Sean Rash is first round leader in PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship


    2010-11 PBA Tour #111

    Round of 64 second round gets underway at 5 p.m. this afternoon

    201011PBASeanRash.jpgFour-time Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Sean Rash (pictured left) averaged 241.29 to lead the first round of the PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Thursday at AMF Thruway Lanes.

    The Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, which requires players to use identical "throwback" polyester (plastic) ball technology, is named in honor of the PBA Hall of Famer who dominated the plastic ball era in the 1970s.

    The concept behind the plastic ball tournament is to put a premium on knowledge of changing lane conditions, subtle adjustments in hand positions and delivery techniques, and other skills rather than relying on advanced bowling ball technology.

    201011PBABradAngelo.jpg201011PBAJackJurek.jpgRash had games of 267, 277, 227, 206, 208, 256 and 248 for a 1,689 pinfall total and leads western New York players Brad Angelo (left) of Lockport in second with 1,651, and Jack Jurek (right) of Lackawana in third with 1,640.

    "This is the one tournament of the year where we're all on the same playing field," Rash said. "You need to have a lot of things going for you right from the start – the ball has to feel good in your hand, you need to be lined up and fill frames.

    "I've gotten off to a good start, only had three opens which were all splits on the same lane. So far pointing the ball off the gutter like I would on a modified Cheetah (lane condition) pattern seems to be the way to go. We'll see how it goes from here."

    The field of 64 will bowl another seven-game round later Thursday afternoon and then 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 - Round One Qualifying

    Players with position, hometown and 7-game total

    1, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,689
    2, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,651
    3, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,640
    4, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,597
    5, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,595
    6, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,589
    7, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,586
    8, Stuart Williams, England, 1,581
    9, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,576
    10, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,553
    11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,552
    12, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,546
    13, Chris Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,543
    14, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,535
    15, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,534
    16, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,533
    17, Mike Rose Jr., West Henrietta, N.Y., 1,520
    18, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,515
    19, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,513
    20, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,510
    21, (tie) Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., and Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,508
    24, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,503
    25, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,494
    26, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,492
    27, (tie) John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., and Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,491
    29, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,483
    29, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,483
    31, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,481
    32, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Jackson, N.J., 1,477
    33, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,472
    34, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,470
    35, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,469
    36, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,466
    37, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,464
    38, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,453
    39, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,452
    40, (tie) Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,451
    42, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,447
    43, (tie) Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,442
    46, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,421
    47, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,384
    48, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,383
    49, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,379
    50, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,373
    51, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 1,372
    52, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,369
    53, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,367
    54, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 1,363
    55, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,359
    56, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,355
    57, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,337
    58, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,333
    59, Bob Learn Jr., Macomb, Mich., 1,321
    60, Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 1,312
    61, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,311
    62, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,302
    63, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,300
    64, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 990, withdrew