December 31, 2006 19:00
PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer announced today PBA Hall of Famer Marshall Holman has been awarded the Commissioner’s Exemption for the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic, Jan. 10-14, at Lava Lanes in Medford, Ore. The finals will take place Sunday, Jan. 14 live on ESPN at 10 a.m. PST.
Holman, a Medford native, was awarded the Commissioner’s Exemption for the third consecutive season in his hometown, becoming the first bowler to be given a Commissioner’s Exemption for a third time in his career.
The PBA Hall of Famer, who earned the nickname “The Medford Meteor,” owns 22 career Denny’s PBA Tour titles, which ranks 11th all-time. Among his 22 titles are four Major titles, including the 1976 and ‘86 Tournament of Champions and the 1981 and ‘85 U.S. Opens. The 1987 PBA Player of the Year, Holman has earned over $1.7 million in career PBA earnings.
A PBA member since 1974, Holman has competed in nearly 600 Denny’s PBA Tour events. He captured his first Tour title in the 1975 Fresno Open at the age of 20, and went on to capture 20 more titles over the next 13 years as one of the most dominant players on Tour. After nearly nine years without a Tour title, Holman showed he was still one of the game’s best, capturing his 22nd title in the 1996 Ebonite Classic. He was elected into the PBA Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1990.
“It’s a privilege every time I get a chance to bowl in a PBA tournament,” said Holman, 52. “I feel very fortunate to be the only one to receive the exemption three years in a row. I really want to make it to match play this year because it’s a lot of fun being showcased among the 32 best in the world, and that’s when the locals will really start yelling for me.”
Holman, just the third bowler this season to earn a Commissioner’s Exemption, finished 61st in the 2004 Earl Anthony Medford Classic and 41st in the 2005 event in his previous appearances as the Commissioner’s Exemption.
The 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour returns this week after a two-week hiatus with the 2007 H&R Block Classic at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., Jan. 3-7. The live ESPN televised championship round will take place Sunday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. EST.
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