Jones Retains Lead After First Match Play Round In PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial: Koivuniemi in Third

by Jason Thomas January 28, 2011 11:06

Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C., posted a 6-3 match play record and averaged 224.6 to maintain his lead after Friday’s first match play round in the Professional Bowlers Association One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl.

The field has been cut from 32 players to 16 who will return this evening for another nine-game match play round that will determine the four players who will advance to the the stepladder finals which will air live on ESPN2 Sunday at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific.

Jones, a 13-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist whose last title came in the DyDo Japan Cup that concluded the 2009-10 season, had games of 215, 215, 198, 225, 215, 244, 237, 214 and 259 winning his last four matches.

“The lanes broke down a little differently than I thought so I had to make some quick adjustments,” Jones said. “I was hoping to get off to a better start but I was able to hang in there early and finish strong. I’m going to drill up another ball for tonight’s round so I can pick it up quicker.”

Jones’ best finish this season was third in the PBA World Series of Bowling Pepsi Viper Championship.

In second after posting a 7-2 match play record is Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who is looking for his first PBA Tour title, and coming all the way from 31st with the help of an 8-1 match play record and a 237.2 block average is last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi of Finland in third. PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber, looking for his 36th title, rounds out the top four.

Two 300s were bowled in today’s early match play round by Dave Wodka and Weber, both seen on pba.com’s Xtra Frame video service. Click on the Xtra Frame logo on the pba.com home page for subscription info.

 

Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour

PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl, Dublin, Calif., Jan. 28

Round of 32

(after 23 games, pinfall totals include match play bonus pins; top 16 advanced to Round of 16)

1, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 6-3, 5,492.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 7-2, 5,399.
3, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 8-1, 5,369.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-4, 5,359.
5, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 8-1-0, 5,349.
6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5-4-0, 5,325.
7, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6-3, 5,318.
8, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7-2, 5,304.
9, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 6-3, 5,302.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 5-4, 5,293.
11, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4-5, 5,291.
12, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 5-4, 5,268.
13, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7-2, 5,252.
14, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 4-5, 5,223.
15, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4-5, 5,208.
16, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5-4, 5,141.
17, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 4-5, 5,133, $2,340.
18, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5-4, 5,127, $2,200.
19, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-4, 5,086, $2,150.
20, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3-6, 5,081, $2,100.
21, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 4-5, 5,057, $2,050.
22, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3-6, 5,035, $2,000.
23, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 4-5, 5,016, $1,950.
24, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3-6, 4,990, $1,900.
25, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 4-5, 4,981, $1,850.
26, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3-6, 4,956, $1,800.
27, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2-7, 4,949, $1,750.
28, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 4-5, 4,930, $1,700.
29, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2-7, 4,910, $1,650.
30, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3-6, 4,864, $1,600.
31, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 2-7, 4,857, $1,550.
32, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1-8, 4,744, $1,400.
33, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 0-0, 3,005, $1,400, withdrew and was replaced by alternate Chris Warren.


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