Australia’s Jason Belmonte Leads 24 Finalists into Match Play in U.S. Open

by Jason Thomas February 26, 2010 08:01

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Australia’s Jason Belmonte slowed his torrid scoring pace, but still led the field of 24 top qualifiers into the match play portion of the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Friday.

Belmonte finished the final qualifying round with a 27-game total of 6,051 pins, an overall average of 224.1, and held an 87-pin lead over Colombia’s Andres Gomez. Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., was third with 5,958 pins followed by Jason Couch of Clermont, Fla., at 5,866 and Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., with 5,850 pins. Williams won U.S. Open titles in 1998 and 2003.

“It’s not like I bowled bad,” the Australian two-handed player said. “I didn’t have quite the same look as yesterday. I got a couple of bad breaks that turned 200s into 180s. But, hey, this is the U.S. Open. I’m a realist. I’m still in first, so I’m happy.”

Also advancing to match play were past U.S. Open champions Robert Smith (2000), Chris Barnes (2005), Tommy Jones (2006), Norm Duke (2008), Mike Scroggins (2009) and four-time winner Pete Weber.

Weber made up a 102-pin deficit in the final qualifying game to earn a tie for 24th place, and then defeated P.J. Haggerty of Clovis, Calif., 236-202, in a one-game roll-off for the final match play position.

The top 24 players after 27 qualifying games will begin the first of three eight-game match play rounds Friday night. After two more rounds Saturday, the top four players will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

At stake is the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s final major title of the 2009-10 season, a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.

67TH LUMBER LIQUIDATORS U.S. OPEN

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 26

FOURTH ROUND (after 27 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6,051.
2, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,966.
3, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 5,958.
4, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 5,866.
5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,850.
6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,839.
7, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 5,813.
9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,778.
10, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5,743.
11, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 5,739.
12, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 5,717.
13, (tie) Jason Wojnar, Chicago, and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,708.
15, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,701.
16, Anthony Jordan, Sycamore, Ill., 5,692.
17, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,690.
18, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,688.
19, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5,674.
20, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 5,669.
21, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,667.
22, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 5,663.
23, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 5,657.
24, x-Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,637.
x- Weber def. P.J. Haggerty, 236-202, in a one-game roll-off to break a tie for 24th place.

OTHER CASHERS (after 27 games)

25, P.J. Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 5,637, $2,840.
26, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5,626, $2,500.
27, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,623, $2,400.
28, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 5,606, $2,300.
29, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,593, $2,200.
30, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,575., $2,100.
31, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,568, $2,000.
32, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,565, $1,900.
33, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 5,562, $1,850.
34, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Belleville, Ill., 5,559, and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 5,559, $1,775.
36, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 5,556, $1,700.
37, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,548, $1,650.
38, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 5,546, $1,600.
39, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 5,541, $1,550.
40, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 5,536, $1,500.
41, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,509, $1,480.
42, Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., 5,505, $1,460.
43, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 5,503, $1,440.
44, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 5,497, $1,420.
45, (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,496, and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,496, $1,395.
47, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 5,486, $1,380.
48, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5,483, $1,370.
49, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 5,482, $1,360.
50, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 5,477, $1,350.
51, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5,471, $1,340.
52, (tie) Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 5,470, and Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 5,470, $1,325.
54, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 5,467, $1,310.
55, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 5,464, $1,300.
56, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 5,459, $1,290.
57, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 5,449, $1,280.
58, Daniel Hannagan, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 5,438, $1,270.
59, Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, 5,436, $1,260.
60, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 5,428, $1,250.
61, Rick Hara, Darien, Ill., 5,424, $1,240.
62, John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., 5,420, $1,230.
63, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5,419, $1,220.
64, (tie) Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., and George Brooks, Loveland, Colo., 5,406, $1,213.
66, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,389, $1,205.
67, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5,385, $1,200.
68, Antonio Medina, Davenport, Iowa, 5,380, $1,195.
69, Matthew Zasowski, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,365, $1,190.
70, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 5,362, $1,185.
71, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5,361, $1,180.
72, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 5,358, $1,175.
73, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 5,352, $1,170.
74, (tie) Josh Brown, Molalla, Ore., 5,347, and Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 5,347, $1,163.
76, (tie) Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 5,342, and Scott Gilmore, Lafayette, Ind., 5,342, $1,153.
78, Andro Simounet, Babson Park, Fla., 5,334, $1,145.
79, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 5,324, $1,140.
80, Chris Hansen, Chicago, 5,283, $1,135.
81, Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., 5,279, $1,130.
82, Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio, 5,254, $1,125.
83, Corey Young, Steeleville, Ill., 5,253, $1,120.
84, Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla, 5,243, $1,115.
85, Terry Krawec, Canada, 5,205, $1,110.
86, Michael Christensen, Great Falls, Mont., 5,193, $1,105.
87, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., withdrew, $1,100.
88, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., withdrew, $1,100.

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