Marching Along

by PBA Editor November 19, 2002 19:00
As the PBA Pepsi Open begins Thursday, more than one-third of the 2002-03 PBA Tour season is officially in the books. PBA.com takes a look at who’s leading the points race and why the weekly tally holds added significance this year. Also, with only three events left before the Tournament of Champions three players are in danger of being knocked out of the field. Undoubtedly, five-time player of the year Walter Ray Williams Jr. is the hottest player on tour – throwing his hat in the ring as the early favorite for a record-tying sixth POY award. The last three weeks, Williams has earned $80,000 on the merits of his 35th career title (Taylor, Mich.) and two second place finishes. Furthermore, the 43-year-old has made the finals cut in four of the first eight events. But most importantly, he’s racked up valuable points. Like every season, players accumulate points with every tournament finish – the higher you place... the more you earn. And points bring special exemptions to certain invitational events like the Japan Cup. Nothing novel there. However, new this season is the March to the PBA World Championship. The top eight point earners going into the event beginning March 3 will earn a seed in the Round of 16 – skipping all the preliminary rounds and getting straight to the nitty-gritty. Williams earned 25,000 points for his victory in Greater Detroit on November 10 and 20,000 apiece for runner-up the previous and following weeks. Three consecutive title matches have put him in the lead over Chris Barnes, the only other bowler that’s made match play in every tournament this season. Leaders after eight of 22 events:
MARCH TO THE PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 1, Walter Ray Williams Jr., 125,400 2, Chris Barnes, 108,850 3, Danny Wiseman, 89,600 4, Norm Duke, 80,650 5, Hugh Miller , 80,400 6, Brian Voss, 79,590 7, Tommy Delutz Jr., 78,450 8, Ryan Shafer, 78,400 If the World Championship started tomorrow, these eight bowlers would be seeded into the Round of 16 against the surviving eight bowlers from the tournament’s previous rounds. Win two matches and you’re in the semifinals, playing for a chance at $120,000 and the Tour's most coveted title. Call it a reward for a season well-bowled. PBA Points Breakdown (standard events): 1st - 25,000 2nd - 20,000 3rd (T) - 17,500 5th - 16,000 6th (T) - 14,800 9th (T) - 12,600 17th (T) - 8,150 33-64 - 6,000-1,800 65-lower - 1,000 PTQ non-qualifiers - 500 Note: Point totals doubled for the Tournament of Champions (and World Championship). Similar points system used for U.S. Open and ABC Masters.
PBA Tournament of Champions at Mohegan Sun, Dec. 12-15 Before the World Championship, players are gunning for entry into the prestigious PBA Tournament of Champions at Uncasville, CT. The tournament is making a grand return to the schedule this season after a two-year hiatus. The event has been made more exclusive, featuring only the most recent 26 different winners on the PBA Tour along with three champions apiece from the PBA Senior Tour and PBA Regional Tour. An all-match-play, all-arena event – the T of C will showcase the exciting bracket match play format for the first time. Players that qualify for the event will be placed into a blind-draw and seeded into the bracket at random during the Draw Party dinner at the Mohegan Sun on Dec. 12. With only three tournaments remaining before the field is set, only three players can be bounced from the field should anyone off list win in the next three weeks. WHO’S ON THE BUBBLE? 1, Norm Duke, PBA MSN Open (7/8/00) 2, Steve Hoskins, PBA Lone Star Open (11/21/00) 3, Mike Aulby, PBA Silicon Valley Open (1/21/01)
THE T of C FIELD (as of 11/20/02) 1, Eugene McCune, PBA Banquet Classic (11/17/02) 2, Walter Ray Williams Jr., PBA Greater Detroit Open (11/10/02) 3, Danny Wiseman, PBA Miller High Life Open (11/3/02) 4, Brian Voss, PBA Memphis Open (10/27/02) 5, Patrick Healey Jr., PBA Greater Kansas City Classic (10/20/02) 6, Dave D’Entremont, PBA Wichita Open (10/13/02) 7, Robert Smith, Oronamin C Japan Cup 2002 (9/8/02) 8, Hugh Miller, Dream Bowl 2002 (9/2/02) 9, Parker Bohn III, PBA Battle at Little Creek (3/17/02) 10, Doug Kent, PBA World Championship (3/3/02) 11, Steve Wilson, PBA Flagship Open (2/24/02) 12, Pete Weber, PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open (2/9/02) 13, Ritchie Allen, PBA Dallas Open (2/3/02) 14, Ricky Ward, PBA Medford Open (1/13/02) 15, Mika Koivuniemi, U.S. Open (12/9/01) 16, Tommy Delutz Jr., PBA Long Island Open (11/18/01) 17, Patrick Allen, PBA Greater Detroit Open (10/23/01) 18, Dave Arnold, PBA Miller High Life Open (10/9/01) 19, Chris Barnes, PBA Greater Nashville Open (10/2/01) 20, Kurt Pilon, PBA Peoria Open (9/25/01) 21, Bob Learn Jr., Oronamin C Japan Cup 2001 (9/9/01) 22, Jason Couch, The Villages PBA Open (2/24/01) 23, Ryan Shafer, PBA Las Vegas Open (1/25/01) 24, Mike Aulby, PBA Silicon Valley Open (1/21/01) 25, Steve Hoskins, PBA Lone Star Open (11/21/00) 26, Norm Duke, PBA MSN Open (7/8/00)
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John Strausbaugh Wins East Region Event in Buffalo

by PBA Editor November 17, 2002 19:00
PBA East Region Recckio's Lanes Open Reccio's Bowling Lanes, Buffalo, NY, November 15-17, 2002 Final Standings Pos Name - Hometown W-L Prize 1 Strausbaugh, John - Bellefonte, PA 9-2 $2500.00 2 Sorensen, Chris - Utica, NY 8-4 $1350.00 3 Pavlinko, Stephen M. - Sewell, NJ 6-4 $1000.00 4 Beaver, Tim - Kingston, NY 5-2 $1000.00 5 Jurek, Jack - Lackawanna, NY 4-3 $750.00 6 Wallace, James Joseph - North Babylon, NY 3-4 $750.00 7 Minkler Jr., James - Tivoli, NY 3-4 $750.00 8 Carter, Jon J. - Martinsburg, WV 3-2 $750.00 9 Reale, Dennis M. - Havertown, PA 2-3 $500.00 10 Bille, David - Erie, PA 2-3 $500.00 11 LeClair, Brian - Athens, NY 2-3 $500.00 12 Tryniski, Michael - Fulton, NY 1-3 $500.00 13 Zaffino, Jeff - Warren, PA 1-3 $500.00 14 Phark, Yon-Gyo - Flushing, NY 0-3 $500.00 15 Yokobosky, Ken B. - Lafayette, NJ 0-3 $500.00 16 Stemplinger, Neal A. - Ephrata, PA 0-3 $500.00 Qualifying Results 1 Sorensen, Chris - Utica, NY 1754 219.25 +154 2 Strausbaugh, John - Bellefonte, PA 1746 218.25 +146 3 Beaver, Tim - Kingston, NY 1743 217.88 +143 4 Wallace, James Joseph - North Babylon, NY 1722 215.25 +122 5 Zaffino, Jeff - Warren, PA 1717 214.63 +117 6 Minkler Jr., James - Tivoli, NY 1684 210.50 +84 7 Carter, Jon J. - Martinsburg, WV 1684 210.50 +84 8 Pavlinko, Stephen M. - Sewell, NJ 1680 210.00 +80 9 LeClair, Brian - Athens, NY 1679 209.88 +79 10 Bille, David - Erie, PA 1672 209.00 +72 11 Stemplinger, Neal A. - Ephrata, PA 1672 209.00 +72 12 Jurek, Jack - Lackawanna, NY 1668 208.50 +68 13 Reale, Dennis M. - Havertown, PA 1668 208.50 +68 14 Phark, Yon-Gyo - Flushing, NY 1667 208.38 +67 15 Yokobosky, Ken B. - Lafayette, NJ 1666 208.25 +66 16 Tryniski, Michael - Fulton, NY 1658 207.25 +58 17 Spicer, Doug - West Bloomfield, MI 1650 206.25 +50 $250 18 Shady, Mike - Fairview, PA 1639 204.88 +39 240 19 Petrowski, Joe - East Syracuse, NY 1638 204.75 +38 230 20 Davis, Ward R. - Scarborough, Ontario, XX 1626 203.25 +26 228 21 Milleson, Brad - Clyde, OH 1621 202.63 +21 226 22 Smith, Dan - North Syracuse, NY 1620 202.50 +20 224 23 Michalojko, Robert - Mars, PA 1616 202.00 +16 222 24 Robertson, Randy - Evansville, IN 1615 201.88 +15 220 25 Miseno, Nicholas A. - Amsterdam, NY 1605 200.63 +5 218 26 Ottman, Dan - Troy, MI 1602 200.25 +2 214 27 Morin, Jeff D. - Hopatcong, NJ 1602 200.25 +2 214 28 Tweed Sr., Michael - Camp Hill, PA 1602 200.25 +2 214 29 Porter, Larry - Whiteboro, NY 1600 200.00 0 210 30 Walther III, John - Clifton Park, NY 1599 199.88 -1 208 31 Moran, Frank - Manville, NJ 1597 199.63 -3 205 32 Schukert Jr., Richard - Edinburg, PA 1597 199.63 -3 205 33 Reyngoudt, Leonard - Palenville, NY 1594 199.25 -6 202 34 Aiezza, Lee M. - Castleton, NY 1592 199.00 -8 200 35 Stedge, Roger 1590 198.75 -10 36 Lenegan, Steve - Buffalo, NY 1586 198.25 -14 37 Arlesic, Richard - Willowick, OH 1578 197.25 -22 38 Alman, R.J. - Murrysville, PA 1573 196.63 -27 39 Tompkins, Chuck - Columbus, OH 1571 196.38 -29 40 Hatcher, Brian J. - Harrison Twp., MI 1566 195.75 -34 41 Hannahs, Ted - Zanesville, OH 1565 195.63 -35 42 Biniek Jr, Thomas "Beans" - Plymouth, PA 1561 195.13 -39 43 Wilson, Ryan - Garden City, MI 1560 195.00 -40 44 Ruggiero, T.J. 1555 194.38 -45 45 Angelo, Brad - Lockport, NY 1554 194.25 -46 46 Wilbur, Jonathan - Clarendon, VT 1553 194.13 -47 47 Nolan, Pat - Richmond, VA 1547 193.38 -53 48 Zwiezinski, Gary - Elyria, OH 1542 192.75 -58 49 Zimmerer, Scott M - Altoona, PA 1542 192.75 -58 50 Cola, Jeff - Norwich, NY 1535 191.88 -65 51 Lindsay, Scott - Buffalo, NY 1532 191.50 -68 52 Textor, Raymond - Kennedy, NY 1529 191.13 -71 53 Woomer, Larry W. - Albrightsville, PA 1524 190.50 -76 54 Bifaro Jr, Joe - Cheektowaga, NY 1523 190.38 -77 55 Evans, Rainer - Atlanta, GA 1519 189.88 -81 56 Haas, Stephen J. - Enola, PA 1518 189.75 -82 57 Lione, Albert - Amityville, NY 1516 189.50 -84 58 Powell, Robert 1515 189.38 -85 59 Boyd, David D. - St Clair Shores, MI 1515 189.38 -85 60 Verble, Larry - Greenville, PA 1510 188.75 -90 61 Hess, Jason D. - Clinton Township, MI 1507 188.38 -93 62 Thompson, William - Jamestown, NY 1499 187.38 -101 63 DeGraw, Tim - Big Flats, NY 1495 186.88 -105 64 Geiger, Jim - Amsterdam, NY 1485 185.63 -115 65 Burns, Bill - Elizabeth, PA 1479 184.88 -121 66 LoCastro, Mike - Denville, NJ 1478 184.75 -122 67 Hooks, Mark C. - Erie, PA 1478 184.75 -122 68 Fuzie, Brian - Willoughby, OH 1477 184.63 -123 69 Genalo, Don - Perrysburg, OH 1476 184.50 -124 70 Cramer, Andrew J. - La Porte, TX 1468 183.50 -132 71 Krampitz, Wayne A. - Terryville, CT 1467 183.38 -133 72 Belli, John F. - Niagara Falls, Ont., XX 1461 182.63 -139 73 Smith, Kerry 1451 181.38 -149 74 Knight, David - Folcroft, PA 1449 181.13 -151 75 Orth, Brian - Genoa, OH 1444 180.50 -156 76 Klamut, David E. - North Tonawanda, NY 1435 179.38 -165 77 Johnson, Michael - Grand Island, NY 1435 179.38 -165 78 Hills, Daryl 1434 179.25 -166 79 Heacox, Ross - Derry, PA 1432 179.00 -168 80 Shreve Jr., John H. - Vermilion, OH 1430 178.75 -170 81 Worthy Jr, Glenn Edward - Buffalo, NY 1424 178.00 -176 82 Kopko, Jason - Wilkes-Barre, PA 1422 177.75 -178 83 Cope, Eddie - Pasadena, TX 1421 177.63 -179 84 Kristoferson, Eric 1420 177.50 -180 85 Repp, Chaz - Bridgeton, NJ 1418 177.25 -182 86 Moses, Chris - Mentor, OH 1410 176.25 -190 87 Kress, Tommy - Hilton, NY 1404 175.50 -196 88 Campbell, Rick - Kingston, NY 1404 175.50 -196 89 Paul, Bryan - Brooklyn, NY 1388 173.50 -212 90 Neral, John - LaFayette, NJ 1370 171.25 -230 91 Casselberry, Pat - Ithaca, NY 1358 169.75 -242 92 Rowe, Ronald - Taylor, MI 1347 168.38 -253 93 Efthimiades, Timmothy - Pittsburgh, PA 1345 168.13 -255 94 Burke, Richard E. - Frankenmuth, MI 1345 168.13 -255 95 Wendell, Mike 1344 168.00 -256 96 Barcomb, Justin - Hudson Falls, NY 1314 164.25 -286 97 Sowell, David - Springfield, TN 1304 163.00 -296 98 McKinney Jr., Ted I. - West Fargo, ND 1286 160.75 -314 99 Walls, Michael W. - St. Thomas, PA 1239 154.88 -361 100 McKinney, George - Lockport, NY 1129 141.13 -471 101 Sturdivant, Bob - Girard, PA 577 WD 102 Caputo Jr., Bob - Fort Johnson, NY 370 WD
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His Day!

by PBA Editor November 16, 2002 19:00
Eugene McCune claimed his first title and joined the ranks of father/son champions when he won the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Banquet Classic Sunday at Spectrum Lanes. In the championship match, McCune, Munster, Ind., defeated hall of famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 224-186, and picked up the $40,000 top prize. The 34-year-old, whose father Don McCune won eight times and was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1991, won for the first time after 15 years on tour. “It’s like throwing a billion monkeys off my back,” he said. “It means so much. Your whole career, everyone says ‘you throw the ball great’ and ‘you have all the talent in the world.’ When you don’t win it’s tough. Now I can say I beat the best in the world. No matter what anybody says, they can’t take that away from me.” The McCune name is added to the list of father/son champions in PBA history. The roll includes the Weber family (Dick and Pete) and the Johnson family (Don and Jimmy Jr.). Against Williams, McCune opened with five of the first six strikes and led by 23 pins after the sixth frame. The biggest blow for Williams came in the fourth when he missed the 2-4-5-8 “bucket” combination, his second open of the day. McCune finished the match with a strike in the eighth and spares in the seventh, ninth and 10th. A clean game for McCune proved to be enough as Williams left the 10th frame open after leaving the 4-6-7-10 “big four” split. “I’m sure Eugene will be on Cloud No. 9 for a week or two,” said Williams, who earned $20,000 in his third consecutive title match. “I remember my first title (1986) and how exciting it was. But, I’d rather his first one would’ve been against someone else.” Williams has now finished second to a new champion seven times in his career, a new PBA record. He also has 35 second place finishes to go along with his 35 titles. The right-hander has earned $80,000 the last three weeks with two second-place finishes and one victory (Taylor, Mich.). He remains as the PBA Points leader (125,400) for 2002-03 en route to the PBA World Championship in March. In the semifinals, Williams knocked off Tom Baker, 211-201, while McCune narrowly beat Norm Duke, 222-206. Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., and Duke, Clermont, Fla., tied for third place and garnered $10,000 each. In the opening match, Baker thumped Michael Machuga, Erie, Pa., 223-175. Machuga picked up $9,000 in fifth. The PBA Tour travels to Springfield, Pa., and Sproul Lanes for the inaugural PBA Pepsi Open, Nov. 20-24. The event will mark the ninth of 22 tournaments on the 2002-03 PBA Tour.
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WRW Seeks Back-to-Back Titles

by PBA Editor November 15, 2002 19:00
The PBA Banquet Classic at Spectrum Lanes will feature Walter Ray Williams Jr., making his third consecutive finals appearance in the eighth event of the PBA season. In his final obstacle in match play, Williams faced Hall-of-Famer David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, in the best-of-five game match in the Round of Eight. Williams, Ocala, Fla., won the first game 268-199 and then took a 2-0 lead, winning the second game, 234-214. Ozio, an 11-time PBA champion, held on to win the third game 244-235 but Williams knew what he needed to do to put himself in the position to win his 36th title. He took a strong lead in the fourth game, beginning with six strikes that Ozio couldn’t match. Williams won the game 258-244 and the match 3-1 and advanced to the championship round and his chance at becoming the first person to win back-to-back titles in the new format. “I am confident about what I need to do,” Williams said. “I am just ecstatic that I am in the position to be the first person to win back-to-back titles in the new format.” “Going into the 20-week season, my goal was to make five shows, and now at three, I am already ahead of schedule but I definitely won’t stop there.” Earlier in the day, Williams eliminated Tommy Delutz Jr. in the Round of 16 after being down 2-0 in the match. He came back to handily win the third game 279-188 and found his pace to win the next two and advance to the Round of 8. In the wildcard match on the ESPN finals, sophomore Michael Machuga, Erie, Penn., will face nine-time titlest and Hall-of-Famer Tom Baker, Buffalo, NY. In the first semifinal match, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., will face 19-time PBA champion Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. In the second semifinal match, Williams awaits the winner of the Machuga/Baker match. The five finalists will compete for the title and the $40,000 first prize Sunday. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1-2:30 p.m. (ET).
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Live Matches Playing Now on PBA StrikePass

by PBA Editor November 15, 2002 19:00
Tonight Kevin Mitchell and Hugh Miller provide live play-by-play and commentary from the PBA Banquet Classic during tonight's quarterfinals at Spectrum Lanes. Due to heavy weather in Seattle effecting the satellite transmission, users may experience some technical difficulties. We regret any inconvenience. The Round of 8 will be also available to view on Monday as video on demand, which will not be effected by these issues. TONIGHT'S LIVE MATCHUPS Round of 8 5 PM (ET) Mike Machuga vs. Tom Baker Amleto Monacelli vs. Norm Duke TO FOLLOW Randy Pedersen vs. Eugene McCune David Ozio vs. Walter Ray Williams, Jr.
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