Rash Retains Scorpion Open Qualifying Lead; Leads World Championship Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider November 7, 2011 14:55

LAS VEGAS - Four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash averaged 233.75 for his first eight qualifying games Monday in the Scorpion Open to ensure himself a shot at a third straight television final, and he fortified his lead after 24 games of PBA World Championship qualifying.

Rash, who has already qualified for the ESPN televised finals of the Bayer Viper Open and Chameleon Open, had a 1,870 eight-game pinfall total with games of 233, 220, 246, 253, 255, 207 and 209.

“I feel good. I’ve been bowling overseas and have been very close to winning,” Rash said. “I have some great guys from Brunswick behind me, giving me great advice. If I make a mistake, they make sure I don’t do it a second time.

“Having already made two TV shows helps loosen up your arm swing,” he added. “I’ve bowled well in all three World Series events and the All-In Showdown. All you ever want to do is give yourself a chance to win. If you give yourself enough chances, you’ll win and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

With the conclusion of Monday’s eight-game Scorpion qualifying round, the fourth and final animal pattern in tomorrow’s GEICO Shark Open will determine the top 53 players who will advance to Wednesday’s eight-game PBA World Championship cashers round. After a total of 40 games, the top 16 players will advance to the elimination finals in the first PBA major championship of the season.

The top 16 after Monday’s qualifying round bowl another six-game round Monday evening to determine the top four for the Scorpion Open TV finals at 6 p.m. PT on Nov. 18.

PBA SCORPION OPEN

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday

(After 8 games; top 16 advance to second round Monday night)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,870.
2, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,854.
3, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,848.
4, Ji-Hyun Cha, South Korea, 1,847.
5, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,843.
6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,842.
7, Stuart Williams, England, 1,838.
8, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,831.
9, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,830.
10, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,829.
11, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,825.
12, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,811.
12, Dom Barrett, England, 1,811.
14, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,809.
15, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 1,808.
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,806.

DID NOT ADVANCE (after 8 games)

17, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,798, $1,300.
18, Fawaz Abdullah, Bahrain, 1,797, $1,250.
19, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,790, $1,200.
20, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,788, $1,150.
21, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,785, $1,120.
22, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,784, $1,100.
23, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,773, $1,090.
24, Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 1,770, $1,080.
25, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,768, $1,070.
26 (TIE), Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo.; Mike Fagan, Dallas, and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,764, $1,050.
29, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,761, $1,030.
30, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,758, $1,020.
31, Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 1,753, $1,010.
32, Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 1,739, $1,000.
33 (TIE), Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,738.
35, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,735.
36, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,734.
37, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,733.
38, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,732.
39, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,731.
40, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,723.
41, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,721.
42, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,720.
43, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,713.
44, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,705.
45, Chuck Tillson, Rohnert Park, Calif., 1,701.
46 (TIE), Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,700.
48, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,698.
49, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,694.
50 (TIE), Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., and Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,691.
52, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,690.
53, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,689.
54, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,688.
55, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,687.
56, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,686.
57, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,685.
58, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,683.
59, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,679.
60, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,675.
61, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1,672.
62, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,668.
63 (TIE), Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C.; Floyd Raymond, Gaylord, Mich., and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,667.
66, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,666.
67 (TIE), Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,665.
69, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,664.
70, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,663.
71, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,661.
72, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,659.
73, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,657.
74, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,656.
75, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,653.
76, Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 1,651.
77 (TIE), Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,649.
79, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,648.
80, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,647.
81, Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., 1,646.
82, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,645.
83, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,644.
84, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,643.
85, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 1,641.
86 (TIE), Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, and Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 1,640.
88 (TIE), Ray Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., and Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 1,639.
90 (TIE), Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,638.
92, Mathias Arup, Sweden, 1,637.
93, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 1,636.
94, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,634.
95 (TIE), Chris Hayden, Las Vegas, and Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 1,632.
97, Brett Cooper, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,631.
98, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,625.
99, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,624.
100, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 1,620.
101, Isaac Amkie Amkie, Mexico, 1,617.
102 (TIE), Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,616.
104 (TIE), Yousif Falah, Bahrain, and Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 1,615.
106 (TIE), Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., and William Guszczo, Orland Park, Il., 1,613.
108, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,612.
109 (TIE), Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Paul Moor, England, 1,611.
111, Yong-Jin Gu, South Korea, 1,610.
112 (TIE), Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J.; D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, and Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,608.
115, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,607.
116, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,606.
117, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,603.
118, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,602.
119, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,597.
120 (TIE), Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., and Mahd Assad, Bahrain, 1,595.
122, Billy Rogers, Dallas, 1,589.
123, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,588.
124, Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1,587.
125 (TIE), Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,585.
127, Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 1,584.
128, Billy Rohde, Marietta, Ga., 1,583.
129, Antonio Medina, Louisville, Ky., 1,580.
130, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 1,577.
131, Robert Piroozshad, Ranch Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,574.
132, Toni Palermaa, Finland, 1,571.
133, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 1,570.
134, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,567.
135, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 1,563.
136 (TIE), Santiago Garcia, Colombia, and Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,561.
138, Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 1,560.
139 (TIE), Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, and Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,559.
141, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 1,558.
142, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,555.
143, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,553.
144, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,552.
145, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,551.
146, David Peterson, Plano, Texas, 1,550.
147, Adam Monks, San Diego, 1,549.
148, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,546.
149, Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 1,544.
150, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 1,541.
151, Sean Mamlok, San Jose, Calif., 1,540.
152, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,539.
153, Bubba Harrison, Citrus Heights, Calif., 1,538.
154 (TIE), Paola Gomez, Colombia, and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,533.
156, Frank Boyer, Lebanon, Pa, 1,532.
157, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,526.
158, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,524.
159, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,522.
160, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 1,518.
161 (TIE), Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, and Miroslaw Pajak, Poland, 1,517.
163, John DeBenedetta Jr., Las Vegas, 1,513.
164, Adam Miller, Charlotte, N.C., 1,511.
165, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,510.
166, Matthew Thornton, Montgomery, Ill., 1,507.
167 (TIE), Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., and Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 1,506.
169, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 1,501.
170, Krzysztof Olesinski, Poland, 1,494.
171, J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., 1,493.
172, Masoud Saberi, Bahrain, 1,490.
173, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,485.
174, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,482.
175 (TIE), Will Wells, New Zealand, and Mohammed Al Swawoosh, Bahrain, 1,478.
177, Michael Ciardulli Jr., Valley Stream, N.Y., 1,476.
178, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,474.
179, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,469.
180, Jeff Toyne, Columbia, S.C., 1,460.
181, Dwight Tincher, Perris, Calif., 1,457.
182, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,456.
183, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 1,449.
184, Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,441.
185, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 1,436.
186, Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 1,431.
187, Kevin Prior, Allen, Texas, 1,425.
188, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 1,419.
189, Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 1,404.
190, David Meadows, Houston, 1,396.
191, Chuck Galaviz, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1,380.
192, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,375.
193, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,371.
194, Chris Helton, Fountain, Colo., 1,367.
195 (TIE), Jorge Tello, Colombia, and Travis Thomas, Lumberton, N.C., 1,365.
197, Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 1,362.
198, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,360.
199, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,349.
200, Tyler Johnson, Surprise, Ariz., 1,339.
201, Sam Grihm, Portland, Ore., 1,333.
202, Jim Horan, Oakley, Calif., 1,306.
203, Mathew Tabor, Cooperstown, N.Y., 1,286.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING LEADERS

(After 24 of 32 games)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,801.
2, Stuart Williams, England, 5,551.
3, Dom Barrett, England, 5,531.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,500.
5, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 5,486.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,473.
7, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,463.
8, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,421.
9, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 5,391.
10, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 5,387.
11, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,369.
12, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,358.
13, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,353.
14, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 5,351.
15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,350.
16, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 5,336.
17, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,332.
18, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 5,326.
19, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 5,321.
20, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,318.
21, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,311.
22, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,303.
23, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 5,299.
24, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,288.

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