Rash Averages 254 to Lead PBA Viper Qualifiers, Jumps into First in World Championship Standings

by Jason Thomas November 4, 2012 15:18

LAS VEGAS – Reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., averaged 254.37 Sunday to take the qualifying round lead in the PBA Viper Championship, the second event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling, at South Point Bowling Center.

Rash bowled games of 234, 280, 257, 233, 269, 257, 248 and 257 for an eight-game total of 2,035 pins to lead the field of 16 qualifiers who advanced to Sunday night’s six-game semifinal round. After six more games Sunday night, the top four players will advance to the ESPN stepladder finals on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m. in the special arena setting in South Point’s Exhibition Hall area. The Viper Championship will air on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 23.

Rash was a dominant force in WSOB III in 2011 when he qualified a record five consecutive television shows and six out of seven during the World Series. He finished 30th in Saturday’s Alka Seltzer Plus Cold Cheetah Championship, but didn’t make any major changes for Sunday’s Viper event.

“I used the same philosophy today as I did Saturday – get as many pins as possible. This is stage two of four. The World Championship is what matters,” Rash said. “If you can make it into one of the animal pattern shows along the way, so much the better.”

The eight-game qualifying totals from the Viper Championship will be added to qualifying totals from Saturday’s Cheetah, Monday’s Chameleon and Tuesday’s Scorpion Championships to produce the 32-game totals that will determine the 24 match play finalists for the PBA World Championship. Three eight-game World Championship match play rounds will take place Wednesday and Thursday at South Point.

After 16 of 32 qualifying games, Rash was advanced from 30th place to first in the PBA World Championship race with a 3,949 total, 19 pins ahead of Cheetah qualifying leader Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio.

“I made an unbelievable ball change in game four, and it definitely helped me,” Rash said. “The team behind me helped a lot. You’ve got to have some help if you’re going to succeed here.”

Rounding out the top five heading into Sunday night’s Viper semifinal round were 30-year-old attorney Scott Norton of Cost Mesa, Calif., in second place with 1,943 pins; Dan MacLelland of Canada in third with a 1,923 total; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., fourth with 1,920 and rookie Craig Nidiffer of Trenton, Mich., in fifth place with 1,914.

Norton, the 2010-11 PBA Rookie of the Year, said improved focus was the key to his performance after finishing 105th in Saturday’s Cheetah Championship qualifying round.

“Yesterday I had a little trouble on one side of the center, and by the time I figured it out, it was too late,” he said. “So I tried to improve my focus level today and it was much higher. It seems like sometimes when scoring conditions are a little tougher on the left side of the lane, I have the magic ball roll that works. That doesn’t always happen, but sometimes, and today is worked.”

PBA fans can follow scoring as it happens by clicking on the “live scoring” feature on pba.com, or by watching the action live on Xtra Frame, PBA’s online bowling channel.

GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling competition continues Monday with Chameleon Championship qualifying squads bowling at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by the Chameleon semifinal round at 8 p.m.

PBA VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Sunday

QUALIFYING ROUND (after 8 games; top 16 advanced to six-game semifinal round Sunday night; top four after 14 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,035.
2, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,943.
3, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,923.
4, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,920.
5, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,914.
6, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,909.
7, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,907.
8, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,906.
9, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,905.
10, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,880.
11, (tie) Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Mohamed Sultan, Bahrain, 1,879.
13, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,866.
13, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,866.
15, (tie) Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, and Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,861

Other Qualifying Round Cashers (after 8 games):
17, Dom Barrett, England, 1,857, $1,100.
18, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,855, $970.
19, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,851, $940.
20, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,844, $920.
21 (tie), Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,839, $895.
23, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,838, $880.
24, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,831, $870.
25, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,820, $860.
26, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 1,815, $850.
27, (tie) Matt Meyer, Alexandria, Minn., and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,808, $835.
29, (tie) Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., and Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, 1,803, $815.
31, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,800, $800.
32, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,799, $790.
33, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,787, $780.
34, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 1,786, $770.
35 (tie), Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., and D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, 1,782, $755.

Failed to Cash:
37, (tie) Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,781.
39, Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 1,778.
40, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,776.
40, Travis Anderson, Washington, Ill., 1,776.
42, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,774.
42, Stuart Williams, England, 1,774.
44, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1,773.
45, Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 1,772.
46, Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., 1,771.
47, (tie) John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,770.
49, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,768.
51, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,766.
52, (tie) Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, and Matt Ramshaw, Longview, Wash., 1,764.
54, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,763.
55, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,761.
56, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,759.
57, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,757.
58, Scott Halvarson, Lakewood, Wash., 1,755.
59, Ji Hyun Cha, Korea, 1,754.
60, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,753.
61, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,750.
62, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,748.
63, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,745.
64, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,744.
65, (tie) Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,740.
67, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,739.
68, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 1,738.
69, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,736.
70, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,734.
71, Kim Ojala, Sweden, 1,730.
72, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,729.
73, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,726.
74, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,721.
75, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,720.
76, Ben Davis, Ashland, Ky., 1,719.
77, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,716.
78, Andrew Frawley, Australia, 1,713.
79, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,712.
80, (tie) Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., and Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, 1,709.
82, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Patrick Bohm, Sweden, 1,708.
84, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,707.
85, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,706.
86, (tie) Thomas Larsen, Denmark, and Kevin Morillo, Venezuela, 1,705.
88, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,704.
89, Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1,702.
90, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,695.
91, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,692.
92, (tie) Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., and Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,690.
94, (tie) Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., and Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,686.
96, (tie) Carsten Hansen, Denmark; Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., and Thomas Biniek Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 1,684.
99, (tie) Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., and Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,682.
101, Hernan Ramirez, Venezuela, 1,681.
102, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,676.
104, (tie) Hyun Bum Kim, Korea, and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,674.
106, Chad Pojas, Wahiawa, Hawaii, 1,672.
107, (tie) Mathias Arup, Sweden, and Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1,671.
109, (tie) Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,669.
111, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,666.
112, (tie)Mike Bailey, Allen, Texas, and Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,665.
114, (tie) Isaac Amkie, Mexico, and Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,664.
116, (tie) Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,659.
118, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,658.
119, (tie) Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,656.
121, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,654.
122, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,652.
123, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,651.
124, (tie) Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., and Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,644.
126, (tie) Matt Taylor, Knightdale, N.C., and Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,640.
128, (tie) Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., and Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,637.
130, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,635.
131, Hyun Suk Kim, Korea, 1,631.
132, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,629.
133, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,628.
134, Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore., 1,627.
135, (tie) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 1,624.
137, Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,623.
138, Mike Armstrong Jr., Battle Ground, Wash., 1,621.
139, (tie) Mattias Olsson, Sweden, and Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,620.
141, (te) Wes Newman, Panama City, Fla., and Kevin Henderson, Albany, Ore, 1,617.
143, (tie) Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., and Eduardo Yzcaray Jr., Venezuela, 1,614.
145, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,612.
146, (tie) MahdI Assad, Bahrain, and Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, 1,610.
148, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,606.
149, Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland, 1,605.
150, Roberto Silva, Mexico, 1,604.
151, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,602.
152, (tie) Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala.; Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,601, and Meen Woo Kim, Korea, 1,601.
155, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 1,600.
156, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,599.
157, Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mt., N.C., 1,594.
158, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,593.
159, (tie) Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., and Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 1,590.
161, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,589.
162, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,587.
163, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,584.
164, (tie) Robert Piroozshad, Brooklyn, N.Y., Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,583.
167, (tie) Nathan Urrutia, Banning, Calif., and Brett Cooper, Newburyport, Mass., 1,579.
169, Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,574.
170, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,573.
171, Adam Monks, Conway, S.C., 1,571.
172, (tie) Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, and Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,570.
175, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 1,565.
176, Jacob Heger, Houston, 1,563.
177, Nam Yi Jo, Korea, 1,562.
178, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,556.
179, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,549.
180, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,546.
181, (tie) Frederik Ohrgaard, Denmark, and Chad Vendeville, Arlington, Texas, 1,544.
183, Jin Han Kim, Korea, 1,543.
184, (tie) Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., and Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1,541.
186, (tie) Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and James Hobson, Converse, Texas, 1,540.
188, Dave Gillson, Phoenix, 1,527.
189, Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,520.
190, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,518.
191, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,517.
192, Chris DosSantos, Fairhaven, Mass., 1,515.
193, (tie) Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and Ahmed Saad Alhadyan, Saudi Arabia, 1,514.
195, Greg Knolton, Bartlett, Tenn., 1,509.
196, Mohammed AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,508.
197, Dustin Ochoa, Cibilo, Texas, 1,504.
198, Dale Renken, St. Jacob, Ill., 1,503.
199, Kirk Sauro, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 1,497.
200, John Perry, Nuevo, Calif., 1,495.
201, Ted Sidehamer Jr., Newport News, Va., 1,494.
202, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,489.
203, Allen Blansette, Napa, Calif., 1,484.
204, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,480.
205, (tie) Rob Gotterbarn Jr., Garden City South, N.Y., and Salinas, Mexico, 1,478.
207, Michael Menard, Canada, 1,477.
208, Masood Saberi, Bahrain, 1,471.
209, (tie) Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C.; Fawaz Abdulla, Bahrain, and Mohamed Al Jahrami, Bahrain, 1,463.
212, Paolo Joquico, Philippines, 1,461.
213, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,460.
214, Doug Scheidig, Royersford, Pa., 1,457.
215, Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Venezuela, 1,451.
216, Sean Daniels, Aloha, Ore., 1,449.
217, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,446.
218, Jamar Lee, Livermore, Calif., 1,443.
219, Yeo Jin Yoon, Korea, 1,442.
220, (tie) Diego Lopez, Colombia, and Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,439.
222, Richard Rezendes, Cumberland, R.I., 1,433.
223, (tie) Paul Nilsen Sr., Murrieta, Calif., and Shawn St. Andre, Garden Grove, Calif., 1,430.
225, Josh Willis, Orleans, Ind., 1,419.
226, Bryan Viator, Friendswood, Texas, 1,417.
227, (tie) Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, and Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,397.
229, Tim Arnold, Las Vegas, 1,392.
230, Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,383.
231, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,380.
232, (tie) Chris Groom, Lancaster, Calif.; Troy Behanna, Pasadena, Texas, and Philip Medley, Washington, Mich., 1,372.
235, Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill., 1,368.
236, Hakim AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,363.
237, Chris Ashworth, Gallatin, Tenn., 1,336.
238, Kyle Leiffer, Weed, Calif., 1,331.
239, Branden Lee, Chicago, 1,329.
240, Mickey Fry, Akron, Ohio, 713.

300 Games (4): Stuart Williams, Dom Barrett, Jeff Frankos, Matt Meyer.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
QUALIFYING STANDINGS (top 50 after 16 of 32 games; top 24 after 32 games will advance to PBA World Championship match play)

1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,949.
2, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,933.
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,864.
4, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,855.
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,839.
6 (tie), Dan MacLelland, Canada and Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 3,824.
8, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 3,809.
9, Dom Barrett, England, 3,792.
10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,777.
11, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,763.
12, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,762.
13, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,754.
14, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,747.
15, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,745.
16, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,742.
17, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 3,741.
18, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,737.
19, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,730.
20, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3,728.
21, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,723.
22, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 3,721.
23, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,707.
24, Stuart Williams, England, 3,706.
25, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,689.
26, Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 3,688.
27, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,687.
28, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 3,682.
29, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,677.
30, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,674.
31, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 3,672.
32, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,668.
33, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 3,665.
34, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,660.
35 (tie), Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 3,657.
37, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,651.
38, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,647.
39, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,641.
40, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,639.
41, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 3,635.
42, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,633.
43, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,631.
44, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,630.
45 (tie), Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, and Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 3,624.
47, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 3,620.
48, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,618.
49, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3,617.
50, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,607.

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