O’Neill Earns High Qualifier Honors at Bayer USBC Masters: Match play begins at 7 p.m. Eastern

by Jason Thomas February 10, 2011 08:17

 

By Lucas Wiseman, USBC Communications

RENO, Nev. - Team USA member Bill O'Neill of Southampton, Pa., emerged as the high qualifier Thursday after 15 games at the 2011 Bayer United States Bowling Congress Masters.

The three-time winner on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour and last season’s U.S. Open champ finished qualifying with a 3,434 total, an average of 228.9, and will face defending champion and No. 64 seed Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., in the opening round of the double-elimination match-play bracket at the National Bowling Stadium.

"I haven't been bowling great, so to come out here and throw it well is nice," said O'Neill, who earned a $1,000 bonus for being the top qualifier. "I have a lot of confidence going into match play."

The top 63 players from the final qualifying standings advanced to match play. George Lambert IV, who led the first two rounds, qualified second with 3,423, while Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, was third with 3,410.

Match play begins at 4 p.m. Pacific on Thursday with three rounds of matches on the schedule. By the end of the day, only 32 players will remain in the field.

The USBC Masters is a major on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and the champion of the event will earn $50,000. The final four players who survive bracket play will advance to the championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

2011 USBC MASTERS
At National Bowling Stadium, Reno, Nev.
Thursday's results

QUALIFYING ROUND 3
(15 games)

1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,434, $1,000.
2, George Lambert IV, Canada, 3,423.
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,410.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,400.
5, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,377.
6, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,360.
7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,339.
8, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3,333.
9, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,319.
10, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,317.
11, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 3,296.
12, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,288.
13, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,287.
14, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,283.
15, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,279.
15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,279.
17, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,274.
18, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,271.
19, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,261.
20, Joshua Kierpiec, Scottsville, N.Y., 3,259.
21, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,257.
22, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,255.
23, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,252.
24, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,249.
25, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,247.
26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,242.
27, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,227.
28, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,223.
29, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,219.
30, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,210.
31, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,205.
31, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,205.
33, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,202.
34, Stuart Williams, England, 3,200.
34, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,200.
36, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,198.
37, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 3,195.
37, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,195.
39, Jason Munkberg, Redding, Calif., 3,194.
40, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,192.
41, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,188.
42, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 3,181.
43, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,178.
44, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 3,170.
45, Mathew Jones, Avondale, Ariz., 3,167.
46, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,164.
46, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 3,164.
48, Mark Scuderi Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,160.
49, Ralph Solan, Huntsville, Ala., 3,153.
50, Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,149.
51, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,148.
52, Brandon Kraye, LaHabra, Calif., 3,144.
53, Adam Ishman, Las Vegas, 3,139.
54, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 3,133.
55, Michael Clark Jr, Cleveland, Ohio, 3,127.
56, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 3,126.
57, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,113.
58, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,107.
59, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,094.
60, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,091.
61, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 3,073.
62, J.R. Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., 3,071.
63, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,059.

DID NOT ADVANCE

64, Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., 3,054, $1,000.
65, Teruyuki Obara, Japan, 3,034, $1,000.


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