Holman Beats Deadeye

by PBA Editor January 9, 2003 19:00
Marshall Holman did something he didn’t think he would be able to Friday night in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Medford Open at Lava Lanes. Holman, of Medford, defeated top-ranked Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., four-games-to-three in the best-of-seven Round of 32 match (247-228, 264-251, 210-258, 213-256, 214-203, 244-203). “I really didn’t think I could beat him,” Holman, 48, said of his fellow hall-of-famer. “I thought it was possible but not probable. Especially when he got locked in after the second game, I thought I was done.” But Williams, who had the ball reaction he was searching for in games No. 3 and 4, wasn’t able to adjust as the lanes began to hook more in game No. 5. “The lanes just started to hook a pinch more and I wasn’t able to make the right adjustment,” Williams commented. “Coming into the match, I thought I had an advantage (as the full-time player). But it didn’t work out.” Holman, retired from full-time competition but bowling in the tournament because it is in his hometown, made match play last at the 1998 Tournament of Champions. He fed off the hometown crowd’s energy the entire match which helped propel him to the decisive game. Williams, who led the game by 21 pins after five frames, threw the 4-6-7 split in the sixth. Holman answered with the next five strikes to lock-up the match. “You’ve gotta like my chances,” he said. “I just beat the best player on tour. Now, I’m playing (Mike) Edwards who is another great full-time player. I think anyone can win that match.” Defending champion Ricky Ward, who made his first match play cut of the season this week, beat Brian Kretzer in five games (249-182, 236-212, 185-205, 213-197, 244-202). He will take on David Traber, who knocked off Pete Weber. Other Round of 16 matches Saturday include; Joe Ciccone vs. Parker Bohn III, Bob Learn Jr. vs. Patrick Allen, Rohn Morton vs. Danny Wiseman, Hugh Miller vs. Tommy Delutz Jr., Chris Barnes vs. Christopher Sand, and Del Ballard Jr. vs. Bryan Goebel. Match play continues Saturday with best-of-five as the field is cut from 16, to eight, to four plus a wild card. The five finalists will compete for the title and the $40,000 first prize. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 12:30-2 p.m. ET.
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Holman Cracks Top 32

by PBA Editor January 9, 2003 19:00
Never has there been a more classic, hall-of-fame match-up on the “new” Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Tour. Top-ranked Walter Ray Williams Jr. will face the “Medford Meteor,” Marshall Holman tonight in the PBA Medford Open. Holman, retired from full-time competition and a lifetime resident of Medford, earned his first match play appearance since 1998 after he qualified 20th with a 4,069, 18-game pinfall (226 average). Right after the round, while being interviewed by the local media, Holman was informed which player he drew for the opening round of match play. “I just got the worst draw I could get,” the 48-year-old told everyone. “I get to play the best player on tour for the last 15 years.” Holman and Williams have a rivalry dating back to 1980, the year Williams joined the PBA. At that point, Holman already owned 11 of his 22 career titles as a six-year veteran. Ironically, it wouldn’t be until 1996 – the year Holman claimed his last title – when Williams would catch Holman in the titles category. Since then, Williams has become the second-most winning player of all-time with 35 career titles and five PBA Player of the Year awards. “We’ve bowled each other many times,” Williams said. “There was really no advantage, one way or another. I might have a slight advantage tonight because he hasn’t bowled in about a year. But, he definitely has the hometown advantage.” Williams earned the 13th spot with 4,126 pins and a 229 average. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, led the 18-game qualifier with 4,246 pins (235.89 average). He will face No. 32 Joe Ciccone, the 2000 PBA Rookie of the Year, from Buffalo, N.Y., (4,013). Other compelling matches include brothers-in-law Jeff Lizzi and Del Ballard Jr. and leading rookie of the year candidate Brad Angelo vs. Bob Learn Jr. Also, Brian Kretzer will take on defending champion Ricky Ward, who earned his first match play appearance of the season. Chris Barnes, Dallas, qualified sixth and extended his streak as the only player to make match play in every tournament this season (14). He will face five-time champion Jess Stayrook. The top 32 return tonight for single-elimination, best-of-seven games matches. Head-to-head competition continues Saturday with best-of-five matches as the field is cut from 16, to eight, to four plus a wild card. The five finalists will compete for the title and the $40,000 first prize. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 12:30-2 p.m. ET.
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Kretzer Leads in Medford

by PBA Editor January 8, 2003 19:00
“I led when we were playing on this pattern in the first tournament of the year in Wichita,” the 36-year-old said about the PBA’s “E” oil pattern, one of five unique conditions used throughout the season. “For some reason, this pattern just works for me and matches up well with the balls that I use.” The Ohio native is now one of only three players to cash in every tournament bowled this season (11/11). The only other two players that have cashed in each tournament are Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Chris Barnes (14/14). Kretzer started the day with a 247, fell back in the second with a 190 and then bounced back with two strong games (274 and 280). He followed with a 244, 226, 228, 245 and 249. “I bowled with two guys on my pair that I felt comfortable with and got relaxed,” he said. “It actually got easier as the games went on tonight.” “When I have led the tournament before or finished at the top, I have continued to do well in the next round,” he said. A second-year PBA touring professional, Kretzer has three, Round of 16 finishes this season and has made it to match play in seven tournaments. He has one career TV appearance last year in North Brunswick, N.J., where he finished in fifth place. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, finished in second place after averaging 241.67 (2,183) while Bryan Goebel knocked down 2,169 pins and averaged 241 to finish in third place. Bob Learn Jr., Erie, Pa., is in fourth place with a 240.67 average and Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, rounds out the top five after averaging 239.67 (2,157). Roberto Silva, Mexico, rolled the first perfect game of his PBA career and finished in 39th place. Defending player of the year Parker Bohn III rolled the only other 300 game of the tournament during the morning rounds. He finished in 35th place. The top 64 will return Friday at 10 a.m. for the second, nine-game qualifying round. The top 32 return Friday evening for single-elimination, best-of-seven games matches. Head-to-head competition will continue Saturday with best-of-five matches as the field is cut from 16, to eight, to four plus a wild card for the finals. The five finalists will compete for the title and the $40,000 first prize. ESPN will air the finals live from Lava Lanes on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 12:30-2 p.m. ET.
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Final Stats From The 2002 PBA Midwest Region Season

by PBA Editor January 7, 2003 19:00
EARNINGS 1. Steve Jaros $15,315 2. David Traber $11,746 3. Dale Traber $11,329 4. Jeff Carter $10,950 5. Lennie Boresch $10,420 6. Jeff Richgels $8,582 7. Eugene McCune $6,882 8. Jason Queen $6,525 9. Michael Sopper $6,387 10. Mike Mineman $5,575 11. Michael Nape $5,432 12. Kyle Taylor $4,762 13. Pete Argo $4,681 14. Mark Johnson $4,478 15. Brian Kretzer $4,283 16. Gregg Zicha $4,124 17. Pete Weber $4,076 18. Paul Nicholas $4,061 19. Bob Hileman $3,925 20. Chris Barnes $3,850 POINTS 1. Steve Jaros 24,415 2. Jeff Carter 23,505 3. Dale Traber 21,965 4. David Traber 20,420 5. Jeff Richgels 19,799 6. Michael Nape 15,526 7. Mark Johnson 15,455 8. Lennie Boresch 14,765 9. Jason Queen 13,810 10. Pete Argo 13,653 11. Eugene McCune 13,404 12. Mike Mineman 12,981 13. Paul Nicholas 12,979 14. Michael Sopper 12,570 15. Bob Hileman 12,237 16. Gregg Zicha 12,179 17. Pete Weber 10,730 18. Kyle Taylor 10,595 19. Doug Buehrer 9,886 20. Brad Snell 9,752 2002 CHAMPIONS Taylorville, Ill. - Dick Weber (SR) Scott AFB, Ill. - Dale Traber Herrin, Ill. - Jeff Carter Waterloo, Ill. - Don Johnson (SR) Highland, Ill. - Bob Glass (SR) Raytown, Mo. - Bob Hileman Madison, Wis. - Steve Jaros Antigo, Wis. - Richard Hunt (SR) Willowbrook, Ill. - Scott Smith Lombard, Ill. - Bob Learn Jr. Lombard, Ill. - Otis Dixon (SR) Florissant, Mo. - Lennie Boresch Arlington Hts., Ill. - Tim Kauble (SR) Madison, Wis. - Jeff Richgels Madison, Wis. - Jack Wallisch (SR) Seymour, Wis. - Bob Glass (SR) Hoffman Estates, Ill. - Larry Zacharias (SR) Springfield, Ill. - Dave Traber Bethalto, Ill. - Eugne McCune Peru, Ill. - Vince Biondo Albert Lea, Minn. - Pete Heim (SR) St. Charles, Mo. - Mickey Higham (SR) Kankakee, Ill. - Don Johnson (SR) Cahokia, Ill. - Steve Jaros Waukesha, Wis. - Jason Queen Thiensville, Wis. - Kyle Taylor Springfield, Mo. - Chris Barnes Champaighm Ill. - Richard Hunt (SR) Moline, Ill. - Mickey Higham (SR) Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Dale Traber Decatur, Ill. - Mickey Higham (SR)
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Final Stats From The 2002 PBA South Region Season

by PBA Editor January 7, 2003 19:00
EARNINGS 1. Tommy Jones $19,985 2. Walter Ray Williams Jr. $17,070 3. Stoney Baker $16,403 4. Richard Church $15,678 5. John May $14,323 6. Kenny Simard $12,960 7. Chris Hayden $12,135 8. Pete Dohan $12,128 9. Norm Titus $11,065 10. Jason Hurd $10,845 11. Shawn Evans $10,003 12. Chris Collins $9,988 13. Lee Vanderhoef $8,888 14. Erik Ramos $8,845 15. Doug Becker $8,488 16. Dennis Rakauskas $8,025 17. Wes Godwin $7,943 18. Terry Decker $7,238 19. Ryan Smith $7,050 20. Jon Stites $6,555 POINTS 1. Kenny Simard 39,314 2. John May 33,605 3. Stoney Baker 32,262 4. Erik Ramos 31,640 5. Tommy Jones 30,624 6. Richard Church 29,880 7. Shawn Evans 29,179 8. Chris Hayden 28,080 9. Pete Dohan 26,622 10. Wes Godwin 25,379 11. Terry Decker 24,837 12. Lee Vanderhoef 23,160 13. Ryan Smith 22,793 14. Walter Ray Williams Jr. 22,720 15. Norm Titus 21,211 16. Buddy Bunford 21,124 17. Randy Weiss 20,638 18. Jason Hurd 20,083 19. Jon Stites 19,185 20. Darin Hays 18,090 2002 CHAMPIONS Anderson, S.C. - Dale Eagle (SR) Diamondhead, Miss. - Norm Titus Ocean Springs, Miss. - Don Dupree New Port Richey, Fla. - Stoney Baker Shallotte, N.C. - Chris Collins Bermuda - Kent Wagner Palm Coast, Fla. - Steve Wilson Ocean Springs, Miss. - Chuck Pierce (SR) Fayettville, N.C. - Tommy Jones Lakeland, Fla. - Don Yoshihara Rocky Mt., N.C. - Patrick Allen Canton, Ga. - Darin Hays Mathews, N.C. - Walter Ray Williams Jr. Franklin, Va. - Walter Ray Williams Jr. Ft. Pierce, Fla. - Tommy Jones Chesapeake, Fla. - Tommy Jones Cleveland, Ga. - Norm Duke Florence, S.C. - Steve Hoskins Gastonia, N.C. - Jerry Horn Lynchburg, Va. - Dale Eagle (SR) Ft. Gordon, Ga. - Patrick Allen Johnson City, Tenn. - Jim Lee (SR) Spring Hill, Fla. - Walter Ray Williams Jr. Melbourne, Fla. - Jason Hurd Orlando, Fla. - D. Rakauskas/D. Becker (Dbls.) Cary, N.C. - Patrick Allen Charleston, S.C. - Tommy Jones Tucker, Ga. - Wes Godwin Bristol, Va. - Tommy Nevitt (SR) Camp LeJuene, N.C. - Lee Vanderhoef Camp LeJuene, N.C. - Steve Lickliter (SR) Ocala, Fla. - Pete Couture (SR) Farmville, Va. - Tim Criss Sarasota, Fla. - Walter Ray Williams Jr. Winston-Salem, N.C. - Pete Dohan Waynesboro, Va. - Guppy Troup (SR) Gastonia, N.C. - Guppy Troup (SR) Fort Walton Beach - Norm Titus Columbia, S.C. - Bill Argenbright (SR) Surfside Beach, S.C. - Richard Church Manassas, Va. - Steve Jones (SR) Simpsonville, S.C. - Jim Lewis Boynton Beach, Fla. - Doug Becker
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