October 6, 2000:
Workman's Victory Is A Walk In The Park
10/06/2000 - PBA
GASTONIA, N.C. - Roger Workman moved one step closer to winning PBA Senior Player of the Year honors after capturing his second victory of the year in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Gastonia Senior Classic at George Pappas' Liberty Lanes Thursday evening (Oct. 5).
Workman, Kenova, W. Va., entered the championship round as the tournament leader and had no trouble finishing the job by defeating Gary Dickinson in the title match, 266-191
"This win definitely gives me hope for winning the senior player of the year award," said Workman, who is the only senior player to win twice this year. "I still have two tournaments left this year, but as long as I stay on the same path, my chances look good."
Workman, who earned $8,000 for his third career win, opened the match with a single-pin spare, which he converted. He then converted two more spares in the second and third frames, but found himself behind Dickinson.
Dickinson, who was seeking his 11th senior win, threw strikes in the first two frames to take an early lead.
"When Gary threw those first two balls I knew I was going to have to do something great," Workman said. "He looked very crisp and I still hadn't thrown a strike."
Workman continued to watch the title slip away when Dickinson converted the nearly impossible 7-9 split in the third frame. In the fourth frame, Workman was so disgusted with his shot that he spun around after he released it, not caring to watch the result. However, the result was a "Brooklyn" strike that gave him the lead.
Dickinson began to struggle, leaving an open frame in the fourth after he failed to convert the 6-10 combination. He would spare in the fifth and sixth frame and finally struck again in the seventh.
"Missing that spare in the fourth frame really hurt me," Dickinson said. "My momentum was up when I converted the split in the third, but it quickly came down."
Workman eased through the next six frames, throwing nothing but strikes to secure his win.
"I knew I would have to throw big shots to get past a guy like Gary," Workman said. "I bowl well under pressure and once I started to strike, I was relaxed and the pressure was off."
Dickinson, who took home $4,500 for second place, split again in the eighth frame leaving the 4-6-7 and this time was unable to convert the split, giving him no chance at the victory. He converted a spare in the ninth and struck out in the 10th to finish 71 pins behind Workman.
Dickinson (216) moved into the title match by defeating Bob Glass, Lawrence, Kan., (205) and Gene Stus, Allen Park, Mich., (169) in the semifinal match. Glass earned $3,500 for finishing third and Stus took home a check for $2,500 for fourth place.
In the second match, Glass (236) defeated Dave Soutar (208) and Pete Couture (192). Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., ended in fifth place with $2,300 in earnings. Couture, Titusville, Fla., grabbed sixth place and won $1,600.
In the first match, Couture (214) defeated Dale Eagle (152) and Tim Kauble (191). Eagle, Lewisville, Texas, was the No. 6 qualifier and could finish no lower than seventh ($1,550). Kauble, Marion, Ohio, placed eighth and earned $1,470.
The Senior Tour now heads north to Jackson, Mich., where Steve Neff will defend his title at the Brunswick PBA Senior National Championship at Airport Lanes. The event, which will be contested Saturday through Friday, Oct. 7-13, is the last "major" of the year for the Senior Tour and the second-to-last tournament of the year for the seniors. ESPN2 will televise the championship round Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 1-2 p.m. (ET).
Johnson Ends Two Year Drought Winning 23rd Career Title
10/06/2000 - PWBA
N. MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., ends a two-year drought by defeating Cara Honeychurch 229-200 in the championship match in The N. Myrtle Beach Classic at the N. Myrtle Beach Bowling Center winning her 23rd career title.
"It was wonderful," exclaimed Johnson. "I was having a blast, the crowd was great and I felt good." Johnson was very animated throughout the semi-final and the championship match.
" I wanted to be myself, get the crowd involved and have a good time. My arm swing was loose and I felt comfortable," Johnson related.
In the opening 'shootout' game Tennelle Grijalva, this year's U. S. Open Champion, defeated Leanne Barrette (224) and this year's leading money winner Wendy Macpherson (216). Grijalva's 238 game advanced her to the semi-final match against Johnson.
After beginning with three strikes, Grijalva opened the door with a split and she failed to convert. Johnson strung four strikes through the sixth to take a 21-pin lead into the seventh frame. Johnson then left the 4-6-10 to lead by only 12 pins. The match was put away when Johnson struck in the eighth, ninth, and tenth, to post a 234-203 win.
In the title match an early split by Johnson left her behind Honeychurch by 18 pins after three frames. Johnson's deficit was not to last as she put together five consecutive strikes to assume a 16-pin lead through eight frames. The ball was still in Honeychurch's lane, but she couldn't answer the call, managing only spares in the final two frames to settle for the $6,000 second prize. Johnson took home $11,000 to boost her career earnings to over $963,000.
Championship-round results and their scores, earnings and layoff results in the Professional Women's Bowling Association's North Myrtle Beach Classic;
1. Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., 463 -2 games- $11,000.
2. Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, 200 -1 game- $6,000.
3. Tennelle Grijalva, Orange, Calif., 441 -2 games- $3,900.
4. Leanne Barrette, Pleasanton, Calif., 224 -1 game- $3,200.
5. Wendy Macpherson, Henderson, Nev., 216 -1 game- $2,700.
Playoff Results: Grijalva def. Barrette and Macpherson in a three-way shootout, 238-224-216; in the semi-final match, Johnson def. Grijalva 234-203; and in the championship match, Johnson def. Honeychurch 229-200.