Mike Fagan earns top qualifier honors in PBA Bayer Viper Open

    11/06/11

    2011-12 PBA Tour #1

    U.S., England and Venezuela to be represented in TV finals of first World Series of Bowling event

    201112PBA01MikeFagan.jpg201112PBA01StuartWilliams.jpgHoping for his third Professional Bowlers Association Tour title, Mike Fagan (pictured left) of Dallas, led an international field of four players Saturday who advanced to the televised finals of the PBA Bayer Viper Open at South Point Lanes.

    After 14 games of qualifying in the first tournament of the PBA World Series of Bowling, Fagan had a 3,393 pinfall (242.3 average). In Saturday's final six-game round he bowled games of 209, 237, 246, 279, 237 and 269.

    Fagan finished 90 pins ahead of second-place finisher Stuart Williams (right) of England, who had a 3,303 pinfall.

    201112PBA01SeanRash.jpg201112PBA01IldemaroRuiz.jpgFour-time PBA Tour winner Sean Rash (left) of Montgomery, Ill., finished third with 3,261 and Ildemaro Ruiz (right) of Venezuela rounded out the top four with 3,240.

    "I had some momentum coming into the final round and was able to get into cruise control," said Fagan. "It's nice to be the tournament leader but you still have to win when it counts on TV."

    Williams, whose previous best Tour finish was sixth in the 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship, felt he could capitalize on the Viper lane condition especially in Saturday's final qualifying round.

    "My goal was to stay steady for the whole round and hope to maybe catch a couple pairs where I could shoot a big game to vault up the standings and that's pretty much what happened in that round," said Williams.

    The Bayer Viper Open is the opening event of the 2011-12 PBA Tour season, and the first leg in the PBA World Championship. In addition to competing for a spot in the Viper Championship televised finals which will be taped by ESPN at 1 p.m. PT Nov. 18, all World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl three more eight-game qualifying rounds in the PBA's Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark tournaments over the next three days to qualify for the PBA World Championship cashers round.

    The top 16 players after 40 games will then advance to the World Championship ESPN-taped divisional finals scheduled for Nov. 19 starting at 10:30 a.m.

     


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    PBA Bayer Viper Open


    Standings after 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals.

    2011PBAWSOBLogo.jpg1, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 3,393
    2, Stuart Williams, England, 3,303
    3, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,261
    4, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,240

    Did not advance (after 14 games)
    5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,219, $2,500
    6, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,215, $2,400
    7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,206, $2,300
    8, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,193, $2,200
    9, Dom Barrett, England, 3,187, $2,150
    10, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,163, $2,100
    11, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,148, $2,050
    12, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,124, $2,000
    13, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,100, $1,950
    14, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,078, $1,900
    15, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,065, $1,850
    16, Kim Hyun Bum, South Korea, 3,054, $1,800

    Did not advance (after 8 games)
    17, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,820, $1,300
    18, (tie) Billy Rogers, Dallas, and Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 1,817, $1,225
    20, Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, 1,814, $1,150
    21, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,811, $1,110
    21, Andy Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla., 1,811, $1,110
    23, (tie) Clara Guerrero, Colombia, and Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 1,810, $1,085
    25, (tie) Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, and James Wallace, Hicksville, N.Y., 1,804, $1,065
    27, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,800, $1,050
    28, (tie) Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., and Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,799, $1,035
    30, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,798, $1,020
    31, Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 1,795, $1,010
    32, Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 1,788, $1,000
    33, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,787
    34, John DeBenedetta Jr., Las Vegas, 1,786
    35, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,781
    36, Adrian Anderson, Roseburg, Ore., 1,776
    37, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,774
    38, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,768
    39, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,764
    40, (tie) Jon Brandon, Santa Clarita, Calif., and Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,762
    42, (tie) Ray Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., and Gu Yong-Jin, South Korea, 1,761
    44, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,759
    46, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,758
    47, Patrick Allen, Baltimore, 1,757
    48, (tie) Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., and Antonio Medina, Louisville, Ky., 1,756
    50, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,754
    51, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 1,753
    52, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 1,752
    53, (tie) Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,751
    56, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 1,748
    57, Floyd Raymond, Gaylord, Mich., 1,743
    58, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,739
    59, (tie) Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, and Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,737
    61, Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 1,731
    62, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, and Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,727
    64, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,726
    65, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,724
    66, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,722
    67, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,721
    68, Paul Moor, England, 1,720
    69, Craig Auerbach, Sunrise, Fla., 1,718
    70, (tie) Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., and Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,717
    72, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,716
    73, Daniel Falconi, Mexico, 1,715
    74, Cha Ji-Hyun, South Korea, 1,713
    75, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,712
    77, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,708
    78, (tie) Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., and Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 1,706
    80, Billy Rohde, Marietta, Ga., 1,705
    81, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Il., 1,704
    82, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,701
    83, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,700
    84, Dennis Eklund, Sweden, 1,694
    85, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,693
    86, (tie) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., and John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 1,692
    89, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,691
    90, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 1,689
    91, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,687
    93, (tie) Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,685
    93, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,685
    95, (tie) Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., and Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., 1,684
    97, (tie) Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 1,682
    99, Rikke Holm Agerbo, Denmark, 1,674
    100, (tie) Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., and Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,673
    102, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.V., 1,670
    103, (tie) Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, and Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,668
    105, (tie) Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., and Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,662
    107, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 1,661
    108, Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 1,660
    109, Richard Horsley, Morrisville, N.C., 1,658
    110, J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., 1,657
    111, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,656
    112, (tie) Park Kyung-Shin, South Korea, and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,655
    114, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,652
    115, Kenneth Bland Jr., Germany, 1,646
    116, Erik Andersin, Sweden, 1,645
    117, Chris Hayden, Las Vegas, 1,641
    118, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,639
    119, Matthew Thornton, Montgomery, Ill., 1,636
    120, Robert Piroozshad, Ranch Santa Margarita, Calif., 1,635
    121, (tie) Chuck Tillson, Rohnert Park, Calif., Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and
    Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 1,634
    124, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,632
    125, Yousif Falah, Bahrain, 1,628
    126, Kasey Normandin, Canada, 1,626
    127, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,625
    128, Kurt Bogner, Longview, Wash., 1,621
    129, Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., 1,618
    130, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,617
    131, (tie) Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 1,615
    133, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,609
    134, Adam Monks, San Diego, 1,608
    135, (tie) Sean Mamlok, San Jose, Calif., and Krzysztof Olesinski, Poland, 1,606
    137, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 1,605
    138, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,599
    139, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,597
    140, Masoud Saberi, Bahrain, 1,595
    141, (tie) Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, and Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,592
    143, (tie) Glenn Morgan, Carson City, Nev., and Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 1,591
    145, Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 1,590
    146, Mohammed Al Swawoosh, Bahrain, 1,589
    147, (tie) Paola Gomez, Colombia, and Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,586
    149, Jeff Toyne, Columbia, S.C., 1,585
    150, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,584
    151, (tie) Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., and Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 1,581
    153, (tie) Brett Cooper, Fort Worth, Texas, and Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 1,580
    155, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,579
    156, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 1,576
    157, (tie) Tony Campagna Jr., Hendersonville, Tenn., and Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 1,572
    159, Santiago Garcia, Colombia, 1,569
    160, (tie) Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., and Carlos Cottone, Venezuela, 1,567
    162, Fawaz Abdullah, Bahrain, 1,565
    163, Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., 1,564
    164, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,562
    165, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 1,559
    166, David Peterson, Plano, Texas, 1,557
    167, Mahd Assad, Bahrain, 1,553
    168, Isaac Amkie Amkie, Mexico, 1,552
    169, Steve Ford, Seaside, Ore., 1,545
    170, Michael Ciardulli Jr., Valley Stream, N.Y., 1,538
    171, Park Jong Soo, South Korea, 1,532
    172, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 1,531
    173, (tie) Jaime Monroy, Colombia, and Adam Miller, Charlotte, N.C., 1,508
    175, Bubba Harrison, Citrus Heights, Calif., 1,505
    176, (tie) Jason Miller, Portland, Ore., and Jimmy Smith, Puyallup, Wash., 1,499
    178, Mathias √Örup, Sweden, 1,493
    179, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 1,492
    180, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 1,485
    181, Toni Palermaa, Finland, 1,477
    182, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,476
    183, Chuck Galaviz, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1,475
    184, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 1,473
    185, Dwight Tincher, Perris, Calif., 1,461
    186, Darrell Gilbert Jr., Valparaiso, Ind., 1,452
    187, Travis Thomas, Lumberton, N.C., 1,450
    188, Robert McBride, Plano, Texas, 1,436
    189, Chris Helton, Fountain, Colo., 1,427
    190, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 1,426
    191, Jim Horan, Oakley, Calif., 1,418
    192, Kevin Prior, Allen, Texas, 1,407
    193, Will Wells, New Zealand, 1,403
    194, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 1,402
    195, Frank Boyer, Lebanon, Pa, 1,401
    196, Hameed Taqi, Bahrain, 1,381
    197, Sam Grihm, Portland, Ore., 1,379
    198, Mathew Tabor, Cooperstown, N.Y., 1,369
    199, David Meadows, Houston, 1,362
    200, Miroslaw Pajak, Poland, 1,356
    201, Don Mathey, Turlock, Calif., 1,323
    202, Jorge Tello, Colombia, 1,304
    203, Rachel Vaughn, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,294
    204, Tyler Johnson, Surprise, Ariz., 1,206