Malott, Mohr, Pluhowsky pace PBA World Championships qualifiers

    09/04/09

    2009-10 PBA Tour #7

    Swede Martin Larsen advances to Round of 16

    200910PBAWesMalott.jpg2009PBAS08RonMohr.jpgReigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year Wes Malott (pictured left) of Pflugerville, Texas, led the field of 40 PBA World Championship finalists who moved into match play rounds at Thunderbowl Lanes Thursday by sitting on the sidelines, resting.

    Malott, Ron Mohr (right) of Eagle River, Alaska, and Shannon Pluhowsky of Phoenix were the top qualifiers after 24 games in the PBA, PBA Women's and PBA Senior World Championships, respectively, which earned each of them – and a handful of others – byes for the first two rounds of best-of-seven-game, single elimination match play.

    Also earning byes in the PBA World Championship field were Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas; Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan.; Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich.; Mike DeVaney, San Diego; Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas; Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.

    Senior World Championship players earning byes along with Mohr were Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla.; Harry Sullins, Chester Township, Mich., and Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio.

    2009WUSOShannonPluhowsky.jpg2009WUSOLizJohnsonKellyKulick.jpgJoining Pluhowsky (pictured left) in the women's bye pool were Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J.; Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y. Pictured right: Jphnson, Kulick (l-R)

    The remainder of the top 40 men, 20 seniors and 20 women's advanced to best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play rounds. During Thursday's afternoon PBA World Championship Round of 32 session, Michigan players Thomas Smallwood, Brian Waliczek and Dan MacLelland advanced to Friday's Round of 16 while PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., and Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte were eliminated.

    2009KSAAndresGomez.jpg2009EBT09MartinLarsen.jpgWith Colombia's star Andres Gomez (left) also eliminated, Swede Martin Larsen (right) is the sole international player in the Round of 16 after a 4-1 win over Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y.

    In the opening senior's match play round, PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker, King, N.C.; Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, and Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., were among the eight Round of 16 survivors.

    In the women’s Round of 16, hall of famer Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas, advanced while a pair of fellow hall of famers – Wendy Macpherson of Henderson, Nev., and Cheryl Daniels of West Bloomfield, Mich., were eliminated.

    2009WUSOPaolaGomez.jpg2009WUSOShalinZulkifli3.jpgThe remaining two international players, Paola Gomez (left), Colombia, and Shalin Zulkifli (right), Malaysia, both were eliminated in the Round of 16.

    Three rounds of matches Friday will reduce the fields to four men, two seniors and two women for the ESPN finals.

    "My concern was staying in the top four," Malott said. "Scroggins has a great look on fresh lane conditions. He has been bowling some big games, so I figured if I could stay in the top four, the first time I'll have to bowl against him would be on TV. That was on my mind. Now I can get some rest, which is always a good thing.

    "But I will be in the center watching to see how the guys break down the lane condition on the pairs I'll be on tomorrow."

    "I'm tired," Mohr admitted. "When you're trying to bowl at this level, every shot is important. It's draining. It'll be nice to have a couple of rounds to rest.

    "The lanes today played the hardest they have all week," the three-time 2009 PBA Senior Tour titlist said. "There was no mistake room. When that happens, you become afraid of making a shot too fast or too slow. You just can't relax."

    Pluhowsky overtook Kulick for the first time, but being the top women's qualifier didn't excite her.

    "All pins are dropped now and we're moving into a different section of the bowling center for match play, so there's no advantage to being No. 1 other than having fewer matches to bowl and the guarantee of a bigger check," Pluhowsky said.

    "So far I'm very pleased with the way I have been bowling. Everything's good. It's going to be a busy weekend (she has already qualified for two television finals over the weekend), but that's much better than watching."

    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 - Round of 32


    Best of 7 games, losers eliminated and earned $2,000

    Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, def. Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 4-2
    Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., def. PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 4-1
    Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., def. Andres Gomez, Colombia, 4-1
    Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., def. Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 4-1
    Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 4-1
    Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, def. Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 4-2
    Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., def. Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 4-0
    Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., def. Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 4-1
    Martin Larsen, Sweden, def. Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 4-1
    Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., def. Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 4-0
    Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., def. Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 4-0
    Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, def. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 4-0
    Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., def. Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 4-2
    Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., def. Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 4-2
    Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., def. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4-1
    Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., def. Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 4-1

     


    PBA World Championship - Final Qualifying Standings


    Players with position, hometown and 24-game total. The top 40 advance to match play; top 8 earned byes for the first two rounds of match play.

    1, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,573
    2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,544
    3, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 5,524
    4, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,487
    5, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 5,457
    6, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,454
    7, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,441
    8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,433

    9, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5,370
    10, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 5,345
    11, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,341
    12, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 5,330
    13, Jeffrey Roche, Dearborn, Mich., 5,311
    14, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 5,291
    15, Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., 5,284
    16, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 5,272
    17, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 5,257
    18, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,244
    19, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 5,242
    20, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,230
    21, (tie) Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., and Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 5,226
    23, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,225
    24, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,223
    25, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5,214
    26, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,210
    27, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 5,202
    28, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 5,197
    29, Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, 5,191
    30, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,185
    31, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 5,178
    32, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,175
    33, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5,170
    34, Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 5,163
    35, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5,157
    36, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,123
    37, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 5,115
    38, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,098
    39, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 5,083
    40, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 5,070

     


    PBA Senior World Championship - Round of 16


    Best of 7 games, losers eliminated and earned $1,800

    Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 4-1
    Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., def. Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 4-1
    Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., def. Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 4-2
    Tom Baker, King, N.C., def. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 4-1
    Carl Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., def. Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 4-3
    Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., def. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 4-0
    Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, def. Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 4-3
    Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., def. Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 4-1

     


    PBA Senior World Championship - Final Qualifying Standings


    Players with position, hometown and 24-game total. The top 20 advance to match play; top 4 earned byes for the first two rounds of match play.

    1, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 5,238
    2, Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 5,195
    3, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 5,151
    4, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 5,124

    5, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 5,077
    6, Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 5,064
    7, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 5,056
    8, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5,034
    9, Roy Buckley, Westerville, Ohio, 5,028
    10, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 5,019
    11, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 5,005
    12, Hugh Miller, Mercer Island, Wash., 4,993
    13, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 4,984
    14, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 4,970
    15, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 4,968
    16, Carl Kinyon, Lockport, N.Y., 4,956
    17, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 4,951
    18, Wayne Webb, Sacramento, Calif., 4,939
    19, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 4,912
    20, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 4,901

    Missed Cut:
    21, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 4,885, $1,500
    22, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 4,869, $1,450
    23, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 4,858, $1,400
    24, Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., 4,856, $1,350
    25, Dale Eagle, Frisco, Texas, 4,849, $1,320
    26, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 4,836, $1,280
    26, Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 4,836, $1,280
    26, Rick Minier, Houston, 4,836, $1,280
    29, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,832, $1,240
    30, Larry Franz, Redford, Mich., 4,829, $1,220
    31, Rick Vittone, Canada, 4,813, $1,200
    32, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 4,812, $1,180
    33, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,785, $1,160
    34, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 4,779, $1,140
    35, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 4,715, $1,120
    36, Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill., 4,696, $1,100

    Super Senior cashers (after 18 games)
    37, Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich., 3,586, $700
    38, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,584, $700
    40, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,580, $700
    54, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,520, $700
    58, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,499, $700
    61, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,479, $700
    62, Derek Smith, Hicksville, Ohio, 3,478, $700
    63, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3,477, $700
    66, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,457, $700

     


    PBA Women's World Championship - Round of 16


    Best of 7 games, losers eliminated and earned $1,500

    Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, def. Paola Gomez, Colombia, 4-1
    Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., def. Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 4-1
    Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, def. Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 4-3
    Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., def. Robin Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., 4-2
    Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, def. Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 4-0
    Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, def. Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 4-1
    Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., def. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 4-1
    Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, def. Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 4-3

     


    PBA Women's World Championship - Final Qualifying Standings


    Players with position, hometown and 24-game total. The top 20 advance to match play; top 4 earned byes for the first two rounds of match play.

    1, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, 5,482
    2, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,332
    3, Michelle Feldman, Auburn, N.Y., 5,250
    4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,187

    5, Tammy Boomershine, North Ogden, Utah, 5,157
    6, Cheryl Daniels, West Bloomfield, Mich., 5,125
    7, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 5,101
    8, Robin Orlikowski, Grand Rapids, Mich., 5,093
    9, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 5,065
    10, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 5,062
    11, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 5,060
    12, Shannon O'Keefe, Arlington, Texas, 5,054
    12, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 5,054
    14, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 5,010
    15, Elysia Current, Ephrata, Pa., 4,974
    16, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 4,969
    17, Amanda Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 4,931
    18, Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, 4,914
    19, Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 4,883
    20, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 4,874