Williams, Mohr, Kulick hold early PBA World Championships leads


    2009-10 PBA Tour #7

    Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Mich. (Aug. 30-Sept. 4, 2009)

    200809PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgWalter Ray Williams Jr. (pictured left) seeking an eighth major title and a record 46th Professional Bowlers Association Tour victory, averaged 244.17 to take the early lead in the PBA World Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Monday.

    Three-time 2009 PBA Senior Tour champion Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., led the Senior and Women's World Championships, respectively.

    Williams, the top qualifier in the Motor City Open, the first tournament in the five-week-long PBA World Series of Bowling, posted a six-game total of 1,465 pins to lead Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich. Two-time defending champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was in a tie for 42nd place after the opening round at 1,296, 169 pins behind Williams.

    "I had some fun today," Williams said. "It seemed like I threw more strikes today than I did in 14 games on the Shark pattern last week.

    "I started playing way outside and then moved in to second arrow," the Ocala, Fla., right-hander added. "I had a real nice ball reaction and the pins cooperated. I'm happy to be where I am."

    2009PBAS08RonMohr.jpgRon Mohr (pictured right), who took a decided lead in PBA Senior Player of the Year race with his third victory of the year in last week's Senior Dick Weber Open in Lansing, Mich., had a 1,423 pinfall total – a 237 average pace – for his six games and a 62-pin lead over Michael Henry of Brunswick, Ohio,.

    "I'm real pleased," the Eagle River, Alaska, resident said. "I drilled a new ball and it was the right answer. You need good roll here and not so much power in order to get good pin carry, and that was my answer today."

    200910PBAWSKellyKulick.jpgKelly Kulick (pictured left) rolled the first 300 game of the World Championships tripleheader, and the first by a woman in five PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM events, to post a six-game total of 1,432 pins and a 35-pin lead over Michelle Feldman of Auburn, N.Y.

    Kulick, who won an intense seven-game, 4-3 match play battle against Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., Saturday to clinch a spot in the PBA Shark Women's Championships title match, said the momentum from that contest carried over into the inaugural PBA Women's World Championship.

    "Bowling the first 300 by a woman in the World Series is pretty special," the Union, N.J., resident said. "My confidence is definitely a lot stronger after my match with Liz. Today it was a combination of having the right ball, matching up with the lanes and making good shots. It all worked."

    All players in the three PBA World Championship events will bowl additional six-game qualifying rounds Tuesday and Wednesday. After a six-game semifinal round Thursday morning, the top 40 men, top 20 senior and top 20 women qualifiers will advance to best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play Thursday night and Friday.

    The Women’s and Senior World Championship title matches will be contested Saturday at noon for delayed telecast on ESPN. The men’s finals will be contested live on ESPN on Dec. 13 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan.

    With 18 games to go in the PBA World Series of Bowling Lumber Leader race, Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, is the leader in the race for a $10,000 bonus with a combined total of 20,121 games for 91 qualifying games. Steve Jaros of Yorkville, Ill., is second, exactly 100 pins behind.


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    PBA World Championship

    First Round Qualifying (top 50 after 6 games)

    1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,465
    2, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,422
    3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,414
    4, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,406
    5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,400
    6, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 1,397
    7, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 1,396
    9, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,393
    10, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,384
    11, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 1,383
    12, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,379
    13, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,375
    14, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,372
    15, (tie) Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, and Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 1,371
    17, (tie) Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, and Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 1,361
    19, (tie) Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., and Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,360
    21, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,359
    22, Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla., 1,354
    23, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,352
    24, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 1,351
    25, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,349
    26, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 1,343
    27, Timothy Behrendt, St. Louis, 1,337
    28, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 1,335
    29, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,329
    30, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,326
    31, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 1,320
    32, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,316
    33, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,313
    34, (tie) Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., and Jeffrey Edwards, Sterling Hts., Mich., 1,306
    36, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,305
    38, (tie) Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., and Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,302
    40, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,301
    41, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,297
    42, (tie) Mike Williams II, Montgomery, Ala., and Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,296
    44, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,295
    45, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,293
    46, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,292
    47, Allan Smith, Augusta, Ga., 1,291
    48, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1,289
    49, (tie) Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., and Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 1,286


    PBA Senior World Championship

    First Round Qualifying (top 50 after 6 games)

    1, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 1,423
    2, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,361
    3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,359
    4, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,355
    5, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,339
    6, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 1,326
    7, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 1,323
    8, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,309
    9, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 1,304
    10, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,298
    11, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 1,293
    12, John Di Santis, Wilmington, Del., 1,273
    13, Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 1,256
    14, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,255
    15, Dale Eagle, Frisco, Texas, 1,251
    16, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 1,243
    17, Vince Honeycutt, Buford, Ga., 1,236
    18, Bill Nichols, Roseville, Calif., 1,234
    19, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,233
    20, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,231
    21, (tie) Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., and Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,230
    23, (tie) Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 1,228
    25, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 1,220
    26, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,218
    27, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,215
    28, Dave Sill, Cary, Ill., 1,211
    29, Douglas Kirkman, Clovis, N.M., 1,207
    30, Rick Minier, Houston, 1,206
    31, (tie) Max Shellabarger, Ogden, Utah, and Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 1,204
    33, (tie) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 1,202
    35, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,197
    36, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 1,196
    37, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 1,195
    38, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,194
    39, Derek Smith, Hicksville, Ohio, 1,193
    40, (tie) Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., and Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, 1,189
    42, (tie) John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., and Dave Flemming, Fairborn, Ohio, 1,188
    44, (tie) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and Rick Vittone, Canada, 1,186
    46, Larry Franz, Redford, Mich., 1,180
    47, Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,179
    48, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,176
    49, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,174
    50, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 1,171


    PBA Women's World Championship

    First Round Qualifying (top 25 after 6 games)

    1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,432
    2, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 1,397
    3, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 1,343
    4, Robin Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,328
    5, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 1,318
    6, Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,315
    7, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,303
    8, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1,302
    9, (tie) Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., and Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 1,295
    11, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,289
    12, Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 1,286
    13, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,280
    14, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 1,253
    15, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 1,247
    16, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 1,230
    17, Leslie Bohn, Jackson, N.J., 1,228
    18, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 1,221
    19, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 1,215
    20, Paoloa Gomez, Colombia, 1,199
    21, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,197
    22, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1,194
    23, Lisa Bishop, Belleville, Mich., 1,191
    24, Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., 1,189
    25, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 1,176