PBA and Denny's Strike a Deal

by PBA Editor January 6, 2005 19:00
The PBA announced today that Denny’s, America’s largest full-service family restaurant chain, has signed on to become a PBA sponsor in 2005. Under the new sponsorship, Denny’s becomes the official family restaurant of the PBA Tour with naming rights to one of the PBA’s most prestigious tournaments, which has been renamed the PBA Denny’s World Championship. “We’re pleased to be associated with one of America’s best known restaurants,” said PBA Commissioner Fred Schreyer. “Denny’s will have visibility during PBA’s telecasts and access to its growing fan base and industry partners, including 2,200 Strike Ten bowling centers and the USBC.” Denny’s will also take part in the 2004-05 PBA Sponsor Championship Competition. The Denny’s team consists of Jason Hurd, the 2004 PBA Pepsi Open champion, Rick Lawrence, winner of the 2004 PBA BowlersParadise.com Open, and Brian LeClair. Currently, two of the three members of the Denny’s team, Lawrence and Hurd, rank in the top 10 on the 2004-05 PBA World Point Rankings. Denny’s sponsored bowlers will wear the Denny’s logo on their shirt backs and right sleeves and throw specially-made spare balls emblazoned with the Denny’s logo. “Denny’s is excited to join the PBA as a sponsor in promoting the nation’s most popular recreational sport,” said Margaret Jenkins, Denny’s chief marketing officer. “We believe bowling fans of all ages can enjoy Denny’s 24-hour, nationwide availability and full menu that includes kids and late-night offerings.” The signing continues a successful season for the PBA Tour, as the original ESPN telecasts have twice drawn over 1 million people, including the PBA Denver Open telecast on Sunday, Dec. 5 which set a season-high with 1,099,359 people (ages two and older). The PBA Tour currently has 17 sponsors heading into the second half of the 2004-05 PBA Tour season, up from just two sponsors for the 2001-02 season. The PBA Denny’s World Championship will begin on March 26 at Taylor Lanes in Taylor, Mich. The final two days of competition will be held at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. ESPN will broadcast the final rounds live at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 3.
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Time Changes For 2005 PBA Banquet Open

by PBA Editor January 6, 2005 19:00
The PBA Tour announced today adjustments to the 2005 PBA Banquet Open tournament schedule, which will be held at Spectrum Lanes, March 16-20. The all match play rounds of 32 and 16 will be held Friday, March 18, with the round of 32 beginning at noon and the round of 16 beginning at 6 p.m. The round of 8, normally held Friday evening, will be moved to Saturday, March 19, at noon. Official PBA Pro-Ams will begin at Spectrum Lanes at 4 p.m., with an additional session at 7 p.m. PBA Pro-Ams were originally scheduled for 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. The round of 64 will remain unchanged, with two seven-game qualifying sessions taking place at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. The championship round will take place Sunday, March 20, at 12:30 p.m., and will air live on ESPN. Tickets for the PBA Banquet Open, the final standard Tour event of the 2004-05 PBA Tour season, can be purchased three ways: - Online at the PBA’s official website, www.pba.com - Over the phone: - At 1-866-PBA-PRO-AM (1-866-722-7762) - At Spectrum Lanes Lanes (616-530-2400) - In person at Spectrum Lanes in Wyoming, Mich. This week, the PBA Tour is in Mesa, Ariz. for the PBA GEICO Open. The championship round can be seen live on ESPN, Sunday, January 9 at 1 p.m. ET.
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Bohn Beats Competition

by PBA Editor January 5, 2005 19:00
Looking to snap a 50-event winless streak and become just the fifth bowler to reach the 30-title plateau, Parker Bohn III led qualifying with a 3,230 14-game pinfall, averaging 231.29 in his second seven-game block Thursday evening, in the PBA GEICO Open at Brunswick Zone Mesa. Bohn, Jackson, N.J., started off strong in the second session, shooting 229, 280, 226 and 268 in his first four games after averaging 230.14 over his first seven-game block Thursday afternoon. “I haven’t quite figured out yet what I have to do to put it all together,” said Bohn, who was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1999. “The last two weeks of the first half, things started to come together.” With match play rankings based on point totals from the 20 prior PBA Tour tournaments, Bohn will be seeded 21st and will take on fellow left-hander No. 12 Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., in Friday’s round of 32. Couch was 3rd in qualifying with 3,147. The 2004 PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, was 2nd with 3,175 while the 2004 PBA World Championship winner, Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., was 4th with 3,135. Walter Ray Williams Jr., looking to tie Earl Anthony for the all-time record with 41 Tour titles, missed the cut to the round of 32, finishing 48th with 2,861. Former Major League pitcher Tom Candiotti, who was awarded the Commissioner’s Exemption into the event, finished 64th with 2,634. Friday features all match-play with the rounds of 32, 16 and 8 starting at 10 a.m. MT. Match play is single-elimination, best-of-seven games. The final rounds of the PBA GEICO Open will be shown live on ESPN Sunday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. Top prize is $40,000 and an exemption for the 2005-06 PBA Tour season.
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Day One in Mesa

by PBA Editor January 5, 2005 19:00
Travel Woes Brad Angelo missed the official PBA Practice Session last night due to flight delays in Chicago. He didn’t arrive in Arizona until 7:30 p.m., a half hour after the practice session started. He made it to Brunswick Zone Mesa a little after 9 p.m. and worked on his game about 20 minutes. Abner Tops…Again Ken Abner took the top spot in the PBA Tour Qualifying Round yesterday at Brunswick Zone Mesa, marking the second time he’s captured top honors en route to the Round of 64 this season. Abner had a consistent day, shooting over 200 in all nine of his games, including back-to-back 220s in games 3 and 4. The Cincinnati native shot a high of 247 in game six before closing out his round with scores of 226, 223 and 216. “It means a lot to me to get into the round of 64. As long as you get in you have a chance to go on and win a tournament and hopefully get that exemption,” said Abner, who also took first in the 2004 PBA BowlersParadise.com Open Qualifying Round (also at a Brunswick Zone – Lakeside). “That’s why I became a member in May. That was the goal in mind.” We’ve Been Here Before Yesterday’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round marked the first time this season that four PBA members to advance were making a multiple appearance into the round of 64. Prior to this week, at least one PBA member to come out of the Qualifying Round was making their Tour debut this season. Jeff Carter finished 3rd in yesterday’s Qualifying Round, giving him his PBA-best fifth ticket into the round of 64 this season. Here’s a look at the top bowlers who have come out of the PBA Tour Qualifying Round to advance to the round of 64 this season:
Qualifier Round of 64 Apps.
*Jeff Carter5
Tim Mack4
Tom Daugherty4
*Shawn Evans3
*Randy Pedersen2
*Ken Abner2
Mike Mineman2
Jeff Zaffino2
*Qualified this week
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Machuga Leads in Mesa

by PBA Editor January 5, 2005 19:00
Mike Machuga shot a 1,682 seven-game pinfall to lead the first block of qualifying in the round of 64 Thursday in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) GEICO Open at Brunswick Zone Mesa. Machuga, Erie, Pa., who is seeking his first career title, led the field by 33 pins after six games. Chris Johnson, Garland, Texas, who was in 7th place after six games and trailed Machuga by 101 pins, shot a 300 in game seven, but Machuga’s 224 was enough to hold onto the lead. “I wasn’t that physically sharp to be honest, I just matched up well,” said Machuga, who has advanced to the championship round once this season. “I drilled a ball last night that read the lanes well. I’ll drill one more ball for tonight just for another option, but I won’t change anything.” The round of 64, which was all match play in the first half of the 2004-05 PBA Tour season, now features two seven-game qualifying blocks, with the top 32 advancing to Friday’s round of 32. Johnson shot the only 300 game of the first qualifying block, and it vaulted him into second place with 1,657. Also finishing in the top 10 were PBA Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., who is 4th with 1,611, and Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., who is 8th with 1,559. This season’s only two-time titlist, Tommy Jones, Maudlin, S.C., is 7th with 1,561. The round of 64 continues tonight at 6 p.m. MT with the final seven games of the 14-game qualifying session. Friday’s round of 32 starts at 10 a.m., followed by the round of 16 at 2:30 p.m. and the round of 8 at 7 p.m. Friday’s play features best-of-seven games match play, with the final four winners advancing to Sunday’s final rounds, which will air live on ESPN at 11 a.m. MT. The winner will take home $40,000 and an exemption for the 2005-06 PBA Tour season.
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