Scott Norton averages 252 for first round lead in Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions


    2012-13 PBA Tour #12

    Walter Ray Williams Jr. in second place in bid to complete Triple Crown & Grand Slam

    201213PBAScottNorton.jpgScott Norton (pictured left) of Mission Viejo, Calif., threw back-to-back games of 300 and 296, and averaged 252.25 for eight games to take the first round lead in the Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions lead Wednesday at Woodland Bowl.

    201213PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgNorton, who is trying for his third title of the 2012-13 season, and his first major win, said "my pin carry today was ridiculous. It wasn't a case of the conditions favoring left-handers. It was a matter of, if I hit the 1-2 pocket, I got a strike. It didn't matter if I was high in the pocket, light or whatever, the pins fell.

    "But if you're going to win out here, you have to have days like that. Lord knows I've had enough of the other kind."

    Norton finished the opening round of qualifying with a total of 2,018 pins for a 37-pin lead over the all-time PBA Tour titles leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) of Ocala, Fla. Williams, a 47-time titlist, has never won win the Tournament of Champions.

    201213PBAPeteWeber.jpg201213PBAOskuPalermaa.jpgIf he can win this week, he'll become the eighth player in PBA history to complete the "Triple Crown" (Tournament of Champions, U.S. Open and PBA World Championship), and the third ever to complete the "Grand Slam" (Triple Crown plus USBC Masters).

    Pete Weber (left) of St. Ann, Mo., was in third place with 9,159 pins followed by Osku Palermaa (right) of Finland with a 1,940 total and Dick Allen of Columbia, S.C., in fifth place with 1,932 pins.

    The TOC continues with the second of three eight-round qualifying squads Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. After a third eight-game qualifying round Thursday at 10 a.m., the top 24 players based on 24-game pinfall totals will advance to round-robin match play.

    Match play rounds will be held Thursday at 5 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. After a total of 48 games, the top five players will advance to Sunday's live ESPN stepladder finals at 2:30 p.m. ET.

    All qualifying and match play rounds of the Tournament of Champions (and the PBA Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday night) will be covered live, exclusively on PBA's online bowling channel, Xtra Frame.


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    Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions - Round One Results

    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total

    1, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2,018
    2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,981
    3, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,959
    4, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,940
    5, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,932
    6, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,918
    7, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,891
    8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,884
    9, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,881
    10, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,876
    11, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,875
    12, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 1,874
    13 (tie), Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,867
    15, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 1,847
    16, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,838
    17 (tie), Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,837
    19, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,836
    20, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,829
    21 (tie), Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,820
    23, Dom Barrett, England, 1,812
    24, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,811
    25, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,808
    26, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,807
    27, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 1,788
    28, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,787
    29, Stuart Williams, England, 1,786
    30, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 1,783
    31, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 1,777
    32, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,774
    33, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,771
    34, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,770
    35, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,768
    36, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,758
    37, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,756
    38, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,755
    39, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,746
    40, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,745
    41, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,743
    42 (tie), Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,726
    44 (tie), George Branham III, Indianapolis, and Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,712
    46, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,703
    47, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,699
    48, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,692
    49, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,673
    50, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,654
    51, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,645
    52, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,642
    53, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, withdrew, injury

    300 Games: (3) Mike Scroggins, Scott Norton, Scott Newell.