Mich., and Aaron Buss, Freeport, Ill., 1,215.
80, (tie) Chris Werner, Rochester, N.Y.; Jeffrey Segneri, Tucson, Ariz., and Justin Williams, Barrett, Tenn., 1,214.
83, (tie) Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio; Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,213.
86, (tie) Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, and Terry Krawec, Canada, 1,211.
88, (tie) Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Corey Young, Steeleville, Ill., 1,209.
90, (tie) Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., and Billy Oatman, Chicago, 1,208.
92, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,207.
93, (tie) Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., and Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 1,206.
95, (tie) Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., and Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,205.
97, Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 1,204.
98, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,203.
99, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,202.
100, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,199.
101, (tie) Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., and Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 1,196.
103, Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla, 1,195.
104, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,190.
105, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,189.
106, (tie) Jeff Strong, Franklin, Ind., and T.J. Arnold, Montgomery, Ill., 1,187.
108, Michael Marsico, Chesapeake Beach, Md., 1,185.
109, Michael Christensen, Great Falls, Mont., 1,183.
110, Dan Bachar, Minooka, Ill., 1,182.
111, (tie) Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., and Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 1,181.
113, (tie) Vincent Yoder, Wooster, Ohio; Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., and Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 1,180.
116, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,178.
117, (tie) Shawn Naumann, Orlando, Fla., and Andro Simounet, Babson Park, Fla., 1,177.
119, Philip Duncan, Dayton, Ohio, 1,175.
120, Daniel Hannagan, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 1,174.
121, Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 1,173.
122, (tie) Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., and Jim Wolcott, Hendersonville, Tenn., 1,172.
124, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,171.
125, (tie) Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., and Rick Hara, Darien, Ill., 1,169.
127, (tie) Ted Rosenquist Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., and Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,168.
129, (tie) Amanda Beck, Oakdale, N.Y.; Nick Harnish, Hamilton, Ohio; Richard Wolfe, Culpepper, Va.; Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., and Alan Telling, Cleveland, 1,167.
134, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,165.
135, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,164.
136, Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill., 1,163.
137, (tie) Joe Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio; Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Josh Brown, Molalla, Ore., 1,160.
140, (tie) Tyler Selden, Kettering, Ohio, and Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 1,158.
142, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,157.
143, (tie) Eric Villagomez, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., and John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 1,156.
146, (tie) Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., and Jeff Walther, St. Cloud, Minn., 1,155.
148, Anibal Marin, Puerto Rico, 1,154.
149, (tie) Andy Mortensen, Fort Smith, Ark.; Jeffrey Voght, Canojahaire, N.Y., and Mark Decman, Canada, 1,153.
152, (tie) Daniel Cline, Lansing, Mich., and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,151.
154, (tie) Michael Lisch, Zionsville, Ind.; Ryan Yanel, Kenosha, Wis.; Robert Moss, Indianapolis, and Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 1,150.
158, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 1,149.
159, (tie) Jonathan Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., and John Schnur, Oconomowoc, Wis., 1,148.
161, (tie) Howard Ridgeway, Cleveland, and Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 1,147.
163, (tie) Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, and George Brooks, Loveland, Colo., 1,146.
165, (tie) Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., and Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,145.
167, (tie) Douglas Lakey, O'Fallon, Mo.; Stuart Williams, England, and Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,143.
170, (tie) David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., and Jason Timmermann, Breese, Ill., 1,141.
172, (tie) George Branham III, Indianapolis, and Ron Schoenbachler, Indianapolis, 1,140.
174, Steven Black, Phoenix, 1,139.
175, Aaron Ramsden, Tomah, Wis., 1,138.
176, Bruce Falcon, Bay City, Mich., 1,137.
176, (tie) Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La., and Brian Checkle, Stockbridge, Ga., 1,137.
179, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,136.
180, Larry Richardson, Muscatine, Iowa, 1,135.
181, (tie) Terry Buckner, Anderson, Ind.; Diandra Asbaty, Chicago; Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., and Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich., 1,134.
185, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,133.
186, Christopher Uffman, Dubuque, Iowa, 1,131.
187, (tie) Tim Gilbert, Saginaw, Mich., and Michael Reyes, Chicago, 1,130.
189, (tie) Richard Ness, Belleville, Ill., Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,129.
191, Joe Massey, Lafayette, Ind., 1,128.
192, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 1,126.
193, (tie) Roger Stedge, Freeville, N.Y., and Steven Meyer, Rochester, N.Y., 1,125.
195, (tie) Jeremy DelCamp, Elkhart, Ind., and Daniel Farish, Louisville, Ky., 1,123.
197, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,122.
198, Ward Rauch, Cheboygan, Mich., 1,119.
199, (tie) Terry Norton, Omaha, Neb., and Chris Hansen, Chicago, 1,117.
201, (tie) Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., and John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,116.
203, Jason Phillips, Greenwood, Ind., 1,115.
204, Jon Mesecher, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,113.
205, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 1,112.
206, Bill Crane, Mishawaka, Ind., 1,111.
207, (tie) JJ Owens, Ithaca, N.Y., and Joseph Litton, Marion, Ind., 1,110.
209, Blake Mushen, Noblesville, Ind., 1,108.
210, (tie) Cale Young, Steeleville, Ill.; John Bright, Tontitown, Ark.; Tony Richardson, Lawrence, Kan., and Andrew Koff, Miami, 1,107.
214, (tie) Justin Buford, Orlando, Fla.; Jeffrey Thomas, Indianapolis; Jason Flaugh, Avilla, Ind., and Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,106.
218, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,105.
219, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 1,104.
220, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 1,102.
221, Donald Lee, Canada, 1,101.
222, (tie) Shawn Blanton, Owensboro, Ky.; Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md.; George Juszczyk, Dearborn Heights, Mich., and Eric Aquila, Indianapolis, 1,099.
226, Matt Dammann, Canada, 1,098.
227, Jerry Anderson, Smithton, Ill., 1,093.
228, (tie) Andrew Horodecki, Jackson, Mich., and Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 1,092.
230, Terrance Bell, Pontiac, Mich., 1,091.
231, Jan Kravcheno Jr., O'Fallon, Ill., 1,090.
232, (tie) Stephen Michael Conn, Crestwood, Ky.; Nakoma Arvin, Hamilton, Ohio; Kenneth Galitsky, Plainfield, Ind., and Shane DuFresne, Clio, Mich., 1,088.
236, Dameon Edwards, Lawrence, Kan., 1,086.
237, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,085.
238, Ed Campbell, Rochester Hills, Mich., 1,083.
239, (tie) Alain Bouchard, Canada, and Marcus Henderson, Dayton, Ohio, 1,082.
241, Daniel Freeman, Indianapolis, 1,080.
242, (tie) Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., and Shane Higgins, Louisville, Ky., 1,079.
244, Jerry Bohlman, Milton, Fla., 1,078.
245, (tie) Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., and Steve Easterday, Strasburg, Ohio, 1,076.
247, Ron Nelson Jr., Bridgeview, Ill., 1,074.
248, (tie) Manuel Otalora, Weston, Fla., and Timothy Gillick, Milford, Conn., 1,072.
250, Steven Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 1,071.
251, Hector Medina II, Woodbridge, Va., 1,069.
252, (tie) Jason Baker, Sharon Springs, N.Y.; Marty Deh, San Jose, Calif., and Rodney English, Noblesville, Ind., 1,068.
255, Dave Han, Orlando, Fla., 1,067.
256, Jon Dow, Benton, Me., 1,066.
257, (tie) John Kidwell, Indianapolis, and Michael Carroll, Muncie, Ind., 1,065.
259, Brian McMahon Jr., Saginaw, Mich., 1,063.
260, (tie) Steven Frank, New Palestine, Ind., and Bruno Diaz, Puerto Rico, 1,062.
262, Jim Rood, Algonquin, Ill., 1,061.
263, Joe Ambrosini, Lockport, Ill., 1,060.
264, (tie) Patrick Helmecy, Beech Grove, Ind., and Scott Weber, La Salle, Ill., 1,059.
266, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 1,056.
267, Wes Gamblin, Kokomo, Ind., 1,055.
268, (tie) Steve Ryan, Lansing, Ill., and Tim Lockett, Louisville, Ky., 1,052.
270, (tie) Matthew Woods, Indianapolis, and Richard Woodall, Rushville, Ind., 1,051.
272, (tie) Stephen Flynn, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Pierre Boivin, Canada, and Jim Thomas, Binghamton, N.Y., 1,050.
275, Chris Mays, Muncie, Ind., 1,049.
276, (tie) Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., and Michael Svilar, Munster, Ind., 1,048.
278, Bradley Branam, Bloomington, Ind., 1,047.
279, (tie) Chris Bolosan, Newport News, Va.; Matt Ogle, Shephersville, Ky., and Roy Woods Jr., Beech Grove, Ind., 1,046.
282, B.J. Wynn III, Warner Robins, Ga., 1,044.
283, Scott Bowland, Indianapolis, 1,042.
284, Charles Rott, Indianapolis, 1,041.
285, Eddie Frederick, Indianapolis, 1,040.
286, Maurice Bell, Chicago, 1,038.
287, Brandon Robertson, Clinton, Conn., 1,034.
288, (tie) Daniel Keenan, Endicott, N.Y., and Robert French, Warner Robins, Ga., 1,033.
290, Thomas Bates, S. Boston, Va., 1,031.
291, Bill Shouldice, Joliet, Ill., 1,029.
292, James Erlenbach, Glenford, Ohio, 1,028.
293, (tie) Mike DeVaney, San Diego, and Justin Erdly, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,024.
295, Derek Brashear, Indianapolis, 1,023.
296, Ike Brownfield, Lowell, Ind., 1,022.
297, Joseph Bevelacqua, Endicott, N.Y., 1,021.
298, (tie) Mark Dobek, Huntley, Ill., and Sylvain Brisson, Canada, 1,020.
300, Gregg Getzlow, St. Charles, Mo., 1,018.
301, Richard Horodecki Jr., Jackson, Mich., 1,015.
302, (tie) Todd Minotti, Oviedo, Fla., and Will Perry, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,014.
304, Paul Kahrs, Charlotte, Tenn., 1,011.
305, Randy Robertson, Evansville, Ind., 1,009.
306, Kyle Kalbus, Oconomowoc, Wis., 1,007.
307, Aaron Loveless, Bedford, Ind., 1,006.
308, Tom Popielarz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,005.
309, Allan Pomatto, Goose Creek, S.C., 1,004.
310, Sun Kim, Flushing, N.Y., 1,003.
311, Tamario Amey, Lawrence, Kan., 1,002.
312, (tie) Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., and Scott Nelson, Lafayette, Ind., 999.
314, Tony Meibers, Louisviile, KY, 998.
315, James Grago, Rome, N.Y., 993.
316, (tie) Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., and Chad Vendeville, North Richland Hills, Texas, 992.
318, Tyler Ward, Brownberg, Ind., 990.
319, Mike Eaton Jr., Cincinnati, 989.
320, David Romero, Colombia, 985.
321, (tie) Michael McPhearson, Fairmount, Ind., and Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 984.
323, John Gould Jr., Kansas City, Kan., 982.
324, Samuel Montalvo, Puerto Rico, 979.
325, Nick Korte, Highland, Ill., 974.
326, Joshua Ward, Beloit, Wis., 972.
327, (tie) Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., and Chris McClintic, Parma, Mich., 966.
329, Cory Monroe, Kokomo, Ind., 965.
330, Marek Przezpolewski, Poland, 959.
331, Robert Graci, Buffalo, N.Y., 955.
332, Mark Cornelius, Peru, Ind., 947.
333, Michael Sucena, Philadelphia, 946.
334, (tie) Randy Rudzinski, Columbus, Ind., and Matthew Priore, North Arlington, N.J., 942.
336, Alan Wilson, Martinsville, Ind., 941.
337, Christopher Ohnesorge, Dunlap, Iowa, 930.
338, Kevin Akemon, Elkhart, Ind., 929.
339, Michael Young, Gloucester Point, Va., 927.
340, Les Crump, Noblesville, Ind., 920.
341, Joshua Shriver, Winchester, Va., 917.
342, Emmett Jeter, Cheboygan, Mich., 916.
343, Andrew Branham, Clarksville, Ind., 913.
344, Rickey Coleman, Cleveland, 911.
345, Zach Cole, Deerfield, Ill., 910.
346, Jenny Stevens, Houma, La., 901.
347, John Nemes, Berkley, Mich., 896.
348, Scott Falkner, O'Fallon, Mo., 861.
349, John Gimbel Jr., Greenwood, Ind., 849.
350, Anthony Dompe, Georgetown, Ill., 840.
351, Chris Case, Indianapolis, 807.
352, Sean Couse, Indianapolis, 800.


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