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Bowling News USA - May 24, 2013 2013 PBA Summer Swing Update - Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open

Nine-year Professional Bowlers Association veteran Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, averaged 250 over 10 games of qualifying Thursday at AMF West to lead the field of 24 players who advanced to Friday’s match play finals in the Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open.

The Wolf Open, bowled on a 32-foot oiling pattern – the shortest ever in the PBA’s collection of “animal” lane conditioning patterns – is the second of four events that compose the GEICO PBA Summer Swing presented by Lucas Oil.

Michael Haugen Jr., is leading the Storm/Roto Grip staffers in eighth place. Hall of Famer Pete Weber is 11th.

"The lanes are tighter than they were in the practice session," said Storm PBA Tour Representative Del Ballard Jr. "It has allowed our guys to go to stronger balls."

"All of our balls are in play," said Roto Grip Marketing Manager Chris Schlemer. "The lanes are playing tighter than expected for a 32-foot pattern.

In his nine-season career on Tour, Loschetter has yet to win a title, but he has finished second four times and had his best title shot of the 2012-13 season on another short oiling pattern in the Alka Seltzer Cheetah Championship where he finished fourth during the World Series of Bowling in November.

On Thursday, Loschetter jumped into the lead in the five-game morning round and added games of 248, 268, 214, 259 and 238 in the evening session for a 10-game total of 2,508 pins, finishing 41 pins ahead of PBA Tour rookie E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind. Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., qualified third with 2,454 pins followed by a pair of left-handers, Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., at 2,445, and Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., with a 2,392 total.

After struggling on the longest oiling pattern in PBA history, the 52-foot Lucas Oil Badger Open pattern, earlier in the week at AMF Waukesha, Loschetter was looking forward to attacking the Wolf.

“I really felt positive coming into this tournament,” Loschetter said. “I generally get a much better ball reaction on the shorter patterns and struggle a little bit on the longer ones.

“Coming into this tournament I admit I was a little rusty, but this is a good confidence-builder. I’m getting sharper with every game so hopefully I’m going in the right direction for the rest of the tournament.”

Tackett, 20, is a two-time Junior Team USA member who joined under the pro tour under the organization’s PBA24 low-cost membership program for aspiring young players. The former Indiana Purdue-Ft. Wayne student converted to full-time membership prior to the Detroit Winter Swing. His best finish in professional competition was 20th place in the 2011 U.S. Open in North Brunswick, N.J.

“I’m not surprised I’ve done so well this week,” Tackett said. “I’ve always bowled well on the shorter patterns in Junior Gold tournaments and such. I was a little worried about this pattern only being 32 feet long, but after practice, I thought I’d be all right.”

The short Wolf pattern proved to be a significant challenge for some of the PBA Tour’s most prominent power players, however. Missing the cut to match play finalists were Player of the Year contenders Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill., who finished qualifying in 54th place and Australia’s Jason Belmonte, who finished 69th in the 90-player field.

Following Thursday’s Wolf Open match play rounds, the GEICO PBA Summer Swing moves to AMF Bowlero in nearby Wauwatosa for the Lucas Oil Bear Open, the final qualifying leg leading into the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open May 29-30, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events.

After 20 of the 30 animal pattern qualifying games, O'Neill led the Milwaukee Open qualifiers with a 4,821 total, 111 pins ahead of Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill.

Stepladder finals for all four tournaments, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.

AMF West, Milwaukee, Wis., May 23

FINAL QUALIFYING STANDINGS (after 10 games, top 24 advance to round robin match play Friday at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.) 


1. Chris  Loschetter, Avon, Oh., 2508

2, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,467. 
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,454. 
4, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,445. 
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,392. 
6, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,371. 
6, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 2,371. 
8, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,367. 
9, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,353. 
10, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,347. 
11 (tie), Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., and Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,340. 
13, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,339. 
14, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 2,327. 
15, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,308. 
16, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,304. 
17, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 2,299. 
18, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,273. 
19, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 2,266. 
20, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,262. 
21, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2,254. 
22, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,251. 
23, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,249. 
24, Kenneth Kempf, Appleton, Wis., 2,244.

Failed to advance: 
25, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 2,238, $600. 
26, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,233. 
26, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,233. 
28, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,231. 
29, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,228. 
30, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,219. 
31, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 2,209. 
32, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 2,204. 
33, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,197. 
34, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 2,194. 
35, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 2,186. 
36, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,179. 
37, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,164. 
38 (tie), Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., and Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 2,148. 
40, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2,146. 
41, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 2,145. 
42, Missy Parkin, Laguna Hills, Calif., 2,139. 
43, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,119. 
44, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,113. 
45, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 2,110. 
46, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,099. 
47, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 2,089. 
48, Brian Traber, Waterford, Wis., 2,088. 
49, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,073. 
50, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 2,072. 
51, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,060. 
52, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,055. 
53, James Knoblauch, Waukesa, Wis., 2,054. 
54, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,047. 
55, Darren Andretta, New Hyde Park, N.Y., 2,043. 
56 (tie), Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., and David Labinski, Milwaukee, 2,037. 
58, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,035. 
59 (tie), Dom Barrett, England, and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,016. 
61, Greg Thomas, Oak Creek, Wis., 2,015. 
62, Paul Moor, England, 2,005. 
63, Brian Gunn, Chicago, 2,004. 
64, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 1,998. 
65 (tie), Dale Renken, St. Jacob, Ill., and Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,990. 
67, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,972. 
68, Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 1,965. 
69, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 1,959. 
70, Matt Beyer, Manawa, Wis., 1,950. 
71, T.P. Peterson, Evergreen Park, Ill., 1,939. 
72, Gary Exner Jr., Racine, Wis., 1,926. 
73, Scott Radtke, Milwaukee, 1,894. 
74, Chris Cundiff, Lake Station, Ind., 1,892. 
75, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 1,885. 
76, Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 1,867. 
77, Andrew DeCaluwe, Mt. Prospect, Ill., 1,860. 
78, Rob Lange, Waukesha, Wis., 1,847. 
79, Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 1,836. 
80, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 1,835. 
81, Christopher Glaz, Elmwood Park, Ill, 1,810. 
82, Kenneth Bland Jr., Lorton, Va., 1,785. 
83, Justin Bychkowski, Fairfield, Conn., 1,780. 
84, Ralleigh Grandberry III, Maryland Hts., Mo., 1,708. 
85, Van McNeil, West Allis, Wis., 1,706. 
86, Jonathan Russell, Rockwood, Tenn., 1,651. 
87, Lindell Woolard, Tallahassee, Fla., 1,629. 
88, Brandon Gronwoldt, LeRoy, Minn., 1,624. 
89, Mike Larson, Menomonee Falls, Wis., 800. 
90, Mo Collins, Oxford, Mich., 760.

300 Games: E.J. Tackett, Chris Barnes.


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