Graham Fach leads top 36 into Cashers's Round at PBA Players Championship


    2016 PBA Tour #5

    24-year-old Canadian rookie averages over 248 to take second round lead in second PBA Tour appearance



    2015PBASamCooley2.jpg2014PBAAnthonyPepe.jpgGraham Fach (pictured above), a 24-year-old left-hander from Gulph, Ontario, bowling in his second Professional Bowlers Association Tour event, averaged 248.38 to charge into the second round lead in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl Wednesday.

    Fach (pronounced "faw") fired games of 276, 227, 195, 289, 235, 256, 245 and 247 during Wednesday's second round to finish with 3,974 pins, overtaking first-round leader Sam Cooley (left) of Australia by 56 pins.

    Anthony Pepe (above right) of Elmhurst, N.Y., advanced from 12th to third place among the 36 players who advanced to Thursday's cashers round with 3,887 pins.

    2015PBAPeteWeber.jpg2015PBAJesperSvensson.jpgHe was followed by PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., with 3,848 pins and 2016 PBA FireLake Tournament of Champions winner Jesper Svensson (right) of Sweden in fifth with a 3,830 total. Norm Duke, who is pursuing a fifth different PBA major title, advanced in 17th place.

    Fach, who finished 171st in the field of 417 players in his PBA debut in last week's United States Bowling Congress Masters, entered the day in second place, 47 pins behind Cooley.

    "After the Masters, I was a little upset; I thought I bowled well and didn't get a check," Fach said. "Today I felt pretty comfortable the whole day. I'm just trying to stay on the high from day one."

    Fach, a member of Canada's national bowling team, said, "I've bowled some pretty big amateur tournaments that were kinda similar in format, but this is the first time bowling with this caliber of players, this much talent. It makes you want to strike a lot more because you know they're going to.

    "The biggest part for me is, no matter what pair you look at, there's a big name professional. When you start anything as a rookie, you want to make a good impression. Fortunately, my impression here was better than the Masters, where I was barely in the top half of the field. I got comfortable with my ball motion here, and it let me play to my strength.

    "Today just means I've proven to myself I can compete with the guys I grew up watching. My goals are to make some money, make the cut to match play, make the show and win a title. I think I've met two of them so far."

    2015PBAAnthonySimonsen.jpg2014PBA50JackJurek.jpgThe 2015 graduate of Ohio's Urbana University, where he got his degree in sports management, said he's well aware no Canadian has ever won a PBA Tour title.

    "Yup, I'm aware. Every time Dan MacLelland makes a TV show, the point is made," Fach said of MacLelland, a Windsor, Ontario native and former Saginaw Valley State All-American who has made nine PBA television shows without winning a title – including a runner-up finish in last week's Masters. "The fact that he hasn't won yet indicates how tough this Tour is."

    Last week's USBC Masters winner Anthony Simonsen (left) of Princeton, Texas, and Jack Jurek (right) of Lackawanna, N.Y., took the last spots for the casher's round as they tied for 35th place at 3,636 or an average of 227.25.

    2016BarbasolPBAPlayersChampionshipLogo_small.jpg The PBA Players Championship continues with an eight-game cashers' round at 10 a.m. Thursday to determine the 24 players who will advance to round-robin match play beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.

    The final two match play rounds begin at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday. After 48 games, the top five players will compete for the $40,000 first prize live on ESPN Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. All preliminary rounds will be covered live, exclusively on PBA's Xtra Frame online video-streaming service.


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    PBA Players Championship - Final Second Round Standings

    Players with position, hometown and 16-game total; top 36 advance to cashers' round; f-denotes female

    1, Graham Fach, Ontario, Canada, 3,974
    2, Sam Cooley, Australia, 3,918
    3, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 3,887
    4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,848
    5, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 3,830
    6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,829
    7, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 3,818
    8, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,806
    9, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,804
    10, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,783
    11 (tie), Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,781
    13, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,777
    14, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 3,757
    15 (tie), Osku Palermaa, Finland, and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,755
    17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,747
    18, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 3,735
    19, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,731
    20, Dom Barrett, England, 3,727
    21, f-Shannon Pluhowsky, Dayton, Ohio, 3,722
    22, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,716
    23, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,714
    24, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 3,710
    25, Patrick Allen, South Salem, N.Y., 3,706
    26, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,681
    27, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,674
    28, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 3,658
    29, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,656
    30 (tie), Francois Lavoie, Wichita, Kan., and Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,654
    32, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 3,644
    33 (tie), Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,642
    35 (tie), Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., and Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 3,636

    Missed Cut:
    37, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 3,629
    38, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 3,616
    39, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 3,611
    40, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,610
    41, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,609
    42, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 3,607
    43, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 3,602
    44 (tie), Chad Roberts, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,594
    46, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 3,593
    47, f-Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,587
    48 (tie), Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., 3,581
    50, Josh Conner, Columbus, Ohio, 3,576
    51, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 3,572
    52, David Simard, Quebec, Canada, 3,569
    53, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 3,568
    54, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,565
    55, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,554
    56, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,549
    57, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,545
    58, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,539
    59, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 3,536
    60, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,529
    61, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,527
    62, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 3,525
    63, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,523
    64, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 3,520
    65 (tie), Jakob Butturff, Chandler, Ariz., and Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,517
    67, Mike Eaton Jr., Cincinnati, 3,516
    68, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 3,515
    69, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 3,514
    70, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 3,508
    71, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 3,489
    72, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,488
    73, Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 3,472
    74, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 3,471
    75, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 3,470
    76, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 3,463
    77, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,459
    78, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,456
    79, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,452
    80, Anthony Kennard, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,439
    81, A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 3,425
    82, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3,422
    83, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 3,418
    84, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 3,405
    85 (tie), Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., and Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 3,404
    87, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,403
    88, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 3,395
    89, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,381
    90, f-Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 3,378
    91, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,372
    92, f-Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 3,364
    93, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 3,363
    94, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 3,340
    95, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,329
    96, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 3,328
    97, Chris Colella, Templeton, Mass., 3,324
    98, Stuart Williams, England, 3,323
    99, Brad Miller, Maryland Hts, Mo., 3,318
    100, f-Liz Kuhlkin, Rotterdam, N.Y., 3,317
    101, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 3,315
    102, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,306
    103, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 3,300
    104, Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 3,297
    105, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 3,291
    106, f-Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,277
    107, Sean Johnson, Moundsville, W.V., 3,254
    108, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 3,248
    109, Frankie Mazzella, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,230
    110, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 3,229
    111, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 3,201
    112, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 3,192
    113, Brandon Dye, Columbus, 3,136
    114, Joshua Weiner, Hilliard, Ohio, 3,081
    115, Mark Nance Sr., Grove City, Ohio, 3,054
    116, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,985
    117, Frank Bellavia Jr., Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2,980
    118, James Owens, Vernon, N.Y., 2,802
    119, Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,722
    120, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., withdrew

    300 Games (4) - Tom Hess, Kyle Troup, DJ Archer, David Haynes.