In a tournament stacked with high scores, Cassidy Schaub has somehow found a way to stand out.
Schaub followed an outstanding first day of the PBA Red, White and Blue Open at Northrock Lanes with a Day 2 that was just as impressive. He set a 16-game PBA qualifying record with 4,116 pins Tuesday and Wednesday.
Schaub's second day was highlighted by back-to-back 300 games on the "white" oil pattern that helped him carry a comfortable lead into today's "blue" pattern qualifying. With even an average morning session, Schaub should qualify for the 24-player match play, which begins tonight.
"To throw that many strikes in one day is a pretty good feeling," said the 26-year-old Schaub, a PBA rookie. "I honestly never thought I could top yesterday, and scorewise I didn't. But shooting my first PBA 300 and backing that with another 300 is an indescribable feeling."
Thirty-eight bowlers averaged at least a 235 during the eight-game qualifying on the "red" oil pattern Tuesday, when Schaub grabbed a 27-pin lead.
The white pattern, which is supposed to play more difficult, didn't do much to alter scores Wednesday, especially not those of Schaub. The only two-handed lefty bowler on tour began to let his lead slip away when he rolled a 192 in Wednesday's third game.
Schaub, a self-described former hot head, kept his cool and sustained his lead by rolling consecutive perfect games, the first time he has done that competitively on any level.
"The (PBA season-opening) month in Detroit I spent, if I would have shot 190, I probably would have backed it with 170 because I would have been mad," Schaub said. "But I came in with a different attitude, a different outlook. Shooting 190 — sure scores are high, sure I was leading going into that game and that lead got cut down — but I just chalked it up and moved on."
Schaub earned a PBA exemption for this season by finishing in the top 10 in Tour Trials last year. His first professional season hasn't gone as planned, as he finished no better than 35th in the first seven tournaments, all held in Michigan in August and September.
The three months away gave Schaub a chance to reevaluate his mental approach. So far it's working, as Schaub is 60 pins better than his 197 average before this week.
"(I've changed) my outlook on things in life and in bowling," Schaub said. "Knowing that it's one shot at a time and not looking to the future, because the future's not here yet. Just stay in the moment, do what you need to do in that particular moment and make the best shot possible."
Schaub is from Polk, Ohio, a town of about 500 people. He began bowling at age 5 and never shed the two-handed style. The unorthodox approach, shared by PBA right-hander Jason Belmonte, gives Schaub hook and speed.
"My coach, when I turned 9, 10, 11, 12, always said I better switch to one hand if I want to compete in this game," Schaub said. "I'd throw with one hand when he was around, then when he'd walk away I'd go back to two-handed and doing what I wanted. I'd see my ball hook when I threw it with two hands, and to me that was the coolest thing ever. Sure, I got made fun of when I was younger, but that was OK."
Schaub may have been spurred on Wednesday by the performance of playing partner Michael Machuga, who led the "B" squad with 2,103 pins on the white pattern. Machuga moved from ninth among B squad players to second, but still trails Schaub by 70 pins.
Machuga is one of 118 players looking up at Schaub, a fact that is not lost on the rookie.
"Knowing you're spending a month (in Michigan) against these guys, it's very different," Schaub said. "It's like, 'I just saw you on TV a couple weeks ago, now I've got to try and beat you? There's no way.' " But that was my attitude up there. A switch of an attitude, going, 'Yeah, I can beat you.' Getting the confidence to know you can beat people is very key."
Second Round Qualifying
(After 16 Games)
1, Cassidy Schaub, Ashland, Ohio, 4,116. 2, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 4,046. 3, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 3,994. 4, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 3,988. 5, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 3,984. 6, Cory Simmons, Wichita, Kan., 3,973. 7, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,968. 8, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 3,955. 9, Todd Book, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 3,937.
10, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 3,900. 11, David Ruder, Edmond, Okla., 3,890. 12, Matt McFayden, Derby, Kan., 3,888. 13, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,881. 14, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,878. 15, Gilbert Sanchez, Milvane, Kan., 3,876. 16, Brett Cooper, Aurora, Colo., 3,861. 17, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,858. 17, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 3,858.
19, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 3,853. 20, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 3,848. 21, Andrew Cain, Scottsdale, Ariz., 3,844. 22, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 3,839. 23, Timothy Banks, Gulfport, Miss., 3,834. 24, Jack Ness, Gastonia, N.C., 3,831. 25, G. Brett Cunningham, Clay, N.Y., 3,830. 26, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 3,821. 27, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 3,819.
28, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 3,817. 29 (tie), Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,799. 31, Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., 3,798. 32, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 3,795. 33, Steve Harman, Indianapolis, 3,793. 34, Rhino Page, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 3,780. 35, Andrew Mortensen, Tulsa, Okla, 3,772. 36, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 3,769. 37, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,765. 38, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 3,762. 39, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 3,760.
Failed to Qualify
40, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 3,759. 41, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 3,757. 42, Mike DeVaney, San Diego, 3,756. 42, Robert Smith, Columbus, Ohio, 3,756. 44, Daniel Farish, Louisville, Ky., 3,749. 45, John Nolen, Grand Blanc, Mich., 3,739. 46, Dustin Schmidt, Warrensburg, Mo., 3,720. 47, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 3,714. 48, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 3,705.
49 (tie), Josh Blanchard, Wichita, Kan., and Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 3,703. 51, Adrienne Miller, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,700. 52, Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,697. 53, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 3,693. 54, Lindsay Baker, Waterford, Mich., 3,689. 55 (tie), Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, and Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill., 3,685. 57, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,684.
58, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 3,676. 59, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 3,668. 60, George Lambert IV, Canada, 3,663. 60, Dan Umscheid, Wichita, Kan., 3,663. 62, Gregg Getzlow, St. Charles, Mo., 3,656. 63, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 3,649. 64, Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 3,647. 65, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 3,644. 66, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,640.
67, Brian Burkhardt, St. Louis, Mo., 3,631. 68, Tim Penner, Wichita, Kan., 3,628. 69, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 3,624. 70, Stuart Williams, England, 3,623. 71 (tie), Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., and Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 3,620. 73, Blake Starr, Wichita, Kan., 3,611. 74, Jay Futrell, Derby, Kan., 3,609. 75, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, Fla., 3,600.
76, Erik Gulbrandson, Superior, Wis., 3,598. 77, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 3,591. 78, Kevin Fanter, Maize, Kan., 3,590. 79, Mark Buffa, Canada, 3,589. 80 (tie), Roberto Silva, Mexico, and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 3,587. 82, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 3,581. 83 (tie), Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., and Brad Cummings, Gastonia, N.C., 3,574.
85, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 3,571. 86, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 3,567. 87, Leroy Willis Jr, Arlington, Texas, 3,537, $100. 88, Marcus Berndt, Wichita, Kan., 3,536. 89, Derek Hartnell, Wichita, Kan., 3,526, $100. 90, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 3,516. 91, Brian Waliczek, Birch Run, Mich., 3,515. 92, Michael Cimba, Monroeville, Pa., 3,511. 93, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 3,502.
94, Steve Rogers, Bourbonnais, Ill., 3,496. 95, Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., 3,486. 96, Ronnie Russell, Camby, Ind., 3,478. 97, Adam Ferri, Wichita, Kan., 3,473. 98, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 3,460. 99, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 3,437. 100, Lee Rucker, Fort Myers, Fla., 3,436. 101, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 3,433. 102, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 3,412.
103, John May, Lincolnton, N.C., 3,406. 104, Kevin Andes, Somerset, Mass, 3,398. 105, Thomas Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 3,392. 106, Carl See, Amarillo, Texas, 3,371. 107, Humberto Vazquez, Mexico, 3,330. 108 (tie), Blake Branson, Wichita, Kan., and Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 3,276. 110, Kyle Bollman, Madison, Mo., 3,273. 111, William Panebianco, McPherson, Kan, 3,272.
112, Robb Helt, Fort Smith, Ark., 3,255. 113, Frank Gallo Jr., Cape Carteret, N.C., 3,250. 114, Carmen Salvino, Schaumburg, Ill., 3,210. 115, Aaron Ramsden, Tomah, Wis., 3,188. 116, Charles Rollins, Shawnee, Kan., 3,170. 117, Mark Payne Sr, Amarillo, Texas, 3,112. 118, Woody Austin, Wichita, Kan., 3,014. 119, Randy Thompson, Marion, Ohio, 2,926.
300 Games (13) —Mitch Beasley, Tommy Jones, Todd Book, Leroy Willis Jr., Billy Oatman, Scott Newell, Michael Machuga, Cassidy Schaub (2), Liz Johnson, Derek Hartnell, Cory Simmons, Gilbert Sanchez.