Belmonte Retains Lead After First Two Squads of PBA Chameleon Open

by Jerry Schneider November 6, 2011 08:18

 

PBA Tour titlist and two-hander Jason Belmonte of Australia maintained his lead after the first two rounds of the PBA Chameleon Open Sunday at South Point Bowling Center.

The field has been cut to the top 16 for the final qualifying round this evening to determine the four players who will advance to the TV finals.

Belmonte fired a 1,963 eight game pinfall (245.3 average) with games of 279, 258, 211, 279, 241, 218, 177 and 300 in Sunday’s opening eight-game block.

Belmonte, the winner of the 2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Open, rebounded after a disappointing 75th-place finish in Saturday’s Bayer Viper Open.

“I was bowling scared yesterday like I was afraid to make errors which caused more errors,” said Belmonte. “I was too cautious and I had to make sure to come out more aggressive today.

“It’s a new day and generally I had more confidence. Anytime I got into a lull or I was cruising I just kept reminding myself not to bowl scared—just grab the ball and get it.”

Belmonte’s 300 game to end the round vaulted him around Patrick Gerard of Canada who finished the squad in second with 1,938 and also bowled a 300 game.

Belmonte was able to withstand a challenge for the top spot by four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash who bowled a 1,955 pinfall to move into second.

In general, international players made an impact after the first squad with a total of five countries represented in the top 16 which also included Patrick Girard of Canada in third; two-handed specialist and PBA Tour titlist Osku Palmeraa of Finland in a tie for ninth with Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela and Dennis Ecklund of Sweden in 15th.

Ruiz will be hoping to make his second television appearance having qualified for the TV finals in yesterday’s Bayer Viper Championship.

Kelly Kulick, the first and only woman to win a PBA Tour title by capturing the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions made the cut to the final round by finishing 15th. She is hoping to rebound from a 2010-11 season in which her best finish was 15th.

Thomas Larsen of Denmark in a tie for 10th with Stuart Williams of England; Dan MacLelland of Canada in 13th, Martin Larsen of Sweden in 14th and Andres Gomez of Colombia in 15th.

Four 300 games have been shot in the tournament thus far by Belmonte, Girard, Eugene McCune and John Furey.

The PBA Chameleon Open is the second leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Chameleon Championship televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 3 p.m. PT Nov. 18, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl two more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA’s Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next two days to qualify for the PBA World Championship cashers round.

The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.

PBA CHAMELEON OPEN

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Sunday

Standings after eight games; top 16 advance to final six-game round

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,963.

2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,955.

3, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,938.

4, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,917.

5, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,892.

6, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,891.

7, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,878.

8, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 1,876.

9, (TIE) Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,872.

11, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,861.

12, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,860.

13, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,852.

14, Antonio Medina, Louisville, Ky., 1,847.

15, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,839.

16, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,835.

DID NOT ADVANCE

17, (TIE) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,826, and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,826, $1,275.

19, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,825, $1,200.

20, (TIE) Stuart Williams, England, 1,824, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,824, $1,135.

22, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,822, $1,100.

23, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,817, $1,090.

24, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,816, $1,080.

25, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,814, $1,070.

26, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,812, $1,060.

27, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,810, $1,050.

28, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,804, $1,040.

29, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,799, $1,030.

30, Dom Barrett, England, 1,797, $1,020.

31, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,795, $1,010.

32, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,794, $1,000.

33, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,791.

34, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,785.

35, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,784.

36, Chuck Tillson, Rohnert Park, Calif., 1,781.

37, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,773.

38, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,771.

39, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,770.

40, (TIE) Ray Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., and Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,769.

42, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,768.

43, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,766.

44, Fawaz Abdullah, Bahrain, 1,765.

45, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,762.

46, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,761.

47, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,760.

48, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 1,758.

49, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,757.

50, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,756.

51, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 1,754.

52, (TIE) Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,753.

54, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,751.

55, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,750.

56, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,749.

57, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,747.

58, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,746.

59, Mathias Arup, Sweden, 1,744.

60, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,741.

61, (TIE) John DeBenedetta Jr., Las Vegas, and Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,737.

63, (TIE) Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,734.

65, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,731.

66, (TIE) Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., and PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,728.

68, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,727.

69, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,726.

70, (TIE) Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,722.

73, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 1,717.

74, (TIE) Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., and D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,715.

76, Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 1,711.

77, Billy Rogers, Dallas, 1,709.

78, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,707.

79, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,705.

80, (TIE) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 1,704.

82, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,703.

83, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,702.

84, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,700.

85, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 1,696.

86, (TIE) Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Chris Hayden, Las Vegas, 1,692.

88, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,690.

89, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1,684.

90, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,682.

91, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,680.

92, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,679.

93, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,675.

94, (TIE) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Paul Moor, England, 1,674.

96, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,671.

97, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 1,665.

98, Matthew Thornton, Montgomery, Ill., 1,663.

99, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,660.

100, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,655.

101, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,652.

102, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,650.

103, Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 1,649.

104, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,646.

105, (TIE) Isaac Amkie Amkie, Mexico, 1,645 and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,645.

107, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 1,644.

108, Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 1,639.

109, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,638.

110, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,636.

111, (TIE) Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and Floyd Raymond, Gaylord, Mich., 1,635.

113, (TIE) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., and Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,633.

115, (TIE) Clara Guerrero, Colombia, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, and Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 1,631.

118, Robert Piroozshad, Ranch Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,629.

119, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 1,628.

120, (TIE) John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., and Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 1,627.

122, Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1,625.

123, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,622.

124, (TIE) Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, and Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,621.

126, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,620.

127, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,615.

128, (TIE) Yong-Jin Gu, South Korea, and Ji-Hyun Cha, South Korea, 1,613.

130, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,611.

131, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,603.

132, (TIE) Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, and Jeff Toyne, Columbia, S.C., 1,602.

134, Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 1,600.

135, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,599.

136, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 1,598.

137, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,597.

138, Will Wells, New Zealand, 1,596.

139, (TIE) Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 1,594.

141, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,592.

142, Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 1,589.

143, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 1,588.

144, Mahd Assad, Bahrain, 1,587.

145, (TIE) Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, and Jim Horan, Oakley, Calif., 1,586.

147, Krzysztof Olesinski, Poland, 1,582.

148, Bubba Harrison, Citrus Heights, Calif., 1,580.

149, Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., 1,579.

150, (TIE) Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., and Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,577.

152, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,575.

153, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,566.

154, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,563.

155, Santiago Garcia, Colombia, 1,558.

156, Mohammed Al Swawoosh, Bahrain, 1,557.

157, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,555.

158, (TIE) Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., Masoud Saberi, Bahrain, and Adam Miller, Charlotte, N.C., 1,552.

161, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 1,550.

162, Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 1,548.

163, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 1,544.

164, Billy Rohde, Marietta, Ga., 1,541.

165, (TIE) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and William Guszczo, Orland Park, Il., 1,532.

167, Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 1,525.

168, (TIE) Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, and Michael Ciardulli Jr., Valley Stream, N.Y., 1,522.

170, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,521.

171, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 1,520.

172, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,517.

173, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,515.

174, Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 1,506.

175, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,502.

176, Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 1,501.

177, Toni Palermaa, Finland, 1,485.

178, (TIE) Sean Mamlok, San Jose, Calif., and Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,479.

180, Adam Monks, San Diego, 1,476.

181, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,475.

182, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 1,470.

183, David Peterson, Plano, Texas, 1,462.

184, (TIE) Frank Boyer, Lebanon, Pa. and Jorge Tello, Colombia, 1,446.

186, Miroslaw Pajak, Poland, 1,444.

187, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,442.

188, Travis Thomas, Lumberton, N.C., 1,434.

189, Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,430.

190, Chuck Galaviz, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1,422.

191, Kevin Prior, Allen, Texas, 1,416.

192, Brett Cooper, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,413.

193, Chris Helton, Fountain, Colo., 1,405.

194, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,394.

195, Don Mathey, Turlock, Calif., 1,391.

196, Sam Grihm, Portland, Ore., 1,388.

197, David Meadows, Houston, 1,379.

198, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,365.

199, J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., 1,352.

200, Dwight Tincher, Perris, Calif., 1,344.

201, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 1,340.

202, Tyler Johnson, Surprise, Ariz., 1,329.

203, Mathew Tabor, Cooperstown, N.Y., 1,326.

204, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,274.

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