Wolfe Takes First Round Lead in Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open with Near-Record 2,338 Total

by Jason Thomas March 30, 2010 14:50

BALTIMORE, Md. – Mike Wolfe of New Albany, Ind., averaged 259.78 for nine games to take the first round lead in the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open at AMF Country Club Lanes Tuesday by seven pins over Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan.

Wolfe, a four-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, missed the nine-game PBA scoring record of 2,367 pins set by Walter Ray Williams Jr. in Tucson, Ariz., in 2004, by 29 pins, posting a 2,338 total on the PBA Cheetah lane condition – the first of seven different lane conditions that will be used in the Marathon Open.

“I just tried to make the ball not hook too much,” Wolfe said. “I try to keep my ball reaction down the lane as close to the same as possible, pair after pair. The guys who seem to get into trouble usually hook the ball too much.

“I tend to like the shorter oil patterns (like the Cheetah pattern),” he added. “I tend to throw the ball too hard at times, which means I need to completely change my thought pattern for tomorrow. My history on the Shark pattern (the longest oil pattern) is probably one of my worst because it takes me too long to figure out what’s going on. I’ve been working on that.”

The entire field of 133 will bowl nine additional games on the long-oil Shark condition Wednesday, after which the top 44 bowlers will advance to seven-game rounds on the Viper and Chameleon lane conditions on Thursday.

“I’ll get a couple different balls out of the bag, pay attention and try to stay in the hunt,” Wolfe said.

Rash, also a four-time PBA Tour winner, also averaged 259 in posting a 2,331 pinfall total despite nursing a sore wrist that has plagued him for two months.

“I won here a couple of years ago on the Cheetah pattern, so knowing you’re coming into this building and bowling on the Cheetah as the first pattern, you have a lot of confidence,” Rash said. “When you throw lots of strikes, it’s a lot of fun. I didn’t have a single open the entire block.

“But there are five days and lots of bowling left. I’m probably safe to make first cut, maybe the second,” he added, “but after that? I just hope I’ll still be around, bowling on Sunday.”

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, was third with a 2,311 total followed by Stevie Weber of Chalmette, La., at 2,302 and Eddie VanDaniker Jr. of Essex, Md., with 2,279 pins.

The Marathon Open is the final event of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s regular season, and one of its most demanding events. Over the course of five days, the tournament leaders will bowl seven rounds, all on different lane conditioning patterns, to decide the top five players for the stepladder finals that will air Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. The tournament leader after 53 games will select the lane condition to be used for the TV finals.

AMF Country Club Lanes, Baltimore, Tuesday

FIRST ROUND (after 9 games, Cheetah lane condition)

1, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,338.
2, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,331.
3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,311.
4, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 2,302.
5, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,279.
6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,270.
7, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,250.
9, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,237.
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,223.
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,223.
12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,203.
13, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,200.
14, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 2,198.
15, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 2,187.
16, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,185.
17, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,174.
18, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,173.
19, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,160.
20, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,157.
21, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 2,151.
22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,144.
23, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,143.
24, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,142.
25, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,141.
26, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,130.
27, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,125.
28, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 2,122.
29, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,121.
30, (tie) Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, and Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,119.
32, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,113.
33, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,107.
35, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla, 2,102.
36, Robert Eddy II, Saginaw, Mich., 2,101.
37, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,097.
38, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 2,096, $100.
39, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 2,095.
40, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,091.
41, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,089.
42, (tie) Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, and George Lambert IV, Canada, 2,077.
44, (tie) Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., and Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,074.
46, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 2,070.
47, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,066.
48, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,059.
49, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,051.
50, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 2,038.
51, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 2,037.
52, William Barlow, Edgewood, Md., 2,034.
53, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,033.
54, (tie) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.; Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,030.
57, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 2,028.
58, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 2,025.
59, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,023.
60, (tie) Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, and Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C., 2,020.
62, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,018.
63, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 2,016.
64, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,011.
65, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,007.
66, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,003.
67, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,001.
68, Michael Stocks, Leesburg, Va., 1,996.
69, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,994.
70, Vic Marotto, Wallingford, Conn., 1,984.
71, Kevin Cartier, Beverly, N.J., 1,983.
72, Chris Hans, Richmond, Va., 1,978.
73, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,975.
74, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,973.
75, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,969.
76, (tie) Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., and Stuart Williams, England, 1,965.
78, (tie) Ryon Collins, Richmond, Va., and Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,961.
80, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,940.
81, John Di Santis, Wilmington, Del., 1,939.
82, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,919.
83, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,915.
84, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,902.
85, Kevin Pickett, Mechanicsville, Va, 1,899.
86, Joe Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 1,890.
87, David Knight, Folcroft, Pa., 1,888.
88, (tie) Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., and Justin Warhol, Sound Beach, N.Y, 1,886.
90, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,883.
91, Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va, 1,880.
92, (tie) Chris Paroly, Plainview, N.Y., and Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,873.
94, Jeremy Merriner, Winchester, Va., 1,871.
95, Shane Holbert, East Lansdowne, Pa., 1,859.
96, Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 1,854.
97, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,852.
98, Steven Black, Phoenix, 1,851.
99, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 1,844.
100, Philip Petersam, Baltimore, 1,834.
101, Stanley Lobodzinski, Edgewood, Md., 1,825.
102, Christopher Blackmore, Alexandria, Va., 1,824.
103, Jeff Keller, Chesapeake, Va., 1,823.
104, Alvin Horne Jr, Coram, N.Y., 1,820.
105, Joseph Costanzo, Plainview, N.Y., 1,801.
106, Howard Ridgeway, Cleveland, 1,798.
107, Larry Klick, Erie, Pa, 1,783.
108, Gregory Smith, Baltimore, 1,759.
109, Tom Lemanski, Hazlet, N.J., 1,738.
110, Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., 1,734.
111, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,729.
112, (tie) Gary Mixon, Clinton, Md., and Hubert Register, Philadelphia, 1,704.
114, Matt Traina, Farmingdale, N.Y., 1,697.
115, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,686.
116, Brian DiCicco, Agawam, Mass., 1,674.
117, Joshua Shriver, Winchester, Va., 1,667.
118, Robert Tracey, Sykesville, Md., 1,662.
119, Phillip Johnson, Nasville, N.C., 1,657.
120, Dave Jones Jr., Baltimore, 1,639.
121, Jeff Bragg, Linesville, Pa., 1,610.
122, Donald Messinese, Churchton, Md., 1,578.
123, Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,562.
124, David Reed, Shoreham, N.Y., 1,557.
125, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,554.
126, Larry Martin, Pasadena, Md, 1,531.
127, Earl Langkam Jr, Toppa, Md, 1,508.
128, Mike Charney, Baltimore, 1,502.
129, J.J. Vece, Wallingford, Conn., 1,492.
130, Tommy Dean Garland, Sykesville, Md., 1,460.
131, David Zeitz, Philadelphia, 1,459.
132, Barry Wilson Jr., Landover, Md., 1,426.
133, Colin Jones, Glen Burnie, Md., 1,366.

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