Bowling News USA - February 19, 2014 WRW Jr. Leads Masters After Round 2...Belmo High Staffer Using Zero Gravity...
PBA and USBC Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr. put together a big second round of qualifying to surge into the lead Wednesday at the 2014 USBC Masters.
The two-time Masters champion has a 10-game total of 2,348 (234.8 average) to lead the field of 468 of the best bowlers in the world at Brunswick Zone Carolier. The championship round of the Masters will air live on ESPN on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern.
Williams, 54, the PBA Tour record holder for all-time titles with 47, had a solid opening round Tuesday of 1,143 but improved upon that in Wednesday's second round, scoring 1,205. He had games of 279, 220, 233, 243 and 230.
"I have a lot more confidence now than when I got here this week," said Williams, who won the Masters in 2004 and 2010 is looking to become just the second three-time Masters winner along with Mike Aulby. "But there's a long ways to go in this format. I've got a good shot to make match play now, but nothing is a given."
Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia and Cameron Weier of Federal Way, Wash., are tied for second with 2,301. Dom Barrett of England is fourth with 2,294, while two-time Masters winner Doug Kent of Newark, N.Y., rounds out the top five with 2,262.
Roto Grip's Kyle King of Glendale, Ariz., fired the first 300 game of the 2014 Masters in the second round and sits in 46th place with 2,136.
Storm National Tour Representative Del Ballard Jr., reports that Belmonte used the new Zero Gravity in Round 2. Kent used an IQ Tour and IQ Tour Fusion. Storm veteran Brian Himmler, in tenth place, used an IQ Tour Fusion and Roto Grip Asylum. Andres Gomez, 14th, used a Hy-Road.
All competitors will bowl 15 games of qualifying over three days before the field is cut to the top 63 plus Belmonte for the double-elimination match-play bracket starting Friday.
The top five players at the conclusion of the bracket competition will compete in the live two-hour championship round on ESPN.
The Masters, which features a first-place prize of $50,000, is a major event on the PBA Tour and is part of the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Bowling Tour for the fourth consecutive season.
All qualifying and match play rounds of the Masters are being covered live on Xtra Frame, the PBA's online bowling channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com.
For more information on the Masters, including live scoring, visit BOWL.com/Masters.
2014 USBC MASTERS
At Brunswick Zone Carolier, North Brunswick, N.J.
QUALIFYING - ROUND 2
1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,348.
2, Cameron Weier, Federal Way, Wash., 2,301.
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,301.
4, Dom Barrett, England, 2,294.
5, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 2,262.
6, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 2,243.
7, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 2,240.
8, John Szczerbinski, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,236.
9, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 2,235.
10, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2,222.
11, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,211.
12, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,210.
13, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 2,208.
14, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,204.
14, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,204.
16, John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 2,198.
17, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,192.
18, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,186.
19, Jason Howard, Baltimore, 2,184.
19, Syuichi Heki, Japan, 2,184.
21, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,181.
22, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 2,179.
23, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2,177.
24, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,175.
25, Yuya Katoh, Japan, 2,171.
26, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,168.
27, Alex Aguiar, N. Dartmouth, Mass., 2,166.
28, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,162.
29, Kevin Doler, Columbus, Ga., 2,160.
29, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,160.
31, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,159.
32, Jonathan Wilbur, North Clarendon, Vt., 2,157.
33, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 2,156.
33, Curt Dupre IV, Destrehan, La., 2,156.
35, Zachary Wilkins, Canada, 2,151.
35, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,151.
37, Andrew Suscreba, Clifton, N.J., 2,150.
38, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,149.
38, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,149.
40, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,145.
41, Allen Rice II, Phenix City, Ala., 2,142.
42, Stephen Haas, Enola, Pa., 2,141.
43, Adam Chase, West Babylon, N.Y., 2,140.
44, Matt White, Warren, Pa., 2,139.
44, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,139.
46, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 2,136.
47, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,135.
48, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 2,132.
48, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,132.
50, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,130.
51, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 2,129.
52, Jason Lower, Scappoose, Ore., 2,128.
52, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 2,128.
54, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 2,126.
55, TJ Trout, Pottsville, Pa, 2,125.
55, Matt Russo, Millstone Township, N.J., 2,125.
55, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 2,125.
58, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,124.
59, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,122.
59, Reydnier Chavez, Venezuela, 2,122.
59, Alan Runkel, Cincinnati, 2,122.
59, Stephen Pavlinko Jr., Sewell, N.J., 2,122.
63, Matthew Farber, Plainview, N.Y., 2,121.
64, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 2,119.
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