PBA Announces Youth Clinics

by PBA Editor August 14, 2007 19:00
The PBA announced today it is hosting four youth bowling clinics to take place at PBA Regional Tour stops, Aug. 23-24, in conjunction with National Bowling Week.

The clinics, which will feature exempt bowlers from the Denny’s PBA Tour along with PBA Regional Tour stars, will run one day prior to the start of PBA Regional Tour events at each of the respective sites.

Eugene McCune and Ken Abner will lead the PBA Central Region’s youth clinic taking place at Georgetown Bowl (260-749-9610) in Fort Wayne, Ind., on Friday, Aug. 24, from 5:30-7 p.m. The clinic is running in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Bud Light Fort Wayne Open. McCune is coming off a 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour campaign which saw him finish 34th in the PBA World Point Rankings while Abner currently leads the PBA Central Region points race.

In the Midwest Region, PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber and fellow exempt bowler Jeff Carter, will be at Super Bowl (815-223-5085) in Peru, Ill., for the region’s youth clinic, Friday, Aug. 24 from 4-5 p.m., held in conjunction with the Illinois Valley Classic. Weber owns 34 Denny’s PBA Tour titles and a record-tying eight Majors, while Carter is coming off his first year as an exempt bowler on the Denny’s PBA Tour highlighted by two championship round appearances on ESPN.

The South Region will be at Royal Z Lanes (803-788-9209) in Columbia, S.C., for the Columbia Open where two-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist Ritchie Allen and first-time Denny’s PBA Tour exempt bowler Ken Simard will host a clinic Thursday, Aug. 23 from 4-5:30 p.m.

The Southwest Region rounds out the group with the Greenville Open at DB’s Sports Grill and Bowling (903-455-2065) in Greenville, Texas. Dino Castillo, who earned an exemption on the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour by finishing as the top non-exempt bowler in the 2006-07 PBA World Point Rankings, and 2003-04 PBA Rookie of the Year Chris Johnson will host a clinic on Friday, Aug. 24, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Those interested in attending should contact the bowling center of the closest youth clinic.
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Kulick Tames the Scorpion

by PBA Editor August 13, 2007 19:00
After getting a taste for the Denny’s PBA Tour as the first-ever exempt female bowler, Kelly Kulick has the desire to return to the top and is positioning herself to do so as the leader in the 2007 PBA Women’s Tour Trials, which are being held in conjunction with the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) event, at the National Bowling Stadium.

The Tour Trials, which grant exemptions to the top 16 women for this fall’s PBA Women’s Series, feature a field of 65 women with Kulick leading the way with a two-day, 16-game pinfall of 3,509.

Kulick (Union, N.J.) opened the day with a 225 and after dropping a 169 in the second game, caught fire. Kulick averaged 258.25 over the next four games including a 289 in game six and finished with the day’s top round, an eight-game pinfall of 1,804, on the Scorpion oil pattern.

“On Tour, this pattern was probably my worst. I drilled a new ball and it seemed to match up well for me today,” said Kulick. “From being out on the Denny’s Tour, I have an idea of how all the patterns play. I’ve also had a solid year of practice and my game is sharp right now and it showed at the USBC Queens.”

In second is Michelle Feldman (Skaneateles, N.Y.), who posted 1,786 on Tuesday, for a 16-game pinfall of 3,485. Feldman led heading into the eighth and final game, but a 7-10 split in the eighth frame gave Kulick the lead.

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard (North Richland Hills, Texas) rounds out the top three with 3,447 after posting 1,697 on Tuesday.

Monday’s leader Stefanie Nation (Orlando, Fla.) is 10th with 3,320.

The entire field returns Wednesday for the third of four eight-game blocks, bowling on the Shark oil pattern beginning at 10 a.m. PT. The top 16 women after Thursday’s fourth round, based on a 32-game pinfall, and who have paid the additional PBA Women’s Tour Trials entry fee will earn exemptions for the 2007 PBA Women’s Series.

The 2007 PBA Women’s Series, which is sponsored by the USBC, marks the first opportunity for women to bowl on Tour since the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) folded in 2003. The series will feature 16 women competing in four events which will run concurrently with four Denny’s PBA Tour events. All events will feature a $51,100 prize fund including a $10,000 top prize.

Professional Bowlers Association
PBA Women’s Tour Trials
National Bowling Stadium
Reno, Nev.
Tuesday, Aug. 14

ROUND TWO – CUMULATIVE TOTALS

(Pos., name/hometown and 16-game pinfall. Daily totals listed below.)

1, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,509.
2, Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 3,485.
3, Carolyn DorinBallard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 3,447.
4, Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, Ariz, 3,416.
5, Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 3,414.
5, Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, 3,414.
7, Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 3,336.
8, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 3,329.
9, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev, 3,321.
10, Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 3,320.
11, Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 3,290.
12, Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 3,288.
13, Tish Johnson, Napa, Calif., 3,267.
14, Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 3,263.
15, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 3,244.
16, Jacqui Reese, Nazareth, Pa., 3,240.
17, Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah, 3,230.
18, Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., 3,229.
19, Anne Marie Duggan, Edmonds, Okla., 3,221.
20, Maggie Smith, Olathe, Kan., 3,219.
21, Debbie McMullen, Denver, 3,216.
22, Adrienne Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 3,214.
23, Laura Lee Daniel, Corona, Calif., 3,207.
24, Amanda Beck, Oakdale, N.Y., 3,200.
25, Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 3,195.
26, Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 3,185.
26, Laura Hardeman, Chula Vista, Calif., 3,185.
28, Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 3,184.
29, Kari Schwager, Chicago, 3,167.
30, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 3,163.
31, Jessica Lesagonicz, Reading, Pa., 3,153.
32, Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 3,152.
33, Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 3,128.
34, Jen Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 3,113.
35, Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 3,101.
36, Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 3,089.
37, Tina Stickney, Goodyear, Ariz., 3,084.
38, April Ellis, Jackson, Tenn., 3,077.
39, Lisa Wagner, Tampa, Fla., 3,076.
40, Stacy Ricker, Haskell, N.J., 3,074.
41, Sherree Monaco, Carpentersville, Ill., 3,064.
42, Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 3,024.
43, Sabrina Duncan Rose, Houston, 3,009.
44, Heidi Septer, Tonawanda, N.Y., 2,973.
45, Lindsy Bonifacini, San Diego, 2,972.
46, Debbie Baerman, Merlin, Ore., 2,958.
47, Maria Lockridge, Livermore, Calif., 2,956.
48, Pam Marciniszyn, Canada, 2,947.
49, Bonnie Cox, LaPine, Ore., 2,925.
50, Fionna Goczeski, Ft. Myers, Fla., 2,914.
51, Sara Vargas, Orlando, Fla., 2,903.
52, Jamille Weber, Aurora, Colo., 2,896.
53, Belinda Thomas, Lompoc, Calif., 2,878.
54, Kimberly McGriff, Caledonia, Ill., 2,876.
55, Carli Wickman, Las Vegas, 2,874.
56, Lisa Timm, Springfield, Ill., 2,862.
57, Julie Jackson, Germanton, N.C., 2,859.
58, Cyndee Sutherland, San Jose, Calif., 2,855.
59, Stacy Lynn Washington, Aurora, Ill., 2,835.
60, Renee Wesley, Murphy, Texas, 2,831.
61, Doris Kimmerle, Great Falls, Mt., 2,809.
62, Cora Wais, Barstow, Calif., 2,790.
63, Traci Reem, Kingsland, Ga., 2,636.
64, Laurie Walker, Casa Grande, Ariz., 2,609.
65, Mary Martinez, Pahrump, Nev., 2,595.

ROUND TWO – SCORPION
(Pos., name/hometown and eight-game pinfall.)

Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 1,804.
Michelle Feldman, Skaneateles, N.Y., 1,786.
Missy Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 1,770.
Amy Stolz, Castle Rock, Colo., 1,747.
Anne Marie Duggan, Edmonds, Okla., 1,730.
Shannon Pluhowsky, Phoenix, Ariz, 1,715.
Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 1,707.
Amanda Beck, Oakdale, N.Y., 1,701.
Carolyn DorinBallard, N. Richland Hills, Texas, 1,697.
Joy Esterson, Annapolis, Md., 1,694.
Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, 1,687.
Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev, 1,685.
Nikki Lunsford, Plainfield, Ill., 1,676.
Laura Lee Daniel, Corona, Calif., 1,664.
Tammy Boomershine, Ogden, Utah, 1,663.
Karen Stroud, Victoria, Texas, 1,657.
Jacqui Reese, Nazareth, Pa., 1,648.
Tennelle Milligan, Costa Mesa, Calif., 1,635.
Brenda Mack, Indianapolis, 1,632.
Clara Guerrero, Colombia, 1,625.
Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 1,624.
Kari Schwager, Chicago, 1,618.
Debbie McMullen, Denver, 1,617.
Leanne Hulsenberg, Roseville, Calif., 1,609.
Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 1,605.
Jen Petrick, Canton, Ohio, 1,601.
Jessica Lesagonicz, Reading, Pa., 1,598.
Sherree Monaco, Carpentersville, Ill., 1,597.
Jodi Woessner, Oregon, Ohio, 1,594.
Maggie Smith, Olathe, Kan., 1,590.
Elysia Current, Wichita, Kan., 1,585.
Tish Johnson, Napa, Calif., 1,576.
April Ellis, Jackson, Tenn., 1,560.
Laura Hardeman, Chula Vista, Calif., 1,560.
Debbie Baerman, Merlin, Ore., 1,560.
Olivia Sandham, Wichita, Kan., 1,548.
Stefanie Nation, Orlando, Fla., 1,546.
Stacy Ricker, Haskell, N.J., 1,543.
Adrienne Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M., 1,536.
Tina Stickney, Goodyear, Ariz., 1,535.
Jamie Martin, Omaha, Neb., 1,527.
Pam Marciniszyn, Canada, 1,515.
Sabrina Duncan Rose, Houston, 1,515.
Lisa Wagner, Tampa, Fla., 1,505.
Carli Wickman, Las Vegas, 1,501.
Belinda Thomas, Lompoc, Calif., 1,501.
Maria Lockridge, Livermore, Calif., 1,498.
Lucy Sandelin, Tampa, Fla., 1,495.
Bonnie Cox, LaPine, Ore., 1,485.
Lisa Timm, Springfield, Ill., 1,484.
Lindsy Bonifacini, San Diego, 1,484.
Jamille Weber, Aurora, Colo., 1,473.
Renee Wesley, Murphy, Texas, 1,469.
Sara Vargas, Orlando, Fla., 1,455.
Fionna Goczeski, Ft. Myers, Fla., 1,451.
Heidi Septer, Tonawanda, N.Y., 1,440.
Julie Jackson, Germanton, N.C., 1,439.
Stacy Lynn Washington, Aurora, Ill., 1,434.
Doris Kimmerle, Great Falls, Mt., 1,424.
Cyndee Sutherland, San Jose, Calif., 1,416.
Kimberly McGriff, Caledonia, Ill., 1,409.
Cora Wais, Barstow, Calif., 1,386.
Traci Reem, Kingsland, Ga., 1,372.
Laurie Walker, Casa Grande, Ariz., 1,328.
Mary Martinez, Pahrump, Nev., 1,269.

300 games – None.
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Croucher Wins First in Roll-Off

by PBA Editor August 13, 2007 19:00
It took two extra frames, but Kevin Croucher finally came away with his first career PBA Senior Tour title.

Croucher won a sudden death roll-off, 20-18, over Gary Smith after the two tied at 227 through 10 frames Tuesday to win the 2007 PBA Senior Decatur Open at Spare Time Lanes.

Smith came into the match on fire, averaging 279.67 in his previous three games in the Round of 8 and Round of 4, but he cooled off enough for Croucher to pull even with him with three clutch strikes in the 10th frame.

Croucher then started the one-ball, sudden death roll-off with a strike, which Smith matched. On the second ball, Croucher struck again while Smith left the 6- and 10-pins, giving Croucher the win.

“I’ve played a lot of sports my whole life and they all pertain to staying calm,” Croucher said. “After a while you get used to it and that’s the fun part. The fun part is having to throw shots in that situation and perform under pressure. That’s when you find out how good you are.”

Croucher was good enough to knock off Smith, who swept his best-of-three match in the Round of 8 with wins of 276-243 and 279-210 over Keith Sharp (Orlando, Fla.). Smith then overcame PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio (Beaumont, Texas) in a semifinal shootout in which both bowlers struck with their first nine shots and seemed destined for the first 300-300 tie in PBA Senior Tour history. Ozio left a 10-pin with his first shot in the 10th, however, and Smith struck once in the 10th for the win.

Croucher, meanwhile, had to overcome Bob Kelly (Dayton, Ohio) in the Round of 8, winning the final two games for a 2-1 win. It was a small measure of revenge for Croucher, who was edged in the 2006 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year voting by Kelly last season.

After knocking off 10-time PBA Senior Tour titlist Dale Eagle in the semifinals, 231-180, Croucher took the lead early in the title match, until back-to-back spares in the fifth and sixth frames. Smith, meanwhile, struck four consecutive times to take the lead and looked like he might cruise to his first career PBA Senior Tour title.

Smith (E. Peoria, Ill.) needed a strike with is first ball in the 10th to shut Croucher out, but a nine-spare gave the Grants Pass, Ore., resident an opening. He took it by striking all three times in the 10th to send the match to a roll-off.

“I made one bad shot in the match but then he gave me a window. You look forward to getting that window out here but when it comes up you have to remain calm,” Croucher said. “I wasn’t thinking about anything other than making a good shot. Once we tied I knew I could start on the lane I finished on. I threw it a little light but luckily it carried.”

Croucher earned $8,000 for the win while Smith took home $4,500 for second. Ozio and Eagle earned $3,000 each for third and fourth.

Next week the PBA Senior Tour wraps up with the PBA Senior Dick Weber Invitational, Aug. 17-21 at West County Lanes in Ballwin, Mo. The winner will take home $9,000 and a berth in the 2008 H&R Block Tournament of Champions, one of four Majors on the Denny’s PBA Tour.

Notes
It's been a big week in the world of sports for Croucher, who extended a thank you and hello to his wife, Sharon, and daughters, Brandy, Jill and Karah, who were unable to attend.

On Friday, Croucher shot 73 at Redtail Run Golf Club in Decatur. The most impressive part of his feat - he played with rental clubs and tennis shoes. Croucher is part of a large contingent of PBA Senior Tour bowlers who play golf every week.

On a side note, Croucher did not use a house ball or street shoes for the final Tuesday night.

PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Decatur Open
Spare Time Lanes
Decatur, Ill.
Tuesday, Aug. 14

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

(Single-game match. Winner earns $8,000. Losers earns $4,500.)

#7 Kevin Croucher9/9/XX9/9/X9/XXXX (10)(10)
19396888107127147167197227


#9 Gary SmithX9/X9/XXXX8/9/X (10)(8)
20406080110140168188207227


ROUND OF 4

(Single-game matches. Losers eliminated, earn $3,000.)

#9 Gary Smith284
#4 David Ozio279
Smith Advances


#7 Kevin Croucher231
#11 Dale Eagle180
Croucher Advances


ROUND OF 8

(Single elimination, best-of-three-games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,700.)

#16 Keith Sharp243210
#9 Gary Smith276279
Smith Advances


#5 Tom Baker213237239
#4 David Ozio238183245
Ozio Advances


#15 Bob Kelly232214224
#7 Kevin Croucher202268254
Croucher Advances


#11 Dale Eagle207249
#3 Roger Kossert187244
Eagle Advances


ROUND OF 16

(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,300.)

#16 Keith Sharp204244257225213
#1 Vince Mazzanti Jr.207237214247194
Sharp Advances


#9 Gary Smith237204214256247
#8 Dale Traber213255222185216
Smith Advances


#5 Tom Baker197245247257
#12 Rohn Morton205190213210
Baker Advances


#4 David Ozio268245269
#20 Don Blatchford235200229
Ozio Advances


#15 Bob Kelly202222237235
#2 Jim Knoblauch210201215217
Kelly Advances


#23 Michael Henry195242288244199
#7 Kevin Croucher203198212246268
Croucher Advances


#6 Kenny Parks238192257236
#11 Dale Eagle255195199241
Eagle Advances


#3 Roger Kossert255206243195203
#19 Tom Carter209258195254146
Kossert Advances


ROUND OF 24

(Single elimination, best-of-five-games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,100.)

#32 David Axon213195246224216
#16 Keith Sharp220278228193219
Sharp Advances


#24 Don Sylvia213187235201
#9 Gary Smith245225164225
Smith Advances


#12 Rohn Morton269189258269
#21 Fred Cole210269221267
Morton Advances


#13 Barry Mefford201222285258217
#20 Don Blatchford244247183213256
Blatchford Advances


#31 Bill Keenan190225190200
#15 Bob Kelly193215254212
Kelly Advances


#23 Michael Henry202243238278
#10 Butch Woolen Jr.225196227197
Henry Advances


#11 Dale Eagle158242247193207
#22 Andy Ippolito236176190227182
Eagle Advances


#14 Mark Roth224267175210
#19 Tom Carter246248245229
Carter Advances


ROUND OF 32

(Single elimination, best-of-five-games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,000.)

#17 George Hall208248202237210
#32 David Axon193258237213220
Axon Advances


#25 Sam Zurich235258248228191
#24 Don Sylvia266246268166222
Sylvia Advances


#21 Fred Cole216233216206289
#28 Billy Young Jr.205216257208238
Cole Advances


#29 Patrick King180204236192
#20 Don Blatchford258237202194
Blatchford Advances


#18 Jerry Edwards205227197210
#31 Bill Keenan280215238226
Keenan Advances


#26 Dennis Lane181178245212187
#23 Michael Henry171212222258191
Henry Advances


#22 Andy Ippolito208204184255186
#27 Barry Gurney248215175224171
Ippolito Advances


#30 Jay Aono268190199235186
#19 Tom Carter233250222157269
Carter Advances
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Thin to Win

by PBA Editor August 12, 2007 19:00
Chewing on some low fat sesame crackers he bought at a health food store earlier in the day, Vince Mazzanti Jr. reminisced about the days of eating steak and pizza. While he misses his favorite foods, the results he’s seeing in his bowling from a change in his lifestyle have been well worth the deprivation.

The new Mazzanti, who is 25 pounds lighter, earned the top seed for qualifying in the 2007 PBA Senior Decatur Open at Spare Time Lanes with a 3,846 16-game pinfall.

Mazzanti has been rooming with fellow PBA Senior Tour bowler Frank Fiscello (Bloomfield, N.J.), who is the subject of a special television show, “You: Staying Young,” based on the book co-authored by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen. The show, which is being produced by Discovery Studios, will air later this year on Discovery Health.

Fiscello has lost over 40 pounds on a three-month program which includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. Mazzanti has joined Fiscello on the program and has lost 25 pounds. The change has showed up in Mazzanti’s game as he’s made match play in the last three events after a stretch where he did not make the cut in four of five events.

“This swing, things are really feeling better. Frank and I have been eating better and exercising and I feel a lot stronger. When there are two people doing it, it helps a lot. We’re pushing each other,” Mazzanti (Levittown, Pa.) said. “I haven’t had the good stuff in a long time but it’s been worth it. If that’s what it takes to get to the top then I’m all in.”

The three-time PBA Senior Tour titlist and 2002 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year is looking for his first title since the 2005 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Senior Masters. He outpaced a high-scoring field, averaging 249.88 on Monday, including games of 280 and 278.

“I didn’t know I was going to score so high, I just got it going. I knew I needed a lot of strikes so I drilled a new ball and got a good reaction,” Mazzanti said. “It’s good to have the byes but a lot of guys are striking so you have to come back with it tomorrow and get a good reaction.”

Mazzanti earned one of eight byes into Tuesday’s Round of 16. He’ll look to improve on his performance two weeks ago in the PBA Senior Council Bluffs Open where he earned the No. 2 seed for match play but fell in the Round of 16, three-games-to-two, to Dale Eagle.

Jim Knoblauch (Waukesha, Wis.) finished second behind Mazzanti with 3,764 while Roger Kossert (Lithia, Fla.) was third with 3,749.

Finishing back-to-back for the second consecutive week were the two leading candidates for 2007 PBA Senior Player of the Year. PBA Hall of Famers David Ozio (Beaumont, Texas) and Tom Baker (King, N.C.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively with 3,746 and 3,708. Last week, Baker led qualifying while Ozio was second, which could have produced a title match of epic proportions, but both lost in match play.

Baker, the two-time defending PBA Senior Player of the Year has a Tour-best two titles including a Major victory, while Ozio has one title, is leading the Senior Point Rankings and has a Tour-leading six championship round appearances.

Rounding out the players earning byes were Kenny Parks (East Chicago, Ind.) in sixth, Kevin Croucher (Grants Pass, Ore.) in seventh and Dale Traber (Cedarburg, Wis.) in eighth.

The top 32 advanced to match play which gets underway Tuesday at 9 a.m. CST with qualifiers 17-32 bowling each other. The final two bowlers will square off for the $8,000 top prize Tuesday evening at Spare Time Lanes at 6 p.m.


PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Decatur Open
Spare Time Lanes
Monday, Aug. 13

ROUND TWO QUALIFYING


(Pos, name, hometown, 16-game pinfall. Positions 33-36 cash. $600 indicates Super Senior check - 60 years and older.)

1, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,846.
2, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,764.
3, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,749.
4, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 3,746.
5, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,708.
6, Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., 3,705.
7, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,692.
8, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,691.
9, Gary Smith, E. Peoria, Ill., 3,683.
10, Butch (Lynn) Woollen Jr, Forsyth, Ill., 3,668.
11, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,654.
12, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3,653.
13, Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, 3,648.
14, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 3,642.
15, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,639.
16, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,628.
17, George Hall, Palatine, Ill., 3,621.
18, Jerry Edwards, Wood Dale, Ill., 3,617.
19, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,609.
20, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,591.
21, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 3,585.
22, Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 3,576.
23, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,575.
24, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 3,570.
25, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 3,565.
26, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,564.
27, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,562.
28, (TIE) Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla., and Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,554.
30, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 3,546.
31, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,545.
32, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb, 3,537.
33, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 3,534, $800.
34, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 3,533, $800.
35, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,529, $800.
36, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,526, $800.
37, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,525.
38, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 3,510, $600.
39, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,503.
40, (TIE) Chuck Pierce, Dallas, and Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,501, $600.
42, (TIE) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 3,490.
44, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 3,488.
45, (TIE) Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., and Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,477.
47, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,472.
48, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,471.
49, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 3,469, $600.
50, Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 3,457.
51, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,456, $600.
52, (TIE) Terry Hockstad, Shelby Twp, Mich, and Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,450, $600.
54, Kerry Fulford, Waco, Texas, 3,437.
55, (TIE) Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, VA., and James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 3,418, $600.
57, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 3,417.
58, (TIE) Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 3,404.
60, Lee Tucker, Camarillo, Calif., 3,403, $600.
61, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 3,395.
62, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,391.
63, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,389.
64, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 3,384.
65, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,381.
66, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,367.
67, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,360.
68, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,356.
69, James Gochis, Ivanhoe, Ill., 3,355.
70, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,350.
71, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3,345.
72, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 3,344.
73, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,343.
74, Johnny Howe, Columbia, S.C., 3,333.
75, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 3,332.
76, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky, 3,325.
77, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,320.
78, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 3,319.
79, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,309.
80, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla, 3,308.
81, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 3,304.
82, Edward Kramarcik Sr., Lake Mary, Fla., 3,290.
83, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,283.
84, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,280.
85, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,275.
86, Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, 3,251.
87, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 3,250.
88, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,235.
89, Gregory Goetz, Washington, 3,233.
90, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 3,230.
91, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3,209.
92, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 3,191.
93, (TIE) Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., and Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 3,161.
95, Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla, 3,160.
96, Daniel Nicklin, Aviston, Ill, 3,146.
97, Jimmy Plessinger, York, Pa., 3,137.
98, Ronald Libs, Tinley Park, Ill., 3,132.
99, James Stanley, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,088.
100, Melvin Lingafelter, Decatur, Ill., 3,079.
101, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,062.
102, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,020.
103, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,988.
104, Larry Hall, Marengo, Iowa, 2,980.
105, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich, 2,941.
106, Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 2,853.
107, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,634 (WD).
108, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,491 (WD).

300 games (1) - Ron Garr.
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This Week in the PBA

by PBA Editor August 12, 2007 19:00
Regional Tour Rundown
Six of the seven PBA Regions are in action this weekend, August 17-19. The South Region heads to Largo, Fla., for the Largo Open while the Northwest Region is in Milwaukie, Ore., for the Dave Husted Open. The Midwest Region will be in Waterloo, Iowa for the Greater Cedar Valley USBC Open and the East Region travels to Rome, N.Y., for the King Pin Lanes Open. The Central Region will be in Columbus, Ohio for the 14th Annual Pepsi Open and the Southwest Region rounds out the group with the Killeen Open in Killeen, Texas.

Allen Becomes the 36th Millionaire
Patrick Allen, the 2004-05 PBA Player of the Year, recently became the PBA’s 36th millionaire in just 260 events (including Denny’s PBA Tour and Regional Tour events), becoming the fourth fastest player to reach the mark. Allen, who earned $107,660 on the 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour, has topped the $100,000 mark the last four seasons, including $350,740 on the 2004-05 Tour.

Chris Barnes currently holds the record, accomplishing the feat in just 220 events while Jason Couch and Pete Weber are tied for second with 253 events.

PBA Senior Tour Winding Down
Following Don Sylvia’s win in the PBA Senior Lake County Open, the PBA Senior Tour heads to Decatur, Ill., for its 12th event of the season, the PBA Senior Decatur Open at Spare Time Lanes, Aug. 11 – 14.

Qualifying for the event runs Sunday and Monday with competitors bowling two eight-game blocks with the top 32 bowlers advancing to match play, which will feature six rounds of competition before crowning the champion Tuesday evening.

The PBA Senior Tour will remain in the Midwest for its final stop of the year after the Decatur event, heading to Ballwin, Mo., for the PBA Senior Dick Weber Invitational.

PBA “Show Us Your Finish Work Video Contest” Rolling Along
The PBA’s “Show Us Your Finish Work Video Contest,” a contest that started July 31, will give bowling fans the opportunity to submit their “finishing work” – their reaction or celebratory dance after throwing a shot – in order to be considered for a grand prize trip for two to any stop on the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour, including VIP tickets to the ESPN telecast.

Bowling fans can enter the contest, which will run through the culmination of National Bowling Week on Aug. 30, by recording their finishing work at a local Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA) bowling center and submitting the video on Bowlspace.com, bowling’s digital destination

For bowling fans that don’t have a way of recording their finishing work, a separate drawing for a prize pack from PBA product registered companies will also be available on Bowlspace.com.

PBA Women’s Series Details Revealed
The PBA announced details of the 2007 PBA Women’s Series, a special four-event mini-season to take place during the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour.

The 2007 PBA Women’s Series, which is sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), marks the first opportunity for women to bowl on Tour since the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) folded in 2003. The series will feature 16 women competing in four events which will run concurrently with four Denny’s PBA Tour events. All events will feature a $51,100 prize fund including a $10,000 top prize.

The 16 women will qualify for the series at the 2007 PBA Women’s Tour Trials, which will be held in conjunction with the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, a USBC event, at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., August 13-18. The top 16 women – who have paid the additional Tour Trials entry fee – after the four days of qualifying will earn exemptions for the 2007 PBA Women’s Series.

The four Women’s Series events will take place within a five-week period and will run concurrently with Denny’s PBA Tour events. The series will kick off with the Motor City Classic in Taylor, Mich., Oct. 31-Nov. 4, followed by the Etonic Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y., Nov. 7-11, and the Lake County Indiana Classic presented by United Way in Merrillville, Ind., Nov. 14-18. After a one-week break, the women will return for the final event, the Great Lakes Classic in Wyoming, Mich., Nov. 28-Dec. 2.

The 16 women will bowl the same format as the men in each of the four events, which will feature a single elimination match play format. A practice session will be held Wednesday night from 4:30-6 p.m. for all bowlers competing in the events. Competition begins Thursday with the 16 women bowling two seven-game qualifying blocks from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. The top eight women will advance to match play, which takes place Friday with the best-of-seven games Round of 8 taking place at 2 p.m. and the best-of-seven Round of 4 at 7 p.m.

The final two women will advance to Sunday’s live ESPN televised championship round, with the women’s final match taking place after the two men’s semifinal matches. The winner will receive $10,000 with the runner-up taking home $6,000.

PBA All-Star Shootout Re-Air Schedule
Even though competition in the GEICO® PBA All-Star Shootout Hosted by Six Flags has wrapped up, bowling fans can still capture the excitement of the rare outdoor PBA event with re-airs of two shows from the event on ESPN2. Below is the complete re-air schedule (all times Eastern):

DayTime
Tuesday, Aug. 1411:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 152:30 a.m.


Apply for the PBA Junior Membership Program Today
Applications for the PBA Junior Membership Program are currently available for junior bowlers. The program, designed to give junior bowlers ages 17 and under the opportunity to receive exclusive offers from the PBA, costs just $25 annually.

Bowlers who participate in the Junior Membership Program will receive equipment discounts from select PBA product registered companies, exclusive e-mail news bulletins from the PBA, a monthly tip from some of the top bowlers from the Denny’s PBA Tour, a free PBA Yearbook, a free month of PBA Strikepass and a PBA Junior Membership card which will enable them to gain access to the official PBA Junior Membership home page on www.pba.com that contains exclusive online contests and promotions.

The application for the PBA Junior Membership Program can be found here.

ESPN Classic
Mika Koivuniemi’s win in the 2003 Cambridge Credit Classic kicks off this week’s lineup of PBA action on ESPN Classic. Action continues Tuesday with Norm Duke’s win in the 2007 Pepsi Championship and Pete Weber’s title in the 2004 Medford Open. Action from the 2005 PBA Skills Challenge airs on Wednesday while Thursday will see Walter Ray Williams Jr.’s win in the 2004 USBC Masters. Pete Weber’s 61st U.S. Open win on Friday leads into the weekend which will feature Tom Baker’s win in the 2004 PBA World Championship on Saturday and Don Johnson’s title in the 1977 Midas Open on Sunday.

Below is the complete ESPN Classic schedule for this week:

ESPN CLASSIC AUGUST 13 – 19
DayEvent (Winner)Time
Monday, Aug. 132003 Cambridge Credit Classic (Mika Koivuniemi)Noon – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 142007 Pepsi Championship (Norm Duke)9 – 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 142004 Medford Open (Pete Weber)Noon – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 152005 PBA Skills ChallengeNoon – 12:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 162004 USBC Masters (Walter Ray Williams Jr.)Noon – 1 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 1761st U.S. Open (Pete Weber)Noon – 1 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 182004 PBA World Championship (Tom Baker)Noon – 1 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 191977 Midas Open (Don Johnson)Noon – 1 p.m.

*All times Eastern.

Birthdays

August 18
Ryan Shafer – Became the 18th bowler in Denny’s PBA Tour history to roll a perfect game on TV in the 2007 Pepsi Championship.

This Date in Denny’s PBA Tour History

August 13

1992
Mike Aulby wins his 20th career title, defeating Bill Oakes, 289-172, in the finals of the 1992 Green Bay Classic.

August 14

1985
Gary Skidmore rolls two strikes in the 10th frame of the championship to top Steve Martin, 256-253, at the 1985 Greater Buffalo Open and claim his fifth Tour title.

1984
George Pappas collects his 10th Denny’s PBA Tour title after defeating top-seeded Brian Voss, 253-220, in the title game of the 1984 Buffalo Open.

1972
Dick Ritger staves off numerous threats by Don Johnson to capture the title, 237-202, in the 1972 Bay City Open. The win marked Ritger’s 10th career Tour title.

August 15

1998
Pete Couture wins his third Senior Tour title of the season in style, capturing the 1998 Senior ABC Masters with a 234-213 win over Ron Garr.

1977
Tom Wright picks up the first Tour title of his career, with a 233-214 victory over Craig Cutsor in the 1977 Buffalo Open.

August 16

1997
Gary Dickinson earns his ninth career Senior Tour title and his third of the season, beating Johnny Petraglia, 246-226, in the finals of the 1997 ABC Senior Masters.

August 17

1996
Dave Davis becomes the first bowler to win two ABC Senior Masters title as he successfully defends his title in the 1996 ABC Senior Masters. Davis defeats John Hatz, 236-182, for his third Senior Tour title.

1976
Jim Frazier, who won the Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award in 1975, wins his first PBA title as he defeats Mark Roth, 233-215, in the 1976 New England Open.

1969
Billy Hardwick staves off the field in the 1969 Grand Rapids Open, beating second-place finisher Dick Ritger by 363 pins. The win marked Hardwick’s sixth victory of the season, marking only the third time in PBA history for a bowler to collect six victories.

August 18

1979
Wayne Webb grabs his second straight PBA title and third within nine months when he defeated Steve Westberg, 237-199, in the 1979 Buffalo Open.

August 19

1993
Brian Davis makes history, winning the first PBA tournament he enters as he downs Walter Ray Williams Jr., 299-267, in the 1993 Greater Harrisburg Open. Davis came a 2-pin shy of a 300 game.
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