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  • EARL ANTHONY MEDFORD CLASSIC

    Behrendt perseveres to lead qualifying round

    Central Point's Gibson misses making field by one pin
  • The first two bowling balls didn't work too well, and the third one was hardly a charm.
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  • The first two bowling balls didn't work too well, and the third one was hardly a charm.
    But when Tim Behrendt picked up a fourth ball, he struck gold.
    And struck and struck and struck.
    The Professional Bowlers Association member from St. Louis rolled a seven-game score of 1,542 — a 220.29 average — Wednesday at Lava Lanes to lead the Tournament Qualifying Round in the Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic.
    Behrendt was one of five professionals to advance to today's Round of 64. The others were Tom Sorce of Blasdell, N.Y.; PJ Haggerty of Clovis, Calif.; George Lambert IV of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; and Troy Wollenbecker of Miami.
    A sixth player, Azidi Ameran of Malaysia, earned the lone amateur spot, edging out Robert Gibson of Central Point by one pin.
    Ameran had a pin count of 1,419 to Gibson's 1,418.
    PBA members Kevin Croucher of Grants Pass and Matt Eilenberger of Central Point — he joined the association after qualifying as the top amateur here last year — were the leading local players. Croucher, a Senior Tour winner in 2007, was 13th at 1,431, and Eilenberger was 15th at 1,428.
    Medford PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman received a commissioner's exemption from the TQR and is penciled in for today's action.
    Behrendt's first game of qualifying was a 194.
    "I made three ball switches for the first game," he said, "then I ended up making another one, and that turned out to be the right one. It read the mids and fronts really well and didn't overreact on the back end."
    He reeled off games of 245, 244 and 238 to put himself in good stead, then held on.
    "The last two games were pretty much a grind to stay in there and just stay above the number (200)," he said.
    Behrendt, 26, has attempted to qualify before, but this is the first time he's broken through.
    He followed the tour for the first five weeks of the season, cashing twice. After stepping away, the former Nebraska bowler is giving it another go, starting here.
    "This is the first year I've wanted to try to do it full time," he said.
    Nerves shouldn't be a problem as he takes the lanes today in the tournament proper. He'll be paired with Holman, Tony Reyes and Women's Series star Michelle Feldman.
    "I know I'm good enough to be in there," said Behrendt. "It's just a matter of redoing a lot of stuff; redoing my game to match up with the patterns, and this week it proved to work."
    Gibson's two biggest games were the fourth and fifth, with scores of 246 and 227, respectively.
    He needed to make up nine pins on Ameran in the final game and came up just shy, rolling a 193 to the Ameran's 185.
    TQR Results
    *1, Timothy Behrendt, St Louis, 7 1542 +142 220.29; *2, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 7 1513 +113 216.14; *3, PJ Haggerty, Clovis, Calif., 7 1498 +98 214.00; *4, George Lambert IV, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 7 1495 +95 213.57; *4, Troy Wollenbecker, Miami, 7 1495 +95 213.57; 6, Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 7 1490 +90 212.86; 7, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 7 1488 +88 212.57; 8, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 7 1471 +71 210.14; 9, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dayton, Ohio, 7 1470 +70 210.00; 10, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 7 1459 +59 208.43; 11, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 7 1450 +50 207.14; 12, Matt Freiberg, Somerset, N.J., 7 1444 +44 206.29; 13, Kevin Croucher Grants Pass, 7 1431 +31 204.43; 14, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 7 1430 +30 204.29; 15, Matt Eilenberger, Central Point, 7 1428 +28 204.00; 16, Matt Ramshaw, Kelso, Wash., 7 1427 +27 203.86; 17, Robert Reed Sr., Weed, Calif., 7 1426 +26 203.71; 17, Humberto Vazquez, San Pedro, Mexico, 7 1426 +26 203.71; 19, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, 7 1424 +24 203.43; *20, Azidi Ameran, Malaysia, 7 1419 +19 202.71.
    21, Robert Gibson, Central Point, 7 1418 +18 202.57; 22, Corey Husted, Milwaukie, 7 1415 +15 202.14; 23, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 7 1405 +5 200.71; 24, Ryan Abel, Bel Aire, Kan., 7 1402 +2 200.29; 25, Kevin Henley, Medford, 7 1401 +1 200.14; 26, Eric Boughton, Palo Alto, Calif., 7 1400 0 200.00; 27, Jason Hollingsworth, Milwaukie, 7 1395 -5 199.29; 28, Don Allen III, Vancouver, Wash., 7 1392 -8 198.86; 29, Michael Harmony, Salem, 7 1390 -10 198.57; 30, Charles Eilenberger, Central Point, 7 1386 -14 198.00; 31, Billy Gerber, Grants Pass, 7 1384 -16 197.71; 32, Bryon Smith, Roseburg, 7 1365 -35 195.00; 33, Daniel Jackson Jr., Portland, 7 1359 -41 194.14; 34, Rob Edwards, Vancouver, Wash., 7 1358 -42 194.00; 35, Nicholas Amrein, Hillsboro, 7 1337 -63 191.00; 36, Tyler Smith, Cottage Grove, 7 1334 -66 190.57; 36, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 7 1334 -66 190.57; 38, Thomas Ault Jr., Portland, 7 1331 -69 190.14; 39, Dean Buchanan Jr., Snohomish, Wash., 7 1328 -72 189.71; 40, Jerry Coombs, John Day, 7 1322 -78 188.86.
    41, Sam Rolph, Oak Forest, Ill., 7 1321 -79 188.71; 42, Jim Tomek Jr. Camp Hill, Pa., 7 1319 -81 188.43; 43, Damon Cochran, Central Point, 7 1307 -93 186.71; 44, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 7 1305 -95 186.43; 45, Matthew Kemper, Hillsboro, 7 1304 -96 186.29; 46, John McGinnis, Portland, 7 1260 -140 180.00; 47, Neil Hicks III, Bonney Lake, Wash., 7 1259 -141 179.86; 48, Anthony Thompson, Redding, Calif., 7 1256 -144 179.43; 49, Dwayne Hanson, Jefferson, 7 1251 -149 178.71; 50, Warren Crawford, McKinleyville, Calif., 7 1248 -152 178.29; 51, Aaron Ames, Cottage Grove, 7 1199 -201 171.29; 52, Randy Scruggs, Brookings, 7 1181 -219 168.71; 53, David Czajka Marysville, Wash., 7 1177 -223 168.14; 54, John White, Florence, 7 1168 -232 166.86; 54, Kyle Leiffer, Weed, Calif., 7 1168 -232 166.86; 56, Jason Oathes, Portland, 7 1141 -259 163.00; 57, Aaron Bennett, Yreka, Calif., 7 1120 -280 160.00; 58, Trent Petersen, Florence, 7 1114 -286 159.14; 59, James Tesch, Jr., Denver, N.C., 7 1112 -288 158.86; 60, Daniel Maple, Harbor, 7 1110 -290 158.57; 61, Trevor Waldeyer, Medford, 7 1109 -291 158.43.
    * — advance to Round of 64
    Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 776-4479, or e-mail ttrower@mailtribune.com
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