Mike Wolfe averages 259 for Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open first round lead

    03/31/10

    2009-10 PBA Tour #18

    Four-time PBA champion misses nine-game scoring record by 29 pins on Cheetah pattern

    200910PBA09MikeWolfe.jpgMike Wolfe (pictured left) of New Albany, Ind., averaged 259.78 for nine games to take the first round lead in the Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open at AMF Country Club Lanes Tuesday by seven pins over Sean Rash of Wichita, Kan.

    Wolfe, a four-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titlist, missed the nine-game PBA scoring record of 2,367 pins set by Walter Ray Williams Jr. in Tucson, Ariz., in 2004, by 29 pins, posting a 2,338 total on the PBA Cheetah lane condition – the first of seven different lane conditions that will be used in the Marathon Open.

    "I just tried to make the ball not hook too much," Wolfe said. "I try to keep my ball reaction down the lane as close to the same as possible, pair after pair. The guys who seem to get into trouble usually hook the ball too much.

    "I tend to like the shorter oil patterns (like the Cheetah pattern)," he added. "I tend to throw the ball too hard at times, which means I need to completely change my thought pattern for tomorrow. My history on the Shark pattern (the longest oil pattern) is probably one of my worst because it takes me too long to figure out what's going on. I've been working on that."

    The entire field of 133 will bowl nine additional games on the long-oil Shark condition Wednesday, after which the top 44 bowlers will advance to seven-game rounds on the Viper and Chameleon lane conditions on Thursday.

    "I'll get a couple different balls out of the bag, pay attention and try to stay in the hunt," Wolfe said.

    200910PBA04SeanRash2.jpgRash (pictured right), also a four-time PBA Tour winner, also averaged 259 in posting a 2,331 pinfall total despite nursing a sore wrist that has plagued him for two months.

    "I won here a couple of years ago on the Cheetah pattern, so knowing you're coming into this building and bowling on the Cheetah as the first pattern, you have a lot of confidence," Rash said. "When you throw lots of strikes, it's a lot of fun. I didn't have a single open the entire block.

    "But there are five days and lots of bowling left. I'm probably safe to make first cut, maybe the second," he added, "but after that? I just hope I'll still be around, bowling on Sunday."

    Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, was third with a 2,311 total followed by Stevie Weber of Chalmette, La., at 2,302 and Eddie VanDaniker Jr. of Essex, Md., with 2,279 pins.

    The Marathon Open is the final event of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's regular season, and one of its most demanding events. Over the course of five days, the tournament leaders will bowl seven rounds, all on different lane conditioning patterns, to decide the top five players for the stepladder finals that will air Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. The tournament leader after 53 games will select the lane condition to be used for the TV finals.

     


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    Lumber Liquidators Marathon Open - First Round


    Players with position, hometown and 9-game total, Cheetah lane condition.

    1, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,338
    2, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,331
    3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,311
    4, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 2,302
    5, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,279
    6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,270
    7, (tie) Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., and Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,250
    9, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,237
    10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,223
    10, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,223
    12, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,203
    13, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,200
    14, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 2,198
    15, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 2,187
    16, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,185
    17, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,174
    18, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,173
    19, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,160
    20, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,157
    21, Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 2,151
    22, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,144
    23, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,143
    24, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,142
    25, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,141
    26, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,130
    27, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,125
    28, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 2,122
    29, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,121
    30, (tie) Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, and Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,119
    32, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,113
    33, (tie) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,107
    35, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla, 2,102
    36, Robert Eddy II, Saginaw, Mich., 2,101
    37, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,097
    38, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 2,096, $100
    39, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 2,095
    40, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,091
    41, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,089
    42, (tie) Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, and George Lambert IV, Canada, 2,077
    44, (tie) Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., and Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,074
    46, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 2,070
    47, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,066
    48, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,059
    49, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,051
    50, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 2,038
    51, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 2,037
    52, William Barlow, Edgewood, Md., 2,034
    53, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,033
    54, (tie) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla.; Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,030
    57, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 2,028
    58, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 2,025
    59, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,023
    60, (tie) Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, and Thomas Wall III, Fayetteville, N.C., 2,020
    62, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,018
    63, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 2,016
    64, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,011
    65, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,007
    66, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,003
    67, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,001
    68, Michael Stocks, Leesburg, Va., 1,996
    69, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,994
    70, Vic Marotto, Wallingford, Conn., 1,984
    71, Kevin Cartier, Beverly, N.J., 1,983
    72, Chris Hans, Richmond, Va., 1,978
    73, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,975
    74, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,973
    75, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,969
    76, (tie) Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., and Stuart Williams, England, 1,965
    78, (tie) Ryon Collins, Richmond, Va., and Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,961
    80, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,940
    81, John Di Santis, Wilmington, Del., 1,939
    82, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,919
    83, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,915
    84, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,902
    85, Kevin Pickett, Mechanicsville, Va, 1,899
    86, Joe Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 1,890
    87, David Knight, Folcroft, Pa., 1,888
    88, (tie) Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., and Justin Warhol, Sound Beach, N.Y, 1,886
    90, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,883
    91, Mike McDonnell, Chesterfield, Va, 1,880
    92, (tie) Chris Paroly, Plainview, N.Y., and Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 1,873
    94, Jeremy Merriner, Winchester, Va., 1,871
    95, Shane Holbert, East Lansdowne, Pa., 1,859
    96, Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 1,854
    97, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,852
    98, Steven Black, Phoenix, 1,851
    99, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 1,844
    100, Philip Petersam, Baltimore, 1,834
    101, Stanley Lobodzinski, Edgewood, Md., 1,825
    102, Christopher Blackmore, Alexandria, Va., 1,824
    103, Jeff Keller, Chesapeake, Va., 1,823
    104, Alvin Horne Jr, Coram, N.Y., 1,820
    105, Joseph Costanzo, Plainview, N.Y., 1,801
    106, Howard Ridgeway, Cleveland, 1,798
    107, Larry Klick, Erie, Pa, 1,783
    108, Gregory Smith, Baltimore, 1,759
    109, Tom Lemanski, Hazlet, N.J., 1,738
    110, Kevin Brophy, Oakhurst, N.J., 1,734
    111, Wayne Bolin, Lumberton, N.C., 1,729
    112, (tie) Gary Mixon, Clinton, Md., and Hubert Register, Philadelphia, 1,704
    114, Matt Traina, Farmingdale, N.Y., 1,697
    115, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,686
    116, Brian DiCicco, Agawam, Mass., 1,674
    117, Joshua Shriver, Winchester, Va., 1,667
    118, Robert Tracey, Sykesville, Md., 1,662
    119, Phillip Johnson, Nasville, N.C., 1,657
    120, Dave Jones Jr., Baltimore, 1,639
    121, Jeff Bragg, Linesville, Pa., 1,610
    122, Donald Messinese, Churchton, Md., 1,578
    123, Ralph Ehrlich, N.Massapequa, N.Y., 1,562
    124, David Reed, Shoreham, N.Y., 1,557
    125, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 1,554
    126, Larry Martin, Pasadena, Md, 1,531
    127, Earl Langkam Jr, Toppa, Md, 1,508
    128, Mike Charney, Baltimore, 1,502
    129, J.J. Vece, Wallingford, Conn., 1,492
    130, Tommy Dean Garland, Sykesville, Md., 1,460
    131, David Zeitz, Philadelphia, 1,459
    132, Barry Wilson Jr., Landover, Md., 1,426
    133, Colin Jones, Glen Burnie, Md., 1,366

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