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Bowling News USA - May 21, 2013 Andres Gomez Tops Storm/Roto Grip Staffers at Lucas Oil PBA Badger Open

Former Junior Team USA member Jake Peters, a second-year Professional Bowlers Association member from Decatur, Ill., overtook reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash in the final game Monday to take the qualifying lead in the PBA Badger Open at AMF Waukesha.

Peters, who has yet to win a PBA title at any level, averaged 241.1 for 10 qualifying games Monday, finishing with a 2,411 total and a 19-pin lead over Rash on a new 52-foot Badger lane conditioning pattern, the longest application of oil the PBA has used in years.

Andres Gomez lead the Storm/Roto Grip staffers (6th - 2231) followed by Mike Fagan (7th - 2318).

"We have several balls that are matching up well," said Roto Grip Marketing Manager Chris Schlemer. "Matchplay should be interesting. New pattern, wood lanes, 52 feet of oil. Tuesday will be fun."

The Badger Open is the first of four tournaments in the GEICO PBA Summer Swing that is being held at three Milwaukee area bowling centers. It also is the first PBA Tour event being contested in a bowling center with natural wood lanes in several years.

Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., started the day with 21 consecutive strikes and held the first round lead. He finished the day in third place with 2,367 pins followed by Anthony LaCaze of Melrose Park, Ill., at 2,363 and non-pro Aaron Lorincz of Belleville, Mich., with a 2,339 total.

The top 24 qualifiers advanced to Tuesday’s 16 games of round robin match play. The top five players after Tuesday’s 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. match play rounds will advance to the stepladder finals on Saturday, Jan. 1, at AMF Bowlero in nearby Wauwatosa.

Following Tuesday’s Badger Open match play rounds, the GEICO PBA Summer Swing moves to AMF West in Milwaukee for the Wolf Open May 22-24. The Bear Open is next, May 26-28 at AMF Bowlero, followed by the Milwaukee Open May 29-30, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the three animal pattern events.

Stepladder finals for all four tournaments, plus the GEICO Summer King of the Swing special event, will be taped over two days by the CBS Sports Network June 1-2 at Bowlero for airing on five consecutive Tuesdays at 7 p.m. ET beginning June 11.

The GEICO Summer King of the Swing will include the four Summer Swing event champions plus the next highest points leader who hasn’t won a title. Those five will compete in a $25,000 stepladder final for a $10,000 first prize, concluding the summer series on June 2.


AMF Waukesha, Waukesha, Wis., Tuesday

 Final Qualifying Standings (after 10 games; top 24 advance to round robin match play Tuesday)

1, Jake Peters, Decatur, Ill., 2,411. 
2, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,392. 
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,367, $100. 
4, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 2,363. 
5, Aaron Lorincz, Belleville, Mich., 2,339. 
6, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,331. 
7, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 2,318. 
8, Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,314, $100. 
9, Mike Dole, Loves Park, Ill., 2,308. 
10, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,307, $100. 
11, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,296. 
12, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2,272. 
13, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,271. 
14, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,262. 
15, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 2,252. 
16, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,251. 
17, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,247. 
18 (tie), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., and Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,242. 
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,237. 
21, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,234. 
22, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,232. 
23, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,227. 
24, Jon VanHees, Charlestown, R.I., 2,224.


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