Wiseman Masters Miller Park

by PBA Editor October 30, 2004 19:00
Only 17 athletes have tossed a perfect game on a Major League Baseball field. The PBA Tour’s Danny Wiseman almost made it 18, as he captured the 2004 Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress Sunday at Miller Park, defeating Patrick Allen, 268-183 in the title match. Wiseman, who won $100,000 and earned a two-season PBA Tour exemption, opened the final match with eight strikes, leaving a 10-pin in the 9th frame to foil the perfect effort. After another single pin spare, Wiseman fittingly closed the book on his 11th career PBA Tour title with a strike. “All the greats that have won this tournament, you see their names when they hang the banners in the bowling center,” said Wiseman of the Masters, a bowling tradition since 1951. “I have always wanted to win a major, and this is the one because of all the history behind it.” Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., settled for the $50,000 runner-up prize after failing to strike until the 7th frame of the title match. He left four multi-pin spares in the game while Wiseman, the top seed from Baltimore, struck nine times in his only appearance in the stepladder finals format. Allen, the fourth seed, advanced to the title match via a 248-219 win over Patrick Healey Jr., Flower Mound, Texas, in the semifinal. With Allen up three pins heading into the 7th frame, Allen struck on his final six shots to secure a spot in the title match. In the quarterfinal, Allen defeated amateur and 1999 ABC Masters Champion, Brian Boghosian, Agawam, Mass., 238-153. Allen, who was 2nd in the 1993 ABC Masters, struck in five of his first six frames while Boghosian struggled to find his mark, suffering four open frames. Healey collects $25,000 for his 3rd place finish in the PBA Tour’s first of four majors this season while Boghosian takes home $15,000 for 4th. The PBA Tour 2004-05 season continues with the PBA Chicago Open from Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, Ill., Nov. 3-7. Top prize is $40,000. PBA Tour 2004 Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress Miller Park Milwaukee, Wis. Sunday, Oct. 31 Pos. Name, hometown Total/Games Money 1. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 268 (1 game) $100,000 2. Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y. 669 (3 games) $50,000 3. Patrick Healey, Flower Mound, Texas 219 (1 game) $25,000 4. Brian Boghosian, Agawam, Mass. 183 (1 game) $15,000 SCORES – In the quarterfinal match, Patrick Allen def. Brian Boghosian, 238-153; in the semifinal, Allen def. Patrick Healey Jr., 248-219; and in the final, Danny Wiseman def. Allen, 268-183. This is Wiseman’s 11th PBA Tour title and first major title. Sunday's event was a Miller affair as Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress was held at Miller Park and both Patrick Healey Jr. (Miller High Life) and Patrick Allen (Miller Lite) are part of the PBA sponsor competition.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it.

Masters Notes - Day 4

by PBA Editor October 29, 2004 19:00
Clutch Competitor Del Ballard Jr., a 12-time PBA Tour title winner who missed out on an exemption last season, continued to make his way through the winner’s bracket in the Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress on Saturday morning. Against PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, Ballard found himself down by nine pins heading into the third of his three-game set in which the competitor with the highest overall pin total advances. As the match came down to the wire, Ballard came up clutch when it counted. The 1998 ABC Masters champion converted a 2-4-9 split in the 9th frame before doubling in the 10th frame to defeat Voss, 608-607, and continue his march through the winner’s bracket. Ballard will face lefty Patrick Allen in the next round of the winners’ bracket. Cutting it Close Speaking of Ballard, he’s advanced in each round of the winners’ bracket by a pretty slim margin. Heading into his next match with Allen, he’s won his first three matches by an average of 17.7 pins. Ballard defeated Tommy Jones in his first match, 656-621, before defeating Chris Barnes, 668-651, and Voss, 608-607. A Big Advantage So, how big of an advantage does a bowler receive by staying in the winners’ bracket this week? Consider this: A bowler who advances to the televised finals from the winners’ bracket will bowl just five matches (not including games to determine seedings). A bowler who drops their first match of the day will need to bowl nine matches to reach the championship round. Last season, D.J. Archer lost his second match of the week, then had to bowl seven “do or die” matches before he solidified a slot in the five-bowler finals. Steady Improvement Norm Duke, the 1993 ABC Masters winner and ABC Hall of Famer, has improved his score in each of his first three matches this week. Duke opened match play with a 633-603 win over amateur Chris Slagter, good for a 211.00 average. Duke then used a 222.33 average in his 667-592 win over Tim Mack. Saturday morning, Duke averaged 225.33 in his 676-652 defeat of Mike Wolfe. Hall of Famer in Town Billy Hardwick, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1977, is in town with his wife, Rebecca. Hardwick is the owner of 17 PBA Tour titles. He won multiple titles in three different seasons, including four in 1963. The two-time PBA Player of the Year won the 1963 PBA National Championship and the 1965 Tournament of Champions among his titles. Cruisin’ in Milwaukee The Miller High Life Cruiser, which recently came out of retirement, made an appearance outside AMF Bowlero on Friday, and will be parked outside Miller Park on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Cruiser, which first hit the road in the early 1950s, serves up a traveling museum of relics and little known facts about the “Champagne of Beers”. The 35-foot long Cruiser, which is a replica of the original 1950s bus, showcases a 12-foot high Miller High Life bottle atop the roof. Captains Jeff Lewis and Dave Zweifel have been driving the cruiser on a 30-state tour from California to Virginia, stopping at more than 50 venues across the country.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it.

Masters Down to Final Four

by PBA Editor October 29, 2004 19:00
Amateur Brian Boghosian will be looking to become just the sixth bowler to win multiple Masters titles after he went 5-2 in match play and secured the No. 3 seed in Sunday’s finals of the Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress (ABC) at Miller Park. Boghosian, the 1999 ABC Masters champion, surprised 10th-seeded Patrick Allen, 608-579, in the finals of the winners’ bracket in the three-game, total pin match-play format Saturday to secure a spot on the live ESPN finals. “It feels awesome,” Boghosian said. “I know I can do it. It’s just a matter of executing the shots and overcoming the nerves.” The road to the finals was hardly easy for Boghosian, Agawam, Mass., whose margin of victory shrunk in each of his first four wins. He opened with an 83-pin victory over Justin Hromek in the Round of 64 before eventually sneaking past ABC Hall of Famer Norm Duke by just 18 pins in the Round of 16. Joining Boghosian is Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md., who beat Patrick Healey Jr., 658-638 in the Round of 8 to reach his first career Masters final. Wiseman, who will be seeded 1st for the finals, had a relatively easy route to the finals. He averaged 232.67 and a 78.4-pin margin of victory in his first five matches. Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., and Healey, Flower Mound, Texas, bounced back to win in the losers’ bracket and qualify for Sunday’s finals. Allen, seeded 4th, is appearing in his third Masters finals. He finished 5th last season and 2nd in the 1993 ABC Masters. Healey, seeded 2nd, will be bowling in his first Masters final. The finals of the Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress take place Sunday, Oct. 31 at Miller Park. They will be aired live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it.

Heading Into Match Play

by PBA Editor October 28, 2004 19:00
Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., will begin his quest for his second straight Masters title in the Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress Friday at 4 p.m. CT with the round of 64, double-elimination match play at AMF Bowlero. Williams, a 39-time Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour winner, earned a bye with his win in last season’s ABC Masters and will join the top 63 qualifiers remaining from the original 576-bowler field. Williams, seeded 32nd, will open up against fellow PBA Tour exempt bowler, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y. Kent was 35th in qualifying with a 3,157 15-game pinfall. Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, was one of three females to advance to match play after qualifying with 3,180. She will face PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss, Alpharetta, Ga., who was 36th with 3,156 after qualifying. “My goal coming in was to stay focused and stay within myself,” said Asbaty, the top female qualifier. “If you get wrapped up in everything around you, you get distracted. I can’t try to chase anyone. I just have to concentrate on what I’m doing.” Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, and Patrick Healey Jr., Flower Mound, Texas, tied for 1st with 3,332, but Koivuniemi will be the top seed in match play because he averaged 236.80 in his final five-game block opposed to Healey’s 216.60 over his final five games. Overall, 31 of the 58 PBA Tour exempt bowlers remain alive for the $100,000 top prize and two-season PBA Tour exemption given to the winner of the Masters. The 64 remaining bowlers begin double-elimination match play Friday at 4 p.m. CT. Match play consists of three games, with the player having the higher pin total advancing and the loser being forced to come out of the loser’s bracket. Match play will continue Saturday with the final 32 bowlers vying for the four-bowler finals. ESPN will televise the stepladder finals live Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1-2:30 p.m. ET at Miller Park. Asbaty driving ‘em batty Diandra Asbaty is turning some heads this week as she is putting pressure on some of the best bowlers in the world. The 24-year old from Chicago, Ill. finished qualifying in 25th place with a 3,180 15-game pinfall for a 212.00 average after the final qualifying round. She was in 14th place after Thursday and shot a 1,005 five-game pinfall Friday morning to advance as one of the top-64 bowlers to match play. The former Collegiate Bowler of the Year at the University of Nebraska, where she led her team to two national championships, has been unfazed by competing with the best in the world. “My goal coming in was to stay focused and stay within myself,” said Asbaty. “If you get wrapped up in everything around you, you get distracted. I can’t try to chase anyone, I just have to concentrate on what I’m doing. It’s bowling, you know, there’s no defense out there.” Asbaty is in her sixth year as a member of Team USA. She won the World Rankings Tournament in July as well as the 2003 FIQ World Championships in Malaysia last September. Now she’s put herself in position to be among the best in world, male or female. “It’s such an honor to be bowling among the best in the world,” Asbaty said. “It’s a lot different bowling with men, especially men of this caliber. These are the best bowlers in the world. I’ve bowled against men before, but out here you have to make changes very quickly and they are not just small adjustments, they’re big.” Asbaty doesn’t plan on changing too much the rest of the tournament. What she has done so far has worked out well. “I just need to stay focused,” Asbaty said. “I have nothing to lose out there. I’ve felt relaxed the entire week.” Generous and Wiseman Before arriving in Milwaukee, PBA Tour exempt bowler Danny Wiseman took some time to help a friend in need. Wiseman made a stop in River Grove, Ill. to attend the Candle Light Fundraiser in support of River Grove Bowl owner Bill Kurzrock, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Wiseman met Kurzrock and his wife, Ginger, who have owned River Grove Bowl since 2000, two years ago at the Miller High Life Open in Vernon Hills, Ill. League bowlers, open bowlers, family and friends of Kurzrock participated in the event to raise money for all bills not covered by insurance for Kurzrock’s bone marrow transplant which will take place Nov. 1. Upon hearing of Kurzrock’s condition, Wiseman came to River Grove to assist with the event and set up a silent auction for which he donated several items. The auction donated nearly $1,000 towards Kurzrock’s cause, bringing the total money raised from the event to $7,900. Ozio in town PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio is in town this week, but he isn’t bowling. He’s here with Dexter, a company he has worked with for 20 years. Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, made time away from work to bowl his first season on the PBA Senior Tour. Chances are, he is well on his way to being named the PBA Senior Rookie of the Year. But as a full-time member of the Dexter staff, which includes work in all facets of the company from product design to marketing, he has had difficulty spending the time he would like to spend bowling. “I’m one of the fortunate guys with a really good job,” said Ozio. “It’s the type of thing where if the job permits it, I’ll bowl. But I have one goal out there and that is to be (PBA Senior Tour) Player of the Year. That’s what I had in mind but because of work I didn’t get a chance to bowl as often as I would have needed to reach that goal.” Though he will most likely be named Rookie of the Year as he is currently fifth in the PBA Senior Tour Point Rankings, Ozio isn’t satisfied. He decided not to bowl this week because he wouldn’t have brought his “A” game. “I’ve been in the office a lot the last month and that has left me time to only bowl on the weekends,” Ozio said. “That’s not enough games to match up against the best in the world. If I can’t be at my best then I won’t go out there.” Ozio was the PBA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1985. He won 11 PBA Tour titles in his career and is 12th on the all-time money leaders list. He was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 1995.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it.

Penner Given Commissioner's Exemption

by PBA Editor October 28, 2004 19:00
PBA Tour Commissioner Fred Schreyer announced today the PBA Commissioner’s Exemption has been awarded to Tim Penner for the PBA Pepsi Open in Wichita, Kan. Penner has strong ties in the Wichita area. He bowled at Wichita State University from 1996-2000, helping the Shockers to a National Championship in 1998. He was the Missouri Valley Conference Bowler of the Year his sophomore year and was named Academic All-American his final three seasons. The 26-year old has served as an associate coach at Wichita State since he graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. “As soon as I learned about the exemption I was wondering, ‘How do you follow Weber, Pencak and Spigner?’” said Penner, referring to the Commissioner’s Exemptions in the tournaments preceding the PBA Pepsi Open. “There’s a little bit of pressure out there, but it gives me opportunity to shine…hopefully I can follow in their footsteps.” Penner has appeared in 21-career PBA Tour events, reaching match play three times and cashing nine times. His most notable performance came in the 2003 PBA World Championship when he finished tied for 9th with PBA greats Pete Weber and Patrick Allen. He posted a 10-6 record in match play, knocking off Doug Kent and Jason Queen in the Round of 32 and 16, respectively, before falling to Brad Angelo, 3-2, in the Round of Super 16. He also had a great showing in the 2003 PBA Empire State Open where he finished 18th. The weekly Commissioner’s Exemption will be seeded 59th in each of this season’s 16 standard PBA Tour events. The 2004 PBA Pepsi Open takes place Nov. 23-28 at Northrock Lanes in Wichita, Kan. The PBA Tour season will make its television debut Sunday, Oct. 31 with the finals of the 2004 Miller High Life Masters presented by the American Bowling Congress at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wis.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing it.