Chris Collins paces PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Tour Qualifying Round


    2010-11 PBA Tour #111

    Top 10 advance to Thursday's Round of 64

    2011PBASouthChrisCollins.jpg200910PBAMitchBeasley.jpgChris Collins (pictured) of Savannah, Ga., averaged 235.43 to lead a field of 10 players who advanced out of the Professional Bowlers Association Tour Qualifying Round Wednesday completing the field of 64 for the Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship which gets underway with the first round Thursday at AMF Thruway Lanes.

    Collins, a former exempt player who won the 2006 Pepsi Championship for his lone PBA Tour title, completed the seven-game qualifying round with a 1,648 pinfall total with games of 179, 237, 257, 259, 191, 246, and 279 finishing 77 pins ahead of Mitch Beasley (right) of Puyallup, Wash., in second with 1,571. All 49 players in the qualifier were required to use PBA-approved plastic balls.

    "The key today was to play straight with a little speed—kind of like I would on a broke down Cheetah pattern," Collins said. "I got off to a slow start with a lot splits but I made a slight adjustment with my feet and increased the speed. These are examples of the types of adjustments we're all going to have to make because we're not going to have our usual (bowling) equipment to go to."

    2010PBARPIScottNewell.jpg2010PBASWRegionJesseBuss2.jpgAlso advancing were Johnny Petraglia Jr., Jackson, N.J., 1,535; Scott Newell (left), Deland, Fla., 1,522; Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,518; Matt O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,515; Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,512; Jesse Buss (right), Wichita, Kan., 1,496; Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,480, and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,473.

    Beginning with Thursday's first Round of 64, all players will be required to use identical Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship competition plastic balls manufactured by Each player will be given two balls and these will be the only balls they will be able to use throughout the tournament.

    With all players having to rely on 1970s-era technology, the playing field is equalized as there is less reliance on today's high-powered equipment.

    After Thursday's second Round of 64, the field will be cut to 32 players who will advance to a match play round Friday morning which cuts the field to the top 16. Friday evening's match play round will determine the top four who will advance to Sunday's finals to be telecast live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern.


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    Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Tour Qualifying Round

    Players with position, hometown and 7-game total. The top 10 advance to Round of 64

    1, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,648
    2, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 1,571
    3, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Jackson, N.J., 1,535
    4, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,522
    5, Mike Rose Jr, West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,518
    6, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,515
    7, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,512
    8, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,496
    9, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,480
    10, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,473

    11, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,462, $800
    12, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,458, $500
    13, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,449
    14, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,448
    15, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,444
    16, Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa, 1,443
    17, Peter Maduri, Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,436
    18, Jonathan Kroll, Lackawana, N.Y., 1,430
    19, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,428
    20, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,420
    21, Mike Zarcone, Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,411
    22, Tim Bell, Garden City, Mich., 1,409
    23, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 1,407
    24, Frank Bellavia Jr., Niagara Falls, N.Y., 1,400
    25, Kevin Donovan, Painted Post, N.Y., 1,370
    26, Matthew Zasowski, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,368
    27, (tie) William Stoddard, Rochester, N.Y., and Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 1,367
    29, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,361
    30, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,352
    31, Jimmy Plessinger, York, Pa., 1,350
    32, (tie) Joe Stillman, Staten Island, N.Y., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,342
    34, Christopher Racey, Ontario, Canada, 1,325
    35, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,317
    36, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,303
    37, Chris Biamonte Jr., Niagara Falls, Ont., Canada, 1,288
    38, Ron Evans, Atlanta, 1,284
    39, Robert Pretty, Canada, 1,283
    40, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 1,273
    41, Larry Klick, Erie, Pa., 1,261
    42, Ben Curry, Depew, N.Y., 1,257
    43, Sam Capizzi Jr, Rochester, N.Y., 1,234
    44, Howard Ridgeway, Cleveland, 1,210
    45, Jack Perry, Canada, 1,209
    46, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 1,202
    47, Andrew Cramer, Getzville, N.Y., 1,195
    48, Scott Heubusch, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,136
    49, David Aichinger, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,130