Page Leads ToC Field into Match Play

by Gianmarc Manzione 0

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PBA League: Quarter Finals - DetroitLeft-hander Rhino Page of Dade City, Fla., trying for his first Professional Bowlers Association title in five years, led a field of 24 finalists into the match play portion of the 50th anniversary Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions Thursday at Woodland Bowl.

Page, the 2008 PBA Rookie of the Year, averaged 246.5 through 24 games of qualifying for a total of 5,916 pins and a 78-pin lead over 50-year-old Mike Scroggins of Amarillo, Texas. During Thursday’s final eight-game qualifying round, Page rolled games of 243, 256, 232, 260, 246, 232, 235 and 228 in pursuit of his first title since the 2009 Viper Championship in Allen Park, Mich.

Scroggins, who will make his debut as a rookie on the PBA50 Tour later in the year after celebrating his 50th birthday on March 12, is an eight-time PBA Tour titlist including two majors (2005 USBC Masters and 2009 U.S. Open). He hasn’t won since the 2010 Don Johnson Eliminator.

Scroggins finished with 5,838 pins. Rounding out the top five heading into the first round of match play Thursday evening were Scott Norton of Mission Viejo, Calif., with 5,828 pins; Patrick Allen of Wesley Chapel, Fla., at 5,778, and Canadian Dan MacLelland in fifth with a 5,772, five pins ahead of defending TOC winner Jason Belmonte of Australia.

Also advancing to match play in 13th place was Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., the only woman who has ever qualified for two PBA television finals. Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., who won the 2010 Tournament of Champions, is the only woman ever to win a PBA Tour title. Kulick made a run at the top 24, but dropped back to finish 34th.

Three eight-match rounds of match play are scheduled for at 5 p.m., and Friday at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The top five players after 48 games will have a chance to win the $50,000 first prize and the second major title of the 2015 season Sunday at 1 p.m. ET, live on ESPN.

All match play rounds are covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel. For subscription information, visit pba.com and click on the Xtra Frame link. Free live scoring throughout the event also is available on pba.com.

50TH ANNIVERSARY BARBASOL PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 12

Third Round Standings (after 24 games; top 24 advance to round-robin match play)

1, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 5,916.
2, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 5,838.
3, Scott Norton, Mission Viejo, Calif., 5,828.
4, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 5,778.
5, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 5,772.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,767.
7, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 5,752.
8, Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 5,748.
9, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 5,724.
10, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,710.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 5,692.
12, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 5,684.
13, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, New York, 5,672.
14, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 5,638.
15, Mike Fagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 5,630.
16, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,629.
17, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 5,584.
18, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,564.
19, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,563.
20, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 5,560.
21, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 5,553.
21, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 5,553.
23, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,545.
24, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 5,544.

Did not advance

25 (tie), Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Osku Palermaa, Finland, 5,537, $1,950.
27, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,536, $1,800.
28, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,512, $1,700.
29, Paul Moor, England, 5,504.
30, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,495.
31, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,493.
32, Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., 5,491.
33, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 5,488.
34, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 5,483.
35, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 5,478.
36 (tie), Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., and Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 5,453.
38, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 5,451.
39, Tom Daugherty, Tampa, Fla., 5,450.
40, Stuart Williams, England, 5,436.
41, Nathan Bohr, Austin, Texas, 5,432.
42, Dave Wodka, Columbus, Ohio, 5,430.
43, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5,426.
44, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,423.
45, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5,417.
46, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 5,404.
47, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 5,403.
48 (tie), T.J. Schmidt, Mishawaka, Ind., and Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,402.
50, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 5,387.
51, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 5,384.
52, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, Ariz., 5,383.
53, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 5,355.
54, Bob Learn Jr, Erie, Pa., 5,344.
55, Dennis Horan Jr., Oakley, Calif., 5,338.
56, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 5,332.
57, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 5,327.
58, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 5,326.
59, Andrew Graff, Las Vegas, 5,321.
60, Brett Spangler, Niles, Ohio, 5,317.
61, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,305.
62, Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo., 5,303.
63, John Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 5,287.
64, Robert Smith, Ventura, Calif., 5,282.
64 (tie), Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 5,282.
66, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,279.
67, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 5,260.
68, Brian Voss, Centennial, Colo., 5,247.
69, Toby Contreras, Lee's Summit, Mo., 5,241.
70, Blake Demore, Springfield, Mo., 5,237.
71, Mike DeVaney, Winchester, Calif. , 5,233.
72, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 5,225.
73, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 5,224.
74, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 5,217.
75, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,216.
76, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 5,209.
77, Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 5,208.
78, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,204.
79 (tie), Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 5,189.
79, Chris Hartung, Goshen, Ind., 5,189.
81, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 5,164.
82, Lennie Boresch Jr, Kenosha, Wis., 5,163.
83, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 5,162.
84, George Branham III, Indianapolis, 5,160.
85, Brian LeClair, Albany, N.Y., 5,152.
86, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 5,148.
87, Chad Lusche, Arvada, Colo., 5,133.
88, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 5,103.
89, Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 5,073.
90, B.J. Moore II, Apex, N.C., 5,056.
91, John Furey, Freehold, N.J., 5,037.
92, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 5,033.
93, Dean Billings, Rootstown, Ohio, 5,026.
94, J.T. "Action" Jackson, Sherman Oaks, Calif., 5,020.
95, Matthew O'Grady, Matawan, N.J., 5,015.
96, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 4,979.
97, Chris Spoo, Boyton Beach, Fla., 4,978.
98, Brian Nicodemus, Akron, Ind., 4,959.
99, Frank Gallo Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., 4,952.
100, Lee Vanderhoef, Rising Sun, Md., 4,948.
101, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 4,942.
102, Gary Faulkner, Norfolk, Va., 4,925.
103, Larry Verble, Mason, Mich., 4,894.
104, Stephen Nowicki, Rochester, N.Y., 4,848.
105, Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 4,847.
106, Kevin Vostry, Bolingbrook, Ill., 4,765.
107, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 4,672.
108, Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., 4,611.
109, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., withdrew.
110, Tom Sorce, Richmond, Va., withdrew.
111, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., withdrew.
112, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., withdrew.
113, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., withdrew.

300 Games (6): Chris Barnes, Anthony LaCaze, Sean Rash, Stuart Williams, Dennis Horan Jr., Steven Arehart.

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