Two-hander Cassidy Schaub paces PBA Tour Trials after Round One


    2009 PBA Tour Trials

    Team USA 2009 member scorches Cheetah pattern for 243 average

    2007PITCassidySchaub.jpgCassidy Schaub (pictured) of Ashland, Ohio, averaged 243 on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s Cheetah lane conditioning pattern Wednesday to take the first round lead in the PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes. He leads by seven pins over Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

    Schaub, a two-handed player who throws the ball from the left side of his body, is hoping to join Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Finland’s Osku Palermaa as the third two-handed technician to earn an exemption for the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season (Palermaa is exempt for the PBA World Series of Bowling only).

    Eight PBA Tour exemptions are at stake in the five-day, 45-game Tour Trials which continues through Sunday. The field of 97 U.S. and international players will bowl nine more games each day over the next four days on the Viper, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark patterns, respectively, with total pinfall for 45 games deciding the exempt berths.

    “You can’t win the tournament on the first day, but you can try to put a hurtin’ on the field,” Schaub said after posting his 2,187 total. “I only threw one ball all day. I played out to the gutter with minimal movement across the house.”

    Schaub is happy to have a cushion because he hasn't found the lane conditioning patterns he'll face the next two days especially friendly during early practice sessions.

    “I didn’t have a good look on the Viper or Chameleon patterns earlier, so I am drilling up a few new balls and will try them (in practice tonight) to see what works,” he said. “We’ll see what part of the lane works and go from there.

    “Knowing what you are competing for - the opportunity to bowl with the greatest bowlers in the world - is really special,” he said of his first Tour Trials experience. “I’m trying to look around and stay on my own pace and do my own thing, do what’s true to you.”

    Nothing would make him happier than expanding the two-handed movement as a full-time touring player, bowling with Belmonte and Palermaa.

    “The two-handed explosion has been awesome,” Schaub said. “I’m happy to jump on that bandwagon. We have a lot more attention being paid since Jason’s win (in The Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic) and his appearances on E:60 and Good Morning America. A lot of people are trying it and talking about it.”

    Trailing Schaub and Ciminelli after nine games were Thomas Smallwood of Flushing, Mich., with 2,171 pins; Stevie Weber of Chalmette, La., with 2,152, and newly-crowned Regional Player Championship titlist Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y., with a 2,128 total.


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    Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials - Round One

    9 games, Cheetah pattern

    1, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 2,187
    2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,180
    3, Thomas Smallwood, Flushing, Mich., 2,171
    4, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La, 2,152
    5, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,128
    6, Stuart Williams, England, 2,120
    7, Sean Riccardi, Piscataway, N.J., 2,083
    8, George Frilingos, Australia; George Lambert IV, Hamilton, Ontario, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,079
    11, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., and Won-Young Choi, South Korea, 2,074
    13, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,062
    14, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 2,057
    15, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 2,055
    16, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 2,050
    17, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,045
    18, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill, 2,040
    19, Timothy Behrendt, St Louis, 2,037
    20, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,029
    21, Bill Rowe, Hamilton, Ontario, and Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2,028
    23, Seo Hak Jung, South Korea, 2,023
    24, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 2,021
    25, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,019
    26, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,010
    27, Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C., 2,005
    28, Gregory Thompson Jr, Dayton, Ohio, 2,004
    29, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, 1,997
    30, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 1,990
    31, Dan Patterson, Utica, N.Y., 1,982
    32, Dru LaJoy, Cohoes, N.Y., 1,976
    33, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,975
    34, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,973
    35, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 1,971
    36, Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill., 1,970
    37, Jason Hurd, St. Petersburg, Fla., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,953
    39, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,949
    40, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, and Jason Mahr, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,947
    42, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,946
    43, Michael Norris, Livonia, Mich., and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,938
    45, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., and Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,927
    47, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 1,926
    48, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,922
    49, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 1,919
    50, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,918
    51, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,914
    52, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., and Chris Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,912
    54, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,911
    55, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 1,906
    56, Robert Piroozshad, Huntington Beach, Calif., 1,903
    57, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 1,899
    58, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 1,893
    59, Frank Testa, Akron, Ohio, 1,886
    60, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,879
    61, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 1,876
    62, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,872
    63, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 1,869
    64, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,865
    65, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis, 1,859
    66, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,858
    67, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, 1,849
    68, David Simard, Granby, Quebec, 1,837
    69, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,830
    70, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,828
    71, Michael Wall, Fayetteville, N.C., and Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., 1,811
    73, J.T. (Action) Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 1,810
    74, Dan MacLelland, Windsor, Ontario, 1,798
    75, Daniel Freeman, Indianapolis, 1,788
    76, Tim Bell, Garden City, Mich., 1,781
    77, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., 1,778
    78, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,776
    79, Mike Keily, Lakewood, Colo., 1,773
    80, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 1,768
    81, Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 1,767
    82, Aaron Halash, Scottsdale, Ariz., 1,763
    83, Jason Dee, Brampton, Ontario, Canada, 1,758
    84, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, 1,756
    85, Chris Hansen, Chicago, 1,754
    86, Jamie Ceasar, Columbus, Ohio, 1,750
    87, Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, 1,748
    88, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,727
    89, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 1,721
    90, Steven Lach, Sloan, N.Y., 1,718
    91, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,713
    92, Ron Williams, Marana, Ariz., 1,710
    93, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 1,688
    94, Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 1,657
    95, John Wilcox, Woodinville, Wash., 1,653
    96, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 1,578
    97, Jim Fenimore, Mishawaka, Ind., 1,540