Rash Eyes Sixth Straight TV Final Heading into Final Round of Carmen Salvino Classic

by Jerry Schneider November 14, 2011 05:47

LAS VEGAS, Nev.  – Four-time PBA Tour titlist Sean Rash is heading for his sixth consecutive TV final sitting in third after the second round of the Carmen Salvino Classic Monday at the South Point Bowling Center. He will have to hold on to a fourth or better finish after this evening’s third and final six-game round to make his sixth show.

Rash has a 2,963 12-game pinfall total (246.6 average) after two rounds with games of 236, 279, 174, 268, 248 and 269 in Monday’s second round.

“If everyone else is striking you have to go for it on every shot,” Rash said. “Even with a 174 game I’m close after two rounds and that’s where I want to be.”

To this point in the World Series of Bowling, Rash has already qualified for the TV finals in the Bayer Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion, GEICO Shark Opens, as well as the PBA World Championship.

Leading after the first two rounds is Andres Gomez of Colombia with a 3,062 12-game pinfall (255.1 average). He had games of 277, 239, 258, 268, 289 and 255 in the second round.

“It hasn’t been until the last few years that I’ve been able to take advantage of an easier condition,” said Gomez, whose best Tour finishes have been a second and a fourth in last season’s Tournament of Champions. “I’ve been getting a better ball reaction by working on the angles you need to score on easier conditions.”

Also in the top four after two rounds are Ronnie Russell in second with 3,017 and Andrew Cain in fourth with 2,962.

The field will bowl the third and final six-game qualifying round at 4 p.m. PT which will determine the four players who will advance to Sunday’s finals to be taped by ESPN.

The first 12 games also are part of Pepsi PBA Elite Players Championship qualifying. Scores bowled by the 49 PBA Tour exempt players carry over to Tuesday when the Elite Players Championship field will bowl two more six-game qualifying rounds. After 24 games, the top 32 players will advance to a fifth six-game qualifying round Wednesday morning.

After 30 games, the Elite Players field be cut to the top 16 for three elimination bracket rounds that will trim the field to four finalists. Those same 16 players will become the field for the Lumber Liquidators Mark Roth-Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship. Teams will be decided during a draft whereby the top qualifier will be first to select a partner. The No. 2 qualifier will then select his partner and so on until all eight teams are determined.

All competition through Wednesday will be covered live on PBA’s exclusive Xtra Frame online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

CARMEN SALVINO CLASSIC

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nov. 14

Round Two (after 12 games; top 16 advance to Round of 16 later Monday)

1, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,062.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,017.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,963.
4, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,962.
5, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2,944.
6, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 2,925.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,910.
8, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 2,904.
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,887.
10, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 2,886.
11, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 2,881.
12, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,871.
13, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,833.
14, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,829.
15, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,822.
16, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,813.

DID NOT ADVANCE (after 12 games)

17, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,790, $1,500.
18, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,787, $1,480.
19, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,786, $1,460.
20, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,783, $1,440.
21 (tie), John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,777, $1,410.
23, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 2,773, $1,380.
24 (tie), Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,770, $1,365.
26 (tie), Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,765, $1,345.
28, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,759, $1,330.
29, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,758, $1,420.
30, Chris Hayden, Las Vegas, 2,725, $1,310.
31, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,724, $1,300.
32, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,715, $1,290.
33, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,710, $1,280.
34, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,695, $1,270.
35, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,684, $1,260.
36, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,677, $1,250.
37, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 2,675, $1,240.
38, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2,674, $1,230.
39, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,669, $1,220.
40, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,666, $1,210.
41 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,659, $1,195.
43 (tie), Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., and Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 2,653, $1,175.
45 (tie), Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, and Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,645, $1,155.
47, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 2,636, $1,140.
48, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,628, $1,130.
49, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,625, $1,120.
50 (tie), Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,621, $1,105.
52, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,614, $1,090.
53, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,612, $1,080.
54, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,609, $1,070.
55, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,588, $1,060.
56, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,582, $1,050.
57, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,571, $1,040.
58, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,520, $1,030.
59, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 2,481, $1,020.
60, Adam Monks, San Diego, 2,480, $1,010.
61, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,468, $1,000.
62, Yong-Jin Gu, South Korea, 2,397, $1,000.
63, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,310, $1,000.
64, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., withdrew, $1,000.

PEPSI PBA ELITE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nov. 14

Round Two (after 12 of 24 games; PBA Tour exempt players only)

1, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,062.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,017.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,963.
4, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 2,925.
5, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,910.
6, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 2,904.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,887.
8, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,871.
9, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,833.
10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,829.
11, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,822.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,813.
13, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,790.
14, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,787.
15, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,786.
16, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,783.
17, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,777.
18, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 2,773.
19 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,770.
21, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,765.
22, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,758.
23, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,724.
24, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,715.
25, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,710.
26, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,695.
27, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,684.
28, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,677.
29, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,669.
30, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,666.
31 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,659.
33 (tie), Patrick Allen, Baltimore, and Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,653.
35, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 2,645.
36, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 2,636.
37, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,628.
38, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,625.
39 (tie), Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,621.
41, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,614.
42, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,612.
43, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,609.
44, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,588.
45, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,571.
46, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,520.
47, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 2,481.
48, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,468.
49, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,310.

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