H&R Block Tournament of Champions Underway

by PBA Editor January 23, 2008 19:00
The 2008 H&R Block Tournament of Champions is underway at Red Rock Lanes in Las Vegas where 54 of the greatest bowlers of all-time are competing for the $50,000 top-prize and a two-season Denny's PBA Tour exemption.

Below is a look at the participants:

Patrick Allen
• Hometown: Wesley Chapel, Fla.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Lumber Liquidators Championship
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 10
• 2004-05 PBA Player of the Year

Ritchie Allen
• Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Motel 6 Phoenix Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 2

Dave Arnold
• Hometown: Dublin, Calif.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2001 Miller High Life Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 3

Tom Baker
• Hometown: King, N.C.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 PBA Senior Dick Weber Invitational
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 10
• 1999 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee
• 2005, ’06 ’07 PBA Senior Player of the Year
• 2005 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year

Del Ballard Jr.
• Hometown: North Richland Hills, Texas
• How He Got Here: Won the 1989 Tournament of Champions
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 12

Chris Barnes
• Hometown: Double Oak, Texas
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 GEICO Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 8
• 1998 PBA Rookie of the Year
• Won the 2006 Tournament of Champions

Parker Bohn III
• Hometown: Jackson, N.J.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Spartanburg Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 31
• 1999, 2001-02 PBA Player of the Year
• 2000 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Roy Buckley
• Hometown: Westerville, Ohio
• How He Got Here: Won the 1981 Buffalo Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 7
• 1992 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Steve Cook
• Hometown: Granite Bay, Calif.
• How He Got Here: Won the 1981 Tournament of Champions
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 15
• 1993 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Jason Couch
• Hometown: Clermont, Fla.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Motel 6 Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 15
• 1992 PBA Rookie of the Year
• Won the 1999, 2000, ’02 Tournament of Champions

Tommy Delutz Jr.
• Hometown: Flushing, N.Y.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2001 Long Island Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 2

Dave D’Entremont
• Hometown: Middleburg Heights, Ohio
• How He Got Here: Won the 2002 Wichita Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 6
• Won the 1996 Tournament of Champions

Mike DeVaney
• Hometown: Temecula, Calif.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2003 GEICO Earl Anthony Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Norm Duke
• Hometown: Clermont, Fla.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Pepsi Championship
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 26
• 1994, 2000 PBA Player of the Year
• Won the 1994 Tournament of Champions

Eddie Graham
• Hometown: Centerville, Ohio
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 PBA Regional Players Invitational

Bryan Goebel
• Hometown: Shawnee, Kan.
• How He Got Here: Won the 1998 Tournament of Champions
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 10

Michael Haugen Jr.
• Hometown: Cave Creek, Ariz.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Lake County Indiana Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Chris Hayden
• Hometown: Odessa, Texas
• How He Got Here: Won the 2003 VIA Bowling Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Brian Himmler
• Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
• How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Earl Anthony Medford Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 4

Jason Hurd
• Hometown: Titusville, Fla.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2004 Pepsi Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 2

Dave Husted
• Hometown: Milwaukie, Ore.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2000 National/Senior Doubles
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 14
• 1996 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Steve Jaros
• Hometown: Yorkville, Ill.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2005 Tournament of Champions
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 7

Tommy Jones
• Hometown: Simpsonville, S.C.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2008 ConstructionJobs.com Championship
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 11
• 2005-06 PBA Player of the Year
• 2001-02 PBA Rookie of the Year
• Won the 2007 Tournament of Champions

Doug Kent
• Hometown: Newark, N.Y.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Denny’s World Championship
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 9
• 2006-07 PBA Player of the Year

Rick Lawrence
• Hometown: Celina, Texas
• How He Got Here: Won the 2004 BowlersParadise.com Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 2

Mika Koivuniemi
• Hometown: Hartland, Mich.
• How He Got Here: Won the Dydo Japan Cup 2007
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 8
• 2003-04 PBA Player of the Year

Mike Machuga
• Hometown: Erie, Pa.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2005 Greater Omaha Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Wes Malott
• Hometown: Argyle, Texas
• How He Got Here: Won the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 3

Eugene McCune
• Hometown: Munster, Ind.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2002 Banquet Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Hugh Miller
• Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2002 Dream Bowl
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 7

Mike Mineman
• Hometown: Belleville, Ill.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Bayer Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Amleto Monacelli
• Hometown: Venezuela
• How He Got Here: Won the 2005 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 19
• 1997 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee
• 1989, ‘90 PBA Player of the Year

David Ozio
• Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
• How He Got Here: Won the 1991 Tournament of Champions
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 11
• 1995 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee
• 1991 PBA Player of the Year

Randy Pedersen
• Hometown: Clermont, Fla.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2002 Pepsi Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 13

Johnny Petraglia
• Hometown: Manalapan, N.J.
• How He Got Here: Won the 1971 Tournament of Champions
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 14
• 1982 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Kurt Pilon
• Hometown: Warren, Mich.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2001 Peoria Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Sean Rash
• Hometown: Wichita, Kan.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 USBC Masters
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 4

Tony Reyes
• Hometown: San Bruno, Calif.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Motor City Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Mark Roth
• Hometown: Fulton, N.Y.
• How He Got Here: Won the 1995 IOF Foresters Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 34
• 1987 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee
• 1977, ’78, ’79, ’84 PBA Player of the Year


• Hometown: Ledyard, Conn.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 PBA Regional Players Championship

Ernie Schlegel
• Hometown: Vancouver, Wash.
• How He Got Here: Won the 1995 Bayer/Brunswick TPC
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 6
• 1997 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Mike Scroggins
• Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
• How He Got Here: Won the 2008 Motel 6 Dick Weber Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 3

Ryan Shafer
• Hometown: Horseheads, N.Y.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2003 Empire State Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 4
• 1987 PBA Rookie of the Year

Bryon Smith
• Hometown: Roseburg, Ore.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2003 USBC Masters
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 1

Robert Smith
• Hometown: Captain Cook, Hawaii
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 CLR Windy City Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 7

Dave Soutar
• Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.
• How He Got Here: Won the 1982 Syracuse Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 17
• 1979 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Brian Voss
• Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2006 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 24
• 1994 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee
• 1988 PBA Player of the Year

Lonnie Waliczek
• Hometown: Wichita, Kan.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2003 Odor-Eaters Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 2

Wayne Webb
• Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
• How He Got Here: Won the 1980 Tournament of Champions
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 20
• 1993 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee
• 1980 PBA Player of the Year

Pete Weber
• Hometown: St. Ann, Mo.
• How He Got Here: Won the 64th U.S. Open
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 34
• 1980 PBA Rookie of the Year
• 1998 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee
• Won the 1987 Tournament of Champions

Mark Williams
• Hometown: Beaumont, Texas
• How He Got Here: Won the 1988 Tournament of Champions
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 7
• 1999 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee
• Won the 1985 Tournament of Champions

Walter Ray Williams Jr.
• Hometown: Ocala, Fla.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Great Lakes Classic
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 44
• 1986, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2002-03 PBA Player of the Year
• 1995 PBA Hall of Fame Inductee

Danny Wiseman
• Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2004 USBC Masters
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 11

Mike Wolfe
• Hometown: New Albany, Ind.
• How He Got Here: Won the 2007 Etonic Championship
• Denny’s PBA Tour Titles: 3
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