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Ronnie Russell averages 232 to lead PBA Tournament of Champions

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Four-time PBA Tour champion Ronnie Russell of Marion Ind., averaged 232.50 for two rounds Wednesday to lead 80 PBA champions in the PBA Tournament of Champions at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio.

Finishing 22nd after the first round earlier Wednesday with a 1,330 six-game pinfall total, Russell (pictured right and above) vaulted into the lead after bowling 1,460 in the second round finishing the day with 2,790 overall for 12 games.

The 38-year-old Russell bowled games of 208, 277, 267, 264, 198 and 246 in the second round.

“Overall, I’m bowling well but in the first round I wasn’t maximizing my performance in the ninth and 10th frames,” Russell said. “I was doing a better job of finishing games off in the second round.

“There have been times when I get on a good run but get ahead of myself and I lose the shot,” Russell added. “I need to stay patient and stay within myself to avoid those mistakes. I was really encouraged by the way I came back in the last game after bowling 198.”

Russell holds a 54-pin lead over Matt O’Grady (left) of Rahway, N.J., in second with a 2,736 pinfall.

Four-time and reigning PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (right) of Australia finished third after two rounds with a 2,723 pinfall (226.92 average).

Belmonte, who won the Tournament of Champions in 2014 and 2015, also rocketed up the standings finishing 31st after the first round. Bowling 1,308 for his first six games, he came back with a 1,415 pinfall in the second round bowling games of 299, 205, 193, 214, 224, and 280.

Belmonte, who uses the unique two-handed delivery, is trying to win his 10th PBA major which would tie him for first on the all-time list with Pete Weber and Earl Anthony. A third TOC title would also tie him for most victories in PBA’s signature tournament with Jason Couch and Mike Durbin.

In 2017, Belmonte won the USBC Masters, Barbasol PBA Players Championship and PBA World Championship to become the first player to win three majors in a season.

Rounding out the top five in the first major of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season were two more two-handers, Anthony Simonsen (left) of Austin, Texas, who finished the day in fourth with 2,721 and Kyle Troup (right) of Taylorsville, N.C., who finished fifth with a 2,718 pinfall.

The entire field returns for Thursday morning’s third and final qualifying round after which the field will be cut to the top 24 players who will advance to the first match play round at 6 p.m. ET. After Friday’s match play rounds at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., the top five players will be determined for Sunday’s live stepladder finals on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.

Fans can catch TOC qualifying and match play rounds on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame. For subscription and schedule information click here.

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53rd PBA Tournament of Champions 2018 – Second Round Standings

Players with position, hometown and 12-game total. Entire field returns for third qualifying round Thursday morning

1, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,790.
2, Matt O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,736.
3, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,723.
4, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,721.
5, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,718.
6, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,693.
7, (tie) Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., and
Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,687.
9, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,686.
10, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,678.
11, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,670.
12, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,662.
13, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 2,659.
14, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,656.
15, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,655.
16, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,653.
17, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,652.
18, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,640.
19, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,637.
20, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,627.
21, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,625.
22, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,623.
23, Dom Barrett, England, 2,621.
24, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,616.
25, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 2,605.
26, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 2,599.
27, (tie) Darren Tang, San Francisco,
Francois Lavoie, Canada, and
Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,595.
30, Richie Teece, England, 2,590.
31, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,588.
32, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,584.
33, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,578.
34, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,576.
35, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,570.
36, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 2,569.
37, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,560.
38, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,558.
39, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,557.
40, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 2,553.
41, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,552.
42, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,551.
43, (tie) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,546.
45, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,543.
46, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,533.
47, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,531.
48, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,521.
49, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,520.
50, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,506.
51, Stuart Williams, England, 2,505.
52, Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., 2,497.
53, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,489.
54, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,471.
55, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,469.
56, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,465.
57, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,463.
58, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 2,460.
59, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,457.
60, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,456.
61, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,452.
62, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,446.
63, Graham Fach, Canada, 2,440.
64, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2,439.
65, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,431.
66, Kyle Mayberry, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 2,430.
67, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,417.
68, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,407.
69, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 2,396.
70, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,373.
71, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 2,371.
72, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,370.
73, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,360.
74, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,325.
75, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,319.
76, Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 2,286.
77, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,231.
78, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 2,214.
79, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,123.
80, JT Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,960.

53rd PBA Tournament of Champions 2018 – First Round Standings

Players with position, hometown and 6-game total.

1, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 1,448.
2, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,379.
3, Dom Barrett, England, 1,378.
4, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,377.
5, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,374.
6, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,371.
7, Matthew O’Grady, Rahway, N.J., 1,370.
8, (tie) Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and
Richie Teece, England, 1,367.
10, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1,365.
11, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,362.
12, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,358.
13, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,356.
14, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 1,352.
15, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,349.
16, (tie) AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., and
BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 1,345.
18, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 1,344.
19, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 1,339.
20, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, Texas, 1,335.
21, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 1,331.
22, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,330.
23, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 1,329.
24, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,326.
25, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,325.
26, (tie) Osku Palermaa, Finland, and
Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,320.
28, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,315.
29, Kyle Sherman, O’Fallon, Mo., 1,314.
30, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,310.
31, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,308.
32, (tie) Andres Gomez, Colombia,
Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, and
Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,306.
35, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,304.
36, (tie) Aaron Lorincz, Center Line, Mich., and

Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,303.
38, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,302.
39, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,299.
40, (tie) Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., and
Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,298.
42, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 1,296.
43, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,294.
44, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,291.
45, (tie) Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., and
Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,282.
47, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,280.
48, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,279.
49, (tie) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and
Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 1,278.
51, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,273.
52, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 1,271.
53, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,266.
54, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 1,258.
55, (tie) Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, and
Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 1,247.
57, Stuart Williams, England, 1,246.
58, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,243.
59, (tie) Rhino Page, Orlando, and
Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 1,242.
61, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,235.
62, (tie) Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and
Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,232.
64, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,224.
65, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 1,214.
66, (tie) Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., and
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,213.
68, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,208.
69, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 1,202.
70, Graham Fach, Canada, 1,195.
71, Kyle Mayberry, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, 1,178.
72, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 1,176.
72, Joe Bailey, Wooster, Ohio, 1,176.
74, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,170.
75, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,151.
76, Michael Clark Jr., Cleveland, Ohio, 1,134.
77, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,092.
78, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 1,088.
79, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,081.
80, JT Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 977.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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