Kossert, Johnson Take Home Title

by PBA Editor May 9, 2007 19:00
It took 11 years, but Liz Johnson finally repeated as the PBA Ladies and Legends champion.

Johnson, who teamed up with Mike Kench to win the last Ladies and Legends event in 1996, this time teamed up with Roger Kossert to take home the 2007 PBA Hammer Ladies and Legends presented by the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association at The Cherry Bowl Thursday with a 247-235 win over top-seeded Johnny Petraglia and Olivia Sandham.

Johnson came through in the clutch in the 10th frame of the title match to seal the win, which was Kossert’s second career PBA Senior Tour title. After Petraglia struck twice in the 10th, Johnson needed a strike with her first ball in 10th and a nine-spare to win the match. She struck twice to add to her already impressive bowling resume.

“It’s hard to believe I was the defending champion, it’s been so long,” Johnson (Cheektowaga, N.Y.), an 11-time winner on the now-defunct Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) Tour, said. “It feels good to be back in the winners’ circle. I’ve had a lot of seconds the last couple years.”

One of Johnson’s second-place finishes recently came in the 2005 Banquet Open where she became the first woman to advance to the championship round of a Denny’s PBA Tour event. Johnson fell to Tommy Jones that day, but made more history later that summer when she became the first woman to win a PBA singles title, taking home the 2005 PBA East Region King Pin Lanes Open.

Petraglia (Manalapan, N.J.) and Sandham (Wichita, Kan.) led throughout round robin match play Thursday to earn a berth in the stepladder title match. After both teams struck in the first four frames and nine-spared in the 5th frame, things turned in the 6th when Petraglia flagged a 7-pin. After Johnson struck in the 6th, Kossert repeated Petraglia’s mistake when he, too, missed a 7-pin.

Sandham and Petraglia responded with strikes in the 7th and 8th, but a nine-spare in the 9th gave Johnson and Kossert some breathing room. Petraglia’s two strikes in the 10th put the pressure on Johnson, but she responded, allowing her team to take home the $15,000 top prize.

“We talked in the morning today about a plan and it worked,” Kossert (Lithia, Fla.) said. “Liz bowled on the left lane all day and I bowled on the right. It worked well because we were very comfortable and it was very consistent across the house. The first time we switched lanes was for the title match. Her look wasn’t as good as she anticipated. It was really breaking down hard and we decided we’d switch and both get a fresher look. It worked out well.”

Johnson and Kossert advanced to the title match with a 208-182 win over Kelly Kulick and PBA Hall of Famer Steve Cook. The fourth-seeded Kulick and Cook had worked their way up the ladder after wins over Kari Schwager and Bob Chamberlain, 241-236, and Shannon Pluhowsky and John Shreve Sr., 223-202.

Next week the PBA Senior Tour heads to Waukegan, Ill., for the 2007 PBA Northern Illinois Classic, May 12-16 in Mundelein, Ill., and Waukegan, Ill.

PBA Senior Tour
PBA Hammer Ladies and Legends pres. by Illinois State BPA
The Cherry Bowl
Rockford, Ill.
Thursday, May 10

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND


Pos.Name, hometownTotal/GamesMoney
1.#2 Liz Johnson-Roger Kossert455 (2 games)$15,000
2.#1 Olivia Sandham-Johnny Petraglia235 (1 game)$8,000
3.#4 Kelly Kulick-Steve Cook646 (3 games)$6,000
4.#3 Shannon Pluhowsky-John Shreve Sr.202 (1 game)$5,000
5.#5 Kari Schwager-Bob Chamberlain236 (1 game)$4,000


SCORES – In the first match, Kulick-Cook def. Schwager-Chamberlain, 241-236; in the quarterfinal Kulick-Cook def. Pluhowsky-Shreve, 223-202; in the semifinal, Johnson-Kossert def. Kulick-Cook, 208-182; and in the final, Johnson-Kossert def. Sandham-Petraglia, 247-235.

ROUND ROBIN MATCH PLAY

(Pos., lady-legend, team no., match play record, 24-game pinfall. Pinfall includes 30 bonus pins for each win, 15 bonus pins for each tie.)

1, Sandham - Petraglia, Team #10, 17-7-0, 6,165.
2, L. Johnson - Kossert, Team #4, 15-7-2, 6,083.
3, Pluhowsky - Shreve Sr., Team #1, 19-5-0, 6,066.
4, Kulick - Cook, Team #5, 13-11-0, 5,851.
5, Schwager - Chamberlain, Team #7, 17-7-0, 5,834.
6, S. Chapman - Baker, Team #18, 14-10-0, 5,802, $3,000.
7, Hall - Jansson, Team #8, 12-11-1, 5,788, $3,000.
8, Tribbey - Patchen, Team #3, 13-11-0, 5,757, $3,000.
9, McGriff - Neff, Team #13, 14-10-0, 5,722, $2,500.
10, Salberg - LeClair, Team #20, 10-13-1, 5,701, $2,500.
11, Schwab - Couture, Team #24, 15-9-0, 5,699, $2,500.
12, Romeo - Haus, Team #11, 11-13-0, 5,623, $2,500.
13, Dorin-Ballard - Eagle, Team #6, 11-12-1, 5,583, $2,500.
14, Peacha - Lineberry, Team #16, 10-14-0, 5,520, $2,500.
15, Evitts - Henry, Team #9, 9-15-0, 5,498, $2,500.
16, L. Kelly - P. Moros, Team #14, 11-13-0, 5,466, $2,500.
17, Neuliep - Morton, Team #21, 8-15-1, 5,447, $2,000.
18, Mack - Brady, Team #15, 10-14-0, 5,440, $2,000.
19, Dorin-Lizzi - Sharp, Team #12, 11-12-1, 5,428, $2,000.
20, Burgoyne - Patterson, Team #2, 10-13-1, 5,393, $2,000.
21, Roman - Wetzel, Team #17, 10-14-0, 5,389, $2,000.
22, C. Kontos - Chrzanowski, Team #22, 7-17-0, 5,307, $2,000.
23, T. Moros - Bennett, Team #23, 10-13-1, 5,189, $2,000. 24, Monaco - Roth, Team #19, 6-17-1, 5,016, $2,000.

300 games (2) - Chapman-Baker; Tribbey-Patchen.

TEAMS
#1 – Shannon Pluhowsky and John Shreve Sr.
#2 – Amanda Burgoyne and Don Patterson
# 3- Kathy Tribbey and Dave Patchen
# 4 – Liz Johnson and Roger Kossert
#5 – Kelly Kulick and Steve Cook
#6 – Carolyn Dorin-Ballard and Dale Eagle
#7 – Kari Schwager and Bob Chamberlain
#8 – Kris Hall and Steven Jansson
#9 – Caryn Evitts and Michael Henry
#10 - Olivia Sandham and John Petraglia
#11 - Robin Romeo and Chuck Haus
#12 - Cathy Dorin-Lizzi Keith Sharp
#13 - Kimberly McGriff and Steve Neff
#14 - Linda Kelly and Phillip Moros
#15 - Brenda Mack and Bob Brady
#16 - Lorie Peacha and Marc Lineberry
#17 - Megan Roman and Norb Wetzel
#18 - Sheila Chapman and Tom Baker
#19 - Sherree Monaco and Mark Roth
#20 - Sue Salberg and Roger LeClair
#21 - Karen Neuliep and Rohn Morton
#22 - Cindy Kontos and Michael Chrzanowski
#23 - Terri Moros and John Bennett
#24 - Lana Schwab and Pete Couture
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