Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, IL, joined an elite club
when he emerged from the Earl Anthony Memorial Tour
Qualifying Round (TQR) to win his first career Lumber
Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour
title in Dublin, CA. LaCaze joined Sean Rash (2006 West
Virginia Championship), Mike Mineman (2007 Bayer
Classic), Rhino Page (2008 Go RVing Classic) and Jason
Belmonte (2009 Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic) as the fourth player to
win a title after qualifying for the tournament field out of a TQR.
LaCaze, a former teammate of Bill O'Neill at Saginaw Valley State University,
became the first amateur to advance from a TQR to a television final when he
made it to the semifinal round of the 2008 Golden Anniversary Championship in
Hammond, IN, where - ironically - he lost to O'Neill.
Also, by winning the Anthony Memorial, LaCaze won a berth in this week's PBA
Tournament of Champions - at the expense of Las Vegas resident Eric Forkel,
who got bumped from the TOC field.