Couch, Ciminelli lead after first match play round in Plastic Ball Championship


    2010-11 PBA Tour #111

    201011PBAJasonCouch.jpg201011PBARyanCiminelli.jpgFifteen-time Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Jason Couch (pictured left) and hometown star Ryan Ciminelli (right) hold down the top two positions after three rounds in the PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship Friday at AMF Thruway Lanes.

    Couch and Ciminelli both had 7-2 records in the first round of match play Friday and are among the 16 players who will advance to this evening's final match play round which will determine the top four who will advance to Sunday's finals to be telecast live on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern.

    201011PBARonnieRussell.jpg201011PBAParkerBohn.jpgCouch, of Clermont, Fla., has a 5,639 pinfall total including bonus pins, and leads Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in second with 5,478. Rounding out the top four going into tonight's final nine-game round are Ronnie Russell (left) of Marion, Ind., in third with 5,416 and PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III (right) of Jackson, N.J., in fourth with 5,390.

    "In match play it's always important to get off to a good start and I was able to win my first two matches with 258 games and keep the momentum going," said Couch, whose last title came in 2007. "Now, it's a matter of getting yourself pumped up for the next round and do it all over again."

    Ciminelli won his first PBA Tour title in the recent PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial.

    "I'm in a good spot but it's going to be a long final block tonight," Ciminelli said. "The key for me is I've been able to throw straight down the lane. If I have to cross boards I'll be in trouble."

    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.


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    Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship - Match Play Round One (third round overall)

    Players with position, hometown, 23-game total including bonus pins. The top 16 advance to Friday evening's match play.

    1, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 7-2, 5,639
    2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7-2, 5,478
    3, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6-3, 5,416
    4, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5-4, 5,390
    5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5-4, 5,375
    6, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5-3-1, 5,368
    7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4-5, 5,326
    8, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 5-4, 5,305
    9, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 5-4, 5,304
    10, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 6-3, 5,295
    11, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 4-5, 5,271
    12, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5-4, 5,226
    13, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 6-3, 5,189
    14, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5-4, 5,188
    15, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 5-3-1, 5,166
    16, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 4-5, 5,161

    Missed Cut:
    17, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 3-6, 5,158
    18, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5-4, 5,126
    19, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-4, 5,120
    20, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5-4, 5,101
    21, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3-6, 5,082
    22, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5-4, 5,077
    23, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3-6, 5,065
    24, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 4-5, 5,058
    25, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 4-5, 5,049
    26, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3-6, 5,044
    27, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3-6, 5,014
    28, Mike Rose Jr, West Henrietta, N.Y., 5-4, 4,990
    29, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 4-4, 4,988
    30, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3-1, 4,732*
    31, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2-7, 4,744
    32, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1-8, 4,642
    33, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1-4, 4,045

    *Mike Fagan withdrew after five matches and was replaced by Chris Barnes.