October 25, 2007 19:00
Patrick Allen realizes how lucky he is to be bowling in a baseball stadium for the second time in four years, especially considering he nearly missed match play this week.
Allen, who finished 61st after qualifying to earn one of the final four spots in match play, went 5-0 in double elimination Thursday and Friday and earned the No. 2 seed for Sunday’s 2007 USBC Masters championship round at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park.
The Denny’s PBA Tour’s top young star, Sean Rash, earned the No. 1 seed for his first career Major championship round. Rash (Wichita, Kan.), who went 6-0 including a 676-600 win over Allen in the No. 1 vs. No. 2 seeding match, won his first career title two years ago as a non-exempt bowler. He went on to win two titles last season in his first season as an exempt bowler, and takes a 6-0 career record on television into Sunday’s title match.
Allen, a nine-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist, finished second in the 2004 Masters finals at Miller Park, the only other time the championship round of a bowling event has been held in a Major League Baseball stadium.
“The last day and a half has been really interesting. I barely made the top 64 and then it’s two different tournaments with qualifying and match play,” Allen (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) said. “I guess I proved you don’t need to qualify high to make the show in this tournament because I’ve made the finals four times and never qualified higher than 50th.
“(Past Masters champion) Ernie Schlegel said this week the Masters is the hardest Major to win and he’s right because it doesn’t matter what you do in qualifying.”
Allen made the finals in 1993 as an amateur, then made the finals in both 2004 Masters events, one which took place in January in the 2003-04 season and the other in October which came in the 2004-05 season.
That season, Allen was the No. 4 seed and won two matches to get to the title match before falling to Danny Wiseman in the title match. He doesn’t feel that being the only one of Sunday’s finalists to bowl in a baseball stadium will give him an advantage.
“Not against theses guys, maybe against an amateur in that setting,” Allen said about his Sunday opponents. “It’s amazing to be able to bowl in that place twice. Most people would be happy to bowl there once and you can’t even imagine getting there twice. You can’t draw it up any better.”
The first match features all-time Denny’s PBA Tour titles leader Walter Ray Williams Jr. taking on seven-time champion Steve Jaros. The 42-time winner Williams (Ocala, Fla.) defeated upstart Derek Eoff to advance to the finals, while Jaros (Yorkville, Ill.) defeated Stevie Weber to advance to his second career Masters final.
The final four will bowl for the $100,000 top-prize and two-year exemption Sunday, live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET at the Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park.
Denny's PBA Tour
2007 USBC Masters
AMF Bowlero Lanes
Friday, Oct. 26
MATCH PLAY RESULTS
Double elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall (Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total.)
ROUND 2 WINNERS BRACKET
(61) Patrick Allen, Wesley Chapel, Fla., def. (13) Wes Malott, Austin, Texas, 695-640
(25) Brandon Harris, Akron, Ohio, def. (21) Dave D’Entremont, Middleburg Heights, Ohio, 608-593
(3) Derek Eoff, Greenfield, Wis., def. (19) Lennie Boresch Jr., Kenosha, Wis., 691-589
(55) Aaron Koch, Wichita, Kan., def. (39) John Janawicz, Winter Haven, Fla., 705-538
(50) Chris Cundiff, Portage, Ind., def. (2) Bill O’Neill, Levittown, Pa., 663-627
(6) Steve Jaros, Yorkville, Ill., def. (10) Mika Koivuniemi, Hartland, Mich., 649-641
(36) Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., def. (48) Steve Weber, Chalmette, La., 656-543
(12) Michael Haugen Jr., Cave Creek, Ariz., def. (8) Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., 728-683
ROUND 3 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,500)
(59) Pete Weber, St. Ann, Mo., def. (51) Ritchie Allen, Columbia, S.C., 727-607
(49) Lynda Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, def. (44) Michael Fagan, Greenlawn, N.Y., 668-648
(16) Chad Kloss, Greenfield, Wis., def. (9) Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 706-695
(32) Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., def. (37) Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 644-586
(31) Peter Spreadbury, Oak Forest, Ill., def. (63) Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 750-538
(24) Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., def. (4) Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 705-699
(22) Jacob Peters, Decatur, Ill., def. (11) Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 612-599
(26) Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., def. (7) Tony Reyes, San Bruno, Calif., 843-607
ROUND 4 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $1,800)
Williams def. P. Weber, 653-620
O’Neill def. L. Barnes, 659-576
Boresch def. Kloss, 685-685 (230-208)
Malott def. Kent, 792-643
Spreadbury def. D’entremont, 621-565
Duke def. Koivuniemi, 757-651
S. Weber def. Peters, 612-599
Johnson def. Janawicz, 614-591
ROUND 4 WINNERS BRACKET
Allen def. Harris, 663-586
Eoff def. Koch, 796-675
Jaros def. Cundiff, 613-562
Rash def. Haugen, 713-688
ROUND 5 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $2,100)
Williams def. O’Neill, 783-682
Malott def. Boresch, 616-556
Duke def. Spreadberry, 699-601
S. Weber def. Johnson, 676-627
ROUND 6 LOSERS BRACKET
(Losers eliminated, earn $2,500)
Williams def. Haugen, 774-726
Malott def. Koch, 628-603
Cundiff def. Duke, 613-586
S. Weber def. Harris, 635-571
ROUND 5 WINNERS BRACKET
Allen def. Eoff, 690-630
Rash def. Jaros, 706-659
ROUND 7 LOSERS BRACKET
Williams def. Malott, 787-724
S. Weber def. Cundiff, 611-584
ROUND 8 LOSERS BRACKET
Williams def. Eoff, 739-645
Jaros def. S. Weber, 724-626
ROLL-OFF FOR SEVENTH AND EIGHTH PLACE
(Winner finishes seventh, earns $4,500; loser finishes eighth, earns $3,000)
Malott def. Cundiff, 679-530
ROLL-OFF FOR THIRD AND FOURTH SEED
(Winner takes third seed, loser takes fourth seed)
Williams def. Jaros, 258-192
ROLL-OFF FOR TOP SEED
(Winner takes top seed, loser takes second seed)
Rash def. P. Allen, 676-600
ROLL-OFF FOR FIFTH AND SIXTH PLACE
(Winner finishes fifth, earns $8,000; loser finishes sixth, earns $6,000)
Eoff def. Weber, 689-516
300 games (1) - Walter Ray Williams Jr.
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