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      January 19, 2003:

-Bryon Smith Wins 53Rd American Bowling Congress Masters For First Professional Title

01/19/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      RENO, Nev. - After going winless in nine years on the Professional Bowlers Association Tour, Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., ended his long drought by winning the 53rd American Bowling Congress Masters Sunday at the National Bowling Stadium.

      Smith won the $100,000 first prize and the Frank K. Baker trophy by defeating PBA Hall of Famer and five-time Player of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr., 236-220, in the championship match.

      "I was beginning to doubt if I belonged out here on tour," Smith said. "This couldn't have come at a better time because I was thinking about giving myself another year and then maybe doing something else."

      "People have told me not to worry about it, but I've set expectations for myself and I haven't really lived up to them until now." Smith's previous high finish on tour was third place in Memphis last October.

      The 29-year-old right-hander went undefeated in six three-game matches to earn the top championship round qualifying spot.

      Smith opened the championship match with six strikes, while Williams started with the first three strikes before a nine-count and spare in the fourth frame. Williams ran into trouble in the seventh frame when he left the 4-6-7-9 split, which he failed to convert.

      "All week I bowled well but I feel like I might have let this one get away," said Williams, who was looking for his fourth major title. "I had a nice shot in the final match and I even thought the split I had was going to be a good shot. Bryon was bowling great and I had to wait for him to make a mistake-obviously it didn't happen."

      Williams earned $50,000 for second and it was his seventh television appearance in 15 tournaments so far during the 2002-03 PBA Tour season.

      In the opening stepladder match, Williams defeated 1993 ABC Masters champion and ABC Hall of Famer Norm Duke, 264-234. Duke earned $15,000 for fourth.

      Williams then went on to defeat 2001 Amateur Bowler of the Year Jason Williams of Vashon Island, Wash., in the semi-final match, 225-178. J. Williams earned $25,000 for third.

      As a major on the PBA Tour, the 2003 Masters paid a record prize fund of $386,000 and drew a field of 537 bowlers.

2003 ABC MASTERS
NATIONAL BOWLING STADIUM 
RENO, NEV.  JAN. 15-19, 2003

RESULTS

Name					W        L		 GMS.	PINS	AVG.	     PRIZE

1. Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore.			7	0	 19	 4,083	   214.8	     $100,000
2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla.		6	3	 23	 5,228	   227.3	       $50,000
3. Jason Williams, Vashon Island, Wash.		8	2	 28	 6,010	   214.6	       $25,000
4. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla.			8	3	 31	 6,867	   221.1	       $15,000

5th THROUGH  8TH PLACE
5. Brian Boghosian, Feeding Hills, Mass.		5	2	21	 4,550	   216.6	       $10,000
6. Tim Mack, Garfield, N.J.			4	3	21	 4,509	   214.7	         $8,000
7. Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan.			5	2	21	 4,383	   208.7	         $6,000
8. Byan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan.			5	3	24	 4,700	   195.8	         $5,000

9TH THROUGH 12TH PLACE
Tommy Delutz, Flushing, N.Y.			4	2	18	3,994	  221.8	         $3,400
Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan.			3	2	18	3,136	  209.0	         $3,400
Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M.			5	2	21	4,341	  206.7	         $3,400
Jim Tomek, Camp Hill, Pa.			3	2	15	2,987	  199.1	         $3,400

13th THROUGH 16TH PLACE
Mika Koivuniemi, Finland			3	2	15	3,303	  220.2	         $2,400
Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, Ohio			3	2	15	3,295	  219.6	         $2,400
Scott Norton, Sandy Utah			3	2	15	3,061	  204.0	         $2,400
Larry Laub, Reno, Nev.			3	2	15	3,563	  197.9	         $2,400

17TH THROUGH 24TH PLACE
Mike Haugen, Mesa, Ariz.			3	2	15	3,164	  210.9	         $2,000
Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y.			3	2	15	3,130	  208.6	         $2,000
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J.			3	2	15	3,118	  207.8	         $2,000
Aric Alcaraz, Dallas, Texas			3	2	15	3,074	  204.9	         $2,000
Tony Lambert, Louisville, Ky.			3	2	15	3,042	  202.8	         $2,000
Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio			3	2	15	2,360	  196.6	         $2,000
Robert Jakel, Lockport, Ill.			3	2	15	2,349	  195.7	         $2,000
Roberto Silva, Mexico				3	2	15	2,256	  188.0	         $2,000

25TH THROUGH 32ND PLACE
Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C.			2	2	12	2,586	  215.5	         $1,650
Dino Castillo, Dallas				2	2	12	2,561	  213.4	         $1,650
Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla.			2	2	12	2,506	  208.8	         $1,650
Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill.			2	2	12	2,425	  202.0	         $1,650
James Roberts, Lewisville, Texas		2	2	12	2,407	  200.5	         $1,650
Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas			2	2	12	2,398	  199.8	         $1,650
D.J. Archer, Amarillo, Texas			2	2	12	2,337	  194.7	         $1,650
Robert Worrall, Prescott, Ariz.			2	2	12	2,204	 183.6	        $1,650


33RD THROUGH 48TH PLACE
Tom Smallwood, Flushing, Mich.			1	2	9	1,946	 216.2	        $1,400	
Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash.		1	2	9	1,905	 211.6	        $1,400
Chris Collins, Fayetteville, N.C.		1	2	9	1,877	 208.5	        $1,400
David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas			1	2	9	1,874	 208.2	        $1,400
Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla.			1	2	9	1,846	 205.1	        $1,400
Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y.			1	2	9	1,834	 203.7	        $1,400
Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.			1	2	9	1,831	 203.4	        $1,400
Brian Hayes, Lakewood, Colo.			1	2	9	1,805	 200.5	        $1,400
Steve Patterson, Orange, Ala.			1	2	9	1,798	 199.7	        $1,400
Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla.		1	2	9	1,796	 199.6	        $1,400
Andrew Cain, Tempe, Ariz.			1	2	9	1,797	 199.6	        $1,400
Mike Rose, Rochester, N.Y.			1	2	9	1,778	 197.5	        $1,400
Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas			1	2	9	1,774	 197.1	        $1,400
Vernon Peterson Dearborn Heights, Mich.		1	2	9	1,765	 196.1	        $1,400
Stephen Frazzetto, E. Northport, N.Y.		1	2	9	1,742	 193.5	        $1,400
John May, Iron Station, N.C.			1	2	9	1,645	 182.7	        $1,400

49TH THROUGH 64TH PLACE

Patrick Healey Jr. Niagara Falls, N.Y.  	 	0	2	6	1,272	 212.0	       $1,200	
Chris Barnes, Flowermound, Texas		0	2	6	1,253	 208.8	       $1,200	
Justin Hromek, Towanda, Kan.			0	2	6	1,248	 208.0	       $1,200
Danny Wiseman, Baltimore			0	2	6	1,221	 203.5	       $1,200
Jess Stayrook, San Diego			0	2	6	1,216	 202.6	       $1,200
Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y.			0	2	6	1,214	 202.3	       $1,200
Brett Wolfe, Tempe, Ariz.			0	2	6	1,198	 199.6	       $1,200
Nick Vogelgesang, Cincinnati			0	2	6	1,193	 198.8	       $1,200
Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio			0	2	6	1,181	 196.8	       $1,200
Richard Westberg, Billings, Mont.		0	2	6	1,157	 192.8	       $1,200
Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky.			0	2	6	1,157	 192.8	       $1,200
Jouni Helminen, Finland			0	2	6	1,151	 192.3	       $1,200
Mike Edwards, Tulsa, Okla.			0	2	6	1,151	 191.8	       $1,200
Doug Wilcox, Sacramento, Calif.			0	2	6	1,154	 191.3	       $1,200
Curt Aemisegger Mundelein, Ill.			0	2	6	1,124	 187.3	       $1,200
Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind.			0	2	6	1,094	 182.3	       $1,200


Bowlers that did not qualify for match play with 15-game qualifying totals.

65. Alt. Ranae Jannsen, Finland, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,063, $1,100

The following places earned $1,060:

66, Derwin Pitre, Brigham City, Utah, 3,063. 
67 (tie), Joe Petrowski, E. Syracuse, N.Y. and Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y. 3,062. 
69, Jason Queen, Dreana, Ill., 3,061. 
70, Tony Reyes, Cupertino, Calif., 3,060. 
71, Brian Waliczek, Frankenmuth, Mich., 3,054. 
72, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich. 3,051. 
73, Rick Lawrence, Waxahachie, Texas, 3,043. 
74, Tim Criss, Bel Air, Md., 3,042. 
75, Vince Wood, Moreno Valley, Calif., 3,041. 
76, Bob Belmont, N. Las Vegas, 3,039. 
77, Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 3,038.
78 (tie), Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y. and Jonathan Van Hees, Newport, R.I., 3,037. 
80, Ed Shuler, Las Vegas, 3,035. 		

The following places earned $1,000:

81 (tie), Lennie Boresch, Kenosha, Wis. and Mike Mullin, Congers, N.Y. 3,034. 
83 (tie), Chris Jones, Bloomington, Ind. and Kelly Kulick, Union, N.J., 3,031. 
85, David Traber, Woodstock, Ill., 3,027. 
86, Jim Emens, Rochester, N.Y., 3,025. 
87, Eddie Byrd, St. Louis, 3,024. 
88, Erik Bates, Lynwood, Wash., 3,018. 
89 (tie), Ricky Kilgore, Los Angeles, 3,017 and Michael Karch, Edgewood, Wash., 3,017. 
91, Pierre Thiffeault, Fresno, Calif., 3,014. 
92, Michael Fagen, Greenlawn, N.Y., 3,013. 
93, Dennis Bailey, Vancouver, Wash., 3,011. 
94, Chris Sand, Chesterfield, Mich., 3,010. 
95, Randy Weiss, Irmo, S.C., 3,008. 
96, Nathan Bohr, Wichita, Kan., 3,006. 
97, Travis Crittendon, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,003. 
98, Bill Webb, Enfield, Conn., 2,995. 
99, John DeBenedetta, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,993. 
100, Kevin Mitchell, Tulsa, Okla., 2,992. 
101, Hugh Miller, Centralia, Wash., 2,990. 
102, Todd Book, Cantonment, Fla., 2,988. 
103, Joey Transue, Newport, R.I., 2,986. 
104, Robert Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 2,982. 
105 (tie), David Atwood, Sparks, Nev. and James Moran, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,978. 
107, Ryan Smith, Asheboro, N.C., 2,977. 
108, Mark Peters, Orange Park, Fla., 2,976. 
109 (tie), Wayne Webb, Las Vegas and Tray Batson, Beaumont, Texas, 2,974. 
111, Jeff Piroozshad, Colorado Springs, Colo., 2,971.  
112, Ken Simard, Greenville, S.C., 2,966. 
113, Russ Nikolas, Milwaukie, Ore., 2,965. 
114, Craig Huggins, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,964. 
115, Curley Small, Jackson, Miss., 2,963. 
116, Derrick Woods, Houston, Texas, 2,962.
117, George Palumbo, Henderson, Nev., 2,958. 
118, Len Blakey, Tacoma, Wash., 2,955. 
119, Chris Warren, University Place, Wash., 2,953. 
120, Bob Learn, Harborcreek, Pa., 2,951.
121, Andres Lopez, Hopelawn, N.J., 2,945. 
122, Ken Abner, Cincinnati, 2,944. 
123, Keith DeMaine, E. Windsor, Conn., 2,941. 
124, Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 2,938. 
125, John Roberts, Glen Allen, Va., 2,930. 
126, Joe Yockman, Kapolei, Hawaii, 2,925. 
127. Arthur Ramirez, Hemet, Calif., 2,922. 
128, Artie Fink, Altoona, Pa., 2,921. 
129, Chris Alderucci, Port Jefferson, N.Y., 2,912. 
130, Dave Arnold, Reno, Nev., 2,899. 
131, Jerry Keily, Littleton, Colo., 2,895. 
132, Sean Evans, Satellite Beach, Fla., 2,893. 
133, Claude Godin, Canada, 2,880. 
134, Mike Shoemaker, Conroe, Texas, 2,877. 
135, Rudy Kasimakis, Gouldsboro, Pa., 2,849. 
136, Derek Sapp, Keokuk, Iowa, 2,813.


-Bryon Smith Looking For First Professional Title As Top Qualifier For ABC Masters TV Finals

01/19/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      RENO, Nev.-Looking for his first win as a professional, 29-year-old Bryon Smith of Roseburg, Ore., swept through double-elimination match play of the 53rd American Bowling Congress Masters undefeated to earn the top qualifying spot for Sunday's ESPN televised finals.

      In the final winners' bracket match, Smith defeated Walter Ray Williams Jr., 611-588, handing Williams Jr. his first loss in match play. Williams had dominated throughout the tournament leading qualifying and winning his first five matches.

      "Walter has been tough all tournament and I knew I would have my work cut out for me," Smith said. "It's unbelievable. This is the first tournament I've ever led and to do it in a major is something I'm trying to comprehend right now."

      Smith has been bowling on the PBA Tour since 1994 with a best finish of third.

      Williams Jr. dropped to the third qualifying spot when he was defeated by amateur Jason Williams of Vashon Island, Wash. in a second and third place roll off.

      Qualifying for the fourth and final spot on the TV finals, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, was 1993 Masters champion and ABC Hall of Famer Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. Duke lost his second match and then won seven consecutive losers' bracket matches to make the finals.

      The 2003 ABC Masters is the richest in history with a $386,000 prize fund. The winner will earn $100,000 and the Frank K. Baker Trophy.

SATURDAY'S MATCH PLAY RESULTS
Double-elimination, three-game matches decided by total pinfall. 
Name/hometown followed by match score.)

WINNERS' BRACKET - ROUND 3 

Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. def. Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y., 705-668
Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan. def. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 613-594
Brian Boghosian, Feeding Hills, Mass. def. Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati, 728-577
Jason Williams, Vashon Island, Wash. def. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, 744-616 
Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan. def. Brian Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 571-527 
Tim Mack, Garfield, N.J. def. Robert Jakel, Lockport, Ill., 623-554 
Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa. def. Roberto Silva, Mexico, 587-559 
Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore. def. Scott Norton, Sandy, Utah, 651-551

LOSERS' BRACKET - ROUND 3

Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. def. Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill., 573-569 
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. def. Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 653-608 
Aric Alcaraz, Dallas, Texas def. Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla., 628-590 
Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. def. Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 576-534 
Tony Lambert, Louisville, Ky. def. Robert Worrall, Prescott, Ariz., 691-343 
Larry Laub, Reno, Nev. def. Dino Castillo, Arlington, Texas, 642-637 
Michael Haugen, Victorville, Calif. def. James Roberts, Lewisville, Texas, 601-506 
Brad Angelo Lockport, N.Y. def. D.J. Archer, Amarillo, Texas, 625-507

LOSERS' BRACKET - ROUND 4
(Losers eliminated and earn $2,000)

Norton def. Angelo, 657-593
Goebel def. Haugen, 599-566
Himmler def. Bohn III, 772-664
Laub def. Fehr, 614-513
M. Miller def. Jakel, 576-558
Duke def. Silva, 737-552
Koivuniemi def. Alcaraz, 660-637
Delutz def. Lambert, 649-578 

WINNERS' BRACKET - ROUND 4

Williams Jr. def. Waliczek, 715-575
Mack def. Rash, 691-548
B. Smith def. Tomek, 600-574
Boghosian def. J. Williams, 659-599

LOSERS' BRACKET - ROUND 5
(Losers eliminated and earn $2,400)

Delutz def. Laub, 714-500
M. Miller def. Himmler, 667-645
Goebel def. Norton, 626-584
Duke def. Koivuniemi, 676-665

LOSERS' BRACKET - ROUND 6
(Losers eliminated and earn $3,400)

Goebel def. Tomek, 656-627
Rash def. M. Miller, 746-604
J. Williams def. Delutz, 679-643
Duke def. Waliczek, 573-547

WINNERS' BRACKET - ROUND 5

Williams Jr. def. Boghosian, 718-677
B. Smith def. Mack, 666-651

Williams Jr. and Smith are assured TV final berths.

LOSERS' BRACKET - ROUND 7

Duke def. Rash, 706-589
Williams def. Goebel, 588-563

ROLL OFF FOR 7th-8th PLACES

Rash def. Goebel, 628-540.  Rash earns $6,000 and Goebel earns $5,000.

Duke def. Mack, 681-661 and J. Williams def. Boghosian, 662-610. 
Duke and Williams are assured TV final berths.

ROLL OFF FOR 5th -6th PLACES

Boghosian def. Mack, 650-600. Boghosian finished fifth and earned $10,000. 
Mack finished sixth earning $8,000.

Jason Williams def. Norm Duke, 633-617.  Duke qualifieS fourth for TV finals.

ROLL OFF FOR NO. 1 QUALIFYING SPOT FOR TV FINALS

Smith def. Williams Jr., 611-588. Smith qualified first for TV finals. 
(Williams Jr. bowls J. Williams for second and third spot on TV finals.)

ROLL OFF FOR 2nd-3rd POSITIONS ON TV FINALS

J. Williams def. Williams Jr., 649-630.  
J. Williams qualifies second for TV finals and Williams Jr. qualifies third.



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