Dave Wodka of Chatsworth, Calif., repeated as top qualifier in the Tour Qualifying Round of the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Wednesday at Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl, averaging 225.14 for seven games to pace the 13 players who will advance to the tournament's Round of 64 on Thursday.
Wodka, a former Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt player who won his only PBA Tour title in the 1999 Greater Detroit Open, finished the seven-game TQR with a 1,576 total, 41 pins ahead of Jon Brandon of Santa Clarita, Calif. The 13 players who advanced out of the TQR will join 50 members of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and Wayne Garber of Modesto, Calif., who was granted a PBA Commissioner's Exemption for the event, for 14 qualifying games Thursday.
After leading the TQR last year, Wodka finished in 56th place. He hopes to improve this year.
"I'm hoping to have a little better showing this year," he said. "I'd like to make the match play cut (top 32 after Thursday's qualifying round) and go from there.
"I bowled really well in the PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas last week, except for the first round," he added. "I did the same thing in the World Series of Bowling early in the season. I made the wrong ball choices and adjustments, and couldn't recover.
"I'd absolutely love to win another title. It's possible, but I just have to bowl better physically and mentally. You can't ever give away pins to these guys."
Competition continues Thursday with two seven-game Round of 64 rounds beginning at 10 a.m. The field will then be cut to 32 players for match play on Friday. After match play has concluded the four players will be determined for the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.
PBA Tour Qualifying Round
1, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,576.
2, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,535.
3, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,520.
4, Ron Case, Oakley, Calif., 1,513.
5, (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Dennis Acma, San Ramon, Calif., 1,507.
7, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,505.
8, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,503.
9, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,490.
10, (tie) Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., and Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,471.
12, (tie) Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., and Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,455.
Did not advance:
14, (tie) Greg Thomspon Jr., Dublin, Calif., and Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 1,437, $700.
16, Marvin Hale, Roswell, Ga., 1,419, $500.
17, Josh Blanchard, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 1,418, $400.
18, Rick Francis, Linden, Calif., 1,417, $350.
19, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,416, $300.
20, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,415.
21, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,413.
22, Austin Kircher, Orangevale, Calif., 1,400.
23, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 1,398.
24, (tie) Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., and PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,396.
26, Lindsey Wong, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,393.
27, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,383.
28, Joe Salvemini, Henderson, Nev., 1,377.
29, Steven Black, Phoenix, AZ, 1,373.
30, Kevin Beber, Albany, Calif., 1,371.
31, Dave Houck, Castro Valley, Calif., 1,370.
32, David Doyle, Pacifica, Calif., 1,369.
33, Noah Berger, Berkeley, Calif., 1,368.
34, (tie) Chris Pitts, Fresno, Calif., and Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,363.
36, Chris Hillman, Fremont, Calif., 1,362.
37, Larry Wheeler Jr., Benicia, Calif., 1,360.
38, Scott Boyle, Salida, Calif, 1,359.
39, Garrett Richardson, Martinez, Calif., 1,358.
40, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,318.
41, Aaron Pawloski, Brentwood, Calif., 1,316.
42, Richard Torres, Antioch, Calif., 1,308.
43, Jim Woodard, Benicia, Calif., 1,303.
44, Ivan Yee, San Francisco, 1,302.
45, (tie) Daryn Young, Danville, Calif., and Randall Harmon, San Jose, Calif., 1,299.
47, Kenneth Daily, San Leandro. Calif., 1,294.
48, Kioni Sodaria, Stockton, Calif., 1,292.
49, Barry Richards, Lodi, Calif., 1,291.
50, Joseph Leon-Guerrero, Guam, 1,287.
51, Dave Moore, Hickman, Calif., 1,280.
52, Sal Bruno, Antioch, Calif., 1,279.
53, Sam Carter, Ben Lomond, Calif., 1,269.
54, Ramon Estrada, San Diego, 1,267.
55, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 1,250.
56, Timothy Nelson, Antioch, Calif., 1,236.
57, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,225.
58, (tie) Clark Walmer, Brentwood, Calif., and David Johns Jr., Brentwood, Calif., 1,219.
60, Shawn Amatori, San Francisco, Calif, 1,211.
61, Scott Chistensen, Ripon, Calif., 1,200.
62, Wilie Thomas IV, Richmond, Calif., 1,198.
63, Jeffery Mendonca, Atwater, Calif., 1,189.
64, Eddy Perez Sr., Richmond, Calif., 1,173.
65, Shane Nash, Houston, 1,164.
66, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif., 1,160.
67, Joe Branco, Hilmar, Calif., 1,153.
68, Joshua Lewis, Stanford, Calif., 1,146.
69, Chris Bennett, Antioch, Calif., 1,126.
70, Derryck Mertz, French Camp, Calif., 1,123.
71, Joel Dyson, Milpitas, Calif., 1,103.
72, Chris Kraft, Ceres, Calif., 1,090.
73, Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,087.
74, Terry Ferguson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,071.
75, Joe Monastiero, Livermore, Calif., 1,003.