Miller Takes First-Round Lead In Indy

For the first time in nearly two weeks, someone other than Jason Belmonte is in the lead after a qualifying or match play round on the PBA Tour.

Brad Miller took the lead after the opening round of qualifying Wednesday afternoon at the 2019 Go Bowling! PBA Indianapolis Open with a six-game total of 1,445, a 240.83 average, at Woodland Bowl.

Miller put together games of 220, 267, 202, 278, 266 and 212 to lead the field of 120 bowlers. The second round of qualifying begins at 5 p.m. Eastern today live on FloBowling.

Results: PBA Indianapolis Open Qualifying Round 1

Belmonte had either led or been tied for the lead in 11 consecutive rounds of qualifying or match play before today. Although he led after four games Wednesday, Belmonte dropped down to third after the first squad with 1,417.

Defending champion Jakob Butturff sits in second place with 1,435. Butturff, who struggled to a 48th-place finish at the PBA Tournament of Champions and 54th-place finish at the PBA Players Championship, finished with a 279 game to bolt into second place.

Josh Blanchard is fourth with 1,392, while Wes Malott is fifth with 1,389. Lefthander Rhino Page currently sits on the cut line in 24th place with 1,327, a 221.17 average.

The players are facing dual patterns this week throughout the event with the left lane conditioned with the 45-foot Dick Weber pattern and the right lane conditioned with the 38-foot Mike Aulby pattern.

The players will bowl three rounds of qualifying and after 18 games the field will be cut to the top 24 for three rounds of round robin match play. The stepladder finals featuring the top five will take place Sunday.

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