Fero Williams overcomes 141 game to retain U.S. Open lead after Round Two


    2010-11 PBA Tour #10

    Canadian Dan MacLelland advances from 25th place to second

    201011PBA10FeroWilliams.jpg201011PBA07DanMacLelland2.jpgAmateur Fero Williams (pictured left) of Fairfield, Ohio, stumbled briefly, but maintained the composure of a veteran Wednesday to retain the second round lead in the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier by 83 pins over Canadian citizen Dan MacLelland (right) of Saginaw, Mich.

    The 30-year-old Williams, bowling in his sixth U.S. Open, survived a 141 game that helped drop his 12-game average by 20 pins to 228.41, but he still finished with a 2,741 pinfall total to fend off MacLelland’s charge (2,658) out of 25th place.

    Williams and MacLelland, a college student at Saginaw Valley State University where he starred as a collegiate bowler, are both trying for their first Professional Bowlers Association titles.

    201011PBANormDuke.jpg201011PBAMartinLarsen.jpgThree pins behind MacLelland was 33-time PBA Tour winner Norm Duke (left) of Clermont, Fla. Duke, who won the 2008 U.S. Open at Carolier, entered Wednesday’s second round in 22nd place. Duke had 2,655 pins while Martin Larsen (right) of Sweden was fourth at 2,622.

    Defending U.S. Open champion Bill O'Neill (below left) of Southampton, Pa., rounded out the top five with a 2,619 total. PBA World Champion Chris Barnes (below right), Double Oak, Texas, was sixth with 2,609.

    “I had a bad game, but it was more because I was lost on that pair of lanes,” Williams said. “I just took what I could and moved on.

    201011PBABillONeill.jpg201011PBAChrisBarnes.jpg“The lanes played real tight today. I had keep my arm swing tight and be very close to my target to make things happen. If I got just a little fast, I could tell. The ball rolled past break point and couldn’t get back to the pocket.

    “But I feel great where I’m at,” he continued. “I went plus 50 today (50 pins over a 200 average), and I probably should have been higher, but I threw the ball good. I have a good idea of what the lanes are going to give me tomorrow, so I’ll be ready.”

    Williams, a former Team USA member, is bowling in his sixth U.S. Open, but has yet to qualify among the top 24 for match play. Past experience, he said, has taught him to not look too far ahead.

    “My goal is just throw it good, take my time, be patient,” he said. “I’m going to throw every shot like it was my last. I’m not even looking ahead to match play. I just want to stay even or go plus (over a 200 average) every squad.

    2009LaRazaManuelOtalora.jpg201011PBAMikaKoivuniemi.jpg“If I make it, I make it,” he added. “If not, I’m learning a lot. I learn a lot every time I bowl this tournament. You won’t learn much when you’re bowling good; you learn when you’re bowling bad.”

    The international contingent is well represented among the top 50 after two rounds. Manuel Otalora (left), Colombia, is seventh with 2,605. Tournament of Champion winner Mika Koivuniemi (right), a native Finn who lives in Hartland, Mich., is 13th with 2,589.

    Andres Gomez, Colombia, slipped from a tied second place to 14th with 2,588 and is followed by Juhani Tonteri, Finland, who is 17th with 2,575. PBA exempt player Stuart Williams, England, is tied for 22nd with 2,562

    201011PBAKellyKulick.jpg2009WUSORocioRestrepo2.jpgIldemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, slipped from second to 34th with 2,538. 2010 ToC winner Kelly Kulick (left), Union, N.J., is the best woman in 52nd place with 2,492. Rocio Restrepo (right), Colombia, who was the best woman after the first block, fell to 77th place with 2,438.

    Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., currently holds the 95th and final place to advance with 2,413 or an average of 201.08.

    The entire 383-player field will bowl its final six-game qualifying round Thursday to determine the top 95 players who will advance to the eight-game cashers’ round Friday morning. After a total of 26 games, the top 24 will advance to the round-robin match play finals, bowling three more eight-game rounds Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.

    2011PBAUSOpenLogo.jpgThe top six players after 50 games will advance to the unique six-player stepladder finals, starting with two games live on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern. Saturday's winner will then join the top three finalists for Sunday's championship round at 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. First prize in the event is $80,000.

    During U.S. Open week, pba.com's Xtra Frame video streaming service will provide more than 70 hours of live coverage of qualifying and match play rounds.


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    68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open - Second Round after 12 games

    Squad A (TUE @ 8 a.m., WED @ 6 p.m. and THU @ Noon)
    Squad B (TUE @ Noon, WED @ 8 a.m. and THU @ 6 p.m.)
    Squad C (TUE @ 6 p.m., WED @ Noon and THU @ 8 a.m.)

    (* = Non-Member Bowler)