Four-time Professional Bowlers Association Tour titlist Dom Barrett of England averaged 227.6 Wednesday at FireLake Bowling Center to capture the top qualifying berth for Saturday’s stepladder finals in the PBA Badger Open.
Barrett completed qualifying with a 2,732 12-game pinfall total on the 52-foot Badger lane condition, bowling games of 192, 222, 234, 225, 237 and 234 in Wednesday’s final round.
“It feels good to get here because I haven’t been bowling well,” Barrett said. “I think I over-bowled the past few months and it has taken its toll. I took the month of April off to fix some bad habits and get in better shape and the work seems to be paying off.
“In the first two events (of the Summer Swing) I’ve been bowling good but not great but I just decided to put my head down after the first round today and went for the lead.”
Barrett topped three-time Tour winner Rhino Page of Orlando, Fla., who qualified second 14-pins behind with a 2,718 pinfall total. Two-time Tour titlist Ronnie Russell of Marion, Ind., who won last year’s Summer Swing Bear Open, qualified third with a 2,709 pinfall total.
The PBA Tour’s all-time titles leader, Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Oxford, Fla., qualified fourth with a 2,680 pinfall. The Hall of Famer will try to end a five-year drought without a win to extend his record to 48 titles. His 47th title came in the 2010 United States Bowling Congress Masters.
“This feels awesome,” said Williams after making it into the top five for the finals. “I’ve been struggling so much that I had second thoughts about even coming to the Summer Swing. I didn’t bowl well in the Wolf and Bear Opens but thought maybe I can make something work on the Badger pattern and just grinded it out to get here.”
Making the last qualifying spot was Shawn Maldonado of Houston, who is one of a few players on Tour who uses the unique two-handed delivery. Trying for his first PBA Tour title, he finished qualifying with a 2,675 pinfall.
The Badger Open is the third of five events that comprise the 2015 Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Summer Swing. All five events (Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Opens plus the Grand Casino Resort King of the Swing) will be televised by CBS Sports Network and will air on successive Tuesday nights beginning May 26. The Badger Open, will be taped Saturday at 5:15 p.m. CT at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center and will air June 9 at 9 p.m. ET.
With the completion of the Badger Open first round earlier in the day, the 18 spots were determined for the PBA Oklahoma Open match play rounds on Thursday. Three six-game match play rounds will be conducted at 10 a.m., 2 and 6:30 p.m. on each of the Summer Swing lane conditions (Wolf, Bear and Badger) at FireLake with the top five after match play advancing to the stepladder finals Sunday at noon at the Grand Event Center.
The top five heading into Oklahoma Open match play were Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,142; Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,112; Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 4,093; Russell, 4,026, and Barrett, 4,022.
Thursday’s Oklahoma Open match play rounds will be covered live on PBA’s online bowling channel, Xtra Frame. To subscribe to Xtra Frame, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link.
PBA BADGER OPEN
FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Wednesday
Final Qualifying Standings (after 12 games; top five advanced to stepladder finals Saturday at Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center)
1, Dom Barrett, England, 2,732.
2, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 2,718.
3, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,709.
4, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2,680.
5, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,675.
6, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,674, $2,000.
7, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 2,663, $1,800.
8, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 2,647, $1,600.
9, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,644, $1,400.
10, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,598, $1,300.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,594, $1,200.
12, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,579, $1,100.
13, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,561, $1,000.
14, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,545, $900.
15, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 2,533, $800.
16, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,520, $700.
17, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,487, $600.
18, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,480, $500.
Failed to advance after six games:
19, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,321.
20, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,318.
20, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 1,318.
22, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 1,311.
23, (tie)Thomas Larsen, Denmark, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,298.
26, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,295.
27, (tie) Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., and Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,293.
29, (tie) J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., and a-A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,290.
31, (tie) Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,285.
33, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 1,279.
34, (tie) John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, and John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 1,278.
36, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,276.
37, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,275.
38, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 1,270.
39, Stuart Williams, England, 1,269.
40, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,268.
41, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,261.
42, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,260.
43, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,258.
44, Robert Smith, Ventura, Calif., 1,257.
45, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 1,256.
46, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,252.
47, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,248.
48, Clint Land, Houston, 1,245.
49, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,244.
50, (tie) Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 1,242.
52, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, and John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,236.
54, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,233.
55, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,232.
56, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,229.
57, Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., 1,227.
58, Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., 1,226.
59, (tie) Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, and Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,224.
61, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,223.
62, (tie) Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, and Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 1,219.
64, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,218.
65, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 1,215.
66, Dale Coleman, High Springs, Fla., 1,211.
67, (tie) Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 1,206.
69, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,204.
70, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 1,203.
71, (tie) Miguel Lopez, Wichita, Kan., and Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,202.
73, (tie) Brett Cooper, Denver, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,201.
75, Dan Buchman, Maple Shade, N.J., 1,197.
76, (tie) Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., and Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 1,196.
78, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 1,191.
79, (tie) Arturo Quintero, Mexico, and Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,190.
81, Christopher Colella, Templeton, Mass, 1,188.
82, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 1,186.
83, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,185.
84, Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, 1,178.
85, a-Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 1,170.
86, Dirk Gibson, Little Rock, Ark., 1,168.
87, Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,167.
88, (tie) Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 1,165, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., and Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,165.
91, (tie) Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,161.
93, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,154.
94, Corey Bottos, Houston, 1,143.
95, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 1,140.
96, Chris Skillings, Shawnee, Okla., 1,139.
97, Ronnie Sparks Jr., Ecorse, Mich., 1,134.
98, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 1,133.
99, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 1,131.
100, Robert McBride, Dallas, 1,129.
101, Kenneth Bland Jr., Chibolo, Texas, 1,122.
102, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 1,121.
103, (tie) Justin Morris, McLoud, Okla., and Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,120.
105, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,111.
106, Michael DeVore II, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 1,105.
107, a-Bryant Ezell, Fayetteville, Ark., 1,090.
108, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 1,088.
109, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,084.
110, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,082.
111, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,077.
112, (tie) Cory Gilbert, Dickson, Tenn., and a-Perry Hall Jr., Oklahoma City, 1,074.
114, a-Floyd Speck, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,069.
115, Daniel Hochstein, Farmington Hills, Mich., 1,068.
116, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 1,063.
117, Matt Bollhalter, Niceville, Fla., 1,057.
118, Nicholas Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 1,034.
119, Sheldon Oliver, Oklahom City, Okla., 1,028.
120, Zachary Dwyer, Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., 1,003.
PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN
(Top 18 after 18 games advanced to Thursday’s round-robin match play; top five after match play advance to stepladder finals Sunday at Grand Event Center)
1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,142.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,112.
3, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 4,093.
4, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,026.
5, Dom Barrett, England, 4,022.
6, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,013.
7, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 4,002.
8, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,981.
9, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,979.
10, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,976.
11, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,975.
12, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 3,970.
13, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,950.
14, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3,923.
15, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,917.
16, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., and Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 3,916.
*18, (tie) Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., and J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 3,909.
*-Raymond defeated Page in one-game roll-off 224-148 to advance to match play