Jason Couch earns top spot for PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship finals


    2010-11 PBA Tour #111

    Ryan Ciminelli, Parker Bohn III and Tom Smallwood round out top four

    201011PBA07JasonCouch.jpg201011PBA08RyanCiminelli14.jpgFifteen-time Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour champion Jason Couch (pictured left) and hometown star Ryan Ciminelli (right) earned the No. 1 and 2 seeds for Sunday's stepladder finals of the PBA Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship at AMF Thruway Lanes.

    Couch had a 13-5 match play record and 7,891 32-game overall pinfall total to earn the top seed for Sunday's finals which will air Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

    Couch, the only bowler to win three consecutive PBA Tournament of Champions titles, will be looking for his first Tour win since winning back-to-back events in Las Vegas and Fountain Valley, Calif. in 2007. His last television appearance was in the 2010 U.S. Open where he finished fourth.

    "I was a little amped up in that last round of match play and had to use my 20 years of experience to settle myself down," Couch said. "I've been here before and I just need to get out of my own way and not over-think it for one game on Sunday."

    Ciminelli, who turns 25 on Monday, also had a 13-5 match play record and a 7,807 32-game pinfall to earn the No. 2 seed. He will be looking for his second Tour title with his first coming in January at the PBA One A Day Earl Anthony Memorial in Dublin, Calif.

    201011PBAParkerBohn.jpg201011PBATomSmallwood.jpg"The hometown crowd kept the adrenaline pumping that's for sure and I was really feeding off of it," Ciminelli said of bowling in his hometown of Cheektowaga. "I was more nervous than I thought I would be in the last round but I was able to settle myself down. My goal was to win matches and 13-5 will usually do it every time."

    Opening up Sunday's stepladder final will be No. 3 qualifier Parker Bohn III (left) of Jackson, N.J., who had an 11-7 match play record and 7,644 pinfall and No. 4 qualifier Tom Smallwood (right) of Saginaw, Mich., who went 11-6-1 with a 7,560 pinfall.

    Bohn, a PBA Hall of Famer, will be looking for his 33rd Tour title with his last win coming in the Cheetah Championship here in December of 2008. Smallwood won the 2009 PBA World Championship. He also finished second in the recent PBA Tournament of Champions where he won $100,000.

    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 - Round of 16 (fourth round overall)

    Players with position, hometown, 32-game total including bonus pins. The top 4 advance to Sunday's stepladder finals.

    1, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 13-5, 7,891
    2, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 13-5, 7,807
    3, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 11-7, 7,644
    4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 11-6-1, 7,560

    Missed Cut:
    5, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 9-8-1, 7,502, $4,000
    6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 9-9, 7,499, $3,600
    7, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 9-9, 7,461, $3,400
    8, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 11-7, 7,402, $3,200
    9, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 9-9, 7,389, $3,100
    10, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 10-8, 7,368, $3,000
    11, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 7-11, 7,324, $2,900
    12, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 11-7, 7,291, $2,800
    13, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 8-9-1, 7,255, $2,700
    14, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 9-8-1, 7,211, $2,600
    15, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 7-11, 7,119, $2,500
    16, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 7-9-2, 7,102, $2,400