Bowling on a lane condition he’s not entirely comfortable with, Jake Peters of Henderson, Nev., averaged 235.5 on the 40-foot PBA Bear lane condition to take the early first round lead in PBA Bear Open qualifying Tuesday at the FireLake Bowling Center.
Trying for his second PBA Tour title Peters completed first round qualifying with a 1,413 six-game pinfall total behind games of 257, 234, 232, 248, 197 and 245. He holds 36-pin lead over Patrick Girard of Canada in second with a 1,377 pinfall total.
“I’ve never had good success on the Bear condition, or the Wolf condition for that matter, so naturally I was nervous about bowling on those coming in here,” said Peters, who won the 2013 Summer Swing Badger Open in Milwaukee. “I’ve made a concentrated effort to get ready for these conditions and getting in synch with my equipment choices has been the major part of that.
“It’s paid off so far and I have the feeling that everything’s coming together. I hope the momentum carries into tonight’s round but in reality it’s going to feel like I’m starting over, so there’s a lot of work to do.”
Rounding out the top five after Tuesday’s first squad were two players who carried their momentum over from yesterday’s Wolf Open. Fifteen-time Tour winner Tommy Jones of Simpsonville, S.C., who qualified fifth for this weekend’s Wolf Open stepladder finals finished third with a 1,373 pinfall total and the Wolf Open top qualifier for the finals, 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., was fourth with 1,365. PBA Hall of Famer and 38-time Tour winner Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., was fifth with 1,333.
The remaining half of the field of 120 players will bowl the first round second block beginning at 2 p.m. CT. After all players bowl six games, the top 18 will advance to the Bear Open second round at 7:30 p.m. Total pins for 12 games will then determine the top five who will compete for the Bear Open title Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on the special lane installation at the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Event Center.
The Bear Open is the second of five events that compose 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 on consecutive Tuesday nights beginning with the Wolf Open on May 26 at 8 p.m. ET. The Bear Open finals will air June 2 at 9 p.m. ET.
Oklahoma’s Grand Casino Resort PBA Summer Swing continues with the PBA Badger Open on a long 52-foot lane condition Wednesday. Squad A will bowl six qualifying games at 8 a.m. and Squad B will bowl at 2 p.m. The top 18 players will bowl an additional six-game qualifying round at 7:30 p.m. to determine the Badger Open stepladder finalists.
The first six games in the Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens also will determine the 18 players who will advance to the Oklahoma Open match play rounds. The King of the Swing field will consist of the Wolf, Bear, Badger and Oklahoma Open winners plus the highest player in points without winning one of the four events.
All preliminary rounds of the PBA Wolf, Bear and Badger Opens, plus match play rounds of the Oklahoma Open 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 BEAR OPEN
FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Tuesday
Early first round qualifying results after six games
1, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 1,413.
2, Patrick Girard, Canada, 1,377.
3, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 1,373.
4, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 1,365.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 1,333.
6, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,315.
7, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 1,313.
8, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 1,308.
9, J.R. Raymond, Bay City, Mich., 1,307.
10, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 1,305.
11, Dom Barrett, England, 1,293.
12, John Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 1,292.
13, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,283.
14, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 1,281.
15, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 1,280.
15, D.J. Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 1,280.
17, Todd Book, Russells Point, Ohio, 1,277.
18, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 1,276.
19, Jason Sterner, Covington, Ga., 1,268.
20, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 1,261.
20, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 1,261.
22, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 1,257.
23, Stuart Williams, England, 1,247.
24, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 1,241.
25, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass., 1,240.
26, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 1,238.
27, John Burkett, Southlake, Texas, 1,237.
28, Tim Gillick, Milford, Conn., 1,231.
29, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,227.
30, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 1,226.
31, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 1,223.
32, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 1,216.
33, Brad Miller, St. Charles, Mo., 1,211.
33, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 1,211.
35, Patrick Allen, Mount Kisco, N.Y., 1,207.
36, Dave Wodka, Beavercreek, Ohio, 1,204.
37, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 1,202.
38, Anthony Simonsen, Princeton, Texas, 1,199.
39, Gabriel Yanes, Shertz, Texas, 1,199.
40, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 1,197.
40, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 1,197.
42, a-Perry Hall Jr., Oklahoma City, 1,192.
43, Terrance Bright, Atlanta, 1,184.
44, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 1,161.
45, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 1,148.
46, Lee Vanderhoef, Canton, Ga., 1,144.
47, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 1,133.
48, Tom Daugherty, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 1,133.
49, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 1,132.
50, Julio Cesar Blancas, Mexico, 1,129.
51, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 1,110.
52, Joe Findling, Mesquite, Texas, 1,109.
53, Austin Hunt, Kennewick, Wash., 1,099.
54, Corey Bottos, Houston, 1,095.
55, Mason Edmondson, Amarillo, Texas, 1,093.
56, Kenneth Bland Jr., Chibolo, Texas, 1,071.
57, a-A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 1,061.
58, Nicholas Johnsen, Rosenberg, Texas, 1,053.
59, Sheldon Oliver, Oklahom City, Okla., 1,042.
60, Chris Skillings, Shawnee, Okla., 1,023.