Stevie Weber takes PBA Tour Trials lead after Round Two

    05/29/09

    2009 PBA Tour Trials

    England's Williams and Canada's Lambert among the top 8 after 18 games

    2009PBATTStevieWeber.jpg2009PBATTCassidySchaub.jpgStevie Weber (pictured left) of Chalmette, La., broke a tie with first-round leader Cassidy Schaub (right) of Ashland, Ohio, in the final game Thursday to take the second round lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes.

    Weber, a member of Team USA 2005, finished the Viper lane conditioning segment of the tournament with an 18-game total of 4,049 pins, a 224.94 average. Schaub, a two-handed player who throws the ball from the left side of his body, was second with 4,007 pins.

    Thomas Smallwood of Flushing, Mich., was third with 3,985 pins and Joe Ciccone of Buffalo, N.Y., who won the PBA Regional Players Championship on Monday, sat in fourth place with a 3,982 total.

    "I didn't even know I was leading. When I left I didn't even look at the scoreboard ," the 39-year-old Weber said after shooting a 209 final game to Schaub's closing 167. "This is a marathon and we are only in, like, the 12th mile. I'm not concerned about leading; I'm more worried about the ninth place number.

    "It was an interesting day. I figured the scoring pace would be lower than it was yesterday," he added. "I prefer the scoring pace today."

    Weber has been through the Tour Trials experience before, surviving the 2007 contest to earn an exemption on the 2007-08 PBA Tour.

    "The experience I have gained is helping me out right now," he said. "My game has changed. I adjusted my grip to get a cleaner release. I have learned to play the patterns straighter earlier to keep out of trouble. If you can avoid the big splits and only leave a 2-pin, that will keep you out of trouble."

    The day's top round was posted by Dan Patterson of Utica, N.Y., a three-time Team USA member, who averaged 219.4 for a 1,975 nine-game total to move up from 31st place to fifth.

    "This is my first crack at Tour Trials. Making the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour is my main goal," Patterson said. "It's a natural progression. I have gone from PBA regionals to Team USA and this year I decided to give the national tour a try. If it takes me 10 years to make it I am going to keep trying."

    Scoring during the Viper round was lower for most players than Wednesday's Cheetah pattern, but it worked better for Patterson. "Yesterday you could throw at the gutter and score. Today that same shot went in the gutter," he said. "My strategy was to stay straight through the front part of the lane. With no one playing the extreme outside, that shot was open to me. I used the same ball all day. It allowed me to go straighter and longer with the shot."

    His success, he said, was in great part due to the experiences he had as a Team USA member.

    "The coaching available as a member of Team USA is superb," Patterson said. "The training I have received allows me to prepare to deal with what's going on around me. It allows me to have a looser swing and calms me down."

    Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., is sixth with 3,947. 2007 World Ranking Masters champion Stuart Williams, England, is the top international competitor is in 7th place with 3,946. Rounding out the top 8 is Canadian national champion George Lambert IV, Hamilton, Ontario, with 3,929

    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 three days on the Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark patterns, respectively. Total pinfall for 45 games will determine the exempt berths.

     


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    Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials - Standings after Round Two


    Players with position, hometown and 18-game total

    1, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 4,049
    2, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 4,007
    3, Thomas Smallwood, Flushing, Mich., 3,985
    4, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,982
    5, Dan Patterson, Utica, N.Y., 3,957
    6, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,947
    7, Stuart Williams, England, 3,946
    8, George Lambert IV, Hamilton, Ontario, 3,929
    9, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 3,895
    10, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 3,875
    11, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,868
    12, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 3,867
    13, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,850
    14, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 3,840
    15, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 3,831
    16, Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C., 3,828
    17, Won-Young Choi, South Korea, 3,826
    18, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,823
    19, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,813
    20, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 3,807
    21, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 3,780
    22, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,776
    23, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., and Sean Riccardi, Piscataway, N.J., 3,774
    25, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 3,761
    26, Dan MacLelland, Windsor, Ontario, 3,758
    27, Timothy Behrendt, St. Louis, 3,746
    28, Frank Testa, Akron, Ohio, 3,745
    29, George Frilingos, Australia, 3,733
    30, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 3,729
    31, Robert Piroozshad, Huntington Beach, Calif., 3,727
    32, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 3,723
    33, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 3,710
    34, Jason Hurd, St. Petersburg, Fla., 3,709
    35, Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill, 3,704
    36, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 3,697
    37, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 3,695
    38, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 3,693
    39, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, 3,669
    40, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 3,665
    41, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 3,656
    42, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,654
    43, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,648
    44, Bill Rowe, Hamilton, Ontario, 3,646
    45, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 3,644
    46, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,640
    47, Jason Mahr, Spring Hill, Fla., 3,634
    48, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, 3,627
    49, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,622
    50, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 3,621
    51, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,619
    52, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,617
    53, Dru LaJoy, Cohoes, N.Y., 3,615
    54, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 3,607
    55, Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., 3,602
    56, Daniel Freeman, Indianapolis, 3,601
    57, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 3,596
    58, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 3,592
    59, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,588
    60, Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, 3,587
    61, Seo Hak Jung, South Korea, 3,585
    62, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 3,582
    63, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,573
    64, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 3,564
    65, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 3,556
    66, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,549
    67, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 3,546
    68, Michael Norris, Livonia, Mich., 3,536
    69, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 3,532
    70, David Simard, Granby, Quebec, 3,524
    71, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 3,523
    72, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., 3,520
    73, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 3,510
    74, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 3,499
    75, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 3,485
    76, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 3,468
    77, Michael Wall, Fayetteville, N.C., 3,460
    78, Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 3,456
    79, Mike Keily, Lakewood, Colo., 3,455
    80, Tim Bell, Garden City, Mich., 3,427
    81, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich, 3,422
    82, Jason Dee, Brampton, Ontario, 3,413
    83, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass, 3,409
    84, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 3,404
    85, Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 3,368
    86, Steven Lach, Sloan, N.Y., 3,349
    86, Chris Hansen, Chicago, 3,349
    88, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, 3,326
    89, Jamie Ceasar, Columbus, Ohio, 3,324
    90, John Wilcox, Woodinville, Wash., and Aaron Halash, Scottsdale, Ariz., 3,322
    92, Ron Williams, Marana, Ariz., 3,267
    93, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 3,264
    94, J.T. (Action) Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 3,250
    95, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 3,232
    96, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 3,183
    97, Jim Fenimore, Mishawaka, Ind., 3,044