Dick Allen earns No. 1 seed for PBA Cheetah Championship stepladder finals


    2014 PBA Tour #7

    Liz Johnson makes women's bowling history as she becomes the first woman to advance to a second PBA Tour national television finals

    2013DanKondasMemorialDickAllen2.jpgDick Allen (pictured) of Columbia, South Carolina, averaged 244.36.71 for 14 games Saturday to earn the top qualifying berth for the PBA Cheetah Championship presented by PBA Challenge Mobile Game, the opening event of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI.

    2014PBA07LizJohnson.jpgThe top 24 players after the first round advanced to a second seven-game qualifying round, competing for four berths in the stepladder finals which will be contested on Saturday, Nov. 1, in the new South Point Bowling Plaza for telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Dec. 14.

    Allen needed a double in the final frame of his last game to retain the No. 1 position, but a bigger story developed a couple of pairs of lanes away when Liz Johnson (right; photo Randy Gulley) of Cheektowaga, New York, completed a charge out of 24th place at the end of the first round to finish fourth and become the first woman to advance to a second PBA Tour national television finals.

    Johnson was the first woman ever to appear on a PBA Tour television show when she finished second in the Banquet Open in Wyoming, Mich., in March 2005, losing in the title match, 219-192, to 15-time PBA Tour titlist Tommy Jones.

    2014PBA07BradAngelo.jpg2014PBA07AnthonyPepe300.jpgAfter a 190 game in her second game Saturday night, Johnson caught fire, rolling games of 279, 245, 278, 258 and 248 to track down PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Missouri, and knock him out of the four-player television finals field by 43 pins.

    Brad Angelo (left; photo Randy Gulley) of Lockport, New York, who returned to competition after a year of battling injuries, qualified second with 3,414 pins, seven behind Allen, and Anthony Pepe of Elmhurst, New York, advanced to his first PBA TV final in third place with 3,412 pins, including the fourth 300 game of the tournament (pictured right, right after the perfect game; photo Randy Gulley).

    2014EBT16CarstenWarmingHansen.jpgCarsten Warming Hansen (left) of Denmark was the best international player in the sold-out field of 240 to finish in ninth place with 3,308, an average of 236.29.
    Allen, who led the World Series field of 240 players throughout the day, is trying for his fourth PBA Tour title.

    2014PBA07MikeJakubowskiMarshallHolman.jpgThe GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VI continues Sunday at South Point with seven-game qualifying rounds for the Viper Championship at 8 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

    All qualifying and match play rounds of the animal pattern events and PBA World Championship will be covered live on Xtra Frame (pictured right are commentators Mike Jakubowski, left, and Marshall Holman; photo Randy Gulley). For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame Season Ticket link.


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    PBA Cheetah Championship - Second Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown/country and 14-game total; ; top four advance to ESPN finals Saturday, Nov. 1

    2014PBA07Finalists.jpg1, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,421
    2, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,414
    3, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,412
    4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,397
    L-R Dick Allen, Brad Angelo, Anthony Pepe, and Liz Johnson; photo Randy Gulley.

    Missed Cut:
    5, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,354, $4,000
    6, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,335, $3,500
    7, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 3,333, $3,000
    8, Dale Coleman, High Springs, Fla., 3,322, $2,500
    9, Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 3,308, $2,200
    10, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,302, $2,000
    11, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,295, $1,800
    12, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,247, $1,800
    13, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,239, $1,650
    14, Shuichi Heki, Japan, 3,237, $1,600
    15, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,219, $1,550
    16, Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, 3,215, $1,500
    17, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 3,187, $1,450
    18, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,178, $1,400
    19, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,170, $1,350
    20, Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 3,139, $1,300
    21, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,129, $1,275
    22, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,128, $1,250
    23, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 3,089, $1,225
    24, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,087, $1,200

    Other Cashers (after 7 games):
    25, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,659, $800
    26, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1,658, $770
    27 (tie), Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,657, and E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,657, $745
    29, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,656, $730
    30, Stuart Williams, England, 1,653, $720
    31, Perttu Jussila, Finland, 1,651, $710
    32, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,649, $700

    300 Games (4): Stuart Williams, Jason Sterner, David Haynes, Anthony Pepe.