Scroggins, Mohr, Kulick atop the leaderboards in PBA World Championships after Round Two


    2009-10 PBA Tour #7

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

    2008PBA16MikeScroggins.jpgMike Scroggins (pictured left) of Amarillo, Texas, trying for his third Professional Bowlers Association major title, took the second round lead in the PBA World Championship at Thunderbowl Lanes Tuesday.

    First round leaders Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Ron Mohr of Eagle River, Alaska, retained their leads in the PBA Women's and Senior World Championships respectively.

    2009EBT04SeanRash2.jpgScroggins, who was fourth after the first round, averaged 236.92 to a 12-game total of 2,843 pins and a 36-pin lead over Sean Rash (right) of Wichita, Kan., who finished second with a total of 2,807 pins. Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., was third, seven pins behind Rash.

    "I tend to do better when I'm not in the lead," said Scroggins, who won the 2005 USBC Masters and 2009 U.S. Open titles, "but I'd definitely like to be in the lead after the next 10 or 12 games.

    "I had the left side of the lane all to myself until two games to go," the 35-year-old left-hander added, "and that made a big difference. Once I get lined up, I get comfortable and stay focused and make good shots. When I get in trouble is when I have to start fishing around."

    First round leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla. slipped to fifth place with 2,778. Two-time defending champion Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. is 34th with 2,589.

    2009EBT09MartinLarsen_small.jpg2009EBT09DanMacLelland_small.jpgBesides 7th placed Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., 2,743, who is originally from Finland, four international bowlers are among the top 50 after 12 games. 3-time world champion Martin Larsen (left), Sweden, is in 20th place with 2,661. Canadian standout Dan MacLelland (right) of Saginaw, Mich. is 28th with 2,607. 2008-09 PBA Tour Rookie of the Year Jason Belmonte, Australia, is tied for 29th place with 2,603 and Colombian standout Andres Gomez is tied for 36th place with 2,585.

    200910PBAWSKellyKulick.jpgKelly Kulick (pictured right), who is trying for her first PBA Women's Series presented by BOWL.COM title, maintained a 240.67 average clip for a 2,888 12-game total and a 100-pin lead over Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix.

    "It seemed like yesterday was the reverse of today," Kulick said. "Monday the higher scores seemed to be on the fresh condition and today I was doing better when the lanes were burnt, and that made ball selection very important.

    "One thing I do is pay a lot of attention to the other players' ball reactions and where they play the lanes," she added, "so I'm always looking ahead to the next pair to prepare for what I need to do."

    2009WUSORobinOrlikowski2_small.jpg2009WUSOPaolaGomez_small.jpgFour international bowlers are among the top 25 in the women's event. Robin Orlikowski (left), a long-time Canadian national team member, who lives in Grand Rapids, Mich.,is in fifth place with 2,632.

    Paola Gomez (right), Colombia, sister of Andres Gomez, is 10th with 2,563. Malaysian standout Shalin Zulkifli is 17th with 2,470 and Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, is 20th with 2,430.

    2009PBAS02RonMohr.jpgRon Mohr
    (pictured left), the PBA Senior Tour's only three-time winner this season, finished with 2,727, but had to rally in the final game to regain the lead over second-year Senior Tour player Bob Harvey of Boise, Idaho, who finished with 2,719 pins.

    "Any time you bowl over par (a 200 average), it's fun, especially on demanding lane conditions like this," Harvey said. "One of the guys said it's much more fun to sit on top of the hill and look down than it is to be at the bottom looking up." Harvey joined the Senior Tour in 2008 as another victim of the economic downturn, and teamed up with Kulick to win his only title in the PBA Ladies and Legends tournament in Rockford, Ill., which was only the second PBA Tour event he had ever entered.

    "I owned a bowling center, lost my lease and had to close it," he said. "I always wanted to try the Senior Tour, so my wife and I bought a motor home, and now we travel and I bowl. I got a lemon in my life and made some lemonade."

    All players in the three PBA World Championship events will bowl one more six-game qualifying round Wednesday. After a six-game semifinal round Thursday morning, the top 40 men, top 20 seniors and top 20 women 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.


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    PBA World Championship - Second Qualifying Round (top 50 after 12 games)

    1, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,843
    2, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,807
    3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,800
    4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,799
    5, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,778
    6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,756
    7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,743
    8, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,733
    9, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 2,706
    10, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,695
    11, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,687
    12, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,684
    13, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill, 2,674
    14, (tie) Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., and Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 2,666
    16, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,665
    17, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,664
    18, (tie) Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,662
    20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,661
    21, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 2,653
    22, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,634
    23, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 2,629
    24, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2,628
    25, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 2,625
    26, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 2,618
    27, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,608
    28, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 2,607
    29, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia, and Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,603
    31, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,598
    32, Nick Weber, St. Charles, Mo., 2,591
    33, Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla., 2,590
    34, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,589
    35, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,588
    36, (tie) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,585
    38, Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 2,584
    39, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,578
    40, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,574
    41, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 2,570
    42, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,569
    43, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,566
    44, Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 2,563
    45, Allan Smith, Augusta, Ga., 2,561
    46, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,556
    47, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,549
    48, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,547
    49, Ed VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,544
    50, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 2,541


    PBA Senior World Championship - Second Qualifying Round (top 50 after 12 games)

    1, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 2,727
    2, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2,719
    3, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 2,690
    4, Dale Eagle, Frisco, Texas, 2,571
    5, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 2,560
    6, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,550
    7, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 2,543
    8, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 2,529
    9, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 2,519
    10, Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill., 2,513
    11, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 2,511
    12, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 2,507
    13, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 2,499
    14, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 2,494
    15, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,491
    16, Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 2,489
    17, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 2,482
    18, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 2,478
    19, Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 2,475
    20, John Di Santis, Wilmington, Del., 2,474
    21, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 2,470
    22, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2,466
    23, (tie) Larry Franz, Redford, Mich., and Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 2,462
    25, (tie) Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, and Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 2,449
    27, Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,445
    28, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 2,443
    29, Carl Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 2,437, $100
    30, Rick Minier, Houston, 2,435
    31, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 2,432
    32, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 2,428
    33, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 2,424
    34, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 2,421
    35, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 2,416
    36, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,411
    37, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 2,401
    38, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,398
    39, Gale Voshell, Dover, Del., 2,393
    40, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2,392
    41, Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, 2,390
    42, Rick Vittone, Canada, 2,389
    43, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,383
    44, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 2,382
    45, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 2,381
    46, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 2,380
    47, John Chapman, Canada, 2,365
    48, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 2,358
    49, Derek Smith, Hicksville, Ohio, 2,345
    50, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 2,344


    PBA Women's World Championship - Second Qualifying Round (top 25 after 12 games)

    1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,888
    2, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 2,788
    3, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 2,677
    4, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 2,637
    5, Robin Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,632
    6, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 2,613
    7, (tie) Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., and Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 2,598
    9, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 2,583
    10, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 2,563
    10, Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 2,563
    12, Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 2,559
    13, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 2,535
    14, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,513
    15, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 2,511
    16, Christine Bator, Warren, Mich., 2,497
    17, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,470
    18, Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,465
    19, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 2,450
    20, Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, 2,430
    21, Adrienne Miller, Buffalo Grove, Ill., 2,416
    22, Jennifer Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 2,398
    23, Stefanie Nation, Arlington, Texas, 2,396
    24, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 2,395
    25, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 2,385