Three tournaments remain as PBA tour winds down
(Courtesy of Professional Bowlers Association)
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - With three tournaments remaining on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour regular-season schedule, the battle for 40 exempt spots to compete during the 2009-10 season is becoming intense.
As the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour heads for Norwich Bowling and Entertainment Center in Norwich, Conn., for next week�s Go RVing Match Play Championship, the points "cut" to earn an exemption for 2009-10 was 38th place on the points list because there are three players below the cut line who also have earned exemptions. Mike Wolfe, who ranks 43rd, won the Ultimate Scoring Championship in November. Doug Kent and Michael Haugen Jr. are exempt based upon their victories in the 2007 Denny�s PBA World Championship and PBA Tournament of Champions, respectively.
Eight additional players earned exemptions based upon their finishes in the PBA Regional Players Invitational in Reno, Nev., in January. Because John Nolen of Waterford, Mich., won both the RPI and the Masters, the spot he earned in the RPI will be returned to the pool of spots to be awarded in the PBA Tour Trials later this spring.
One additional spot will be awarded to the non-exempt player who earns the most points by competing in the season-long Tour Qualifying Rounds. The player leading that competition with three events to go - the Go RVing Match Play Championship; the Long Island Classic, March 25-29 in West Babylon, N.Y.; and the 66th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open, March 29-April 5, in North Brunswick, N.J. - is Troy Wollenbecker of Miami, Fla.
2008-09 LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR POINTS LIST As of Sunday, March 8 1,
x-Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 199,856 2, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 198,345 3, x-Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 192,240 4, x-Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 166,741 5, x-Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 164,324 6, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 160,920 7, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 156,043 8, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 155,440 9, x-Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 152,705 10, Michael Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 152,239 11, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 148,565 12, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 142,539 13, x-Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 141,231 14, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 138,196 15, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 135,350 16, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 128,969 17, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 125,797 18, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 123,613 19, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 117,552 20, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 107,094 21, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 105,438 22, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 103,711 23, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 101,488 24, x-Rhino Page, Topeka, Kan., 99,648 25, Edward VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 98,166 26, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 95,372 27, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 93,110 28, Ronnie Russell, Indianapolis, 91,729 29, x-Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 90,294 30, x-Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 89,954 31, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 88,050 32, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 84,838 33, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 84,457 34, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 84,371 35, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 80,733 36, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 80,666 37, x-John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 80,638
03/11 09:54:12 ET