Rhino Page retains second round lead in 50th Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions


    2015 PBA Tour #5


    2014PBADanMacLelland.jpgRhino 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, averaging 249 for his first 16 games to take an 18-pin lead over Canada's Dan MacLelland (right) into Thursday's third and final qualifying round.

    Page, the 2008 PBA Rookie of the Year is now 31 and still recovering from wrist surgery in July of 2013. He leads the field of 113 players with 3,984 pinfall total.

    2014PBAMikeScroggins.jpg2014PBATomSmallwood.jpgMacLelland, who temporarily held the lead Wednesday night, finished with 3,966 pins in his bid for his first PBA Tour title. Right behind MacLelland was 50-year-old Mike Scroggins (left) of Amarillo, Texas, with a 3,894 total and Tom Smallwood (right) of Saginaw, Mich., with 3,868 pins.

    MacLelland, a former Saginaw Valley State collegiate star, won his only PBA Regional title in 2010, but he has been close on the national tour, making eight television shows and finishing second in the 2010 Shark Championship plus fourth in last year's TOC.

    "I'm not frustrated; I'm just trying to give myself chances," the 29-year-old MacLelland said.

    2014PBAJasonBelmonte.jpg2014PBAWSOBLizJohnson.jpg"You have to roll with it, or you'll hinder yourself. The last few shows I've made, I think I've been doing the right things. I'm getting closer and closer. I won the gold medal (in the World Bowling Men's World Championships) in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates in December) against the same guys I'm bowling against now, so I know I can do it. It's just a matter of time."

    Defending TOC winner Jason Belmonte (left) of Australia advanced from 21st after the opening round to fifth place, 141 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, and he's trying for his fifth major title in three years.

    Also in contention is Liz Johnson (right) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., in sixth place, 36 pins behind Belmonte. Johnson is the only woman ever to qualify for two PBA Tour television finals.

    She hopes to join 2010 Tournament of Champions winner Kelly Kulick of Union, N.Y., as the second woman ever to win a PBA Tour title. Kulick also was in the hunt, sitting in 29th place heading into Thursday's final qualifying round.

    Qualifying concludes Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. ET. After 24 games, the field of 113 will be 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 - Second Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 16-game total

    201550thTOCLogo.jpg 1, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3,984
    2, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,966
    3, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,894
    4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,868
    5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,843
    6, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York, 3,807
    7, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,803
    8, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,790
    9, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,780
    10, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,777
    11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,774
    12, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,773
    13, Dom Barrett, England, 3,751
    14, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,749
    15, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 3,737
    16, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,726
    17, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,723
    18, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,721
    19 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,720
    21, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 3,715
    22 (tie), Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., and Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,712
    24, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,707
    25, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 3,686
    26 (tie), Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 3,679
    28, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,673
    29, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,669
    30, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,663
    31, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,661
    32, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,660
    33 (tie), Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,656
    35, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,651
    36 (tie), Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,648
    38, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 3,645
    39, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 3,636
    40, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,633
    41, Paul Moor, England, 3,625
    42, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,623
    43, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,617
    44, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,612
    45 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 3,604
    47, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,603
    48, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 3,600
    49 (tie), Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,593
    51, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio, 3,585
    52, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,583
    53, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,566
    54 (tie), Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,565
    56, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,548
    57, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif. , 3,545
    58, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,539
    59, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,536
    60, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 3,527
    61, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 3,526
    62, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,524
    63, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,522
    64, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 3,515
    65, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 3,512
    66 (tie), John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., and Robert Smith, Ventura, Calif., 3,511
    68, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 3,503
    69, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3,499
    70, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,498
    71, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,497
    72, T.J. Schmidt, Mishawaka, Ind., 3,490
    73, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 3,486
    74, George Branham III, Indianapolis, 3,478
    75, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 3,476
    76, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,474
    77 (tie), Chris Hartung, Goshen, Ind., and Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,469
    79, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 3,467
    80, Stuart Williams, England, 3,466
    81, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,445
    82, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 3,433
    83, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,423
    84, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 3,420
    85, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 3,419
    86, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 3,418
    87, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,415
    88, B.J. Moore II, Apex, N.C., 3,407
    89, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,401
    90, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,391
    91, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,389
    92, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 3,385
    93, Stephen Nowicki, Rochester, N.Y., 3,373
    94, Matthew O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 3,371
    95, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 3,349
    96, Brian Nicodemus, Akron, Ind., 3,344
    97, Tom Sorce, Richmond, Va., 3,333
    98, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 3,331
    99, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,329
    100, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,315
    101, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,307
    102, Chris Spoo, Boyton Beach, Fla., 3,292
    102, J.T. "Action" Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 3,292
    104, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 3,289
    105, Lee Vanderhoef, Rising Sun, Md., 3,273
    106, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 3,193
    107, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 3,179
    108, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,166
    109, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 3,152
    110, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 3,150
    111, Kevin Vostry, Bolingbrook, Ill., 3,130
    112, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,007
    113, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,723

    300 Games (7) - Second Round: Kyle Troup, Chad Lusche. First Round: Brian Voss, Dom Barrett, Scott Norton, Travis Celmer, Lonnie Waliczek.