Match Play Begins at the World

by PBA Editor March 6, 2003 19:00
As far as Mike DeVaney is concerned, the 2003 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Championship at Taylor Lanes can now officially begin. DeVaney, Escondido, Calif., held on to the tournament lead Friday morning with an 25-game total of 5,529 (221.16 averge). The one-time winner has been no lower than second in five qualifying rounds, and says the match play brackets are where the real tournament begins. “Match play is where the tournament is won and lost,” he said. “Anything can happen in match play, and it’s all about getting the good breaks. I just hope that the breaks can continue to swing in my favor.” Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla., moved from fourth place to second with a 5,494 total. Wilson is a four-time winner on Tour, and is seeing his first major championship. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., was able to hold onto third place with 5,437. Angelo, a 33-year-old rookie, has a high finish of sixth this season, and is looking to qualify for the finals for the first time. Steve Hoskins fell from second place to fourth with 5,421. Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., is averaging 216.84 entering match play, and is looking for his second straight appearance in the ESPN finals. Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., retains the fifth position with a 5,394 score. Allen won his first title at Taylor Lanes last season, and is looking for his second career title. Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, rolled the first 300 game of the World Championship. His perfect game in game three of the round helped him move from 23rd position to sixth with a 5,391 score. Defending champion Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., finished in 38th place, failing to make the cut for match play. Past champions who did qualify for match play were Randy Pedersen (11th place), Brian Voss (13th place), Eric Forkel (15th place), Rick Steelsmith (24th) and David Traber (32nd Place). The top 32 players now advance to best-of-seven-games match play, which begins Friday at 1 p.m. The top 16 players advance for another round of best-of-seven games matches at 7 p.m. The season’s top eight point earners await the eight survivors for the Super 16 round Saturday at Taylor Sportsplex. Saturday’s best-of-five match play will trim the field from 16, to eight, to four. The semifinalists will compete for the title and the $120,000 first prize Sunday. ESPN will televise the finals live on Sunday, March 9, from 12:30-2 p.m. (ET).
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Schreyer Takes On Commissioner Duties

by PBA Editor March 5, 2003 19:00
The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) has announced that its Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, Fred Schreyer, has been named Commissioner effective immediately. Schreyer has been with the PBA full-time since October, 2002, but has been with the league since September, 2000 as its legal counsel. He 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. “The original design was to have a Commissioner similar to other major sports leagues,” said Steve Miller, PBA President and CEO. “I have been assuming a lot of those responsibilities during the last year and as we continued with our rapid growth and expansion it became apparent that Fred’s expertise was needed in a larger role. Schreyer will continue to oversee the Marketing, Corporate Communications, Legal and Television departments. He will report to Miller and the PBA Board of Directors. “I’m thrilled to be able to increase and diversify my role within the PBA,” said Schreyer. “The tremendous growth in the last two years has just begun to scratch the surface on what we can accomplish.” Miller remains as President and CEO, focusing on growth strategies and financial investments. He will oversee sales and sponsorships, operations and finance. 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 individuals in a variety of activities (Troy Aikman, Jason Williams and Gary Payton). The PBA Tour will have its season-ending World Championship this week in Taylor, Mich. This season the PBA Tour continued to increase its television ratings, added several new sponsors, increased membership and tournament entries. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com. For more information contact: Beth Marshall, PBA, 206-654-6007 or beth.marshall@pba.com
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64 Left In Contention for World Title

by PBA Editor March 5, 2003 19:00
With 20 games of qualifying completed, the field was trimmed to the top 64 players at the 2003 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Championship at Taylor Lanes on Wednesday. Leading the pack is Mike DeVaney, Escondido, Calif. He averaged 220.9 in qualifying, and posted a 4,418 total to lead for the third straight round. Despite rolling three games under 200, including a 151 game, DeVaney says he’s confident with his game. “Being in the lead definitely makes it easier to bowl tomorrow,” he said. “But as far as I’m concerned, the tournament doesn’t begin until match play. I’ll be ready.” Hanging on in second place is Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla. The 10-time titlist had a consistent round en route to a 4,394 score. His high game of the day was 212, with a low game of 191. “Today was about maintaining the pace, and not doing anything to lose ground,” he said. “Obviously I would have been happy with leading the tournament, but I’m pleased that I could just maintain my standing.” In third place is Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. The 33-year-old is the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors, and has a 4,372 total for 20 games. Fourth place belongs to Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla., at 4,371. The four-time PBA champion’s win was last season in Erie, Pa. Rounding out the top five were Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., and Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y. The two players are tied with 4,359, and have identical 217.95 averages in qualifying. There was a tie for the 64th and final spot to advance to the next round of competition. Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., and Paul Koehler, Stuart, Fla., rolled a one-game tie breaker for the final spot. Carter won the match, 258-172 to advance. The 64 bowlers will return Friday at 8 a.m. for five more games of qualifying. Only the top 32 will advance to Friday afternoon’s best-of-seven-games match play, which begins at 1 p.m. The top 16 players advance for another round of best-of-seven games matches at 7 p.m. The season’s top eight point earners await the eight survivors for the Super 16 round Saturday at Taylor Sportsplex. Saturday’s best-of-five match play will trim the field from 16, to eight, to four. The semifinalists will compete for the title and the $120,000 first prize Sunday. ESPN will televise the finals live on Sunday, March 9, from 12:30-2 p.m. (ET).
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World Championship Festivities Continue

by PBA Editor March 5, 2003 19:00
The bowling center at the Detroit Athletic Club received a special treat during the 2003 PBA World Championship in Taylor, Mich. The top eight point-earners from the 2002-03 season visited the 115-year-old club for two days of Pro-Am sessions. The DAC is home of one of the country's largest private bowling programs. Club members were treated to upgraded Pro-Am festivities on their home track. Along with receiving a bowling ball, the club members were treated to an exclusive session on the lanes with the pros, and a luncheon after competition. “We are ecstatic that the top players on Tour could come and spend time with us,” said Tom Reaume, DAC director of bowling operations. “Our club president, Mike Cleary jokingly says that bowling here is a socially required activity. We’re glad that the PBA decided to join us and our members.” The DAC facility itself is a gem among the revitalized downtown theatre district in the shadows of Detroit’s Comerica Park and Ford Field. The current facility was built in 1915 with six lanes in the basement. Another pair was added in the 1930s. Along with a bowling center, the seven-story structure houses guest rooms, libraries, an indoor swimming pool, men's and women's locker rooms, exercise rooms, offices, a barber shop, squash, racquetball and handball courts. Bowling has been a part of the club since its inception in 1887. Last year the bowling area, affectionately known as Bowler’s Abbey, received a face-lift that neared the $1 million mark. The 45-day project called for a sea of wood paneling, which is incorporated into the center’s support pillars, masking units, and even retro benches. “Woodwork is a main focus here at the club,” said Reaume. “So when we remodeled, we allowed that aura to expand into the center.” The woodwork even expanded to the 10 video monitors behind the bowling area and the newly installed automatic scorers. “If this is the basement, the top floor has to be awesome,” said Parker Bohn III upon entering the center. “I’ve been in my share of centers around the world, and I haven’t seen a center quite like this.” The same amenities available to the 4,300 members of the club were available to the pros. That meant valet service to the facility, first-class dining, and tended facilities normally seen only in country clubs and golf courses. “It’s phenomenal how comfortable this place is,” said Norm Duke. “I know they offer a lot of activities here, but they certainly cater to the bowler’s needs very well.” “It’s a facility that’s like no other,” said Reaume. “When the AMF scoring technicians were here, they were telling us about how they put a scoring system on the lanes at the White House. And they told us that the White House was cool, but it had nothing on the Detroit Athletic Club.”
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DeVaney Controls the World

by PBA Editor March 4, 2003 19:00
Mike DeVaney was able to weather a strong charge by 10-time champion Steve Hoskins to hang onto the third round lead at the 2003 Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) World Championship at Taylor Lanes on Wednesday. DeVaney, Escondido, Calif., posted a 3,413 total to retain the lead after 15 games. The one-time champion rolled games of 233, 266, 195, 242 and 203 for a 33-pin margin over Hoskins. “Today was a good day for me,” said DeVaney, who is averaging 227.53. “I was able to get good breaks in key situations, and that’s why I was able to hang on to the lead.” DeVaney was the tournament leader heading into today’s action, and hasn’t been lower than second in any of the three rounds qualifying. He said that the charge from Hoskins isn’t a big surprise. “Steve’s bowling better each day,” he said. “He’s becoming more comfortable with his equipment, and he is a major contender in the tournament. I think if I can go +150 tomorrow, I can hang on to the lead.” Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., recorded a 1,149 block total on Wednesday morning for a 15-game score of 3,380 (225.33 average). In round three, he rolled games of 222, 223, 223, 214 and 267. “I’m pleased with the way I threw the ball today,” said Hoskins, who last won in 2000. “I thought the lane conditions were more difficult today. I was able to make the most of my good breaks and turn them into good games.” Third place belongs to Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif., with a 3,282 score. The four-time champion averaged 218.8 for 15 games, and is looking for his first title since 1998. In fourth is Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla., with 3,270. Rounding out the top five are Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., and Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. The two enter the fourth round tied at 3,260. Qualifying rounds continue on Thursday before a cut is made to the top 64 players. Those 64 bowlers will return Friday at 8 a.m. for five more games of qualifying. The top 32 return Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. for best-of-seven-games match play. The top 16 players advance for another round of best-of-seven games matches at 7 p.m. The season’s top eight point earners await the eight survivors for the Super 16 round Saturday at Taylor Sportsplex. Saturday’s best-of-five match play will trim the field from 16, to eight, to four. The semifinalists will compete for the title and the $120,000 first prize Sunday. ESPN will televise the finals live on Sunday, March 9, from 12:30-2 p.m. (ET).
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