The Champions Field included players who have won four or fewer Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titles or a PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Series, PBA Senior Tour or PBA Senior Regional title. The top half of the Champions Field after 14 games joined the Elite players, including multiple PBA Tour title winners, Hall of Famers and Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt players for the balance of the record $1 million tournament.
Among the notable players advancing were two-hander Osku Palermaa of Finland, who finished the round tied for 12th with a 3,016 (215.4 average) 14-game pinfall. Palermaa finished fourth in the PBA World Championship Sunday and won his first PBA Tour title last November in the PBA GEICO Shark Championship. Brian Ziesig, who became the only amateur to win a standard Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title last season by winning the Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, advanced as the No. 19 qualifier.
Diandra Asbaty of Chicago finished 24th to lead four women who advanced from the Champions field. Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, NY, finished 29th, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, tied for 32nd and Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, CA, finished tied for 43rd. They will join defending champion Kelly Kulick of Union, NJ, in the Elite Field.
Former Touring player Tim Mack, of Indianapolis, who won a regional title in November to become eligible for the Tournament of Champions, topped the 100-player Champions Field with a 3,178 pinfall total, a 227 average. Corey Husted of Milwaukie, Ore., the son of PBA Hall of Famer Dave Husted, earned the 50th and final Elite Field berth in a one-game roll-off, tossing a 257 game in defeating Mark Heller, Allentown, PA (224) and Kurt Gengelbach, Carrollton, Texas (215).
The combined Elite Field begins qualifying Monday at 4 p.m. Pacific. All bowlers will bowl 20 games in four five-game blocks over three days to determine the top 53 who will advance into the Cashers Round.
After two seven-game blocks in the Cashers Round, the top 24 based on 36 total games will advance to a traditional 24 games of round-robin match play. At the conclusion of match play, the top four will advance to the ABC stepladder finals on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.
46TH PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nev., Monday FINAL CHAMPIONS FIELD QUALIFYING (After 14 games; top 50 advance to Elite Field) 1, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,178. 2, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,152. 3, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,104. 4, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 3,103. 5, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,080. 6, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,067. 7, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 3,059. 8, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3,058. 9, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,032. 10, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,024. 11, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 3,023. 12, (tie) Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 3,016. 14, (tie) Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., and Rick Minier, Houston, 3,015. 16, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 3,006. 17, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,002. 18, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,000. 19, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 2,976. 20, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 2,973. 21, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 2,970. 22, Josh Chambliss, Charleston, S.C., 2,964. 23, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2,958. 24, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,955. 25, (tie) Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., and Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 2,954. 27, Steven Black, Phoenix, 2,952. 28, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,949. 29, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,944. 30, Christopher McSwain, Kings Mountain, N.C., 2,942. 31, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 2,941. 32, (tie) Palmer Fallgren, Bradenton, Fla., and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,940. 34, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,939. 35, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,933. 36, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,931. 37, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 2,930. 38, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 2,929. 39, Doug Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, 2,915. 40, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,909. 41, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 2,901. 42, Aaron Pawloski, Brentwood, Calif., 2,891. 43, (tie) Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., and Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,890. 45, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 2,889. 46, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 2,888. 47, (tie) William Wilson, Anaheim, Calif., and Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 2,887. 49, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 2,884. 50, x-Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,881. x-won a one-game roll-off to earn the 50th position
Did not advance: 51, Mark Heller Jr., Allentown, Pa., and Kurt Gengelbach, Carrollton, Texas, 2,881. 53, Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 2,880. 54, (tie) George Brooks, Loveland, Colo., and Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2,854. 56, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,838. 57, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 2,831. 58, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,820. 59, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 2,816. 60, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,812. 61, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 2,808. 62, Jeffrey Mersch, Orlando, Fla, 2,803. 63, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 2,802. 64, Andrew Loose, Chicago, 2,797. 65, Paul Yoder, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,791. 66, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 2,783. 67, Larry Richardson, Muscatine, Iowa, 2,780. 68, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 2,777. 69, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 2,773. 70, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 2,766. 71, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,764. 72, J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., 2,730. 73, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 2,719. 74, Terry Miller, York, Pa., 2,718. 74, Bryan Alpert, Northridge, Calif., 2,718. 76, Pete Heim, Omaha, Neb., 2,706. 77, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 2,702. 78, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 2,691. 79, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 2,675. 80, Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 2,672. 81, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2,667. 82, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 2,657. 83, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 2,655. 84, Michael Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 2,653. 85, Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,652. 86, Brett Spangler, New Castle, Ind., 2,647. 87, John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 2,644. 88, Troy Kendrick, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 2,638. 89, Eric Walker, Evansville, Ind., 2,636. 90, Anthony Liene, Las Vegas, 2,609. 91, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 2,597. 92, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 2,587. 93, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 2,576. 94, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 2,539. 95, Ryan Yanel, Kenosha, Wis., 2,536. 96, Timothy Banks, Northern Ireland, 2,516. 97, Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 2,494. 98, Allen Blansette, Napa, Calif., 2,391. 99, Oliver Mabry, West Bloomfield, Mich., 2,379. 100, Tim Black, Toledo, Ohio, 1,164.