Williams Wins a Classic Match Over Bohn

by PBA Editor February 13, 2004 19:00
In the end, the round of 16 match Saturday between Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Parker Bohn III was all it was built up to be. When the dust settled, Williams won the epic battle four-games-to-two in the PBA Odor-Eaters Open at Golden Pin Lanes. After Williams, Ocala, Fla., took the first game, Bohn stormed back to win the next two. In game five, Bohn, Jackson, N.J., needed only to strike in the 10th frame, but left the 4-7-10 split to give Williams the win, 257-243, and tie the match up at two. “That really turned the match around because if he won that game, I would have had a big deficit to come back from,” said Williams, who has won 39 career PBA Tour titles. The fifth game was easily their best yet, as both struck on their first nine shots. Williams sealed the match on his end with his second 300-game of the tournament to put the pressure on Bohn. After striking on his first shot in the 10th, Bohn left the 6-10 to give the game to Williams, 300-288. “I knew I had to strike out because Parker (Bohn) had a great line that game,” said Williams, who won the sixth game 247-228. “The way we were going, I thought we might be at it for a while, but his second ball in the 10th came up just a bit light.” Robert Smith, Thousand Oaks, Calif., advanced to his first round of 8 since winning the PBA Banquet Open the first week of the season. Smith averaged 264 over five games to defeat Chris Barnes, Dallas, 4-1. In other matches, Joe Ciccone, the 2000 PBA Rookie of the Year, dropped his first game to Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, but fought back to win the next four games and take the match, 4-1. Ciccone joins Mike Edwards and Brandon Hilgendorf in making their first round of 8 appearances of the season. The remaining eight bowlers will return tonight at 5 p.m. MT to continue with match play. Match play is a single-elimination, bracket format where bowlers are ranked based on the past 20 PBA Tour events. The five-man finals will be televised live on ESPN Sunday, Feb. 15 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET. Top prize is $40,000.
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Angelo Climbs Into Round of 16

by PBA Editor February 12, 2004 19:00
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., used a 29-25 roll-off following game four to defeat Wayne Garber, Modesto, Calif., four games-to-none in the round of 32 Friday in the PBA Odor-Eaters Open at Golden Pin Lanes. Angelo, who has made two finals appearances in the last four weeks, tied Garber in game four, 215-215. After trading strikes in the one-ball, sudden death roll-off and nine-spares in the second roll-off, Angelo struck in the third extra frame while Garber knocked down six. “This is tough mentally when you know you have to shoot 230 to keep pace,” said Angelo, who entered the day in a tie for 62nd place. “I think everyone out here feels the pressure.” Angelo will face Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., Saturday morning in the round of 16. Learn advanced by defeating Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 4-1. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., swept Matt Ballard, Peoria, Ariz., 4-0 and will face Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. Saturday morning. Bohn advanced by defeating Mike Machuga, Erie, Pa., 4-3. Bohn and Williams finished qualifying earlier Friday, first and second, respectively. Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., knocked off Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 4-0. Couch used a 10-9 roll-off to proceed into tomorrow’s action. Couch will face Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla., who advanced by defeating Brian Voss, Alphretta, Ga., 4-3. In game seven, Edwards nearly threw a perfect game in the 278-217 win. Brandon Hilgendorf, Clinton Township, Mich., defeated Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., 4-3. In one of the few seven-game matches of the evening, Hilgendorf struck with his first shot in the 10th frame to secure the win. The round of 16 match play will begin tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. MT. Match play is a single-elimination, best-of-seven format. The eight winners will then begin the round of 8 match play at 5:00 p.m. ESPN will televise the five-man finals live from Golden Pin Lanes Sunday, Feb. 15, from 10:30 a.m. - Noon MT.
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Back From the Brink

by PBA Editor February 12, 2004 19:00
Walter Ray Williams Jr., 57th after the first round of qualifying, set a PBA nine-game pinfall record, and vaulted up to 2nd place after the round of 64 in the PBA Odor-Eaters Open Friday afternoon at Golden Pin Lanes. Williams’ 2,367 nine-game pinfall Friday, good for a 263.00 average, was 10 pins better than Dave D’Entremont’s 2,357 in the 2002 PBA Flagship Open. The six-time PBA Player of the Year finished qualifying this week with a 4,417 18-game pinfall. “In my last game yesterday, I started hooking the ball more,” said Williams, who featured games of 300, 290, 289 and 279. “Today, I took some balls and shined them up good. That allowed me to hook my shots really well…it just seemed to be perfect.” Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., also made a jump in the standings after averaging 258.44 Friday. He began the day in 52nd place, but rebounded to finish with 4,388, good for 4th heading into match play. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., continued to lead qualifying with 4,531, a new PBA season-high. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, was 3rd with 4,395 while 2000 PBA Rookie of the Year Joe Ciccone, was 5th with 4,351. This could be a big week for Bohn, who is currently 54th in the PBA World Point Rankings. If the season ended this week, titlists and the remaining top 49 in the point rankings would be included in next season’s exempt tour. Richard Wolfe, Vienna, Va., defeated D.J. Archer, Amarillo, Texas, in a one-game roll-off to determine the 32nd spot after qualifying. The top 32 will begin match play tonight at 6 p.m. MT. Match play is a single-elimination, best-of-seven bracket format. Bowlers will be seeded based on point totals from the last 20 tournaments. ESPN will televise the five-man finals live from Golden Pin Lanes Sunday, Feb. 15, from 12:30-2 p.m. ET. Notes: Bohn's 4,531 18-game pinfall bettered Patrick Allen's 4,518 in the PBA Cambridge Credit Classic earlier this season.
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Bohn Bounces Back

by PBA Editor February 11, 2004 19:00
Despite being entrenched in one of the worst stretches of his 20-year career, Parker Bohn III battled back to shoot a 2,326 nine-game pinfall and holds the lead after the opening round of the PBA Odor-Eaters Open at Golden Pin Lanes. Bohn, Jackson, N.J., started off with a 300-game to set the tone for the rest of his day. After his low game of 211 in game four, Bohn shot 255, 279, and 258 over his next three games and ended with a 268. “Everything I’ve done lately has been everything but right,” said Bohn, who is currently 54th in the PBA World Point Rankings. “It’s been like a 12-round fight with Mike Tyson, and I don’t know why I keep getting up. I felt really good bowling out there today, but I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I’ll take it game by game.” Bohn holds a 17-pin lead over Bob Learn, Erie, Pa., who set a torrid early scoring pace of his own, averaging 274 in his first five games, including a perfect game of his own to start the round. However, Learn tailed off toward the end of his nine-game set, shooting 223 and 197, in games six and seven, respectively, to give Bohn the advantage. PBA Hall of Famer Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., who is only competing in his third event since being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992, sits in 11th place with 2,170. Last week’s U.S. Open champion Pete Weber bowed out after the second game due to a sore right hand. Former Major League Baseball pitcher Tom Candiotti averaged 201.22 and finished 163rd. Candiotti is the second former pitcher to compete on Tour this season following John Burkett’s 185th place finish in the ABC Masters. The 177-man field has been cut to the top 64 competitors, who will return Friday at 10 a.m. MT to roll another nine-game set. The bowlers will then be reduced to the top 32 for match play. Match play is a single-elimination, bracket format where bowlers are ranked based on the past 20 PBA Tour events. The five-man finals will be televised live on ESPN Sunday, Feb. 15 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET. Top prize is $40,000.
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Jones and LeClair Share Top Spot

by PBA Editor February 11, 2004 19:00
Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., and Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., share the lead with a 2,213 nine-game pinfall after early qualifying in the PBA Odor-Eaters Open Thursday afternoon at Golden Pin Lanes. Jones, the 2002 PBA Rookie of the Year, tossed games of 244, 244 and 235 in games six through eight. He held a 64-pin lead heading into the final game, in which he tossed 190. “I didn’t bowl very well that last game because fatigue was setting in,” said Jones, who bowled 51 games in last week’s 61st U.S. Open. “It’s definitely a goal to win, but right now I have to stay consistent and make sure I have a job next year.” LeClair, a 20-year pro looking for his first Tour title, started out hot with games of 279, 247 and 267. After his low game of 191, he closed out the day with a 254 performance to tie Jones. Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., is 3rd, just one pin behind the leaders. Mike Machuga, Erie, Pa., is 4th with 2,190 while Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., rounded out the top 5 with 2,174. Some players in danger of missing the cut include Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., who sits in 34th place with 2,050, and Del Ballard Jr., currently in 39th place with 2,043. Former Major League pitcher and current ESPN analyst Tom Candiotti, Scottsdale, Ariz., averaged 201.22 and is currently in 83rd place with 1,811. The first round of qualifying continues Thursday night, after which the 177-man field will be cut to the top 64. They will return Friday to roll another nine-game set before the top 32 advance to match play Friday evening. Match play is a single-elimination, best-of-seven bracket format. Bowlers will be seeded based on point totals from the last 20 tournaments. ESPN will televise the five-man finals live from Golden Pin Lanes Sunday, Feb. 15, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET. Notes: Jones is part of the Odor-Eaters squad for the PBA Team Championship...Danny Wiseman's pain in his right hand forced him to bowl left-handed in his final game.
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