As a tribute to fallen friend and fellow competitor Tony Reyes, PBA Tour players will wear a special black-and-silver “TR” emblem during competition in the months ahead. The special TR logo reflects the colors of Reyes’ favorite sports team, the Oakland Raiders.
While supplies last, the “TR” patches will be available through the PBA office (and on-site at all PBA tournaments) for $5 each, with all proceeds benefitting Reyes’ family. To order, send a check or money order (sorry, no credit cards accepted) to: PBA, c/o TR emblem, 719 Second Ave., Suite 701, Seattle, WA 98104. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery (emblems have just been ordered).
The tribute emblem is just one in a growing number of memorials and benefits to the 38-year-old, one-time PBA Tour champion from San Bruno, Calif., who died as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident on Sept. 28 in northern California.
To keep track of the memorials honoring Reyes, visit pba.com on a regular basis for the latest information.
Services for Reyes are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7 (memorial service at San Jose State University student union), and Tuesday, Oct. 9 (mass, burial and celebration of life). For complete details, visit pba.com.
SOUTH KOREAN CHO TOPS CHRIS BARNES FOR PTT THAILAND TITLE
South Korean’s Cho Young-Seon defeated 13-time PBA Tour champion Chris Barnes, 234-212, at Blu-O-Paragon in Bangkok, Thailand, Monday to win the $32,258 top prize in the WTBA World Bowling Tour PTT Thailand Open.
In the opening three-player shoot-out match, Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon topped Chris Loschetter and UAE's Naif Oqab, 237-214-209. In the second shoot-out match, South Korea’s Jang Dong-Chul eliminated reigning men’s World Bowling Tour champion Mika Koivuniemi and Annop, 257-200-184. Jang then advanced to the semifinal match with a 236-210 victory over Ryan Ciminelli. Barnes, the No. 2 qualifier, then eliminated Jang, 245-235, to advance to the title match.
The race for the final three berths in the 2012 Bayer Advanced Aspirin World Bowling Tour Men’s and Women’s Finals presented by the PBA now moves to Vienna, Austria, for this week’s Columbia 300
Vienna Open. The final WBT qualifying event will be the AMF Australian Masters, Oct. 8-27, at Sydney.
In addition to WBT points, the final two events will award a PBA International Tour title in the men’s/open division if the winner is a PBA member. Cho, who is not a PBA member, didn’t earn a PBA International Tour title for his win in Thailand.
The WBT Finals will be contested as part of the PBA’s ESPN World Series of Bowling IV package. Three-player stepladder finals for men and women will be conducted on Saturday, Nov. 10, on lanes specially installed in the South Point Hotel and Casino exhibition area. The men’s and women’s finals will kick off the PBA Tour season on ESPN, airing on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. ET. The winner in each division will earn $20,000.
The reigning WBT titlists are Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi and Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of Keller, Texas.
Koivuniemi retained the 2012 WBT points lead after Thailand, where he expanded his lead over Mike Fagan of Dallas from 31 to 41 points while Barnes padded his third-place status over reigning PBA Player of the Year Sean Rash of Montgomery, Ill. In the women’s race, two-time PBA Regional titlist Missy Parkin of Lake Forest, Calif., the top woman finisher in Thailand, overtook Dorin-Ballard, who didn’t compete in Thailand. PBA Tour titlist Kelly Kulick of Union, N.J., and Liz Johnson of Cheektowaga, N.Y., remained in third and fourth place. Kulick has a four-point lead in the race for the third spot in the WBT women’s stepladder finals.
World Bowling Tour points are based on a two-year cumulative total. Heading into the Vienna Open, the men’s leaders are: 1, Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 383 points. 2, Mike Fagan, Dallas, 342. 3, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 288. 4, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 244. 5, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 218. 6, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 189. 7, Dan MacLelland, Canada, 186. 8, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 183. 9 (tie), Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., and Dom Barrett, England, 148.
Women’s WTB points leaders heading into Vienna are: 1, Missy Parkin, Lake Forest, Calif., 308. 2, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Keller, Texas, 280. 3, Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 269. 4, Liz Johnson, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 265. 5, Diandra Asbaty, Chicago, 201. 6, Sandra Andersson, Sweden, 187. 7, Nina Flack, Sweden, 137. 8, Krista Pöllänen, Finland, 133. 9, Shannon Pluhowsky, Kettering, Ohio, 115. 10, Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 110.
WILLIAMS ASSUMES MANTLE AS PBA’S WINNINGEST PLAYER
Overlooked in the wake of his PBA Senior Player of the Year campaign was the fact that Walter Ray Williams Jr. has overtaken Pete Weber as the PBA’s overall winningest player. With his most recent win in a PBA South Region senior event in Canton, Ga., Williams now has a grand total of 85 PBA titles: 47 in PBA Tour competition (the all-time record), four PBA Senior titles, 31 standard PBA Regional titles and three PBA Senior Regional titles.
Weber, despite recording his first win as a senior in Sunday’s PBA Midwest Region St. Clair Bowl Senior Open, now has 84 total titles: 36 PBA Tour titles, 47 standard PBA Regional titles (the PBA record), and one PBA Senior Regional win.
PBA REGIONAL ROUNDUP: HAGGERTY RECORDS EMOTIONAL VICTORY IN RENO
PJ Haggerty of Roseville, Calif., posted a 10-4-2 match play record and a 24-game total of 6,127 pins Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., for the most emotional victory in his career in the PBA West/Northwest Regions Sands Regency Casino Open presented by Roto Grip.
“This is hands down the most special title I will ever win,” Haggerty said in dedicating his title to his close friend and fellow competitor, Tony Reyes, who died of injuries sustained in a traffic accident two days earlier in northern California.
Haggerty, who earned $2,000 along with his fifth regional title, defeated Jeff Frankos of Daly City, Calif., Frankos had a 12-4 match play record and 6,076 pins for 24 games, including match play bonus pins.
In a companion non-champions event held on Friday at the National Bowling Stadium, Tetsuya Kobayashi of Japan, defeated Seth Montgomery of Laton, Calif., 233-198, to win the Sands Regency Casino Non-Champions Open.
The Non-Champions Open and finals of the Sands Regency Casino Open were webcast live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online bowling channel.
● In Fairview Heights, Ill., amateur A.J. Johnson of Oswego, Ill., defeated Tom Hess of Urbandale, Iowa., 243-216, to win the PBA Midwest Region’s St. Clair Bowl Open at St. Clair Bowl Sunday while PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., won his first PBA Senior Regional title in a companion event for players ages 50 and older.
Johnson, a member of Team USA and member of the McKendree University bowling team, recorded his first PBA Regional win and earned $2,100 for his SMART scholarship fund, but he doesn’t get credit for a PBA title because he is a non-member.
In the senior event, Weber earned $1,600 when he defeated top qualifier Greg Shields of Independence, Mo., 235-180. Weber defeated Dale Traber of Cedarburg, Wis., 223-203, in the semifinal match to advance to the title match.
● In Lewisburg, W.Va., Kent Wagner of Palmetto, Fla., defeated Dale Csuhta of Wadsworth, Ohio, 215-212, to win the PBA Central/East/South Tri-Regional Roger Boone Memorial Senior Classic presented by Fritz’s Pharmacy at Greenbrier Bowling Center on Sunday. The title was Wagner’s 22nd career regional title. He also earned $1,500.
● As the PBA closes in on the start of PBA World Series of Bowling IV at South Point Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nov. 2-11, competition heats up across the PBA Regional landscape. The Oct. 5-7 weekend schedule includes a joint PBA West/Northwest Ken and Kathy Fowler Auto Centers Regular/Senior Doubles event at Yokayo Lanes in Ukiah, Calif., and the PBA Central Region will hold the Hoosier Park Racing and Casino Open at Cooper’s Sport Bowl in Anderson, Ind. The PBA Southwest and Midwest Regions will hold joint Junction City Senior Scorpion and Chameleon Open one-day events at Junction City (Kan.) Bowl while the non-senior players will compete in the Barney’s Open at Enterprise Park Lanes in Springfield, Mo.
The Oct. 12-14 schedule includes the PBA South Region NAS Jacksonville (Fla.) Open at NAS Freedom Lanes; the Midwest Region Qubica Open at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb.; the PBA Southwest Region Young & Pratt Austin (Texas) Open at Dart Bowl, and the PBA West/Northwest Regions Red Bluff Open presented by DV8 at Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff, Calif.
Two events are on top over the Oct. 19-20 weekend: the PBA Southwest Region Dallas Open presented by Dallas Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons at AMF Richardson Lanes, and the PBA South Region Franklin (Va.) Open at Franklin Bowling Center.
Pre-WSOB IV competition over the Oct. 26-28 weekend features the PBA East Region’s annual Dom DiCicco Memorial Senior Open at Glassboro (N.J.) Bowling and Entertainment; joint one-day PBA Midwest/Central Region Lancer Lanes Senior Chameleon and Viper Open events in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and the standard Central/Midwest Region Star Lanes Classic presented by Sysco Food Services of Indianapolis in Lafayette, Ind.
For complete PBA regional schedule and entry information, visit pba.com and click on “Regional Tours” under the Schedules tab.
● The international flavor of the PBA World Series of Bowling continues to expand. Entries received as of Oct. 4 include players from 13 countries, including two nations that have not been represented in previous World Series – Iceland and The Philippines. Other nations with players entered include Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, England, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, the U.S. and Venezuela. Sweden has the largest international contingent to date with 10 entries. World Series III drew players from a record 15 countries in 2011.
● Reminder: Special room rates at South Point Hotel in Las Vegas for PBA World Series of Bowling IV are available only through Oct. 12. To make sure you receive the discounted WSOB rate ($48 Sunday thru Thursday, $88 Friday-Saturday nights), reservations must be made by calling South Point and referencing PBA World Series of Bowling. The preferred rates expire on Oct. 12.