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      January 18, 2003:

-Walter Ray Williams Jr. Paces Masters Field Winning First Two Matches

01/18/2003 - Bowling Newsline
      RENO, Nev. - After leading qualifying, five-time Bowler of the Year Walter Ray Williams Jr. continued his blistering pace by winning his first two matches in the 53rd American Bowling Congress Masters at the National Bowling Stadium.

      Williams remained in the winners' bracket of the double-elimination competition by defeating Nick Vogelgesang of Cincinnati in his first match, 677-627, and David Ozio of Beaumont, Texas in the second, 711-639.

      "So far it's been about making the right adjustments," Williams said. "Bowling across the house I've been able to stay on top of the changing conditions. I'm not doing anything major, just doing what I need to do."

      Defending champion Brett Wolfe of Tempe, Ariz., who was automatically seeded into match play, was eliminated after losing his first two matches. Other past champions eliminated were Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan.(1987) and Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash. (1996).

      Among the past champions still alive are Mika Koivuniemi of Finland (2000), Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. (1993), Brian Boghosian, Feeding Hills, Mass. (1999) and Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. (2001).

      Match play continues on Saturday with the 32 remaining players battling for the four spots on the ESPN-televised finals to be conducted Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. This year's event is the richest in Masters history with a $386,000 prize fund and a top prize of $100,000.


      Double elimination, three game matches decided by total pinfall (Name/hometown followed by three-game pinfall total.)
(Winners remain in winners' bracket. Losers move to losers' bracket)

Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. def. Nick Vogelgesang, Cincinnati, 677-627
Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y. def. D.J. Archer Amarillo, Texas, 629-614
Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan. def. Steve Wilson, Lake Worth, Fla., 600-580 
Bryon Smith, Roseburg, Ore. def. John Roberts, Glenallen, Va., 668-645 
Scott Norton, Sandy, Utah def. Mike Edwards, Tulsa, 615-589 
Steve Jaros, Bolingbrook, Ill. def. Justin Hromek, Towanda, Kan., 604-593 
Brian Hayes, Lakewood, Calif. def. Tommy Jones, Greenville, S.C., 679-673 
Chris Collins, Fayetteville, N.C. def. Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 613-598 
Brian Himmler, Cincinnati def. Jouni Helminen, Finland, 703-609 
Stephen Frazzetto, E. Northport, N.Y. def. Brett Wolfe, Tempe, Ariz., 611-545 
Jim Tomek Jr., Camp Hill, Pa. def. Dino Castillo, Arlington, Texas, 610-602 
Vernon Peterson, Dearborn Hts., Mich. def. Curt Aemissegger, Mundelein, Ill., 606-595 
Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas def. Doug Wilcox, Sacramento, Calif., 630-568 
Lonnie Waliczek, Wichita, Kan. def. Chris Barnes, Flowermound, Texas, 733-648 
Sean Rash, Wichita, Kan., def. Tom Smallwood, Flushing, Mich., 656-631 
Mika Koivuniemi, Finland def. Aric Alcarez, Dallas, 726-586 
Jeff Fehr, Cincinnati def. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 639-603 
Roberto Silva, Mexico def. Tony Lambert, Louisville, Ky., 557-555 
Steve Patterson, Orange, Ala. def. Eugene McCune, Munster, Ind., 605-566 
Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. def. Patrick Healey Jr., Niagara Falls, N.Y., 683-654 
Tommy Delutz Jr., Flushing, N.Y. def. Mike Haugen, Victorville, Calif., 627-620 
David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas def. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 637-592 
John May, Lincolnton, N.C. def. Jess Stayrook, San Diego, 612-606 
Mike Rose, Rochester, N.Y. def. Richard Westberg, Billings, Mont., 585-578 
Robert Jakel, Lockport, Ill. def. Brian LeClair, Athens, N.Y., 584-564 
Tim Mack, Garfield, N.J. def. Jason Hurd, Titusville, Fla., 608-587 
Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash. def. Danny Wiseman Baltimore, 624-597 
Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla. def. Bob Hale, Louisville, Ky., 604-577 
Jason Williams, Vashon Island, Wash. def. Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 643-626 
Andrew Cain, Tempe, Ariz. Def. Robert Worrall, Prescott, Ariz., 623-604 
Rick Steelsmith, Wichita, Kan. def. Larry Laub, Reno, Nev. 634-610 
Brian Boghosian, Feeding Hills, Mass tied Mike Miller, Albuquerque, N.M. 626-626 
(Boghosian won one-game rolloff 248-193)


Jakel def. Schlegel, 653-633
Goebel def. Peterson, 589-561
Mack def. Duke, 675-644
Delutz def. May, 693-546
Tomek def. Steelsmith, 589-583
Waliczek def. Rose, 668-580
Williams Jr. def. Ozio, 711-639
Himmler def. Cain, 581-560
Fehr def. Hayes, 631-609
Boghosian def. Patterson, 600-582
J. Williams def. Hoskins, 588-568
Koivuniemi def. Scroggins, 636-600
Rash def. Collins, 645-631
Tomek def. Steelsmith, 589-583
Smith def. Jaros, 651-580
Norton def. Baker, 564-627

(Losers eliminated, earn $1,200)

Smallwood def. Hale, 669-580
Archer def. Vogelgesang, 620-566 
Roberts def. Stayrook, 635-610
Hurd def. McCune, 617-528
Angelo def. Edwards, 601-562
Haugen def. Hromek, 727-655
Castillo def. Barnes, 639-605
Laub def. Westberg, 583-579
Lambert def. Helminen, 600-545
Worrall def. Wolfe, 668-653
Jones def. Wiseman, 674-627
Bohn III def. LeClair, 657-650
Miller def. Healey, 651-618
Fleming def. Kretzer, 567-555
Wilson def. Wilcox, 645-580
Alcaraz def. Aemisegger, 583-529

(Losers eliminated, earn $1,400)

Jones def. Baker, 705-578
Lambert def. Cain, 618-614
Castillo def. Rose, 683-613
Steve Jaros, def. Jason Hurd, 672-642
Haugen def. Hoskins, 650-625
Laub def. Ozio, 614-598
Roberts def. Hayes, 621-517
Angelo def. Patterson, 719-611
Archer def. Scroggins, 596-544
Bohn III def. Steelsmith, 618-614
Miller def. Frazetto, 644-601
Wilson def. Schlegel, 691-648
Fleming def. Peterson, 625-588
Worrall def. May, 589-491
Duke def. Smallwood, 663-646
Alcaraz def. Collins, 640-633

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

65.  Derwin Pitre, Brigham City, Utah, 3,063, $1,100

The following places earned $1,060

66.  Ranae Jannsen, Finland, Sioux Falls, S.D., 3,063 
67.  Joe Petrowski, E. Syracuse, N.Y. 3,062
       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. Joe Ciccone, Buffalo, N.Y., 3,037
      Jonathan Van Hees, Newport, R.I., 3,037 
80. Ed Shuler, Las Vegas, 3,035 		

The following places earned $1,000

81. Lennie Boresch, Kenosha, Wis., 3,034 
      Mike Mullin, Congers, N.Y., 3,034
83. Chris Jones, Bloomington, Ind., 3,031
      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. Ricky Kilgore, Los Angeles, 3,017
      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. David Atwood, Sparks, Nev., 2,978
        James Moran, Las Vegas, Nev., 2,978
107. Ryan Smith, Asheboro, N.C., 2,977
108. Mark Peters, Orange Park, Fla., 2,976
109. Wayne Webb, Las Vegas, 2,974
        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 

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