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Wrap-up of Wednesday's Masters qualifying

Bluemound Bowl, Bowling, Miller Park, My-Sugar-Na, PBA Tour, They Came to Bowl, USBC Masters

I apologize for not posting an update after the second block on Wednesday.  Our internet server at work went down.  I then had dinner plans, and when I got home I was informed by My-Sugar-Na that we were part of Time Warner's service outage.  Not only was there no internet, but there was this little matter of the World Series going on.  Service hadn't been restored at home before I went to bed, but it is all better now at work, so let's see if I can sneak in a full post (and still keep my job).

Names of note in the Top 121.  All of these players have made the cut and will bowl five additional games on Thursday morning.  After this morning's session, the field will be cut to the 63 players with the top 15-game total.....

  • 1st - Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis. (Had the fourth 300 game of the tournament on Wednesday)  237.6 average
  • 3rd - Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas (Had the thrid 300 game of the tournament on Wednesday)  234.3 average
  • 5th - Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich. (Won the first PBA event of the season - the Dydo Cup in Japan)  230.7 average
  • 7th - Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif. (Bowled 300 game on TV in November, 2006)  228.4 average
  • 8th - Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. (Made the 2006 Masters finals at State Fair Park Expo)  226.4 average
  • 9th - Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis. (League teammate and PBA Exempt player)  226.0 average
  • 11th - Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y. (Made the 2006 Masters finals at State Fair Park Expo)  224.2 average
  • 13th - Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis. (Had the first 300 game of the tournament on Tuesday)  223.9 average
  • 21st - Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. (PBA superstar holds the record for PBA titles)  220.3 average
  • 23rd - Aaron Jones, Chicago (Had the second 300 game of the tournament on Tuesday)  219.4 average
  • 24th - Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas (Highest female qualifier after ten games)  219.0 average
  • 32nd - Scott Helm, Hartford, Wis.  216.6 average
  • 42nd - Tim Janz, Beaver Dam, Wis. 213.5 average
  • 50th - Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. (Made the 2005 Masters finals at the US Cellular Arena)  212.6 average
  • 54th - Chad Maas, Brookfield, Wis. (Who beat me on the All-Star Bowling TV show in 2002)  212.1 average
  • 57th - Danny Wiseman, Baltimore (Won the 2004 Masters at Miller Park)  212.0 average
  • 76th - Ken Muscato, Canandaigua, N.Y. (Amateur player who made the 2005 Masters finals at the US Cellular Arena)  210.1 average
  • 81st - Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla. (Made the 2004 Masters finals at Miller Park)  209.5 average
  • 84th - Ross Strand, Green Bay, Wis. (Once bowled in my league on Friday's at Bluemound Bowl)  209.3 average
  • 86th - Ben Hoefs, West Bend, Wis. (Did a great job drilling a new ball for me in August)  209.2 average
  • 92nd - Ralph Hibbard, Jr., Mukwonago, Wis. (Son-in-law of the last ABC Executive Director Darold Dobs)  208.3 average
  • 96th - Ryan Yanel, Kenosha, Wis.  208.1 average
  • 98th - Joe Alivo, Milwaukee, Wis.  208.0 average
  • 117th - George Lambert IV, Wichita, Kan. (Amateur player who made the 2006 Masters finals at State Fair Expo)  206.7 average

By reviewing the entire Masters qualifying results - especially comparing them to the first day's standings - it is clear that the professionals were able to gain ground, while the locals faded.  Much of that can be attributed to each player's mental game. 

As I mentioned in my blog yesterday, I watched a game in which Walter Ray Williams struggled, and he had put it together within two games and threw a 270.  A similar situation with Norm Duke... he bowled horribly (for him) for three games, and is now 50th out of 480 bowlers.  Conversely, amateurs can score at will... sometimes, but usually slide back to their level.  An amateur can have a couple of big games early, but when the lanes change or they hit a bad pair, the wheels can come off.  Amateurs also aren't mentally trained to grind it out for the long haul.  Sometimes if they (and I am included in this) start hot and cool down, panic can set in and logical decisions go out the window.  If they never start out hot, they can think its over after a few games and put it into cruise control on the way to a 170 average for ten games.  Knowledge of the various equipment and lane patters is important, but it is my opinion that the mental game is what separates the top pros from the top amateurs.

Professionals are used to long formats.  Amateurs are used to three game league formats.  Therefore over the course of ten or fifteen games, expect the top pros to advance to the match play round this evening.

Also, Doug Schmidt will again be signing copies of his book They Came to Bowl:  How Milwaukee Became America's Tenpin Capital this evening from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.  Every person that purchases a book will be let into watch the match play at no charge.

I hope to make another post after the field has been cut to 63.

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