PBA Tour Adjusts for 2003-04

by PBA Editor June 23, 2003 19:00
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) has announced changes to the upcoming 2003-2004 PBA Tour season which will begin in October outside of Omaha, Neb. “There are a few tweaks that we felt would tighten up the PBA Tour as we get ready for next season,” said Fred Schreyer, PBA Commissioner. “We are always striving to improve our product, and we feel these changes reflect that objective.” CHANGES INCLUDE: --Weekly Schedule in standard tournaments will be: Thursday 9 a.m. - A squad begins nine-games of qualifying (no change) 5 p.m. - B squad begins nine-games of qualifying (no change) Friday 10 a.m. - Top 64 bowl nine additional games of qualifying (no change) 6 p.m. - Round of 32 single-elimination match play begins and will remain best four of seven games. (earlier starting time) Saturday 11 a.m. - Round of 16 match play begins with all matches taking place at the same time. Matches will be best four of seven games (new). 5 p.m. - The Round of 8 begins with all four matches taking place simultaneously. These matches will also be best four of seven games (new). Sunday Everything remains the same as last season.
MORE CHANGES: --The wildcard spot in standard tournaments will now be decided by the highest qualifier remaining among those in the round of 8 who does not advance in the bracket. They will face the lowest qualifier left in the bracket. --The Round of 32 bracket seeding will be based on points in the 20 most recent tournaments. --No points will be awarded during the Japan Cup or Tournament of Champions (invitational events) --ABC Masters and the 61st U.S. Open will have a two-hour ESPN finals telecast (up from 90 minutes). Five bowlers (formerly four) will make the stepladder finals on ESPN. --Lane condition patterns for every tournament will be posted on PBA.com by August 1. Previously the patterns were not revealed until the tournament began. --All bowling centers will be smoke-free during tournament week (with a designated smoking room).
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Storkson Finds Unlikely Inspiration

by PBA Editor June 22, 2003 19:00
Darrell Storkson averaged 234.62 and knocked down 1,877 pins to lead after the first eight-game qualifying round Monday in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Northwest Classic at Valley Lanes in Beaverton, Ore. “It feels great to lead qualifying,” Storkson,60, said. “There’s still a lot of work to be done but the lead will allow me to be in a little more of a relaxed mode for the tournament.” Storkson, a one-time PBA Senior champion, found inspiration in an unlikely place after attending a funeral Monday. Gary Cea, a friend and local bowler, recently passed away from cancer. “Gary’s mom told me to go and win the tournament when I saw her at the service today,” Storkson said. “That must have provided some additional inspiration.” The Everett, Wash. resident also acknowledged another source of inspiration. Bunny Tuell, wife of the late PBA member, Dave Tuell, is attending the tournament this week. In his eight-game block, Storkson had a high game of 266 and a low of 206. The other six games included a 209, 225, 266, 214, 230 and 258. “My equipment and release matched up well with the conditions today,” Storkson, who was using a Roto Grip Top Fuel, said. “A lot of things went right for me to do well and lead.” Ron Winger, Tarzana, Calif., averaged 234.62 to finish in second place. In third place, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., knocked down 1,847 pins and averaged 230.87. Kerry Fulford, Waco, Texas secured fourth place with a 224.50 average. Rounding out the top five is John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas (221.87). The entire field returns Tuesday for the second eight-game round, after which a cut to the top 32 is made. The top 32 return Wednesday for single-elimination match play that culminates with the semifinals at 7 p.m. and the finals to follow. PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Senior Northwest Classic Valley Lanes, Beaverton, Ore. Monday, June 23 FIRST ROUND QUALIFIER (Name/hometown followed by eight-game pinfall.) 1. Darrell J. Storkson, Everett, Wash., 1,877. 2. Ron Winger, Westlake Village, Calif., 1,849. 3. Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 1,847. 4. Kerry Fulford, Waco, Texas, 1,796. 5. John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1,775. 6. Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., 1,773. 7. Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 1,771. 8. Robert Glass, Lawrence, Kan., 1,766. 9. Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,764. 10. Karl Wolf, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1,761. 11. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,749. 12. Seymour Ginsberg, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,748. 13. Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 1,747. 14. Leon Loucks, Marysville, Wash., 1,747. 15. Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,740. 16. John A. Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 1,728. 17. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,716. 18. Jim Wynne Sr., Bemidji, Minn., 1,695. 19. Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 1,684. 20. Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,681. 21. Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 1,677. 22. Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,664. 23. Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,657. 24. Gary J. Hiday, Indianapolis, Ind., 1,650. 25. Al Sanford, Jackson, Ohio, 1,648. 26. Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,647. 27. Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,647. 28. Jerry Walls, Kennewick, Wash., 1,646. 29. Conway R. Sunell, Whitefish, Mont., 1,646. 30. Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 1,638. 31. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1,633. 32. Dennis Bailey, Vancouver, Wash., 1,631. 33. Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,628. 34. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,625. 35. Brendan V. Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,625. 36. D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 1,624. 37. Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,617. 38. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,617. 39. Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,617. 40. Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,608. 41. Larry Galloway, Lakewood, Calif., 1,608. 42. Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,607. 43. Johnny More, Clackamas, Ore., 1,604. 44. Mike Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore., 1,601. 45. Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,598. 46. Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., 1,587. 47. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,586. 48. Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,581. 49. Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, Nev., 1,580. 50. William Roeben, Bonney Lake, Wash., 1,579. 51. Pete Couture, Cocoa, Fla., 1,573. 52. Ronald D. Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,570. 53. Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,570. 54. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,564. 55. Gregory Goetz, Crofton, Md., 1,550. 56. Paul Kreins, Lake Forest Park, Wash., 1,549. 57. Dale P. Ballou, Seaside, Ore., 1,546. 58. Dennis Holden, Tucson, Ariz., 1,544. 59. Tommy Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,537. 60. Chuck Holland, Dublin, Calif., 1,537. 61. Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,536. 62. Dennis Greene, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,535. 63. Floyd Persson Jr., Everett, Wash., 1,518. 64. Mal Acosta, Sweethome, Ore., 1,516. 65. Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 1,516. 66. Michael Davenport, Diamond Bar, Calif., 1,514. 67. Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., 1,509. 68. Aron M Lipshy, Roseville, Mich., 1,500. 69. Lowell Thomas, Oldtown, Idaho, 1,489. 70. Charlie Moore, Newport, Ore., 1,475. 71. Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 1,474. 72. Dennis Fitzsimonds, Santee, Calif., 1,468. 73. Ken Waters, Homosassa, Fla., 1,459. 74. Dan Clausse, Sacramento, Calif., 1,448. 75. David O. Prunty, Ocean Park, Wash., 1,443. 76. Bob Shaffer, Barberton, Ohio, 1,433. 77. Bob Dunn, Keizer, Ore., 1,412. 78. Randee C Fry, Scottsbluff, Neb., 1,410. 79. Howard Frostman, Hudson, Fla., 1,397. 80. Michael Conway, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,387. 81. John Amaral, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,351. 82. Charlie Simmons, Beaverton, Ore., 1,320. 83. Cowboy Jim Hamilton, Cortaro, Ariz., 1,179. 84. Delano H. Boothe, Canoga Park, Calif. (WD) 300 Games (Round One): None
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Qualifying Begins in NW Classic

by PBA Editor June 22, 2003 19:00
The first squad has completed eight games of qualifying in the PBA Senior Northwest Classic at Valley Lanes in Beaverton, Ore. PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Northwest Classic Valley Lanes, Beaverton,Ore. Monday, June 23 FIRST ROUND QUALIFIER (A Squad Only) (Name/hometown, followed by eight-game pinfall.) 1. Kerry Fulford, Waco, Texas, 1,796. 2. Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 1,771. 3. Robert Glass, Lawrence, Kan., 1,766. 4. Karl Wolf, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 1,761. 5. Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,740. 6. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,716. 7. Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,681. 8. Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 1,677. 9. Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,657. 10. Jerry Walls, Kennewick, Wash., 1,646. 11. Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 1,638. 12. Dennis Bailey, Vancouver, Wash., 1,631. 13. Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 1,628. 14. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,625. 15. Brendan V. Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 1,625. 16. D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 1,624. 17. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,617. 18. Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,608. 19. Larry Galloway, Lakewood, Calif., 1,608. 20. Johnny More, Clackamas, Ore., 1,604. 21. Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,598. 22. Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,586. 23. Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,581. 24. William Roeben, Bonney Lake, Wash., 1,579. 25. Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 1,570. 26. Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,564. 27. Gregory Goetz, Crofton, Md., 1,550. 28. Paul Kreins, Lake Forest Park, Wash., 1,549. 29. Dale P. Ballou, Seaside, Ore., 1,546. 30. Dennis Holden, Tucson, Ariz., 1,544. 31. Tommy Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla., 1,537. 32. Mal Acosta, Sweethome, Ore., 1,516. 33. Michael Davenport, Diamond Bar, Calif., 1,514. 34. Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., 1,509. 35. Lowell Thomas, Oldtown, Idaho, 1,489. 36. Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 1,474. 37. Dan Clausse, Sacramento, Calif., 1,448. 38. Randee C Fry, Scottsbluff, Neb., 1,410. 39. Howard Frostman, Hudson, Fla., 1,397. 40. John Amaral, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,351. 41. Charlie Simmons, Beaverton, Ore., 1,320. 42. Delano H. Boothe, Canoga Park, Calif. (WD) Round One (300 Games): None
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Your Vote Counts

by PBA Editor June 18, 2003 19:00
Nominees in the 17 sport-specific ESPY Award categories were announced this week including Best Bowler. In a new element for this year’s ESPY Awards, fans will determine the winners in these 17 categories through online voting, June 13-30. This year's Best Bowler nominees are Chris Barnes, Norm Duke, PWBA Member Michelle Feldman and Walter Ray Williams Jr. Click here to view their stats. PAST WINNERS '02 Pete Weber '01 Walter Ray Williams Jr. '00 Parker Bohn III '99 Walter Ray Williams Jr. '98 Walter Ray Williams Jr. '97 Bob Learn Jr '96 Mike Aulby '95 Norm Duke The ESPY Awards Presented by General Motors bring together the sports world to celebrate the top achievements, relive memorable moments and salute the best performers and performances. ESPN will televise the event live from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre on Wednesday, July 16 at 9 p.m. ET. FAN VOTING PROCESS From June 13 to June 30, nominees in the 17 sport-specific categories, such as Best Bowler will be posted on ESPN.com (Keyword: ESPY), where fans can vote for the winners. Sport-specific voting will also be available on participating league and industry web sites (PBA.com and PWBA.com) and totals will be tallied from all sites to determine the winners, which will be announced July 16 as part of the ESPY Awards telecast.
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Snow Arrives in Oregon

by PBA Editor June 17, 2003 19:00
For the second consecutive week, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Senior Tour crowned a new champion. Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., defeated Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., two-games-to-none, in the final of the PBA Senior Epicenter Classic Wednesday at Epicenter Bowling Complex. The win was Snow’s first in 14 career events. He pocketed $8,000 for the effort. “This is what bowling professionally is all about,” Snow commented about his first national tournament victory. “I’ve won regionals and other titles before, but this is by far my No. 1 title. To beat the best, that’s what counts.” Snow, who qualified No. 1 after 16 games, became the first bowler to win a title as the top qualifier. In match play, Snow had to get by Gonzalez, a two-time PBA Tour champion searching for his first senior title; Teata Semiz, a PBA Hall of Famer; and John Handegard, the most-winning senior player of all time with 14 titles. In the final, Gonzalez could have struck out in the final game to force Snow to mark for the win. But, the 52-year-old left the 5-7 split in the 10th frame and Snow claimed the deciding game 234-224. He won the first game, 228-202. Gonzalez garnered $4,000 in second. In the semifinals, Snow beat Handegard, 2-1, while Gonzalez bumped Fred McClain, 2-1. Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas, and McClain, Allen Park, Mich., earned $2,300 each in third. The PBA Senior Tour moves on to Valley Lanes in Beaverton, Ore., for the PBA Senior Northwest Classic, June 22-25.
PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Senior Epicenter Classic Epicenter Bowling Complex, Klamath Falls, Ore. Wednesday, June 18
ROUND OF 32 (Single-elimination match play, best-of-five. Losers earn $800.) #1 Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., def. #32 William Roeben, Bonney Lake, Wash., 3-2 (194-216, 226-202, 230-210, 244-257, 269-212). #6 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. #27 Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-0 (246-192, 244-222, 277-213). #7 Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., def. #26 Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3-2 (225-194, 189-214, 212-208, 204-206, 235-226). #8 Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., def. #25 Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 3-1 (177-186, 244-197, 248-213, 228-163). #10 Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., def. #23 Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3-1 (204-225, 198-158, 213-200, 229-209). #11 Tommy Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla., def. #22 Karl Wolf, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 3-2 (181-221, 185-165, 194-205, 202-183, 219-192). #14 Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., def. #19 Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 3-0 (201-200, 265-246, 237-160). #17 Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., def. #16 Pete Couture, Cocoa, Fla., 3-0 (202-184, 218-201, 213-183). #18 Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., def. #15 Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., 3-0 (205-201, 247-243, 215-164). #20 Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., def. #13 Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3-2 (214-216, 217-193, 252-191, 228-239, 219-172). #21 Ron Winger, Westlake Village, Calif., def. #12 Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3-1 (217-238, 245-234, 230-175, 204-190). #24 Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., def. #9 Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3-2 (221-162, 190-206, 210-182, 187-238, 195-192). #28 Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., def. #5 Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 3-1 (219-189, 184-203, 258-224, 209-194). #29 John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas, def. #4 Bob Chamberlain, Auburn Hills, Mich., 3-1 (197-188, 220-265, 258-223, 278-191). #30 Robert Glass, Lawrence, Kan., def. #3 Mike Pullin, Rochelle, Ill., 3-1 (200-202, 199-187, 215-182, 238-214). #31 Roger Workman, Kenova, W. Va., def. #2 Gary J. Hiday, Indianapolis, Ind., 3-2 (200-180, 189-214, 242-175, 191-238, 269-179).
ROUND OF 16 (Single-elimination match play, best-of-five. Losers earn $1,000.) #1 Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., def. #17 Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 3-1 (206-203, 213-224, 214-187, 212-211). #6 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. #11 Tommy Nevitt, Jacksonville, Fla., 3-2 (179-205, 221-178, 255-184, 224-238, 240-220). #8 Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., def. #24 Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3-1 (183-222, 213-192, 213-166, 236-210). #10 Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., def. #7 Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., 3-2 (204-204, 222-231, 226-218, 214-243, 192-166). #18 Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., def. #31 Roger Workman, Kenova, W. Va., 3-2 (222-247, 164-235, 191-184, 206-163, 254-197). #21 Ron Winger, Westlake Village, Calif., def. #28 Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3-0 (234-215, 222-168, 216-201). #29 John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas, def. #20 Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3-1 (245-215, 244-239, 207-214, 244-233). #30 Robert Glass, Lawrence, Kan., def. #14 Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3-0 (243-169, 245-225, 226-224).
ROUND OF 8 (Single-elimination match play, best-of-five. Losers earn $1,300.) #1 Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., def. #8 Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3-1 (246-253, 204-192, 265-191, 243-237). #6 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. #30 Robert Glass, Lawrence, Kan., 3-1 (190-212, 232-215, 236-195, 217-200). #18 Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., def. #10 Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3-1 (244-235, 211-212, 244-175, 226-191). #29 John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas, def. #21 Ron Winger, Westlake Village, Calif., 3-1 (251-236, 238-208, 192-202, 256-234).
SEMIFINALS (Single-elimination match play, best-of-three. Losers earn $2,300.) #1 Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., def. #29 John Handegard, Nacogdoches, Texas, 2-1 (239-185, 232-248, 193-180). #6 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. #18 Fred McClain, Allen Park, Mich., 2-1 (201-202, 248-237, 299-200).
FINAL (Single-elimination match play, best-of-three. Loser earns $4,000. Winner earns $8,000.) #1 Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., def. #6 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2-0 (228-202, 234-224).
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