November 9, 2000:
Doug Kent Puts On Striking Display In Indy; Defeats Jeff Zaffino For Fourth Career Title
11/09/2000 - PBA
INDIANAPOLIS - On Halloween night, it was all treats and no tricks for Doug Kent as he defeated Jeff Zaffino to win the Indianapolis Open at Woodland Bowl.
Kent, Newark, N.Y., knocked off tournament leader Zaffino, Warren, Pa., 253-236, in a rematch of the 1996 Greater Detroit Open title game, also won by Kent. The win was the first of the year for Kent, the fourth of his career and earned him $19,000.
"This victory ranks right up there with my other wins," Kent said. "I've been bowling injured lately . . . first I had knee problems, but lately I've been struggling with my back. So to win tonight, after not winning for more than a year, means a lot."
Kent, who qualified seventh for the championship round, posted scores of 247, 247 and a nearly perfect 279 game, prior to taking care of Zaffino in the title match. His first 247 game dismissed Walter Ray Williams Jr. (233) and Eugene McCune (182). His second 247 sent Brian Voss (215) and Randy Pedersen (173) packing.
Kent was nearly perfect in the semifinal match, striking on his first nine shots. His first shot in the 10th left the 10-pin standing, ending his bid at perfection. Still, his 279 game was more than enough to defeat Chris Barnes (197) and Norm Duke (186).
"I had to really try to back myself down after the 279 game," said Kent. "My adrenaline was really pumping and I was having a hard time calming down."
If Kent was having trouble getting a handle on his emotions in the final match, it didn't show. He started with strikes on his first five shots, converted a single-pin (10-pin) spare in the sixth, then reeled off three more strikes before ending the match with a spare and a five-count. Zaffino, who earned $10,000 for second, bowled a solid match (he never had an open frame and struck seven times), but was simply no match for Kent's barrage of strikes. All in all, Kent struck in 35 of 48 frames.
"What he did, coming through those other matches and beating all those great players, that's very tough to do," said Zaffino, who has only led two tournaments and has now lost to Kent both times. "I would always rather be the No. 1 seed, but he sure made it look easy tonight."
The PBA now heads to Brunswick Zone Deer-Park Lanes in Lake Zurich, Ill., for its most prestigious event, the Brunswick World Tournament of Champions. Qualifying starts Saturday, Nov. 4, and the live ESPN telecast is Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 8-9:30 p.m. (ET).
Davidson Shoots 300 To Regain Lead In The Sam's Town Invitational
11/09/2000 - PWBA
LAS VEGAS, NV - Dede Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., bowled a 300 her last game of match play to regain the lead in The Sam's Town Invitational at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday evening. Davidson averaged 248.37 for eight games and won six matches to take the lead by 177 pins over fourth round leader Aleta Sill of Dearborn, Mich.
"It's great," responded Davidson when asked how she felt about regaining the lead. "But, for me, the first position is the hardest to be in right now. I'm the type of bowler who likes to come from behind. Tomorrow I'm going to have the mind set that I'm behind and have to catch up."
Davidson celebrated her birthday in style this evening by bowling her 31st 300 on lanes 23 & 24, the same pair of lanes she shot her first 300 at age 17 in an adult league. She turned pro the same year.
"I'm lovin it," Davidson added. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate my birthday with my family & friends."
Aleta Sill, Dearborn, Mich., averaged 223 and went 4-3-1 in match play to hold down the second spot. Moving one spot to third is Tiffany Stanbrough of Oklahoma City, Okla. Stanbrough averaged 231.87, won four matches and tied one. In the fourth and fifth position are Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif., and Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia. Johnson averaged 232.62 and won six matches to move up one spot while Honeychurch averaged 212.12 winning three matches dropping two spots.
The top 24 return Friday for the last two rounds of match play at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The field will be cut to the top 5 which will advance to the televised finals on Saturday to be taped at 11:00 a.m. and will air on Monday, November 13 on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern). Following the step-ladder finals is a special Storm Shootout event between 70's, 80's, & 90's Bowler of the Decades and the top five in competition points for 2000 scheduled at 2:00 p.m. The Storm Shootout match will air on ESPN2 on Thursday, November 23, on ESPN2 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).
Sill Maintains Lead In Fourth Round Of The Sam's Town Invitational
11/09/2000 - PWBA
LAS VEGAS, NV - Aleta Sill, Dearborn, Mich., averaged 241.62 for eight games in the final qualifying block to maintain the lead in the fourth round of The Sam's Town Invitational at Sam's Town Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday afternoon. Sill had high games of 257, 247, 246, 235, 233, 231, and a low game of 226 to hold the lead by 71 pins.
"I want to keep the same pace as all week," said Sill. "Although, this is the first day we have to bowl a night block, I expect to make adjustments for that. One of the adjustments will be to drill a ball for a dryer condition and see what happens in practice."
DeDe Davidson, Las Vegas, Nev., averaged 242.5, had high games of 267, 258, 257, 238, and 233 to move from third to second. In the third and fourth positions are Cara Honeychurch, Melbourne, Australia, and Tiffany Stanbrough, Oklahoma City, Okla. Honeychurch dropped one spot to third and averaged 233.12 while Stanbrough averaged 244.37 to hold fourth. In the fifth position is Tish Johnson, Northridge, Calif. Johnson averaged 241.5 to help her move three spots to fifth.
The top 24 advance to the final match play rounds to be bowled at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and will continue Friday with two more rounds at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The field will then be cut to the top 5 which will advance to the televised finals on Saturday to be taped at 11:00 a.m. and will air on Monday, November 13, on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. (Eastern). Following the step-ladder finals is a special Storm Shoot Out match between 70's, 80's, & 90's Bowler of the Decades and the top five in competition points for 2000 scheduled at 2:00 p.m. The Storm Shoot Out match will air on ESPN2 on Thursday, November 23, on ESPN2 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern).