Two 300 games help vault Belmonte into lead in PBA Geico Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship


    2009-10 PBA Tour #17

    Loschetter defeats Harman in roll-off for final cut position

    200910PBA05JasonBelmonte2.jpgPowered by two 300 games and averaging 240.4, Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte (pictured left) led after two qualifying rounds Thursday in the Professional Bowlers Association GEICO Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship at AMF Babylon Lanes.

    Belmonte, the 2008-09 PBA Rookie of the Year, had a 3,366 14-game pinfall total to hold a 27-pin lead over the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's all-time career titlist Walter Ray Williams Jr., in second with 3,339.

    The field of 64 was cut to the top 32 players who will advance to match play beginning Friday morning. For this tournament all players are required to use two specially-made Mark Roth plastic bowling balls incorporating 1970s-era technology.

    200910PBA08WalterRayWilliams.jpgBelmonte became the first two-handed bowler to win a Tour event when he won The Bowling Foundation Long Island Classic at AMF Babylon Lanes last season. Belmonte's 300 games were the first he's bowled with plastic equipment and each came in the sixth game of both seven-game blocks Thursday.

    "This is a different tournament but matching up well with the center means a lot regardless," said the 26-year-old Belmonte. In both blocks (Thursday) I started out slow and was feeling more comfortable towards the end but I would never have expected to throw two 300 games, especially with plastic equipment."

    The 50-year-old Williams (right), who owns 47 Tour titles, is looking for his third title of the season having won the season-opening Motor City Open and his second United States Bowling Congress Masters title in February. He is currently second in the Player of the Year Race four points behind Bill O'Neill.

    200809PBA19JohnnyPetraglia.jpg"I had a nice reaction all day and really didn't change much of anything," Williams said. "For me it played like a track shot from the old lacquer days."

    PBA Hall of Famer and 14-time Tour titlist Johnny Petraglia Sr. (left) and his son Johnny Petraglia Jr. qualified seventh and 26th respectively, the first time the pair have made a cut together.

    "I wish they were all plastic ball tournaments," said the 63-year-old Petraglia Sr. "Bowling in a tournament with my son and named after Mark Roth – it doesn't get much better than that."

    200910PBAChrisLoschetter.jpg200910PBASteveHarman.jpgAfter a tie for the 32nd and final cut position, Chris Loschetter (left) defeated Steve Harman (right) in a one-game roll-off 223-213 to advance.

    In addition to using equipment that emphasizes a player's ability to make adjustments without being able to rely on the technology built into today's more advanced balls, requiring all players to use the same type of equipment also equalizes the playing field.

    After Friday morning's match play round the field will be cut to 16 for another match play round Friday evening which will determine the top five who will advance to Sunday's finals to be telecast live on ESPN at 2 p.m. Eastern.


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    GEICO Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship - Standings after 14 games

    The top 32 players advance to match play.

    1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,366
    2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,339
    3, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,320
    4, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,293
    5, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 3,241
    6, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,228
    7, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 3,218
    8, Alex Cavagnaro, Lindenhurst, N.Y., 3,215
    9, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,213
    10, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,208
    11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,206
    12, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,204
    13, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,197
    14, (tie) Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., and Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3,152
    16, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,151
    17, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 3,144
    18, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3,139
    19, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,125
    20, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,120
    21, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,119
    22, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 3,112
    23, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,111
    24, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 3,108
    25, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 3,100
    26, Johnny Petraglia Jr., Youngstown, Ohio, 3,093
    27, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,077
    28, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,059
    29, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,058
    30, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 3,043
    31, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,040
    32, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,035
    Loschetter def. Harman, 223-213, in one-game roll-off to advance to match play.

    33, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 3,035
    34, (tie) Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, and Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 3,027
    36, Stuart Williams, England, 3,022
    37, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,005
    38, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,000
    39, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 2,999
    40, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,997
    41, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,969
    42, (tie) Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 2,963
    44, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,950
    45, George Lambert IV, Canada, 2,936
    46, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,934
    47, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,929
    48, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,922
    49, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,914
    50, Brad Kemp, Allentown, Pa., 2,909
    51, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 2,905
    52, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,876
    53, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 2,868
    54, Joseph Costanzo, Plainview, N.Y., 2,853
    55, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,852
    56, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,845
    57, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,844
    58, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,841
    59, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 2,840
    60, (tie) Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., and Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2,827
    62, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 2,825
    63, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,681
    64, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., WD

    300 games – Jason Belmonte (2)