Australia's Sam Cooley averages 252 to lead PBA Cheetah Championship Qualifying Round


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    Two-time Cheetah champion Eugene McCune qualifies second in high-scoring opening round featuring 12 300s; score to make the cut to the top 24 is 2112 (234.67 average)

    2015PBASamCooley2.jpgAustralia's Sam Cooley (pictured left) averaged 252 for nine games to take the qualifying lead in the Professional Bowlers Association Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game, the first qualifying leg of the Rolltech PBA World Championship, Tuesday at the National Bowling Stadium.

    The Cheetah Championships is the first of five PBA Tour title events that are part of the GEICO Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling VII presented by Silver Legacy.

    2015PBAEugeneMcCune.jpgCooley, a 24-year-old right-hander, rolled games of 278, 203, 246, 210, 265, 280, 290, 289 and 211 for a total of 2,272 pins and a 65-pin lead over Eugene McCune (right) of Munster, Ind., who won two of his three PBA Tour titles in the 2011 and 2012 Cheetah Championships.

    Cooley, who made his professional debut in the PBA Fall Classic in Las Vegas in October, first experienced bowling in birthday parties at age 4 in Mount Warrigal, New South Wales, about a 90-minute drive south of Sydney.

    He then joined a 10-and-under youth league and became hooked on the sport. As a teenager, he found bowling videos of American stars Tommy Jones, Wes Malott, Pete Weber and others, and began developing his game.

    "Competing on the PBA Tour is something I've been wanting to do for the past five years," Cooley said, "so I decided to take the plunge. Coming to the Fall Classic (where he finished 12th in his first PBA Tour event) gave my confidence a boost."

    His performance in the Cheetah Championship "was a bit of a surprise to me, really. I didn't have to make many changes in ball choices or where I lined up on the lane, so I was able to stay pretty much in the same area for the whole round. It was a surprise and a confidence boost.

    "I feel pretty good about making the match play field next week," he added. "Where I'm at today gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow. In games six, seven, eight and nine, it was just a matter of getting as many pins as I could for World Championship qualifying. It gives me a bit of a cushion in case things don't work out later in the week."

    2015PBAParkerBohn.jpg2015PBAMookieBettsAction.jpgPBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (left) got the tournament off to a fast start, bowling his record 105th career PBA 300 game in the first game. It was the first of 12 300s bowled in the high-scoring round.

    Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts (right), in his debut in professional bowling, averaged a respectable 196.33 in a roller-coaster round, finishing in 212th place. For the round, he bowled games of 224, 140, 245, 180, 168, 194, 249, 213 and 154. But he wasn't overly disappointed.

    "It was fun. It was tough, something to get used to," Betts said, "but I crossed with some cool guys (2013 PBA Rookie of the Year EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; 2015 Rookie of the Year candidate AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., and PBA50 Tour veteran Ray Cobb of Highland, Calif.) and they made it easy for me. It was a little more laid back than I thought it would be because of the guys I bowled with.

    "I would have liked to be at least even (average 200)," he added, "but for the first time, it was okay. Tomorrow (in the Viper Championship), I'm just going to try to be even. I have no great expectations. I made some good adjustments today in games five, six and seven, but the last game I almost dropped the ball on my foot and I fouled in the first frame, so that was a bad way to start.

    "That's the learning curve. Hopefully I'll do better tomorrow."

    2015PBAWSOBVIILogo_small.jpgGEICO WSOB VII competition continues Tuesday with the nine-game qualifying round in the Viper Championship presented by Xtra Frame. The WSOB-record field of 246 players from 21 countries will battle for 24 positions in the best-of-five-game Viper match play elimination round that will take place on Monday, Dec. 14.

    Composite 36-game qualifying totals from the nine-game Cheetah, Viper, Wednesday's Chameleon Championship and Thursday's Scorpion Championship rounds also will determine the 61 players who will advance to the Rolltech PBA World Championship cashers' round on Saturday.

    All qualifying and match play rounds of the World Series of Bowling will be covered live, exclusively by PBA's online video streaming service, Xtra Frame.


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    PBA Cheetah Championship - Final Qualifying Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 9-game total; top 24 advance to best-of-five-game single-elimination match play Monday, Dec. 14; top 8 receive first round bye; n-denotes non-member; f-denotes female

    1, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,272
    2, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,207
    3, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 2,195
    4, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,194
    5, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,193
    6, Stuart Williams, England, 2,191
    7, Paul Moor, England, 2,187
    8, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,186

    9, n-Matt Gasn, Laurel, Md., 2,180
    10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,171
    11 (tie), Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,159
    13, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 2,158
    14, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,153
    15, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,149
    16, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2,147
    17, n-Adam Barta, Girard, Ohio, 2,145
    18, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,139
    19, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,137
    19, Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2,137
    21, Matthew McNiel, Prior Lake, Minn., 2,132
    22, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,127
    23, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,125
    24, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,112

    Missed Cut:

    25, Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 2,110, $600
    26 (tie), Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,107, $600
    28 (tie), Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., and D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,106, $550
    30, n-Benjamin Canfield, Tempe, Ariz., 2,104, $500
    31, Ryan Graywacz, Feeding Hills, Mass., 2,103, $500
    32, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,100, $500

    Failed to Cash:

    33 (tie), David Haynes, Las Vegas, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,099
    35, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2,093
    36, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 2,087
    37, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 2,081
    38, n-Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 2,080
    39, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,077
    40, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,073
    41, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,071
    42, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,066
    43 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., and Will Barnes, Wichita, Kan., 2,060
    45, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,059
    46, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 2,058
    47 (tie), Magnus Johnson Jr., Sweden; Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,057
    50 (tie), Zhongli Mi, China, and f-Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 2,056
    52, Jeff Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 2,053
    53, Richie Teece, England, 2,049
    54, Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 2,048
    55, Matthew O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 2,047
    56, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,045
    57, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2,044
    58 (tie), Shuichi Heki, Japan, and T.J. Schmidt, Mishawaka, Ind., 2,042
    60, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 2,039
    61, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,037
    62, n-Eric Fritton, Waukesha, Wis., 2,035
    63 (tie), Jason Belmonte, Australia; n-Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,033
    66 (tie), Martin Larsen, Sweden; Shigeo Saitoh, Japan; Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,029
    70, Carsten Hansen, Denmark, 2,025
    71 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and n-Harold Hill Jr., San Diego, 2,024
    73, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,023.0
    74 (tie), Thomas Larsen, Denmark; Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,022
    77 (tie), Anthony LaCaze, Hoffman Estates, Ill., and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,019
    79, n-Dean Richards, Tacoma, Wash., 2,017
    80, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,016
    81, n-Charles Easton, Sylvania, Ohio, 2,013
    82, Santiago Mejia, Colombia, 2,007
    83, Jonathan Hocsman, Argentina, 2,003
    84, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,001
    85, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,000
    86, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,994
    87, Josh Conner, Columbus, Ohio, 1,993
    88, Casey Knutson, Femley, Nev., 1,987
    89 (tie), f-Inngellimar Beasley, Venezuela, and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 1,986
    91 (tie), Will Garber, Modesto, Calif., and Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,985
    93, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,982
    94, Joseph Hostetler, Louisville, Ohio, 1,980
    95, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,975
    96 (tie), Chris Arcaro, Wilmington, N.C.; Alvar Cardona, Spain, and Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 1,973
    99, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 1,972
    100, Adam Ferri, Jeannette, Pa., 1,971
    101, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,970
    102, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,968
    103, Daisuke Nakamura, Japan, 1,967
    104, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 1,963
    105, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 1,961
    106 (tie), Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., and Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 1,957
    108 (tie), Pat Nolan, Japan, and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,954
    110, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,953
    111, n-Christopher Sand, St Clair Shores, Mich, 1,951
    112 (tie), Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., and Dom Barrett, England, 1,950
    114, n-Zeke Bayt, Henderson, Nev., 1,949
    115, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,948
    116, n-Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 1,947
    117, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,946
    118, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 1,945
    119, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,944
    120, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,943
    121 (tie), n-Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, and Pascal Winternheimer, Germany, 1,940
    123, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,939
    124 (tie), Shawn Maldonado, Houston, and n-Matthew Farber, Plainview, N.Y., 1,937
    126 (tie), Joachim Karlsson, Sweden, and Joe Goldstein Sr., San Bruno, Calif., 1,933
    128 (tie), Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,932
    130, f-Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 1,928
    131 (tie), n-Jianchao Du, China, and Peng Zhang, China, 1,925
    133 (tie), Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., and Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 1,924
    135, n-Jason Munkberg, Redding, Calif., 1,923
    136, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,921
    137 (tie), Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., and Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,916
    139, n-Rob Edwards, Vancouver, Wash., 1,914
    140, f-Yuka Tsuchiya, Japan, 1,911
    141, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 1,909
    142, Eddy Smith, Stanwood, Wash., 1,904
    143 (tie), n-Chris Drewes, Wichita, Kan., and Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 1,902
    145 (tie), Bob Spaulding, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jonathan Sellers, Stratford, Conn., 1,901
    147, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 1,898
    148, Mitch Beasley, Nashville, Tenn., 1,897
    149, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,896
    150, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,893
    151, Cris Ferreira, Visalia, Calif., 1,892
    152, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,890
    153, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,889
    154, John Austin Jr., Friendswood, Texas, 1,888
    155, Jeremy Mooney, West Palm Beach, Fla., 1,886
    156, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,885
    157, Brian LeClair, Delmar, N.Y., 1,884
    158 (tie), n-Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., and n-Don Allen III, Vancouver, Wash., 1,881
    160 (tie), Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,880
    162, n-Michael Villarreal, Lakewood, Calif., 1,874
    163, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,870
    164, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,869
    165 (tie), n-Michael Duran, Banning, Calif., and Clint Land, Houston, 1,866
    167 (tie), n-Jon Trzcinski, Bay Shore, N.Y., and Nobuhito Fujii, Japan, 1,865
    169, n-Carlos Tobon, Colombia, 1,863
    170 (tie), Hashim Guinomla, Philippines, and Akiko Suzuki, Japan, 1,857
    172, Lin Yao, China, 1,856
    173 (tie), Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and n-Anton Ahlgren, Sweden, 1,855
    175, f-Elise Bolton, Merritt Island, Fla., 1,852
    176, Joonas Jahi, Finland, 1,851
    177, David Shinn, West Columbia, S.C., 1,848
    178, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,847
    179, Jordan Jung, Canada, 1,846
    180 (tie), Roger Koplin Jr., Carson City, Nev., and Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 1,844
    182, Dave Bernhardt, Romeo, Mich., 1,841
    183 (tie), David Maycock, Bermuda; Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., and Zhiyong Wang, China, 1,840
    186, Junia Yoshida, Japan, 1,839
    187, Gerald Marrs, Huntley, Ill., 1,838
    188, Derek Handy, Redmond, Wash., 1,837
    189, Matt Dammann, Canada, 1,833
    190, Scott Robertson, Australia, 1,830
    191, J.T. "Action" Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,824
    192, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo.,, 1,822
    193, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,820
    194, Chris Colella, Templeton, Mass., 1,818
    195, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,816
    196, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,811
    197, f-Jacqueline Carbonetto, Blauvelt, N.Y., 1,804
    198, Luke Matthys, Whitestown, Ind., 1,803
    199 (tie), Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., and Mateo Hernandez, Argentina, 1,801
    201 (tie), Chuck Tillson, Santa Rosa, Calif., and n-Wankang Qi, China, 0
    203, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 1,793
    204, Vincent Balisky, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,791
    205, n-Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,788
    206, Tommy Barna, Westminster, Md., 1,783
    207 (tie), Will Vidulich, Parsippany, N.J., and n-David Labinski, Milwaukee, 1,776
    209, David Canady, Germany, 1,775
    210, f-April Lord Wittig, Steilacoom, Wash., 1,771
    211, Brian Nicodemus, Akron, Ind., 1,769
    212, n-Mookie Betts, Boston, 1,767
    213, Warren Burr, Wilmington, Del., 1,766
    214, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,765
    215, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 1,764
    216, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,763
    217, n-Bill Fong, Plano, Texas, 1,761
    218, n-Carl-Oskar Palmer, Sweden, 1,756
    219, Wes Newman, Panama City, Fla, 1,753
    220, n-Nelson Sand, Maple Valley. Wash., 1,749
    221 (tie), Harrison Jarvis, San Antonio, Tex, and Mike Watson, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,746
    223, David Sevier, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,734
    224, Paul LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,729
    225, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,728
    226, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,720
    227, Chad Lusche, Parker, Colo., 1,718
    228, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 1,702
    229, n-Stephen Bennett, Hampton, Va., 1,687
    230, Chen Huang, China, 1,685
    231, Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 1,663
    232, Brijesh Patel, Hollywood, Calif., 1,662
    233, Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., 1,659
    234, Bryan Osborne, Cypress, Calif., 1,654
    235, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 1,632
    236, Steve Adams, Grass Valley, Calif., 1,630
    237, Christopher Yoshimura, Rochester, Minn., 1,581
    238, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,575
    239, n-Thomas Musante, San Mateo, Calif., 1,531
    240, Adrian McCoy, British Virgin Islands, 1,529
    241 (tie), Matthew Graham, Stockton, Calif., and n-John Leathers, Anaconda, Mont., 1,492
    243, Cody Copeland, Abiline, Texas, 1,456
    244, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 1,420
    245, n-Ken Davis, Sun Valley, Nev., withdrew (injury)

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