Rhino Page takes first round lead in 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions

    02/11/15

    2015 PBA Tour #5

    Painful memories of 2009 TOC loss provide "steam" for opening round performance

    2014PBARhinoPage.jpgPropelled by memories of his painful loss in the 2009 Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions title match, Rhino Page (pictured left) of Dade City, Fla., set a blistering pace as the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions got underway at Woodland Bowl Wednesday afternoon, averaging 252 for his first eight games to take a 19-pin lead over Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y.

    Page, the 2008 PBA Rookie of the Year, is now 31 and still recovering from wrist surgery in July of 2013. But on his way to an opening-round 2,016 pinfall total, he said, "I didn't look at the scoreboard all day. I just tried to stay in my own world.

    "I should thank the PBA," added with a smile. "Last night at the hall of fame dinner, I watched the video of that shot (in 2009) a dozen times and it kinda put a little steam in me for today.

    "That shot" was Page's 10th-frame four-count in the 2009 TOC title match, which cost him a victory. "I'd be lying if I said it doesn't still hurt. It's tough to revisit, but I've got a lot of years ahead of me."

    More painful, actually, has been his comeback from chronic wrist pain since his surgery two years ago.

    2014PBAWSOBLizJohnson.jpg2014PBAMikeScroggins2.jpg"I couldn't throw full-weight ball until the 2014 Masters," Page continued. "It hasn't been until last few months that I've felt really healthy enough to do the kind of things I used to do. For the past couple of years, I was throwing the ball with the idea of 'that didn't hurt, this didn't hurt,' but now I'm feeling pretty good."

    Right on Page's heels was Liz Johnson (left), the only woman in PBA history to qualify for two television finals, who is trying to join 2010 Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., as the second woman ever to win a PBA Tour title.

    2014PBASeanRash2.jpg2014PBATomSmallwood2.jpgJohnson finished at 1,997 pins, followed by Mike Scroggins (above right) of Amarillo, Texas, with a 1,976 total, Tom Smallwood (left) of Saginaw, Mich., at 1,955 and 2012 TOC winner Sean Rash (right) of Montgomery, Ill.

    Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia was in a tie for 21st place after the opening round, 154 pins behind Page. Belmonte, who won his third consecutive United States Bowling Congress Masters title Sunday in Green Bay, Wis., is the two-time reigning PBA Player of the Year.

    Qualifying continues Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Thursday at 10 a.m. ET before the field of 113 is reduced to the top 24 players for three eight-match rounds of match play Thursday at 5 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

    The top five players after 48 games will compete for the $50,000 first prize and the second major title of the 2015 season Sunday at 1 p.m., live on ESPN. All qualifying and match play rounds are covered live on PBA's Xtra Frame online video streaming channel.

     


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    50th PBA Tournament of Champions - First Round Standings


    Players with position, hometown and 8-game total

    201550thTOCLogo.jpg1, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2,016
    2, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York, 1,997
    3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,976
    4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,955
    5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,950
    6, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,947
    7, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,943
    8, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 1,937
    9, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 1,930
    10, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 1,923
    11, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,909
    12, Dom Barrett, England, 1,907
    13, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,898
    14, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,890
    15, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,878
    16, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,875
    17, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,874
    18, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,871
    19, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,865
    19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,865
    21, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,862
    21, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,862
    23, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,855
    24, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,854
    25, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,850
    26, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 1,849
    27, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,845
    27, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,845
    29, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,842
    29, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,842
    31, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,840
    32, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,839
    33, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,837
    34, Stuart Williams, England, 1,835
    35, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,830
    36, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,820
    36, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 1,820
    36, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,820
    39, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,816
    40, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 1,815
    41, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 1,814
    41, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,814
    43, Paul Moor, England, 1,813
    44, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 1,811
    45, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 1,806
    45, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,806
    47, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 1,802
    48, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,801
    49, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,795
    50, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,794
    51, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 1,791
    52, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 1,789
    52, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,789
    54, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,787
    55, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,786
    56, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif. , 1,785
    57, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 1,784
    58, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,779
    59, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,771
    60, Robert Smith, Moorpark, Calif., 1,769
    61, Chris Hartung, Goshen, Ind., 1,767
    62, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,763
    62, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,763
    64, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,762
    65, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, TX, 1,759
    66, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio, 1,757
    67, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,749
    68, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 1,746
    69, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,744
    70, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,743
    71, George Branham III, Indianapolis, 1,735
    72, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,732
    73, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,731
    74, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 1,729
    75, B.J. Moore II, Apex, N.C., 1,728
    75, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,728
    77, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 1,727
    78, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,720
    79, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,719
    80, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,717
    81, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,716
    82, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 1,714
    83, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,710
    84, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,708
    85, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,704
    86, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,696
    87, T.J. Schmidt, Mishawaka, Ind., 1,694
    88, Lee Vanderhoef, Rising Sun, Md., 1,690
    89, Matthew O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 1,688
    90, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 1,687
    91, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 1,685
    92, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,678
    93, J.T. "Action" Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 1,672
    94, Brian Nicodemus, Akron, Ind., 1,666
    95, Tom Sorce, Richmond, Va., 1,655
    96, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 1,654
    97, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 1,640
    98, Chris Spoo, Boyton Beach, Fla., 1,628
    99, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 1,624
    100, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,623
    101, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 1,621
    102, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 1,615
    103, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 1,611
    104, Stephen Nowicki, Rochester, N.Y., 1,602
    105, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,600
    106, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,596
    107, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,573
    108, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 1,572
    109, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 1,557
    110, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,533
    111, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 1,522
    112, Kevin Vostry, Bolingbrook, Ill., 1,506
    113, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,481

    300 Games (5) - Brian Voss, Dom Barrett, Scott Norton, Travis Celmer, Lonnie Waliczek.