Bowling Blog: Loschetter has top spot, Weber fourth

2013-05-25T00:15:00Z 2013-05-25T06:01:04Z Bowling Blog: Loschetter has top spot, Weber fourthBy Don Reed

Chris Loschetter of Avon, Ohio, earned the top spot going into the stepladder finals on June 1 for the Lucas Oil PBA Wolf Open at AMF West Friday night in Milwaukee.

St. Louisan Pete Weber went 11-5 in match play on Friday to nail down the No. 4 spot. He'll face Bill O'Neill of Langhorne, Pa., in the first match of the finals. O'Neill, who earlier this year won the Open at Tropicana Lanes, was 8-8 in match play to earn the fifth seed.

The other finalists are Norm Duke of Clermont, Fla., in second and E.J. Tackett of Huntington, Ind., in third.

Loschetter, who is looking for his first PBA title but has finished second four times in his career, led the tournament from the second game, fighting off challenges all day Friday and clinging to the No. 1 position when Duke left a solid 8 pin in the 10th frame of his final game.

Loschetter celebrated his 33rd birthday by finishing the Wolf Open, the second of four tournaments in the GEICO PBA Winter Swing presented by Lucas Oil, with a 26-game total of 6,617 pins, including match play bonus pins, and a feeling that it’s finally time to win his first PBA Tour title.

“I’m definitely due,” he said in a release from the PBA. “I feel like I deserve a title more than anybody out here. I’ve worked hard. I deserve it. I hope this time it happens. I’ve had some horrible breaks on TV, but I think the time has come.”

Missing the top position for the Wolf Open stepladder finals means there can’t be a showdown match for the title between Duke and Weber, each of whom owns 37 PBA Tour titles, tied for third best in PBA history behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. (47) and Earl Anthony (43). But the two hall of famers could meet in the semifinal match.

“We haven’t bowled each other on TV in a long time,” Duke said in the PBA release, “but Pete and I have had some barn burners over the years. Pete’s one of the best that ever lived. We’re dear friends. We’re both aware of where we are in our careers, and to be mentioned in the same breath with him is really special.”

Tackett, a two-time member of Junior Team USA, will be making his first television appearance in the Wolf Open finals on Saturday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m. (St. Louis time). O’Neill is trying for his fifth PBA Tour title. 

The GEICO PBA Summer Swing now moves to AMF Bowlero in nearby Wauwatosa for the Lucas Oil Bear Open. Following a day off on Saturday, players will bowl practice and pro-am events Sunday followed by two five-game qualifying rounds on Monday. The top 24 will then advance to two eight-game match play rounds on Tuesday.

The Bear Open is the final qualifying leg leading into the Lucas Oil Milwaukee Open which will be held Wednesday and Thursday, also at AMF Bowlero. The Milwaukee Open will feature the top 28 qualifiers based on total pinfall after 30 qualifying games from the Badger, Wolf and Bear “animal pattern” events. O’Neill leads the Milwaukee Open qualifying field after 20 games.

Stepladder finals for all four PBA Tour events, 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.

Here are the results from Friday:


AMF West, Milwaukee, Wis., May 24


FINAL MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 26 games, including match play bonus pins; top five advance to Wolf Open stepladder finals on Saturday, June 1, at 2:30 p.m. CT at AMF Bowlero)

1, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 8-7-1, 6,617.

2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 12-4, 6,615.

3, E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 11-5, 6,554.

4, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 11-5, 6,477.

5, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 8-8, 6,436.

6, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 9-7, 6,391, $1,800.

7, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 11-5, 6,345, $1,700.

8, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11-4-1, 6,319, $1,600.

9, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 9-7, 6,314, $1,550.

10, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 8-7-1, 6,301, $1,500.

11, Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 8-8, 6,264, $1,450.

12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5-10-1, 6,216, $1,400.

13, Josh Blanchard, Gilbert, Ariz., 10-6, 6,175, $1,350.

14, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 6-9-1, 6,170, $1,300.

15, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 8-8, 6,145, $1,250.

16, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 7-8-1, 6,112, $1,200.

17, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 7-9, 6,068, $1,150.

18, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 7-9, 6,013, $1,100.

19, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 5-11, 6,001, $1,050.

20, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 7-9, 5,988, $1,000.

21, Kenneth Kempf, Appleton, Wis., 8-8, 5,940, $950.

22, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 7-9-0, 5,761, $900.

23, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 4-12, 5,736, $850.

24, William Guszczo, Orland Park, Ill., 2-14, 5,384, $800.


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