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Bowling News USA - January 17, 2011 One Million Dollar PBA Tournament of Champions Lifts Off

 

The 46th Professional Bowlers Association Tournament of Champions got underway Sunday afternoon at Red Rock Lanes with the first round of Champions Field qualifying.

The Champions Field will bowl a second seven-game round Monday morning to determine the 50 players who will join the tournament’s Elite Field for the duration of the $1 million event. The Champions Field includes players who have won four or fewer PBA Tour titles or a PBA Regional, PBA Women’s Series, PBA Senior Tour or PBA Senior Regional title.

Among the notable players in the top 50 after seven games is 2009 PBA Mixed Doubles Championship winner and PBA regional titlist Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who was in sixth place. Two other women in contention to advance to the Elite Field were two-time PBA Women’s Series winner Carolyn Dorin-Ballard in 27th and Diandra Asbaty, who won the Bayer Don and Paula Carter Mixed doubles with Brian Voss last season in 37th.

Brian Ziesig, who became the only amateur to win a standard Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour title last season by winning the Mark Roth Plastic Ball Championship, is in 13th.

Finland’s Osku Palermaa, who finished fourth in the PBA World Championship earlier in the day at South Point Lanes, finished the first round in 32nd.

Players who are automatically seeded into the “Elite Field” are: 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour exempt players; any player who was listed among the “50 Greatest Players in PBA History” during the PBA Tour’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2009; any PBA Hall of Famer; any player who has won five or more PBA Tour titles; any player who has won a PBA major title, and winners of the 2010 PBA Senior U.S. Open, USBC Senior Masters, PBA Regional Players Championship and Regional Players Invitational.

The combined Elite Field will begin qualifying on Monday evening. All bowlers will bowl 20 games in four five-game blocks to determine the top 54 who will advance into the Cashers Round.

After two seven-game blocks in the Cashers Round, the top 24 based on 36 total games will advance to a traditional 24 games of round-robin match play. At the conclusion of match play, the top four will advance to the ABC stepladder finals on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 2:30 PM Eastern.

46TH PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, NV, Sunday

Champions Field Qualifying - Round 1

1, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,658.
2, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 1,642. (Storm)
3, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,586. (Storm)

4, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 1,568.
5, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 1,566.
6, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,551.
7, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 1,547.
8, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 1,541.
9, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 1,540.
10, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 1,537.
11, Christopher Collins, Savannah, Ga., 1,532.
12, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,526.
13, Brian Ziesig, Levittown, N.Y., 1,525.
14, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 1,523.
15, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,520.
16, Rick Minier, Houston, 1,516.
17, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,510.
18, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 1,509.
19, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 1,508.
20, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,507.
21, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 1,500.
22, Paul Gibson, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,499.
23, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 1,494.
24, Christopher McSwain, Kings Mountain, N.C., 1,491.
25, Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 1,490.
26, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 1,488.
27, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 1,487.
28, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,484.
29, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 1,481.
30, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 1,480.
31, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,479. (Storm)
32, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,473. (Storm)

33, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 1,472.
34, Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., 1,467. (Storm)
35, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 1,464.
36, Steven Black, Phoenix, 1,462.
37, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,460. (Storm)
38, Corey Atkinson, Montgomery, Texas, 1,459.
39, (tie) Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., and Kurt Gengelbach, Carrollton, Texas, 1,457.
41, (tie) Doug Davidson, Versailles, Ohio, and William Wilson, Anaheim, Calif., 1,452.
43, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 1,445.
44, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 1,443.
45, Josh Chambliss, Charleston, S.C., 1,441.
46, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,438.
47, Mark Heller Jr., Allentown, Pa, 1,437.
48, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,432.
49, Tommy Martin, Arlington, Tenn., 1,431.
50, Andrew Loose, Chicago, 1,428.
51, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,426.
52, Aaron Pawloski, Brentwood, Calif., 1,425.
53, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,423.
54, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 1,422.
55, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 1,420.
56, Larry Richardson, Muscatine, Iowa, 1,419.
57, George Brooks, Loveland, Colo., 1,418.
58, Jeffrey Mersch, Orlando, Fla, 1,416.
59, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore, 1,414.
59, Bryan Alpert, Northridge, Calif., 1,414.
61, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,408.
62, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,403.
63, Brett Spangler, New Castle, Ind., 1,400.
64, Howard Partell, Las Vegas, 1,399.
65, (tie) Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, and Paul Yoder, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,392.
67, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 1,390.
68, Pete Heim, Omaha, Neb., 1,389.
69, Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, 1,386.
70, (tie) Palmer Fallgren, Bradenton, Fla., and Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,382. (Storm)
72, (tie) PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., and Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 1,377.
74, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,365.
75, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,362.
75, Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 1,362.
77, J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., 1,359.
78, Troy Kendrick, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 1,357.
79, Ronnie Horton, Christiansburg, Va., 1,350.
80, John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,345.
81, Randy Shewmake, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1,336.
82, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,332.
83, Terry Miller, York, Pa., 1,330.
84, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 1,317. (Storm)
85, (tie) Ron Winger, Las Vegas, and Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,314.
87, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 1,298.
88, Eric Walker, Evansville, Ind., 1,282.
89, Eddie Kunkle, Daly City, Calif., 1,280.
90, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 1,278.
91, Anthony Liene, Las Vegas, 1,266.
92, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,265.
93, Timothy Banks, Northern Ireland, 1,264.
94, Ryan Yanel, Kenosha, Wis., 1,262.
95, Michael Kruse Jr., Vermillion, S.D., 1,259.
96, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 1,246.
97, David Krol, Nixa, Mo., 1,232.
98, Allen Blansette, Napa, Calif., 1,221.
99, Tim Black, Toledo, Ohio, 1,164.
100, Oliver Mabry, West Bloomfield, Mich., 1,103.

PBA Tournament of Champions

MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM / Champions Squad Qual. Round 2 (7 Games)

CUT TO THE TOP 50% (90 BOWLERS BASED ON 180 ENTRIES).
Drop total pins, top 50% join Elite Field.
RE-OIL
4:00 PM - 7:15 PM / A Squad Qual. Round 1 (5 Games)
7:30 PM - 10:45 PM / B Squad Qual. Round 1 (5 Games)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2011
7:30 AM - 10:45 AM / A Squad Qual. Round 2 (5 Games)
11:00 AM - 2:15 PM / B Squad Qual. Round 2 (5 Games)
Re-Oil
4:00 PM - 7:15 PM / B Squad Qual. Round 3 (5 Games)
7:30 PM - 10:45 PM / A Squad Qual. Round 3 (5 Games)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2011
7:30 AM - 10:45 AM / B Squad Qual. Round 4 (5 Games)
11:00 AM - 2:15 PM / A Squad Qual. Round 4 (5 Games)

Cut to the top 53 (Cashers)
RE-OIL
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM / Casher's Qual. Round 1 (7 Games)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM / Casher's Qual. Round 2 (7 Games)

Cut to the top 24
RE-OIL
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM / Match Play Round 1 (8 Games)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM / Match Play Round 2 (8 Games)
RE-OIL
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM / Match Play Round 3 (8 Games)
Top 4 Players Advance to Live Television Finals

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
11:30 AM (PST) / Live ABC Television Finals
Red Rock Lanes, Las Vegas, Nevada

(courtesy: pba.com)


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