Sunday, October 31, 2010

Malott Ups His Game To Top Chameleon Championships Qualifying

Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, overcame his timing issues Wednesday and averaged 234.08 to the Chameleon Championship qualifying round in Wednesday’s third stage of the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA)World Series of Bowling at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas.

Malott, the 2008-09 PBA Player of the Year, finished with a 12-game total of 2,809 pins in the third of five PBA World Series of Bowling “animal pattern” stages. He also moved into eighth place in the PBA World Championship standings, based on 36 games bowled thus far in the World Series.

The top 16 players from Wednesday’s Chameleon qualifying round advance to a nine-game round-robin match play round next Tuesday. After 21 games, the top five will advance to the stepladder finals which will be conducted on Friday, Nov. 5, at South Point. Defending Chameleon champion Bill O’Neill of Southampton, PA, qualified for match play in seventh place, his third straight top 16 finish.

After the first three stages of World Series competition, O’Neill and Michael Haugen Jr. of Carefree, AZ, are the only players in the field of 252 who have qualified for match play on the Cheetah, Viper and Chameleon patterns.
After three sessions, 38 different players have advanced to next week’s match play rounds.

(After 12 games; top 16 advance to round-robin match play Tuesday, Nov. 2)
1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,809.
2, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,757.
3, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,756.
4, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,731.
5, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,725.
6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,720.
7, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,714.
8, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,713.
9, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,702.
10, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,699.
11, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 2,677.
12, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,664.
13, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,660.
14, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 2,654.
15, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,653.
16, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,646.

(After 36 of 60 games; top 63 cash; top 8 advance to live ESPN/ESPN2 stepladder 
finals on Jan. 14, 15 and 16 at South Point Bowling Center)
1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 8,283.
2, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 8,263.
3, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 8,239.
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 8,232.
5, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 8,231.
6, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 8,230.
7, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 8,193.
8, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8,185.
9, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 8,177.
10, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 8,175.
11, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 8,157.
12, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 8,134.
13, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 8,133.
14, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 8,131.
15, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 8,122.
16, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 8,088.
17, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 8,060.
18, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 8,054.
19, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 8,037.
20, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 8,032.
21, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8,019.
22, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 8,017.
23, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 7,999.
24, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 7,975.
25, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 7,961.
26, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 7,958.
27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 7,946.
28, (tie) Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., and Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 7,942.
30, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,933.
31, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 7,923.
32, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 7,907.
33, Mark Buffa, Canada, 7,897.
34, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 7,896.
35, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 7,893.
36, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 7,881.
37, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 7,876.
38, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 7,873.
40, Andy Mortensen, Irving, Texas, 7,860.
41, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 7,852.
42, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 7,849.
43, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7,847.
44, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 7,839.
45, Dominic Barrett, England, 7,830.
46, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 7,827.
47, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 7,818.
48, (tie) Tim Mack, Indianapolis, and Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,814.
50, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 7,802.
51, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 7,799.
52, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 7,798.
53, Peter Ljung, Sweden, 7,793.
54, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 7,780.
55, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 7,766.
56, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 7,763.
57, (tie) Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 7,758.
59, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 7,754.
60, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 7,749.
61, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 7,747.
62, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 7,734.
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● The first two-handed players to advance to match play got it done in the 
Chameleon round. Finland’s Osku Palermaa finished second to Malott with 2,757 
pins, averaging 229.75, while Australia’s Jason Belmonte posted a 2,702 total 
for 12 games to finish the round in ninth place.

● Reigning PBA Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., in his 
first competition since undergoing hernia surgery in mid-September, had his best 
finish of the PBA World Series in the Chameleon round, finishing 45th in the 
Cheetah round and 203rd in the Viper.

● The Howard Stern Show’s “Scott The Engineer” Salem, an avid New Jersey league 
bowler making his first appearance in a professional tournament, may be seeing 
his hopes of a top 200 finish disappear. But the 58-year-old continues to 
improve even as lane conditions become more challenging. On the Wednesday’s 
Chameleon lane condition, he averaged 175 on the nose to finish 239th in the 
field of 252. Salem’s performances are being covered by HowardTV as well as 
Stern’s Sirius Satellite Radio show.

● The leading woman after 36 games was reigning PBA Tournament of Champions 
winner Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., with 7,682 pins, 45 pins away from the 63rd 
and final cashing position in the World Championship standings. Liz Johnson of 
Cheektowaga, N.Y., was next with 7,661 pins. There are 10 women in the field.

● The youngest players in the field are 17-year-old Zack Hattori of Las Vegas 
and Morgan O’Brien of Lomira, Wis., who earned a chance to bowl with the stars 
as 2010 Teen Masters boys and girls champions. Hattori averaged 200.67 to finish 
118th in the Chameleon round while O’Brien posted a 2,170 total, good for 231st 

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