Friday, February 23, 2018

NOTES FROM HONDA LPGA THAILAND

Second-Round Notes and Statistics

Honda LPGA Thailand
Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand
Feb. 23, 2018

LEADERBOARD
1, -16 (128) – Jessica Korda
2, -12 (132) – Brittany Lincicome
3, -11 (133) – Minjee Lee

Transcripts can be found at http://asaptext.com/orgs/lpga/363/

KORDA BREAKS COURSE RECORD, LINCICOME IN SECOND AT HONDA LPGA THAILAND
Jessica Korda, who is making her season debut after offseason jaw surgery, canned a brilliant left-to-right birdie putt over a ridge on hole 15 to move into the lead, which she’ll hold into the weekend. Korda was dynamite in round two with eight birdies and a closing eagle to post a personal best and Siam Country Club course record 10-under, 62 and stands atop the Honda LPGA Thailand at 16-under, which breaks the 36-hole tournament scoring record. She started to pull away from the field with four birdies in a row between holes 13 and 16.

Korda closed with a 29 on the back nine.

“I struggle on this course every year, but this year I have a whole new outlook with everything I’m doing,” explained the 24-year-old Korda. “It’s awesome. I was just trying to give myself a chance. It was pretty cool, a pretty cool round.”

Korda, who has 27 screws holding together her jaw, has dealt with a lot over the last year, but is position to chase her first win on Tour since the 2015 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

“Basically, I had double jaw surgery,” said Korda. “I have a couple screws in my face. I still can’t feel anything. No pain at all on the course, just numb. The headaches are gone.”

Lexi Thompson, who won in Thailand in 2016, made a flurry of birdies during the middle of her second round to stay close to Korda, but received a two-stroke penalty for moving a temporary immovable obstruction on hole 15 and dipped from 12-under to 10-under. She made six birdies during an eight-hole stretch to card a 4-under 68. Meanwhile, Brittany Lincicome, an eight-time winner on Tour, turned in a 7-under 65.to stand in second at 12-under.

“It was great out there, me, Jess (Korda) and Brooke (Henderson) were doing well and feeding off each other,” said Lincicome. “It’s nice to see the ball going straight and the ball going in since it’s only my second event of the year.”

For more of Bret Lasky’s Five Things to Know, visit http://www.lpga.com/news/2018-round-two-five-things-honda-lpga-thailand

NOTABLE AND QUOTABLE
Jessica Korda (128, -16)
“I didn’t know it was happening. I wasn’t really looking at the leaderboard or what I was at on the day, which is usually how these things happen. Honestly, we had fun out there and just let the birdies flow.”

Brittany Lincicome (132, -12)
“It’s fun to see all the circles on the scorecard. I made an eagle today, which is really fun. Actually missed a 3-footer on the first hole for eagle. But, yeah, it was fun. You know, it’s just nice to see the ball going straight and the putts going in. To be the second event of the season, that’s pretty cool.”         

Michelle Wie (135, -9)
“Every week I play I definitely feel more confidence. That’s what I’m trying to do every week, is build up my confidence. I had fun out there, so I feel like that’s when I play my best. Just really trying to go out there and have fun.”

KORDA GOES LOW AGAIN IN ASIA
With a second-round 62 at Siam Country Club Pattaya’s Old Course, Jessica Korda recorded the lowest round of her eight-year LPGA career. Her previous best was a 64, which she returned three times, all during the LPGA’s trips to Asia – the 2016 Honda LPGA Thailand, 2013 Reignwood LPGA Classic and 2012 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

Korda’s 62 is the lowest round in tournament history, besting the nine 63s shot since the tournament began in 2006 and returned most recently by Beatriz Recari in the fourth round of 2015. Her 36-hole score of 16-under 128 is also sets a new tournament mark, breaking the previous record of 130 set by Suzann Pettersen in 2010 and Stacy Lewis in 2015.

YANG CONTINUES THAI SUCCESS
Amy Yang likes Siam Country Club Pattaya’s Old Course. In fact, she REALLY likes it. The 28-year-old from the Republic of Korea is the defending champion and also took the title in 2015. In her nine tournament appearances, she has only once finished outside the top 10. She hasn’t returned a round over par since 2014. In fact, since the 2015 tournament, Yang is an astounding 58-under par.

“I always enjoy playing in Thailand and Siam Country Club,” said Yang, who shot a 3-under 69 on Friday and is tied for eighth after 36 holes. “Always every year really looking forward to coming here.”

QUICK HITS
This is Jessica Korda’s seventh appearance in the Honda LPGA Thailand; her best finish is T3 in 2016

This is Brittany Lincicome’s 10th appearance in the Honda LPGA Thailand; her best finish is 13th in 2017

This is Minjee Lee’s third appearance in the Honda LPGA Thailand; she finished T25 in 2016 and T8 in 2016

BELMONTE TOP QUALIFYING P0SITON

Jason Belmonte to Try for 10th Major Title From
Top Qualifying Position in Barbasol PBA Players Championship Finals
Belmonte and Bill O’Neill also lead field of 14 doubles teams advancing to
Friday’s Roth/Holman Doubles Championship Baker qualifying rounds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 22, 2018) – After earning top qualifier honors for the Barbasol PBA Players Championship stepladder finals Thursday, defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia is just one match win away from capturing a record-tying 10th Professional Bowlers Association major title.

After Thursday’s sixth round, the four-time PBA Player of the Year finished with a 7,337 30-game pinfall total to earn the top qualifying berth for Sunday’s live Players Championship stepladder finals which will be televised by ESPN at 1:30 p.m. ET from Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

A win in the title match would move Belmonte into a tie with Pete Weber and Earl Anthony for most career major victories.

At 34, Belmonte would become the youngest by far to win 10 majors with Anthony winning his 10th major at age 46, and Weber, who won his 10th at age 50.

In the second major of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, Belmonte, a 16-time tour winner whose major titles include the 2011 and 2017 Players Championships, led after every round and set a new average mark for highest qualifying average to make a stepladder final in a major averaging 244.57 for his 30 games.

“Today I was as focused as I could be which enabled me to put my foot on the pedal and continue to throw the best shots I could possibly throw,” Belmonte said. “If I didn’t strike, I wanted to make every spare. I didn’t want to take anything for granted.

“I’m in the best position I can be in to win,” he added. “Now I just need to continue to do the same thing I’ve done all week for one game and hopefully the rest will take care of itself.”
In the PBA Tournament of Champions, Belmonte made a run at his 10th major title but finished fourth in the finals at AMF Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio on Feb. 11.

While Belmonte sits in the coveted top position for the finals, four challengers will be battling for the opportunity to meet him in the championship match.

Qualifying second for the finals and making his second consecutive television appearance after his runner-up finish in last week’s Go Bowling! PBA60 Anniversary Classic, was four-time Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash. Kent finished 278 pins behind Belmonte with a 7,059 pinfall.

Making his first television appearance and qualifying third for the finals was Kris Prather of Milton, Fla., who finished with a 6,995 pinfall for 30 games. Patrick Girard of Canada made his first TV finals appearance in 13 years and third overall to take the fourth qualifying position finishing with a 6,924 pinfall.

Two-time PBA Tour winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., who began the tournament in 93rd after the first round battled all the way back to earn the fifth and final TV finals position with a 6,903 pinfall. The 2009 PBA World Championship winner doubled in the 10th frame of the final game of qualifying to make it into the finals.

The Players Championship qualifying rounds also determined 14 doubles team that will advance to Friday’s Mark Roth/Marshall Holman Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com final two Baker format qualifying rounds. After Friday’s rounds the top five doubles teams will be determined for the taped ESPN telecast that will follow the Players Championship finals at 5 p.m. Fans will also be able to catch the doubles final live on ESPN3.

Belmonte and Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., also dominated the Doubles Championship after six rounds finishing with a combined 14,235 30-game total. The pair will lead the 14 doubles teams that advanced to Friday’s final two Baker format qualifying rounds.

BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Thursday

Sixth Round Standings (after 30 games. Top five players advance to live ESPN stepladder finals Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET)
1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 7,337.
2, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 7,059.
3, Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 6,995.
4, Patrick Girard, Canada, 6,924.
5, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 6,903.

Other cashers
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 6,898, $8,000.
7, Stuart Williams, England, 6,890, $7,000.
8, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 6,875, $6,000.
9, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 6,853, $5,500.
10, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 6,847, $5,000.
11, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 6,833, $4,500.
12, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 6,832, $4,200.
13, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 6,823, $4,000.
14, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 6,793, $3,600.
15, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6,791, $3,400.
16, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 6,783, $3,200.
17, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 6,760, $3,000.
18, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 6,743, $2,800.
19, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 6,737, $2,600.
20, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6,726, $2,400.
21, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 6,719, $2,300.
22, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 6,715, $2,200.
23, Richie Teece, England, 6,709, $2,100.
24, Dom Barrett, England, 6,697, $2,000.
25, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 6,691, $1,900.
26, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 6,690, $1,800.
27, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 6,684, $1,700.
28, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6,672, $1,600.
29, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 6,667, $1,550.
30, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 6,663, $1,500.

Failed to cash
31, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 6,658.
32, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 6,640.
33, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 6,634.
34, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 6,626.
35, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 6,621.
36, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 6,616.
37 (tie), Daniel Fransson, Sweden, and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 6,614.
39, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 6,602.
40, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 6,597.
41, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 6,581.
42, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 6,574.
43, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 6,571.
44, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 6,558.
45 (tie), Andres Gomez, Colombia, and Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 6,535.
47, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 6,511.
48, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 6,510.
49, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 6,509.
50, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 6,508.
51, Rhino Page, Orlando, 6,504.
52, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 6,495.
53, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 6,494.
54, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 6,483.
55 (tie), Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., and Sam Cooley, Australia, 6,482.
57, Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 6,480.
58, David Haynes, Las Vegas, 6,479.
59, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 6,475.
60, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 6,468.
61, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 6,448.
62, Ray Teece, England, 6,439.
63, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 6,435.
64, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 6,433.
65, Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, 6,431.
66, Francois Louw, South Africa, 6,429.
67, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 6,427.
68, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 6,423.
69, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 6,419.
70, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 6,404.
71, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 6,397.
72, Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 6,385.
73, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 6,380.
74, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 6,374.
75 (tie), Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., and Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn., 6,372.
77, Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., 6,361.
78, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 6,349.
79, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 6,333.
80, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 6,307.
81, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 6,288.
82, Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 6,285.
83, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 6,277.
84, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 6,271.
85, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 6,254.
86, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 6,241.
87, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 6,240.
88, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 6,218.
89, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 6,204.
90, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 6,199.
91, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 6,191.
92, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 6,183.
93, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 6,175.
94 (tie), Andrew Cain, Phoenix, and Robert Mushtare, Carthage, N.Y., 6,172.
96, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 6,170.
97, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 6,146.
98, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 6,128.
99, Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 6,105.
100, Napatra Buspanikonkul, Thailand, 6,104.
101, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 6,099.
102, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 6,094.
103, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 6,089.
104, Timothy Steria, Watertown, N.Y., 6,078, $100.
105, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 6,070.
106, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 6,059.
107, Graham Fach, Canada, 6,054.
108, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 6,008.
109, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 6,000.
110, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 5,958.
111, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 5,957.
112, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 5,898.
113, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 5,740.
114, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 5,611.
115, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,595.
116, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 5,534.
117, Matthew Ward, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 5,061.
118, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, withdrew.
119, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., withdrew
120, Eric Cottrell, Grove City, Ohio, withdrew.

300 games – Sean Rash, Brad Angelo, Tim Steria

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Presented by BowlerX.com

Sixth Round Standings (after 30 games; top 14 teams advance to Baker format qualifying Friday)
1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 14,235.
2, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 13,743.
3, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kris Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 13,653.
4, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 13,543.
5, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 13,520.
6, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 13,505.
7, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 13,445.
8, Darren Tang, San Francisco/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 13,429.
9, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 13,369.
10, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 13,358.
11, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 13,349.
12, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 13,329.
13, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 13,276.
14, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 13,268.

Failed to advance
15, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 13,245.
16, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 13,240.
17, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa./Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 13,218.
18, Daniel Fransson, Sweden/Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 13,188.
19, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 13,169.
20, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo./Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 13,149.
21, Ray Teece, England/Richie Teece, England, 13,148.
22, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 13,116.
23, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 13,108.
24, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 13,102.
25, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 13,048.
26, Shota Kawazoe, Japan/Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 13,039.
27, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 12,992.
28, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 12,986.
29, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 12,968.
30, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 12,934.
31, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, IL/Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 12,908.
32, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y./Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 12,833.
33, Markus Jansson, Sweden/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 12,828.
34, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 12,795.
35, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 12,782.
36, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 12,781.
37, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 12,735.
38, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia/Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 12,734.
39, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill./Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 12,660.
40, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 12,645.
41, Andrew Cain, Phoenix/Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 12,576.
42, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 12,516.
43, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C./Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 12,478.
44, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn. /Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 12,477.
45, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Francois Louw, South Africa, 12,429.
46, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Canada, 12,342.
47, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla./Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 12,332.
48, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich./Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 12,138.
49, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 12,051.
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C./Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 11,770.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

TRI-VALLEY BOYS DEFEAT CHAPEL FIELD



Tri-Valley Holds Off Chapel Field 56-41

  GRAHAMSVILLE--Tri-Valley jumped off to a first half lead of 31-16, got outscored 17-7 in the third quarter but shifted their offense into high gear in the final eight minutes of play to post a 56-41 Senor Night win Wednesday over Chapel Field.
  The Bears outscored Chapel Field 18-8 in the fourth quarter. 
  Playing without their leading scorer, senior forward Brennan Healy, who injured his left ankle Tuesday night in the Bears loss to Liberty, Tri-Valley's offensive attack was picked up by Chase Botsford with 12 and Brauke Hunt with 10.
  Healy will not be available to compete in the sectionals which will find the Bears traveling to S.S. Seward next week.
  Tri-Valley used good offense and defense in the first quarter to outscore Chapel Field 14-7 getting two treys for six points off Chase Botsford, two two-pointers for four points by Patrick Coombe and two deuces for four points by Dustin Rogers. 
 The hot-handed scoring pace by the Bears continued in the second quarter outscoring the Liona 17-9.
  The third quarter offensive play went to Chapel Field behind the torrid scoring of senior point-guard  Jeremy Torres who ripped the cords for two treys and four deuces for 14 points while the defense held Tri-Valley to 7 points.
  At the 3:36 mark of the third quarter Chapel Field had chopped down Tri-Valley's lead to two-points, 32-30 but a trey by Tryler Rider and a deuce by Kalic Perry  pushed the Tri-Valley lead to 38-33 as the third quarter ended. 
  An 18-8 scoring edge in the fourth quarter and the final winning score of 56-41 gives the Bears an  overall 12-7 record going into sectionals.   
  Chapel Field lost its chance to get into the sectionals with a two-point loss to Roscoe earlier this week and finished their season with a 4-12 record. The school is a private inter-denominational Christian School, a ministry of Affirmative Evangelism Inc. and has been rated one of the 50 best Christian High Schools in  America. They compete in in the OCIAA D division Section IX.
  Leading scorers for Tri-Valley were Chase Botsford with 12 points off four treys, Brauke Hunt with 10 points two deuces and six foul shots and nine points each by Kalic Perry and Tyler Ryder. Perry had four two-pointers and one foul shot while Ryder shot three deuces and one trey.
  Jeremy Torres popped the nets for 21 points to lead Chapel Field off three treys, five two-pointers and two foul shots. Matthew Vassel added 11 points for the Lions off three treys and two foul shots.
  Tri-Valley committed 19 turnovers to Chapel Field's 19.
  Tri-Valley coach Kevin Delaney in post game remarks noted that Chapel Field "made a run for it in the third quarter and got back into the game so we had to get back to playing defense."
  "We got a little happy with the first half lead but got back into it in the fourth quarter and all the seniors got to play," Delaney said. 
  Chapel Field coach Bill Spanjer Jr. pointed out that his team did a good job battling back, "but then made some bad choices by not hustling back and gave up some easy transition points and Tri-Valley played hard and just out worked us."


Tri-Valley Senior forward Patrick Coombe (35) scores a two-point layup while Chapel Field's Tom Liu waits for an possible rebound in the Bears 56-41 win over the Lions at Senior Night Wednesday in Grahamsville.


Tri-Valley coach Kevin Delaney with the five seniors honored at Senior Night ceremonies, from the left, Chase Botsford, Brennan Healy, Kalic Perry, Patrick Coombe and Dustin Rogers. 




 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BELMONTE LEADS PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Jason Belmonte Averages 249 to Take
Barbasol PBA Players Championship Lead After Two Rounds
                                               Belmonte and doubles partner Bill O’Neill lead Roth/Holman PBA Doubles Championship after two rounds

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 20, 2018) –  Defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia began work on winning a record-tying 10th Professional Bowlers Association major title by averaging 249after the first two rounds in the Barbasol PBA Players Championship Tuesday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl.

In the second major of the 2018 Go Bowling! PBA Tour season, the four-time PBA Player of the Year, who is also trying for his third Players Championship title, leads the 120-player field with a 2,494 10-game pinfall total. He bowled a 1,274 five-game pinfall in Tuesday’s first round with games of  243, 255, 229, 300 and 247 and followed with a 1,220 pinfall in the second round on games of 213, 257, 247, 224 and 279.

“I’m leading right now but that’s not my goal at this point,” said the 34-year-old Belmonte, a 16-time Tour winner.  “The scoring pace is pretty high and because of that nothing is guaranteed. You can shoot 210 or 220 and lose 50 or 60 pins. Thankfully, I was making good guesses on the adjustments and ball choices I needed to make today.”

With a win, Belmonte, who also won the 2011 Players Championship, would join Pete Weber and Earl Anthony who are tied for most PBA major titles.

Belmonte holds a 97-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla. in second, who finished with a 2,397 pinfall. Duke, the 53-year-old winner of seven PBA majors, bowled 1,215 for five games in the first round and 1,182 in the second.

Competition continues with two five-game qualifying rounds Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET.  After Thursday’s sixth qualifying round (30 games), the field will be cut to the top five players for the live ESPN finals Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

The qualifying rounds of the Players Championship will also determine the standings for the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship presented by BowlerX.com. After Thursday’s final qualifying round, the top 14 doubles team will advance to two Baker format qualifying rounds on Friday which will determine the top five doubles teams for the taped ESPN telecast that will follow the Players Championship finals at 5 p.m. Fans will be able to catch the doubles final via livestream on ESPN3.

Belmonte, along with doubles partner eight-time PBA Tour winner Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., also lead the Doubles Championship standings with a 4,873 combined 10-game pinfall total. They hold a 133-pin lead over Duke and his partner 10-time Tour winner Wes Malott of Pflugerville, Texas, who combined 4,740.

All qualifying rounds for the Players Championship and Doubles Championship are streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame.  For subscription and schedule information visit www.xtraframe.tv.

BARBASOL PBA PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl, Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday

Second Round Standings (after 10 games)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,494.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,397.
3, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 2,379.
4, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 2,374.
5, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 2,373.
6, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 2,361.
7, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 2,348.
8, (tie) Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, and Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,343.
10, Stuart Williams, England, 2,340.
11, Cameron Weier, Tacoma, Wash., 2,334.
12, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 2,325.
13, Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 2,297.
14, Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 2,294.
15, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 2,293.
16, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 2,290.
17, Richie Teece, England, 2,289.
18, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 2,284.
19, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 2,283.
20, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 2,278.
21, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,275.
22, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 2,274.
23, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 2,268.
24, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 2,267.
25, Dom Barrett, England, 2,266.
26, Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 2,265.
27, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 2,261.
28, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 2,256.
29, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 2,255.
30, (tie) Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., and Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 2,253.
32, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,248.
33, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,242.
34, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,236.
35, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky., 2,226.
36, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn., 2,223.
37, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,221.
38, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 2,218.
39, (tie) Osku Palermaa, Finland, Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, and Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 2,206.
42, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 2,202.
43, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 2,200.
44, Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 2,197.
45, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,194.
46, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 2,191.
47, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 2,183.
48, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,180.
49, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz., 2,179.
50, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,176.
51, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 2,169.
52, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 2,168.
53, Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 2,167.
54, Rhino Page, Orlando, 2,165.
55, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 2,156.
56, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas, and Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 2,154.
58, (tie) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., and Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,153.
60, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., 2,152.
61, Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 2,142.
62, Markus Jansson, Sweden, 2,139.
63, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,138.
64, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,136.
65, Sandra Gongora, Mexico, 2,129.
66, (tie) Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., and Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 2,127.
68, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 2,125.
69, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 2,124.
70, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 2,123.
71, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 2,119.
72, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 2,116.
73, (tie) Michael Schlabach, Goshen, Ind., Napatra Buspanikonkul, Thailand, and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 2,115.
76, Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 2,113.
77, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 2,112.
78, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,107.
79, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill., 2,104.
80, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C., 2,101.
81, Francois Louw, South Africa, 2,099.
82, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 2,097.
83, Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 2,096.
84, Sam Cooley, Australia, 2,094.
85, Michael Tang, San Francisco, 2,089.
86, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y., 2,083.
87, Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 2,082.
88, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C., 2,078.
89, (tie) Ray Teece, England, and Graham Fach, Canada, 2,076.
91, Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 2,075.
92, (tie) Kyle Cook, Centerville, Ohio, and Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 2,074.
94, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, 2,060.
95, Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 2,057.
96, Kyle Bigelow, Troy, Ohio, 2,056.
97, (tie) Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, and Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 2,049.
99, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,048.
100, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 2,043.
101, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia, 2,037.
102, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,029.
103, (tie) Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, and Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 2,027.
105, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,023.
106, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y., 2,019.
107, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., 2,011.
108, Brian Robinson, Morgantown, W.Va., 2,005.
109, Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 1,988.
110, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1,981.
111, Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 1,970.
112, Robert Mushtare, Carthage, N.Y., 1,963.
113, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 1,938.
114, Tristan Butler, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1,911.
115, Timothy Steria, Watertown, N.Y., 1,908.
116, CJ Kirchner, Herrin, Ill., 1,888.
117, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,887.
118, Myles Duty, Modesto, Calif., 1,827.
119, Matthew Ward, Fort Mohave, Ariz., 1,713.
120, Eric Cottrell, Grove City, Ohio, 1,647.

300 games – Patrick Girard, Michael Tang, Jason Belmonte, Trey Ford III, Stuart Williams

MARK ROTH/MARSHALL HOLMAN PBA DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Presented by BowlerX.com

Second Round Standings (after 10 games)

1, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa./Jason Belmonte, Australia, 4,873.
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla./Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 4,740.
3, Jesper Svensson, Sweden/Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,657.
4, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind./Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 4,621.
5, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio/Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 4,609.
6, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla./Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 4,505.
7, Patrick Girard, Canada/Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 4,499.
8, Daniel Fransson, Sweden/Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,494.
9, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas/Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,474.
10, Dom Barrett, England/Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,472.
11, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y./Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 4,459.
12, Francois Lavoie, Canada/Stuart Williams, England, 4,455.
13, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa./Matt O'Grady, Rahway, N.J., 4,453.
14, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo./Yannaphon Larpapharat, Thailand, 4,448.
15, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa/Mitch Hupe, Towanda, Kan., 4,445.
16, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas/Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4,435.
17, (tie) Shota Kawazoe, Japan/Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, and Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas/Connor Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 4,420.
19, Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo./Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 4,419.
20, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill./Greg Ostrander, Freehold, N.J., 4,416.
21, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan./Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,413.
22, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y./Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 4,411.
23, Matthew Ogle, Louisville, Ky./Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 4,394.
24, Ray Teece, England/Richie Teece, England, 4,365.
25, Darren Tang, San Francisco/Michael Tang, San Francisco, 4,357.
26, Andres Gomez, Colombia/Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 4,352.
27, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas/Sam Cooley, Australia, 4,349.
28, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas/Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 4,333.
29, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich./Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 4,329.
30, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y./Tim Foy Jr., Seaford, Del., 4,317.
31, Matt Kuba, Chicago Ridge, Ill./Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 4,308.
32, Markus Jansson, Sweden/Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,293.
33, Diana Zavjalova, Latvia/Matt Sanders, Indianapolis, 4,290.
34, Justin Wyman, Fairport, N.Y./Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, 4,284.
35, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore./David Haynes, Las Vegas, 4,281.
36, Dave Wodka, Clarksville, Tenn. /Wayne Webb, Columbus, Ohio, 4,272.
37, Rhino Page, Orlando/Ryan Ciminelli, Clarence, N.Y., 4,261.
38, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C./Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,250.
39, Kevin Kullman, Lockport, Ill./Ryan Lakota, Shorewood, Ill., 4,246.
40, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio/Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 4,242.
41, Arturo Quintero, Mexico/Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 4,231.
42, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio/Graham Fach, Canada, 4,173.
43, Danielle McEwan, Stony Point, N.Y./Tannya Roumimper, Indonesia, 4,165.
44, Kyle King, Glendale, Ariz./Russ Oviatt, Chandler, Ariz., 4,149.
45, Chris Arcaro, Carolina Beach, N.C./Kristian Rogers, Salisbury, N.C., 4,135.
46, Christopher Sloan, Ireland/Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,126.
47, Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich./Jeff Evans, Supply, N.C., 4,124.
48, Jean Perez, Puerto Rico/Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,109.
49, Andrew Cain, Phoenix/Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,072.
50, Dwight Adams, Greensboro, N.C./Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 4,039.
51, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla./Matthew Staninger, Highland, Ind., 3,969.
52, Andrew Klingler, Grand Rapids, Mich./Charlie Brown Jr, Grandville, Mich., 3,962.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

HONDA LPGA THAILAND

Honda LPGA Thailand
Siam Country Club Pattaya, Old Course, Chonburi, Thailand
Feb. 20, 2018


LPGA HEADS TO THAILAND FOR WEEK THREE OF THE 2018 SEASON
It’s a week in the Land of Smiles for the LPGA Tour, as the world’s best female golfers take to Thailand’s Siam Country Club Pattaya and the 2018 Honda LPGA Thailand.

Seventy players have made their way to Siam C.C.’s Old Course for the 12th playing of the Honda LPGA Thailand, including the top six players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings – No. 1Shanshan Feng, No. 2 Sung Hyun Park, No. 3 So Yeon Ryu, No. 4 Lexi Thompson, No. 5 Anna Nordqvist and No. 6 In Gee Chun. Defending champion Amy Yang aims to take her third title here in Thailand, having tasted victory in 2015 and 2017, while 2018 winners Brittany Lincicome (Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic) and Jin Young Ko (ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open) will also make their cases to return to the winner’s circle.

Yang absolutely dominated the 2017 Honda LPGA Thailand, notching a wire-to-wire, five-stroke victory over Ryu and setting the tournament’s 72-hole scoring record of 22-under 266. Thailand is certainly one of Yang’s strongest events – in her eight career starts here, she has two victories and seven top-12 finishes.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DEFENDING CHAMPION AMY YANG
  • Yang’s victory at the 2017 Honda LPGA Thailand was the third of her LPGA career, joining the 2013 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship and 2015 Honda LPGA Thailand
  • Yang has three wins on the Ladies European Tour and two victories on the KLPGA Tour
  • Yang represented the Republic of Korea at the 2016 UL International Crown, and is currently projected to compete at the 2018 UL International Crown, which will be held in her home country in October
  • Yang represented the Republic of Korea at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she finished tied for fourth
  • This is Yang’s second appearance of 2018; she tied for third at the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic

BIG NAMES MAKING DEBUTS IN CHONBURI
There are several big names making season debuts this week. Sung Hyun Park, the 2017 Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and No. 2 player in the world, will make her season debut after skipping the first two events. Anna Nordqvist, who has amassed 61 career top 10s, will also debut. Sandra Gal, who is coming off a back injury, will make her first start, as will Jessica Korda, who had offseason jaw surgery. Other notables making their season debuts include six-time winner Sei Young Kim, two-time winner Mi Hyang Lee and two-time winner Mi Jung Hur.

Park is looking to follow up her brilliant 2017 season that included 11 top 10s, 20 top 25s and two wins. While just a sophomore on the LPGA, Park is a 10-time winner on the KLPGA and will likely show no signs of slowing down in 2018. Korda will be an interesting follow this season. The 24-year-old has been dealt a tough hand over the last year. Remember, she was forced to withdraw from the Solheim Cup in 2017 due to the left forearm injury.

For Bret Lasky’s field breakdown, visit http://www.lpga.com/news/2018-field-breakdown-honda-lpga-thailand

PHOTO CALL SHOWS BEST OF THAI FASHION AND FLOWERS
Among the highlights of the LPGA’s weeks in Asia are undoubtedly the fabulous fashions shown at various photo calls, including today’s event in Thailand. LPGA stars Brooke HendersonMoriya Jutanugarn and Alison Lee joined forces with sponsor invites Muni HeBo Mee Lee and Supamas Sangchan to model some of Thailand’s finest garments.

The six players donned dresses called Jakapat Thai national costumes, which are worn for special occasions and official royal ceremonies. They also received a tutorial in creating “phuang malai,” ancient Thai floral garlands made of fragrant flowers, such as jasmine and roses.

LPGA STARS VISIT LOCAL SCHOOL, PARTICIPATE IN BRAIN-BASED LEARNING EXERCISES
As part of Honda’s on-going dedication to better the local community, several participants in this week’s Honda LPGA Thailand visited the Wat Khao Pho Thong School, just five miles from Siam Country Club. Thai favorite Ariya Jutanugarn, along with defending champion Amy YangHa Neul Kim and Saranporn Langkulgasettrin visited with students and participated in some “brain-based” learning, which combines physical activity and educational opportunities into fun exercises.

“I would like to applaud Honda and IMG for providing such a thoughtful and practical support for local students so they can have access to a comprehensive learning environment,” said Yang. “My interaction with the children has, in turn, given me optimism, courage and spirit to keep doing my best and be a good role model for the next generations.”

THAILAND IS LAP THREE IN RACE TO THE CME GLOBE
This week’s Honda LPGA Thailand marks the third lap of the 2018 Race to the CME Globe. With a win apiece, Brittany Lincicome and Jin Young Ko sit tied atop the standings with 500 points each, followed by Wei-Ling Hsu with 337 points, Hannah Green with 260 points and defending Honda LPGA Thailand winner Amy Yang with 190 points.

Throughout the season’s 33 official events, LPGA Members will battle for position, with the top 12 players after the Blue Bay LPGA heading into the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship with the opportunity to take home a $1 million bonus, the biggest prize in women’s golf.

All tournaments have the same point values except for the five major championships, which carry 25 percent
more value. For all events with a cut, points are awarded to members who make the cut, while for events without a cut, points are awarded to members who finish in the top 40 and ties.

Points will be reset for the CME Group Tour Championship following the Blue Bay LPGA, with the top 72 LPGA Members, as well as any non-Member winners and alternates, seeded into the championship field. For the top five players, it’s easy – win the CME Group Tour Championship and take home $1 million. However, the top 12 in the points race all have a mathematical chance to take the title of Race to the CME Globe Champion and win the coveted check.

In 2017, Lexi Thompson became the first American winner of the Race to the CME Globe and the accompanying $1 million prize. She joined Lydia Ko (2014, 2015) and Ariya Jutanugarn (2016) as the only players to hoist the crystal trophy.

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES AND HASHTAGS
@hondalpgath; #HondaLPGAThailand2018, #DareToDream

TV TIMES (all Eastern Time)
Thursday, Feb. 22: 1-5 a.m., Golf Channel
Friday, Feb. 23: 1-5 a.m., Golf Channel
Saturday, Feb. 24: 1-5 a.m., Golf Channel
Sunday, Feb. 25: 1-5 a.m., Golf Channel