Reigning U.S. Open champ Pete Weber of St. Ann, MO, put 12 points on the board
in Round 4 of the GEICO PBA Summer Shootout at 10pin bowling lounge, helping his
Storm team take the early lead in the annual Manufacturers Cup
The first four
rounds of one ball, low-man-out singles elimination matches aired Sunday on
ESPN2. In each round, nine players representing nine different bowling ball
brands competed in three groups of three players each. The survivor of the
low-man-out preliminary matches advance to a final match where the winner earned
12 points, runner-up 8 points and third-place finisher 7 points. Those
eliminated in the preliminary matches earned lesser points.
Weber, behind a
flawless seven-strike performance (three in his preliminary match and four in a
row in a Round 4 showdown with Roto Grip’s Brian Kretzer of Dayton, Ohio),
helped Storm take a three-point lead over Ebonite and DV8 in the bowling ball
manufacturers’ contest. Brunswick’s Chris Loschetter finished third in Round 4
after an eight-count on his first shot in the three-player final
In the first
round, Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, NY, threw four strikes in a row – two in
his preliminary match and two more in the final showdown to eliminate Storm’s
Osku Palermaa of Finland and DV8’s Ronnie Russell of Camby, IN, staking
Brunswick to an early lead in the team competition. Russell struck on his first
shot in the final match, but had a nine-count on his second shot. Palermaa
finished third after an eight-count on his first attempt.
Round 2 went to
Columbia 300’s Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, who struck on his first three
shots to edge DV8’s Mike Machuga of Erie, PA (double and nine-count). Ebonite’s
Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, SC, was third after a nine-count on his first
shot in the final match.
PBA Hall of Famer Jason Couch, who announced his retirement from PBA Tour
competition at the start of the Summer Shootout, temporarily put Ebonite into
the team lead when he claimed 12 points in Round 3, ousting 900 Global’s Robert
Smith of Las Vegas, who left three pins standing on his second shot. Hammer’s
Bill O’Neill of Southampton, PA, was knocked out with a seven-count on his
Five more rounds
of singles and doubles low-man-out elimination rounds will determine the team
seeding positions for an elimination position round contest leading into the
Baker doubles format stepladder finals. All remaining rounds of the GEICO PBA
Summer Shootout will air on ESPN on Saturday, July 14, at noon ET and Sunday,
July 15, at 1 p.m. ET.
lounge, Chicago, thru July 8
Low-Man-Out Elimination Format (points awarded to each team based upon finishing
position in each round)
Round 1: 1, Ryan Ciminelli, Brunswick, 12 points. 2, Ronnie Russell, DV8, 8 points. 3, Osku Palermaa, Storm, 7 points. 4th-6th (5 points each) - Jason Couch, Ebonite; Bill O’Neill, Hammer; Brian Voss, 900 Global. 7th-9th (2 points each) - Brian Kretzer, Roto Grip; Dan MacLelland, Columbia 300; Mike Fagan, Track.
Round 2: 1, Chris Barnes, Columbia 300, 12. 2, Mike Machuga, DV8, 8. 3, Tommy Jones, Ebonite, 7. 4th-6th (5 points each) – Mika Koivuniemi, Track; Pete Weber, Storm; Missy Parkin, 900 Global. 7th-9th (2 points each) – Sean Rash, Brunswick; Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Roto Grip; Mike Wolfe, Ebonite.
Round 3: 1, Jason Couch, Ebonite, 12. 2, Robert Smith, 900 Global, 8. 3, Bill O’Neill, Hammer, 7. 4th-6th (5 points each) – Wes Malott, Roto Grip; Jason Belmonte, Storm; Brian Valenta, DV8. 7th-9th (2 points each) – Dan MacLelland, Columbia 300; Ryan Ciminelli, Brunswick; Mike Fagan, Track.
Round 4: 1, Pete Weber, Storm, 12. 2, Brian Kretzer, Roto Grip, 8. 3, Chris Loschetter, Brunswick, 7. 4th-6th (5 points each) – Mike Wolfe, Ebonite; Ronnie Russell, DV8; Chris Barnes, Columbia 300. 7th-9th (2 points each) – Mika Koivuniemi, Track; Missy Parkin, 900 Global; Tommy Jones, Ebonite.
Manufacturers Cup Standings (points after four rounds): 1, Storm 29. 2 (tie) Ebonite and DV8 26. 4, Brunswick 23. 5, Columbia 300 21. 6, 900 Global 20. 7, Hammer 19. 8, Roto Grip 17. 9, Track 11.