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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jack Jurek of Lackawanna, N.Y., who ended a record 14-year drought between titles earlier this season, claimed the second round lead in the 67th Lumber Liquidators U.S. Open at Woodland Bowl Wednesday, averaging 222 for 12 games to take a 13-pin lead over PBA Hall of Famer Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela.
Jurek, who was in third place after the opening round, posted a 2,672 pinfall total to lead Monacelli’s 2,659. Monacelli was in 29th place after the first six games.
Dave Beres of Waukesha, Wis., was in third place with 2,656 pins followed by Jason Wojnar of Chicago at 2,652 and first round leader Robert Smith of Columbus, Ohio, with 2,650 pins. Beres and Wojnar are both trying for the first PBA Tour titles. Smith won the 2000 U.S. Open.
Jurek, 46, is trying for his first PBA Tour major title and third overall career title. He defeated Mike Fagan of Patchogue, N.Y., over Labor Day weekend in Detroit to win the PBA Shark Championship, his first title since winning the 1995 Tums Classic in Windsor Locks, Conn. While the pressure to end that streak is now gone, he finds himself leading a tournament that hasn’t been kind to him in years past.
“This is by far the best start I’ve ever had in a U.S. Open,” he said. “The whole season has been going well. It’s a combination of things.
“Today I started with a 179, but then I stumbled into a little better shot. The second squad has always been a little tougher for me because the condition is broken down and you have to move to an inside angle where the ball returns get in the way,” Jurek added. “But today I was been able to play a little farther to the right, so I felt like I bowled 200 (pins) over (a 200 average) today.”
Among the players who made significant moves Wednesday were PBA Player of the Year contender Bill O’Neill of Southampton, Pa., was averaged 242 during the second round to advance from 185th place to 13th, and reigning PBA Player of the Year Wes Malott, who jumped from 135th place to 33rd.
All players in the U.S. Open will bowl six more qualifying games Thursday before the field is cut to the top 88 for a cashers’ round Friday morning. The top 24 will then advance to eight-game match play rounds Friday night and Saturday to determine the four finalists for Sunday’s live ESPN telecast at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. At stake in the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour’s final major championship of the 2009-10 season is a $60,000 first prize and a three-year PBA Tour exemption.
67TH LUMBER LIQUIDATORS U.S. OPEN
Woodland Bowl, Indianapolis, Feb. 24
SECOND ROUND (after 12 games)
1, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,672.
2, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,659.
3, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 2,656.
4, Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 2,652.
5, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 2,650.
6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 2,624.
7, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 2,621.
8, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 2,607.
9, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,606.
10, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,601.
11, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,599.
12, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 2,596.
13, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,590.
14, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 2,588.
15, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 2,585.
16, Anthony Jordan, Sycamore, Ill., 2,583.
17, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,569.
18, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 2,568.
19, Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., 2,567.
20, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 2,559.
21, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,558.
22, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,555.
23, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 2,549.
24, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,548.
25, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 2,542.
26, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 2,537.
27, (tie) John Szczerbinski, Wichita, Kan., and Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,530.
29, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,524.
30, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,522.
31, Mark Sullivan, Indianapolis, 2,521.
32, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 2,520.
33, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,512.
34, Shannon Buchan, Waterloo, Iowa, 2,510.
35, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,505.
36, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,503.
37, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 2,502.
38, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,500.
39, Rhino Page, Dade City, Fla., 2,497.
40, (tie) Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., and Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,489.
42, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 2,485.
43, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2,481.
44, Peter Spreadbury, Oak Forest, Ill., 2,480.
45, Jeff Clark, Indianapolis, 2,478.
46, (tie) Daniel Hannagan, Mt. Juliet, Tenn., and Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 2,476.
48, (tie) Joel Carlson, Omaha, Neb., and Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 2,472.
50, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,470.
51, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,469.
52, Corey Young, Steeleville, Ill., 2,464.
53, Matthew Gasn, Laurel, Md., 2,460.
54, Bo Goergen, Midland, Mich., 2,458.
55, Ron Dixon, Boynton Beach, Fla., 2,457.
55, Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,457.
57, Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 2,453.
58, Joe Bailey, Doylestown, Ohio, 2,450.
59, Justin Williams, Barrett, Tenn., 2,437.
60, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 2,435.
61, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,432.
62, George Brooks, Loveland, Colo., 2,431.
63, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,430.
64, (tie) Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla., and E.J. Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 2,429.
66, (tie) Mason Brantley, Detroit, and Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,428.
68, (tie) Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich.; Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., and J.R. Raymond, Belleville, Ill., 2,426.
71, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,425.
72, Rudy Kasimakis, Baldwyn, Miss., 2,424.
73, (tie) Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, and Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,421.
75, (tie) Craig LeMond, Jasper, Ind., and Terry Krawec, Canada, 2,419.
77, (tie) Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C.; Joseph Steiner, Saginaw, Mich., and Scott Gilmore, Lafayette, Ind., 2,414.
80, Antonio Medina, Davenport, Iowa, 2,413.
81, Jimmy Cook, Indianapolis, 2,409.
82, Matthew O'Grady, South Amboy, N.J., 2,408.
83, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,407.
84, Matthew Zasowski, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,402.
85, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,399.
86, (tie) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill.; Derwin Pitre, Lafayette, La.; Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, and Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,396.
90, Tim Pfeifer, Cranberry Twp., Pa., 2,394.
91, (tie) Joe Green, Maplewood, Ohio, and Fero Williams, Fairfield, Ohio, 2,393.
93, Nick Harnish, Hamilton, Ohio, 2,391.
94, Rick Hara, Darien, Ill., 2,390.
95, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,387.
96, (tie) Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., and Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,384.
98, Jeffrey Voght, Canojahaire, N.Y., 2,382.
99, Rick Graham, Lancaster, Pa., 2,381.
100, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 2,380.