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Bowling News USA - January 22, 2013 2 For The Show! D.J. Archer, Andres Gomez Will Represent Storm Nation at Salvino Classic ESPN Finals...


2013 PBA Tour Winter Swing Blog by Louie Wemett

Day 2, Tuesday January 22nd - Carmen Salvino Classic, Dateline Detroit, MI

What a day/night at Thunderbowl. Eight games of qualifying and then nine games of matchplay at the 2013 PBA Tour Winter Swing - Carmen Salvino Classic.

It only took four games of qualifying on the 40 foot pattern in the morning, before it blew apart and forced many bowlers to stand in front of the ball returns on the right lane. The bowlers who scored well were feeding it into the friction at the right time. Storm and Roto Grip were well represented in the Round of 16, as eight players were armed with Utah equipment and made the cut. Pretty impressive to say the least.

Storm star Pete Weber was our guy I watched the most and the Hall of Famer really threw it good. He started the day with the new Roto Grip Defiant Soul and began matchplay with a Storm Marvel Pearl. Nobody rolls it as pure as Pete when he's on and it was evident early in the morning that he had a good look. He looked fresh all day and his equipment was reading the lanes properly.

Free agent D.J. Archer led the qualifying with a Victory Road Solid and also used a IQ Tour Pearl/ Frantic throughout the day. He cruised thru matchplay and averaged 246 for 17 games. Very impressive. D.J. was talking to Schlem quite a bit in matchplay and commented afterwards how his ball choices were spot on.

The players were bowling for only two spots on the show, due to the new PBA League.

Storm's Andres Gomez qualified eighth and made a mad run for the show Tuesday night with two Hy-Roads. He was 24 pins out of second place going into the final game and had to bowl Sean Rash. Andres opened with a spare and pured three shots before striking with a  'jersey squasher' in the fifth frame. Rash had two opens early and Andres struck all the way to the tenth to lock up the 30 bonus pins. He still had to get around Tom Smallwood, who was in second place with one game to go.

Andres is great at getting the ball off his hand really soft. In matchplay, he was feathering it thru the front but still had a strong reaction thru the pins. That kind of touch along with a Hy-Road is pure bowling magic.

Archer had the show locked up and was bowling Smallwood in the final game of matchplay. The Texan had switched to a shined up Victory Road Solid the final game. Smallwood, who hails from Michigan, had trouble striking and Andres went right around him to seal the deal for Storm. Two guys on the show.

Schlem and I watched Andres and D.J.'s final game and things couldn't have turned out any better. Two bowlers using Storm equipment on the show means a Storm win is a lock. It was a great way to start the week.

We do it all again tomorrow at the Mark Roth Classic.



Archer to Meet Defending Champ Gomez for Salvino Classic Title; O’Neill’s Philadelphia Hitmen Pace PBA League Qualifying by Bill Vint 


 ALLEN PARK, Mich. – D.J. Archer of Friendswood, Texas, will bowl defending champion Andres Gomez of Colombia in his quest for his first Professional Bowlers Association Tour title in the Carmen Salvino Classic finals Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes.

Archer, a 32-year-old former West Texas A&M collegiate star, assured himself of his highest finish in a PBA Tour event when he led the field in the match play finals of the Salvino Classic Tuesday night, posting a 5-1-3 match play record and a 17-game total of 4,381 pins, 76 ahead of Gomez. Gomez, who started match play in eighth place, won his only PBA Tour title in the 2012 Carmen Salvino Classic in Las Vegas.

Earlier Tuesday, in the opening event of the multi-tournament PBA Detroit Winter Swing, Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., helped his Philadelphia Hitmen team earn the top qualifying position in the inaugural round of PBA League competition.

The Detroit Winter Swing features a unique PBA competition, with the field of 135 players competing for individual titles while eight teams of five players each also are using their qualifying scores to help their teams qualify in PBA League competition.

Archer averaged 246.24 for 17 games Tuesday to earn the top qualifying position in the Salvino Classic finals. His previous best PBA Tour finish was fourth place in the 2004 United States Bowling Congress Masters in his only prior PBA television appearance.

“It’s kind of a monkey off my back, but it’s been so long since my first TV show, I’m just very excited,” Archer said. “Hopefully the outcome will be a lot better than it was before.

“With only two people making a show, the odds are kind of like winning the lottery. It’s something I’ve been working toward. I’d like to win. I absolutely never gave up the dream.

“I’ll keep bowling until it’s no fun anymore,” he added. “I love the game, I love the challenges, I love to compete, so adding a win would be excellent.”

The Salvino Classic title match will conclude the ESPN telecast that will include the Salvino PBA League stepladder finals. The finals will be conducted Saturday at Thunderbowl at noon ET for delayed telecast on ESPN on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. ET.

During Tuesday’s afternoon qualifying round, O’Neill led his balanced five-player Philadelphia Hitmen team – owned by actor/comedian Kevin Hart) – into the top position for the PBA League stepladder finals that will precede the Salvino Classic championship match Saturday. The Hitmen finished with a combined total of 9,094 pins to earn the top berth by 123 pins over the Motown Muscle, owned by Detroit native and former Pittsburgh Steelers star Jerome Bettis. Billie Jean King’s New York City WTT KingPins clinched the No. 3 berth in the stepladder finals. The other five teams will bowl a one-ball “Clash Match” eliminator round to determine the fourth berth in the stepladder finals.

O’Neill, who posted an eight-game total of 1,915 pins, got help from Hitmen teammates Mika Koivuniemi (1,817), Chris Loschetter (1,797), Mike DeVaney (1,845) and Dick Allen (1,720).

“It was way different than bowling other PBA events,” O’Neill said. “I bowled a couple of pairs away from (Hitmen teammates Mike) DeVaney and (Dick) Allen, so I was kind of watching them. We’re bowling against each other for the Salvino title, but I’m still cheering for them. We want to win the team thing. That would be awesome.”

The Salvino Classic finals and PBA League stepladder matches will be contested on Saturday at noon ET at Thunderbowl.

The Detroit Winter Swing continues Wednesday at Thunderbowl Lanes with qualifying and match play rounds in the Mark Roth Classic along with the second day of PBA League competition.

All preliminary rounds of Winter Swing competition are being covered live, exclusively on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit and click on the Xtra Frame link.



Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Jan. 22

Final Match Play Standings (after 17 games, including match play bonus pins; top two advance to championship match) 

1, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 5-1-3, 4,381. (Using Storm)
2, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 6-2-1, 4,305. (Storm)

Other Match Play Cashers: 
3, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5-3-1, 4,240, $6,000. 
4, Mike DeVaney, Hemet, Calif., 6-2-1, 4,213, $4,500.  (Using Storm)
5, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6-3, 4,173, $4,000. 
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5-4, 4,133, $3,500. 
7, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 5-3-1, 4,110, $3,000. (Storm)
8, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5-4, 4,056, $2,500. (Storm)
9, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 4-4-1, 4,052, $2,200. 
10, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2-4-3, 4,026, $2,000.  (Using Storm)
11, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 3-5-1, 3,957, $1,900. 
12, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5-4, 3,900, $1,800. 
13, Frankie Calca, Elmont, N.Y., 4-5, 3,854, $1,700. (Storm)
14, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2-7, 3,825, $1,600. 
15, Tyler Wilds, Three Rivers, Mich., 2-7, 3,750, $1,550.  (Using Storm)
16, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 1-8, 3,667, $1,500.

Other Cashers (after 8 games): 
17, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 1,817, $1,000. 
18, Mason Brantley, Detroit, 1,808, $950. 
19, Dom Barrett, England, 1,806, $900. 
20, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 1,805, $850. 
21, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,801, $820. 
22, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 1,797, $800. 
23 (tie), Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., and Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 1,796, $785. 
25, Stuart Williams, England, 1,790, $770. 
26, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,789, $760. 
27, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,786, $750. 
28, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 1,784, $740. 
29, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 1,783, $730. 
30, Dave Wodka, Henderson, Nev., 1,782, $720. 
31, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 1,781, $710. 
32, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,779, $700.



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