PBA Regional Players Seminar June 10, 2002

by PBA Editor May 28, 2002 19:00
During the PBA Regional Players Classic at the Gold Coast Hotel on Monday, June 10, 2002, the Professional Bowlers Association will be conducting a Regional Players Seminar on June 10 from 6 – 9 PM. The seminar will be held in the Gold Coast Bowling Center and will be conducted by PBA National Tour Staff. All members are encouraged to attend the seminar which will feature information on new rules, tournament operations, professionalism, PR, conduct, lane conditioning, bowling ball specifications, proper fit, drilling, and PBA National Tour Truck Operations. Attendance is voluntary but strongly encouraged for members who have questions concerning these issues.
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Hromek Three-Peats as Nagy Winner

by PBA Editor May 27, 2002 19:00
For the third consecutive year, Justin Hromek was recognized for his high level of sportsmanship when his peers voted him the 2002 recipient of the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award. “I am absolutely ecstatic that I won again,” Hromek said after receiving the news. ”I am shocked. I didn’t expect it the first time, or the second time and definitely not the third time.” Hromek, a 12-year-pro from Andover, Kan., is one of the most consistent and talented bowlers on tour. He displays high levels of sportsmanship and professionalism on and off the lanes. The three-time PBA champion enjoys spending time with fans both during Pro-Ams and while signing autographs and also enjoys bowling with the other professionals. Bestowed annually since 1966, the Nagy award exemplifies consummate tour professional and is voted on by only PBA touring members. “It is an honor that the guys think I’m a good guy and have a good attitude,” Hromek said. “There’s a lot of pressure sometimes and it’s important to me to be positive, have a good attitude and have fun.” Hromek is only the fourth player to win the award at least three times. He joins the ranks of Gary Dickinson (1972-74) and Steve Martin (1985-87), and Parker Bohn III (1990-93). Others receiving votes were Mike Aulby, Joe Barket, Jeff Lizzi, Rohn Morton and Jason Queen. The award is named after the late Steve Nagy, an American Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer. Nagy, a Cleveland resident, suffered a stroke while competing in a tournament in 1965 and died the following year. The award is given annually to the PBA Professional who demonstrates the highest degree of sportsmanship on tour. Past Steve Nagy Award Winners 2002* Justin Hromek 2000 Justin Hromek 1999 Justin Hromek 1998 Tim Criss Butch Soper 1997 Rick Steelsmith 1996 Curtis Odom 1995 Mike Aulby 1994 Mike Aulby 1993 Parker Bohn III 1992 Parker Bohn III 1991 Parker Bohn III 1990 Parker Bohn III 1989 Dave Husted 1988 Dave Husted 1987 Steve Martin 1986 Steve Martin 1985 Steve Martin 1984 Jim Pritts Jr. 1983 Rich Gradley 1982 Sam Zurich 1981 Tom Baker 1980 Tom Baker 1979 Alvin Lou 1978 Gil Silker 1977 Don Johnson 1976 Tommy Hudson Les Schissler Les Zikes 1975 Jim Frazier 1974 Gary Dickinson 1973 Gary Dickinson Dick Ritger 1972 Gary Dickinson 1971 Mike Orlovsky 1970 Dick Ritger Dave Soutar John Guenther 1969 Ralph Engan 1968 Ralph Engan 1967 Johnny Guenther 1966 Johnny Guenther *The 2002 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award is based on the 2001-02 season. Due to the change from a yearly to seasonal schedule, all tournaments in 2001 contested prior to the beginning of the new seasonal schedule were included as part of the 2001-02 season.
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Hromek Three-Peats as Nagy Winner

by PBA Editor May 27, 2002 19:00
“I am absolutely ecstatic that I won again,” Hromek said after receiving the news. ”I am shocked. I didn’t expect it the first time, or the second time and definitely not the third time.” Hromek, a 12-year-pro from Andover, Kan., is one of the most consistent and talented bowlers on tour. He displays high levels of sportsmanship and professionalism on and off the lanes. The three-time PBA champion enjoys spending time with fans both during Pro-Ams and while signing autographs and also enjoys bowling with the other professionals. Bestowed annually since 1966, the Nagy award exemplifies consummate tour professional and is voted on by only PBA touring members. “It is an honor that the guys think I’m a good guy and have a good attitude,” Hromek said. “There’s a lot of pressure sometimes and it’s important to me to be positive, have a good attitude and have fun.” Hromek is only the fourth player to win the award at least three times. He joins the ranks of Gary Dickinson (1972-74) and Steve Martin (1985-87), and Parker Bohn III (1990-93). Others receiving votes were Mike Aulby, Joe Barket, Jeff Lizzi, Rohn Morton and Jason Queen. The award is named after the late Steve Nagy, an American Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Famer. Nagy, a Cleveland resident, suffered a stroke while competing in a tournament in 1965 and died the following year. The award is given annually to the PBA Professional who demonstrates the highest degree of sportsmanship on tour. Past Steve Nagy Award Winners 2002* Justin Hromek 2000 Justin Hromek 1999 Justin Hromek 1998 Tim Criss Butch Soper 1997 Rick Steelsmith 1996 Curtis Odom 1995 Mike Aulby 1994 Mike Aulby 1993 Parker Bohn III 1992 Parker Bohn III 1991 Parker Bohn III 1990 Parker Bohn III 1989 Dave Husted 1988 Dave Husted 1987 Steve Martin 1986 Steve Martin 1985 Steve Martin 1984 Jim Pritts Jr. 1983 Rich Gradley 1982 Sam Zurich 1981 Tom Baker 1980 Tom Baker 1979 Alvin Lou 1978 Gil Silker 1977 Don Johnson 1976 Tommy Hudson Les Schissler Les Zikes 1975 Jim Frazier 1974 Gary Dickinson 1973 Gary Dickinson Dick Ritger 1972 Gary Dickinson 1971 Mike Orlovsky 1970 Dick Ritger Dave Soutar John Guenther 1969 Ralph Engan 1968 Ralph Engan 1967 Johnny Guenther 1966 Johnny Guenther *The 2002 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award is based on the 2001-02 season. Due to the change from a yearly to seasonal schedule, all tournaments in 2001 contested prior to the beginning of the new seasonal schedule were included as part of the 2001-02 season.
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Pepsi-Cola PBA South Fort Pierce Open

by PBA Editor May 25, 2002 19:00
Jones cooled off a little in the afternoon session and Walter Ray Williams, Jr caught fire and moved to within 90 pins of the leader and will be looking for his 3rd straight Regional title and his 19th career regional title. Moving up the ladder and getting into the top 5 was Jason Couch. Jason also caught fire in the afternoon and overtook Ralph Brunt, Jr who had fallen to 6th place. Jason was in a tie for 5th, with 1 game to go, with Steve Wilson. Couch got the 4th position in the tiebreaker In the final game of match play Steve Wilson lost to Ralph Brunt, Jr but held onto the lead by 8 pins to advance to the finals. Jason shot a 257 against Tim Criss to secure the 4th position. Top 5 for the stepladder finals: 1st Tommy Jones +1242 2nd Walter Ray Williams, Jr +1152 3rd Tim Criss +1061 4th Jason Couch +1015 5th Steve Wilson +937 Match 1 Jason started with 7 out of the first 8 and never gave Steve a chance to catch up. Steve Wilson 214 $1000 Jason Couch 245 Match 2 Jason left the 6-8 split in the 3rd frame but had 9 out of 10 strikes as he easily defeated Tim. Jason Couch 252 Tim Criss 191 $1100 Match 3 Walter started the game with 3 in a row but then his ball started to come up to strong on the head pin and he left a couple of splits. Jason had a clean game with a double and a turkey to advance to the finals. Jason Couch 223 Walter Ray Williams, Jr 191 $1300 Match 4 Jason had to double in the 10th to win. Jason Couch 9/.9/.X.9/.X.X.X.X.9/.9/9...226 Tommy Jones X.X.9/.X.X.X.9/.8/.9/.XX9...234 6 RALPH BRUNT JR. - FT.PIERCE,FL 1898 1839 1662 5399 224.96 11 5 0 5729 +929 8 $800 7 KENT WAGNER - PALMETTO, FL 1847 1721 1793 5361 223.38 7 9 0 5571 +771 166 $775 8 DON YOSHIHARA - TAMPA, FL 1869 1808 1650 5327 221.96 8 8 0 5567 +767 170 $750 9 BUDDY BUNFORD - TAMPA, FL. 1803 1761 1721 5285 220.21 8 8 0 5525 +725 212 $725 10 SHAWN EVANS - SATELLITE BCH, FL 1807 1764 1533 5104 212.67 8 7 1 5359 +559 378 $700 11 DAVE WALTHER - VERO, FL 1965 1723 1448 5136 214.00 6 8 2 5346 +546 391 $675 12 ROGER BOWKER - OCALA,FLORIDA 1864 1689 1596 5149 214.54 6 10 0 5329 +529 408 $650 13 RANDY WEISS - COLUMBIA, SC 1845 1662 1659 5166 215.25 5 11 0 5316 +516 421 $625 14 KEITH SHARP - CASSELBERRY, FL 1841 1698 1578 5117 213.21 3 13 0 5207 +407 530 $600 15 KENNY SIMARD - GREENVILLE, SC 1802 1715 1503 5020 209.17 2 14 0 5080 +280 657 $575 16 RICK McDANIEL - COCONUT CREEK,FL 1813 1543 1515 4871 202.96 4 10 2 5021 +221 716 $550 For the rest of the scores go to pbamembers.com click on tournament info click on south scroll down to the tournament name and click on it
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Pepsi-Cola PBA South Fort Pierce Open

by PBA Editor May 25, 2002 19:00
National Tour 'Rookie of the Year' Tommy Jones defeated his long time friend, Jason Couch in a great finals match, 234 - 226. Jones cooled off a little in the afternoon session and Walter Ray Williams, Jr caught fire and moved to within 90 pins of the leader and will be looking for his 3rd straight Regional title and his 19th career regional title. Moving up the ladder and getting into the top 5 was Jason Couch. Jason also caught fire in the afternoon and overtook Ralph Brunt, Jr who had fallen to 6th place. Jason was in a tie for 5th, with 1 game to go, with Steve Wilson. Couch got the 4th position in the tiebreaker In the final game of match play Steve Wilson lost to Ralph Brunt, Jr but held onto the lead by 8 pins to advance to the finals. Jason shot a 257 against Tim Criss to secure the 4th position. Top 5 for the stepladder finals: 1st Tommy Jones +1242 2nd Walter Ray Williams, Jr +1152 3rd Tim Criss +1061 4th Jason Couch +1015 5th Steve Wilson +937 Match 1 Jason started with 7 out of the first 8 and never gave Steve a chance to catch up. Steve Wilson 214 $1000 Jason Couch 245 Match 2 Jason left the 6-8 split in the 3rd frame but had 9 out of 10 strikes as he easily defeated Tim. Jason Couch 252 Tim Criss 191 $1100 Match 3 Walter started the game with 3 in a row but then his ball started to come up to strong on the head pin and he left a couple of splits. Jason had a clean game with a double and a turkey to advance to the finals. Jason Couch 223 Walter Ray Williams, Jr 191 $1300 Match 4 Jason had to double in the 10th to win. Jason Couch 9/.9/.X.9/.X.X.X.X.9/.9/9...226 Tommy Jones X.X.9/.X.X.X.9/.8/.9/.XX9...234 6 RALPH BRUNT JR. - FT.PIERCE,FL 1898 1839 1662 5399 224.96 11 5 0 5729 +929 8 $800 7 KENT WAGNER - PALMETTO, FL 1847 1721 1793 5361 223.38 7 9 0 5571 +771 166 $775 8 DON YOSHIHARA - TAMPA, FL 1869 1808 1650 5327 221.96 8 8 0 5567 +767 170 $750 9 BUDDY BUNFORD - TAMPA, FL. 1803 1761 1721 5285 220.21 8 8 0 5525 +725 212 $725 10 SHAWN EVANS - SATELLITE BCH, FL 1807 1764 1533 5104 212.67 8 7 1 5359 +559 378 $700 11 DAVE WALTHER - VERO, FL 1965 1723 1448 5136 214.00 6 8 2 5346 +546 391 $675 12 ROGER BOWKER - OCALA,FLORIDA 1864 1689 1596 5149 214.54 6 10 0 5329 +529 408 $650 13 RANDY WEISS - COLUMBIA, SC 1845 1662 1659 5166 215.25 5 11 0 5316 +516 421 $625 14 KEITH SHARP - CASSELBERRY, FL 1841 1698 1578 5117 213.21 3 13 0 5207 +407 530 $600 15 KENNY SIMARD - GREENVILLE, SC 1802 1715 1503 5020 209.17 2 14 0 5080 +280 657 $575 16 RICK McDANIEL - COCONUT CREEK,FL 1813 1543 1515 4871 202.96 4 10 2 5021 +221 716 $550 For the rest of the scores go to pbamembers.com click on tournament info click on south scroll down to the tournament name and click on it
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