Prepare for the H&R Block Tournament of Champions

by PBA Editor January 23, 2009 19:00
TOURNAMENT NOTES 
  
2009 H&R BLOCK TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Red Rock Lanes
Las Vegas, Nev.
January 25, 2009
 
SUNDAY’S MATCH UPS
Match #1:        No. 4 Wes Malott vs. No. 3 Mike Scroggins
Match #2:        Winner of Match #1 vs. No. 2 Rhino Page
Title Match:     Winner of Match #2 vs. No. 1 Patrick Allen
 
2009 H&R TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS PRIZE BREAKDOWN:
1st      --   $50,000 (+ two-year exemption)
2nd   --   $25,000
3rd    --   $10,000
4th    --   $  6,000
Tournament Purse -- $200,000
 
2009 H&R TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS – BY THE NUMBERS
Field Size – 60
PBA Entries – 60
Amateur Entries – None
 
2009 H&R BLOCK TOURAMENT OF CHAMPIONS FIELD (60)
-       Current Exempt Players with a Title (33)
-       Former Tournament of Champions Winners (7)
-       Hall of Famers (12)
-       Non-Exempt Players by most recent title (4)
-       Winners of USBC Senior Masters, U.S. Senior Open (2)
-       Winners of the Regional Players Championship, Regional Players Invitational (2)
 
Format:
- 60 bowlers bowl three eight-game qualifying blocks
- Cut to top 24
- Top 24 bowl three eight-game blocks of round robin match play (incl. one position round)
            - Cut to top 4 for stepladder finals
 
STAR STUDDED FIELDThis week’s event featured an increased field and a star-studded one at that. The 60-bowler field owned a combined 605 Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour titles and there were 24 PBA Hall of Famers who competed this week (including Norm Duke and Del Ballard Jr., who were inducted on Saturday).
 
2009 H&R TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS – FINALISTS BY ROUND  
                             Qual      Q2          Q3        RR1  RR2        RR3
Patrick Allen            7          10           2             4        3              1
Rhino Page             10          8            3             1        5              2
Mike Scroggins       21         4             4            2        2              3
Wes Malott             8           3             1            5        1              4
 
TODAY’S FINALISTS
 
No. 1 Patrick Allen
Qualified 2nd after 24 games:         242.46 Avg.
Match Play record:                           16-8
*Defeated Mike Scroggins, 265-207, in Game 24 final position round match
 
No. 2 Rhino Page
Qualified 3rd after 24 games:          240.33 Avg.
Match Play record:                           14-8-2
*Defeated Ryan Shafer, 254-180, in Game 24 final position round match
 
No. 3 Mike Scroggins
Qualified 4th after 24 games:          239.92 Avg.
Match Play record:                           13-11
*Lost to Patrick Allen, 265-207, in Game 24 final position round match
 
No. 4 Wes Malott
Qualified 1st after 24 games:          242.58 Avg.
Match Play record:                           14-8-2
*Defeated Danny Wiseman, 231-217, in Game 24 final position round match
 
RECORD IN MATCH PLAY BY ROUND
                               Rd. 1                    Rd. 2                 Rd. 3              Overall
Patrick Allen             5-3                        5-3                     6-2                   16-8
Rhino Page               6-2                        3-4-1                  5-2-1                14-8-2
Mike Scroggins        5-3                        5-3                     3-5                   13-11
Wes Malott             4-4                        6-0-2                  4-4                   14-8-2
 
TODAY’S FINALISTS IN ROUND ROBIN MATCH PLAY THIS WEEK
 
ALLEN VS.
 
Page:
-       Defeated Page 224-201 in their 2nd game of match play
Scroggins:
-Lost to Scroggins 244-228 in their 12th game of match play
-Defeated Scroggins 265-207 in their position round 24th game of match play
Malott:
-Defeated Malott 256-226 in their 1st game of match play
 
PAGE VS.
 
Allen:
-       Lost to Allen 224-201 in their 2nd game of match play
Scroggins
-       Defeated Scroggins 289-236 in their 1st game of match play
Malott:
-       Tied with Malott 216-216 in their 12th game of match play
 
SCROGGINS VS:
 
Allen:
-Defeated Allen 244-228 in their 12th game of match play
-Lost to Allen 265-207 in their position round 24th game of match play
Page
-       Lost to Page 289-236 in their 1st game of match play
Malott:
-       Defeated Malott 245-233 in their 2nd game of match play
 
MALOTT VS.
 
Allen:
-Lost to Allen 256-226 in their 1st game of match play
Page:
-       Tied with Page 216-216 in their 12th game of match play
Scroggins:
-       Lost to Scroggins 245-233 in their 2nd game of match play
 
QUALIFYING, MATCH PLAY AND TOURNAMENT AVERAGES
Name                 Qualifying (Rank)      Match Play                     Overall
Patrick Allen            242.46 (2)               234.50                              238.48           
Rhino Page               240.33 (3)               231.58                              235.96
Mike Scroggins        239.92 (4)               233.50                              236.71
Wes Malott              242.58 (1)               227.50                              235.04
 
MATCH PLAY STATISTICAL RANKS FOR 2009 TOC
                         Avg.                Strike Pct.                       Spare Pct. w/splits
Patrick Allen    234.50                   68.00                                    82.14
Rhino Page      231.58                   66.30                                    77.01
Mike Scroggins  233.50                 64.73                                   82.96
Wes Malott       227.50                  60.96                                    82.65
 
AVERAGES IN WINS, LOSSES
                              Wins                  Losses
Patrick Allen         248.75               206.00
Rhino Page           243.86               209.00
Mike Scroggins     252.46               211.09
Wes Malott          236.86               210.38
  
HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE 2009 H&R TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS – QUALIFYING
Name                      High Game                                                Low Game
Allen                        300 (Gm. 21)                                              193 (Gm. 15)
Page                       280 (Gm. 23)                                              198 (Gm. 14, 20)
Scroggins                 279 (Gm. 9)                                                193 (Gm. 7)
Malott                       289 (Gm. 12)                                              186 (Gm. 4)
 
HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE 2009 H&R TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS – MATCH PLAY
Name                      High Game                                                Low Game
Allen                          279 (Gm. 16, 18)                                     172 (Gm. 3)
Page                         300 (Gm. 8)                                              171 (Gm. 6)      
Scroggins                  297 (Gm. 7)                                              176 (Gm. 22)
Malott                       266 (Gm. 16)                                            177 (Gm. 4)
 
FINALIST TITLES
NAME                                          Total titles (23)              Majors (2)
Patrick Allen                                       11                                        1 (’05 World Championship)
Rhino Page                                         2                                         0
Mike Scroggins                                   5                                         1 (’05 USBC Masters)
Wes Malott                                          5                                         0
 
2008-2009 FINISHES
Patrick Allen
Tournament/Finish
Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic/4th
Don & Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship/15th
National Bowling Stadium Championship/1st
Lumber Liquidators Shark Championships/4th
Cheetah Championship/3rd
CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship/39th
Chameleon Championship/45th
Ultimate Scoring Championship/17th 
Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship/41st
Pepsi Viper Championship/47th
PBA World Championship/18th
 
Rhino Page
Tournament/Finish
Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic/38th
Don & Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship/23rd
National Bowling Stadium Championship/39th
Lumber Liquidators Shark Championships/1st
Cheetah Championship/9th
CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship/53rd
Ultimate Scoring Championship/51st
Chameleon Championship/12th
Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship/53rd
Pepsi Viper Championship/35th
PBA World Championship/T-76th  
 
Mike Scroggins
Tournament/Finish
Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic/54th
Don & Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship/47th
National Bowling Stadium Championship/26th
Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship/6th
Cheetah Championship/2nd
CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship/10th
Ultimate Scoring Championship/2nd
Chameleon Championship/56th
Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship/3rd
Pepsi Viper Championship/55th
PBA World Championship/16th
 
Wes Malott
Tournament/Finish
Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic/1st
Don & Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship/42nd
National Bowling Stadium Championship/3rd
Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship/2nd
Cheetah Championship/12th
CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship/1st
Ultimate Scoring Championship/10th
Chameleon Championship/3rd
Lake County Indiana Golden Anniversary Championship/31st
Pepsi Viper Championship/4th
PBA World Championship/63rd
 
FINALISTS VS. EACH OTHER ON TV
 
ALLEN VS.
Page:
-          Is 0-1 in one match
o   Lost to Page 230-190 in the Championship Round of the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic in Medford, OR
Scroggins:
-          Is 1-1 in two matches
o   Defeated Scroggins 279-198 in the Semifinal Match of the 2005 Denny’s World Championship in Ypsilanti, MI
o   Lost to Scroggins 222-200 in the Championship Round of the 2008 Cheetah Championship in Cheektowaga, NY
 Malott:
-          Is 2-2 in four matches
o   Lost to Malott 299-236 in the Semifinal Match at the 2005 Mile High Classic in Lakewood, CO
o   Defeated Malott 247-217 in the Championship Match of the 2007 Lumber Liquidators Championship in Baltimore, MD
o   Defeated Malott 268-215 in the Championship Round of the 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship in Reno, NV
o   Lost to Malott 234-195 in the Championship Round of the 2009 Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic in Medford, OR
 
PAGE VS.
Allen:
-          Is 1-0 in one match
o   Defeated Allen 230-190 in the Championship Round of the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic in Medford, OR
Scroggins:
-          Is 1-0 in one match
o   Defeated Scroggins 245-235 in the Semifinal Match 2008 Go RVing Classic in Norwich, CT
Malott:
-          Is 1-1 in two matches
o   Lost to Malott 255-193 in the Championship Match of the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic in Medford, OR
o   Defeated Malott197-189 Championship Match of the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship in Baltimore, MD
 
SCROGGINS VS.
Allen:
-          Is 1-1 in two matches
o   Lost to Allen 279-198 in the Semifinal Match of the 2005 Denny’s World Championship in Ypsilanti, MI
o   Defeated Allen 222-200 in the Championship Round of the 2008 Cheetah Championship in Cheektowaga, NY
Malott:
-          Is 0-1 in one match
o   Lost to Malott 239-177 in the Championship Round of the 2006 Discover Card Windy City Classic in Vernon Hills, IL
Page:
-          Is 0-1 in one match
o   Lost to Page 245-235 in the Semifinal Match 2008 Go RVing Classic in Norwich, CT
 
 MALOTT VS.
Allen:
-          Is 2-2 in four matches
o   Defeated Allen 299-236 in the Semifinal Match at the 2005 Mile High Classic in Lakewood, CO
o   Lost to Allen 247-217 in the Championship Match of the 2007 Lumber Liquidators Championship in Baltimore, MD
o   Lost to Allen 268-215 in the Championship Round of the 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship in Reno, NV
o   Defeated Allen 234-195 in the Championship Round of the 2009 Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic in Medford, OR
Page:
-          Is 1-1 in two matches
o   Defeated Page 255-193 in the Championship Match of the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Earl Anthony Medford Classic in Medford, OR
o   Lost to Page 197-189 Championship Match of the 2008 Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship in Baltimore, MD
Scroggins:
-          Is 1-0 in one match
o   Defeated Scroggins 239-177 in the Championship Round of the 2006 Discover Card Windy City Classic in Vernon Hills, IL
 
CAREER ROLL-OFF RECORDS
(One ball, sudden-death format to break ties)
 
Allen               10-5
Page              1-0
Scroggins      4-3
Malott             5-9
 
PBA PERFECTION- 300 GAMES
2009 H&R BLOCK TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS (8)
Chris Barnes (Qualifying Round – Block 1)
Danny Wiseman (Qualifying Round – Block 1)
Dave Husted (Qualifying Round – Block 1)
Sean Rash (Qualifying Round – Block 2)
Tony Reyes (Qualifying Round – Block 2)
Patrick Allen (Qualifying Round – Block 3)
Rhino Page (Round of 24 – Block 1)
Parker Bohn III (Round of 24 – Block 3)
 
So far during the 2008-09 season, there have been 57 perfect games in 12 tournaments for an average of 4.75 per tournament.
 
During the 2007-08 season, there were 101 perfect games in 21 tournaments for an average of 4.81 per tournamen
Season      300 Games       # of Tournaments    Avg. per Tournament                 2008-09            57                           12                             4.75
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) – 19
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.         Jason Queen                Ron Papp (225)                        May 3, 1997              Huntsville, AL
12.         Steve Hoskins               W.R. Williams Jr. (234)            Oct. 15, 1997             Rochester, NY
13.         Parker Bohn III              Chris Sand (246)                      May 9, 1998              Reno, NV
                                                       Michael Mullin (191)               
14.         Steve Jaros                    Ricky Ward (200)                      Feb. 13, 1999            Chattanooga, TN
15.         Mike Miller                      Danny Wiseman (266)           June 20, 1999          Reno, NV
                                                       Tim Criss (224)
16.         Norm Duke                    W.R. Williams Jr. (213)            Jan. 5, 2003              Tacoma, WA
17.         Mika Koivuniemi           Jason Couch (248)                  Dec. 7, 2003              Windsor Locks, CT
18.         @Tony Reyes               Parker Bohn III (215)                Nov. 5, 2006              Taylor, MI
19.         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.
300 GAMES IN MAJOR FINALS
With just 19 televised 300 games ever bowled in PBA Tour history, it’s well documented how difficult the feat is. What’s even more rare is a televised 300 game in a Major final. It’s only happened four times in the history of the PBA:
 
No.      Name                                  Opponent                    Event                                    
1.         Jack Biondolillo                  Les Schissler                     1967 T of C*, Fairlawn, OH
2.         Johnny Petraglia                Walter Ray Williams Jr.     1994 National Championship, Toledo, OH
3.         Jason Queen                      Ron Papp                          1997 USBC Masters, Huntsville, AL
4.         Parker Bohn III                   Chris Sands                       1998 USBC Masters, Reno, NV
 
*First televised 300 game in Tour history
 
 
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.    ►Wes Malott                              160,256
2.    Bill O’Neill                                   150,373
3.    Walter Ray Williams Jr.             123,942
4.    Brad Angelo                                122,874
5.    ►Patrick Allen                           119,237
6.    Sean Rash                                  115,115.5
7.    Parker Bohn III                           114,949
8.    Norm Duke                                  112,462
9.    ►Mike Scroggins                      111,956.5
10. Chris Barnes                             108,237
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22. ►Rhino Page                            73,071.5
Minimum points for today included
2008-09 PBA Money Leaders
1.         ►Wes Malott                       $97,100
2.         Norm Duke                            $95,830
3.         ►Patrick Allen                     $82,800
4.         Walter Ray Williams Jr.       $67,900
5.         Parker Bohn III                     $61,825
6.         Bill O’Neill                             $61,250
7.         Brad Angelo                         $60,900
8.         ►Mike Scroggins                $58,860
9.         Chris Barnes                         $57,490
10.       ►Rhino Page                      $53,990
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Minimum money for today included
 
2008-09 PBA Average Leaders
1.         ►Wes Malott                        224.66
2.         Bill O’Neill                             224.13
3.         Parker Bohn III                     223.52
4.         ►Patrick Allen                     223.11
5.         Walter Ray Williams Jr.       221.99
6.         ►Mike Scroggins               220.65
7.         Tommy DeLutz Jr.                220.19
8.         Mika Koivuniemi                  219.59
9.         Brad Angelo                         219.26
10.       Chris Barnes                        218.18
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22.       ►Rhino Page                      216.14
 
2008-09 PBA Player of the Year Points
1.         ►Wes Malott                        54
2.         Norm Duke                            44
3.         ►Patrick Allen                     36
4.         Walter Ray Williams Jr.       28
5.         Bill O’Neill                             25
6.         ►Rhino Page                      24
7.         Brad Angelo                          22
8.         ►Mike Scroggins                20
            Parker Bohn III                     20
10.       Michael Machuga                16
            Mike Wolfe                            16
 
*Minimum points for today included
 
*Point Distribution
1st Place – 24
2nd Place – 12
3rd Place – 8
4th Place – 4
 
ALL-TIME LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Pos.    Name                                        Titles
1.         Walter Ray Williams Jr.          45
2.         Earl Anthony                           43
3.         Mark Roth                                 34
            Pete Weber                              34
5.         Parker Bohn III                        32
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ALL-TIME PBA MONEY LEADERS
Pos.    Name                                        Earnings
1.         Walter Ray Williams Jr.          $4,064,516
2.         Pete Weber                              $3,270,669
3.         Parker Bohn III                        $2,759,242
4.         Norm Duke                               $2,698,244
5.         Brian Voss                               $2,376,078
6.         Amleto Monacelli                    $2,100,484
7.         Mike Aulby                               $2,097,520
8.         Tom Baker                                $1,793,099
9.         Marshall Holman                    $1,707,790
10.       Mark Roth                                 $1,639,796
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27.       ►Patrick Allen                        $1,200,011
33.       ►Mike Scroggins                   $1,094,539
74.       ►Wes Malott                           $   682,180
??.       ►Rhino Page                         $   141,871
Includes minimum money for today’s telecast
 
MOST CAREER EVENTS BOWLED WITHOUT A TITLE (CURRENT EXEMPT PLAYERS ONLY)
                        Name                                     No. of events
            1.         Brian LeClair                        385
            2.         Joe Ciccone                         168
            3.         Brian Kretzer                        145
            4.         Jeff Carter                             120
            5.         Randy Weiss                        111
            6.         Nathan Bohr                         91
            7.         Chris Loschetter                  88
            8.        Ken Simard                           81
            9.         Bill O’Neill                             72
            10.       Dino Castillo                        68
            11.       Mitch Beasley                      54
 
 
THIS WEEK IN THE LUMBER LIQUIDATORS PBA TOUR NOTES
 
THE PBA IN LAS VEGAS
The PBA returns to its most frequented city in the 50-year history of the Tour, returning to Las Vegas for the third consecutive season after the city had not hosted an event since 2003. The first Tour event held in the area was the 1960 Showboat Invitational won by Tom Hennessey and since then the Las Vegas area has hosted a total of 75 PBA Tour events, including singles and doubles events. The area had played host to at least one Tour event in 45 consecutive seasons before taking a two-season hiatus in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Many of the Tour’s biggest stars have won titles in Las Vegas including current exempt bowlers and PBA Hall of Famers Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III, Pete Weber and Walter Ray Williams Jr. The list of past winners in Vegas reads like a Who’s Who in bowling: Mike Aulby, Nelson Burton Jr., Marshall Holman, Don Johnson, Mark Roth, Carmen Salvino, Wayne Webb and Dick Weber all won titles in the area. Surprisingly, Earl Anthony did not capture one of his 43 career titles in the Sin City.
 
LAS VEGAS FACTS
 
Las Vegas is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, with an estimated population by the U.S. Census Bureau of 599,087 as of 2008.
 
Established in 1905, Las Vegas officially became a city in 1911. With the growth that followed, at the close of the century Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in the 20th century (a distinction held by Chicago in the 19th century). The city's tolerance for various forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and this image has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films and television programs. Outdoor lighting displays are everywhere on the Las Vegas Strip and are seen elsewhere in the city as well. As seen from space, the Las Vegas metropolitan area is the brightest on Earth.
 
The name Las Vegas is often applied to unincorporated suburbs that surround the city, especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip. This 4 mile (6.5-km) stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard is partly in the Las Vegas city limits, but mainly in the unincorporated communities of Paradise and Winchester, and continues partly into unincorporated Enterprise. The valley is named Las Vegas, Spanish for The Meadows.
 
Las Vegas started as a stopover on the pioneer trails to the west, and became a popular railroad town in the early 1900s. It was a staging point for all the mines in the surrounding area, especially those around the town of Bullfrog, that shipped their goods out to the rest of the country. With the proliferation of the railroads, Las Vegas became less important, but the completion of the nearby Hoover Dam in 1935 resulted in the growth of residents and tourism. The dam, located 30 miles southeast of the city, also formed Lake Mead, the world's largest man-made lake and reservoir. Today, tours are offered into lesser known parts of the dam.
 
The legalization of gambling in 1931 led to the advent of the casino-hotels, for which Las Vegas is famous. The city's initial casino businesses was owed to American organized crime. Most of the original large casinos were managed or at least funded under mob figures Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, Meyer Lansky or other mob figures at this time. With the arrival of billionaire Howard Hughes in the late 1960s, who purchased many casino-hotels and television stations in the city, legitimate corporations began to purchase casino-hotels as well, and the mob was run out by the federal government over the next several years. The constant stream of tourist dollars from the hotels and casinos were also augmented by a new source of federal money. This money came from the establishment of what is now Nellis Air Force Base. The influx of military personnel and casino job-hunters helped start a land building boom which still goes on today.
 
Although the city's gambling economy continues to expand, in 2006 gambling revenues in the Macau Special Administrative Region in the People's Republic of China surpassed those in Las Vegas, making Macau the largest gambling center in the world. With revenues in excess of $10 billion for 2007, Macau is poised to surpass the entire state of Nevada in gambling revenues. Due to the gambling boom in Macau, many traditional Las Vegas casino developers, such as Steve Wynn, are pursuing multi-billion dollar projects in its expanding market. There is no evidence as of yet to suggest that gambling growth in Macau is shifting growth away from Las Vegas.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS FACTS
  • This is the 44th Tournament of Champions event.
  • The first Tournament of Champions was held in 1962 in Indianapolis and the second in 1965 in Akron, Ohio’s Bowlerama. After that, the next 29 Tournament of Champions were held at Riviera Lanes in Fairlawn, Ohio.
  • Joe Joseph won the first Tournament of Champions in 1962.
  • Jim Godman became the first player to win multiple T of C title which he did in 1973 after winning the 1970 Tournament of Champions.
  • Jason Couch became the first to win the event in consecutive seasons, taking the 1999 and 2000 events. After the event was not held in 2001, Couch won his third consecutive T of C title in 2002.
  • Mike Durbin is the only other player to win three T of C titles (1972, 1982 & 1984).
 FORMER T of C CHAMPS IN THIS WEEK’S FIELD
 
Player                                    Year(s) Won             Finish This Week
Mike Aulby                             1995                                 44th
Del Ballard Jr.                        1989                                 32nd
Chris Barnes                         2006                                    6th
Steve Cook                            1981                                 53rd
Jason Couch                         1999, 2000, ’02                 34th
Dave D’Entremont                1996                                   18th
Dave Ferraro                         1990                                  29th
Norm Duke                            1994                                  39th
Bryan Goebel                        1998                                  37th
Michael Haugen Jr.               2008                                  38th
Steve Jaros                           2005                                   8th
Tommy Jones                        2007                                 23rd
Johnny Petraglia                   1971                                  46th
Wayne Webb                         1980                                 40th
Pete Weber                           1987                                   9th
Mark Williams                        1985                                 48th
 
PLAYERS WITH MULTIPLE T of C TITLES
 
Player                              T of C Titles              Years
Mike Durbin                              3                         1972, '82, '84
Jason Couch*                           3                         1999, 2000, 2002
Earl Anthony                             2                         1973, '78
Dave Davis                               2                         1968, '75
Jim Godman                             2                         1970, '73
Marshall Holman                      2                         1976, '86
Mark Williams                           2                         1985, '88
 
* Couch is the only player to win three consecutive T of C titles (not contested in 2001)
  
WON PBA PLAYER of the YEAR AND T of C IN SAME SEASON
Mike Aulby (1995)
Norm Duke (1994)
David Ozio (1991)
Wayne Webb (1980)
Wayne Zahn (1966)
 
YOUNGEST TO WIN TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
 
Name                         Age                                      Year                  
Marshall Holman       21 years, 207 days            1976
 
OLDEST TO WIN TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
 
Name                         Age                                      Year                  
Joe Joseph                44 years, 49 days              1962
 
OIL PATTERN INFO:
 
Tournament of Champions Oil Pattern:
 
Length: 39 feet
 
Description: The Tournament of Champions oil pattern allows for multiple angles of play. It is generally considered to be a pattern that yields a moderate scoring pace, although this week the scoring pace was high. 
 
Note: This is the only time this season this pattern will be used.
 
 
BEST FINISHES IN MAJORS:
None of today’s finalists have made the telecast in a Tournament of Champions event. Here are their Top 5 finishes in other majors:
 
Patrick Allen –          2005 World Championship                          1st
1993 USBC Masters as an amateur           2nd
2004 USBC Masters (2004-05 season)      2nd
2005 U.S. Open                                          2nd
2007 USBC Masters                                   3rd
2004 Masters (2003-04 season)                 5th
           
 Rhino Page --          First major telecast
 
 Mike Scroggins --     2005 USBC Masters                                  1st
                                  2005 PBA World Championship                3rd
 
Wes Malott --             2007 U.S. Open                                        2nd
                                  2004 PBA World Championship                3rd
      
ALLEN AS NO. 1 QUALIFIER IN STEPLADDER FINALS
Patrick Allen is 2-0 as the tournament leader in a stepladder finals format. Results below:
2-18-07 – Defeated Parker Bohn III, 218-169, to win the GoRving Classic in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
12-9-07 – Defeated Wes Malott, 247-214, to win the Lumber Liquidators Championship in Baltimore, MD.
 
ALLEN TIES RECORD
Patrick Allen tied a PBA record this week by making his fifth consecutive singles telecast (third in Cheektowaga, NY; fourth in Baltimore;  first two weeks ago in Reno and fourth last week in Medford). The record is also shared by Don Johnson (over two seasons in 1971-72), Earl Anthony (1981), Chris Barnes (2000), Walter Ray Williams Jr. twice (2000 & 2001) and Jason Couch (2001). Allen’s previous personal best for consecutive TV appearances was four. He did so last season over a four-event stretch in, oddly enough, December and January. He won once in that stretch (Dec. 2007 in Baltimore), beating Wes Malott in the process.
 
MOVIN’ ON UP
With a win today, Patrick Allen would pass Dave Soutar for 26th place on the PBA’s all-time earnings list with $1,225,011.
 
PAGE SHINES FOR TEAM USA
Rhino Page (along with Patrick Allen) was recently named to the 2009 Team USA squad. It marks the sixth consecutive year for Page as a Team USA member. As a member of the 2008 Team USA “Dream Team,” he stole the show at the 2008 World Championships. His roll-off win vs. Kim Tae-Young of Team Korea helped Team USA secure the Gold in the Team event. He also earned Gold in the Doubles event (w/Patrick Allen), took home a Silver in All-Events and earned a Bronze in Trios (w/Patrick Allen and Bill Hoffman).
 
LATE BLOOMER
From 1992, when he made his first telecast, through 1999, Mike Scroggins made only six shows, winning just once (first telecast). Since 2000, Scroggins has made 24 shows and has won four times, including a win in the 2005 USBC Masters.
 
MALOTT MAKES FOUR IN-A-ROW
Wes Malott is making his fourth consecutive appearance in a singles telecast (second in Baltimore to end the first half of the season, third in Reno two weeks ago and first last week in Medford, OR). It marks the second time in his career that Malott has made four consecutive telecasts. In 2005, Malott made four consecutive shows, winning one of those (Lakewood, CO). He is trying to win back-to-back titles for the first time in his career. 
  
TOP SEED IN STEPLADDER FINALS
This season, the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour features 13 events with a stepladder finals format, the most on Tour since the 2001-02 season when there were 11 stepladder finals. Top seeds are just 3-4 thus far this season in stepladder finals. Results for the top seed in stepladder finals from this season and the previous three seasons are below.
 
2008-09         3-4
* No. 3 Wes Malott def. No. 1 Tommy Jones to win the Bayer Earl Anthony Medford Classic
* No. 4 Patrick Allen def. No. 1 Walter Ray Williams Jr. to win the National Bowling Stadium Championship
* No. 1 Rhino Page def. No. 2 Wes Malott to win the Lumber Liquidators Shark Championship
* No. 1 Parker Bohn III def. No. 3 Mike Scroggins to win the Cheetah Championship
* No. 1 Wes Malott def. No. 2 Ken Simard to win the CLR Carmen Salvino Scorpion Championship
* No. 5 Mike Machuga def. No. 1 Bill O’Neill to win the Chameleon Championship
* No. 3 Brad Angelo def. No. 1 Chris Loschetter to win the Pepsi Viper Championship
 
2007-08         5-4
* No. 3 Norm Duke def. No. 1 Mika Koivuniemi to win the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open
* No. 3 Tommy Jones def. No. 1 Pete Weber to win the GEICO Classic
* No. 1 Mike Scroggins def. No. 2 Walter Ray Williams Jr. to win the Pepsi Championship
* No. 1 Michael Haugen Jr. def. No. 2 Chris Barnes to win the H&R Block Tournament of Champions
* No. 5 Mike Scroggins def. No. 1 Chris Barnes to win the 2008 Motel 6 Dick Weber Open
* No. 3 Parker Bohn III def. No. 1 Rhino Page to win the 2007 Spartanburg Classic
* No. 1 Sean Rash def. Steve Jaros to win the 2007 USBC Masters
* No. 1 Robert Smith def. No. 5 Brad Angelo to win the 2007 CLR Windy City Classic
* No. 1 Patrick Allen def. No. 2 Wes Malott to win the 2007 Lumber Liquidators Championship
 
2006-07         3-6
* No. 1 Norm Duke def. Ryan Shafer in the 2007 Pepsi Championship
*Pete Weber def. No. 1 Wes Malott to win the 64th U.S. Open
* No. 1 Patrick Allen def. Parker Bohn III to win the 2007 Go RVing Classic
* No. 1 Jason Couch def. Patrick Allen to win the 2007 Dick Weber Open
* Norm Duke def. No. 1 Ryan Shafer to win the 2006 Columbia 300 Classic
* Wes Malott def. No. 1 Chris Barnes to win the 2006 Discover® Card Windy City Classic
* Tony Reyes def. No. 1 Wes Malott to win the 2006 Motor City Classic
* Doug Kent def. No. 1 Jack Jurek to win the 2006 USBC Masters
* Walter Ray Williams Jr. def. No. 1 Pete Weber to win the Dydo Japan Cup 2006
 
2005-06         0-4
* Tommy Jones def. No. 1 Norm Duke to win the Dydo Japan Cup 2005
* Mike Scroggins def. No. 1 Norm Duke to win the 2005 USBC Masters
* Jason Couch def. No. 1 Parker Bohn III to win the 2006 Dick Weber Open
* Tommy Jones def. No. 1 Ryan Shafer to win the 63rd U. S. Open
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