Bill Gates Captures Central Region Regional Players Invitational

by PBA Editor October 27, 2002 19:00
Bill Gates of Saginaw, Mich., picked a good time to win his first Professional Bowlers Association Regional title, by copping the 34th Annual Central Regional Players Invitational at Do-Ri-Me Lanes in Richmond, Ind. And Gates did it the hard way, running the “stepladder” winning all four games. He defeated in order, former Central Region Rookie of the Year Dan Higgins, Jr. (Columbus, Ohio) 223-192, Brian Hatcher (Harrison Twp., Mi.), 196-185, Jim Slagle, Jr. (Columbus, Ohio), 191-177 and tournament leader and eight-time regional champion Bill Orlikowski (Kentwood, Mi.) 257-247. In the final, Gates needed to make the difficult 6-9-10 spare in the final frame to close out Orlikowski. Gates won $1,500 for his first regional title, Orlikowski won $1,000, Slagle $800, Hatcher $700 and Higgins $600. In addition, by being the top three in this event, Gates, Orlikowski and Slagle qualify for the Regional Players Invitational, to be held at the National Bowling Stadium, December 3-6. Also, the top five players from the region’s point list will comprise the rest of the Central Region squad to compete in this elite event. The top five players from that list include regional champions Richie Brown (Marion, Ohio), Chuck Tompkins (Columbus, Ohio)and Chris Marshall (Mason, Mi.) along with Ryan Wilson (Garden City, Mich.) and Hatcher. The winner of the RPI also receives a berth in the 2003 PBA Tour Tournament of Champions. The next event in the Central Region is the longest running (in one center) event, with the 22nd Annual Regional Open and 3rd Annual Senior Open, both presented by La-Z-Boy (for all 22 years). The event will be held at Monroe Sport Center in Monroe, Mich. November 1-3. For further information on this event, contact Central Region Director Dan Ottman at (248)524-3640 or dan.ottman@pba.com. FINAL RESULTS NAME HOMETOWN GMS PINS MONEY * Bill Gates Saginaw, Mi. 4 867 $1,500 * Bill Orlikowski Kentwood, Mi. 1 247 $1,000 * Jim Slagle, Jr. Columbus, Ohio 1 177 $800 Brian Hatcher Harrison Twp., Mi. 1 185 $700 Dan Higgins, Jr. Columbus, Ohio 1 192 $600 STEPLADDER RESULTS Gates def. Higgins 223-192 Gates def. Hatcher 196-185 Gates def. Slagle 191-177 Gates def. Orlikowski 257-247 MATCH PLAY RESULTS PS NAME CITY 24-GM W-L-T BONUS GRAND $ 1 Bill Orlikowski Kentwood, Mi. 5346 10-6-0 300 5646 2 Jim Slagle, Jr. Columbus, Ohio 5215 12-4-0 360 5575 3 Brian Hatcher Harrison Twp., Mi. 5214 10-5-1 315 5529 4 Bill Gates Saginaw, Mi. 5201 9-7-0 270 5471 5 Dan Higgins, Jr. Columbus, Ohio 5169 7-9-0 270 5439 THESE FIVE BOWLERS QUALIFIED FOR STEPLADDER FINALS 6 Dale Strike Saginaw, Mi. 5196 6-10-0 180 5376 550 7 Jerry Murphy Richmond, Ind. 5105 9-7-0 270 5375 500 8 Chuck Tompkins Columbus, Ohio 5034 10-6-0 240 5334 475 9 Mike Norris Melvindale, Mi. 5041 9-6-1 285 5326 450 10 Paul Ashby Madison Twp., Ohio 5021 9-7-0 270 5291 425 11 Andy Schnebelt Jackson, Mi. 5050 6-9-1 195 5245 400 12 Ted Hannahs Zanesville, Ohio 4980 7-9-0 210 5190 380 13 Marc Massie Ft. Wright, Ky. 4922 6-9-1 195 5117 360 14 Val Sherlock Flint, Mi. 4903 7-9-0 210 5113 340 15 Jim HillIgas, Jr. Centerville, Ohio 4878 3-12-1 105 4983 320 16 Don Moser Kentwood, Mi. 4757 6-10-0 180 4937 300 300 Game---Bill Orlikowski, Kentwood, Mi. * Qualified for the Regional Players Invitational at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada, December 3-6. Also qualifying from the season-long Central Region point list: Richie Brown, Marion, Ohio, Chris Marshall, Mason, Mich., Ryan Wilson, Garden City, Mich., Chuck Tompkins, Columbus, Ohio and Brian Hatcher, Harrison Twp., Mich. CASHERS PS NAME 8-GM $ 17 Emilio Mora, Jr. 8 1673 $ 190.00 +$80 alt 18 Doug Davidson 8 1669 $ 175.00 19 Doug Spicer 8 1663 $ 170.00 T20 Scott Hayes 8 1648 $ 82.50 T20 Bill Blanchard 8 1648 $ 82.50 NON-CASHERS 22 Ryan Wilson 1631 23 Jason Lewis 1623 24 David Boyd 1610 25 Jeff Zaffino 1610 26 D. Mike Shockey 1608 27 Tod Thompson 1603 28 Amos Mathis 1599 29 Terry Metzner 1599 30 Derek Hively 1598 31 Troy Stashi 1590 32 Chris Marshall 1582 33 Brian Miller 1581 34 Dewey Basner 1576 35 John Shreve, Jr. 1563 36 Rob Burgess 1554 37 Travis Raskey 1552 38 Richie Brown 1550 39 Mark Seifert 1544 40 Joe Mrenak (SR) 1538 41 Emilio Mora, Sr. (SR) 1535 42 Ray Kreuter (SR) 1532 43 David Beach 1520 44 Lee Nienajadly 1518 45 Jeff Adams 1517 46 Frank Ensweller 1507 47 George Miller III 1501 48 Lee Snow (SR) 1492 49 Rich Arlesic 1491 50 Kurt Lambert 1470 51 Tom Seliger 1461 52 Rich Vargo 1461 53 Ray Cusack, Jr. 1457 54 Tony Moses 1441 55 R.J. Alman 1431 56 Bill Huepenbecker 1426 57 Johnny D. Masters 1374 58 Gary Zwiezinski 1372 59 Paul Mateer 1338
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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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John Ireland Wins East Region Senior Event

by PBA Editor October 27, 2002 19:00
PBA East Region Park Lanes Senior Regional Park Lanes Shippensburg, PA October 25-27, 2002 NAME HOMETOWN PINFALL WIN LOSE TIE TOTAL WINNINGS 1 John Ireland Lumberton NC 4559 11 1 0 4889 $1,500.00 2 John Milletics Sandusky MI 4599 8 4 0 4839 $950.00 3 Guppy Troup Taylorsville NC 4507 7 5 0 4717 $700.00 4 Soul Moorer Dover DE 4433 5 7 0 4583 $575.00 5 Neil Fish Binghamton NY 4371 7 5 0 4581 $500.00 6 Brendan Bierch Grafton MA 4295 7 5 0 4505 $450.00 7 Bill Argenbright Fishersville VA 4294 6 5 1 4489 $425.00 8 Dennis Amato Pine Brook NJ 4195 6 6 0 4375 $400.00 9 Jim Lee Rogersville TN 4230 3 8 1 4335 $380.00 10 Carlos Crespo Mechanicsburg PA 4082 6 6 0 4262 $370.00 11 Bob Valentino Syosset NY 4070 4 8 0 4190 $360.00 12 David Arrant Leicester NC 3981 1 11 0 4011 $350.00 13 Perry Keplinger Amherst OH 1719 $190.00 14 Frank Gallo Jr Lanham MD 1715 $185.00 15 Greg Rottengen Washington NJ 1698 $180.00 16 Steve Lickliter Beaver WV 1693 $175.00 17 Greg Goetz Crofton MD 1686 $170.00 18 Butch Dangel Maspeth NY 1682 $165.00 19 Andy Ippolito Forest Hills NY 1680 $160.00 20 Ernie Franklin Winchester NH 1676 21 Ross Zeigler Cranberry PA 1671 22 Harry Franz Rockaway NJ 1668 23 Ed Buco Berlin MD 1657 24 Steve Bova Massapequa NY 1647 25 Bill Lyke E. Longmeadow MA 1640 26 Bill McCorkle Columbus OH 1630 27 Phil Barnes Wilmington NC 1624 28 Rich Holden Chinchilla PA 1624 29 Bill Ziegler Reading PA 1615 30 Doug Hosking Elizabethtown PA 1614 31 Fred Ferreira Kings Park NY 1611 32 Johnie Peak Sr Laurel MD 1607 33 Bud Doree Aston PA 1604 34 Elmer Davis New Bloomfield PA 1603 35 Charlie Tomey Spartansburg SC 1602 36 Rick Cashell Dedham MA 1596 37 Tony Bochicchio Jackson NJ 1589 38 Bill Sangiardi Port Jefferson NY 1587 39 Gary Shultis Levittown NY 1586 40 Bill Burns Elizabeth PA 1584 41 Burdette Walker Rockwood PA 1583 42 Hollis McMullin Rockville MD 1572 43 Bill Henson Westerville OH 1540 44 Greg Zwitch Marriottsville MD 1539 45 Gregory Smith Baltimore MD 1535 46 Greg Wilhelm Stafford VA 1522 47 Ken Brown Monroe NY 1508 48 Mike Lessar Naples NY 1501 49 Paul Busch Dover DE 1484 50 John Shreve Elyria OH 1482 51 James Chessere Elizabeth NJ 1470 52 Joseph Carapazza Jr Tobyhanna PA 1467 53 Walt Lattimore Lanham MD 1447 54 Les Mills Hackettstown NJ 1436 55 John Valentine Jr North Massapequa NY 1429 56 Gary Friedman Farmingdale NY 1409 57 Roy Lemerise Columbia MD 1350 * Indicates Non-PBA Entry
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Voss is Boss

by PBA Editor October 26, 2002 19:00
In the final frame of the PBA Memphis Open at Winchester Bowl, Danny Wiseman issued a verbal challenge to his long-time nemesis Brian Voss – “two to win, brotha.” Voss, Atlanta, answered the challenge with two solid strikes and defeated Wiseman, Baltimore, 253-247, winning his 22nd career title along with the $40,000 top prize. “It just doesn’t get any better when you get a win like that,” said the 44-year-old Voss, who tied Marshall Holman for ninth on the all-time win list. “That’s exactly what you spend your whole life preparing for. When you’re a kid, you dream about throwing two strikes in the 10th to win.” Coming into today, Wiseman possessed the ninth-best finals match record in PBA history (39-23, .629). Regardless, Voss has owned Wiseman in the championship round. He improved his record to 4-0 against Wiseman. “He has one of the best percentages of anyone out here,” Voss said about Wiseman. “It’d be even better if it wasn’t for me.” If not for Voss, Wiseman would rank second all-time and trail only Jim Pencak (22-9, .710). Wiseman knew the history, too. So the veteran tried to get into Voss’ head. “I knew his shot was deteriorating and he had to throw two big shots to win,” said Wiseman. “But, he threw those shots so pure. That’s why he’s the best shot-maker in the world. He did what he had to do.” Both players started the match with a five-bagger followed by two spare conversions. Voss settled for another spare in the eighth while Wiseman extended his slim lead with a strike. Wiseman picked up a 7-pin in the ninth and finished with two strikes in the 10th. Voss set the stage with a foundation strike in the ninth. After two strikes in the 10th, he needed only four pins to seal the win. He got nine. In the semifinals, Voss beat Bryon Smith, 237-213, and Wiseman knocked off Lonnie Waliczek, 257-216. Smith, Roseburg, Ore., and Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., finished tied for third and earned $10,000 each. In the wild card match, Smith pasted reigning rookie of the year Tommy Jones, 278-199. Jones, Greenville, S.C., took home a check for $9,000 in fifth. The PBA Tour travels to Hawthorn Lanes at Vernon Hills, Ill., for the PBA Miller High Life Open, Oct. 30-Nov. 3.
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ESPN Finals In Sight for Weber

by PBA Editor October 25, 2002 19:00
Pete Weber is one step closer to making his first ESPN finals in the 2002-2003 season after eliminating Doug Kent Saturday in the PBA Memphis Open at Winchester Bowl. In a best-of-five series, Weber, St. Ann, Mo. had two strong games, easily winning 265-215 and 267-223. In the third game, Kent, Newark, NY, had a strong finish to win 232-207. But Weber was focused and knew what he needed to do to advance. “I just stayed focused,” the 28-time PBA champion said. “The third game was frustrating and the nine pin got me in a few frames but again, I was able to stay focused for the fourth game.” In the deciding game, Weber and Kent stayed close until the fourth frame when Weber struck twice to take the lead for the remainder of the game and win 215-182. The Hall-of-Famer faces Lonnie Waliczek in tonight’s Round of 8. Waliczek, Wichita, Kan., eliminated 10-time titlist Steve Hoskins in a five-game showdown (203-209, 206-248, 223-219, 249-236 and 246-224). In other matches during the Round of 16, Bryon Smith defeated nine-time titlist Jason Couch. Smith advances to face Hall-of-Famer and 21 time PBA champion Brian Voss. Danny Wiseman eliminated Eugene McCune 3-0 and will go head-to-head with Eric Forkel. Wiseman, who is 7-0 in match play, is a shoe-in for the ESPN finals as he has the best match play record. Even if he is defeated, Wiseman will enter the finals as the wildcard. Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., shut out Lee Vanderhoef, 3-0 to move on to face reigning Rookie of the Year Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C. Jones eliminated Sean Swanson, Springfield, Mo. in four games (196-214, 279-201, 224-181 and 258-257). The remaining eight return Saturday night as the field is trimmed to four plus a wild card for the finals. The five finalists vie for the title and the $40,000 top prize live on ESPN, Sunday, Oct. 20, from 1–2:30 p.m. ET.
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