Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour stars dominant in U.S. Open

    03/10/11

    2011 PBA Spare Shots #8

    LLPBATourLogo_small.jpgHow good are the best of the best in Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour competition? During the 18 qualifying games in the 68th Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour, the 53 Exempt Tour players in the field averaged a composite 207.49, led by qualifying leader Bill O'Neill's 227.44 average. For the same 18 games, the 167 amateurs in the field averaged 184.71.

    Out of the 95 cashers, 41 of the 52 Exempt Tour players earned checks (78.84 percent) while only 21 of the 167 amateurs made money (12.57%). One of the nine women in the field (Kelly Kulick, an Exempt Tour player) cashed.

     


    Dick Weber PBA Playoffs live on Xtra Frame, brackets on PBA.com


    2010PBAXtraFrameNeuLion_small.jpgXtra Frame, pba.com's exclusive video streaming service, is providing live online coverage of the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from Woodland Lanes in Indianapolis.

    The PBA's official web site also is keeping track of the six regional brackets in the PBA Playoffs on pba.com. Click here to access the brackets.

     


    Koivuniemi, Dorin-Ballard lead World Bowling Tour points races


    201011PBA10MikaKoivuniemi2.jpgNative Finlander Mika Koivuniemi (pictured left) and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, maintained their leads in the new World Bowling Tour points race after their second- and 135th-place finishes, respectively, in the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open.

    Koivuniemi has accumulated 125 ranking points in the World Tenpin Bowling Association competition based on a victory at the Brunswick Ballmaster Open, a third-place finish in the Bayer USBC Masters and his runner-up finish in the U.S. Open, the final United States event in the WTB qualifying series. Koivuniemi holds a sizable lead over fellow Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour stars Chris Barnes (68 points) and Sean Rash (65 points).

    2010BWCCarolynDorinBallard2.jpgIn the women's competition, Dorin-Ballard (right) finished third among the women at the U.S. Open and leads the rankings with 105 points. Kelly Kulick, who finished 66th in the U.S. Open, is now second with 100 points while Liz Johnson is third with 70 points.

    The next stop on the World Bowling Tour is the Brunswick Euro Challenge from March 4-13 in Saint Maximin, France, followed by the Kuwait Open, March 18-22, in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

    Additional events include a stop in Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 24-30, and the AMF Australian Masters, Oct. 10-22, in Sydney, Australia.

    The top three men and top three women will qualify for the WTB Finals presented by the PBA which will be contested in a nationally-televised event as part of the 2011 PBA World Series of Bowling.

     


    Miller, Kalfas, Brenner win regional titles


    2009PBASHughMiller_small.jpgHugh Miller (left) of Mercer Island, Wash., defeated Eric McIver of Des Moines, Wash., 205-193, Sunday to win his 33rd career PBA Regional title in the PBA Northwest Region Hi Joy Open at Hi Joy Lanes, Port Orchard, Wash. Miller also earned $2,000.

    2007PBARigaKalfas_small.jpgIn Jasper, Ind., Riga Kalfas (right) of Florence, Ky., defeated Seby Silvestri of Louisville, Ky., 234-210, to win his 13th career regional tite in the joint PBA Central/Midwest Region Eastown Recreation Open at Eastown Recreation. Kalfas, who earned $2,200, defeated John Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda, N.Y., 300-243, to advance to the championship match.

    Jim Brenner of LeClaire, Iowa, won the PBA Midwest/Central Region Showtime Lanes Senior Open in Virden, Ill., Sunday, defeating Harry Sullins of Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 199-177. For Brenner, a Super Senior, it was his fifth PBA Senior Regional title. He also earned $1,500.

     


    Quick Notes


    200910PBARobertSmith.jpg2010KSAOPatrickHealey2.jpgRecently-retired PBA Tour titlists Robert Smith (left), now living in Hong Kong, and Patrick Healey Jr. (right), who resides in Kuwait, are still bowling on a limited basis in the international arena. Smith won the 8th Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge in The Philippines, defeating George Frilingos of Australia, 243-228, for the US$23,000 first prize on Feb. 19 while Healey lost a 213-177 decision to Shaker Al Hassan of the United Arab Emirates in the title match of the Dubai International Open on Feb. 26.

    With the arrival of his first child, Ritchie Allen of Columbia, S.C., has changed his bowling name to Dick Allen. Wife Sarah Allen brought Piper Bailey Allen into the world on March 3. Allen said, "Now that I'm a dad, I need to have a dad name."

    With his $80,000 first prize in the Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open, Norm Duke improved his PBA career earnings to $2,979,519, leaving him a little more than $20,000 away from joining Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Pete Weber as the third player in history to exceed the $3 million mark in career earnings.

    For a little light-hearted entertainment, visit ESPN Page 2 and read Tom Barbash's futuristic tale of LeBron James switching from his NBA career to professional bowling in 2015.

    For something more realistic, click here for a YouTube feature on the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs.

     


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    2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Statistics


    As of Feb. 19, thru 10 events

    Earnings List with Titles, Earnings and Career Total
    1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1, $328,040, $1,555,813
    2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich. 0, $122,200, $259,153
    3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1, $112,400, $2,979,519
    4, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1, $108,260, $1,922,827
    5, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1, $92,290, $532,015
    6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. 0, $62,430, $510,200
    7, Osku Palermaa,Finland, 1, $59,200, $80,800
    8, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 0, $58,910, $132,735
    9, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich. 0, $58,090, $78,415
    10, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 0, $58,050, $183,170
    11, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1, $51,200, $162,973
    12, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla. 0, $50,000, $232,700
    13, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1, $49,350, $159,510
    14, Jack Jurek,Lackawanna, N.Y. 0, $41,830, $637,442
    15, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y. 0, $41,200, $533,199
    16, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C. 0, $40,810, $1,265,703
    17, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. 0, $38,895, $2,787,447
    18, Michael Haugen Jr. Carefree, Ariz. 0, $35,800, $691,160
    19, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1, $34,330, $1,743,517
    20, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla. 0, $30,750, $1,219,367

    Scoring Averages with number of Events Games and Average
    1, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 11, 279, 221.99
    2, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 11, 279, 219.95
    3, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 11, 244, 219.36
    4, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 11, 207, 218.68
    5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 11, 222, 218.66
    6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 11, 259, 218.64
    7, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11, 280, 218.42
    8, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 11, 227, 217.89
    9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 11, 276, 217.84
    10, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10, 234, 217.50
    11, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 10, 234, 217.12
    12, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11, 231, 217.11
    13, Michael Haugen Jr. Carefree, Ariz., 11, 225, 216.34
    14, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 11, 212, 216.02
    15, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 11, 232, 215.90
    16, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 11, 265, 215.47
    17, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 11, 202, 215.45
    18, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11, 224, 215.16
    19, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 11, 205, 215.08
    20, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 11, 201, 214.62

    Competition Points with number of Cashes, Match Play Appearance,
    Championship Round Appearance and Points

    1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 11, 10, 4, 138,305
    2, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich. 9, 8, 4, 130,521
    3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 9, 7, 2, 119,209
    4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9, 9, 3, 115,521
    5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill. 9, 8, 2, 111,327
    6, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C. 7, 5, 3, 108,537
    7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. 8, 6, 2, 96,444
    8, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich. 9, 5, 3, 87,47
    9, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif. 8, 5, 2, 86,261
    10, Michael Haugen Jr. Carefree, Ariz., 10, 7, 2, 85,435
    11, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich. 6, 5, 3, 81,904
    12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 8, 6, 2, 78,284
    13, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind. 9, 5, 0, 76,541
    14, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo. 7, 4, 1, 75,969
    15, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4, 4, 3, 75,476
    16, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla. 8, 3, 1, 75,239
    17, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y. 9, 7, 1, 74,491
    18, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif. 6, 3, 1, 70,432
    19, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. 7, 3, 1, 69,72
    20, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. 7, 4, 1, 67,139