Couch Wipes Out Defending Champion

by PBA Editor February 8, 2002 19:00
Jason Couch and Pete Weber ousted their opponents to stay alive in the round of 16 in the PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open at Country Club Lanes – West Saturday afternoon. Couch, Clermont, Fla., eliminated defending champion Ricky Ward, 3-1 (258-215, 259-172, 225-233, 228-181) to move on. The nine-time PBA titleholder led this tournament in February of 2001 when it consisted of a traditional 24-game match play format and lost in the title match to Ward, North Fort Myers, Fla. “I thought about last year’s title match every shot,” Couch said. “I wanted a little revenge.” Couch nearly won 3-0 but Ward had to double in the 10th frame of game No. 3 to win and was able to do so after tripping the 6-pin on the first shot. “Ricky got lined up earlier than I did in the third game and it became a close match very quickly,” said Couch. “When he tripped that pin I had a feeling he would get the second strike. Everybody knows Ricky has been bowling unbelievable lately with a lot of great breaks when he needs them.” Weber, St. Ann, Mo, also went 3-1 (258-179, 244-206, 214-214, 10-10, 9-10, 255-233) to oust his opponent Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio. The two tied in the third game and Kretzer won after they tied in a sudden-death, one-ball roll-off and Kretzer struck in the second one-ball roll-off and Weber left the 10-pin standing. The PBA Hall of Famer came back to win the next game and remain in the tournament. Weber is looking for his 28th PBA title, which would tie Parker Bohn III for fourth all-time, and is also chasing his third win of the 2001-2002 season. Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., bested Brian Voss, Atlanta, in a taxing 3-2 (193-200, 247-225, 161-207, 277-259, 222-214) match. Bohn, who has four wins this season, is making his fifth appearance in the round of 8. The PBA Hall of Famer will face Roger Bowker in the round of 8. Bowker, Ocala, Fla., won over Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla., 3-1 (247-221, 243-258, 247-235, 239-198). Bowker is looking to make his second championship round appearance of the season. He finished second in the PBA Miller High Life Open in Indianapolis, this past October. In a 3-0 (247-234, 236-203, 207-161) match, Wayne Webb, North Las Vegas, Nev., defeated Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Spring, Fla. Webb, who owns 20 PBA titles, is the only player to have a 6-0 record. The PBA Hall of Famer is looking to make his first championship round appearance since January of 2000 in Dallas, and win his first title since 1997 in Lake Grove, N.Y. Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., defeated Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 3-2 (181-206, 223-235, 300-219, 253-194, 203-191). Hurd bowled only the second 300 of the tournament to stay alive in the match. He is searching for his second PBA title. In the other two matches Rudy Kasimakis, Gouldsboro, Pa., bested Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3-0 (234-176, 206-197, 212-192) and David Traber won over Dave Husted, 3-2, (214-216, 277-225, 225-226, 224-218, 238-229). The remaining eight professionals will return Saturday evening for the final round of single-elimination, best-of-five game matches. The remaining four plus a wild card will advance to the championship round finals to compete for the title and the $40,000 first-place prize. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, February 10, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. (ET). PBA TOUR THE COLUMBIA 300 TAR HEEL OPEN At Country Club Lanes, Burlington, NC Saturday, February 9, 2002 Round of 16 Single-Elimination Best of Five Games Matches (Losers eliminated, earn $3,500) #10 David Traber vs. #26 Dave Husted GAME 1: Dave Husted def. David Traber, 216-214 GAME 2: David Traber def. Dave Husted, 277-225 GAME 3: Dave Husted def. David Traber, 226-225 GAME 4: David Traber def. Dave Husted, 224-218 GAME 5: David Traber def. Dave Husted, 238-229 David Traber defeated Dave Husted, 3-2, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. Pete Weber #19 Rudy Kasimakis vs. #3 Doug Kent GAME 1: Rudy Kasimakis def. Doug Kent, 234-176 GAME 2: Rudy Kasimakis def. Doug Kent, 206-197 GAME 3: Rudy Kasimakis def. Doug Kent, 212-192 Rudy Kasimakis defeated Doug Kent, 3-0, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. Jason Couch #2 Brian Kretzer vs. #15 Pete Weber GAME 1: Pete Weber def. Brian Kretzer, 258-179 GAME 2: Pete Weber def. Brian Kretzer, 244-206 GAME 3: Brian Kretzer tied Pete Weber, 214-214 SUDDEN-DEATH ROLL-OFF: Brian Kretzer tied Pete Weber, 10-10, in a one-baLL roll-off; Brian Kretzer def. Pete Weber, 10-9 in the second one-ball roll-off GAME 4: Pete Weber def. Brian Kretzer, 255-233 Pete Weber defeated Brian Kretzer, 3-1, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. Dave Traber #6 Ricky Ward vs. #22 Jason Couch GAME 1: Jason Couch def. Ricky Ward, 258-215 GAME 2: Jason Couch def. Ricky Ward, 259-172 GAME 3: Ricky Ward def. Jason Couch, 233-225 GAME 4: Jason Couch def. Ricky Ward, 228-181 Jason Couch defeated Ricky Ward, 3-1, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. Rudy Kasimakis #9 Roger Bowker vs. #25 Steve Wilson GAME 1: Roger Bowker def. Steve Wilson, 247-221 GAME 2: Steve Wilson def. Roger Bowker, 258-243 GAME 3: Roger Bowker def. Steve Wilson, 247-235 GAME 4: Roger Bowker def. Steve Wilson, 239-198 Roger Bowker defeated Steve Wilson, 3-1, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. Parker Bohn III #13 Paul Fleming vs. #29 Jason Hurd GAME 1: Paul Fleming def. Jason Hurd, 206-181 GAME 2: Paul Fleming def. Jason Hurd, 235-223 GAME 3: Jason Hurd def. Paul Fleming, 300-219 GAME 4: Jason Hurd def. Paul Fleming, 253-194 GAME 5: Jason Hurd def. Paul Fleming, 203-191 Jason Hurd defeated Paul Fleming, 3-2, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. Wayne Webb #1 Parker Bohn III vs. #16 Brian Voss GAME 1: Brian Voss def. Parker Bohn III, 200-193 GAME 2: Parker Bohn III def. Brian Voss, 247-225 GAME 3: Brian Voss def. Parker Bohn III, 207-161 GAME 4: Parker Bohn III def. Brian Voss, 277-259 GAME 5: Parker Bohn III def. Brian Voss, 222-214 Parker Bohn III defeated Brian Voss, 3-2, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. Roger Bowker #5 Steve Hoskins vs. #21 Wayne Webb GAME 1: Wayne Webb def. Steve Hoskins, 247-234 GAME 2: Wayne Webb def. Steve Hoskins, 236-203 GAME 3: Wayne Webb def. Steve Hoskins, 207-161 Wayne Webb defeated Steve Hoskins, 3-0, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. Jason Hurd Round of 16 300 Games: Jason Hurd
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Live Today on ESPN, 12:30 ET

by PBA Editor February 8, 2002 19:00
Weber, St. Ann, Mo., knocked off David Traber, 3-1, Saturday night in the round of eight and picked up his fourth championship round appearance of 2001-2002. In the PBA’s new bracket-style, single-elimination match play format, the 27-time champion is undefeated on TV (5-0) including games of 299 and 289. Weber will face Jason Couch in the semifinals. The two bowlers have never faced each other in a televised match. Couch, Clermont, Fla., made the finals cut for the second time in three tournaments. The nine-time champion defeated Rudy Kasimakis, 3-1, for his eighth championship round appearance this season. He finished third two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Here last year, Couch was the tournament leader but finished second to Ricky Ward. Wayne Webb, Las Vegas, slid past Jason Hurd, 3-2, and advanced to his first finals since he finished seventh in Dallas (2000). The PBA Hall of Famer last tasted victory in 1997 when he won title No. 20 in Lake Grove, N.Y. This marks his first finals berth in the new tournament format. Webb advances to the semifinals and will await the winner of the wild card match. Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., earned his second finals berth of the season after surviving a five-game match with Parker Bohn III (3-2). Bowker, a five-time champion, finished second to Dave Arnold earlier this season (PBA Miller High Life Open, Indianapolis). His last victory was in 1998 (Austin, Texas). Bowker will challenge wild card qualifier Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., in the opening match. Hurd (8-5) advanced based on having more wins than fellow losers Kasimakis and Traber (7-5). All three bowlers tied with the least amount of losses. Hurd won his lone PBA title in 1999 at the National Bowling Stadium National/Senior Doubles with partner Johnny Petraglia (Reno, Nev.). The remaining four plus the wild card qualifier advance to tomorrow’s finals to vie for the title and $40,000 top prize. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 12:30–2 p.m. (ET).
PBA TOUR THE COLUMBIA 300 TAR HEEL OPEN At Country Club Lanes, Burlington, NC Saturday, February 9, 2002 Round of 8 Single-Elimination Best of Five Games Matches (Losers* eliminated, earn $5,000) *Loser with the least overall losses advances as the wild card qualifier.
#15 Pete Weber (6-1) vs. #10 David Traber (6-2) GAME 1: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 235-228 GAME 2: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 217-197 GAME 3: David Traber def. Pete Weber, 248-229 GAME 4: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 265-256 Pete Weber defeated David Traber, 3-1, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals against Jason Couch #22 Jason Couch (6-1) vs. #19 Rudy Kasimakis (6-2) GAME 1: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 221-205 GAME 2: Rudy Kasimakis def. Jason Couch, 188-181 GAME 3: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 234-197 GAME 4: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 202-201 Jason Couch defeated Rudy Kasimakis, 3-1, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals against Pete Weber
#1 Parker Bohn III (6-3) vs. #9 Roger Bowker (6-2) GAME 1: Parker Bohn III def. Roger Bowker, 199-198 GAME 2: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 277-226 GAME 3: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 212-182 GAME 4: Parker Bohn III def. Roger Bowker, 225-195 GAME 5: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 218-185 Roger Bowker defeated Parker Bohn III, 3-2, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN wild card match against Jason Hurd #21 Wayne Webb (6-0) vs. #29 Jason Hurd (6-2) GAME 1: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 225-201 GAME 2: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 203-202 GAME 3: Jason Hurd def. Wayne Webb, 221-212 GAME 4: Jason Hurd def. Wayne Webb, 241-195 GAME 5: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 218-185 Wayne Webb defeated *Jason Hurd, 3-2, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals. Webb will await the winner of the wild card match in semifinal No. 2. *Hurd (8-5) advances as the wild card qualifier based on having more wins than Kasimakis and Traber (7-5). All three bowlers tied with the least amount of losses. Hurd will face Bowker in the wild card match.
TOURNAMENT ARCHIVE ROUND OF 16 ROUND OF 32 ROUND TWO QUALIFIER ROUND ONE QUALIFIER
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Live Today on ESPN, 12:30 ET

by PBA Editor February 8, 2002 19:00
Pete Weber will target his third win of the season today in the PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open at Country Club Lanes West. Weber, St. Ann, Mo., knocked off David Traber, 3-1, Saturday night in the round of eight and picked up his fourth championship round appearance of 2001-2002. In the PBA’s new bracket-style, single-elimination match play format, the 27-time champion is undefeated on TV (5-0) including games of 299 and 289. Weber will face Jason Couch in the semifinals. The two bowlers have never faced each other in a televised match. Couch, Clermont, Fla., made the finals cut for the second time in three tournaments. The nine-time champion defeated Rudy Kasimakis, 3-1, for his eighth championship round appearance this season. He finished third two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Here last year, Couch was the tournament leader but finished second to Ricky Ward. Wayne Webb, Las Vegas, slid past Jason Hurd, 3-2, and advanced to his first finals since he finished seventh in Dallas (2000). The PBA Hall of Famer last tasted victory in 1997 when he won title No. 20 in Lake Grove, N.Y. This marks his first finals berth in the new tournament format. Webb advances to the semifinals and will await the winner of the wild card match. Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., earned his second finals berth of the season after surviving a five-game match with Parker Bohn III (3-2). Bowker, a five-time champion, finished second to Dave Arnold earlier this season (PBA Miller High Life Open, Indianapolis). His last victory was in 1998 (Austin, Texas). Bowker will challenge wild card qualifier Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., in the opening match. Hurd (8-5) advanced based on having more wins than fellow losers Kasimakis and Traber (7-5). All three bowlers tied with the least amount of losses. Hurd won his lone PBA title in 1999 at the National Bowling Stadium National/Senior Doubles with partner Johnny Petraglia (Reno, Nev.). The remaining four plus the wild card qualifier advance to tomorrow’s finals to vie for the title and $40,000 top prize. ESPN will air the finals live on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 12:30–2 p.m. (ET).
PBA TOUR THE COLUMBIA 300 TAR HEEL OPEN At Country Club Lanes, Burlington, NC Saturday, February 9, 2002 Round of 8 Single-Elimination Best of Five Games Matches (Losers* eliminated, earn $5,000) *Loser with the least overall losses advances as the wild card qualifier.
#15 Pete Weber (6-1) vs. #10 David Traber (6-2) GAME 1: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 235-228 GAME 2: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 217-197 GAME 3: David Traber def. Pete Weber, 248-229 GAME 4: Pete Weber def. David Traber, 265-256 Pete Weber defeated David Traber, 3-1, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals against Jason Couch #22 Jason Couch (6-1) vs. #19 Rudy Kasimakis (6-2) GAME 1: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 221-205 GAME 2: Rudy Kasimakis def. Jason Couch, 188-181 GAME 3: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 234-197 GAME 4: Jason Couch def. Rudy Kasimakis, 202-201 Jason Couch defeated Rudy Kasimakis, 3-1, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals against Pete Weber
#1 Parker Bohn III (6-3) vs. #9 Roger Bowker (6-2) GAME 1: Parker Bohn III def. Roger Bowker, 199-198 GAME 2: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 277-226 GAME 3: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 212-182 GAME 4: Parker Bohn III def. Roger Bowker, 225-195 GAME 5: Roger Bowker def. Parker Bohn III, 218-185 Roger Bowker defeated Parker Bohn III, 3-2, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN wild card match against Jason Hurd #21 Wayne Webb (6-0) vs. #29 Jason Hurd (6-2) GAME 1: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 225-201 GAME 2: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 203-202 GAME 3: Jason Hurd def. Wayne Webb, 221-212 GAME 4: Jason Hurd def. Wayne Webb, 241-195 GAME 5: Wayne Webb def. Jason Hurd, 218-185 Wayne Webb defeated *Jason Hurd, 3-2, and advances to tomorrow's ESPN semifinals. Webb will await the winner of the wild card match in semifinal No. 2. *Hurd (8-5) advances as the wild card qualifier based on having more wins than Kasimakis and Traber (7-5). All three bowlers tied with the least amount of losses. Hurd will face Bowker in the wild card match.
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Bohn Parks It At The Top

by PBA Editor February 7, 2002 19:00
Parker Bohn III claimed the top spot after the second round of qualifying in the PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open at Country Club Lanes – West Friday afternoon. Bohn, Jackson, N.J., rolled a 277 in the last game of the nine-game round to take over the lead. The former PBA Player of the Year (2000) qualified as the No. 1 for the third time since the new format was instituted in September of 2001. He has an 18-game, 4,183 pinfall total and a 232 average. The 28-time PBA titleholder has won four events in the 2001-2002 season and is one of the frontrunners in the player of the year race for 2001-2002. “I know its there,” said Bohn, commenting on player of the year honors. “But I only look at it briefly, I just go out everyday as if its business as usual. I try to knock down every pin and win every tournament and hopefully that will lead to player of the year honors.” He currently leads the tour in every statistical category including season earnings ($197,450), average (220.82), wins (four), match play appearances (21), cashes (23) and is tied with Walter Ray Williams Jr. with eight championship round appearances. First-round leader Brian Kretzer fell from first to second place. Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, posted only two games under 207 to collect a 4,138 pinfall total. The 35-year-old joined the PBA this past summer and is one of the leading candidates for PBA Rookie of the Year honors. Remaining in third place with a 4,122 pinfall total is Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y. Last week Kent finished tied for third in the PBA Dallas Open. He won his fourth and last title in Indianapolis in 2000. Making a jump from 15th place to fourth is Robert Smith, Simi Valley, Calif. The 28-year-old right-hander posted high games of 258 and 252 in the round and has a 228 tournament average. The two-time PBA champion has a 4,105 pinfall total. He has made two championship round appearances this season with third and second-place finish. Both of Smith’s titles came in 2000 in the U.S. Open, Phoenix, and Erie, Pa. Rounding out the top five with a 4,092 pinfall total is Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla. The 10-time PBA titleholder started the round with a high game of 278. Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., earned the No. 15 seed. The PBA Hall of Famer, who owns 27 titles, has made it to the round of 32 in every event that he has bowled in since the new format began and has skipped only three of 13 events with the new format (Syosset, N.Y.; Kirkland, Wash.; Dallas). Other professionals advancing to the round of 32 include Ricky Ward (sixth), Amleto Monacelli (eighth), Brian Voss (16th), Jason Couch (22nd), Danny Wiseman (24th), Dave Husted (26th) and Del Ballard Jr. (30th). Notables failing to advance include Patrick Allen (35th), Bob Learn Jr. (39th), Walter Ray Williams Jr. (41st), Tommy Delutz Jr. (45th) and Ryan Shafer (48th). The top 32 professionals will return Friday evening to compete in single-elimination, best-of-five game matches. Head-to-head competition will continue Saturday as the field is cut from 16, to eight to four plus a wild card for the championship round. The five finalist will vie for the $40,000 first-place prize and the title in the live ESPN finals on Sunday, February 10, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. (ET). PBA TOUR PBA Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open At Country Club Lanes – West, Burlington, N.C. Fri., Feb. 8, 2002 ROUND TWO QUALIFIER RESULTS (Name/Hometown followed by 18-game pinfall total. Places 33 – 64 show earnings.) 1, Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 4,183 2, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4,138 3, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 4,122 4, Robert Smith, Simi Valley, Calif., 4,105 5, Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, FL, 4,092 6, Ricky Ward, N. Fort Myers, FL, 4,059 7, Jeff Lizzi, Sandusky, Ohio, 4,054 8, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,053 9, Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., 4,052 10, David Traber, Woodstock, Ill., 4,050 11, Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 4,029 12, Eric Forkel, Northridge, Calif., 4,016 13, Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 4,015 14, Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 4,010 15, Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., 3,999 16, Brian Voss, Atlanta, GA, 3,994 17, Dennis Horan Jr., Temecula, Calif. (TIE) Curtis Odom, Coldwater, Mich., 3,993 19, Rudy Kasimakis, Gouldsboro, Pa., 3,989 20, Mike DeVaney, Escondido, Calif., 3,988 21, Wayne Webb, N. Las Vegas, NV, 3,986 22, Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla., 3,977 23, R.D. Miller Jr., Danville, Ill., 3,971 24, Danny Wiseman, Baltimore, Md., 3,958 25, Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,957 26, Dave Husted, Milwaukie, Ore., 3,950 27, Hugh Miller, Seattle, WA, 3,947 28, Michael Eaton Jr., Wyoming, Mich. (TIE) Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 3,923 30, Del Ballard Jr., N. Richland Hills, Texas, 3,917 31, Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan., 3,915 32, Jess Stayrook, San Diego, Calif., 3,912 33, Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 3,908, $1,000 34, Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill. (TIE) Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., 3,905, $1,000 36, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md. (TIE) Jimmy Johnson, Columbus, Ohio, 3,903, $1,000 38, Paul Nicholas, Romeoville, Ill., 3,898, $1,000 39, Bob Learn Jr., Erie, PA, 3,894, $1,000 40, Jason Duran, Greely, Colo., 3,893, $1,000 41, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 3,882, $1,000 42, Tony Reyes, San Jose, Calif., 3,875, $1,000 43, Mike Aulby, Indianapolis, IN, 3,870, $1,000 44, Dave Arnold, Reno, Nev., 3,868, $1,000 45, Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y., 3,865, $1,000 46, Mitchell Beasley, Jacksonville, Ark., 3,850, $1,000 47, Christopher Sand, Chesterfield, Mich., 3,837, $1,000 48, Ryan Shafer, Elmira, NY, 3,832, $1,000 49, Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,830, $1,000 50, Jeff Carter, Springfield, Ill., 3,824, $1,000 51, Michael Haugen Jr., Victorville, Calif., 3,810, $1,000 52, Patrick Healey Jr., Mexico (TIE) Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,788, $1,000 54, Curtis Woods Jr., Santa Rosa, Calif., 3,783, $1,000 55, Leon Lamm, Charlotte, N.C., 3,772, $1,000 56, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, WA, 3,770, $1,000 57, Lee Johnson, Bloomington, Ind., 3,750, $1,000 58, Michael Machuga, Erie, PA, 3,728, $1,000 59, Kevin Mitchell, Tulsa, Okla., 3,720, $1,000 60, Brian LeClair, Chatham, NY, 3,702, $1,000 61, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. (TIE) Dennis Rakauskas, Apopka, Fla., 3,687, $1,000 63, John Gaines, Sebring, Fla., 3,681, $1,000 64, Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 3,674, $1,000 Round Two 300 Games: None
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Mark Roth's Senior Debut Earns Rookie of the Year Honors

by PBA Editor February 7, 2002 19:00
During only his fourth event on the tour, Roth won his first senior championship in the PBA Seattle Senior Open on Friday, June 1, 2001. The win made Roth the only senior rookie to win a title last year and the fifth rookie to hold a title since the inception of the Rookie of the Year Award in 1994. In addition to the Seattle Senior Open title, Roth appeared in four championship rounds and earned $31,975. Due to his success on the PBA Tour, Roth knew there were high expectations for him to do well in his first year on the Senior Tour. “It took me a while to start winning when I was first on the Tour,” Roth said. “This time as a rookie, I was expected to come out and win. Even though I came out bowling pretty well and kept my momentum, it was still hard. Nothing comes easy anymore.” Roth, a right hander, made match play nine times during the tour and averaged 220.11, to place him fourth among the seniors for the year. Roth owns 34 National Tour Titles and many awards including PBA Player of the Year honors (1977-79; ’84). He was also inducted into the PBA Hall of Fame in 1987. Roth’s selection as the Senior Rookie of the Year, makes him the eighth player to receive the award since its inception in 1994. Past PBA Senior Rookie of the Year Award Winners 2001 Mark Roth 2000 Guppy Troup 1999 Mike Pullin 1998 Johnny Petraglia 1997 George Pappas 1996 Dale Eagle 1995 Pete Couture 1994 Larry Laub
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