Rash Qualifies for Fourth Consecutive TV Final in PBA World Series of Bowling; Barnes Tops GEICO Shark Open Qualifying

by Jerry Schneider November 8, 2011 19:51

LAS VEGAS - Bowling fans will be seeing a lot of four-time PBA Tour champion Sean Rash on ESPN this season.

Rash continued his unprecedented PBA World Series of Bowling streak Tuesday, qualifying for his fourth consecutive television final at South Point Bowling Center. With his third-place finish in the GEICO Shark Open, the Montgomery, Ill., resident has qualified for the ESPN-televised finals in all four animal pattern tournaments - Bayer Viper Open, Chameleon Open, Scorpion Open and the Shark Open.

Rash finished the tournament with a 3,238 14-game pinfall (231.3 average) and had games of 243, 222, 209, 230, 214 and 247 in Tuesday’s six-game final round to secure his berth in the TV finals.

“I have everything working together right now,” Rash said. “Physically and mentally I’m in the right place and Brunswick has given me great equipment.”

Asked about the challenge of competing on four different conditions over four days, Rash said it’s all in the preparation.

“Every day is a different day and having a game plan for each day really becomes important in the World Series,” he said. “That’s going to help put yourself in a position to win and it has worked great so far.”

Thirteen-time Tour champion and defending PBA World Championship winner Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, led the Shark qualifying and will be making his first World Series television final after posting a 3,297 pinfall total (235.5 average). He had games of 226, 290, 268, 176, 227 and 268 Tuesday night.

“I really haven’t been bowling up to expectations,” Barnes said. “I’ve been way off the pace and needed to get out of the block much better. It was important for me to make this show and get some momentum going into the last round of the World Championship.”

Also making the Shark Open finals were Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte, who finished second with a 3,251 pinfall, making his second television final and reigning PBA Player of the Year Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., who finished fourth with 3,190 pins to make his first final. The Shark Open finals will be taped by ESPN on Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. PT.

The World Series of Bowling is 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.

PBA GEICO SHARK OPEN

South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday

(After 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals)

1, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,297.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,251.
3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,238.
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 3,190.

DID NOT ADVANCE (after 14 games)

5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,189, $2,500.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,131, $2,400.
7, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,127, $2,300.
8, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,119, $2,200.
9, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,083, $2,150.
10, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,073, $2,100.
11, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,063, $2,050.
12, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,060, $2,000.
13, x-Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,030, $1,950.
14, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,027, $1,900.
15, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,022, $1,850.
16, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,927, $1,800.

x-Duke defeated Williams, 236-161, in a one-game roll-off after they tied for 16th place.

DID NOT ADVANCE (after 8 games)

17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,786, $1,300.
18, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,783, $1,250.
19, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,781, $1,200.
20, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,779, $1,150.
21, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,778, $1,120.
22, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,771, $1,100.
23, Floyd Raymond, Gaylord, Mich., 1,767, $1,090.
24 (tie), Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., and D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,765, $1,075.
26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,762, $1,060.
27, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,759, $1,050.
28, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,754, $1,040.
29 (tie), Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, and Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,752, $1,025.
31 (tie), Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,751, $1,005.
33, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,748.
34, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 1,747.
35, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,744.
36 (tie), Martin Larsen, Sweden, and Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,742.
38, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,741.
39, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,737.
40, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,735.
41 (tie), Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,732.
43, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,730.
44, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,728.
45, Paul Moor, England, 1,727.
46 (tie), John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,725.
48 (tie), Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., and Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,724.
50, Jaime Monroy, Colombia, 1,723.
51, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,722.
52, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 1,721.
53, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,719.
54, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,713.
55, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,711.
56, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,710.
57 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Robert Piroozshad, Ranch Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,708.
59, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,707.
60, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,706.
61 (tie), Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., and Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,705.
63, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,703.
64, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,698.
65 (tie), Patrick Girard, Canada, and Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 1,697.
65, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,697.
68, Stuart Williams, England, 1,695.
69, Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 1,693.
70, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,689.
71, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,683.
72, Billy Rohde, Marietta, Ga., 1,680.
73, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 1,678.
74, Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1,677.
75, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,675.
76, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,672.
77, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,666.
78 (tie), Juhani Tonteri, Finland, and Hyun Bum Kim, South Korea, 1,665.
80, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,663.
81 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,660.
83 (tie), PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., and Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,658.
83, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,658.
86, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,655.
87, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,653.
88, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,652.
89, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,647.
90, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,646.
91, Mathias Arup, Sweden, 1,644.
92, Ray Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., 1,638.
93, Billy Rogers, Dallas, 1,637.
94, Jim Horan, Oakley, Calif., 1,635.
95, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,634.
96 (tie), Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Adam Monks, San Diego, 1,631.
98 (tie), Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Ji-Hyun Cha, South Korea, 1,630.
100, Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., 1,629.
101, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,628.
102 (tie), Brett Cooper, Fort Worth, Texas, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,624.
104, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 1,621.
105 (tie), Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio; Jesper Agerbo, Denmark; Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., and Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,618.
109, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,617.
110, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,616.
111, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,611.
112, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Il., 1,610.
113, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,606.
114, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,605.
115, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,604.
116, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,602.
117, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,601.
118, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,598.
119, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 1,597.
120, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,595.
121, Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., 1,594.
122 (tie), Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., and Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,592.
124, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 1,590.
125, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,589.
125, Will Wells, New Zealand, 1,589.
127, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 1,586.
128, Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 1,580.
129, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,577.
130, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,575.
131, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 1,570.
132, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,565.
133, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 1,563.
134, Antonio Medina, Louisville, Ky., 1,561.
135 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 1,558.
137 (tie), Toni Palermaa, Finland, and Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 1,557.
139, Santiago Garcia, Colombia, 1,549.
140, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,548.
141, Chris Hayden, Las Vegas, 1,544.
142 (tie), Michael Ciardulli Jr., Valley Stream, N.Y., and Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,539.
144 (tie), John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., and Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 1,538.
146, Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 1,535.
147, Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., 1,528.
148, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 1,523.
149, Chuck Tillson, Rohnert Park, Calif., 1,520.
150, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 1,516.
151, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,515.
152 (tie), John DeBenedetta Jr., Las Vegas, and Adam Miller, Charlotte, N.C., 1,513.
154, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,511.
155, Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., 1,510.
156, Matthew Thornton, Montgomery, Ill., 1,508.
157 (tie), Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,502.
159, Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,499.
160, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,493.
161, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,490.
162, Bubba Harrison, Citrus Heights, Calif., 1,488.
163, Fawaz Abdullah, Bahrain, 1,485.
164, David Peterson, Plano, Texas, 1,482.
165, Sean Mamlok, San Jose, Calif., 1,480.
166, Chuck Galaviz, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1,477.
167, Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 1,472.
168, Yong-Jin Gu, South Korea, 1,470.
169, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,468.
170, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,466.
171, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,459.
172, Jorge Tello, Colombia, 1,457.
173 (tie), Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., and Mahd Assad, Bahrain, 1,451.
175, Mohammed Al Swawoosh, Bahrain, 1,449.
176, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,435.
177 (tie), Krzysztof Olesinski, Poland, and Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,434.
179, Frank Boyer, Lebanon, Pa, 1,426.
180, Isaac Amkie Amkie, Mexico, 1,424.
181, Jeff Toyne, Columbia, S.C., 1,421.
182, Sam Grihm, Portland, Ore., 1,419.
183, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,409.
184, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 1,401.
185, Masoud Saberi, Bahrain, 1,400.
186, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 1,398.
187, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,391.
188, Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 1,390.
189, Chris Helton, Fountain, Colo., 1,387.
190, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,375.
191, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,371.
192, David Meadows, Houston, 1,357.
193, Miroslaw Pajak, Poland, 1,344.
194, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,335.
195, J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., 1,330.
196, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,318.
197, Kevin Prior, Allen, Texas, 1,310.
198, Tyler Johnson, Surprise, Ariz., 1,307.
199, Travis Thomas, Lumberton, N.C., 1,294.
200, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 1,277.
201, Mathew Tabor, Cooperstown, N.Y., 1,225.

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