Six Rookies Seek Success

by PBA Editor August 15, 2002 19:00
There are milestones in life that people dread and there are others which are eagerly anticipated. When six PBA members reached the age of 50, it was a milestone that brought eligibility to join the PBA Senior Tour. Mal Acosta, Bob Handley, Vince Mazzanti, Jr., Charlie Tapp, Gene Vincent and Mike Winklepleck make up the 2002 Senior rookie class. Combined they hold 12 PBA Tour titles, 17 Regional Tour titles and a competitive edge to excel on the Senior Tour. For each of them, their debut on the Senior Tour means something different. National Champs Return to the Lanes Acosta, a four-time PBA Tour champion, returned to the lanes at the PBA Senior Epicenter Classic in Klamath Falls, Ore., where after the first day of qualifying he was in ninth place and finished the tournament cashing in 26th place. “I felt like I did okay,” Acosta said. “My timing wasn’t as good as I’d like it to be but it felt good to be out there.” For the last six years, Acosta has lived in Sweet Home, Ore., where he co-owns a tree service and spends time with his three-year-old son, Tanner. He is content with what his life in Sweet Home right now and doesn’t envision joining the seniors full-time. However, during the two stops he bowled in Oregon, he found there were things he missed about the Tour. “It felt good to be back and see everyone,” he said. “It’s great to see Charlie Tapp, Teata Semiz, Pete Couture and all the other guys I used to bowl with out on the National Tour.” The rookies agree that one of the greatest things about being on the Senior Tour is being with all the guys they used to bowl with. “I really missed the camaraderie of bowling with everyone,” Handley, Winter Park, Fla., said. “There are great bowlers out here and still great competition.” Handley, a five-time PBA Tour champion, took a leave of absence from his job as a sales representative at Colonial Bowling Supply to bowl in the last five senior tournaments. “When I was on tour as a kid, I didn’t stop and smell the roses,” Handley said. “There was more pressure back then. My goal was to come out here, have a good time and hope for a little pay off.” He made his first appearance in a senior tournament at the ABC Masters in Tucson, Ariz., where he finished in the top 16 and took home $2,000. During the next four tournaments, Handley cashed in each event, with a high finish of eighth place at the PBA Senior Northwest Classic. After the Beaverton event, he is 19th on the 2002 Senior Points list. Together Handley and Acosta hold nine PBA Tour titles. The remaining three titles among the rookies belong to Tapp, who re-joined the Senior Tour this year after turning 50 in the middle of last season and competing in two 2001 tournaments. Tapp was anticipating his 50th birthday and his PBA Senior Tour eligibility. “I was waiting to turn 50 to go out on tour,” he said. “There isn’t anything else I’d rather be doing.” While Tapp has cashed in two events this year, he knows he can do better. “It’s aggravating and frustrating that I haven’t done better. It’s actually been real disappointing. I have been trapped in bad habits – habits that I thought I had overcome.” “It’s more competitive out here than people think and you have to be 100% confident that you can do it,” Tapp said. “And that is something I didn’t realize.” While Acosta, Handley and Tapp are champions in the PBA history books, the other three rookies also bring talent and skills to the rookie class. Rookies Continue to Learn Mazzanti, Levittown, Penn., an eight-time Regional Tour champion, has been waiting for the past two years to turn 50 and join the tour. He has bowled in six senior tournaments this year, which is more than he thought he would be able to. “I was in Tucson and everyone said that since I was already out there, I had to bowl Vegas,” Mazzanti said. “So I went to Vegas and I did really well so then I went Brentwood and I just kept doing well and cashing so I continued for the rest of the stops in the west.” Mazzanti’s highest finish was at the PBA Senior Epicenter Classic, where he finished in 7th place and took home $1,500. “I’m still learning a lot. I watch all the guys and try and figure what I need to focus on to make my game better,” he said. “It’s great out here bowling with the best competition and knowing I can compete and hang in there with them.” Gene Vincent is also finding out that while it may be frustrating at times, he can still compete with the senior bowlers. “I have had to adapt and make a lot of adjustments,” he said. “The oil patterns are different than I am used to bowling on and it’s been tough trying to figure them out.” Despite his frustrations, the Stonington, Ill. resident has adapted well enough to cash in three events this season. His highest finish was 18th place at the PBA Senior Chillicothe Open. “I wasn’t sure how well I could compete out here,” Vincent said. “But I’ve learned a lot, especially from the other members and I know that I just need to adjust to the lanes a little quicker and I think I’ll do much better.” Like one of his mentors on the Senior Tour, Gene Stus, Vincent did not become a PBA member until he turned 50. However, being a member has always been a goal. “Being a PBA member has been a lifelong dream of mine,” Vincent said. “My PBA card means a lot to me.” Solo Rookie with Perfect Attendance There has only been one rookie that has competed in all eight of the 2002 Senior Tour stops. Mike Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore., has been waiting for ten years to hit the 50 year-old mark and begin his adventure on the PBA Senior Tour. His perfect attendance, combined with his consistency on the lanes, have earned him 17th place on the 2002 Senior Points List (after the PBA Senior Northwest Classic). Winklepleck’s highest finishes were sixth place at the Epicenter Classic, followed by 7th place at the Greater Detroit Open and a 16th place finish at the Northwest Classic. “I have done better than I expected,” the bowling center owner said. “The first year has been a good experience.” “I’ve had enough success that I can justify staying out here full time. I can fine tune the mistakes I have made and just keep elevating my game.”
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PBA to Adjust Pro-Am Clause in Revised Player Contract

by PBA Editor August 15, 2002 19:00
Contracts stated to commence on January 1, 2002, will be amended to September 15, 2002. In the revised PBA Standard Player Contract that was recently distributed to a number of PBA members, one sentence will be removed from the document, effective immediately. Specifically, a sentence in clause 9.0 that states, “Professional further agrees that he will not bowl in any non-PBA sanctioned Pro-Am or Pro-Am like event without written permission from an authorized representative of the PBA, regardless of the mileage and/or distance requirements of Rule 10.11.” will be removed from any player contract which has already been signed, and may be stricken from existing copies that players will be asked to sign in the next few months. “As I’ve stated before, we want to encourage our members to bowl as much as possible, while also asking them to remain concerned of outside groups who may try to infringe on the use of our logos and history for their own gain,” said PBA President and CEO Steve Miller. “When we realized that this clause did not serve that purpose and that the protections provided by the conflicting tournament rules were sufficient, we immediately set about to rectify our position on the Pro-Am clause.” Players will be asked to sign the new contract prior to competing in any event after September 15, 2002. Also, due to a clerical error, the commencement date of some of the new contracts read January 1, 2002, which will be amended to September 15, 2002. The reason for sending out the new contract was to make way for new programs that the PBA plans to roll out within the next two years and address the 90 day notice rule in your previous contract. Members will still have the right to keep the Pro-Am clause in their contracts, but unless they call PBA membership services at 206-332-9688, the contracts will be amended on their behalf.
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Marv Sargent still leading point race

by PBA Editor August 14, 2002 19:00
Marv Sargent is still hanging on to the Regional PBA Point lead but only by 320 over David Leverage and 752 over Gene Bruihl. With 8 tournaments remaining, the Bowler of the Year race is sure to go down to the final event. PBA POINTS (as of August 11) Name -PBA pts- Tourns. 1 MARV SARGENT -14990 -12 2 DAVID LEVERAGE- 14670 -13 3 GENE BRUIHL -14238- 13 4 ERIC FORKEL- 10940- 8 5 MIKE DEVANEY- 10288- 9 6 BEN LAUGHLIN- 10252- 10 7 JIM PRATT- 10250- 8 8 MICHAEL TOUNTAS -9921- 9 9 TIM PAUL, JR.- 9909- 11 10 RICK MENELEY- 9460- 7 11 DOUG WILCOX- 9208- 11 12 BOB LASTER- 9093- 8 13 MATT BALLARD- 8972- 10 14 DENNIS HORAN- 8770- 6 15 MIKE TAYLOR- 8318- 8 16 TONY REYES- 8080- 7 17 MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.- 7940- 8 18 CURTIS WOODS- 7840- 7 19 RICKY CORONA- 7730- 7 20 JEFF FRANKOS- 7006- 5 MONEY WINNINGS 1 DENNIS HORAN- $9,306.00 - 6 2 BOB LASTER- $8,755.00 - 8 3 MICHAEL TOUNTAS- $7,850.00- 9 4 WAYNE WEBB - $6,500.00 - 4 5 MARV SARGENT - $6,167.50 - 12 6 DAVID LEVERAGE - $5,805.00 - 13 7 GENE BRUIHL- $5,600.00 - 13 8 MIKE DEVANEY- $5,495.00 - 9 9 BEN LAUGHLIN- $5,280.00 - 10 10 JEFF FRANKOS- $5,260.00 - 5 11 DAVID STREET- $4,880.00 - 5 12 ERIC FORKEL- $4,727.50 - 8 13 JIM PRATT- $4,608.00 - 8 14 DAVE ARNOLD- $4,300.00 - 4 15 TONY REYES- $3,837.50 - 7 16 TIM PAUL, JR.- $3,820.00 - 11 17 MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.- $3,557.50- 8 18 MATT BALLARD- $3,445.00 - 10 19 VINCE WOOD - $3,435.00 - 6 20 DOUG WILCOX - $3,270.00- 11 REGIONAL PLAYERS INVITATIONAL POINT LIST 1 DAVID LEVERAGE- 18705- 13 2 GENE BRUIHL -18253- 13 3 MARV SARGENT- 17265- 12 4 TIM PAUL, JR.- 14089- 11 5 BEN LAUGHLIN- 13487- 10 6 RICK MENELEY- 12525- 7 7 MATT BALLARD- 11562- 10 8 MIKE TAYLOR- 11428- 8 9 BOB LASTER- 11323- 8 10 DOUG WILCOX- 10023- 11 11 MICHAEL TOUNTAS- 9921- 9 12 DENNIS HORAN- 9610- 6 13 CURTIS WOODS- 9540- 7 14 MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.- 9220- 8 15 RICKY CORONA- 9210- 7 16 ROBBIE MORRIS- 8983- 6 17 JEFF HICKENBOTTOM- 8182- 6 18 STEVE WARREN- 7795- 6 19 JEFF FRANKOS- 7326- 5 20 DAVID STREET- 7217- 5 AVERAGE FINISH (min. 4 tournaments) 1 DAVE ARNOLD- 5.75 -4 2 ERIC FORKEL- 11.25- 8 3 WAYNE WEBB- 12.50- 4 4 JIM PRATT- 14.62- 8 5 RICK MENELEY- 15.43- 7 6 TONY REYES- 19.71- 7 7 RICKY CORONA- 19.86- 7 8 MIKE DEVANEY- 19.89- 9 9 MICHAEL TOUNTAS- 20.11- 9 10 CURTIS WOODS- 20.14- 7 11 MARV SARGENT- 20.25- 12 12 DAVID LEVERAGE- 20.46- 13 13 JEFF HICKENBOTTOM- 21.17- 6 14 DENNIS HORAN- 21.67- 6 15 JEFF FRANKOS- 22.00- 5 16 BEN LAUGHLIN- 22.30- 10 17 MICHAEL HAUGEN JR.- 22.38- 8 18 EDDIE WILLIAMS- 22.40- 5 19 GENE BRUIHL- 23.46- 13 20 CHRIS PREBLE- 23.50- 4
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Tournament of Champions Criteria Announced

by PBA Editor August 13, 2002 19:00
The PBA announced the new criteria for entry into their prestigious Tournament of Champions. This year the PBA Tournament of Champions will take place December 12-15 at the Mohegan Sun Arena on six constructed lanes from VIA Bowling Products. The winner will take home $100,000. Thirty-two bowlers will fill the exclusive field based on the following: • The last 26 different winners on the PBA Tour (the last tournament to count towards entry is the 2002 PBA Empire State Open, December 4-8). • The last three PBA Regional major champions (2002 PBA Regional Players Championship; 2000 and 2001 NRPC champions). • The last three PBA Senior World (National) Champions Because the PBA Tournament of Champions was not held in the 2001-2002 season, spots have been held for champions that would have competed in that year. Future Tournament of Champions will have the most recent 28 PBA Tour winners, two regional champions - winners from both the PBA Regional Players Championship and the PBA Regional Players Invitational (formerly the National Resident Pro Championship), and two senior champions – winners from the PBA Senior World Championship and one other planned major. Once the field has been determined, the 32 bowlers will be placed into a blind draw for placement into the PBA Tournament of Champions bracket. The format for the tournament will be entirely match-play with the rounds of 32, 16 and eight being the best 3 out of 5 games. The semi-finals and finals will air live on ESPN on Sunday, December 15 at 1:00 p.m. ET and will be one game matches. PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS at Mohegan Sun Prize Fund PLACE MONEY 1. $100,000 2. 30,000 3. 10,000 4. 10,000 5. 6,000 6. 6,000 7. 6,000 8. 6,000 9. 3,000 10. 3,000 11. 3,000 12. 3,000 13. 3,000 14. 3,000 15. 3,000 16. 3,000 17. 2,000 18. 2,000 19. 2,000 20. 2,000 21. 2,000 22. 2,000 23. 2,000 24. 2,000 25. 2,000 26. 2,000 27. 2,000 28. 2,000 29. 2,000 30. 2,000 31. 2,000 32. 2,000 $230,000 PBA TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS Entry List (as of August 7, 2002) PBA Tour Entrants No. Name Tournament 1. Parker Bohn, III Battle at Little Creek (3/17/02) 2. Doug Kent PBA World Championship (3/3/02) 3. Steve Wilson PBA Flagship Open (2/24/02) 4. Robert Smith PBA Empire State Open (2/17/02) 5. Pete Weber PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open (2/9/02) 6. Ritchie Allen PBA Dallas Open (2/3/02) 7. Brian Voss PBA Las Vegas Open (1/24/02) 8. Ricky Ward PBA Medford Open (1/13/02) 9. Mika Koivuniemi U.S. Open (12/9/01) 10. Tommy Delutz, Jr. PBA Long Island Open (11/18/01) 11. Walter Ray Williams, Jr. PBA Greater Cincinnati Classic (11/11/01) 12. Danny Wiseman PBA Johnny Petraglia Open (10/30/01) 13. Patrick Allen PBA Greater Detroit Open (10/23/01) 14. Dave Arnold PBA Miller High Life Open (10/9/01) 15. Chris Barnes PBA Greater Nashville Open (10/2/01) 16. Kurt Pilon PBA Peoria Open (9/25/01) 17. Bob Learn, Jr. 2001 Japan Cup (9/9/01) 18. Jason Couch The Villages PBA Open (2/24/01) 19. Ryan Shafer PBA Las Vegas Open (1/25/01) 20. Mike Aulby PBA Silicon Valley Open (1/21/01) 21. Steve Hoskins PBA Lone Star Open (11/21/00) 22. Norm Duke PBA MSN Open (7/8/00) 23. Dennis Horan Touring Players Championship (2/27/00) 24. Dave Husted National/Senior Doubles (1/15/00) 25. Randy Pedersen PBA Indianapolis Open (11/10/99) 26. Dave Wodka PBA Greater Detroit Open (10/27/99) PBA Senior Tour Entrants No. Name Tournament 27. Mark Roth Senior World Championship (6/7/02) 28. Dale Eagle Senior National Championship (10/18/01) 29. Bob Glass Senior National Championship (10/13/00) PBA Regional Tour Entrants No. Name Tournament 30. Wes Mallott PBA Regional Players Championship (6/13/02) 31. Mike Nape NRPC Champion (12/6/01) 32. Bob Davidson NRPC Champion (12/7/00)
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Hall of Fame Instruction

by PBA Editor August 11, 2002 19:00
Legendary “Coach of the Pros” and PBA Hall of Famer John Jowdy recently completed his highly anticipated instructional book, Bowling Execution. Jowdy details every aspect of the sport and includes personal coaching experiences with countless PBA stars from over the years. John Jowdy is a legend in bowling. He is recognized internationally as an author, speaker and top coach of the pros. In honor of his coaching expertise, Jowdy was inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1988. Now, anyone can learn tips from the master in his new book, available at Amazon.com and most national bookstores. “I believe it will help all bowlers, in all categories,” said Jowdy. “Whether you are a 140 average bowler or a 210 average. The book is written for modern-type bowling, from equipment to conditions and methods of execution.” As a special PBA.com preview, read the book’s back cover copy (below): -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "John Jowdy helped me achieve hall of fame status in bowling; now what I learned from John is in print for all bowlers to learn.” --Mike Aulby 27-time PBA champion and PBA Hall of Fame member "John Jowdy takes the complex game of bowling and puts it in an understandable format that no doubt will help all bowlers.” --Marshall D. Holman PBA Hall of Fame member "If you are looking to get to the next level, then this book is for you. John Jowdy is one of the best coaches the PBA Tour has ever known.” --Parker Bohn III 1999 and 2002 PBA Player of the Year Bowl your best with the help of John Jowdy, one of the world's top bowling coaches. In Bowling Execution, Jowdy teaches how to perform and refine techniques to achieve consistency and higher scores. Learn how to: • improve each phase of your shot, from stance to follow-through; • use the free armswing for smoother mechanics; • develop better control when hooking the ball; • select the best shot-making strategy for each situation; • adjust effectively to changing lane conditions; and • practice more productively for winning results in competition. Take advantage of these and many more lessons from the master and reap the benefits in every frame, every game.
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