Joe Ciccone hangs on to PBA Tour Trials lead


    2009 PBA Tour Trials

    Regional Players Champion looking forward to one more good day

    2006PBA08JoeCiccone.jpgJoe Ciccone (pictured) Buffalo, N.Y., struggled to retain his lead in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials at Thunderbowl Lanes Saturday, but the player he was most concerned about was the guy in ninth place.

    Ciccone, who is trying to regain an exemption to bowl on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour for the 2009-10 season, finished Saturday's Scorpion lane condition round with a 36-game total of 7,884 pins, a 219 average. He held a 23-pin lead over George Lambert IV of Hamilton, Ontario, but in this event, eighth place is as good as first, and Ciccone was 265 pins ahead of fellow Buffalo resident Dan Patterson, who sat in ninth place.

    For Ciccone, finishing among the top eight in the Tour Trials means an exemption to bowl as a full-time touring player for the seventh year in a row. He failed to earn enough points during the 2008-09 season to maintain his exemption.

    "It's nice to know there's a cushion, but that's not something I think about," Ciccone said. "I don't want to think too far ahead. Tomorrow is a different day.

    "I struggled quite a bit today," he said. "I couldn't get comfortable with my match up to the lanes. I was fortunate to be able to grind away. My game plan is to keep the same frame of mind tomorrow. The Shark pattern? I've had some success on all of the PBA patterns, and I've had problems with all of them, too. I try not to come into any round with preconceived notions about how the lanes are going to play.

    "But any time I can be in the press room at the end of a round, it's a good day," he grinned.

    Heading into Sunday's final nine games on the Shark lane oiling pattern, the eight players in position to earn exempt PBA Tour berths were: Thomas Smallwood, Flushing, Mich.; Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La.; Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio; Tim Mack, Indianapolis; Dan McLelland, Windsor, Ontario, and Stuart Williams, England.

    Williams led Patterson by 16 pins in the race for the eighth exemption.


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    Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour Trials - Standings after Round Four

    Players with position, hometown and 36-game total

    1, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 7,884
    2, George Lambert IV, Hamilton, Ontario, 7,861
    3, Thomas Smallwood, Flushing, Mich., 7,811
    4, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 7,697
    5, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 7,683
    6, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 7,676
    7, Dan MacLelland, Windsor, Ontario, 7,640
    8, Stuart Williams, England, 7,635
    9, Daniel Patterson, Buffalo, N.Y., 7,619
    10, Mason Brantley, Detroit, Mich., 7,611
    11, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 7,607
    12, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 7,597
    13, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 7,580
    14, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 7,524
    15, Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, 7,510
    16, Sean Riccardi, Piscataway, N.J., 7,489
    17, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 7,485
    18, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 7,476
    19, George Frilingos, Australia, and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7,468
    21, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 7,457
    22, Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C., 7,455
    23, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 7,453
    24, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 7,450
    25, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 7,428
    26, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 7,423
    27, Joe Bailey, Pittsburgh, Pa., 7,421
    28, Bill Rowe, Hamilton, Ontario, 7,413
    29, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 7,411
    30, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 7,405
    31, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 7,402
    32, Won-Young Choi, South Korea, 7,401
    33, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 7,395
    34, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7,383
    35, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 7,354
    36, Seo Hak Jung, South Korea, 7,351
    37, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 7,347
    38, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis, 7,338
    39, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 7,312
    40, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 7,299
    41, Jason Mahr, Spring Hill, Fla., 7,292
    42, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 7,282
    43, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 7,258
    44, Jason Hurd, St. Petersburg, Fla., 7,256
    45, Tim Behrendt, St. Louis., Mo., 7,219
    46, Frank Testa, Akron, Ohio, 7,199
    47, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 7,198
    48, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 7,195
    49, Mike Keily, Lakewood, Colo., 7,183
    50, David Simard, Granby, Quebec, 7,177
    51, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., 7,150
    52, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, and Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, 7,126
    54, James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 7,122
    55, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 7,120
    55, Robert Piroozshad, Huntington Beach, Calif., 7,120
    57, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, 7,111
    58, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 7,108
    59, Jason Dee, Brampton, Ontario, 7,107
    60, David Williams Jr., Omaha, Neb., 7,101
    61, Walter Schaub II, Schaumburg, Ill., and Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 7,097
    63, John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 7,094
    64, Jong Soo Park, South Korea, 7,076
    65, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 7,067
    66, Daniel Freeman, Indianapolis, Ind., 7,061
    67, Kyung-Shin Park, South Korea, 7,035
    68, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 7,034
    69, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 7,029
    70, Dru LaJoy, Cohoes, N.Y., 6,992
    71, Steven Lach, Sloan, N.Y., 6,949
    72, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 6,893
    73, Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., 6,853
    74, Seby Silvestri, Louisville, Ky., 6,830
    75, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 6,825
    76, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 6,738
    77, Chris Hansen, Chicago, 6,712
    78, Bryan Paul, Brooklyn, N.Y., 6,691
    79, Tim Bell, Garden City, Mich., 6,690
    80, J.T. Jackson, Valley Village, Calif., 6,657
    81, Michael Wall, Fayetteville, N.C., 6,634
    82, Jamie Ceasar, Columbus, Ohio, 6,601
    83, John Wilcox, Woodinville, Wash., 6,572
    84, Chris Polizzi, Spring Hill, Fla., 6,548
    85, Ron Williams, Marana, Ariz., 6,334
    86, Jim Fenimore, Mishawaka, Ind., 6,319
    87, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 6,294
    88, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., withdrew
    89, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, withdrew
    90, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, withdrew
    91, Brian Kjergaard, Fulton, Ill., withdrew
    92, Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., withdrew
    93, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., withdrew
    94, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., withdrew
    95, Aaron Halash, Scottsdale, Ariz., withdrew
    96, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., withdrew
    97, Michael Norris, Livonia, Mich., withdrew