O’Neill Leads Field of 24 Survivors into Start of Match Play in U.S. Open; ESPN2 Coverage Starts at 6 p.m.

by Jason Thomas February 25, 2011 06:05

NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Defending champion Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., led the 24 remaining survivors into the opening round of match play in the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier Friday.

O’Neill held a 114-pin lead over 2006 U.S. Open winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and a 129-pin edge over 2008 U.S. Open champ Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte was in fourth place.

The field of 24 heading into match play later Friday included five amateurs: Wichita State University student Marcus Berndt of Sweden; 18-year-old E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; second-round leader Fero Williams of Fairfield, Ohio; Mark Clark of Naperville, Ill., and Matthew O’Grady of South Amboy, N.J. Also among the match play finalists are six PBA members who are seeking their first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title: John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich.; John Furey of East Windsor, N.J.; Andres Gomez of Colombia; Martin Larsen of Sweden and Brian Valenta of Lockport, Ill.

Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for an unprecedented fifth U.S. Open title, was in eighth place heading into match play.

The final two games of match play will be covered live on ESPN2 tonight starting at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Following Saturday’s two eight-game match play rounds, the top six will advance to the stepladder finals. The first two matches will air live on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern when the No. 5 qualifier will bowl against the No. 6 qualifier, with the winner taking on the No. 4 player.

Saturday’s winner will join the top three finalists for Sunday’s championship round at 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. First prize in the final major championship of the 2010-11 PBA Tour season is $80,000.

During Saturday’s match play rounds, pba.com’s Xtra Frame video streaming service will provide live coverage of key matches as part of 70 hours of live online coverage during the week.

68TH LUMBER LIQUIDATORS U.S. OPEN

Brunswick Zone-Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J., Friday

 

FOURTH ROUND (after 26 games, top 24 advance to match play):

1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 5,885.
2, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 5,771.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,756.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,633.
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,624.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,599.
7, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 5,592.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,585.
9, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,566.
10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,540.
11, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 5,533.
12, a-Marcus Berndt, Sweden, 5,526.
13, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 5,518.
14, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 5,483, $100.
15, a-E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,481.
16, a-Fero Williams, Fairfield, Ohio, 5,473.
17, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,472.
18, a-Mark Clark, Naperville, Ill., 5,467.
19, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,466.
20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,464.
21, a-Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 5,458.
22, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,454.
23, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 5,448.
24, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5,443.
a = amateur

 

Other Cashers (after 26 games):

25, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 5,440, $2,500.
26, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5,434, $2,640.
27, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,433, $2,300.
28, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 5,413, $2,200.
29, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,401, $2,100.
30, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,398, $2,000.
31, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 5,392, $1,900.
32, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,390, $1,850.
33, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 5,389, $1,800.
34, Blaine Weninger, Grapevine, Texas, 5,375, $1,750.
35, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,373, $1,700.
36, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 5,372, $1,650.
37, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,371, $1,600.
38, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5,369, $1,580.
39, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 5,364, $1,555.
41, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5,358, $1,540.
42, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,357, $1,530.
43, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5,349, $1,520.
44, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 5,348, $1,510.
45, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5,345, $1,500.
46, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,342, $1,490.
47, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5,335, $1,480.
48, Robert Klann, San Antonio, Texas, 5,330, $1,470.
49, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,329, $1,460.
50, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 5,326, $1,450.
51, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 5,325, $1,440.
52, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,313, $1,430.
53, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,306, $1,415.
55, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 5,297, $1,395.
55, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 5,297, $1,395.
57, Stuart Williams, England, 5,294, $1,380.
58, Raymond Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., 5,291, $1,370.
59, Santiago Mejia, Colombia, 5,288, $1,360.
60, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5,286, $1,350.
61, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 5,284, $1,340.
62, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 5,281, $1,330.
63, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 5,278, $1,320.
64, Kevin Maurice, Canada, 5,269, $1,310.
65, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,262, $1,300.
66, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,255, $1,290.
67, Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 5,249, $1,280.
68, Josh Blanchard, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 5,247, $1,270.
69, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 5,245, $1,260.
70, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 5,237, $1,250.
71, Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 5,236, $1,240.
72, P.J. Sonday, Luzerne, Pa., 5,233, $1,230.
73, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5,225, $1,220.
74, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 5,224, $1,210.
75, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 5,223, $1,200.
76, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 5,220, $1,190.
77, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 5,219, $1,180.
78, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 5,218, $1,170.
79, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 5,215, $1,160.
80, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 5,213, $1,150.
81, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 5,201, $1,140.
82, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 5,200, $1,130.
83, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,199, $1,120.
84, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 5,198, $1,110.
85, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 5,191, $1,100.
86, James Roberts, Richmond, Va., 5,175, $1,090.
87, Bryson Rogers, Durham, N.C., 5,174, $1,080.
88, Charles Anderson, Sloatsburg, N.Y., 5,167, $1,070.
89, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,160, $1,060.
90, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., 5,142, $1,050.
91, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 5,111, $1,040.
92, Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio, 5,103, $1,030.
93, Greg Stahora, West Hazelton, Pa., 5,096, $1,020.
94, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 4,986, $1,010.
95, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 4,352, $1,000.


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