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Bowling News USA - January 26, 2012 Malott Leads The Staffers as Matchplay Begins at the Masters...

 Rick Steelsmith of Wichita, Kan., earned high-qualifier honors Thursday after 15 games at the 2012 Alka Seltzer Plus Liquid Gels United States Bowling Congress Masters. 

The 1987 Masters champion finished qualifying with 3,505, an average of 233.6, and will face defending champion and Storm staffer Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, in the opening round of the double-elimination match-play bracket at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center. 

Steelsmith, who earned $1,000 for being the top qualifier, finished 76 pins ahead of Roto Grip's Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas. Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, finished third with 3,424. 

The top 63 players from the final qualifying standings advanced to match play. Two-time champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala, Fla., earned the final spot with 3,148, an average of 209.8. 

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 and stay alive heading into Friday's match-play rounds.

 The week began with 305 of the best players in the world vying for a piece of the $250,000 prize fund. The Masters will conclude Sunday with the nationally televised stepladder finals at 12:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN.

2012 USBC MASTERS 
At Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center, Henderson, Nev., Thursday's Results 
QUALIFYING - ROUND 3 (15 games)
 

1, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,505. 
2, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,429. (Roto Grip Staff)
3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,424. 
4, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,382. (Storm Staff)
4, D.J. Archer, Port Arthur, Texas, 3,382. 
6, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,376. 
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,376. 
8, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,375. (Storm Staff)
9, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 3,372. 
9, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 3,372. 
11, Alex Aguiar, N. Dartmouth, Mass., 3,361. (Storm Staff)
12, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,354. 
13, Stuart Williams, England, 3,344. 
14, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 3,335. (Storm Staff)
15, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,313. 
16, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,311. 
17, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 3,300. 
18, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,293. (Storm Staff)
18, Steven Badovinac, Parker, Colo., 3,293. 
20, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,286. 
20, Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 3,286. 
22, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 3,279. 
23, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,276. 
24, Eric Espinda, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,271. 
25, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 3,265. 
26, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3,257. 
27, Keith Odette, Waipahu, Hawaii, 3,254. (Storm Staff)
28, PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 3,253. 
29, Matt McNiel, Chanhassen, Minn., 3,252. 
30, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 3,249. 
31, Siu Hong Wu, Hong Kong, 3,246. 
32, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,241. 
33, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,237. (Storm Staff)
34, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 3,222. 
35, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,219. 
35, Shigeo Saito, Japan, 3,219. 
37, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,213. (Storm Staff)
38, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 3,210. 
39, Paul Ashby, Middleburg Hts., Ohio, 3,206. 
40, Steven McCracken, Parker, Colo., 3,203. 
41, Mike Danielson, Portland, Ore., 3,192. 
42, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,189. 
43, Robert Gotchall, Lincoln, Neb., 3,188. 
44, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,187. (Roto Grip Staff)
45, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,184. 
46, Bill Crane III, Mishawaka, Ind., 3,180. 
47, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 3,179. (Storm Staff)
47, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,179. 
49, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3,175. 
50, Mathew Jones, Phoenix, 3,174. 
50, Jason Duran, Arvada, Colo., 3,174. (Storm Staff)
52, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,171. 
53, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,169. 
54, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,166. 
55, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,165. 
56, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 3,163. 
57, Vernon Peterson, Lake Wales, Fla., 3,162. 
58, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 3,157. 
59, Kyle Barnes, Smyrna, Tenn., 3,154. 
60, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,149. 
60, John Slavich IV, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,149. 
60, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,149. 
63, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,148. 

64. Tom Hess., Urbandale, IA., (Storm Staff)


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