Bill O'Neill earns high qualifier honors at Bayer USBC Masters


    2010-11 PBA Tour #9

    201011PBA06BillONeill.jpg201011PBAWalterRayWilliams.jpgTeam USA member Bill O'Neill (pictured left) of Southampton, Pa., emerged as the high qualifier Thursday after 15 games at the 2011 Bayer United States Bowling Congress Masters.

    The three-time winner on the Lumber Liquidators Professional Bowlers Association Tour finished qualifying with a 3,434 total, an average of 228.9, and will face defending champion and No. 64 seed Walter Ray Williams Jr. (right) of Ocala, Fla., in the opening round of the double-elimination match-play bracket at the National Bowling Stadium.

    "I haven't been bowling great, so to come out here and throw it well is nice," said O'Neill, who earned a $1,000 bonus for being the top qualifier. "I have a lot of confidence going into match play."

    201011PBA09GeorgeLambert.jpg201011PBA06WesMalott.jpgThe top 63 players from the final qualifying standings advanced to match play. George Lambert IV, (left) who led the first two rounds, qualified second with 3,423, while Wes Malott (right) of Pflugerville, Texas, was third with 3,410.

    Match play begins at 4 p.m. Pacific on Thursday with three rounds of matches on the schedule. By the end of the day, only 32 players will remain in the field.

    The USBC Masters is a major on the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour and the champion of the event will earn $50,000 for first place. The final four players who survive bracket play will advance to the championship round, which will be televised live on ESPN at 3 p.m. Eastern on Sunday.

    WBTLogo_small.jpgThe Masters also is a part of the new World Bowling Tour organized by the World Tenpin Bowling Association. The World Tour is a new concept developed by the WTBA to showcase the best bowlers from around the world.

    Players who compete in the selected international events and finish among the top three men and top three women in the final points standings will be eligible to compete in the World Bowling Tour Finals, a special televised event with a prize fund of $40,000.



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    2011 Bayer USBC Masters - Qualifying Round 3

    Players with position, hometown and 10-game total. The top 63 plus defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. advance to match play.

    1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,434, $1,000
    2, George Lambert IV, Canada, 3,423
    3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,410
    4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,400
    5, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,377
    6, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,360
    7, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,339
    8, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3,333
    9, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,319
    10, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,317
    11, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 3,296
    12, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,288
    13, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,287
    14, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,283
    15, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,279
    15, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,279
    17, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,274
    18, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,271
    19, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 3,261
    20, Joshua Kierpiec, Scottsville, N.Y., 3,259
    21, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,257
    22, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 3,255
    23, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,252
    24, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,249
    25, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,247
    26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,242
    27, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,227
    28, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,223
    29, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,219
    30, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,210
    31, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,205
    31, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,205
    33, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 3,202
    34, Stuart Williams, England, 3,200
    34, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,200
    36, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,198
    37, Lucas Legnani, Argentina, 3,195
    37, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,195
    39, Jason Munkberg, Redding, Calif., 3,194
    40, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 3,192
    41, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,188
    42, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 3,181
    43, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,178
    44, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 3,170
    45, Mathew Jones, Avondale, Ariz., 3,167
    46, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,164
    46, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 3,164
    48, Mark Scuderi Jr., Rochester, N.Y., 3,160
    49, Ralph Solan, Huntsville, Ala., 3,153
    50, Steve Kloempken, Pleasant View, Utah, 3,149
    51, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,148
    52, Brandon Kraye, LaHabra, Calif., 3,144
    53, Adam Ishman, Las Vegas, 3,139
    54, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 3,133
    55, Michael Clark Jr, Cleveland, Ohio, 3,127
    56, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 3,126
    57, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,113
    58, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,107
    59, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,094
    60, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 3,091
    61, Erik Vermilyea, Mansfield, Texas, 3,073
    62, J.R. Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., 3,071
    63, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 3,059

    Missed Cut:
    64, Ricky Schissler, Henderson, Colo., 3,054, $1,000
    65, Teruyuki Obara, Japan, 3,034, $1,000