Living the High Life at Home

by PBA Editor October 31, 2002 19:00
In the most exciting match of the night, amateur Robby Spigner gave the hometown fans something to cheer about in the PBA Miller High Life Open at Hawthorn Lanes. Spigner, of Vernon Hills, went the distance against Tour rookie Claude Godin, Canada, and emerged victorious, four games to three (246-195, 225-210, 215-241, 198-201, 224-266, 247-230, 226-160). The 21-year-old student at Indiana University advances to Saturday’s round of 16 at approximately noon against nine-time champion Bryan Goebel. “They ran out of clouds, Cloud 9 isn’t high enough,” said an excited Spigner to the media after his match. “That’s what the PBA brings to the table. This is awesome. This is the best bowling out there.” In the deciding game, Spigner grabbed all the momentum when he converted the difficult 4-10 split in the sixth frame. Just prior, Godin had a split conversion of his own with the 4-7-9. Godin couldn’t put anything together after that, while Spigner remained calm, cool and collected. “I drank 17 bottles of water during that match,” said Spigner, whose family owns Hawthorn Lanes. “It calms me down and gives me something else to do. I don’t like to watch my opponents. I don’t care how he does. You can relax and get in trouble if you see them make a mistake. So, I didn’t watch a lot of this match tonight. I made quite a few trips to the bathroom in between shots. I’ve had a lot of bathroom breaks this week.” Spigner is only the third amateur to qualify for match play since the beginning of last season. He has already chosen to decline any prize money in order to retain his amateur status. Spigner is a junior on the IU Bowling Team. “I’ve got to play Bryan Goebel, now,” he said about his round of 16 opponent. “He won the Tournament of Champions (1998). They don’t get any harder than that.” In other matches, reigning PBA Player of the Year Parker Bohn III advanced in his first match play appearance of the season. He beat Ryan Shafer (4-2). Bohn will take on last week’s second-place finisher Danny Wiseman at 10 a.m. Local Gregg Zicha knocked off rookie sensation Michael Fagan (4-0) in his first career match play appearance and advances to face Jim Tomek Jr. (approx. 2 p.m.). Other Saturday matchups include Tommy Jones vs. Jason Couch (approx. 2 p.m.), Chris Barnes vs. Brian Voss (8 a.m.), Mike DeVaney vs. Blaise Bedolla (approx. 10 a.m.), Walter Ray Williams Jr. vs. Patrick Healey Jr. (approx. noon) and Paul Fleming vs. Steve Hoskins (8 a.m.). Match play continues 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, Nov. 3, from 2-3:30 p.m. (ET).
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Miller Leads High Life Open

by PBA Editor October 30, 2002 19:00
Mike Miller dominated the 160-man field to lead the first round of qualifying by 102 pins in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Miller High Life Open at Hawthorn Lanes. Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., averaged 243.44 and toppled 2,191 pins in the nine-game qualifying round. He set the tone in the first game, scoring 276, followed by a 203, 280, 194, 300, 274, 237, 236 and 191. After missing last season while recuperating from arthroscopic knee surgery, the three-time champion returned to the 2002-2003 PBA Tour knowing he still has a few years left of competition. “I want to bowl right now – while the going is worth getting,” the 41-year-old right-hander said. “I have to be an opportunist. Isn’t the saying “only one can win” – so I figure why not me?” Miller’s nearest competitor is Ryan Shafer, Elmira, N.Y., who averaged 232.11 after knocking down 2,089 pins. Nine-time titlist Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, is in third place (2,088 pins and 232 average). Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y., averaged 231.33 and knocked down 2,082 pins to qualify fourth. Rounding out the top five is rookie Michael Fagan, Greenlawn, N.Y. (2,071 pins and 230.11 average). For the first time this season, defending PBA Player of the Year and 29-time titlist Parker Bohn III finished 35th to make the cut. Also advancing to the Round of 64 is one of three amateurs in the tournament, Robby Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., who finished 36th. 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. Match play continues 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, Nov. 3, from 2-3:30 p.m. (ET).
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PBA and Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Sign Sponsorship Agreement

by PBA Editor October 29, 2002 19:00
The PBA announces a new sponsorship with Jackson Hewitt Inc., the nation’s second largest and fastest growing tax preparation service company, and a subsidiary of Cendant Corporation (NYSE:CD). The sponsorship begins with the 2002-2003 season and can be extended through the 2004-2005 season. The sponsorship deal was initiated and negotiated on behalf of PBA by the properties group of Strategic Sports Group (SSG). “We are happy to welcome Jackson Hewitt into the PBA family,” said Steve Miller, PBA President and CEO. “Our PBA participants and audience clearly match that of Jackson Hewitt’s key customer base, and we are thrilled that we are able to join these two strong brands.” The category-exclusive sponsorship agreement provides Jackson Hewitt Tax Service with event entitlement of the PBA U.S. Open (i.e. The 60th U.S. Open: Presented by Jackson Hewitt Tax Service), which will be held January 27 through February 2; mentions in ESPN promotional spots; commercial units on ESPN telecasts; and signage on the competition ball returns which will be branded “The Jackson Hewitt Return” for each year of the length of the sponsorship. Jackson Hewitt will also have the rights to use PBA marks and players likenesses in their promotional and marketing efforts. “Seeking to place our brand and service ability in front of our key customers throughout the all-important tax season months (January-April), we are confident that partnering with the PBA will give us the audience and the exposure we desire,” said Peter Tahinos, Vice President, Marketing, Jackson Hewitt Inc. “In many ways, we look forward to many happy returns!” The 2002-2003 PBA season kicked off this month 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, Days Inn and VIA Bowling. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com. With more than 3,800 locations in 47 states and the District of Columbia, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service provides full service, individual federal and state income tax preparation through its proprietary computerized software system. Approximately 95 percent of all income tax returns filed through Jackson Hewitt locations are electronically filed (IRS e-file). Most Jackson Hewitt locations are independently owned and operated, and offer customers related tax preparation services such as Accelerated Check Refunds, Assisted Direct Deposit of refund checks, Refund Anticipation Loans and free electronic filing with paid tax preparation. To contact a tax preparer in your area, call 1-800-234-1040 or visit our website at http://www.jacksonhewitt.com.
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PBA StrikePass

by PBA Editor October 29, 2002 19:00
The PBA Miller High Life Open marks the fourth week of webcasting and the verdicts are in – it’s a great way for fans to catch action they can’t see anywhere else. Here are some online reviews from PBA StrikePass subscribers. “Did anyone else buy into this? I DID and it is awesome. All fans of the game should have this service.” from hickenbo “I think the webcasting is great…the best part is just listening to the announcers, Nick Hoagland, Del Ballard, Doug Kent, Mike Machuga, Bob Learn, Michael Haugen and others. They all give their own unique commentary and perspectives.” from love of game “…it actually brings more tournament action then just the tv show. It also lets people see what ball people have been throwing during the week to make a show..” from justinshot3bills “Way to go PBA. Can't go wrong with this and for only 6 bucks a month.” paul RealOne subscribers can tune in Saturday for live webcasting of the Round of 8 at 6 pm ET. PBA pros will be in the booth tonight to call the plays. Fans ready to subscribe can click here to sign up for PBA Strike Pass, and get the live Round of 8 and archives of the Round of 16 and ESPN finals from the 2002-2003 PBA Tour for only $5.95 per month. Or sign up for RealOne SuperPass for $13.40 per month and get the PBA webcasts in addition to premium programming from MLB, NBA, Nascar ABC News and more. PBA Strike Pass subscribers who sign up through RealOne SuperPass will also receive a 14-day free trial.
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Jim Murtishaw Wins West Region Event

by PBA Editor October 27, 2002 19:00
Jim Murtishaw won his ninth career regional title by leading the tournament start to finish. Murtishaw's nearest competitor, his doubles partner, Marv Sargent was 205 pins behind. Final Match Play Standings Pos Name - Hometown Pins W L T Bon Pins Prize 1 Murtishaw, Jim - Menifee, CA 5169 11- 5-0 330 5499 $2000.00 2 Sargent, Marv - Temecula, CA 4964 11- 5-0 330 5294 $1000.00 3 Packard, Ross (s) - San Jose, CA 4949 11- 5-0 330 5279 $700.00 4 Melnikoff, Nick - Elk Grove, CA 4878 12- 4-0 360 5238 $650.00 5 McFadden, Greg - San Jose, CA 4982 8- 7-1 255 5237 $600.00 6 Fields, Steve - Galt, CA 4994 7- 8-1 225 5219 $550.00 7 Scrempos, Pete - Milpitas, CA 4881 8- 8-0 240 5121 $525.00 8 Dawson, Ty - San Jose, CA 4862 8- 8-0 240 5102 $500.00 9 Gregory, Derek - Sonora, CA 4820 9- 7-0 270 5090 $475.00 10 Frankos, Jeff - San Francisco, CA 4786 7- 9-0 210 4996 $460.00 11 Florie Jr., Victor - Riverside, CA 4757 5- 9-2 180 4937 $450.00 12 Case, Jerry - San Jose, CA 4688 8- 8-0 240 4928 $440.00 13 Patterson, Lee - Clovis, CA 4687 6-10-0 180 4867 $430.00 14 Bruihl, Gene - Petaluma, CA 4633 7- 9-0 210 4843 $420.00 15 Meneley, Rick - Santa Maria, CA 4694 4-12-0 120 4814 $410.00 16 Wong, Lindsey - Mountain View, CA 4526 4-12-0 120 4646 $400.00 17 Cowen, Mal - Tracy, CA 1614 1614 $217.50 18 Wolhar, Matt - Santa Clara, CA 1614 1614 $217.50 19 Morris, Robbie - Stockton, CA 1608 1608 $210.00 20 Hofmann, Carey Lee - Glendale, AZ 1594 1594 $205.00 21 Street, David - Madera, CA 1593 1593 $200.00 22 Garrick, Rodney - Union City, CA 1590 1590 $195.00 23 Floyd, Ed - Santa Clara, CA 1589 1589 $190.00 24 Leverage, David - Peoria, AZ 1587 1587 25 Duran, Gary - Riverside, CA 1581 1581 26 Houck, Dave - Castro Valley, CA 1576 1576 27 Ballard, Matt - Phoenix, AZ 1573 1573 28 Laughlin, Ben - Glendale, AZ 1572 1572 29 Beach, Jeff - Stockton, CA 1570 1570 30 Wiemiller, Patrick - Clovis, CA 1568 1568 31 Hulsenberg, Gary - Kansas City, MO 1561 1561 32 Pawloski, Aaron - Brentwood, CA 1553 1553 33 Schweikert, Jere (s) - San Francisco, CA 1550 1550 34 Senf, Pete (g) - Dublin, CA 1547 1547 35 Leone, Bruce - Canoga Park, CA 1546 1546 36 Preble, Chris - Clovis, CA 1546 1546 37 Boughton, Eric (g) - Dublin, CA 1544 1544 38 Abreu, Claudio - Antioch, CA 1538 1538 39 Deh, Marty - San Jose, CA 1530 1530 40 Yeip, T. J. - Roseville, CA 1528 1528 41 Francis, Rick - Galt, CA 1526 1526 42 Salvemini, Joe - Las Vegas, Nv 1506 1506 43 Cornejo, Jesse - San Jose, CA 1502 1502 44 Hendrickson, David - Castro Valley, CA 1499 1499 45 Paul Jr., Tim - Higley, AZ 1498 1498 46 Sullivan, Sean (g) - Dublin, CA 1496 1496 47 Terry, Stan - San Jose, CA 1496 1496 48 Meuniot, Gilbert - Redmond, WA 1489 1489 49 Walz, Joe (s) - San Jose, CA 1487 1487 50 Herrera, Paul - San Jose, CA 1485 1485 51 Goucher, Paul - Sacramento, CA 1479 1479 52 Skahill, Peter - Los Angeles, CA 1476 1476 53 Goodchild, Thomas (s) - San Jose, CA 1469 1469 54 Blansette, Allen - Vallejo, CA 1468 1468 55 Salib, Anthony - Fullerton, CA 1463 1463 56 Cornett, Shaun (g) - Sacrmento, CA 1444 1444 57 Sears, Lee - San Jose, CA 1438 1438 58 Santos Jr., Ed - San Jose, CA 1435 1435 59 Kelly, Ritch - Daly City, CA 1424 1424 60 Kilmer Jr., Daniel - Vallejo, CA 1419 1419 61 Horan, Jim - San Jose, CA 1417 1417 62 Walker, Scott - San Bernardino, CA 1393 1393 63 Palomares, Norm - San Francisco, CA 1391 1391 64 Kirkpatrick, Tom - Ventura, CA 1382 1382 65 Riley, Keith - Santa Clara, CA 1369 1369 66 Flores, Pedro - Salida, CA 1349 1349 67 Kakinami, Alan - San Jose, CA 1344 1344 68 Reedy, Bob - Sonora, CA 1338 1338 69 Rivera, Robert - Stockton, CA 1238 1238
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