After Tuesday’s first match play round in the Lucas Oil Bear Open at AMF Bowlero Lanes, Chris Loschetter surged from 12th to start the round to take the lead over the 24-player field.
Loschetter opened with a 7-1 match play record and tallied a 4,130 overall pinfall total (including bonus pins) to take a 76-pin lead over Ryan Shafer in second with 4,054. He is trying to make his second Summer Swing telecast appearance having earned top qualifier honors earlier in the GEICO Summer Swing for the Wolf Open.
“It was a combination of people not bowling well against me and I was just bowling generally pretty well,” said Loschetter. “It probably helped that I was able to play an outside shot for most of the round when everyone else was playing inside.”
Loschetter is hoping to win his first PBA Tour title after nine seasons on Tour. He has finished second four times during his career and his best finish this season was fourth in the Cheetah Open conducted as part of World Series of Bowling IV last November.
Even though Loschetter already has a top qualifier spot in his pocket, he knows he has a lot of work to do in this evening’s second match play round to keep the pace.
“I had a great look in the Wolf tournament but it’s taking a little more work here,” he said. “It hasn’t come as easy in this tournament. For the next round I expect to have to make quite a few more adjustments. I need to stay focused and not get ahead of myself.”
Rounding out the top five after the first round are Dan MacLelland, Canada, in third with 4,051 (6-2); Dom Barrett, England, 4,039 (7-1), and Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., also trying for his second Summer Swing TV appearance, and Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio, tied for fifth with 3,997 (5-3).
Missy Parkin, trying to become only the second woman to win a PBA Tour tournament, finished the first match play round in ninth with a 3,934 overall pinfall total.
The Bear Open is being contested on a flat 40-foot oiling pattern and is the third of four events that compose the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil.
Tonight’s final eight-game match play round will determine the top five players who will compete in Bear Open TV finals which will be taped by the CBS Sports Network June 1 at 6 p.m. ET
The 28 qualifiers from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events will compete in the Milwaukee Open cashers round which will be contested on the Bear pattern at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bowlero. Based on 35 games, the top 24 will then advance to three eight-game match play rounds at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday (Bear pattern), and 11 a.m. (Wolf pattern) and 5:30 p.m. (Badger pattern) on Thursday. There will be no competition on Friday.
Five-player stepladder finals for the Badger, Wolf, Bear and Milwaukee Opens, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network Saturday and Sunday at AMF Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.
The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.
LUCAS OIL PBA BEAR OPEN
AMF Bowlero, Wauwatosa Wis., May 28
FIRST ROUND MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 18 games, including match play bonus pins; top five advance to Bear Open stepladder finals on Saturday, June 1, at 6 p.m. CT at AMF Bowlero)
1, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 7-1, 4,130.
2, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-3, 4,054.
3, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 6-2, 4,051.
4, Dom Barrett, England, 7-1, 4,039.
5, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5-3, 3,997.
5, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3, 3,997.
7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-4, 3,992.
8, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 6-2, 3,953.
9, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 4-4, 3,934.
10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-3, 3,928.
11, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 5-3, 3,913.
12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2-6, 3,868.
13, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 5-3, 3,858.
14, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5-3, 3,855.
15, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1-7, 3,816.
16, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3-5, 3,802.
17, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3-5, 3,784.
18, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 4-4, 3,773.
19, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 3-5, 3,740.
20, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3-5, 3,739.
21, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3-5, 3,732.
22, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1-7, 3,703.
23, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1-7, 3,648.
24, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3-5, 3,605.