Saturday, February 26, 2011

Duke Takes Lead in First Round of Matchplay of US Open

Norm Duke of Clermont, FL, won his first six matches and lost his next two, but his strong start was enough for him to overtake defending champion Bill O’Neill and Southampton, PA, and take the lead in the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier Friday.

Duke, a 33-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) champion and one of two players (Mike Aulby, Indianapolis) to complete the PBA Grand Slam of major championships, advanced from third to first with a 34-game total of 7,662 pins, including match play bonus pins. Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, SC, was second 83 pins behind Duke, with O’Neill third at 7,527 pins.

Also leading the bid for six spots in the stepladder finals were Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte in fourth place, amateur Marcus Berndt of Sweden – a Wichita State University student – in fifth and Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, NY, in sixth place.

Duke was in control of the round until the final two matches which were televised live on ESPN2 for the first time in PBA Tour history.

“The television lights were a bother, blinding at times,” Duke said. “I applaud the PBA for putting this element into the event. We need to do things like this, but you also have to make perfect shots at US Open. It was hard to do, for all of us. We bowl our finals on TV and those of us who have done that have some experience with the lights, but those lights were blinding at times. I’d never experienced anything quite like it.

“But we do this for a living and we know about it. Next time, I’ll know to bring sun glasses.”

Despite closing with two losses, Duke was pleased to be the leader of the pack.

“When you start an event with 380 people and with one day left, you’re in lead, I’ll take it,” he said. “In my position at 46 years of age, it’s all about winning. I’ve done a lot in my career. I’m building a legacy and winning another U.S. Open would add to that. I see myself with multiple U.S. Open titles, even though I don’t have them yet. You have to believe, and I believe.

“The majors are everything to me. The majors cement your place in history, and this is the hardest title, bar none, to win. I won the U.S. Open in 2008 and it took me 27 years to do it. That one was for everything: the grand slam, the triple crown. I’m glad I don’t have that hanging over my head any more. The only thing bothering me now is, can you win or can’t you?

“Tomorrow the pressure increases exponentially,” Duke added. “Your hands sweat.  The players will be scared, confident, excited. They’ll run the gamut of all of the emotions. When the day is done, they will be physically and mentally drained, and that’s how I like it.”

Following Saturday’s final two eight-game match play rounds, the top six will advance to the stepladder finals. The first two matches will air live on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern when the No. 5 qualifier will bowl against the No. 6 qualifier, with the winner taking on the No. 4 player.

Saturday’s winner will join the top three finalists for Sunday’s championship round at 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. First prize in the final major championship of the 2010-11 PBA Tour season is $80,000.

During Saturday’s match play rounds,’s Xtra Frame video streaming service will provide live coverage of key matches as part of 70 hours of live online coverage during the week To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

Brunswick Zone-Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J., Friday

FIFTH ROUND (after 34 games, including match play records and bonus pins):
1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6-2, 7,662.
2, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 4-4, 7,579.
3, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 4-4, 7,527.
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6-2, 7,420.
5, a-Marcus Berndt, Sweden, 7-1, 7,413.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4-4, 7,379.
7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 4-4, 7,352.
8, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 4-4, 7,323.
9, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 4-4, 7,306.
10, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 7-1, 7,285.
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-4, 7,275.
12, a-Mark Clark, Naperville, Ill., 5-3, 7,250.
13, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3-4-1, 7,228.
14, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 6-2, 7,214.
15, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3-5, 7,198.
16, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3-5, 7,171.
17, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 4-4, 7,141.
18, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1-7, 7,140.
19, a-Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 3-5, 7,134.
20, a-E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1-6-1, 7,102.
21, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3-5, 7,099.
22, a-Fero Williams, Fairfield, Ohio, 3-5, 7,087.
23, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4-4, 7,082.
24, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2-6, 7,059.

Other Cashers (after 26 games):
25, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 5,440, $2,500.
26, x-Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5,434, $2,640.
27, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,433, $2,300.
28, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 5,413, $2,200.
29, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,401, $2,100.
30, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,398, $2,000.
31, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 5,392, $1,900.
32, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,390, $1,850.
33, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 5,389, $1,800.
34, Blaine Weninger, Grapevine, Texas, 5,375, $1,750.
35, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,373, $1,700.
36, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 5,372, $1,650.
37, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,371, $1,600.
38, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5,369, $1,580.
39, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 5,364, $1,555.
41, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5,358, $1,540.
42, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,357, $1,530.
43, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5,349, $1,520.
44, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 5,348, $1,510.
45, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5,345, $1,500.
46, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,342, $1,490.
47, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5,335, $1,480.
48, Robert Klann, San Antonio, Texas, 5,330, $1,470.
49, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,329, $1,460.
50, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 5,326, $1,450.
51, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 5,325, $1,440.
52, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,313, $1,430.
53, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,306, $1,415.
55, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 5,297, $1,395.
55, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 5,297, $1,395.
57, Stuart Williams, England, 5,294, $1,380.
58, Raymond Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., 5,291, $1,370.
59, Santiago Mejia, Colombia, 5,288, $1,360.
60, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5,286, $1,350.
61, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 5,284, $1,340.
62, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 5,281, $1,330.
63, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 5,278, $1,320.
64, Kevin Maurice, Canada, 5,269, $1,310.
65, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,262, $1,300.
66, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,255, $1,290.
67, Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 5,249, $1,280.
68, Josh Blanchard, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 5,247, $1,270.
69, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 5,245, $1,260.
70, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 5,237, $1,250.
71, Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 5,236, $1,240.
72, P.J. Sonday, Luzerne, Pa., 5,233, $1,230.
73, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5,225, $1,220.
74, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 5,224, $1,210.
75, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 5,223, $1,200.
76, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 5,220, $1,190.
77, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 5,219, $1,180.
78, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 5,218, $1,170.
79, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 5,215, $1,160.
80, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 5,213, $1,150.
81, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 5,201, $1,140.
82, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 5,200, $1,130.
83, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,199, $1,120.
84, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 5,198, $1,110.
85, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 5,191, $1,100.
86, James Roberts, Richmond, Va., 5,175, $1,090.
87, Bryson Rogers, Durham, N.C., 5,174, $1,080.
88, Charles Anderson, Sloatsburg, N.Y., 5,167, $1,070.
89, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,160, $1,060.
90, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., 5,142, $1,050.
91, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 5,111, $1,040.
92, Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio, 5,103, $1,030.
93, Greg Stahora, West Hazelton, Pa., 5,096, $1,020.
94, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 4,986, $1,010.
95, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 4,352, $1,000.
  x = alternate to match play

Friday, February 25, 2011

MoRich Launches the DestroyR

MoRich announces the launch of DestroyR. MoRich reports “The NEW "Super-Trac" cover surrounding the patented "Unique" core produces the strongest ball reaction by any MoRich ball ever."

By using a hybrid version of the NEW Super-Trac cover, they have created a ball with BOTH great midlane and backend reaction. Factory surface of 500/2000 for more traction. Expect the new DestroyR to hit shelves February 28th.

900 Global introduces “The Eagle”

The Eagle is a limited production run ball (14, 15, 16) designed to build on the success of last years Break Out at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC)’s National Open Championships in Reno. 

Last season it was the Break Out that proved to be the solution for the demanding lane patterns used at the National Bowling Stadium during the Masters and Open Championships. Both event champions used a 900Global Break Out

The Eagle features a violet “S70” Coverstock finished to 4,000 (Abralon) wrapping the asymmetric low RG Break Out core (RG 2.489, Diff - .058).  Available beginning March 2, 2011. View 900 Global video.

Defending Champ O'Neill Moves Into The Lead In Third Round

Defending champion Bill O’Neill of Southampton, PA,
steadily advanced into the early third round lead in the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier Thursday, hoping to turn 
a month of mourning into a week of celebration.

O’Neill, who sat in fifth place behind leader Fero Williams of Fairfield, Ohio, after 12 games, averaged 227.44
for 18 games to finish qualifying with 4,094 pins and a 103-pin lead over
2006 U.S. Open champion Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, SC. Williams was
among the one-third of field that had not yet completed its third round.

The field will be cut to the top 95 at the conclusion of Thursday night's final 

O’Neill, who won the Pepsi Viper Championship earlier in the season for his 
third career title, wasn’t in a hurry to take the lead.

“There are a lot of guys here who can have a good day, but stringing them 
together is the hard part,” O’Neill said. “I had a really good day. Whenever I 
hit the pocket, I struck, which is telling me my ball is doing the right thing.

“Basically I used the same ball for this same squad last year,” he continued. 
“I’m very confident right now. Things have been going well. Now that I’ve been 
around for a few years, I’m starting to figure things out.”

O’Neill admitted, however, that he stumbled briefly Wednesday night when he 
started thinking about the recent death of his grandfather.

“Last night the first couple of games were a little rough,” he said. “My whole 
family was here. I started thinking about my grandfather who passed away the day 
we started bowling in the Tournament of Champions (in late January), so it was 
tough to get out of my own way for a couple of games. I was super close to my 
grandpop, so I’m trying not to think about him. I’m trying to focus on my 
bowling, but I’m definitely dedicating this tournament to him.”

The top 95 after 18 games will advance to Friday morning’s eight-game cashers’ 
round. The top 24 will then advance to the round-robin match play finals, 
bowling three more eight-game rounds Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday 
afternoon. ESPN2 will provide live coverage of Friday night’s final two games of 
match play at 6 p.m. Eastern.

After a total of 50 games, the top six will advance to the stepladder finals 
which will begin with two matches live on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern. The 
No. 5 qualifier will bowl against the No. 6 qualifier, with the winner taking on 
the No. 4 player. Saturday’s winner will join the top three finalists for 
Sunday’s championship round at 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. First prize in the event 
is $80,000.

During U.S. Open week,’s Xtra Frame video streaming service is providing 
more than 70 hours of live coverage of qualifying and match play rounds. To 
subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

Brunswick Zone-Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J., Thursday
EARLY THIRD ROUND (top 50 after 18 games; one-third of the field had not yet completed its final 
qualifying round)
1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 4,094.
2, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3,991.
3, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 3,944.
4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,879.
5, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 3,878.
6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,873.
7, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,869.
8, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,858.
9, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,855.
10, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,849.
11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,839.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,838.
13, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,826.
14, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,823.
15, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 3,823.
16, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 3,810.
17, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,803.
18, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,786.
19, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,785.
20, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,781.
21, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 3,779.
22, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,768.
23, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 3,764.
24, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 3,763.
25, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,760.
26, Robert Klann, San Antonio, Texas, 3,752.
27, Kevin Maurice, Canada, 3,750.
28, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,743.
29, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,738.
30, Stuart Williams, England, 3,723.
31, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,721.
32, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,719.
33, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,711.
34, Bryson Rogers, Durham, N.C., 3,706.
35, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,705.
36, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 3,703.
37, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 3,696.
38, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,695.
39, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 3,692.
40, (tie) Patrick Girard, Canada, and Marcus Berndt, Sweden, 3,684.
42, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 3,683.
43, Josh Blanchard, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 3,679.
44, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,677.
45, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 3,674.
46, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,674.
47, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,673.
48, Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 3,670.
49, P.J. Sonday, Luzerne, Pa., 3,668.
50, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 3,665.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ohio's Williams Maintains Lead at the US Open

Amateur Fero Williams of Fairfield, Ohio, stumbled briefly, but maintained
the composure of a veteran Wednesday to retain the second round lead in the
68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier by 83 pins over
Canadian citizen Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, MI.

The 30-year-old Williams, bowling in his sixth U.S. Open, survived a 141 game 
that helped drop his 12-game average by 20 pins to 228.41, but he still finished 
with a 2,741 pinfall total to fend off MacLelland’s charge out of 25th place. 
Williams and MacLelland, a college student at Saginaw Valley State University 
where he starred as a collegiate bowler, are both trying for their first 
Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) titles.

Three pins behind MacLelland was 33-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, 
FL. Duke, who won the 2008 U.S. Open at Carolier, entered Wednesday’s second 
round in 22nd place. Duke had 2,655 pins while Martin Larsen of Sweden was 
fourth at 2,622 and defending U.S. Open champion Bill O'Neill of Southampton, 
PA, rounded out the top five with a 2,619 total.

 “I had a bad game, but it was more because I was lost on that pair of lanes,” 
Williams said. “I just took what I could and moved on.

“The lanes played real tight today. I had keep my arm swing tight and be very 
close to my target to make things happen. If I got just a little fast, I could 
tell. The ball rolled past break point and couldn’t get back to the pocket.

“But I feel great where I’m at,” he continued. “I went plus 50 today (50 pins 
over a 200 average), and I probably should have been higher, but I threw the 
ball good. I have a good idea of what the lanes are going to give me tomorrow, 
so I’ll be ready.”

Williams, a former Team USA member has yet to qualify among the top 24 for match
play. Past experience, he said, has taught him to not look too far ahead.

“My goal is just throw it good, take my time, be patient,” he said. “I’m going 
to throw every shot like it was my last. I’m not even looking ahead to match 
play. I just want to stay even or go plus (over a 200 average) every squad.

“If I make it, I make it,” he added. “If not, I’m learning a lot. I learn a lot 
every time I bowl this tournament. You won’t learn much when you’re bowing good; 
you learn when you’re bowling bad.”

The entire 383-player field will bowl its final six-game qualifying round 
Thursday to determine the top 95 players who will advance to the eight-game 
cashers’ round Friday morning. After a total of 26 games, the top 24 will 
advance to the round-robin match play finals, bowling three more eight-game 
rounds Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.

The top six after 50 games will advance to the stepladder finals which will 
begin with two games live on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern. Saturday’s 
winner will then join the top three finalists for Sunday’s championship round at 
3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. First prize in the event is $80,000.

During U.S. Open week,’s Xtra Frame video streaming service will provide 
more than 70 hours of live coverage of qualifying and match play rounds. To 
subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

Brunswick Zone-Carolier, North Brunswick, NJ, Wednesday

SECOND ROUND (after 12 games)
1, Fero Williams, Fairfield, Ohio, 2,741.
2, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 2,658.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,655.
4, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,622.
5, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,619.
6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,609.
7, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 2,605.
8, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,604.
9, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,602.
10, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 2,600.
12, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,597.
13, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,589.
14, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,588.
15, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,586.
16, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,583.
17, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 2,575.
18, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,574.
19, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,572.
20, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 2,571.
21, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,566.
22, (tie) Stuart Williams, England, and Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 2,562.
24, Blaine Weninger, Grapevine, Texas, 2,560.
25, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 2,559.
26, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,555.
27, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,549.
28, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,545.
29, (tie) Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,544.
31, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,541.
32, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 2,539.
32, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,539.
34, (tie) Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,538.
36, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,535.
37, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,528.
38, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,526.
39, Bryson Rogers, Durham, N.C., 2,525.
40, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2,522.
41, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,520.
42, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,518.
43, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,516.
44, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 2,512.
45, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,509.
46, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,507.
47, (tie) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,505.
49, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,504.
50, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 2,503.
51, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,498.
52, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,492.
53, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,486.
54, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,485.
55, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 2,481.
56, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 2,480.
57, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,478.
58, Marcus Berndt, Sweden, 2,476.
59, Derek Petty, Potomac Falls, Va., 2,475.
60, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,474.
61, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 2,469.
62, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 2,467.
63, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,466.
64, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 2,462.
65, Mark Clark, Naperville, Ill., 2,453.
66, Kevin Maurice, Canada, 2,452.
67, (tie) Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., and Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 2,451.
69, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 2,450.
70, Santiago Mejia, Colombia, 2,448.
71, (tie) Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., and Jeremy Elder, Claymont, Del., 2,446.
73, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 2,445.
74, (tie) P.J. Sonday, Luzerne, Pa., and Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 2,440.
76, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,439.
77, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 2,438.
78, Josh Blanchard, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,436.
79, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 2,434.
80, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 2,433.
81, Jason Rasinske, Diamondale, Mich., 2,432.
82, (tie) Charles Anderson, Sloatsburg, N.Y., and Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 2,426.
84, (tie) Chris Kramer, Richlandtown, Pa., and Erik Gulbrandson, Wichita, Kan., 2,424.
86, (tie) Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas; Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,423.
89, Christopher Blackmore, Fairfax, Va., 2,422.
90, Robert Klann, San Antonio, Texas, 2,421.
91, (tie) Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, and Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,419.
93, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,416.
94, Raymond Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., 2,414.
95, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,413.
96, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 2,412.
97, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,410.
98, (tie) Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,409.
100, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 2,408.
101, (tie) Billy Asbury, Odenton, Md., and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 2,406.
103, (tie) Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., and Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 2,405.
105, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,403.
106, Mike Cordeiro, Walpole, Mass., 2,402.
107, Adam Chase, Seaford, N.Y., 2,401.
108, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,399.
109, Dan Furman, Amsterdam, N.Y., 2,397.
110, Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,396.
111, Sean Riccardi, Piscataway, N.J., 2,395.
112, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,394.
113, Tony Ament, Bedminster, N.J., 2,393.
114, Jazreel Tan, Singapore, 2,392.
115, (tie) Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va.; Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas; Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., and Buddy Kelch, Pearl River, La., 2,391.
119, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,388.
120, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 2,387.
121, (tie) Brad Muri, Billings, Mont., and Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2,386.
123, Jeremy Merriner, Winchester, Va., 2,385.
124, Michelle Arrington, Philadelphia, 2,379.
125, (tie) Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C., and Stephen Hardy, Manchester, N.H., 2,378.
127, Sean Wilson, Naperville, Ill., 2,376.
128, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 2,375.
129, Timothy Regan, East Northport, N.Y., 2,373.
130, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 2,372.
131, (tie) Steve Harman, Indianapolis; Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C., 2,370.
134, Maria Rodriguez, Colombia, 2,368.
135, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 2,367.
136, Duane Steinmetz, Evans, Colo., 2,365.
137, (tie) Matthew Priore, North Arlington, N.J., and Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,364.
139, Robert Mockenhaupt, Rutherford, N.J., 2,363.
140, James Roberts, Richmond, Va., 2,362.
141, David Simard, Canada, 2,357.
142, Rob Sperling, Livingston, N.J., 2,353.
143, (tie) Frankie Calca, Elmont, N.Y.; Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and 
Greg Stahora, West Hazelton, Pa., 2,351.
146, (tie) Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,348.
148, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,345.
149, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,342.
150, (tie) Matthew Zasowski, Buffalo, N.Y., and Joe Goldstein Sr., Hayward, Calif., 2,341.
152, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,336.
153, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 2,334.
154, (tie) Dean Richards, Tacoma, Wash., and Tim McAuliffe, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,333.
156, (tie) Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, and John Santalucia, North Brunswick, N.J., 2,332.
158, (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y.; Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., and Tony Reynaud, Harwinton, Conn., 2,330.
161, Jessica Baker, Wichita, Kan., 2,329.
162, Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 2,328.
163, Rusty Thomsen, Morgan, N.J., 2,325.
164, (tie) David Boyd, Coconut Creek, Fla.; James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., and Mike Centrone, Carmel, N.Y., 2,322.
167, (tie) Tommy Dakouvanos, Manalapan, N.J., and Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 2,319.
169, (tie) Chris Tomlinson, Franklin, Tenn., and Eric Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 2,318.
171, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,314.
172, (tie) Greg Rottengen, Washington, N.J., and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,312.
174, Ryan Evans, Acton, Mass., 2,311.
175, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., and Louis Gaudio, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,310.
177, (tie) Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., and George Gohagan III, Austell, Ga., 2,307.
179, (tie) Chad Vendeville, North Richland Hills, Texas, and Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 2,306.
181, Austin Boulds, Cereal Springs, Ill., 2,305.
182, (tie) Chris Deemer, Hamilton, N.J., and Kevin Cartier, Beverly, N.J., 2,303.
184, (tie) Patrick Girard, Canada, and Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,300.
186, Eric Copping, Websterville, Vt., 2,299.
187, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 2,298.
188, Peter Spreadbury, Oak Forest, Ill., 2,294.
189, (tie) Adam Voth, Danville, Ky., and Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., 2,290.
191, Anggie Ramirez, Colombia, 2,289.
192, Jim Price, Harrrisburg, N.C., 2,288.
192, Chico Santiago, Tuckahoe, N.Y., 2,288.
194, (tie) Aaron Williams, Pennsauken, N.J., and Daniel Hannagan, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., 2,286.
196, Joseph Costanzo, Bethpage, N.Y., 2,284.
197, Richard Wolfe, Culpepper, Va., 2,283.
198, Jason Freeman, Maple Shade, N.J., 2,282.
199, Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 2,280.
200, (tie) Matt McNeil, Chanhassen, Minn., and William Ludwig, Logan, Ohio, 2,279.
202, Robert Butler Jr., Staten Island, N.Y., 2,275.
203, Justin Sloan, Fair Lawn, N.J., 2,273.
204, Jason Weaver, Denver, Pa., 2,271.
205, Michael Healy, Yonkers, N.Y., 2,270.
206, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 2,268.
207, Thomas McLane, Lusby, Md., 2,266.
208, Michael Santonastaso, Lebanon, N.J., 2,264.
209, Greg Ostrander, Howell, N.J., 2,263.
210, Dakota Jordan, Andersen, S.C., 2,262.
211,(tie) Ken Jessee, Huber Heights, Ohio, and Darryl Carreon, Alexandria, Va., 2,259.
213, Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio, 2,258.
214, Joe Krajkovich, North Brunswick, N.J., 2,253.
215, (tie) Chris Larsen, Norwich, Conn, and Cory Nichols, Hudson Falls, N.Y., 2,252.
217, Anthony Colangelo, Helmetta, N.J., 2,250.
218, Jason Baker, Sharon Springs, N.Y., 2,248.
219, (tie) Robert Wade, Winter Park, Fla.; Joe Ambrosini, Lockport, Ill.; Craig 
Spencer, Tempe, Ariz., and Ken Schneider, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 2,246.
223, (tie) John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., and Andrew Bohn, Freehold, N.J., 2,245.
225, (tie) Junia Yoshida, Japan, and John Katsaros, Bartonsville, Pa., 2,244.
227, (tie) Nick Yakas, Joliet, Ill., and Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2,240.
229, (tie) Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and  Mark McNear, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 2,238.
231, (tie) Geoff Wetzler, Vernon, Conn.;  Michael Marsico, Chesapeake Beach, 
Md., and Thomas Ruggiero, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,236.
234, (tie) B.J. Moore III, Raleigh, N.C., 2,235; Joe Novara, Holtsville, N.Y., and Stephen Fiume, Fiskdale, Mass., 2,235.
237, Michael Robey, Morrisville, Pa., 2,234.
238, (tie) Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla.; Jon Heimann, St. Peters, Mo., and Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 2,232.
241, Scott Boyle, Salida, Calif., 2,231.
242, Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 2,225.
243, Jose Cepin, Corona, N.Y., 2,224.
244, (tie) Alex Cavagnaro, Massapequa, N.Y., 2,223; Tony Myers, Pensacola, Fla., 
and Will Jackson, Philadelphia, 2,223.
247, (tie) Marty Kirsten Jr., Greentown, Pa., and Justin Warhol, Sound Beach, N.Y, 2,220.
249, Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 2,219.
250, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,217.
251, Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 2,216.
252, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,215.
253, Ethan Gray, North East, Md., 2,214.
254, Christian Evensen, Norway, 2,212.
255, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Jackson, N.J., 2,209.
256, Anibal Marin Rivera, Puerto Rico, 2,204.
257, John DiSantis, Wilmington, Del., 2,202.
258, Yon-Gyo Phark, Flushing, N.Y., 2,197.
259, Sun Kim, Flushing, N.Y., 2,196.
260, Michael Shipley, Ringgold, Ga., 2,195.
261, Jeff Kirk, Easton, Pa., 2,193.
262, Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 2,190.
263, Austin Kircher, Orangevale, Calif., 2,189.
264, (tie) Gregory Matera, Staten Island, N.Y., and Richard Barton Jr., Detroit, 2,187.
266, (tie) Chun Bae, Cedarhurst, N.Y., and Jason Timmermann, Breese, Ill., 2,185.
268, Tom Martino, Old Bridge, N.J., 2,184.
269, Jamie Ceasar, Columbus, Ohio, 2,181.
270, Christopher Knappenberger, Slatington, Pa., 2,174.
271, (tie) Norm Ginsberg Jr., West Babylon, N.Y., and Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,173.
273, (tie) Don Amorosi, Piscataway, N.J., and Dean Brooks, Mountville, Pa., 2,168.
275, Peter Diemer, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,167.
276, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 2,165.
277, Stephen Hardy Jr., Manchester, N.H., 2,163.
278, (tie) Jonathan Crowder, Edison, N.J., and Michael Hutchens, New Castle, Ind., 2,162.
280, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 2,158.
281, Michael Young, Smyrna, Ga., 2,157.
282, (tie) Billy Trudell, Coventry, R.I., 2,156; Frank Bellavia Jr., Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Dustin Karp, Herndon, Va., 2,156.
285, Ramon Estrada, San Diego, 2,150.
286, (tie) Hubert Register, Philadelphia, and Doug Gassman Jr., Dwight, Ill., 2,146.
288, (tie) Nick Weber, Fristell, Mo., and Michael LoBianco, Brick, N.J., 2,145.
290, (tie) Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, and  Mark Sleeper, Clearwater, Fla., 2,141.
292, Terry Wiley, Vienna, Va., 2,140.
293, Andrew Martin, Gilbertsville, Pa., 2,139.
294, David Fantl, Springfield, N.J., 2,136.
295, (tie) Danny Eremias, Edison, N.J., 2,133; Michael Tessier Jr., Woonsocket, R.I., 2,133; 
Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 2,133, and Todd Klinko, Oil City, Pa., 2,133.
299, (tie) Phil Schintler, Kalona, Iowa, and Taylor Swartz, Windsor, N.Y., 2,127.
301, (tie) Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Michael Berube Jr., Fall River, Mass., 2,126.
303, (tie) Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., and Eric Stangle, Ballston Spa, N.Y., 2,124.
305, (tie) Bob Walker IV, South Plainfield, N.J., and Joseph LoVullo, Absecon, N.J., 2,123.
307, Scott Brown, Ft. Collins, Colo., 2,120.
308, (tie) Shawn Boyd, Southampton, Pa., and Phillip Watson, Cahokia, Ill., 2,118.
310, Daniel Wright, Blandon, Pa., 2,117.
311, Paul Manozzi Jr., Great Meadows, N.J., 2,115.
312, Judge Abruzzese, Bronx, N.Y., 2,111.
313, (tie) Lawrence Scalzo, Secaucus, N.J., and Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,109.
315, Joseph Rabbia, Oradell, N.J., 2,103.
316, Thomas Schlomann, Saddle Brook, N.J., 2,100.
317, Ryan Friend, Staten Island, N.Y., 2,095.
318, (tie) Joel Eyssen, Manville, N.J., and  Roger Shell, New York City, 2,093.
320, Gregory Harris, Greenwood, Ind., 2,089.
321, (tie) Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., and Mark Cornelius, Peru, Ind., 2,087.
323, Michael Zanghi, Delran, N.J., 2,083.
324, Joseph Gentile, Huntington Station, N.Y., 2,079.
325, David Rosengarten, Gardendale, Ala., 2,077.
326, Rob Robertson, Jackson, N.J., 2,075.
327, Russell Russo, Barnegat, N.J., 2,071.
328, Michael Ciardulli Jr., Valley Stream, N.Y., 2,063.
329, Thomas Grunwald, Astoria, N.Y., 2,058.
330, Tom Lemanski, Hazlet, N.J., 2,054.
331, (tie) Chris Jove, Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and  Douglas Lakey, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,053.
333, Charles Bonis Jr., Port Chester, N.Y., 2,050.
334, (tie) Gary Dodd, Portsmouth, Va., and Christopher Boyd, Brick, N.J., 2,047.
336, Matt Taylor, Knightdale, N.C., 2,046.
337, Carl Scott, Hazleton, Pa., 2,045.
338, Michael Dutkiewicz, Nicholson, Pa., 2,044.
339, Matthew Carelock, Monroe, N.C., 2,037.
340, Jonathan Wilhelm, Middletown, N.Y., 2,026.
341, David Shirk, Philadelphia, 2,024.
342, Steven Maruffi, Brooklyn, N.Y., 2,023.
343, Art Swain Jr., Philadelphia, 2,022.
344, Scott Weber, La Salle, Ill., 2,016.
345, Patrick Donohoe Jr., Hampstead, N.H., 2,003.
346, Patrick Weiss, Winfield, N.J., 2,002.
347, Vincent Balisky, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,997.
348, Michael Sucena, Philadelphia, 1,992.
349, Henry Fee, Saginaw, Mich., 1,990.
350, Mathieu Beaudoin, Canada, 1,987.
351, Jason Groce, Williamstown, N.J., 1,983.
352, Michael Llorca, Orlando, Fla., 1,980.
353, Frank Gray Jr., North East, Md., 1,976.
354, (tie) Adrian Albu, Bear, Del., and Jim Dilyard, Burbank, Ohio, 1,961.
356, Francis Mazzella, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,960.
357, Philip Johnson, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., 1,956.
358, Mark McCreary, Livermore, Calif., 1,951.
359, Matt Rosenbeck, Prospect, Conn., 1,949.
360, Shaun Riggins, Millville, N.J., 1,931.
361, Chris Riolo, Springfield, N.J., 1,919.
362, Rami Ahmed, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,913.
363, Gregory Smith, Baltimore, 1,907.
364, (tie) Ralph Ehrlich, N. Massapequa, N.Y., and Chris Liotta, Dix Hills, N.Y., 1,905.
366, Christopher Lee, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,886.
367, Brian Gaunt, Huntington, Ind., 1,863.
368, Terry Kern, Mt. Pleasant, Pa., 1,857.
369, Bob Andretta Jr., New Hyde Park, N.Y., 1,842.
370, Henry Van Engel, Bayside, N.Y., 1,801.
371, Raymond Melone, North Haledon, N.J., 1,794.
372, Jerry Bohlman, Milton, Fla., 1,772.
373, Joe Coleman, Bordentown, N.J., 1,768.
374, Vadim Erenburg, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,713.
375, Marcus Jeter, Belleville, N.J., 1,662.
376, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 2,306.
377, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,902.
378, Travis Seawell, Virginia Beach, Va., 1,158.
379, Joe Trainor, Massapequa Park, N.Y., 1,136.
380, Christopher Dmytriw, Lakewood, N.J., 1,096.
381, Michael Shaw, Maple Shade, N.J., 1,019.
382, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, withdrew.
383, Yuusuke Nakamura, Japan, withdrew.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ameateur Williams Leads First Round of US Open

Amateur Fero Williams of Fairfield, Ohio, averaged 248.17
to claim the early first round lead in the 68th Lumber Liquidators 
U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier Tuesday by 105 pins over 
a pair of South American players, Andres Gomez of Colombia and
Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela.

Williams, a 30-year-old former Team USA member, rolled games
of 269, 234, 268, 266, 194 and 258 on the most demanding lane  
conditions of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, finishing his opening round with a 
1,489 total. Williams has never won a PBA title and an amateur has never won the U.S. Open.

“I want to win,” Williams said. “I didn’t come out here just to say I bowled with the great ones.
Twenty years from now, it would be great to look back and say I won the U.S. Open. That’s what
we all want as bowlers – to win a PBA title, to say that I was the best guy that one day.”

Williams has bowled in the U.S. Open the past six years, making the cashers’ round cut five times,
but never finishing among the top 24. But he also has been learning.

“What I’ve learned bowling against the pros is take your time, stay calm, every shot is critical, relax
and repeat shots,” Williams said. “When you’re an amateur, most of the conditions you bowl  
on are a lot softer. When you bowl these guys, you have to take your time and think about what 
you need to do. Patience is a virtue.”

With one-third of the field yet to complete the first round Tuesday, Gomez and Ruiz were tied with
1,384 totals. Like Williams, both are also trying for their first PBA titles. Tom Smallwoo of Saginaw, MI,
winner of the 2010 PBA World Championship and runner-up in the 2011 PBA Tournament of Champions, 
was one pin behind Gomez and Ruiz.
All 384 players in the field will bowl two additional six-game qualifying rounds Wednesday and Thursday 
before the field is cut to the top 95 after 18 games for Friday morning’s eight-game cashers’ round.
The top 24 after 26 games will then advance to three eight-game round-robin match play rounds 
Friday night and Saturday.

The top six players after 50 games will advance to the unique six-player stepladder finals, starting
with two games live on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern. Saturday’s winner will then join the
top three finalists for Sunday’s championship round at 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. First prize in the 
event is $80,000. 

During U.S. Open week,’s Xtra Frame video streaming service will provide more than 70 
hours of live coverage of qualifying and match play rounds. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

Brunswick Zone-Carolier, North Brunswick, NJ, Tuesday

EARLY FIRST ROUND (top 64 after 6 games; one-third of the field had yet to complete the first round)
1, Fero Williams, Fairfield, OH, 1,489.
2, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,384.
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,383.
5, (tie) Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,361.
7, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,348.
8, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,343.
9, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,342.
10, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,340.
11, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 1,339.
12, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,335.
13, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,333.
14, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,330.
15, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,324.
16, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,323.
17, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,321.
18, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,318.
19, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,316.
20, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,314.
21, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,306.
22, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,303.
23, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,302.
24, Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,295.
25, Blaine Weninger, Grapevine, Texas, 1,293.
26, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,291.
27, Mark Clark, Naperville, Ill., 1,290.
28, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,289.
29, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 1,288.
30, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,286.
31, (tie) Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., and Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,282.
33, Jason Freeman, Maple Shade, N.J., 1,278.
34, Santiago Mejia, Colombia, 1,270.
35, (tie) Jeremy Elder, Claymont, Del., and Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 1,267.
37, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,266.
38, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,264.
39, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,262.
40, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 1,259.
41, Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 1,253.
42, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,250.
43, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,248.
44, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,247.
45, Charles Anderson, Sloatsburg, N.Y., 1,246.
46, (tie) Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, and Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,243.
48, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,239.
49, (tie) Juhani Tonteri, Finland, and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,238.
51, Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,236.
52, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,233.
53, (tie) Josh Blanchard, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Ritchie Allen, Columbia, 
S.C., and John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,231.
56, (tie) Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., and Eric Cornog, Cherry Hill, N.J., 1,227.
58, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 1,225.
59, (tie) Michelle Arrington, Philadelphia; Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,224.
62, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 1,221.
63, (tie) Will Jackson, Philadelphia, and Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,219.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Promoting High School and College Bowling in Illinois

Lindenwood University's Josh Dunn (Plainfield North) was one of last year's participants at the High School Bowlers Prospect Showcase at Fox Bowl, Wheaton, IL.

Fox Bowl will be hosting the 2nd Annual High School Bowlers Prospect Showcase on February 20th and March 20th. The showcases are run by 2-time USBC Champion Gregg Zicha and 13-time PBA Champion Mike Nape. Each showcase will evaluate and promote High School Boys and Girls bowlers to help them gain maximum exposure to college coaches. Participants will have a short personal Bio, video and performance results of the showcase will be placed on the website for collegiate bowling coaches to see nationwide. and Fox Bowl has helped in promoting Illinois’s best High School Bowlers to gain maximum exposure to College Coaches and fans.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Next week’s U.S. Open will play a role in the World Tenpin Bowling 
Association’s inaugural World Bowling Tour points race leading to the World 
Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA next fall in Las Vegas. The top three 
men and top three women in WBT points will bowl for a total of $40,000 in prize 
money in the WBT Finals next fall.

The WBT series consists of seven international tournaments, including the 
just-completed Bayer USBC Masters and the U.S. Open. Heading into the U.S. Open, 
Mika Koivuniemi – the winner of the WBT’s Brunswick Ballmaster Open in Finland 
early in January – is the men’s points leader followed by Sean Rash and USBC 
Masters winner Tom Hess. In the women’s competition, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard is 
the leader. Finland’s Krista Pollanen and Kelly Kulick are tied for second.

For current WTBA World Bowling Tour points and information, visit

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

US Open Likely To Decide PBA Player of the Year

After a one-year absence, the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open will return
to Brunswick Zone Carolier in North Brunswick, N.J., Feb. 21-27, with the addition of 
a unique three-day schedule of live television coverage, an $80,000 guaranteed
first prize and maybe a decisive role in the 2010-11 PBA Player of the Year race. 
The fourth and final major championship on the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA 
Tour schedule, the U.S. Open is considered by many to be the most challenging 
title in all of bowling to win. It is an extreme test of bowling skill, patience 
and perseverance. What makes the U.S. Open special is that non-professionals, 
men or women, international and domestic, are invited to compete against the 
world’s top professionals on difficult lane conditions that place a high premium 
on accuracy and precise shot-making.

Heading into the U.S. Open, Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, MI, is the odds-on 
favorite to win Player of the Year after winning the $1 million PBA Tournament 
of Champions in Las Vegas on Jan. 22 to go along with a sixth-place finish in 
the PBA World Championship and a third-place finish Sunday in the Bayer United 
States Bowling Congress Masters. The 43-year-old native of Finland was PBA 
Player of the Year for the 2003-04 season.

Koivuniemi’s closest challenger is his close friend and tour roommate, Chris 
Barnes of Double Oak, TX, who won the PBA World Championship, finished fifth 
in the Tournament of Champions and tied for ninth in the Masters (thanks to an 
804-698 loss to Koivuniemi that bounced him out of the double-elimination match 
play tournament). Barnes was Player of the Year for the 2007-08 season.

Chasing Koivuniemi and Barnes is defending U.S. Open champion Bill O’Neill of 
Southampton, PA, who won the Pepsi Viper Championship, finished second in the 
PBA World Championship and ninth in the Tournament of Champions. O’Neill 
advanced to the 64-player match play field in the Bayer USBC Masters, but was 
eliminated quickly with two losses. A win in the season’s final major championship 
could put him back into the race.

There are a lot of other players who hope to make a statement in North 
Brunswick, including Kelly Kulick of nearby Union, NJ, who became the PBA 
Tour’s first woman champion when she won the 2010 PBA Tournament of Champions, 
and Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, TX, who won the 2009 U.S. Open at Brunswick 
Zone-Carolier. Kulick, who earned the right to bowl on the PBA Tour this season 
as an exempt player after her Tournament of Champions victory, is coming into 
the U.S. Open after a 29th place finish among 256 competitors in last week’s 
USBC Masters in Reno, Nev.

In addition to Scroggins, other U.S. Open champions who won at Carolier include 
Barnes (2005), Tommy Jones (2006), Pete Weber (2007) and Norm Duke (2008). Prior 
to moving to Indianapolis for the 2010 event, Carolier had hosted five 
consecutive U.S. Opens between 2005 and 2009. Weber will be trying for a record 
fifth U.S. Open title.

Also at stake in North Brunswick will be competition points affecting the 
end-of-season Dick Weber PBA Playoffs March 8-14 in Indianapolis and the 
inaugural World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour Finals next fall 
in Las Vegas.

For the PBA Playoffs, players are competing for points that will determine the 
top 72 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour players who will qualify for the event as 
well as how many “bye” rounds the points leaders can earn. As far as the World 
Bowling Tour Finals is concerned, the U.S. Open is one of seven international 
tournaments awarding qualifying points toward that event. The international 
connection is expected to attract some of the world’s premier men and women 
players to New Jersey.

Unique to the 2011 event will be three days of live television coverage, 
including an expanded six-player stepladder final, with two matches airing live 
on ESPN2 on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 10 p.m. Eastern. Saturday’s winner will 
advance to the four-player stepladder final field for Sunday’s ESPN telecast at 
3 p.m. where the winner of the $80,000 top prize will be decided.

The first telecast will provide live coverage of several matches during the 
opening round of match play on Friday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.

Saturday’s telecast will feature the No. 6 qualifier bowling the No. 5 
qualifier. The winner will then meet the No. 4 qualifier to complete the 
one-hour show.

The 68th U.S. Open will begin with 18 qualifying games for all players. The top 
25 percent of the field will advance to an eight-game cashers’ round, and the 
top 24 will then bowl three eight-game match play rounds to determine the six 

Bowling fans will be able to follow the U.S. Open from start to finish on’s Xtra Frame video streaming service. More than 70 hours of live 
coverage of U.S. Open qualifying and match play will be aired on Xtra Frame. For 
subscription information, visit and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

The First Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo

June 16-19 will be a very special week for high school bowlers and college bowling coaches. Turbo Bowling Accessories will stage the first Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo inside Mark Voight's  60-lane Super Bowl in Canton, Michigan.

Never in the history of the industry has there been such a comprehensive event designed to lead high school age bowlers toward the college of their choice while giving them the educational opportunities and knowledge to succeed as a collegiate bowler and beyond.

The Turbo Collegiate Expo will include classroom and on-lane seminars, personal instructions from some of the best coaches and bowlers in the world, demonstrations of top shelf equipment from bowling's best companies, and a chance to meet, ask questions, and get materials from college bowling coaches from across the nation.

Turbo Pro Staff
players expected to attend the event are Mika Koivuniemi, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Jason Couch, Bill O'Neill, Diandra Asbaty, Joe Ciccione, Jeff Carter, Stephan Paddillo, Clara Guerrero, and Bob Learn Jr.

USBC Gold Coach
Lou Marquez and Turbo Eastern Region Sales Manager and Coach Bob Learn will coordinate all phases of the event for Turbo; and they will be joined by Team USA Sports Psychologist Dr. Dean Hinitz, who will offer his expertise on the mental game to all attendees.

"This type of event has never been done to include everyone, and so all eyes will be on us to make this work to move the sport forward," said Marquez. "We are very excited about the potential of an event like this."

"We are so proud to be able to offer high school bowlers this opportunity; and our hope is that it will not only give them some great information and education, but it will bridge the gap between the kids and college coaches," said Lori Tessmar, President of Turbo Bowling Accessories.

Bowling ball companies already committed to the event to date include Ebonite, Storm, Brunswick, Roto Grip, and 900 Global.  Ebonite will sponsor a one-day tournament at the end of the week, awarding scholarships to top finishers and Storm will provide "See Your Game" videos to all students.

Collegiate recruiting will be encouraged during the events; kids and parents will have the chance to talk to coaches about programs that will help with college tuition. A seminar for the coaches will also be included in the curriculum.

"Turbo is creating one of the most exciting projects ever for high school bowlers.  We are excited to be involved with this project which we feel will benefit all of the participants and give them an opportunity to develop and show off their skills," said Voight, president of Community Bowling Centers, which includes 11 centers.

"The talent level of students currently graduating high school is so good, it is mind-boggling. The Turbo Tech staff is so impressive; it will be a great opportunity for the participants to improve their game and game knowledge substantially," he added. Community Bowling Centers Director of Operations Roger Philipi will also be involved in all aspects of the event.

The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is limited to 200 students. An all inclusive registration fee is $329 for student bowlers, and $279 for participating colleges with Early Bird Registration through April 30, 2011. For more information and details, visit

Monday, February 7, 2011

Koivuniemi January Bowler of The Month

Mika Koivuniemi, the International bowling star now living in Hartland, MI, has been named the January 2011 Kegel Bowler of the Month by the Bowling Writers Association of America (BWAA).

Koivuniemi captured two major events on two continents in January. The first was the 41st  European Bowling Tour's Brunswick Ballmaster Open in his native Finland, defeating top seed Sean Rash, Montgomery, IL 236-191, earning him 12,000 Euro (approx US$16,320). Koivuniemi became only the fourth bowler to win three Ballmasters Open titles, considered by many as Europe's most prestigious tournament.

Two weeks later, he became the first international player to win the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tournament of Champions (TOC), defeating Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, MI, 269-217, for a record $250,000 first place prize. The 299-100 semifinal win over Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, FL featured not only the highest win margin in PBA television history, but was only the second 299 game in a TOC television round match. The historic Don Johnson 299-268 win over Dick Ritger in the 1970 TOC final was the other.

Friday, February 4, 2011


The final two major championships of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour 
season will be on line as the PBA Tour heads into the February leg of its 

The stars of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour will convene in Reno, Nev., Feb. 
7-13 for the United States Bowling Congress Masters at the National Bowling 
Stadium. Defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr., will attempt to join fellow 
PBA Hall of Famer Mike Aulby as the second player to win the Masters three 
times. Williams, Aulby and Pete Weber also are tied with eight career major 
titles – two behind leader Earl Anthony. Weber would like to break that 
second-place tie by winning his first Masters title, and join Aulby and Norm 
Duke as the third player in history to complete the PBA Grand Slam. First prize 
in the USBC Masters is a guaranteed $50,000.

The Masters finals will air live on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. Eastern/noon Pacific. Qualifying
and match play rounds will be covered live on’s Xtra Frame video streaming service.

Following the Masters, the Tour takes a week off before heading cross-country toBrunswick Zone-Carolier in
North Brunswick, NJ, for the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open, a $400,000 event (based on 480
entries) with a guaranteed $80,000 top prize – the second-richest first prize of the season.
The U.S. Open, which gets underway on Feb. 22, is traditionally one of the most challenging 
tournaments of the year and features not only a world-class field of PBA stars, but many of the world’s best amateurs.

The U.S. Open will feature three days of live television coverage, concluding with the four-player stepladder finals live on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. Eastern. ESPN2 will carry live coverage of the match play rounds on Friday, 
Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. Eastern and Saturday, Feb. 26, at 10 p.m. Eastern. In addition,’s Xtra Frame will
be on location for wall-to-wall coverage of the U.S. Open.

Chris Barnes of Double Oak, TX, and Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, MI, are the winners of the season’s first 
two majors. Barnes defeated Bill O’Neill of Southampton, PA, 267-237, to win the PBA 
World Championship and complete the PBA Triple Crown on Jan. 16 at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas. Six days 
later, Koivuniemi defeated Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, MI, 269-207, to win the $250,000 first prize in the 
PBA Tournament of Champions at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas.


February’s television schedule kicks off with the Super Bowl Sunday presentation 
of the Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational, taped in December in New Orleans. 
The third annual special event, benefitting Paul’s CP3 Foundation, features 
Grammy award-winning hip-hop artists Lil Wayne and Nelly along with New Orleans 
Saints running back Reggie Bush and Paul bowling with Storm Products’ PBA stars 
Rhino Page, Wes Malott, Pete Weber, Norm Duke and Jason Belmonte. The special 
event will air at 4 p.m. Eastern on ESPN, leading into the Super Bowl telecast.

A 35-second YouTube promo for the Chris Paul event which debuted this week on’s home page, and Lil Wayne’s Facebook page drew 58,000 hits in the space 
of 10 hours earlier this week (up from an average of 1,200 hits).


PBA Tour fans know Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the all-time leader in television 
appearances (172), but did you know:

● Hall of Famer Pete Weber is runner-up? Weber made his 124th career appearance 
in Sunday’s ESPN2 finals of the One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial.

● Only six players in PBA history have made 100 or more TV appearances? In 
addition to Williams and Weber, the other four are Earl Anthony (114), Parker 
Bohn III (107), and Norm Duke and Marshall Holman (105 each).

● The player with the best winning percentage among these six is Norm Duke? Duke 
has won 55.81% of his TV matches. The worst winning percentage: Holman’s 42.85%.

● The player who is closest to joining the elite 100 appearance club is Amelto 
Monacelli? Monacelli has appeared on TV 95 times – two ahead of Mark Roth.


Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, NY, not only became the third first-time PBA 
Tour champion of the season when he won Sunday’s One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial 
in Dublin, CA, but he also became the third No. 1 qualifier to win in eight 
stepladder finals conducted thus far in the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour 

Earlier in the season, Eugene McCune of Munster, IN, won the Brunswick Pro 
Bowling Cheetah Championship from the No. 1 rung on the stepladder and rookie 
Scott Norton of Costa Mesa, CA, captured the Chameleon Championship as top 
qualifier. Norton and South Korea’s Yong-Jin Gu (Scorpion Championship) are the 
other first-time winners.


How professional bowlers have learned to overcome pain and injuries is explained in a full-length
feature on “The Pain Channel,” a new online and custom-market video service. Pain Channel crew
members covered the PBA World Series of Bowling and the PBA Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas
in depth to create their behind-the-scenes story.

To view the Pain Channel feature click here. 

Women's Bowling Will Be Featured in High Definition

Women's bowling will be featured in high definition for the first time when the United States Bowling 
Congress Queens and Bowling's U.S. Women's Open take place later this year.
Both events will be held in arena settings and air on ESPN2, with the Queens taking place April 27
and the U.S. Women's Open airing July 2. The Queens will be shown live from the Oncenter 
Complex in Syracuse, N.Y., while the U.S. Women's Open finals will be taped at Cowboys Stadium
in Arlington, Texas.

"Women's bowling will be showcased in grand style this year," said Bowling Proprietors' Associationof America (BPAA) Executive Director Steve Johnson, whose organization is spearheading the U.S.
Women's Open. "We're excited to elevate the event even further by providing it to fans
in high definition."