SUNDAY'S TV MATCH-UPS FOR THE PEPSI VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP

by PBA Editor November 1, 2008 19:00

Sunday's TV Match-ups for the Pepsi Viper Championship 

 
Check out your complete guide to Sunday's TV match-ups for the Pepsi Viper Championship, complete with stats, history and interesting information.  Tune in to the live telecast, Sunday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. EST.
 
2008-09 PBA PEPSI VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunder Alley
Omaha, Neb.
November 2, 2008
 
SUNDAY’S MATCH UPS
Match #1:        No. 4 Wes Malott vs. No. 3 Brad Angelo
Match #2:        Winner of match #1 vs. No. 2 Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Women’s Title Match:  No. 1 Michelle Feldman vs. No. 2 Stefanie Nation
Title Match:     Winner of Match #2 vs. No. 1 Chris Loschetter
 
2008-09 PEPSI VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZE BREAKDOWN:
1st      --    $25,000 (+ one-year exemption)
2nd   --    $13,000
3rd    --  $6,500
4th    --  $5,500
 
Tournament Purse -- $180,000
 
2008-09 PEPSI VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP – BY THE NUMBERS
Field Size – 136
PBA Entries – 117
Amateur Entries – 19
 
Format:
- 64 bowlers bowl two seven-game qualifying blocks
- Cut to top 32
- Top 32 bowl nine games of round robin (incl. one position round)
            - Cut to top 16
- Top 16 bowl nine more games of round robin (incl. one position round)
            - Cut to top four for stepladder finals
 
2008 PEPSI CHAMPIONSHIP – FINALISTS BY ROUND
                                                   Q1          Q2          RR1          RR2
Chris Loschetter                      13           6             9                1
Walter Ray Williams Jr.          10           2             3                2
Brad Angelo                             15           7             4                3
Wes Malott                               7             1             2                4
 
TODAY’S FINALISTS
 
No. 1 Chris Loschetter
Qualified 6th after 14 games:        232.93 Avg.
Match Play record:                           12-6
*Defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr., 246-216, in final position round match
 
No. 2 Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Qualified 2nd after 14 games:       227.14 Avg.
Match Play record:                           9-8-1
*Lost to Chris Loschetter, 246-216, in final position round match
 
No. 3 Brad Angelo
Qualified 7th after 14 games:        221.57 Avg.
Match Play record:                           12-6
*Defeated Jack Jurek, 202-195, in final position round match
 
No. 4 Wes Malott
Qualified 1st after 14 games:         232.93 Avg.
Match Play record:                           9-9
*Defeated Bill O’Neill, 268-224, in final position round match
 
 
RECORD IN MATCH PLAY BY ROUND
                                                   Rd. 1                    Rd. 2                 Overall
Chris Loschetter                      4-5                        8-1                     12-6
Walter Ray Williams Jr.          3-5-1                     6-3                     9-8-1
Brad Angelo                             6-3                        6-3                     12-6
Wes Malott                               5-4                        4-5                     9-9
 
 
TODAY’S FINALISTS IN ROUND ROBIN MATCH PLAY THIS WEEK
 
LOSCHETTER VS.
Williams:
- Won 246-201 in their 12th game of match play
- Won 246-216 in their round of 16 position round game
Angelo:
- Did not face
Malott:
- Won 279-246 in their 13th game of match play
 
WILLIAMS VS.
Loschetter:
- Lost 246-201 in their 12th game of match play
- Lost 246-216 in their round of 16 position round game
Angelo:
- Lost 228-190 in their 7th game of match play.
- Won 208-184 in their 17th game of match play.
Malott:
-       Won 248-194 in their 8th game of match play
-       Lost 209-207 in their round of 32 position round game
 
ANGELO VS.
Loschetter:
- Did not face
Williams:
- Won 228-190 in their 7th game of match play
- Lost 208-184 in their 17th game of match play.
Malott:
- Won 199-189 in their 16th game of match play.
 
MALOTT VS.
Loschetter:
- Lost 279-246 in their 13th game of match play
Williams:
-       Lost 248-194 in their 8th game of match play
-       Won 209-207 in their round of 32 position round game
Angelo:
- Lost 199-189 in their 16th game of match play.
 
QUALIFYING, MATCH PLAY AND TOURNAMENT AVERAGES
Name                                        Qualifying (Rank)      Match Play                     Overall
Chris Loschetter                            222.64 (6)               228.39                              225.88           
Walter Ray Williams Jr.                227.14 (2)               218.11                              222.06
Brad Angelo                                   221.57 (7)               216.33                              218.63
Wes Malott                                     232.93 (1)               212.11                              221.22
 
MATCH PLAY STATISTICAL RANKS FOR 2008 PEPSI CHAMPIONSHIP
                                    Avg.                               Strike Pct.                       Spare Pct. w/splits
Loschetter              228.39                           65.03                                76.47
Williams                  218.11                           55.22                                88.37
Angelo                     216.33                           57.21                                80.49
Malott                     212.11                           53.66                                77.53
 
AVERAGES IN WINS, LOSSES
                              Wins                  Losses
Loschetter           239.00               207.17
Williams               224.44               210.38
Angelo                 226.33               196.33
Malott                   216.33               207.89
 
HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE 2008 PEPSI CHAMPIONSHIP - MP ONLY
Name                      High Game                                                Low Game
Loschetter              279 (Gm. 13)                                              180 (Gm. 8)
Williams                 254 (Gm. 1.)                                               190 (Gm. 7)        
Angelo                    279 (Twice Gm. 4 and 15)                         159 (Gm. 5)
Malott                    268 (Gm. 18)                                              179 (Gm. 7)
 
 
HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE 2008 PEPSI CHAMPIONSHIP - QUALIFYING
Name                      High Game                                                Low Game
Loschetter              279 (Gm. 6)                                                183 (Gm. 10)
Williams                  257 (Gm. 3)                                                172 (Gm. 7)
Angelo                    255 (Gm. 5)                                                191 (Gm. 7)
Malott                    268 (Gm. 7)                                                166 (Gm. 3)
 
FINALIST TITLES
NAME                                       47 Titles              7 Majors
Chris Loschetter                          0                           0
Walter Ray Williams Jr.              44                     7 ('94 TPC, '98 US Open,                                                                       '02 National Champ., '03 US Open, '03 
                                                                            World Champ., '04 Masters,                                                                                     '06 World Champ.)
Brad Angelo                                  0                            0
Wes Malott                                    3                            0
 
2007-2008 FINISHES
 
Chris Loschetter
Tournament/Finish
65th Denny’s U.S. Open/3rd
GEICO Classic/52nd
Go RVing Classic/22nd
Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic/33rd
Denny's World Championship/6th
Pepsi Championship/55th
Bayer Classic/28th
PBA Exempt Doubles Classic/12th
Motel 6 Dick Weber Open/10th
Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic/30th
ConstructionJobs.com Championship/27th
Spartanburg Classic/33rd
Lumber Liquidators Championship/33rd
Great Lakes Classic/2nd
CLR Windy City Classic/35th
Lake County Indiana Classic presented by United Way/20th
Etonic Championship/6th
Motor City Classic/6th
USBC Masters/33rd
Dydo Japan Cup 2007/11th                                                                                                                                  
 
 
Walter Ray Williams Jr.
Tournament/Finish
65th Denny’s U.S. Open/39th
GEICO Classic/4th
Go RVing Classic/7th
Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic/46th
Denny's World Championship/3rd
Pepsi Championship/2nd
Bayer Classic/9th
H&R Block Tournament of Champions/9th
PBA Exempt Doubles Classic/9th
Motel 6 Dick Weber Open/80th
Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic/14th
ConstructionJobs.com Championship/13th
Spartanburg Classic/17th
Lumber Liquidators Championship/6th
Great Lakes Classic/1st
CLR Windy City Classic/45th
Lake County Indiana Classic presented by United Way/6th
Etonic Championship/2nd
Motor City Classic/1st
USBC Masters/4th
Dydo Japan Cup 2007/21st
 
Brad Angelo
Tournament/Finish
65th Denny’s U.S. Open/6th
GEICO Classic/64th
Go RVing Classic/32nd
Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic/12th
Denny's World Championship/7th
Pepsi Championship/23rd
Bayer Classic/22nd
PBA Exempt Doubles Classic/11th
Motel 6 Dick Weber Open/27th
Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic/6th
ConstructionJobs.com Championship/15th
Spartanburg Classic/10th
Lumber Liquidators Championship/32nd
Great Lakes Classic/25th
CLR Windy City Classic/2nd
Motor City Classic/10th
USBC Masters/99th                                                                                                                        
 
Wes Malott
Tournament/Finish
65th Denny’s U.S. Open/5th
GEICO Classic/5th
Go RVing Classic/9th
Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic/3rd
Denny's World Championship/5th
Pepsi Championship/35th
H&R Block Tournament of Champions/7th
PBA Exempt Doubles Classic/4th
Motel 6 Dick Weber Open/8th
Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic/1st
Spartanburg Classic/54th
Lumber Liquidators Championship/2nd
Great Lakes Classic/10th
CLR Windy City Classic/48th
Lake County Indiana Classic presented by United Way/2nd
Etonic Championship/19th
Motor City Classic/17th
USBC Masters/7th
 
SUNDAY’S FINALISTS ON TV IN 2007-08
LOSCHETTER
1-2 with a 229.33 average in three matches.
Event                                            Opp.                                       Result
Great Lakes Classic          Parker Bohn III                             W, 239-236
Wyoming, Mich.                                                      
                                            Walter Ray Williams Jr.                L, 276-204
 
65th Denny’s US Open,            Norm Duke                              L, 267-245
New Brunswick, NJ                                                
 
WILLIAMS JR.
7-6 with a 225.69 average in 13 matches
Event                                                        Opp.                                  Result
USBC Masters
Milwaukee, WI                                     Steve Jaros                         L, 269-245
Motor City Classic, Taylor, Mich.        Jeff Lizzi                            W, 217-215
                                                              Eugene McCune                  W, 214-194
 
Etonic Championship
Cheektowaga, NY                              Mike Devaney                      W, 247-226
                                                            Mike Wolfe                            L, 256-225
Great Lakes Classic
Wyoming, Mich.                                 Mike Scroggins                    W, 234-226
                                                            Chris Loschetter                   W, 276-204
Lumber Liquidators Championship
Baltimore, Md.                                   Mike Devaney                      L, 258-196
 
Pepsi Championship
Omaha, Neb.                                        Rhino Page                           W, 236-224
                                                             Mike Scroggins                     L, 214-191
 
Denny’s World Championship,
Indianapolis, Ind.                                  Norm Duke                          L, 208-180
 
GEICO Classic
West Babylon, NY                                Wes Malott                         W, 238-216
                                                             Tommy Jones                        L, 269-226
                                                                       
 
ANGELO:
3-1 with a 222 average in four matches
Event                                                        Opp.                                   Result
CLR Windy City Classic
Vernon Hills, IL                                 Ritchie Allen                        W, 265-168
                                                           Mika Koivuniemi                  W, 256-233
                                                           Chris Barnes                         W, 162-151
                                                           Robert Smith                         L, 223-205
 
MALOTT:
4-5 with a 211.33 average in nine matches.
Event                                                         Opp.                                  Result
Lake County Indiana Classic,
Merrillville, Ind.                                Chris Barnes                         W, 268-228
                                                        Michael Haugen Jr.                  L, 247-239
 
Lumber Liquidators Championship,
Baltimore, Md.                                Parker Bohn III                      W, 245-235
                                                          Rhino Page                             W, 255-193
 
Don Johnson Buckeye State Classic,
Columbus, Ohio                                Ken Simard                            L, 237-226
 
GEICO Classic
West Babylon, NY                     Walter Ray Williams, Jr.          L, 238-216                                                                                                                                            
FINALISTS VS. EACH OTHER ON TV
 
LOSCHETTER VS.
Williams Jr.:
-          Is 0-1 in one match
o   Lost to Williams 276-204 at the 2007 Great Lakes Classic in the title match.
 
WILLIAMS VS.
Loschetter
-          Is 1-0 in one match
o   Defeated  Loschetter 276-204 at the 2007 Great Lakes Classic in the title match
Malott
-          Is 1-0 in one match
o   Defeated Malott 238-216 at the GEICO Classic in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 stepladder match
 
MALOTT VS.
Williams Jr.
-          Is 0-1 in one match
o   Lost to Williams 238-216 at the GEICO Classic in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 stepladder match
 
 
CAREER ROLL-OFF RECORDS
(One ball, sudden-death format to break ties)
 
Loschetter 4-0-7
Williams Jr. 4-4-9
Angelo 3-5-9
Malott 5-8-6
 
PBA PERFECTION
2008 PEPSI VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP 300 Games (2) – Michael Machuga (qualifying Rd. of 64), Mitch Beasley (qualifying Rd. of 64)
 
During the 2007-08 season, there were 101 perfect games in 21 tournaments for an average of 4.81 per tournament.
 
            Season           300 Games         # of Tournaments           Avg. per Tournament               
            2008-09               5                                2                                2.50
            2007-08             101                             21                               4.81
            2006-07             119                             21                               5.67
            2005-06              86                              22                               3.91
 
ALL-TIME PBA 300 GAMES ON TV (LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR) – 18
Name                           Opponent (score)          Date             Tournament City
1.*Jack Biondolillo      Les Schissler (216)     April 1, 1967           Akron OH
2. John Guenther         Don Johnson (189)      Feb. 1, 1969            San Jose, CA
3. Jim Stefanich           Glenn Carlson (243)    Jan. 5, 1974           Alameda, CA
4. Pete McCordic         Wayne Webb (249)     Jan. 31, 1987       Torrance, CA
5. @# Bob Benoit         Mark Roth (255)        Jan. 23, 1988       Grand Prairie, TX
6. # Michael Aulby       David Ozio (279)        July 31, 1993          Wichita, KS
7. Johnny Petraglia      W.R. Williams Jr. (194)    March 5, 1994       Toledo, OH
8. Butch Soper               Bob Benoit (236)        July 12, 1994         Reno, NV
9. @C.K. Moore         Parker Bohn III (192)   Feb. 2, 1996           Austin, TX
10. Bob Learn Jr.       Johnny Petraglia (279)   April 6, 1996        Erie, PA
11. Steve Hoskins        W.R. Williams Jr. (234)  Oct. 15, 1997     Rochester, NY
12. Parker Bohn III      Chris Sand (246)            May 9, 1998            Reno, NV
                                      Michael Mullin (191)               
13. Steve Jaros           Ricky Ward (200)           Feb. 13, 1999      Chattanooga, TN
14. Mike Miller        Danny Wiseman (266)     June 20, 1999          Reno, NV
                                       Tim Criss (224)          
15. Norm Duke         W.R. Williams Jr. (213)    Jan. 5, 2003        Tacoma, WA 16. Mika Koivuniemi     Jason Couch (248)      Dec. 7, 2003   Windsor Locks, CT 17. @Tony Reyes         Parker Bohn III (215)        Nov. 5, 2006          Taylor, MI
18. Ryan Shafer              Jeff Carter (228)         March 18, 2007   Indianapolis, IN
 
# - Title match           @ - Won first title same show
 
**TELEVISED 300 GAME BONUS**
  • Any finalist rolling a 300 game this week in the championship round will earn a $10,000 bonus, compliments of the PBA.
 
ALL-TIME LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR “7-10 SPLIT” CONVERSIONS ON TV – 3
1. Mark Roth (1980, Alameda, CA)
2. John Mazza (1991, Sunrise, FL)
3. Jess Stayrook (1991, Tucson, AZ)
 
2008-09 STATISTICS
 
2008-09 PBA Points Leaders
  1. Norm Duke                          45,316
  2. Chris Barnes                        33,875
  3. Mika Koivuniemi                  33,287
  4. Michael Fagan                     33,268
  5. Steve Jaros                           32,425
  6. ►Brad Angelo                      30,244
8.   ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.   28,605
12. ►Chris Loschetter               24,784
13. ►Wes Malott                       20,448
Minimum points for today included
 
2008-09 Money Leaders
1.         Norm Duke                           $52,600
2.         Chris Barnes                         $26,800
3.         Steve Jaros                           $13,710
4.         Sean Rash                            $13,300
5.         ►Chris Loschetter               $13,000
8.         ►Brad Angelo                      $10,000
9.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.   $9,650
20.       ►Wes Malott                        $5,500
Minimum money for today included
 
 
2008-09 PBA Average Leaders
1.         Norm Duke                           232.29
2.         Jason Belmonte                   228.39
3.         Mika Koivuniemi                  225.22
4.         Parker Bohn III                     222.92
5.         Steve Jaros                           222.30
8.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.   222.11
19.       ►Brad Angelo                      217.60
49.       ►Wes Malott                       208.83
50.       ►Chris Loschetter               208.61
 
 
PBA Player of the Year Points
1.         Norm Duke                           24
2.         Chris Barnes                        12
3.         Steve Jaros                           8
            ►Chris Loschetter               8
5.         Sean Rash                             4
            ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.   4
7.         ►Wes Malott                       2
            ►Brad Angelo                      2
9.         Mika Koivuniemi                  1
Includes minimum points for today’s telecast
 
 
2007-08 STATISTICS
 
FINAL 2007-08 PBA WORLD POINT RANKINGS
           
1.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.         258,326.5
2.         Chris Barnes                              237,768.2
3.         ►Wes Malott                              231,148.5
4.         Mika Koivuniemi                        207,641.5
5.         Mike Scroggins                          187,837.5
6.         Patrick Allen                               184,085
7.         Tommy Jones                             175,429
8.         ►Chris Loschetter                     171,165
9.         Rhino Page                                167,921. 7
10.       Sean Rash                                  164,349
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13.       ►Brad Angelo                            151,537
 
 
 
FINAL 2007-08 MONEY LEADERS
1.         Norm Duke                  $176,855
2.         Mika Koivuniemi         $159,580
3.         Sean Rash                   $151,500
4.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.$144,220
5.         Chris Barnes               $142,410
6.         ►Wes Malott               $108,900
7.         Patrick Allen                $107,680
8.         Tommy Jones              $103,505
9.         Michael Haugen Jr.    $101,820
10.       Mike Scroggins           $100,400
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14.       ►Chris Loschetter               $84,776
19.       ►Brad Angelo                      $60,328
 
 
2007-08 AVERAGE LEADERS (min. 200 games)
1.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.         228.34        
2.         Chris Barnes                              225.18        
3.         ►Wes Malott                              223.77        
4.         Rhino Page                                223.42        
5.         Patrick Allen                               222.19        
6.         Mike Scroggins                          221.89        
7.         Mika Koivuniemi                        221.69        
8.         Pete Weber                                 221.16        
9.         Michael Haugen Jr.                   220.89        
10.       Tommy Jones                             220.27
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14.       ►Chris Loschetter               218.25
29.       ►Brad Angelo                      215.96
 
MOST TOP 8 FINISHES IN 2007-08
1.         Chris Barnes                        10
            ►Wes Malott                        10
            ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.   10
4.         Pete Weber                           8
5.         Patrick Allen                         7
            Mika Koivuniemi                  7
7.         Rhino Page                          6
            Mike Scroggins                    6
9.         Parker Bohn III                     5
            Mike DeVaney                      5
            ►Chris Loschetter               5
 
MOST TV APPEARANCES IN 2007-08
1.         Chris Barnes                        9
2.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.   8
3.         ►Wes Malott                        6
            Mika Koivuniemi                  6
            Mike Scroggins                    6
6.         Patrick Allen                         5
            Rhino Page                          5
8.         Pete Weber                           4
 
300 GAME LEADERS IN 2007-08
1.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.   6
2.         Michael Fagan                     4
            Rhino Page                          4
            Mike Scroggins                    4
            Jack Jurek                             3
            Chris Loschetter                   3
            Bill O'Neill                             3
            Sean Rash                            3
7.         19 tied with                            2         
 
ALL-TIME LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Pos.    Name                                        Titles
1.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.      44
2.         Earl Anthony                            41
3.         Mark Roth                               34
            Pete Weber                              34
5.         Parker Bohn III                       31
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ALL-TIME PBA MONEY LEADERS
Pos.    Name                                        Earnings
1.         ►Walter Ray Williams Jr.      $4,005,116
2.         Pete Weber                              $3,243,344
3.         Parker Bohn III                        $2,706,637
4.         Norm Duke                              $2,655,014
5.         Brian Voss                               $2,373,828
Includes minimum money for today
 
MOST CAREER MAJOR TITLES
 
No.       Name   Number            Majors Won    
 
1.         Earl Anthony      10         (6 NC, 2 Masters, 2 TOC)
2.         Mike Aulby         8          (3 Masters, 2 NC, 1 US, 1 TOC, 1 TPC)
            Pete Weber       8          (4 US, 2 NC, 1 TOC, 1 TPC)  
4.         Walter Ray Williams Jr. 7        (3 NC/WC, 2 US, 1 Masters, 1 TPC)  
5.         Don Carter         6          (4 All-Stars, 1 Masters, 1 NC)
6.         Norm Duke     5          (2 NC/WC, 1 Masters, 1 TOC, 1 US)  
7.         Del Ballard Jr.    4          (2 US, 1 Masters, 1 TOC)
            Jason Couch       4          (3 TOC, 1 TPC)  
            Dave Davis         4          (2 NC, 2 TOC)
            Marshall Holman  4          (2 TOC, 2 US)
            Dave Husted      4          (3 US, 1 TPC)
            Doug Kent          4          (2 Masters, 2 WC)
            Dick Weber        4          (4 All-Stars)
 
  
THIS WEEK IN THE LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR NOTES
 
WHAT A WAY TO START
The PBA opened up its 50th anniversary season last week with the PBA World Championship in Wichita, Kan. Many witnessed history as Norm Duke became the first bowler to win three consecutive PBA Majors with his victory.
 
 
THE PBA IN OMAHA
This is the fifth time the PBA has held an event in the Greater Omaha area.
 
2007-08 – Pepsi Championship, Omaha, Neb. – Mike Scroggins defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr., 214-194
2006-07 – Go RVing Classic, Council Bluffs, Iowa – Patrick Allen defeated Parker Bohn III, 218-169
2005-06 - Greater Omaha Classic, Council Bluffs, Iowa – Mike Machuga defeated Bill O’Neill, 256-245
2003-04 - Banquet Open, Council Bluffs, Iowa – Robert Smith defeated Mike Machuga, 244-177
 
THE PBA AT THUNDER ALLEY
This is the second time that Thunder Alley has hosted a PBA event. It also hosted the Pepsi Championship last season. Last season it was the 16th stop on the Tour, held Feb. 13-17, 2008.
 
2007-08 Pepsi Championship – Mike Scroggins defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr. 214-194
 
OMAHA FACTS
Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, United States, and is the county seat of Douglas CountyThe 2008 estimated population was 432,921, making it the 42nd largest city in the U.S.
 
Omaha's pioneer period began in 1854 when the city was founded by speculators from neighboring Kanesville, Iowa. The city was founded along the Missouri River, and a crossing called Lone Tree Ferry earned the city its nickname, the "Gateway to the West." During the 19th century Omaha's central location in the United States caused the city to become an important national transportation hub. Throughout the rest of the 19th century the transportation and jobbing sectors were important in the city, along with its railroads and breweries. In the 20th century the Omaha Stockyards and meatpacking plants gained local and national prominence.
 
The city is the home to five Fortune 500 companies: ConAgra Foods, Union Pacific Corporation, Peter Kiewit and Sons, Inc., Mutual of Omaha Companies, and Berkshire Hathaway, the company headed by legendary investor and so-called Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, the richest person in the world according to Forbes Magazine in 2008.The Gallup Organization, TD Ameritrade, PayPal and LinkedIn all have major operations or headquarters in Omaha. The city also is the home to three of the top 30 architectural and engineering firms in the world: Leo A. Daly Co., HDR, Inc. and DLR Group.
 
In 2001 Newsweek identified Omaha as one of the Top 10 high-tech havens in the nation. Six national fiber optic networks converge in Omaha. Tourism in Omaha benefits the city's economy greatly, with the annual College World Series providing important revenue and the city's Henry Doorly Zoo serving as the top attraction in Nebraska.
MACHUGA FLOP
Mike Machuga, who was an All-American at the University of Nebraska, will be competing in an area that has been very special to the Erie, Pa., native. Machuga won his first career title at Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs in 2005. He is well known for his “Machuga Flop” in which he hurls himself down the lane while still holding on to the ball. The 32-year-old, who is one of the Tour’s brightest young stars, previously had only performed the trick in Pro-Ams, but he surprised fans by celebrating his title in Council Bluffs with an impromptu “Flop.”
 
LOSCHETTER ALSO A HUSKER
No. 1 seed Chris Loschetter also attended the University of Nebraska where he bowled for two seasons, 1999-2001.
 
THE 300 CLUB
Two bowlers bowled perfect games this week:
            Michael Machuga – Qualifying Round of 64 (block 1)
            Mitch Beasley – Qualifying Round of 64 (block 1)
                       
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Malott was tied for seventh with one game remaining in the Round of 16 and shot 268 to catapult from seventh to fourth place and claim the last spot for Sunday’s finals.
 
THE VIPER PATTERN
This event marks the first-ever “lane oil pattern” championship, crowning the Viper Champion. The Viper is a 38-foot long oil pattern that challenges players to choose from multiple angles into the pocket.
 
Positive benefits of pattern championships will be the opportunity to educate fans on the invisible obstacles facing pros, opportunities on TV to illustrate the skills and technology necessary on the particular pattern, the growth of PBA Experience leagues, additional opportunities to brand players to skill sets and the potential for a future special event bringing all of the different pattern champions back for one shootout.
 
This week marks the only time that the Viper oil pattern will be used exclusively in the 2008-09 season. It will also be used in the PBA Marathon Championship Feb. 23-March 1 (all six lane oil patterns will be featured), in the PBA Don Johnson Buckeye State Eliminator Championship, March 2-8, (it will use both Viper and Scorpion), and the PBA Long Island Classic, March 25-29 (it will use both Viper and Shark oil patterns).
 
THE CAMERA LOVES HIM
Walter Ray leads the tour with TV appearances with 164 singles appearances.
 
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS BUBBLE
Should either Chris Loschetter or Brad Angelo win the title today, Mike Mineman will be bumped from the 60-man H&R Block Tournament of Champions field.
 
60. Mike Mineman (on the bubble)
59. Teata Semiz
58. Ernie Schlegel
57. Roy Buckley
56. Don McCune
 
SEEKING THEIR FIRST
Chris Loschetter and Brad Angelo are both hoping to claim their first career victory today. Loschetter has finished second 4 times and Angelo has finished second 3 times.
 
$4 MILLION DOLLAR MAN
With his minimum earnings today, Walter Ray Williams Jr. became the first player to surpass $4 Million dollars in career money. He was also the first player to reach $2 and $3 Million dollars.
 
GOLD FEVER
Walter Ray Williams Jr. competed as part of Team USA in the World Ten Pin World Championships in Thailand in August. He helped led them to Team Gold as well as winning individual gold in both the singles and Masters divisions. Williams Jr. was joined by teammates Chris Barnes, Rhino Page, Tommy Jones, Patrick Allen and amateur Bill Hoffman.
 
ONE OF THE 50 GREATEST
As part of it’s 50th anniversary celebration, the PBA selected its “50 Greatest in PBA History,” which included the accomplished Williams Jr.
 
The 50 Greatest were selected from an original list of 100 by an esteemed committee of 34 individuals, comprised of members of the media, bowling industry and coaches. The committee had the unenviable task of ranking these great players 1 – 50 and the final rankings are being revealed throughout the 20-week PBA season during the ESPN Sunday afternoon telecasts from October-April, culminating with the announcement of the greatest player in PBA history.
 
 LOTS OF TV TIME, NO LOVE
Angelo’s 13 career TV singles appearances without a single title ranks sixth all-time. Gil Sliker leads with 23 appearances without a title.
 
BIRTHDAY BOY
Wes Malott is continuing his birthday celebration this week. He celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sunday, Oct. 26.
 
 
2008 WOMEN'S SERIES PEPSI VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP
Thunder Alley
Omaha, Neb.
Nov. 2, 2008
 
SUNDAY’S MATCH UP
Title Match:                         No. 1 Michelle Feldman vs. No. 2 Stefanie Nation
 
PBA WOMEN’S SERIES PRIZE BREAKDOWN:
1st     --    $10,000
2nd --    $6,000
3rd   --  $5,000
4th   --  $4,000
 
Tournament Purse -- $51,100
 
SUNDAY’S FINALISTS
No. 1 Michelle Feldman
Qualified 2nd, 214.50 Avg.
Match Play: 7-2, 221.67 Avg.
* Lost to Stefanie Nation, 244-221, in final position round match
 
No. 4 Stefanie Nation
Qualified 4th, 207.79 Avg.
Match Play: 7-2, 211.70 Avg.
*Defeated Michelle Feldman, 244-221, in final position round match
 
QUALIFYING, MATCH PLAY AND TOURNAMENT AVERAGES
Name                            Qualifying (Rank)      Match Play                     Overall
Michelle Feldman          214.50 (2)                     214.50                           217.30
Stefanie Nation              207.79 (4)                     221.67                           211.70
 
MATCH PLAY STATISTICAL RANKS FOR 2008 PEPSI VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP
                                        Avg.                   Strike Pct.             Spare Pct. w/splits
Feldman                       221.67                       59.22                            69.23
Nation                          217.78                       54.00                            83.72
 
AVERAGES IN WINS, LOSSES
                              Wins                  Losses
Feldman              231.43               187.50
Nation                  231.14               171.00
 
HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE 2008 PEPSI VIPER CHAMPIONSHIP - MP ONLY
Name                      High Game                                       Low Game
Feldman                 257 (Gm.7)                                        154 (Gm. 3)     
Nation                     247 (Gm. 2)                                       159 (Gm. 4)
 
HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE 2007 GREAT LAKES CLASSIC - QUALIFYING
Name                      High Game                                       Low Game
Feldman                 245 (Gm. 5)                                       174 (Gm. 2)
Nation                     237 (Twice, Gm. 5 and 10)             178 (Gm. 8)
 
2007-08 SEASON FINISHES
Michelle Feldman                         Motor City Classic                               10th
                                                         Etonic Championship                         12th
                                                         Lake County Indiana Classic             5th
                                                         Great Lakes Classic                           14th
 
Stefanie Nation                             Motor City Classic                               9th
                                                         Etonic Championship                         11th
                                                         Lake County Indiana Classic             8th
                                                         Great Lakes Classic                          12th
 
 
 
2007 STATISTICS
 
2007 WOMEN’S SERIES CHAMPIONS
Motor City Classic, Taylor, Mich. – Carolyn Dorin-Ballard def. Missy Bellinder, 233-192
 
Etonic Championship, Cheektowaga, N.Y. – Shannon Pluhowsky def. Tish Johnson, 227-217
 
Lake County Indiana Classic, Merrillville, Ind. – Joy Esterson def. Liz Johnson, 226-226, won in one-ball sudden death roll off, 10-7
 
Great Lakes Classic, Wyoming, Mich. – Diandra Asbaty def. Carolyn Dorin-Ballard 236-225
 
 
2007 PBA WOMEN’S SERIES POINT RANKINGS
1.         Carolyn Dorin-Ballard         82,997
2.         Liz Johnson                          71,167
3.         Kelly Kulick                           66,690
4.         Joy Esterson                         65,893
5.         Shannon Pluhowsky          55,670
6.         Missy Bellinder                     54,676
7.         Tish Johnson                       53,860
8.         Olvia Sandham                    51,715
9.         Amy Stolz                              47,726
10.       ►Michelle Feldman            40,059
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11.       ►Stefanie Nation                39,345
  
 
2007 MONEY LEADERS
1.         Carolyn Dorin-Ballard         $25,000
2.         Joy Esterson                         $19,300
3.         Liz Johnson                          $17,111.1
4.         Shannon Pluhowsky          $16,100
5.         Kelly Kulick                           $15,800
6.         Tish Johnson                       $14,700
7.         Missy Bellinder                     $12,600
8.         Olivia Sandham                   $10,600
9.         Diandra Asbaty                    $10,000
            Amy Stolz                              $10,000
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10.       ►Michelle Feldman            $8,900
11.       ►Stefanie Nation                $7,900
 
 
 
2007 AVERAGE LEADERS (Min. 30 Games)
1.         Carolyn Dorin-Ballard         225.75
2.         Liz Johnson                          222.19
3.         Joy Esterson                         216.52
4.         Wendy Macpherson            215.50
5.         Kelly Kulick                           214.54
6.         Olivia Sandham                   212.26
7.         Missy Bellinder                     211.88
8.         Shannon Pluhowsky          211.36
9.         ►Stefanie Nation                210.48
10.       Amy Stolz                              209.70
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12.       ►Michelle Feldman            208.19
 
 
THIS WEEK IN THE PBA WOMEN’S SERIES NOTES:
 
PBA WOMEN’S SERIES KICKS OFF THIS WEEK
This week marks the first of seven PBA Women’s Series events this year on the 2008-09 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour. The PBA Women’s Series, which debuted last season and is sponsored by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), proved to be so popular that the PBA increased the series to seven events as part of the 50th anniversary PBA Tour season.
 
The PBA Women’s Series marks the only opportunity for women to bowl on Tour since the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) folded in 2003. Five of the current PBA Women’s Series players were PWBA Alum ---Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Tennelle Milligan, Brenda Mack, Michelle Feldman and Shannon O’ Keefe.
 
The championship match of each event will be televised live on ESPN as part of the regular PBA Tour telecast. Each PBA Women’s Series event, which will run concurrently with seven Lumber Liquidators’ PBA Tour events, including this week’s Pepsi Viper Championship, will feature a $51,100 prize fund, including a $10,000 top prize.
 
HOW DID THEY QUALIFY FOR THE WOMEN’S SERIES?
The 16 exempt-bowler field was determined at the 2008 PBA Women’s Tour Trials, which were held in conjunction with the 2008 Women’s U.S. Open, a United States Bowling Congress (USBC) event. The top 12 women advanced through the PBA Women’s Tour Trials, while the four winners of last season’s events --- Diandra Asbaty, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Joy Esterson and Shannon Pluhowsky --- received automatic berths.
 
 
 
THE 2008-09 PBA WOMEN’S SERIES FIELD
Name                                     Throws         Ht.                   Hometown
Diandra Asbaty                   Right              5-5                  Chicago, Ill.
Missy Bellinder                   Right              5-4                  Fullerton, Calif.
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard       Right              5-7                  Keller, Texas
Joy Esterson                       Right              5-7                  Annapolis, Md.
Michelle Feldman               Right              5-7                  Auburn, N.Y.
Clara Guerrero                     Right              5-4                  Armenia, Colombia
Brenda Mack                       Right              5-1                  Indianapolis, Ind.
Adrienne Miller                     Right              5-7                  Albuquerque, N.M.
Tennelle Milligan                Right              5-4                  Costa Mesa, Calif.
Stefanie Nation                   Right              5-7                  Miami, Fla.
Shannon O’Keefe               Right              5-5                  Arlington, Texas
Jennifer Petrick                    Right              5-8                  Canton, Ohio
Shannon Pluhowsky              Left                 5-7                  Phoenix, Ariz.
Trisha Reid                           Left                 5-2                  Columbus, Ohio
Jodi Woessner                     Right              5-4                  Toledo, Ohio
Shalin Zulkifli                       Right              5-2                  Petaling Jaya,
                                                                                              Malaysia
 
Eight of the 16 are returning from last year’s inaugural PBA Women’s Series season. Bold denotes returning player.
 
 
HISTORY OF WOMEN IN THE PBA
 
In the spring of 2004, the PBA opened it’s membership to women and several took advantage of the opportunity, including Missy Bellinder who became the first woman to join the PBA, and Liz Johnson, in the 2004-05 season, became the first woman to advance to a Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour event and later in the season became the first woman to advance to the championship round when she finished second to Tommy Jones in the 2005 Banquet Open.
 
This summer, the USBC and PBA joined forces to create the PBA Women’s Series, which features 16 women who earned exemptions at the PBA Women’s Tour Trials, which ran in conjunction with the USBC’s U.S. Women’s Open. Those 16 women are competing alongside the men, but in their own tournaments, four times over a five-week stretch.
 
 
U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN
The U.S. Women’s Open, a USBC event, returned this summer. In the first matchup of African-American athletes for a professional title in the history of bowling, Kim Terrell-Kearney of Dover, Del., defeated Trisha Reid of Columbus, Ohio, 216-189, to win the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Brunswick Zone XL in Romeoville, Ill.
 
The event was featured on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN for five consecutive Sundays beginning Sept. 7.
 
Terrell-Kearney narrowly advanced to the championship match with a 216-202 victory over USBC Hall of Famer and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas.
 
Reid moved into the final by defeating Malaysia's Shalin Zulkifli, 237-180, in the other semifinal.
 
- 2008-09 PBA Women’s Series bowlers noted in bold
 
 
SPREADING THE WEALTH
In the four events last season, seven different women advanced to the championship round of the PBA Women’s Series finals.
 
FIRST TIMERS
Both Feldman and Nation competed in the PBA Women’s Series last year, but this is their first time making it to the live televised championship match.
 
 
300 GAMES
During the 2007-08 season, there have been four perfect game in four tournaments for an average of 1.00 per tournament.
 
 Season         300 Games        # of Tournaments          Avg. per Tournament               
 2007-08            4                         4                                   1.00
 
300 Games last season: Kelly Kulick – Motor City Classic; Liz Johnson – Etonic Championship, Olivia Sandham – Lake County Indiana Classic; Tish Johnson – Great Lakes Classic.
 
           
 
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