Bill O'Neill leads top 24 into match play portion at U.S. Open

    02/26/11

    2010-11 PBA Tour #10

    ESPN2 coverage starts at 6 p.m. Eastern

    201011PBA02BillONeill2.jpg201011PBA10JasonBelmonte.jpgDefending champion Bill O'Neill (pictured left) of Southampton, Pa., led the 24 remaining survivors into the opening round of match play in the 68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Brunswick Zone-Carolier Friday.

    O'Neill held a 114-pin lead over 2006 U.S. Open winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., and a 129-pin edge over 2008 U.S. Open champ Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. Australian two-handed star Jason Belmonte (right) was in fourth place.

    2010EBT10MarcusBerndt.jpg2010BWCJohnSzczerbinski3.jpgThe field of 24 heading into match play later Friday included five amateurs: Wichita State University student Marcus Berndt (left) of Sweden; 18-year-old E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind.; second-round leader Fero Williams of Fairfield, Ohio; Mark Clark of Naperville, Ill., and Matthew O'Grady of South Amboy, N.J.

    Also among the match play finalists are six PBA members who are seeking their first Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title: John Szczerbinski (right) of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; Canadian Dan MacLelland of Saginaw, Mich.; John Furey of East Windsor, N.J.; Andres Gomez (below left) of Colombia; Martin Larsen of Sweden and Brian Valenta of Lockport, Ill.

    201011PBA07AndresGomez.jpg201011PBA08PeteWeber4.jpgPete Weber (right) of St. Ann, Mo., who is trying for an unprecedented fifth U.S. Open title, was in eighth place heading into match play.

    The final two games of match play will be covered live on ESPN2 tonight starting at 6 p.m. Eastern.

    Following Saturday's two eight-game match play rounds, the top six will advance to the stepladder finals. The first two matches will air live on ESPN2 Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern when the No. 5 qualifier will bowl against the No. 6 qualifier, with the winner taking on the No. 4 player.

    2011PBAUSOpenLogo.jpgSaturday's winner will join the top three finalists for Sunday's championship round at 3 p.m. Eastern on ESPN. First prize in the final major championship of the 2010-11 PBA Tour season is $80,000.

    During Saturday's match play rounds, pba.com's Xtra Frame video streaming service will provide live coverage of key matches as part of 70 hours of live online coverage during the week.

     


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    68th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open - Fourth Round after 26 games


    The top 24 players advance to match play.

    1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 5,885
    2, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 5,771
    3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,756
    4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,633
    5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,624
    6, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,599
    7, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 5,592
    8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5,585
    9, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,566
    10, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,540
    11, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 5,533
    12, a-Marcus Berndt, Sweden, 5,526
    13, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 5,518
    14, John Furey, East Windsor, N.J., 5,483, $100
    15, a-E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,481
    16, a-Fero Williams, Fairfield, Ohio, 5,473
    17, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,472
    18, a-Mark Clark, Naperville, Ill., 5,467
    19, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,466
    20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,464
    21, a-Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 5,458
    22, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 5,454
    23, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 5,448
    24, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5,443
    a = amateur

    Missed Cut:

    25, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 5,440, $2,500
    26, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5,434, $2,640
    27, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,433, $2,300
    28, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 5,413, $2,200
    29, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 5,401, $2,100
    30, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,398, $2,000
    31, Juhani Tonteri, Finland, 5,392, $1,900
    32, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,390, $1,850
    33, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 5,389, $1,800
    34, Blaine Weninger, Grapevine, Texas, 5,375, $1,750
    35, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,373, $1,700
    36, Jack Laffey, Indianapolis, 5,372, $1,650
    37, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,371, $1,600
    38, Patrick Girard, Canada, 5,369, $1,580
    39, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 5,364, $1,555
    41, Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 5,358, $1,540
    42, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,357, $1,530
    43, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 5,349, $1,520
    44, Alex Aguiar, Dartmouth, Mass., 5,348, $1,510
    45, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 5,345, $1,500
    46, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,342, $1,490
    47, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 5,335, $1,480
    48, Robert Klann, San Antonio, Texas, 5,330, $1,470
    49, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,329, $1,460
    50, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 5,326, $1,450
    51, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 5,325, $1,440
    52, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 5,313, $1,430
    53, (tie) Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., and Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,306, $1,415
    55, Joshua McBride, Wichita, Kan., 5,297, $1,395
    55, Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., 5,297, $1,395
    57, Stuart Williams, England, 5,294, $1,380
    58, Raymond Eddy III, Saginaw, Mich., 5,291, $1,370
    59, Santiago Mejia, Colombia, 5,288, $1,360
    60, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5,286, $1,350
    61, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 5,284, $1,340
    62, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 5,281, $1,330
    63, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 5,278, $1,320
    64, Kevin Maurice, Canada, 5,269, $1,310
    65, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,262, $1,300
    66, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,255, $1,290
    67, Joseph Hostetler, Minerva, Ohio, 5,249, $1,280
    68, Josh Blanchard, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 5,247, $1,270
    69, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 5,245, $1,260
    70, Ernest Lukacs Jr., Manville, N.J., 5,237, $1,250
    71, Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 5,236, $1,240
    72, P.J. Sonday, Luzerne, Pa., 5,233, $1,230
    73, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5,225, $1,220
    74, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 5,224, $1,210
    75, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 5,223, $1,200
    76, Rocio Restrepo, Colombia, 5,220, $1,190
    77, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 5,219, $1,180
    78, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 5,218, $1,170
    79, Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 5,215, $1,160
    80, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 5,213, $1,150
    81, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 5,201, $1,140
    82, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 5,200, $1,130
    83, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,199, $1,120
    84, Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., 5,198, $1,110
    85, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 5,191, $1,100
    86, James Roberts, Richmond, Va., 5,175, $1,090
    87, Bryson Rogers, Durham, N.C., 5,174, $1,080
    88, Charles Anderson, Sloatsburg, N.Y., 5,167, $1,070
    89, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 5,160, $1,060
    90, Jeremy Boyer, Desloge, Mo., 5,142, $1,050
    91, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 5,111, $1,040
    92, Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio, 5,103, $1,030
    93, Greg Stahora, West Hazelton, Pa., 5,096, $1,020
    94, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 4,986, $1,010
    95, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 4,352, $1,000