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Lehtonen, Koivuniemi �Finnish� One-Two in Viper Qualifying Round
Ritchie Allen claims PBA World Championship lead after 12 games

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 27, 2010) � Finland�s Kimmo Lehtonen overtook countryman Mika Koivuniemi by a single pin Tuesday night to win the Viper Championship qualifying round the Professional Bowlers Association�s World Series of Bowling at South Point Bowling Center.

Lehtonen averaged 250 for his second six-game bloc Tuesday to slip past Koivuniemi, an eight-time PBA Tour champion. Both averaged 234 for 12 games to top the field of 16 qualifiers who will advance to the Viper Championship match play round next Monday. Lehtonen, a long-time member of Team Finland and winner of 30 international medals during a career that began in 1985, finished with 2,818 total pins to lead the second leg in the PBA World Championship.

After 24 games, the PBA World Championship leader was Cheetah Championship qualifying winner Ritchie Allen of Columbia, S.C., with a total of 5,715 pins, 91 better than Lonnie Waliczek of Wichita, Kan.

�It�s a marathon. There are still three more days,� Allen said. �I�m definitely not getting ahead of myself. The lanes were real difficult tonight, but my balls seems to want to knock them down right now and if I can keep making cuts, good things will happen.�

The Viper Championship qualifying round was the second of five qualifying stages within the PBA World Championship. All PBA World Series of Bowling competitors will bowl three more 12-game qualifying rounds on the PBA�s Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark lane conditions over the next three days to complete the 60-game PBA World Championship standings.

Lehtonen said the difference between bowling on a freshly-oiled condition in the six-game morning block compared to an evening condition that had been broken down by the previous squad � commonly called a �burned condition� � was �not so many open frames. In the morning, I had a lot more open frames. Too many splits.�

He also had high praise for Koivuniemi (�Mika is my best friend�), a long-time Team Finland teammate even though Koivuniemi currently lives in Hartland, Mich.

�Mika has coached me for many, many years. Every time I want to learn something new, I take a flight to see him and live in his home. One year he changed me from a crouched stance and a five-step approach to an upright stance with six steps.Two months later, I won the European Championship.�

Lehtonen, a left-hander, decided to bowl in the World Series �because I�m hungry to learn something new and the best players in the world are here in the United States. The World Series is five different lane conditions. That�s something new for me. I�ve played some tournaments in the U.S. before, but now my plan is I�m going to bowl all the tournaments I can this year.�

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South Point Bowling Center, Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday

(Top 10 after 12 of 60 games)
1, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,715.
2, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 5,624.
3, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 5,622.
4, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 5,610.
5, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 5,581.
6 , Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 5,569.
7, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 5,567.
8, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 5,556.
9, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 5,519.
10, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 5,494.

(After 12 games; top 16 advance to round-robin match play Monday, Nov. 1)
1, Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 2,818.
2, Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 2,817.
3, Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., 2,792.
4, Andres Gomez, Colombia, 2,789.
5, Gregory Thompson Jr., Dublin, Calif., 2,766.
6, Kip Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 2,748.
7, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 2,711.
8, Bill O'Neill, Southampton, Pa., 2,704.
9, Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 2,695.
10, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 2,693.
11, Michael Haugen Jr., Carefree, Ariz., 2,682.
12, Mike DeVaney, Murrieta, Calif., 2,665.
13, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 2,663.
14, (tie) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Brian Lake, Warren, Mich., 2,659.
16, Tyler Jensen, Ft. Worth, Texas, 2,658.

17, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 2,646.
18, Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., 2,645.
19, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 2,626.
20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 2,624.
21, Andrew Cain, Phoenix, 2,616.
22, Stevie Weber, Chalmette, La., 2,614.
23, (tie) Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., and Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 2,613.
25, Eddie VanDaniker Jr., Essex, Md., 2,612.
26, Peter Ljung, Sweden, 2,607.
27,(tie) Joe Salvemini, Henderson, Nev., and Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 2,605.
29, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, 2,601.
30, (tie) Won-Young Choi, South Korea, and Osku Palermaa, Sweden, 2,600.
32, (tie) Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, and Jason Wojnar, Chicago, 2,593.
34, Mark Buffa, Canada, 2,588.
35, Dave D'Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 2,587.
36, (tie) Robert Andersson, Sweden, and Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., 2,583.
38, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 2,582.
39, J.R. Raymond, Saginaw, Mich., 2,581.
40, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 2,580.
41, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 2,579.
42, Jason Sterner, McDonough, Ga., 2,578.
43, Manuel Otalora, Colombia, 2,577.
44, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 2,569.
45, Richard Langton, Tallahassee, Fla., 2,566.
46, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 2,559.
47, Scott Norton, Costa Mesa, Calif., 2,553.
48, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 2,551.
49, Ingellimar Contreras, Venezuela, 2,550.
50, Brandon Baker, Tempe, Ariz., 2,549.
51, (tie) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Patrick Girard, Canada, 2,541.
53, D.J. Archer, Mineral Wells, Texas, 2,538.
54, Dominic Barrett, England, 2,535.
55, Craig Hanson, Orlando, Fla., 2,532.
56, (tie) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Luis Olivo, Venezuela, 2,531.
58, Tim Mack, Indianapolis, 2,530.
59, Jason Poli, West Des Moines, Iowa, 2,526.
60, Randy Weiss, Columbia, S.C., 2,524.
61, Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 2,522.
62, David Beres, Waukesha, Wis., 2,520.
63, Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 2,517.
64, Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 2,516.
65, (tie) Tommy Gollick, Oberlin, Pa., and Scott Newell, Deland, Fla., 2,511.
67, (tie) Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., and Brian Valenta, Lockport, Ill., 2,509.
69, Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 2,505.
70, (tie) Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y.; Andy Mortensen, Irving, Texas, and Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 2,504.
73, Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa., 2,503.
74, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 2,501.
75, Tim Porritt, Anaheim, Calif., 2,499.
76, Dino Castillo, Carrollton, Texas, 2,497.
77, (tie) Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Jouni Helminen, Finland, 2,496.
79, Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 2,491.
80, Mitch Beasley, Puyallup, Wash., 2,489.
81, (tie) Mike Fagan, Patchogue, N.Y., and Michael Steil, Wheeling, Ill., 2,488.
83, Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 2,487.
84, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 2,486.
85, Brian Thompson, Flat Rock, Mich., 2,485.
86, (tie) Chino Lander, Venezuela; Kasey Normandin, Canada, and Ildemaro Ruiz, Venezuela, 2,484.
89, (tie) Mathias Arup, Sweden, and Dan MacLelland, Canada, 2,483.
91, (tie) George Lambert IV, Canada, and Josh Chambliss, Charleston, S.C., 2,478.
93, John DeBenedetta Jr., Las Vegas, 2,476.
94, Paul Moor, England, 2,473.
95, Isao Yamamoto, Kanagawa, Japan, 2,466.
96, Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., 2,464.
97, (tie) Jim Huddleston, New Castle, Ind., and PJ Haggerty, Roseville, Calif., 2,463.
99, Carleton Chambers, Detroit, 2,460.
100, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 2,457.
101, Billy Oatman, Chicago, 2,455.
102, (tie) Tae-Hwa Jeong, South Korea, and Yong-Jin Gu, South Korea, 2,454.
104, Nick Kokenos, St. Clair Shores, Mich., 2,452.
105, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 2,450.
106, Quinton Bohlen, Decorah, Iowa, 2,448.
107, (tie) Jean Perez, Puerto Rico, and Chad Kloss, West Allis, Wis., 2,439.
109, Karen Marcano, Venezuela, 2,437.
110, Frank Guccione, Castle Rock, Colo., 2,435.
111, (tie) Anthony LaCaze, Melrose Park, Ill.; Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., and Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 2,434.
114, Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., 2,431.
115, (tie) Jason Belmonte, Australia; Chuck Tillson, Rohnert Park, Calif., and David Canady, Germany, 2,430.
118, Eddie Graham, Centerville, Ohio, 2,428.
119, Justin Williams, Bartlett, Tenn., 2,422.
120, (tie) Brett Cooper, Euliss, Texas; James Roberts, Richmond, Va., and Dave Wodka, Chatsworth, Calif., 2,420.
123, Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., 2,419.
124, (tie) David Haynes, Las Vegas; Corey Husted, Milwaukie, Ore, and Brett Spangler, New Castle, Ind., 2,414.
127, (tie) Hyun Jin Kang, South Korea, and Joe Paluszek, Bensalem, Pa., 2,413.
129, David O'Sullivan, Orlando, Fla., 2,412.
130, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 2,406.
131, Marc Heninger, Tonganoxie, Kan., 2,405.
132, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 2,402.
133, Christopher Keane, New City, N.Y., 2,401.
134, (tie) Martin Paulsson, Sweden, and Johnathan Bower, Middletown, Pa., 2,397.
136, Paola Gomez, Colombia, 2,395.
137, Ramon Estrada, San Diego, 2,392.
138, Ko Woon Kim, South Korea, 2,391.
139, (tie) Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., and Daryn Young, Danville, Calif., 2,390.
141, Jason Tehee, Fresno, Calif., 2,388.
142, (tie) Bo Goergen, Sanford, Mich., and Hank Boomershine, Brigham City, Utah, 2,385.
144, Jesse Buss, Wichita, Kan., 2,383.
145, Vayle Floria, Cerritos, Calif, 2,370.
146, Curtis Foss, Medina, N.Y., 2,369.
147, Del Powell Jr., San Antonio, 2,367.
148, John Nolen, Waterford, Mich., 2,364.
149, (tie) Chad Pojas, Wahiawa, Hawaii, and Brian Menini, Brookfield, Mo., 2,358.
151, (tie) Travis Celmer, Wernersville, Pa., and Robb Helt, Fort Smith, Ark., 2,357.
153, (tie) Mike Armstrong Jr., Tucson, Ariz., and Jun-Yung Kim, South Korea, 2,355.
155, George Woodill, Orlando, Fla., 2,354.
156, Justin Stevens, Aiea, Hawaii, 2,349.
157, Don Moser, Murrieta, Calif., 2,348.
158, (tie) Javier Pardi, Venezuela, and Won Lak Son, South Korea, 2,344.
160, (tie) Jaime Monroy, Colombia, and George Gaucin, El Paso, Texas, 2,341.
162, Rhino Page, San Diego, 2,340.
163, (tie) Reydnier Chavez, Venezuela, and Alan Mojado, Pala, Calif., 2,337.
165, Frank Bellavia Jr., Niagara Falls, N.Y., 2,330.
166, Rusty Minar, Atlanta, 2,328.
167, David Newcomer, Pearcy, Ark., 2,326.
168, (tie) Andy Patterson, Tyler, Texas, and Noel Vazquez, Sacramento, Calif., 2,325.
170, (tie) Jeff Zaffino, Warren, Pa., and John Cicero, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,324.
172, Jerry Johnson Jr., Las Vegas, 2,322.
173, Mark Fennell, Seattle, 2,321.
174, Matt Freiberg, Simpsonville, S.C., 2,320.
175, Aaron Ramsden, Pleasant Valley, Mo., 2,319.
176, Lindsay Baker, Amherst, N.Y., 2,317.
177, (tie) Morgan O'Brien, Lomira, Wis., and Eric Malone, Brewster, N.Y., 2,315.
179, Kris Koeltzow, Wheat Ridge, Colo., 2,312.
180, (tie) John Oliva, Simi Valley, Calif.; J.T. Jackson, Tarzana, Calif., and Eric Acon, Venezuela, 2,310.
183, (tie) Dave Arnold, Dublin, Calif., and John Conroy, Mahopac, N.Y., 2,309.
185, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 2,308.
186, Matt Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 2,307.
187, Kenneth Bland Jr., Norway, 2,305.
188, John Baskett, Palm Coast, Fla., 2,301.
189, Dan Roberts, Brentwood, Calif., 2,299.
190, Lee Vanderhoef, Greenville, S.C., 2,295.
191, Alicia Marcano, Venezuela, 2,290.
192, Steven Arehart, Chesapeake, Va., 2,288.
193, (tie) Steven Lach, Sloan, N.Y., and Andre Eubanks, Los Angeles, 2,287.
195, Jeffrey Voght, Canojahaire, N.Y., 2,285.
196, Dave Han, Orlando, Fla., 2,282.
197, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 2,281.
198, Jason Weaver, Denver, Pa., 2,279.
199, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 2,278.
200, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 2,277.
201, (tie) Tim Arnold, Wilmington, Del., and Kevin Eppele, Las Vegas, 2,268.
203, (tie) John Perry, Nuevo, Calif.; Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash.; Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., and Tony Rodriguez Jr., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., 2,266.
207, Wayne Stellick, Aurora, Colo., 2,264.
208, (tie) Phil Gessner, Spring, Texas, and Don Allen III, Vancouver, Wash., 2,262.
210, Chris Messmer, Albion, N.Y., 2,260.
211, David Evers, Lakewood, Wash., 2,257.
212, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 2,253.
213, (tie) David Czajka, Marysville, Wash., and Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,252.
215, Steven Black, Phoenix, 2,243.
216, Adam James, Redmond, Wash., 2,239.
217, Kevin Gallagher, Torrance, Calif., 2,238.
218, Jim Horan, Mountain View, Calif., 2,237.
219, (tie) Paul Nilsen Sr., Murrieta, Calif., and Jaime Gonzalez, Colombia, 2,234.
221, Mike Keily, Lakewood, Colo., 2,225.
222, Bobby Hall II, Landover, Md., 2,224.
223, Gary Simon, Philippi, W.Va., 2,219.
224, Courtney Miller, Charleston, S.C., 2,218.
225, Caesar Brannon II, Midland, Texas, 2,217.
226, John Wilcox, Kirkland, Wash., 2,213.
227, Brian Nicodemus, Akron, Ind., 2,199.
228, (tie) Frank Lomotan, Las Vegas, and Kelvin Douthard, Birmingham, Ala., 2,192.
230, Geordin Krupski, Newtonville, N.J., 2,179.
231, Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, 2,175.
232, Robert Mushtare, Carthage, N.Y., 2,173.
233, Glen Nakagawa, Highland Village, Texas, 2,169.
234, Robert Lawrence, Austin, Texas, 2,150.
235, Leonard Lopez Jr., Citrus Heights, Calif., 2,149.
236, Jack Nealon, Bowie, Md., 2,146.
237, Vince Kuzmicki, Miami, Fla., 2,144.
238, Nicole Ellison, Chatsworth, Calif., 2,137.
239, Brian Penn, LaChine, Mich., 2,132.
240, Brian Cave, Marion, Ind., 2,127.
241, Carl Labayan, Long Beach, Calif., 2,121.
242, Erik Childress, Elk Grove Village, Ill., 2,118.
243, Ralph Chavez, Las Vegas, 2,113.
244, Aaron Billingsley, El Paso, Texas, 2,112.
245, Scott Salem, Oradell, N.J., 2,111.
246, Zack Hattori, Las Vegas, 2,099.
247, Ivo Raul Chiriboga, Miami, 2,092.
248, Michael Hutchens, New Castle, Ind., 2,055.
249, Mark Payne Sr., Amarillo, Texas, 2,036.
250, Kevin Bostrom, Muskegon, Mich., 2,023.
251, Travis Thomas, Lumberton, N.C., 2,020.
252, Ed Campbell, Rochester Hills, Mich., 2,007.
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