March 28, 2007 19:00
Thursday evening, the Bradley Teletheater Turf Club in Windsor Locks, Conn., provided the backdrop for the Draw Party for the 2007 PBA Tournament of Champions.
The drawing followed this process: PBA Commissioner and CEO Fred Schreyer picked a player at random from an envelope. That player then drew his opponent’s name from a envelope. The opponent then selected two Denny’s PBA Tour patches which were stuck together and held a lane assignment between the patches, which determined their starting pair for the first round of match play.
Below are the match-ups.
Steve Jaros vs. Tony Reyes
How He Got Here: Won the 2005 Dexter Tournament of Champions.
Season Summary: Finished 23rd in the PBA World Point Rankings, two spots better than his 2005-06 ranking… Ranked 25th with $47,980 in season earnings… Cashed in 18 of 20 events while making match play 12 times… His 220.52 average was his highest since the 1999 season… Made two championship round appearances, both in the first half of the season… Finished ninth in the season-opening Japan Cup… Finished third in the 2006 Etonic Championship, the season’s fourth event… Posted three top-10 finishes in the second half, finishing ninth in the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic, and had back-to-back sixth-place finishes in the 2007 Sun City Classic and 2007 GEICO Classic.
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Motor City Classic.
Season Summary: Became just the 17th bowler to roll a 300 on TV in the 2006 Motor City Classic…Knocked off PBA Hall of Famer Parker Bohn III, 300-215, in the event’s semifinals before dispatching of Wes Malott in the finals, 255-238…Became just the third bowler in PBA history to throw a perfect game en route to his first career title…Made two additional TV appearances, back-to-back, finishing fourth in both the 2007 Pepsi Championship and the 2007 Denny’s World Championship…Average of 220.20, a career high, ranked 17th on Tour…Finished 14th in the PBA World Point Rankings…Total earnings of $82,900 rank 12th on Tour and marks the second-highest single-season total in his career…Made 10 match play appearances.
Mika Koivuniemi vs. Robert Smith
How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Sun City Classic
Season Summary: Made two ESPN finals and won his seventh career title in the 2007 Sun City Classic…Also finished second in the 2006 Lake County Indiana Classic…Made 11 match play appearances…Went 11-3 in match play with a 38-24 match game record…Earnings of $74,850 ranks 14th on the Denny’s PBA Tour.
How He Got Here: Won the 2004 Odor-Eaters Open
Season Summary: Missed the majority of the season with a back injury… Finished fourth in the season-opening Dydo Japan Cup 2006, falling to Ryan Shafer in the quarterfinal match of the stepladder finals… Finished 15th in the first event on U.S. soil, the 2006 Motor City Classic before aggravating his injury… Finished 57th in the next week’s Etonic Championship, then filed for injury deferment… Received an injury deferment of his exemption until the 2007-08 season.
Chris Barnes vs. Rick Lawrence
How He Got Here: Won the 2007 GEICO Classic
Season Summary: Won the 2007 GEICO Classic for his eighth career Denny’s PBA Tour title and his sixth straight year with a title…Advanced to five ESPN finals, marking the seventh year in the last eight he has appeared on TV at least five times…Finished second in three events: 2006 Discover® Card Windy City Classic, 2007 Sun City Classic and 2007 Denny’s World Championship…Tied with Parker Bohn III for fifth on Tour with a 224.80 average…Tied for the Tour lead with 20 match play appearances…Earnings of $117,407 rank fourth on Tour…Eclipsed the $100,000 mark for the eighth consecutive year…Went 18-8 in match play with a 70-46 match game record.
How He Got Here: Won the 2004 BowlersParadise.com Classic
Season Summary: Compete in four events, cashing once… Finished 59th in the 2007 Dick Weber Open, averaging 208.07… Tied for 91st overall in the 2007 GEICO Classic, finishing 36th in the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round… Finished 57th in the 64th U.S. Open, his best finish of the season; averaged 203.15 on the difficult U.S. Open oil pattern, taking home $1,175 for making the cashers qualifying round… Finished tied for 85th in the 2007 Denny’s World Championship.
Wes Malott vs. Patrick Allen
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Discover® Card Windy City Classic
Season Summary: Won the 2006 Discover® Card Windy City Classic…Made a career-high six TV finals appearances after appearing in four in 2005-06…Also finished second three times: 2006 Motor City Classic, 2006 Ace Hardware Championship and the 64th U.S. Open…Picked up a third-place finish in the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic…Finished in the top 10 of a tournament eight times…Finished first in the 2006-07 PBA World Point Rankings…Set a career-high in earnings with $146,425, ranking No. 3 on Tour…Second on Tour with a 226.76 average…Made match play 16 times…Went 10-9 in match play with a 53-46 match game record.
How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Go RVing Classic
Season Summary: Returned to form in the second half of the season, winning the first event of the second half, the 2007 H&R Block Classic…Finished in the top five in four of the next six events, including a second title in the 2007 Go RVing Classic…Finished second to Jason Couch in the 2007 Dick Weber Open…Made four TV finals, marking the fourth consecutive season that Allen has made at least four TV appearances…Ranked ninth on Tour with a 222.73 average…Eclipsed six digits in earnings for a fourth-straight season with $104,660…Appeared in match play 12 times, accumulating a record of 12-6 with a Tour-leading 52-30 match game record.
Ryan Shafer vs. Mike Scroggins
How He Got Here: Won the 2003 Empire State Open
Season Summary: Once again proved to be one of the most consistent bowlers on Tour, finishing ninth in the PBA World Point Rankings and making four TV appearances… His season earnings of $90,880 ranked 10th on Tour… One of four bowlers to cash in all 20 events… Also tied for the Tour lead with 16 match play appearances… Ranked 10th on Tour with a 222.47 average… Became the 18th bowler in Tour history to fire a televised 300 game, defeating Jeff Carter, 300-228, in the semifinal of the 2007 Pepsi Championship… Went on to drop the title match to Norm Duke, 235-219, the second of his two losses to Duke in a title in this season… Also fell to Duke in the Columbia 300 Classic title match… Finished third in the Dydo Japan Cup 2006, falling to eventual champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the semifinal… Finished fourth in the 2006 Ace Hardware Championship.
How He Got Here: Won the 2005 USBC Masters
Season Summary: Followed up a career-year with another solid season, finishing 13th in the PBA World Point Rankings… Made three TV appearances, finishing fifth in the Motor City Classic and third in both the Discover® Card Windy City Classic and Motel 6 Classic… Two of his three TV appearances (Taylor, Mich., Vernon Hills, Ill.) came in the round robin format… His season earnings of $57,160 ranked 17th on Tour and marked the fourth-highest total of his career… One of four bowlers on Tour to cash in all 20 events… Also tied for the Tour lead with 16 match play appearances in 20 events… His 224.57 average ranked seventh on Tour and marked the best single-season average of his career… Finished 25th in his USBC Masters title defense, his best finish in a Major this season.
Jason Couch vs. Parker Bohn III
How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Motel 6 Classic
Season Summary: Won two titles for the second consecutive year, putting his career titles at 15…Two titles came back-to-back, winning the 2007 Dick Weber Open before following with the 2007 Motel 6 Classic title one week later…Made two additional TV appearances, finishing third in the 2007 H&R Block Classic and the 2007 Go RVing Classic…All four TV appearances came in the second half of the season…Top finish of the first half was sixth in the 2006 Ace Hardware Championship…Finished in the top 10 seven times…Ranked eighth on Tour in earnings with $98,800…Finished fifth in the PBA World Point Rankings…His 225.36 average stands fourth on Tour…Made 13 match play appearances, compiling a record of 13-7 with a 52-40 match game record.
Parker Bohn III
How He Got Here: Won the 2005 El Paso Classic.
Season Summary: Had another strong season despite not winning a title for the second consecutive season… Finished seventh in the PBA World Point Rankings, making five TV appearances, which tied for the second-most on Tour… His five championship rounds were his most since the 2001-02 season when he made nine… His $70,960 in season earning ranked 15th on Tour… Cashed in 19 of 20 events and made match play 11 times… His 224.80 average ranked tied for fifth… Of his five championship round appearances, four came in the round robin format… Finished third in the 2006 Motor City Classic, falling victim to Tony Reyes’ 300 game in the semifinals… Finished fourth in the 2006 Discover® Card Windy City Classic, this time falling to eventual champion Wes Malott, 268-246… Finished second to fellow Brunswick staffer Sean Rash in the title match of the 2006 Beltway Classic… Finished fifth in the 2007 Dick Weber, his second consecutive TV appearance in that event… Finished second to Patrick Allen in the 2007 Go RVing Classic… Led the Tour in match play strike percentage (single elimination only) with 69.52 and match play average (239.25).
D.J. Archer vs. Sean Rash
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Regional Players Championship
Season Summary: Competed in 15 events, finishing 73rd in the PBA World Point Rankings… Finished 15th among non-exempt bowlers in points… Posted a 210.77 average… Cashed in eight events, making match play once… Earned $10,350 in 15 events… Did not bowl in the first four events of the season… Qualified through the Denny’s PBA Tour Qualifying Round three times… Finished fourth the TQR for the 2006 Beltway Classic where he made his lone match play appearance; finished 30th in the Round of 64 before falling to Chris Barnes, 4-2, in the Round of 32… Finished seventh in the TQR for the 2007 Sun City Classic to qualify for the Round of 64 where he finished 53rd overall… Qualified the next week as well, finishing fifth in the GEICO Classic TQR but finished 49th.
How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic
Season Summary: In his first year as an exempt bowlers, won two titles, the 2006 Beltway Classic and the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic…Finished 10th in the 2007 Denny’s World Championship and 13th in the 64th U.S. Open…Ranked 15th on Tour with 221.39 average…Also ranked 15th in the PBA World Point Rankings…Earnings of $88,500 were a career high and ranked 11th on Tour…Made match play in 11 events, going 13-4 with a match game record of 49-30.
Brian Himmler vs. Doug Kent
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Earl Anthony Medford Classic.
Season Summary: Finished 35th in the PBA World Point Rankings… Made one TV appearance, finishing second in the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic; was attempting to successfully defend a title for the second time in his career, but fell to Sean Rash in the title match… Made match play in seven of 19 events… Cashed in all 19 events he bowled in… His 215.95 average was his second-highest in his last eight seasons... Posted three top-10 finishes, also finishing ninth in both the 2006 Columbia 300 Classic and the 2007 Pepsi Championship… Went into the Pepsi Championship 40th in the PBA World Point Rankings, but his ninth-place finish moved him up to 31st to clinch an exemption for 2007-08.
How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Denny’s World Championship
Season Summary: Became the sixth bowler in PBA history to win two Majors in one season, winning the 2006 USBC Masters and the 2007 Denny’s World Championship…Season earnings stand at a Tour-leading $197,530, a career high…Also set a career high for titles in a season with his two Major titles…Made a third TV appearance, the 2006 Etonic Championship, where he finished second to Pete Weber…His 222.18 average ranks 17th on Tour…Made match play in 13 of 19 events he appeared in…Finished fourth in the 2006-07 PBA World Point Rankings…Went 7-7 in single-elimination match play and had a 34-33 match game record.
Norm Duke vs. Danny Wiseman
How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Pepsi Championship
Season Summary: Won three Denny’s PBA Tour titles despite missing close to half the season with a toe injury…Appeared in three TV finals, winning the title in each (7-0 record)…Also finished fifth in the 64th U.S. Open…Made match play in 10 events…His 228.60 average is tops on Tour…Finished eighth in the 2006-07 PBA World Point Rankings…Ranks fifth on Tour in season earnings with $117,000…Went 9-3 in match play with a 38-16 match game record including a perfect 14-0 in the 2006 Lake County Indiana Classic, a Tour record.
How He Got Here: Won the 2004 Masters
Season Summary: Finished 25th in the PBA World Point Rankings, bouncing back from an injury-riddled 2005-06 season to make two championship round appearances… Made a TV appearance in his hometown of Baltimore, finishing fourth in the 2006 Beltway Classic; fell to eventual champion Sean Rash in the semifinals… His $51,650 in season earnings ranked 19th… Cashed in all 18 events he participated in, making match play nine times… His 221.75 average ranked 13th on Tour… Finished 10th in the 2006 Columbia 300 Classic to finish the first half of the season 23rd in points… Missed match play in four of the first six events in the second half to drop to 31st in points… Finished eighth in the 2007 Go RVing Classic, then two weeks later missed the 64th U.S. Open with a foot infection… Saved his 2006-07 season by finishing 20th in the Pepsi Championship to clinch an exemption, then finished third in the 2007 Denny’s World Championship… It marked his first appearance in a Major final since winning the 2004 Masters.
Jason Hurd vs. Mike Wolfe
How He Got Here: Won the 2004 Pepsi Open
Season Summary: Finished 66th in the PBA World Point Rankings, missing five events late in the season due to an injury… Cashed in 12 of his 14 events, making match play four times… Posted a 208.80 average in 14 events… Best finish of the season came in the 2007 Dick Weber Open where he finished 24th.
How He Got Here: Won the 2005 Empire State Classic
Season Summary: Finished 28th in the PBA World Point Rankings, one spot lower than his 2005-06 finish… Did not make a TV appearance for the first time since 2003-04… Best finish came in the 2007 Bayer Classic in Parkersburg, W.Va., where he finished fifth… Started the season strong with a seventh-place finish in the 2006 USBC Masters… Made match play in 12 of 19 events, including eight of the first nine events… Ranked 21st on Tour with a 219.30 average… Cashed in 18 of 19 events.
Pete Weber vs. Walter Ray Williams Jr.
How He Got Here: Won the 64th U.S. Open
Season Summary: Had one of his better years of his career, appearing in four TV finals and winning two titles, the 2006 Etonic Championship and the 64th U.S. Open…Was runner-up behind Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the season-opening Dydo Japan Cup 2006 and finished fourth in the 2007 H&R Block Classic…Also finished in the top 10 in four other tournaments, including sixth in the 2006 USBC Masters…Made match play in 14 of 18 events…Average of 222.46 ranked 11th on Tour…Season earnings stand at $193,430, good for second on Tour, and also ranks as his second-highest single-season earnings behind his 2003-04 season ($206,217))…Finished third on the PBA World Point Rankings list…Went 12-6 in match play with a 50-39 match game record.
Walter Ray Williams Jr.
How He Got Here: Won the Dydo Japan Cup 2006
Season Summary: Became the Denny’s PBA Tour all-time career titles leader, surpassing the late Earl Anthony, with his 42nd title in the Dydo Japan Cup 2006…Knocked off Tour rival Pete Weber, 289-236, in the finals of the season-opening event…Appeared in five ESPN finals and posted six top-10 finishes…Finished second in the 2007 H&R Block Classic and third in both the 2006 Ace Hardware Championship and 2007 Dick Weber Open…Ranks sixth on the season money list with $115,370…Average of 225.62 is third on Tour…Finished 12th in the PBA World Point Rankings…Made 13 match play appearances…Went 12-7 in match play with a 52-38 match game record.
Patrick Healey Jr. vs. Tom Baker
Patrick Healey Jr.
How He Got Here: Won the 2003 Dexter Tournament of Champions
Season Summary: Currently sits as the final bowler to earn an exemption for the 2007-08 season via the PBA World Point Rankings as he finished 39th following last week’s Denny’s World Championship, but if a non-exempt bowler win this week’s Tournament of Champions, Healey would get bumped… After Mike Machuga and Dino Castillo were eliminated following World Championship qualifying, Healey needed to finish at least 17th to go past Castillo and earn the 39th spot… Healey won his Round of 32 match against Tom Baker, 4-2, but lost in the Round of 16, 4-3, to Chris Johnson after leading 3-0… Finished exactly 17th to move past Castillo… Could have been passed by Brian Voss who needed to finish 14th to pass him, but he finished 16th… Made two championship round appearances, but also missed four events including the 2006 USBC Masters and the 2007 Pepsi Championship, the event leading into the World Championship… Finished sixth in the Dydo Japan Cup… Finished the first half with back-to-back top-eight finishes, taking eighth in the Beltway Classic and sixth in the Columbia 300 Classic, missing a TV appearance by one spot… Finished fourth in the 2007 Earl Anthony Medford Classic… Cashed in all 16 events he bowled in, making match play nine times.
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 PBA Senior U.S. Open and USBC Senior Masters
Season Summary: Finished 36th in the PBA World Point Rankings… Cashed in all 19 events he bowled in, making match play 12 times… The Buffalo native’s best finish in the first half came in the 2006 Etonic Championship in Cheektowaga, N.Y., where he finished 18th… Finished 23rd in the USBC Masters, his best finish in a Major… Made match play in six of eight first-half events… Missed match play in four of the first five events in the second half, but came on strong late with five match play appearances in the last six… Finished 11th in the 2007 GEICO Classic, his best finish of the season.
Amleto Monacelli vs. Mike Machuga
How He Got Here: Won the 2005 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Open
Season Summary: Bowled in just eight events, missing 10 consecutive events in one stretch… Stared the season strong with a 34th-place finish in the USBC Masters and 14th-place finish in the Motor City Classic… Returned from his 10-event hiatus by finishing 30th in the 64th U.S. Open and 10th in the Pepsi Championship, his best finish of the season… Finished 63rd in the PBA World Point Rankings… Cashed in seven of eight events and made match play four times.
How He Got Here: Won the 2005 Greater Omaha Classic.
Season Summary: Finished 37th in the PBA World Point Rankings, not clinching an exemption until last week’s 2007 Denny’s World Championship… Made two championship round appearances, finishing second to Mike Mineman in the 2007 Bayer Classic… Started the season strong with a fifth-place finish in the Dydo Japan Cup 2006… Was just 57th in the PBA World Point Rankings after the 2007 H&R Block Classic, but made match play in six of the last 10 events to move into the cut… Finished 20th in season earnings with $51,362… Made match play in nine of 19 events.
Ritchie Allen vs. Mike Mineman
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Motel 6 Phoenix Classic
Season Summary: Deferred his 2006-07 Denny’s PBA Tour exemption to 2007-08 after suffering an injury prior to the season…Competed in two Majors on the season, the 64th U.S. Open and 2007 Denny’s World Championship, making match play in both…Finished 12th in the 64th U.S. Open after finishing qualifying in fourth…Finished 23rd in the 2007 Denny’s World Championship…Knocked of Walter Ray Williams Jr., 4-3, in the Round of 32 in the 2007 Denny’s World Championship.
How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Bayer Classic
Season Summary: Became just the second bowler in PBA history to advance from the Tour Qualifying Round to win a title, the 2007 Bayer Classic, following in Sean Rash’s footsteps at the exact same bowling center, Emerson Lanes in Parkersburg, W.Va… Defeated Mike Machuga, 223-202, in the title match of the Bayer Classic, after defeating Dale Traber in the semifinals, 217-178…Advanced out of the Tour Qualifying Round two times on the season and has cashed eight times…Season earnings stand at $30,290…Owns three career PBA Regional Titles.
Brian Voss vs. Chris Collins
How He Got Here: 2006 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Classic
Season Summary: Made match play in 10 events this season, with a season-high finish of ninth in the 64th U.S. Open…Narrowly missed securing an exemption for the 2007-08 Denny’s PBA Tour via the PBA World Point Rankings, missing the cut line by just 1,028 points…Ranks 12th on Tour in spare percentage with 94.8%...Ranked 14th on Tour in multi-pin percentage, picking up 89.4% of his multi-pin spares.
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Pepsi Championship
Season Summary: In his second year as an exempt bowlers after winning the 2006 Pepsi Championship in his first, Collins made match play in one-third of his events…Season’s best finish came in Cheektowaga, N.Y., with a 15th place finish in the 2006 Etonic Championship…Ranks 18th on Tour with a 98.5% single-pin conversion rate…Converted 92.2% of his spares.
Tommy Jones vs. Mitch Beasley
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Ace Hardware Championship
Season Summary: The 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year won the title in one of two TV appearances on the year, the 2006 Ace Hardware Championship…Also made a TV appearance in the first of four Majors of the season, finishing fourth in the 2006 USBC Masters…Made a third top-10 finish with an eighth place finish in the 2006 Etonic Championship…Finished 10th in the PBA World Point Rankings…His 221.42 average ranked 14th on Tour…Made match play 15 times, going 11-10 with a 58-56 match game record…Has five 300 games on the year, including two in the 2006 Motor City Classic.
How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Regional Players Invitational
Season Summary: Did not participate in any Denny’s PBA Tour events… Won his first career PBA Regional Tour Major, winning the 2006 Regional Players Invitational in Reno, Nev.… Finished 15th in qualifying before knocking off Ken Abner, Dave Wodka and Brian Waliczek to get to the title match where he defeated Tyler Jensen, 201-193… Competed in nine total Regional events, making match play four times and cashing seven times… Posted a 209.23 average and earned $13,475.
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