Ryan Ciminelli paces Go RVing Match Play Championship TQR field


    2009-10 PBA Tour #16

    Fans have until 11 a.m. Eastern on Thursday to enter PBA Bracket Battle on pba.com

    200910PBA03RyanCiminelli.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured left) of Cheektowaga, N.Y., led a field eight players who advanced out of the Professional Bowlers Association’s Tour Qualifying Round Wednesday and completed the field of 64 for the Go RVing Match Play Championship which gets underway Thursday at Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center.

    Ciminelli, who has already advanced to the television finals three times during the 2009-10 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season, averaged 226.57 to finish the seven-game qualifying round with a 1,586 pinfall total, 22 pins ahead of Jesse Buss of Wichita, Kan.

    200910PBA09AnthonyLaCaze2.jpgAlso advancing to complete the new PBA Bracket Battle field of 64 were Anthony LaCaze (right), Melrose Park, Ill.; Matt O’Grady, South Amboy, N.J.; Alexa Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass.; Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan.; David O’Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., and Justin Warhol, Sound Beach, N.Y.

    Similar to the NCAA basketball championships’ play-in round, the eight TQR players will face an uphill battle as the Go RVing Match Play Championship enters its best-of-seven-game, single-elimination match play Round of 64 Thursday. Wednesday’s qualifiers will be seeded into the Go RVing bracket against the top eight Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour players on the 2009-10 Harry Smith Point Leader Award list:

    200910PBA12WalterRayWilliams2.jpgWarhol, the No. 8 TQR qualifier, will be seeded 64th and paired against No. 1 seed Walter Ray Williams Jr. (left) of Ocala, Fla., a two-time title winner this season.

    No. 7 qualifier O’Sullivan is the No. 63 seed will bowl U.S. Open champion and No. 2 seed Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa.

    No. 6 Abel will inherit the 62 seed and will face No. 3 Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas.

    No. 5 Aguiar will be seeded 61st and will bowl defending champion Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, the No. 4 overall seed.

    200910PBA05JasonBelmonte.jpgNo. 4 O’Grady is the No. 60 seed and is paired against two-time 2009-10 winner and No. 5 seed Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas.

    No. 3 LaCaze, who won the Earl Anthony Memorial in January, is seeded 59th and will meet Australia’s two-handed star, Jason Belmonte (right), the No. 6 seed.

    No. 2 Buss will bowl No. 7 seed Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C.

    Ciminelli, as the top TQR qualifier, becomes the 57th seed and will be matched up with No. 8 Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich.

    200910PBAGeorgeLambertIV.jpgTwo seeded players withdrew prior to the start of the event. San Diego’s Mike DeVaney stayed home as he and wife Carrie await the imminent arrival of their second child, and Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., is still nursing a back injury suffered in Columbus, Ohio.

    Because of their withdrawals, Eddie Van Daniker Jr. of Essex, Md. (Weber’s first-round opponent), and Canadian George Lambert IV (left, DeVaney’s pairing) were granted byes and automatically advance to the Round of 32.

    With the complete field in place, bowling fans have until the start of Round of 64 matches Thursday at 11 a.m. Eastern to complete their PBA Bracket Battle forms, which are available at no cost on the PBA Website.

    The PBA Bracket Battle, like the NCAA basketball brackets played by millions of Americans, give PBA fans a chance to play along during the Go RVing Match Play Championship by picking the winner of each match throughout the tournament. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the tournament on Sunday.

    Thursday’s winners will continue competition in Friday’s best-of-seven-game Rounds of 32, 16 and 8. The four remaining survivors will be matched up for three-game, total pinfall matches Saturday evening to determine the two finalists who will square off for the $25,000 top prize in Sunday’s three-game finale on ESPN at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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    Go RVing Match Play Championship - PBA Tour Qualifying Round

    Players with position, hometown and 7-game total. The top 8 advance to Round of 64

    1, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,586
    2, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,564
    3, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 1,544
    5, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 1,520
    6, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 1,518
    7, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla, 1,514
    8, Justin Warhol, Sound Beach, N.Y, 1,500

    9, Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 1,496, $1,000
    10, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,491, $800
    11, Chris Viale, Westfield, Mass., 1,486, $600
    12, Don Lango Jr., New Britian, Conn., 1,483, $500
    13, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 1,481, $400
    14, Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 1,474, $380
    15, Todd Lathrop, Colchester, Conn., 1,468, $460
    16, (tie) Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,465, $335
    18, Scott Santos, Ledyard, Conn., 1,458, $320
    19, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 1,457, $310
    20, Stephen Fiume, Fiskdale, Mass., 1,450, $300
    21, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,449
    22, Christopher Colella, Templeton, Mass., 1,430
    23, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,427
    24, (tie) Mike Danielson, Portland, Ore., and Jason Utter, Stevensville, Mich., 1,423
    26, Jonathan Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,411
    27, Michael Markis, Hawley, Pa, 1,402
    28, Chris Forry, Bridgeport, Conn., 1,398
    29, Sean McAuliffe, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,397
    30, (tie) Bill Holota, Bolton, Conn., and Tony Reynaud, Harwinton, Conn., 1,396
    32, Paul Pinto, Philadelphia, 1,390
    33, Vinny D'Ambrosio III, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,379
    34, Jeff Kubasak, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,376
    35, Billy Trudell, Coventry, R.I., 1,367
    36, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,366
    37, Vic Marotto, Wallingford, Conn., 1,361
    38, Robert Eddy II, Saginaw, Mich., 1,355
    39, Geoff Wetzler, Tolland, Conn., 1,349
    40, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 1,346
    41, Chris Larsen, Norwich, Conn, 1,345
    42, Michael Tessier Jr., Woonsocket, R.I., 1,344
    43, Brandon Robertson, Clinton, Conn., 1,342
    44, Matthew Janas, Central Falls, R.I., 1,329
    45, Alex Cavagnaro, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 1,315
    46, Jason Payne, Niles, Mich., 1,311
    47, Joshua Shriver, Winchester, Va., 1,304
    48, Steven Black, Phoenix, 1,278
    49, Dan Furman, Amsterdam, N.Y., 1,272
    50, Bill DeHaas Jr., Andover, N.J., 1,270
    51, (tie) Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., and Brian DiCicco, Agawam, Mass., 1,264
    53, Ryan Evans, Acton, Mass., 1,248
    54, Country Alfonso, Wallingford, Conn, 1,246
    55, Lydell Hickey, Bristol, Conn., 1,245
    56, Justin Feldman, Bradford, Pa., 1,241
    57, Justin Arnold, Groton, Conn, 1,235
    58, Joseph Costanzo, Plainview, N.Y., 1,203
    59, Craig Kleinman, North Windham, Conn., 1,200
    60, Ralph Ehrlich, North Massapequa, N.Y., 1,196
    61, Francis Mazzella, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,188
    62, Jason Mahon, East Haven, Conn., 1,187
    63, Joseph Truchan Jr., Ringwood, N.J., 1,178
    64, Steven Landry, Oakville, Conn., 1,176
    65, Christopher Sevick, Norwich, Conn, 1,165
    66, Jaime Tessier, Woonsocket, R.I., 1,164
    67, Robert Jette, Lisbon, Conn., 1,158
    68, Matthew Stewart, Niles, Mich., 1,157
    69, Neil Binder, Shelton, Conn., 1,152
    70, Jason Spanjers, Hamden, Conn., 1,135
    71, Larry Tryon, Peabody, Mass, 1,129
    72, Larry Wentz III, Bristol, Conn., 1,110
    73, Bryan Martinson, Lakeland, Fla., 1,096
    74, Brandon Joseph, Glastonbury, Conn., 1,079
    75, John Schaffer, Greentown, Pa., 1,070
    76, Aaron Graves, Danbury, Conn., 1,067
    77, Dominick Curra, Bedford Hills, N.Y., 1,065
    78, Vincent Carbone, Medford, N.Y., 1,061
    79, Andrew Nosar, Manassas, Va., 1,033
    80, Thomas Durand, West Haven, Conn., withdrew