Ageless Walter Ray Williams Jr. Leads Chameleon Field; Rash Tops PBA World Championship Qualifiers

by Jason Thomas November 5, 2012 08:13

LAS VEGAS - The ageless Walter Ray Williams Jr. demonstrated Monday that he still has some fuel in his 53-year-old tank, taking the eight-game qualifying lead in the Professional Bowlers Association’s Chameleon Championship at South Point Bowling Center.

In the third of four “animal pattern” championships that make up the qualifying portion of the PBA World Championship, the all-time PBA Tour titles leader with 47 career victories averaged 240.63 behind remarkably consistent games of 234, 245, 236, 247, 242, 258, 213 and 250 for a total of 1,925 pins to lead the 16 players who advanced to Monday night’s six-game semifinal round.

Two pins behind Williams was Denmark’s Mik Stampe. Australia’s Jason Belmonte was one pin behind Stampe.

After the semifinal round, the top four players based on 14 games will advance to Sunday’s ESPN television stepladder finals. Williams hopes to be among those four.

“After yesterday I was thinking I shouldn’t be bowling here,” the PBA Hall of Famer said. “But today I was able to do what I like to do – throw it nice and firm, get a good reaction, and I actually threw the ball pretty well. And I got some pin carry.”

After a dismal 2011-12 PBA Tour season when he failed to qualify for a television final for the first time in a PBA-record 26 years, Williams refused to give in to the years of physical abuse his body has endured in bowling more than 22,000 games in PBA Tour competition.

“I’d like to think I’m still competitive, but it’s a matter of doing the right things on the lanes,” he said. “Yesterday (in the Viper Championship) I didn’t; today I did. I still have to shoot a lot tomorrow (in the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship) to sneak into top 24 (the match play field for PBA World Championship is based on 32 games – eight games in each of four “animal pattern” events), but it’s possible. I figured I needed to be at least 300 over today (he was 325 pins above a 200 average Monday) and tomorrow, but we’ll see what happens.”

Williams said he’s well aware of his advancing years, but right now, coming from the East Coast to the Pacific time zone has been a bigger pain.

“I’ve been waking up at 3 or 4 a.m. every night. I’m still on Eastern time,” he said, “so I think I’ll go take a nap.

“I’ve got a few aches and pains,” he added. “(Sunday) night my shoulder ached, but I woke up this morning and felt fine. It’s not uncommon. I’ve dealt with that for a long time, not just the past few years, and it doesn’t seem to affect my play. Actually, most of my body parts are still pretty decent.”

With 47 titles, more than $4 million in career earnings and more PBA records than any player in PBA history, what’s left for him to accomplish?

“Win another title,” he said matter-of-factly. “Not a Senior Tour title. A regular one. That would be nice, especially after last year. That was definitely a negative on my radar.”

After three rounds of PBA World Championship qualifying, Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., maintained his lead, averaging at a 241.12 for a 24-game total of 5,787 pins, 60 pins ahead of Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C. Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, was third with 5,699.

Complete GEICO WSOB IV coverage is available 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 Tuesday with the fourth and final “animal pattern” event, the Bowlers Journal Scorpion Championship. Qualifying squads will begin at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., followed by the Scorpion semifinal round at 8 p.m.

PBA CHAMELEON CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Monday

QUALIFYING ROUND (after 8 games; top 16 advanced to six-game semifinal round Monday night; top four after 14 games advance to ESPN stepladder finals)
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,925.
2, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 1,923.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,922.
4, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,906.
5, Stuart Williams, England, 1,890.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,888.
7, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,887.
8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,869.
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,852.
10, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,850
11, Fawaz Abdulla, Bahrain, 1,840.
12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,838.
13, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 1,835.
14, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,833.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,820.
16, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,818.

Other Qualifying Round Cashers (after 8 games)
17, Bryan Viator, Friendswood, Texas, 1,814, $1,000.
18, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,813, $970.
19, (tie) Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,809, and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,809, $930.
21, D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, 1,808, $900.
22, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 1,807, $890.
23, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,804, $880.
24, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,795, $870.
25, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,790, $860.
26, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,787, $850.
27, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,783, $840.
28, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 1,780, $830.
29, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 1,778, $820.
30, (tie) Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., and Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,777, $805.
32, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,776, $790.
33, Thomas Biniek Jr., Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 1,774, $780.
34, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,773, $765.
36, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,769, $750.

Failed to Cash:
37, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,768.
38, (tie) Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,766.
40, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,764.
41, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,761.
42, Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 1,760.
43, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,759.
44, (tie) Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 1,756.
46, Scott Halvarson, Lakewood, Wash., 1,754.
47, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,752.
48, Chad Pojas, Wahiawa, Hawaii, 1,749.
49, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,748.
50, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,746.
51, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,740.
52, (tie) Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,737.
54, (tie) Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Brett Cooper, Newburyport, Mass., 1,736.
56, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,734.
57, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,732.
58, Matt Ramshaw, Longview, Wash., 1,730.
59, Dom Barrett, England, 1,729.
60, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,728.
61, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,727.
62, (tie) Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,725.
64, Eric Forkel, Henderson, Nev., 1,722.
65, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,709.
66, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,708.
67, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,707.
68, Kim Bolleby, Sweden, 1,705.
69, (tie) Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas; Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,703.
72, (tie) Yousif Falah, Bahrain; Daniel Falconi, Mexico, and Ben Davis, Ashland, Ky., 1,701.
75, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,700.
76, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,697.
77, (tie) Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,695.
79, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,694.
80, Ahmed Saad Alhadyan, Saudi Arabia, 1,693.
81, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,692.
83, (tie) Andrew Frawley, Australia, and Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,689.
85, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 1,688.
86, Jin Han Kim, Korea, 1,685.
87, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,684.
88, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,682.
89, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,680.
90, (tie) Yeo Jin Yoon, Korea, and Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,679.
92, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,678.
93, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,677.
94, Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 1,675.
95, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,672.
96, (tie) Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, and Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 1,671.
98, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,668.
99, Jacob Heger, Houston, 1,666.
100, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,665.
101, Patrick Bohm, Sweden, 1,664.
102, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,663.
103, Kevin Morillo, Venezuela, 1,662.
104, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,660.
105, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,658.
106, Hernan Ramirez, Venezuela, 1,656.
107, Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,655.
108, (tie) Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz.; Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,654.
111, Philip Medley, Washington, Mich., 1,649.
112, Mohamed Sultan, Bahrain, 1,648.
113, (tie) Evan Nash, Kennewick, Wash., and Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,646.
115, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,645.
116, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 1,644.
117, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,642.
118, (tie) Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga.; Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., and Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,641.
121, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,639.
122, Helen Johnsson, Sweden, 1,637.
123, (tie) Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., and Kelvin Wiggins, Rocky Mt., N.C., 1,636.
125, Chad Vendeville, Arlington, Texas, 1,633.
126, (tie) Nam Yi Jo, Korea, and Jason Stadtler, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,632.
128, Kevin Henderson, Albany, Ore., 1,631.
129, (tie) David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., and  Allen Blansette, Napa, Calif., 1,630.
131, (tie) Adam Monks, Conway, S.C.; Peter Hellstrom, Sweden, and Nathan Urrutia, Banning, Calif., 1,629.
134, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,628.
135, Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., 1,626.
136, (tie) Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, Ore.; Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, and Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala, 1,623.
139, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 1,622.
140, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 1,618.
141, (tie) Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., and Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,617.
143, (tie) Mathias Arup, Sweden, and Mohammed Al Saud, Saudi Arabia, 1,615.
145, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,611.
146, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,610.
147, Shawn Lee, Centennial, Colo., 1,608.
148, (tie) Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, and Frederik Ohrgaard, Denmark, 1,603.
150, Michael Smith, Centenniel, Colo., 1,599.
151, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 1,598.
152, Mike Bailey, Allen, Texas, 1,596.
153, Dale Renken, St. Jacob, Ill., 1,595.
154, Paul Nilsen Sr., Murrieta, Calif., 1,591.
155, (tie) Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden, and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,590.
157, Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., 1,589.
158, (tie) Branden Lee, Chicago, and Eduardo Yzcaray Jr., Venezuela, 1,587.
160, (tie) Chris DosSantos, Fairhaven, Mass., and Roberto Silva, Mexico, 1,584.
162, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,582.
163, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,581.
164, (tie) Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Giorgio Clinaz Jr., Venezuela, and Gustavo Salinas, Mexico, 1,575.
167, (tie) Ji Hyun Cha, Korea; Kasey Normandin, Canada; Perttu Jussila, Finland, and Hyun Suk Kim, Korea, 1,574.
171, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,572.
172, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,569.
173, Travis Anderson, Washington, Ill., 1,568.
174, Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., 1,566.
175, Chris Hans, Rocky Mount, N.C., 1,564.
176, Greg Knolton, Bartlett, Tenn., 1,562.
177, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,561.
178, (tie) Hyun Bum Kim, Korea, and Tommy Martin, Olive Branch, Miss., 1,558.
180, Robert Piroozshad, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,555.
181, Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, 1,552.
182, John Perry, Nuevo, Calif., 1,550.
183, (tie) Kim Ojala, Sweden; Matt Taylor, Knightdale, N.C., and Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,549.
186, Dave Gillson, Phoenix, 1,548.
187, (tie) Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., and Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,547.
189, (tie) Isaac Amkie, Mexico, and Dustin Ochoa, Cibilo, Texas, 1,542.
191, Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,540.
192, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,535.
193, Ted Sidehamer Jr., Newport News, Va., 1,533.
194, Chris Groom, Lancaster, Calif., 1,529.
195, Mikael Kanold, Sweden, 1,523.
196, James Hobson, Converse, Texas, 1,517.
197, Hafthor Hardarson, Iceland, 1,515.
198, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 1,512.
199, Meen Woo Kim, Korea, 1,508.
200, Mohamed Al Jahrami, Bahrain, 1,507.
201, Matt Meyer, Alexandria, Minn., 1,500.
202, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,499.
203, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,498.
204, Mike Armstrong Jr., Battle Ground, Wash., 1,497.
205, Sean Daniels, Aloha, Ore., 1,492.
206, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,489.
207, (tie) Josh Lewis, Asheville, N.C., and Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,487.
209, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,485.
210, Kirk Sauro, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 1,480.
211, Manuel Mrosek, Germany, 1,478.
212, Michael Menard, Canada, 1,474.
213, Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 1,466.
214, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,465.
215, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,463.
216, Kyle Leiffer, Weed, Calif., 1,458.
217, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,457.
218, Richard Rezendes, Cumberland, R.I., 1,453.
219, Wes Newman, Panama City, Fla, 1,450.
220, Hakim AlSaud, Saudi Arabia, 1,449.
221, Kyle Martinez, Broken Arrow, Okla., 1,448.
222, Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,442.
223, Shawn St. Andre, Garden Grove, Calif., 1,438.
224, MahdI Assad, Bahrain, 1,430.
225, Diego Lopez, Colombia, 1,429.
226, Rob Gotterbarn Jr., Garden City South, N.Y., 1,426.
227, Chris Ashworth, Gallatin, Tenn., 1,422.
228, Josh Willis, Orleans, Ind., 1,415.
229, Tim Arnold, Las Vegas, 1,414.
230, Troy Behanna, Pasadena, Texas, 1,412.
231, J.T. Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,408.
232, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,389.
233, Jamar Lee, Livermore, Calif., 1,349.
234, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,326.
235, Masood Saberi, Bahrain, 1,323.
236, Doug Scheidig, Royersford, Pa., 1,317.
237, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,310.
238, Gradie Merritt-Foster, Park Forest, Ill., 1,296.
239, Paolo Joquico, Philippines, 1,280.

300 Games: Dan MacLelland.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
QUALIFYING STANDINGS (top 50 after 24 of 32 games; top 24 after 32 games will advance to PBA World Championship match play)
1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,787.
2, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,727.
3, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,699.
4, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5,674.
5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,669.
6, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 5,634.
7, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,623.
8, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,614.
9, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,611.
10 (tie), Mike Fagan, Dallas, and Stuart Williams, England, 5,596.
12, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,567.
13, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,540.
14, Dom Barrett, England, 5,521.
15, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,520.
16, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,517.
17, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,511.
18, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 5,506.
19, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 5,504.
20, Johan Hellden, Sweden, 5,499.
21, Jeff Frankos, Daly City, Calif., 5,497.
22, Mik Stampe, Denmark, 5,475.
23, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 5,459.
24, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,451.
25 (tie), Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 5,445.
27, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,443.
28, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,425.
29 (tie), D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, and Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 5,412.
31, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,411.
32, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,398.
33, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 5,397.
34, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,396.
35, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 5,389.
36, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 5,385.
37, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,384.
38, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 5,381.
39, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 5,362.
40 (tie), Patrick Girard, Canada; Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 5,352.
43, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5,347.
44, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,334.
45, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 5,329.
46, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,328.
47, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,325.
48, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 5,323.
49, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 5,320.
50, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,313.

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