By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications
RENO, Nev. - Eugene McCune of Munster, Ind., took the early qualifying lead after the first of two squads Tuesday at the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters.
McCune fired 1,214 for five games, an average of 242.8, and leads Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, by 14 pins at the National Bowling Stadium.
Competition continues Tuesday with the second qualifying squad at 4 p.m. PST. The Professional Bowlers Association is providing live streaming coverage on its Xtra Frame on pba.com.
"During practice yesterday I had a good look playing outside, but when I came in today I didn't have the same look," said McCune, who finished sixth at the PBA One A Day Dick Weber Open two weeks ago. "Sometimes you just have to make a guess, hope that it's right and then execute. I moved way inside and threw the ball well."
McCune will continue his competition Wednesday with a second five-game qualifying block before the field is cut to the top 25 percent. After another five games Thursday morning, the top 63 bowlers will join defending champion John Nolen in match play Thursday afternoon.
"All you have to do is get into the top 63 in this tournament," McCune said. "So putting up a score like this on the first day gives me some pins to play with. I can't get lazy but now I don't have to force anything. It's nice to have a cushion, just as long as I don't blow it."
Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, sits in third place after the opening squad with 1,192, while Rick Bell of Clinton, Utah, and Andrew Loose of Chicago are tied for fourth with 1,174.
National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev., Tuesday
Early First Round Leaders (after 7 qualifying games)
1, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,214.
2, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,200.
3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,192.
4, (tie) Rick Bell, Clinton, Utah, and Andrew Loose, Chicago, 1,174.
6, Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,172.
7, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,165.
8, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,143.
9, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,142.
10, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 1,134.
11, Bob Aleksinski, Hillsboro, Ore., 1,126.
12, Scott Vanderlick, Sacramento, Calif., 1,116.
13, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,115.
14, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,113.
15, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 1,103.
16, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1,094.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,091.
18, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,086.
19, James Krafft, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,081.
20, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,078.
21, (tie) Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., and Laura Fonnegra, Colombia, 1,075.
23, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,074.
24, Tracey Teeters, Albany, Ore., 1,071.
24, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,071.
26, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,068.
27, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 1,067.
28, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,066.
29, (tie) Jim Rogers, Brick, N.J., and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,062.
31, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,060.
32, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,059.
33, Stoney Brown, Vancouver, Wash., 1,056.
34, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,049.
35, Chad Hall, Salt Lake City, 1,047.
36, (tie) Tim Mack, Indianapolis; Mike Deckelman, Lewes, Del., and Rob Edwards, Vancouver, Wash., 1,038.
39, Amanda Beck, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,030.
40, Miguel Lopez, Peoria, Ariz., 1,027.
41, Matt Smallin, Minot, N.D., 1,026.
42, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,023.
43, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 1,020.
45, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,015.
46, (tie) Rodrick Baird, Meadville, Pa., and Michael Hansell, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1,011.
48, Guy Caminsky, South Africa, 1,010.
49, Don Allen III, Vancouver, Wash., 1,006.
50, Houston Rabenberg, Gillette, Wyo., 1,004.
51, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 1,002.
52, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,000.
53, (tie) Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, and Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 999.
55, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 996.
56, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 995.
57, Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 993.
58, (tie) Brian Huther, Madison, Ala., and Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 991.
60, (tie) Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., and Mike Keily, Lakewood, Colo., 989.
61, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 987.
62, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 985.
63, (tie) Tony Yarbrough, Rogersville, Mo.; Chris Martinez, Colorado Springs, Colo., and David Haynes, Las Vegas, 984.