Amleto Monacelli, PWBA’s Pajak and Kovalova among U.S. Open Qualifiers

by Aaron Smith, USBC Communications 0

WICHITA, Kan. – The field at the 2018 U.S. Open now is complete with the conclusion of a pre-tournament qualifier held Wednesday at Northrock Lanes.

Total pinfall for eight games determined the 28 competitors joining the main field, bringing the total to 144 bowlers. A total of 116 players already had earned direct entry into the 2018 U.S. Open based on their on-lane performances in 2017.

Matt Ogle of Louisville, Kentucky, paced the 73-player field Wednesday, finishing with a 1,784 total, a 223 average.

Ogle was followed in the standings by United States Bowling Congress and Professional Bowlers Association Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela (1,755), Tim Foy Jr. of Seaford, Delaware (1,746), Kamron Doyle of Brentwood, Tennessee (1,743), and Roger Petrin of Taylor, Michigan (1,729).

Ukraine’s Daria Kovalova, who was a collegiate standout at Wichita State, earned the final spot in the main field, finishing in 28th with a 1,624 total, a 203 average. Kovalova's fellow PWBA Tour competitor, Daria Pajak, also advanced with a ninth-place finish.

Ogle was able to get out to a quick start at Northrock Lanes, firing games of 248, 254 and 232 to put himself in a great position to advance. He hasn’t been bowling as much leading into the U.S. Open, but some time on the lanes prior to his trip to Wichita helped bolster his confidence.

“After the strong start, I was able to relax a little bit and cruise along,” Ogle said. “I really just wanted to feel confident with my spare shooting, and I’m glad it worked out. I haven’t been bowling as much, since I’ve been running a business back home, but I bowled a tournament Sunday and had a good practice Monday, so I felt ready.”

Ogle and his fellow competitors will have the opportunity to practice on the four different oil patterns being used for the 2018 U.S. Open on Thursday during the official practice sessions.

The 34-year-old two-hander looks forward to learning as much as he can to prepare for Friday’s opening round of qualifying, which starts at 9 a.m. Eastern. He’s happy with where his physical game is at after Wednesday’s block but knows where his main focus will be in order to continue strong during the rest of the event.

All squads will be contested on a fresh oil pattern in 2018, and players will compete on three different conditions during the first three rounds of qualifying. The fourth oil pattern will be introduced starting with Monday’s cashers’ round and be used for the remainder of the tournament.

“I’m going to try and collect as much knowledge as I can tomorrow,” Ogle said. “I hope to figure out which balls will work best for each pattern, and I just have to stay positive, confident and have fun. My physical game feels pretty good after today’s eight games, but I know my spare game will have to be on point.”

Qualifying will consist of three eight-game blocks over three days. After 24 games, the field will be cut to the top 36 players for the cashers’ round, which will include an additional eight games to determine the 24 players for round-robin match play.

Match play will begin Monday at 6 p.m. Eastern with the first of three eight-game rounds. Match play resumes Tuesday at 11 a.m. Eastern with the final two blocks, including a position round. The five finalists will be determined by total pinfall, including bonus pins, for 56 games.

The stepladder finals will take place Oct. 31 and air live on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. Eastern, awarding the champion the $30,000 top prize and coveted green jacket.

The U.S. Open is the fourth and final major championship on the 2018 PBA Tour schedule and is conducted jointly by the USBC and Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America.

Each round of the 2018 U.S. Open leading up to the stepladder finals will be broadcast live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame on FloBowling.

For more information on the U.S. Open, visit BOWL.com/USOpen.

2018 U.S. Open
At Northrock Lanes, Wichita, Kan.

PRE-TOURNAMENT QUALIFIER
(eight games)

1, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 1,784. 2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 1,755. 3, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 1,746. 4, Kamron Doyle, Brentwood, Tenn., 1,743. 5, Roger Petrin, Taylor, Mich., 1,729. 6, n-Joseph Grondin, San Pedro, Calif., 1,724.
7(tie), n-James Hall, Daphne, Ala., and n-Brent Boho, Colgate, Wis., 1,712. 9, w-Daria Pajak, Poland, 1,705. 10, n-Duane Kilts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1,703. 11, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 1,693. 12, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,689.
13, n-Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,687. 14, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,686. 15, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,670. 16, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,660. 17, Mitch Hupe, Canada, 1,659. 18, n-Patrick Hanrahan, Wichita, Kan., 1,655.
19, Brett Cooper, Denver, 1,644. 20, n-Kevin Fanter, Maize, Kan., 1,641. 21(tie), Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, and Alex George, Wichita, Kan., 1,639. 23, Austin Boulds, Creal Springs, Ill., 1,637. 24, n-Spencer Robarge, Springfield, Mo., 1,631.
25, n-Joshua Roca, Wichita, Kan., 1,630. 26(tie), John Furey, Howell, N.J., and n-Jacob Kersten, Wichita, Kan, 1,625. 28, w-Daria Kovalova, Wichita, Kan., 1,624.

DID NOT ADVANCE

29, n-Justin Crumley, Wichita, Kan., 1,622. 30, Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,621. 31, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,617. 32, n-Jerod Hromek, Towanda, Kan., 1,577. 33, Zach Doty, Campbellsville, Ky., 1,576. 34(tie), n-Colton Ruscetti, Wichita, Kan., and Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,575.
36, n-Gabe Alvarez, Wichita, Kan., 1,568. 37, Christopher Tuholski, Troutdale, Ore., 1,563. 38, n-Jake Provenzano, Wichita, Kan., 1,561. 39, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,556. 40, n-Luke Rosdahl, Topeka, Kan., 1,549. 41, Stephen Hahn, Sterling, Va., 1,543.
42, n-w-Pamela Alvarez, Mexico, 1,539. 43, n-Danny Bradley, Shawnee, Kan., 1,537. 44(tie), Andrew Warren, Plano, Texas, and n-w-Summer Jasmin, Beckley, W.Va., 1,536. 46, Bryant Ezell, Fayetteville, Ark., 1,534. 47, n-Jamel Gunther, Wichita, Kan., 1,530.
48(tie), Kenny Calkins, Des Moines, Iowa, and n-Sydney Brummett, Wichita, Kan., 1,528. 50, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 1,524. 51, Dylan Burns, Garden City, Kan., 1,523. 52, Dakota Vostry, Chicago, 1,518. 53, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,514.
54, Daniel Ronnback, Sweden, 1,513. 55, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 1,508. 56, n-Derek Lewis, Wichita, Kan., 1,502. 57, Keven Williams, Springfield, Mo., 1,495. 58, Jason Miller, Plano, Ill., 1,487. 59, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 1,479.
60, n-Chance Rivera, Kansas City, Mo., 1,469. 61, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 1,459. 62, n-Michael Lane, Independence, Mo., 1,447. 63, n-Kyle Duster, Wichita, Kan., 1,442. 64, n-William Leisher, Laurel, Md., 1,423. 65, n-Megan Knisley, Kansas City, Mo., 1,421.
66, n-Andy Sykes, Wichita, Kan., 1,418. 67, n-Ashton Bigger, Topeka, Kan., 1,412. 68, James Sitters, Australia, 1,403. 69, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 1,398. 70, n-Timothy Lindsey, Derby, Kan., 1,346. 71, Beau Peterson, Newton, Kan., 1,330.
72, n-Anthony Stewart, St. Paul, Minn., 1,300. 73, Trevor Besel, Maricopa, Ariz., 1,234.

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