Ryan Ciminelli Hoping for First PBA Tour Title as Top Qualifier for PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial Finals

by Jason Thomas January 28, 2011 18:43

DUBLIN, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2011) -- Looking for his first Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., earned the top seed for Sunday’s stepladder finals of the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial at Earl Anthony’s Dublin Bowl.

The 24-year-old Ciminelli earned the top seed with an 11-6-1 overall match play record and 32-game 7,688 overall pinfall total Friday, topping PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who had an 11-7 match play record and 7,572 overall pinfall to earn the No 2 seed.

Ciminelli’s previous best Tour finishes were second in the 2009 Cheetah and Viper Championships and third in the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters. He’s gained a lot of confidence after finishing 14th in last week’s PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas.

“For whatever reason I haven’t matched up with the conditions well for a long time,” said Ciminelli. “Things started to turn around at the Tournament of Champions where my physical game was sharp and my mental game was locked in.

“If I can win it will take a big load off my shoulders. There’s a lot of pressure but I’m in the best position to be in so hopefully the pins will fall my way this time.”

Weber, 48, will be trying for his 36th Tour title with his last title coming in the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open last April. He’s gotten off to a slow start this season with a best finish of 17th in both the Brunswick Pro Bowling Cheetah Championship and GEICO Shark Championship.

“It may be hard to believe but I feel I’m bowling well but just not scoring well,” Weber said. “A lot of times it comes down to the breaks you get. You can throw it good but not get the breaks but when you do get the breaks you need to take advantage of them and I was able to do that.”

Withstanding a nail-biting battle for the TV show, competing in the opening stepladder match that will be televised Sunday on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. Eastern (11 a.m. Pacific) will be No. 3 seed Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., against No. 4 seed Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C. Both players will be trying for a14th Tour title. Ironically, both of their last wins came in the DyDo Japan Cup—Jones in 2010 and Allen in 2009. Last week’s Tournament of Champions winner Mika Koivuniemi missed the finals by one pin.

Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour

PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial

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

Round of 16

(after 32 games, pinfall totals include match play bonus pins; top four advance to Sunday’s ESPN2 television finals)

1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11-6-1, 7,688.
2, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-7, 7,572.
3, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 13-4-1, 7,535.
4, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 11-7, 7,534.
5, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 14-4, 7,533, $4,000.
6, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 10-8, 7,517, $3,600.
7, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 11-6-1, 7,436, $3,400.
8, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 12-6, 7,416, $3,200.
9, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 9-8-1, 7,356, $3,100.
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 12-6, 7,239, $3,000.
11, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8-10, 7,221, $2,900.
12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 9-9, 7,218, $2,800.
13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 6-12, 7,209, $2,700.
14, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 10-8, 7,125, $2,700.
15, Stuart Williams, England, 7-11, 7,117, $2,500.
16, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 8-10, 7,094, $2,400.

 

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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