"Maximum Bob" Playing Straight as an Arrow in Kansas City

by PBA Editor October 17, 2002 19:00
If Robert Smith was to beat Steve Hoskins on Saturday night, he was going to have to go straight at it. There was no other option. Smith, Simi Valley, Calif., found himself in an auspicious spot late in the round of 32 duel in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Greater Kansas City Classic at Lunar Bowl. He was in surprising position to win the best-of-seven match after trailing three games to one and losing control of his trademark power game early on. “Honestly, I didn’t think I had a chance the longer it went,” Smith commented. “But, Steve lost his carry angle and couldn’t put me away. Finally, I just caught up to him.” Smith, who abandoned his power strategy mid-way through game No. 6, won the set (209-180) and forced a decisive game. “Up to that point, I changed balls four or five times. I tried to spin it, hook it, whatever. I was just trying to get the ball to read the lanes like Steve’s from the left side of the lane (deep inside angle). “Finally, I decided the only thing that was going to work for me was pucking the ball right up the 5 board.” Turns out that Smith, who owns four PBA Tour titles, made the correct adjustment as he walloped Hoskins in the final game 267-224. “That was my highest game of the night,” Smith marveled. “I mean by 57 pins!” Smith commented how he has retooled his game over the past three years – geared just for that type of situation. “I’ve been working on toning down and becoming a better overall player. I’d be willing to bet that those fans out there tonight had no idea I could throw the ball like that.” The No. 32 qualifier, Chris Barnes, toppled No. 1 Patrick Allen, 4-2 (226-225, 196-184, 181-198, 228-209, 196-236, 230-206). The Dallas resident, who needed three strikes in the 10th frame of game No. 1 to win by one, noted how well he’s performed under pressure during the last few tournaments. “It seems like big-shot-making ability comes and goes in streaks. Right now, I’m making the kind of shots I need to win.” The three-time champion has finished second in the last two consecutive tournaments. Barnes will face Lee Vanderhoef in the round of 16 Saturday while Smith will bowl against Bryon Smith. Head-to-head competition continues Saturday with best-of-five matches. The field will be cut from 16, to eight, to four plus a wild card for the finals. The five finalists will compete Sunday for the title and the $40,000 first prize. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1-2:30 p.m. (ET).
ROUND OF 16 SCHEDULE (Saturday, Central Time) Watch the round of 16 on demand or the round of eight live Saturday night at 5 p.m. (CT) as part of StrikePass on RealOne. 8:00 AM Patrick Healey Jr. vs. Ryan Shafer Stoney Pride vs. Paul Fleming 10:00 AM (approx.) Tommy Delutz Jr. vs. Brian Himmler Amleto Monacell vs. Wes Malott 12:00 PM (approx.) Steve Jaros vs. Brad Angelo Tim Criss vs. Michael Gaither 2:00 PM (approx.) Chris Barnes vs. Lee Vanderhoef Robert Smith vs. Bryon Smith
PBA GREATER KANSAS CITY CLASSIC NOTES The Lane Pattern being used in the PBA Wichita Open is PBA Pattern C. Check out all the patterns the PBA Tour will be using this season: PBA LANE CONDITIONS
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Hoskins on Top in KC Classic

by PBA Editor October 16, 2002 19:00
Steve Hoskins led the 128-man field Thursday after the first qualifying round was completed at the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Greater Kansas City Classic at Lunar Bowl. Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., averaged 231.11 and knocked down 2,080 pins to claim the top spot after nine games. “I made smart moves and threw good shots today,” the 10-time titlist said. “I stayed consistent and bowled very well.” Using a Dyno-Thane Element, Hoskins stayed consistent throughout the round finishing with a 236, 257, 220, 238, 247, 203, 229, 215 and a 235. Although Hoskins’ last title was in 2000 when he won the Lone Star Open in Pasadena, Texas, he has been one of the most consistent players on Tour. In the 2001-2002 season, he made seven round of eight cuts. “Patience becomes of the utmost importance when you struggle,” Hoskins said. “The way I bowled today reflects the way I think (about the game) all the time. “Today’s finish allowed me to go into tomorrow with a few pins to waste. I made smart moves, threw good shots and just stayed consistent.” Two-time champion Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., maintained second place after the first squad (2,043). Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., finished first in the second squad and third overall (2,014). Sixty-four players advance to the second round and return to bowl an additional nine games of qualifying on Friday. Baker, a nine-time titlist, knows there is still a lot of bowling left to make it to match play. “I’ve been bowling out here for 27 years and know that anything can happen tomorrow,” Baker, who maintained a 223.78 average, said. “But the key is to make it enough times and good things will happen.” In fourth place is Wes Malott, Austin, Texas (2,007 pins and a 223 average). Rounding out the top five is Patrick Healey Jr., who finished fifth at the PBA Wichita Open last week. He finished with a 222.44 average and toppled 2,002 pins. The top 64 will return Friday at 10 a.m. for the second nine-game qualifying round. The top 32 return Friday evening for head-to-head single-elimination, best-of-seven games matches. Head-to-head competition will continue Saturday with best-of-five 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 Sunday. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1-2:30 p.m. (ET).
PBA GREATER KANSAS CITY CLASSIC NOTES The Lane Pattern being used in the PBA Wichita Open is PBA Pattern C. Check out all the patterns the PBA Tour will be using this season: PBA LANE CONDITIONS
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PBA Hires Sports Veteran as COO

by PBA Editor October 15, 2002 19:00
The PBA has announced that its General Counsel, Fred Schreyer, has been given the added responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer effective immediately. Schreyer has over 23 years in the sports industry including Director of Sports Marketing at Nike from 1987-1992 and the founder of Nike’s Sports Management division in 1992. Schreyer will oversee the Marketing, Corporate Communications and Television departments at the PBA as well as continue his role as General Counsel. He will report to President and CEO Steve Miller and the PBA Board of Directors. “With the PBA growing as rapidly as it is, we needed to add a very experienced and focused person to lead the PBA to the next level,” said Miller. “With Fred’s experience in the sports marketing industry I have no doubt that we will continue down the right path.” Schreyer was a partner in the law firm of Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman in Beverly Hills from 1979-1987 before moving on to his seven-year career at Nike. Most recently, he was the Founding Partner and Owner of Pyramid Sports in which he served as a consultant to many of the leading companies in the sports business (Logo Athletic, Met-Rx, adidas and Arizona State University) and represented athletes in a variety of sports (Troy Aikman, Jason Williams, Gary Payton, Richard Jefferson, Natalie Williams and Tiffeny Milbrett). The PBA began its U.S. portion of the 2002-2003 season on October 9 in Wichita. Last season the PBA showed remarkable growth that included an 18% increase in ratings for its ESPN telecasts, a 20% increase in membership, increased unique visitors and page views on PBA.com and a 35% increase in tournament entries. Other recent sponsor additions include Banquet Foods, Odor-Eaters and VIA Bowling. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com.
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Days Inn Announces PBA Sponsorship

by PBA Editor October 14, 2002 19:00
Days Inns Worldwide has announced a sponsorship with the Professional Bowlers Association for its PBA Tour and PBA Senior Tour designed to increase Days Inn® brand awareness and exposure. The three-year sponsorship, developed with the assistance of Strike Ten Entertainment, will run through the 2004-2005 season and allow the Days Inn brand to have title sponsorship for the PBA Days Inn Open in Dallas, Feb. 5-9, 2003; promotional mentions on ESPN and ESPN2 during the week prior to the event; exclusivity for hotel and lodging accommodations; commercials on all 20 PBA Tour telecasts; event signage; presence on PBA.com; and use of PBA Tour player likenesses in promotional materials. In addition, the brand will get exposure on the PBA Senior Tour, where all players will wear Days Inn shirt patches. “We are excited about our new relationship with the PBA and are confident that this sponsorship will provide the Days Inn brand with an excellent opportunity to showcase our brand value proposition to a wider audience of consumers,” said Joe Kane, Days Inn president & chief executive officer. “Our objective is to increase brand awareness and drive room nights to our more than 1,900 properties.” The PBA began its U.S. portion of the 2002-2003 season on Oct. 9 in Wichita, Kan. Last season the PBA scored an 18 percent increase in ratings for its ESPN telecasts, a 20 percent increase in membership, increased unique visitors and page views on PBA.com and a 35 percent increase in tournament entries. Other recent sponsor additions include Banquet Foods, Odor-Eaters and VIA Bowling. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com. "The PBA couldn't be happier with our new sponsorship with the Days Inn team and their commitment to the bowling community," said Steve Miller, PBA president & chief executive officer. Strike Ten Entertainment, based in Greendale, Wis., provides a wide range of marketing services for the bowling industry, including corporate sponsorship sales, consumer and trade promotions and public relations. Days Inns Worldwide Inc., a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE: CD), franchises 1,946 hotels representing 163,056 rooms in the United States, Argentina, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Hungary, India, Jordan, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, Uruguay and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Reservations and further information are available at www.daysinn.com or by calling (800) DAYS-INN®.
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Leverage Achieves PBA Regional Tour First

by PBA Editor October 14, 2002 19:00
David Leverage defeated Bob Davidson 2 games to 1 in the championship round in Bend, Ore., to capture his third regional victory in as many weeks. Leverage won the Northwest Region event in East Wenatchee, Wash., on September 29. He then went on to win the West Region event in Rocklin, Calif., on October 6. Championship Round Winner earns $1700.00, Loser earns $1100.00 Leverage def. Davidson W-2 L-1 182-248, 234-192, 242-235 Round of 4 Losers earn $800.00 each. David Leverage def. Tony Dixon W-2 L-1 228-203, 211-228, 216-206 Bob Davidson def. Jamie Flynn W-2 L-1 200-190, 179-229, 225-190 Round of 8 Losers earn $600.00 each. David Leverage def. Jeff Conradi W-2 L-0 214-185, 234-168 Tony Dixon def. Victor Steffen w-2 L-1 182-210, 236-223, 232-159 Jamie Flynn def. John Arnell W-2 L-1 217-166, 224-203 Bob Davidson def. Dave Thiessen W-2 L-0 235-156, 233-204 Round of 16 Losers earn $400.00 each. David Leverage, Peoria, AZ. def. Aaron Hendren, Hillsboro W-2 L-0 - 243-184, 225-210 Jeff Conradi, Boise def. Dan Orazio, Vancouver W-2 L-1 214-208, 233-240, 218-224 Tony Dixon, Burbank def. Russ Hunt, Walla Walla W-2 L-1 209-207, 197-200, 183-233 Victor Steffen, Bend def. Jim Brockbank, Medford W-2 L-1 244-192, 192-234, 198-182 John Arnell, Seattle def. Donnie Allen III, Vancouver W-2 L-0 - 220-214, 217-154 Jamie Flynn, Boise def. Charlie Hardin Boise W-2 L-0 188-183, 235-225 Dave Thiessen, Portland def. Erik Hohlbein, Seattle W-2 L-0 234-163, 212-200 Bob Davidson, Seattle def. Mike Dudley, Boise W-2 L-1 225-168, 197-210, 213-202
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