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Bowling News USA - March 11, 2011 Wiseman, Shafer, Belmonte Advance at the Dick Weber Playoffs...

Baltimore’s Danny Wiseman, after taking a year away from competition to care for his ailing mother, bowled a pair of 300 games Friday afternoon to pace the 24 surviving players advancing into Friday night’s Round Five of the Dick Weber PBA Playoffs at Woodland Bowl.

Wiseman, a 12-time Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour champion, averaged a near-record 267.17 for his six-game round, posting a 1,603 pinfall total to lead the West/Northwest Region. The PBA six-game record is 1,635. Wiseman is trying for his first title since the 2007-08 PBA Tour season.

The only other perfect game bowled during Round Four was by 47-time PBA Tour champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., who advanced in the Central Region. Williams, at age 51, is trying to extend his PBA record for most consecutive years with a title to 18. The Dick Weber PBA Playoffs is the final event of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season.

The PBA Playoffs is six tournaments-in-one, featuring six groups of players bowling elimination rounds within their respective regions. And like the NCAA basketball brackets, upsets have been a big part of the inaugural event.

In Round Four, 2011 U.S. Open Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., became the third PBA Hall of Famer eliminated during Friday’s action. Duke finished sixth in the South Region, missing the cut to the top four by 24 pins. Among the Tour’s top six points leaders for 2010-11 who were seeded into the Regions for Round Four, only Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., failed to advance. Rash finished fifth in the East Region.

The other five points leaders remained alive. Mika Koivuniemi of Hartland, Mich., was fourth in the Central; Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., was third in the South; Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., was second in the East; Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, was second in the West/Northwest and Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., was first in the Midwest.

In Round Three earlier Friday, where the top five of eight advanced, bowlers eliminated included Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., who had been the top qualifier in both previous rounds in the East Region, and Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who finished eighth in the Southwest Region after leading Round One and finishing fifth in Round Two. PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. and Tom Baker of King, N.C. (South Region), and 2011 Bayer USBC Masters champion Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa (Midwest Region) also failed to survive Round Three.

After Friday night’s six-game Round Five, the top three out of four in each Region will advance to two Regional Championship and one Conference Championship television shows. The television rounds will be contested at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, March 27, at 2:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 3, at 1 p.m. Eastern, and Sunday, April 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern, respectively.

The six Conference Champions will return to Indianapolis on Sunday, April 17, for the final live telecast of the 2010-11 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour season. ESPN will air the finals at 1 p.m. Eastern. First prize in the event is $50,000.

Friday night’s final elimination round will be covered live on Xtra Frame, pba.com’s exclusive online video streaming service. To subscribe, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame logo.

All rounds are fully delayed on special brackets posted on pba.com.

DICK WEBER PBA PLAYOFFS
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Friday

ROUND FOUR (after 6 games, top 4 per region advance to Round Five Friday night):

East Region
1, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 1,395.
2, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,391.
3, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 1,370.
4, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,340.
Did not advance:
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,299, $2,500.
6, Jeffrey Voght, Canojaharie, N.Y., 1,225, $2,500.

South Region
1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,467.

2, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,418.
3, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 1,414.
4, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,362.
Did not advance:
5, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 1,355, $2,500.
6, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,338, $2,500.

Central Region
1, Dan MacLelland, Saginaw, Mich., 1,523.
2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 1,410.
3, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,396.
4, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,384.
Did not advance:
5, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 1,257, $2,500.
6, Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich., 1,234, $2,500.
300 game – Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Midwest Region
1, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 1,492.
2, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 1,377.
3, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 1,365.

4, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 1,311.
Did not advance:
5, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 1,304, $2,500.
6, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,271, $2,500.

Southwest Region
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,471.

2, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,312.
3, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,307.
4, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 1,302.
Did not advance:
5, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 1,301, $2,500.
6, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 1,237, $2,500.

West/Northwest Region
1, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 1,603.

2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,471.
3, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,459.
4, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,447.
Did not advance:
5, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 1,404, $2,500.
6, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,220, $2,500.
300 games – Danny Wiseman (2).

(courtesy: pba.com)


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