Jim Murtishaw Leads The Sands Regency Regional Players Invitational

by PBA Editor December 2, 2002 19:00
First Round (Nine-game totals) 1. Jim Murtishaw, Menifee, Calif., 1,937. 2. Dennis Bailey, Vancouver, Wash., 1,922. 3. Chris Marshall, Mason, Mich., 1,894. 4. Matt Ballard, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,892. 5. Pete Dohan Jr., Tampa, Fla., 1,876. 6. Ben Laughlin, Glendale, Ariz., 1,876. 7. Michael Painter, Spartanburg, S.C., 1,873. 8. Marv Sargent, Temecula, Calif., 1,864. 9. Ray Edwards, Middle Island, N.Y., 1,857. 10. Ryan Wilson, Garden City, Mich., 1,852. 11. Dale Traber, Cedarberg, Wis., 1,849. 12. Terry Decker, Shallotte, N.C., 1,843. 13. James Wallace, N. Babylon, N.Y., 1,840. 14. Richard Church, Lakeland, Fla., 1,830. 15. Jeff Hartsfield, San Antonio, Texas, 1,829. 16. Chris Warren, Puyallup, Wash., 1,828. 17. Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 1,815. 18. Brian Hatcher, Harrison Twp, Mich., 1,814. 19. Ward Mocaby, Wichita, Kan., 1,814. 20. Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 1,812. 21. David Anthony, Austin, Texas, 1,811. 22. Shawn Copeland, Milwaukie, Ore., 1,786. 23. Bob Davidson, Seattle, Wash., 1,784. 24. Rob Rice, Sunnyside, Wash., 1,780. 25. Buddy Bunford, Tampa, Fla., 1,776. 26. Dennis Reale, Havertown, Pa., 1,776. 27. Jeff Richgels, Oregon, Wis., 1,774. 28. Rich Broderhausen, Moscow, Idaho, 1,768. 29. Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 1,767. 30. Mike Tryniski, Fulton, N.Y., 1,764. 31. James Slagle Jr., Columbus, Ohio, 1,763. 32. John Walther III, Clifton Park, N.Y., 1756. 33. Jon Stites, Raleigh, N.C., 1,748. 34. Mark Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 1,745. 35. Tony Franklin, The Colony, Texas, 1,741. 36. Jace Peterson, Elkhorn, Wis., 1,733. 37. David Leverage, Peoria, Ariz., 1,730. 38. Chuck Tompkins, Columbus, Ohio, 1,723. 39. Gene Bruihl, Petaluma, Calif., 1,719. 40. Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, 1,715. 41. Kyle Taylor, East Peoria, Ill., 1,708. 42. Erik Hohlbein, Renton, Wash., 1,701. 43. Lee Patterson, Clovis, Calif., 1,697. 44. Wes Malott, Austin, Texas, 1,694. 45. Tim Paul Jr., Higley, Ariz., 1,690. 46. Bill Gates, Saginaw, Mich., 1,687. 47. Mike Nape, Aurora, Ill., 1,678. 48. Tim Beaver, Kingston, N.Y., 1,670. 49. Stoney Baker, Atlanta, Ga., 1,669. 50. Mike Shoemaker, Conroe, Texas, 1,654. 51. Stephen Pavlinko, Sewell, N.J., 1,633. 52. Frank Moran, Manville, N.J., 1,632. 53. Dennis Rakauskas, Orlando, Fla., 1,625. 54. Nick Powell, Spokane, Wash., 1,610. 55. Michael Sopper, Schaumburg, Ill., 1,546. The field of 55 bowlers returns Wednesday for nine more games of qualifying. At the completion of those nine games the field will be cut to the top 16 for the match-play finals. Top prize is $6,000 and a berth into the 2003 PBA Tour Tournament of Champions. The RPI brings the top bowlers from the PBA’s seven regions together to compete for a berth in the prestigious PBA Tour Tournament of Champions. In that event, the winner will compete against titlists from the PBA Tour for one of pro bowling’s most coveted and prestigious prizes.
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Duke, Back on Top!

by PBA Editor November 30, 2002 19:00
Norm Duke won the closest final match in history Sunday when he defeated David Traber for the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Cambridge Credit Classic at AMF Syosset Lanes. Duke, Clermont, Fla., won the third one-ball roll-off, 10-9, and claimed the title after he tied Traber, 245-245. The bowlers were knotted at 9-9 and 10-10 in the first two tiebreakers, respectively. “I finally told myself ‘you’ve just got to pick that hammer up (strike) or he’s going to dust you,’” said Duke, who earned $40,000. “I think I willed ‘em (the pins) over.” Duke garnered his 20th career title, becoming just the 13th player to reach the milestone. He tied Dick Ritger and Wayne Webb for 11th on the all-time win list. Duke’s last title came in 2000 at Tucson, Ariz. With the victory, he moved back to the top of the Tournament of Champions exemption list after he lost the final spot last week to Randy Pedersen. The sudden-death, one-ball roll-off has been used to break ties on the PBA Tour since 1997. Today was the first time it was used to decide a title. In the extra frames, Traber left a ringing 10-pin and Duke failed to win when he left the 7. Both players threw strikes on the second roll off. Finally, Traber left the 4-pin standing on the third attempt and Duke threw a solid strike. “My legs were wobbling on that first shot,” Duke commented. “I can’t believe I got nine. The way it came off my hand… that was a six-count all day long.” For both bowlers, it was the longest (and closest) game they’d ever been a part of. “I think I threw the best three shots of my career (to send the game to sudden death),” Traber, who earned $20,000, said. “In the roll-offs I knew it was going to be a 10 or a 9-count on every shot. I just pinched it enough to leave a 4-pin (on the left lane). The left was tighter. I knew I could hit the right lane once I got lined up.” Duke threw the last six strikes in regulation, forcing Traber to get all three in the 10th. Traber started the match and rolled thee straight strikes. He picked up spares in the fourth, eighth and ninth. Duke began with two strikes and settled for four consecutive spares in the third through seventh. In the semifinals, Duke defeated Doug Kent, 255-245, while Traber knocked off Hugh Miller, 238-209. Kent, Newark, N.Y., and Miller, Seattle, finished tied for third with $10,000 each. In the opening match, Kent beat Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 224-201. Hurd earned $9,000 in fifth. The PBA Tour travels to Bowlers Club and Latham, N.Y., for the PBA Empire State Open, Dec. 4-8. The finals will be held at Siena College. The event will mark the 11th of 22 tournaments on the 2002-03 season.
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Patrick Allen to Chat Sunday

by PBA Editor November 29, 2002 19:00
Patrick "Slickmop" Allen will be live online tomorrow from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. to chat with PBA fans. P.A. can give fans his inside view about how the lanes were this week, his unique vocabulary and a look into how his year is shaping up. So log onto PBA.com on Sunday and chat with the New York native.
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Traber and Hurd Early Entries in ESPN Finals

by PBA Editor November 29, 2002 19:00
After advancing to the Round of 8 with the best match play records, both Dave Traber and Jason Hurd are both assured spots in the ESPN finals Sunday in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Cambridge Credit Classic at AMF Syosset Lanes. Traber, a four-time PBA champion, eliminated Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore., in the Round of 16 Saturday afternoon. In the best-of-five game match, Traber swept Smith, 244-214, 248-187, and 217-216. In the third game, Smith had an opportunity to win. He needed a strike, but came up short and tied the game at 216. In a one-ball roll-off, Smith knocked down eight pins and Traber rolled a strike to advance to the Round of 8. Hurd, who has one doubles title, defeated Mike DeVaney in four games to advance to the Round of 16. He will face Traber in the second set of matches Saturday evening to determine who will be in the wildcard match and who advance to the semifinals. “This is bonus money,” Traber, who qualified in the last and 32nd position in match play, said. “The way I was bowling this week, I didn’t expect to be here. It certainly is a boost of confidence.” After the second round of qualifying, Traber didn’t even think that he was going to make the cut to match play. “I was already taking my equipment to the car and then I found out I just made it in,” Traber said. “My last five games I didn’t get more than a double and I barely got over 200 but I got lucky and snuck in.” In the other matches of the evening, Pete Weber faces Hugh Miller, Norm Duke faces Amleto Monacelli, and Chris Barnes faces Doug Kent. The remaining eight return Saturday night as the field is trimmed to four plus a wild card for the finals. The five finalists vie for the title and the $40,000 top prize live on ESPN, Sunday, Nov. 23, from 1–2:30 p.m. ET.
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Duke Eyes T of C

by PBA Editor November 29, 2002 19:00
Norm Duke defeated Amleto Monacelli in a best-of-five game match to advance to Sunday’s ESPN finals in the PBA Cambridge Credit Classic at AMF Syosset Lanes. Duke, Clermont, Fla., controlled the match, winning in three games, 227-225, 196-172 and 267-220. As one of five finalists competing for the $40,000 first prize check, Duke is also vying for one of only 32 spots in the Tournament of Champions that will be held December 12-15 at Mohegan Sun where the winner will earn $100,000. “That tournament is everything,” the 19-time PBA Champion said. “For most guys out here, it is the pinnacle event of the year.” Last week when Randy Pedersen won the PBA Pepsi Open, he knocked Duke out of the tournament, leaving him only two opportunities to win a title and his entry into the prestigious event. “I can’t stop thinking about it,” Duke said. “Not many guys can win at will and that’s what I have to do. I have to rely on Duke’s law – and that is belief, sheer belief.” The two-time PBA Player of the Year (1994 and 2000) eliminated Long Island favorite James Wallace, North Babylon, N.Y., to meet 18-time titlist Monacelli, Venezuela, to advance. “The first step is to think about winning the game and the match,” the 38-year-old said, “But I am always thinking about the Tournament of Champions – I just can’t keep my mind off it.” In the semifinals, Duke will play the winner of the wildcard match between Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., and Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla. In the other semifinal match, David Traber, Woodstock, Ill., will face Hugh Miller, Seattle. The five finalists vie for the title and the $40,000 top prize live on ESPN, Sunday, Dec. 1, from 1–2:30 p.m. ET.
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