Haugen Earns Top Berth in Scorpion Championship; Barrett Paces PBA World Championship Field

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

Three-time Professional Bowlers Association titlist Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix jumped from sixth to first in the final game Tuesday night to capture the top berth in the PBA Scorpion Championship in the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling Tuesday at South Point Bowling Center.

Michael Haugen
Michael Haugen

Haugen, who entered the final qualifying round in 13th place, fired games of 203, 255, 223, 234, 226, 216 and 247 to finish the Scorpion event with a 14-game total of 3,213 pins and a four-pin lead over Scott Newell of Daytona, Florida. Sweden’s Martin Larsen qualified third with 3,206 pins and Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa, qualified fourth at 3,205 – one pin ahead of Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, South Carolina and four pins ahead of first-round leader B.J. Moore III of Apex, North Carolina.

Newell and Hess have each won one PBA Tour title. Larsen will be trying for his first when the finals are conducted Saturday in the new South Point Bowling Plaza. The finals will air on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. ET.

“That was a little too exciting, but I don’t do anything the easy way,” Haugen said. “I was losing my ball reaction a bit. I drilled a new ball for the night round, but it was slipping away. I knew I had to either make better shots or change balls, so I changed balls again and went with it.”

Haugen said an open frame in the seventh almost ended his hopes, “but I threw the last five strikes and the other guys waited for me. Go figure.”

The first round of the Scorpion Championship earlier Tuesday was the fourth and final qualifying event to determine the 24 match play finalists for the PBA World Championship. The match play finals include eight-game rounds Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursday at 2 p.m. England’s Dom Barrett was top qualifier for the World Championship with a 6,430 pinfall total, three pins ahead of Ronnie Russell of Marion, Indiana, and 14 ahead of Moore. Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Oregon, captured the 24th spot by two pins over Newell.

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PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP
South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Tuesday

FINAL QUALIFYING STANDINGS (after 14 games; top 4 advance to ESPN finals Saturday, Nov. 1)
1, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 3,213.
2, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,209.
3, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 3,206.
4, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,205.
5, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,204, $4,000.
6, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 3,201, $3,500.
7, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,198, $3,000.
8, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 3,192, $2,500.
9, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,170, $2,200.
10, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 3,168, $2,000.
11, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 3,156, $1,800.
12, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,150, $1,700.
13, Patrick Girard, Canada, 3,131, $1,650.
14, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3,124, $1,600.
15, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 3,119, $1,550.
16, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,092, $1,500.
17, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,067, $1,450.
18, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 3,011, $1,400.
19, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 3,010, $1,350.
20, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 2,996, $1,300.
21, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 2,994, $1,275.
22, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,962, $1,250.
23, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 2,947, $1,225.
24, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 2,916, $1,200.

Other Cashers (after 7 games):
25, Santiago Mejia, Colombia, 1,560, $800.
26, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 1,558, $770.
27, Dom Barrett, England, 1,555, $750.
28, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,554, $740.
29, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 1,552, $730.
30, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,545, $720.
31, Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 1,544, $710.
32, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,542, $700.

300 Game: Manuel Otalora.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL QUALIFYING STANDINGS

(Top 24 after 28 combined games in Cheetah, Viper, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships advance to PBA World Championship round-robin match play Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., and Thursday at 2 p.m. PT)

1, Dom Barrett, England, 6,430.
2, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,427.
3, B.J. Moore III, Apex, N.C., 6,416.
4, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,401.
5, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 6,380.
6, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,365.
7, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 6,347.
8, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6,336.
9, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 6,333.
10, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6,330.
11, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 6,327.
12, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6,314.
13, Stuart Williams, England, 6,308.
14, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 6,290.
15, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,272.
16, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 6,255.
17, Shuichi Heki, Japan, 6,251.
18, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 6,250.
19, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif., 6,247.
20, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 6,241.
21, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Chatsworth, Calif., 6,232.
22, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,229.
23, Mike Fagan, Ft. Worth, Texas, 6,219.
24, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 6,212.
Other Cashers (after 28 games):

25, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 6,210, $2,400.
26, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 6,201, $2,350.
27, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 6,190, $2,300.
28, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 6,189, $2,250.
29, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,182, $2,200.
30, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 6,181, $2,150.
31, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 6,176, $2,100.
32, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 6,175, $2,050.
33, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 6,166, $2,000.
34, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 6,165, $1,950.
35, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 6,160, $2,000.
36, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 6,159, $1,850.
37, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,147, $1,800.
38, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6,138, $1,750.
39, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 6,134, $1,700.
40 (tie), Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., and Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6,131, $1,625.
42 (tie), Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., and David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 6,130, $1,545.
44 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6,129, $1,485.
46, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 6,118, $1,440.
47, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,117, $1,510.
48, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6,116, $1,390.
49 (tie), Andres Gomez, Colombia, and D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 6,115, $1,360.
51, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 6,103, $1,330.
52, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 6,102, $1,310.
53 (tie), Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., and Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 6,088, $1,280.
55, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 6,085, $1,250.
56, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 6,082, $1,230.
57, Jim Pratt, Glendale, Ariz., 6,076, $1,210.
58, Mattias Olsson, Sweden, 6,068, $1,190.
59, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,062, $1,170.
60 (tie), Aaron Lorincz, Saginaw, Mich., and Robert Andersson, Sweden, 6,059, $575.

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