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      January 17, 2003:

-Walter Ray Williams Jr. And Tommy Jones Are Top Second-Round ABC Masters Qualifiers

01/17/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      RENO, Nev. - One of bowling's all-time greats and another bowler who some day hopes to be in that category, hold the top two qualifying spots after second-round qualifying for the 53rd American Bowling Congress Masters at the National Bowling Stadium.

      Five-time Bowler of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. retained the qualifying lead he held with fellow pro Mike Edwards after Wednesday's first round. Williams shot 1,183 for five games in Thursday's round to give him the lead with a 2,334 10-game total. He had games of 277, 248, 234, 232 and 192.

      "I'm taking one shot at a time," said the 35-time PBA champion. "I've yet to have a really good Masters--maybe this will be the year."

      Just 24 pins behind Williams is 25-year-old pro Tommy Jones of Greenville, S.C. The 2002 PBA Rookie of the Year finished Thursday's competition with a 2,310 10-game total. He shot 1,185 on Thursday with games of 237, 254, 235, 223 and 226.

      In his second year as a pro, his best finish on tour was third in Las Vegas last February.

      "Winning rookie of the year was a goal that I wanted to achieve and I was able to do it," Jones said. "My next goal is to win a tournament and it would be great to do it here."

      The top 135 bowlers from the 539-player qualifying field will advance to the final five-game qualifying round Friday morning that determines the top 63 players who will join Masters defending champion Brett Wolfe in double elimination match play.

      There was a four-way tie for the 135th spot between David Ade, Carmichael, Calif., Anthony Buss, Watertown, Wis., Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla. and 1990 Masters champion Chris Warren, University Place, Wash. They will compete in a one-game roll-off Friday morning at 9 a.m.

      As a major on the PBA Tour, the 2003 Masters is the richest in history with a $385,000 prize fund and $100,000 going to the winner. Match play will continue through Saturday to determine the four finalists for Sunday's live ESPN-televised finals at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.

Masters Qualifying
Top 135 after second round
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,334
Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 2,310
Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,237
Steve Wilson, Margate, Fla., 2,231
Roberto Silva, Mexico, 2,184
David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 2,183
Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2,182
Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 2,175
Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,171
Patrick Healey Jr., Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2,168
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,158
Chris Barnes, Flowermound, Texas, 2,150
Mike Rose, Rochester, N.Y., 2,150
Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 2,132
Jason Williams, Vashon Island, Wash., 2,131
Vernon Peterson, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 2,125
Andrew Cain, Tempe, Ariz., 2,123
Brian Boghosian, Feeding Hills, Mass., 2,122
Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,121
Jouni Helminen, Finland, 2,121
Tom Smallwood, Flushing, Mich., 2,120
Tony Reyes, Cupertino, Calif., 2,119
Curt Aemisegger, Mundelein, Ill., 2,113
Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,113
D.J. Archer, Amarillo, Texas, 2,112
Michael Haugen Jr., Victorville, Calif., 2,112
Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,111
Tim Mack, Garfield, N.J., 2,108
Doug Wilcox, Sacramento, Calif., 2,103
Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,102
Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 2,098
Larry Laub, Reno, Nev., 2,098
Jim Tomek, Camp Hill, Pa., 2,098
      34. Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, 2,097
	Brian Waliczek, Frankenmuth, Mich., 2,097
      36. Chris Collins, Fayetteville, N.C., 2,095
      37. John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 2,090
      38. Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla., 2,089
            Bobby Belmont, Dunedin, Fla., 2,089
            Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., 2,089
      41. Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,085
      42. James Roberts, Lewisville, Texas, 2,073
            Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,073
      44. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2,071
    45. Derwin Pitre, Brigham City, Utah, 2,070
          Curly Small, Jackson, Miss., 2,070
    47. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,067
    48. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,065
    49. Ranae Janssen, Sioux Falls, S.D., 2,064
    50. Ricky Kilgore, Los Angeles, Calif., 2,062
    51. Robert Worall, Prescott, Ariz., 2,061
    52. Ryan Smith, Asheboro, N.C., 2,060
    53. Eddie Byrd, St. Louis, 2,059
    54. Bill Webb, Enfield, Conn., 2,058
    55. John Benedetta, Henderson, Nev., 2,055
          Brian Hayes, Lakewood, Colo., 2,055
    57. Derrick Woods, Houston, 2,054
          Randy Weiss, Irmo, S.C., 2,054
    59. Steve Hoskins, Tarpin Springs, Fla., 2,053
    60. Aric Alcaraz, Dallas, 2,052
    61. Travis Crittendon, Grand Rapids, Mich., 2,051
          Keith DeMaine, E. Windsor, Conn., 2,051
          David Atwood, Sparks, Nev., 2,051
          Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,051
     65. Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 2,050
           Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y., 2,050
           Vince Wood, Moreno Valley, Calif., 2,050
     68. Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,049
           Joey Transue, Newport, R.I., 2,049
     70. Pierre Thiffeault, Fesno, Calif., 2,047
           Mike Mullin, New City, N.Y., 2,047
     72. Michael Fagen, Greenlawn, N.Y., 2,044
     73. Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., 2,042
           Claude Godin, Canada, 2,042
     75. Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 2,041
     76. Russ Nikolas, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,039
     77. Stephan Frazzetto, E. Northport, N.Y., 2,038
     78. Jonathan VanHees, Newport, R.I., 2,037
           Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 2,037
     80. Christopher Sand, Chesterfield, Mich., 2,036
           Jason Queen, Dreana, Ill., 2,036
           Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 2,036
     83. Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,032
     84. Dennis Bailey, Vancouver, Wash., 2,030
     85. Jim Moran, Henderson, Nev., 2,029
     86. Steve Patterson, Orange, Ala., 2,026
     87. Justin Hromek, Towanda, Kan., 2,025
     88. Mike Shoemaker, Conroe, Texas, 2,024
           Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 2,024
    90. George Palumbo, Henderson, Nev., 2,023
    91. Chris Jones, Bloomington, Ind., 2,020
          Mike Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 2,020
    93. Wayne Webb, Las Vegas, 2,019
    94. Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,018
    95. Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 2,016
    96. Jess Stayrook, San Diego, 2,015
          Jerry Keilly, Littleton, Colo., 2,015
    98. Ed Shuler, Las Vegas, 2,014
    99. Erik Bates, Lynnwood, Wash., 2,011
  100. Mike Karch, Edgewood, Wash. 2,010
          Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,010
          Rudy Kasimakis, Gouldsboro, Pa., 2,010
  103. Trey Batson, Beaumont, Texas, 2,009
          Kevin Mitchell, Tulsa, Okla., 2,009
  105. Richard Westberg, Billings, Mont., 2008
  106. Robert Jakel, Lockport, Ill., 2,006
          Tony Lambert, Louisville, Ky., 2,006
          Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 2,006
  109. Andres Lopez III, Belleville, N.J., 2,005
          Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 2,005
  111. Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,004
  112. Jim Emens, Rochester, N.Y., 2,003
  113. Mark Peters, Orange Park, Fla., 2,002
          Nick Vogelgesang, Cincinnati, 2,002
          Robby Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,002
  116. Arthur Fink Jr., Altoona, Pa., 2,001
          Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 2,001
  118. Joseph Yockman, Kapolei, Hawaii, 2,000
          Tommy Delutz, Flushing, N.Y., 2,000
          David Traber, Woodstock, Ill., 2,000
  121. Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 1,999
          Dave Arnold, Reno, Nev., 1,999
          Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 1,999
  124. Chris Alderucci, Port Jefferson, N.Y., 1,998
  125. Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 1,997
  126. Hugh Miller, Seattle, Wash., 1,996
  127. Jeff Piroozshad, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1995
  128. Scott Norton, Sandy, Utah, 1,992
          Joe Petrowski, E. Syracuse, N.Y., 1,992
          Dino Castillo, Arlington, Texas, 1,992
  131. Len Blakey, Tacoma, Wash., 1,989
  132. Art Ramirez, Hemet, Calif., 1,987
          Craig Huggins, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,987
  134. Shawn Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 1,986
  135. Dave Ade, Carmichael, Calif., 1,985
         Chris Warren, University Place, Wash., 1,985
         Tony Buss, Watertown, Wis., 1,985
         Kent Wagner, Palmetto, Fla., 1,985



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