Rash Leads Field of 53 Survivors into Wednesday’s PBA World Championship Cashers’ Round

by Bill Vint November 8, 2011 16:21

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., dominated the first 32 games of the PBA World Series of Bowling and will lead the field of 53 survivors into the cashers’ round of the PBA World Championship, the Professional Bowlers Association’s first major championship of the 2011-12 season, Wednesday at South Point Bowling Center.

Rash, a 29-year-old four-time PBA Tour title winner, averaged 239.81 over four eight-game rounds on the PBA’s Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark lane conditioning patterns for a total of 7,674 pins and a 314-pin lead over Australia’s Jason Belmonte. Rash has qualified among the top four for the ESPN television finals in the Bayer Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and GEICO Shark Open events and needs to remain among the top 16 after Wednesday’s final eight-game round of PBA World Championship qualifying to advance to an unprecedented five consecutive PBA World Series of Bowling telecasts.

In the three-year history of the PBA WSOB, no player had appeared in more than three TV finals in a single World Series until this year.

Defending PBA World Champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, also advanced to the cashers’ round, sitting in 12th place after 32 games.

Following Wednesday morning’s final round, the top qualifier will earn a $5,000 bonus and the top 16 will advance to a series of divisional elimination rounds named in honor of past PBA World Champions Don Carter, Billy Hardwick, Johnny Petraglia and Mike Aulby. In each divisional final, the highest of four seeded player (based on their qualifying totals) will select the lane condition and all four will bowl one game with the lowest-scoring player eliminated. The three surviving players will bowl a second game, again eliminating the low score. The two survivors will then bowl a game to decide who advances to the PBA World Championship finals which will follow the same format.

All five PBA World Championship rounds will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a special arena lanes setup at South Point. The telecasts will air on ESPN on five consecutive Sundays except Christmas Day (Dec. 11, 18, Jan. 1, 8 and 15) at 1 p.m. ET.

Wednesday’s cashers’ round (and all other World Series preliminaries) will be webcast live on pba.com’s exclusive online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. Special one-day and World Series of Bowling subscription packages are available on pba.com.

First prize in the 2011 PBA World Championship will be $50,000. If reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi or 13-time PBA Tour titlist Tommy Jones should happen to win the event, the PBA Triple Crown club will have its seventh member.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday
(After 32 games; top 53 advance to Wednesday’s cashers’ round)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7,674.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,360.
3, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 7,314.
4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 7,300.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 7,246.
6, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7,213.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7,205.
8 (tie), Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Dom Barrett, England, 7,191.
10, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 7,167.
11, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 7,165.
12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 7,130.
13, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7,107.
14, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 7,103.
15, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 7,093.
16, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,067.
17, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 7,066.
18, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 7,063.
19, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 7,060.
20, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 7,055.
21 (tie), Dan MacLelland, Canada, and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,039.
23, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 7,032.
24, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 7,024.
25, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 7,016.
26, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 7,009.
27, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 7,008.
28, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 6,976.
29, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 6,964.
29, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,964.
31, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 6,963.
32, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,953.
33, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,948.
34, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 6,939.
35, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 6,934.
36, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 6,929.
37, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 6,925.
38, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 6,920.
39, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6,919.
40, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 6,918.
41, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,914.
42, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 6,907.
43, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 6,903.
44, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 6,901.
45, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,897.
46, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,889.
47, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 6,888.
48 (tie), Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6,885.
50, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,867.
51, Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 6,862.
52, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 6,858.
53, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 6,857.

FAILED TO ADVANCE

54, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 6,853.
55, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 6,848.
56, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 6,847.
57, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 6,844.
58, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 6,838.
59, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 6,832.
60, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 6,827.
61, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 6,825.
62, Floyd Raymond, Gaylord, Mich., 6,812.
63 (tie), Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 6,810.
65, Ray Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., 6,807.
66 (tie), Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, and Ji-Hyun Cha, South Korea, 6,803.
68, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 6,801.
69, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 6,795.
70, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 6,791.
71, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 6,788.
72, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 6,784.
73, Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., 6,770.
74, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 6,762.
75, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 6,761.
76, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 6,756.
77, Billy Rogers, Dallas, 6,752.
78, Antonio Medina, Louisville, Ky., 6,744.
79, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 6,740.
80 (tie), Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 6,739.
82, Paul Moor, England, 6,732.
83, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 6,730.
84, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 6,728.
85, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 6,722.
86, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 6,721.
87, Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 6,700.
88 (tie), Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., and David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 6,687.
90, Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 6,681.
91, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 6,680.
92 (tie), Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., and Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 6,667.
94, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 6,666.
95, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 6,664.
96, Chuck Tillson, Rohnert Park, Calif., 6,636.
97 (tie), Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 6,631.
99, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 6,621.
100, Fawaz Abdullah, Bahrain, 6,612.
101, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 6,607.
102, Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 6,604.
103, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 6,602.
104, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 6,596.
105 (tie), Paola Gomez, Colombia, and Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 6,594.
107, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 6,579.
108 (tie), Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 6,562.
110, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 6,559.
111, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 6,558.
112 (tie), John DeBenedetta Jr., Las Vegas, and Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 6,549.
114, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 6,548.
115, Robert Piroozshad, Ranch Santa Margarita, Calif., 6,546.
116, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 6,545.
117, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 6,539.
118, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 6,528.
119, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 6,519.
120, Mathias Arup, Sweden, 6,518.
121 (tie), Chris Hayden, Las Vegas, and Billy Rohde, Marietta, Ga., 6,509.
123, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 6,489.
124, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 6,487.
125, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 6,479.
126, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 6,474.
127, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 6,464.
128, Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 6,460.
129, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Il., 6,459.
130, Yong-Jin Gu, South Korea, 6,454.
131, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 6,452.
132, Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., 6,450.
133, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 6,448.
134, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 6,445.
135, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 6,444.
136, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 6,426.
137, Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 4,818.
138, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 6,415.
139, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 6,400.
140, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 6,367.
141 (tie), Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., and Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 6,340.
143, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 6,335.
144, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 6,319.
145, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 6,316.
146, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 6,315.
147, Matthew Thornton, Montgomery, Ill., 6,314.
148, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 6,276.
149, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 6,273.
150 (tie), Adam Monks, San Diego, and Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., 6,264.
152, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 6,254.
153, Brett Cooper, Fort Worth, Texas, 6,248.
154, Isaac Amkie Amkie, Mexico, 6,238.
155, Santiago Garcia, Colombia, 6,237.
156, Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., 6,234.
157, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 6,203.
158, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 6,198.
159, Mahd Assad, Bahrain, 6,186.
160, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 6,151.
161, Krzysztof Olesinski, Poland, 6,116.
162, Bubba Harrison, Citrus Heights, Calif., 6,111.
163, Sean Mamlok, San Jose, Calif., 6,105.
164, Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 6,102.
165, Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 6,100.
166, Toni Palermaa, Finland, 6,090.
167, Adam Miller, Charlotte, N.C., 6,084.
168, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 6,079.
169, Michael Ciardulli Jr., Valley Stream, N.Y., 6,075.
170, Mohammed Al Swawoosh, Bahrain, 6,073.
171, Jeff Toyne, Columbia, S.C., 6,068.
172, Will Wells, New Zealand, 6,066.
173, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 6,053.
174, David Peterson, Plano, Texas, 6,051.
175, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 6,047.
176, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 6,043.
177, Masoud Saberi, Bahrain, 6,037.
178, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 6,013.
179, Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 5,987.
180, Jim Horan, Oakley, Calif., 5,945.
181, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 5,942.
182, Don Mathey, Turlock, Calif., 2,714.
183, Dwight Tincher, Perris, Calif., 4,262.
184, Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 5,858.
185 (tie), J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., and Mark Fennell, Seattle, 5,832.
187, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 5,808.
188, Frank Boyer, Lebanon, Pa, 5,805.
189, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 5,792.
190, Chuck Galaviz, Salt Lake City, Utah, 5,754.
191, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 5,721.
192, Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 5,664.
193, Miroslaw Pajak, Poland, 5,661.
194, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 5,605.
195, Chris Helton, Fountain, Colo., 5,586.
196, Jorge Tello, Colombia, 5,572.
197, Kevin Prior, Allen, Texas, 5,558.
198, Travis Thomas, Lumberton, N.C., 5,543.
199, Sam Grihm, Portland, Ore., 5,519.
200, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 5,513.
201, David Meadows, Houston, 5,494.
202, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 5,468.
203, Mathew Tabor, Cooperstown, N.Y., 5,206.
204, Tyler Johnson, Surprise, Ariz., 5,181.

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