Ronnie Russell held onto his lead as qualifying came to a close Wednesday night at the 2019 PBA Chameleon Championship.
Russell put together a 10-game total of 2,350, a 235 average, to lead the 135-player field at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park, Michigan. The Chameleon is the second event of the 2019 PBA World Series of Bowling.
The top 16 players advanced to the best-of-five single-elimination match-play bracket, which will take place Tuesday live on FloBowling. Qualifying for the PBA Scorpion Championship begins Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern.
Russell averaged better than 250 in the opening five-game block and although his scores were not as high in the second round, he still had enough to hold onto the lead. He shot 1,253 earlier in the day Wednesday and followed it up with 1,097.
Jason Belmonte, who missed his first cut of the season yesterday in the PBA Cheetah Championship, rebounded to finish second in qualifying in the Chameleon event with 2,318. Tom Daugherty sits in third place with 2,288, Mitch Hupe is fourth with 2,270 and Anthony Pepe is fifth with 2,259.
Jimmy Cook earned the last spot in match play, finishing in 16th place with 2,178, a 217.8 average. EJ Tackett missed the cut by a single pin.
Qualifying scores from the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion events are being used to put together a 30-game qualifying total for the PBA World Championship this week.
After 20 of 30 games, Daugherty leads the field with a total of 4,587, a 229.35 average, heading into the PBA Scorpion Championship tomorrow.
Kyle Sherman is second with 4,538, and Bill O’Neill sits in third with 4,516. Chris Barnes is fourth with 3,385, and Belmonte’s big day Wednesday help erase his 37-place finish Tuesday as he moved into fifth with 4,481.
For the full qualifying results for the PBA World Championship, click here.