- Host Center:
Brunswick Zone Carolier
North Brunswick, NJ
- Television Date:
February 24th, 2013
Going into the show we knew a few things were possible… If Parker got lined up, he could be tough to beat since he was the only lefty. We also knew that if Mika got lined up he could be hard to beat since he is the king of the straight, big loft. Luckily for us, our guys were able to take care of business and make for some exciting TV.
During the practice before the show, both Del and I felt the lanes were a pinch different and of course, that is usually the case on the TV pair. All the dust, dirt, setup, stripping and re-oiling to try and make them play close takes it's toll. After the 30 minutes of practice, we knew we had to wait and see how Mika would try and break them down.
He thought just like us; if the right side didn’t break down well, there was no way to stop the lefty. So Mika played the gutter like he had most of match play, which made it easier for our guys to play in.
Del and I convinced Belmo to move back right and use the Lucid to blend the lane which kept his angles more square. After a couple shots, he agreed and then a shoot-out came out of no where.
None of us expected the title match to be 240 plus; we all figured that 220 would be more than enough. We were wrong and that is why we play the game until the end.
Del Ballard Jr.
It was Wes' opinion that his IQ Tour was slowing down too much, but to me, it was long, then changing directions too quick and running out of gas. So we went to the Wrecker to try and keep it going, but with less speed. As it turned out, he bowled Parker and bowled a great game with a few breaks.
In the title match, Wes went back to the ball he used most of matchplay, the IQ Tour. He was able to because the oil finally carried down. It looked to me like his IQ Tour Pearl was too jumpy because he had to throw it too slow to read the lane. The IQ Tour read the lane way better. He had no idea where to play with that ball but he made the right guess and bowled a great game.
I didn't know it at the time, but apparently someone stood up in Wes' tenth frame. We all feel terrible for him. Unfortunately, that kind of stuff happens and hopefully Wes will recover from that. He is bowling very well right now.
When Wes got on the lanes, he of course was going to circle the lane. His IQ Tour was close but to me slowed down too much. So I asked if he had any other balls. He used the IQ Tour and Wrecker all week so for him, those were his only options. I suggested the IQ Tour Pearl and he said he would keep the speed down and use the Wrecker. Fair enough. That is what he did and that is how he advanced. It was all good. The next game, he tried the IQ Tour Pearl on the practice lane and was surprised how good it was. Like I told him and Del, I wanted to see a pearl ball so that is what he went with.
Of course things got interesting since Stu had decided he needed to circle the lane. That of course made the lanes a little tougher that game.
In the title match, Wes felt the IQ Tour Pearl was close, but needed the solid cover of the IQ Tour to cut through the carry down.
Del Ballard Jr.
Stuart made up his mind that if Mika won, he would play out and if Mika lost, he would play in. It was hard to talk him out of it. I did not really like in, as everything went long. Well, Stuart tried using the Crossroad, which he used only from in. He hit it with some surface. It was still long and he didn't want to ball up from in there. When the match started, Stu made a great shot but he air mailed the next three out of four. During the commercial break, I recommended that Stu go straight and it looked way better. It was too late however, and Wes went onto win the match.
Stu bowled great all week and just couldn't get it going against Wes Malott. His look from in was not very productive. He has one title and will use this to get better. Good Masters for Stu Williams.
Stu had it decided he needed to circle the lane. That of course made the lanes a little tougher that game. Both Del and I asked Stu to take a look at out on the 39’ pattern, since Mika made it look alright. Stu declined until mid-game in the commercial break when Del mentioned again to try out, since he was having issues repeating from inside. Wes wasn’t about to give up. Stu made a ball change to the Disturbed and made a big step right to play up the lane. It made it interesting.
1st Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1996 Greater Hartford Open (Forest Fire)
2nd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Tucson Open (Lightning Storm)
3rd Win - Pete Weber - 1997 Comfort Inn Classic (Blue Thunder Pro)
4th Win - First Major - Pete Weber - 1998 National Championship (Bolt)
5th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 1998 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (Bolt)
1st Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 1998 Storm Flagship Open
6th Win - Brian Himmler - 1999 Albuquerque Open (Sky Bolt)
7th Win - Eric Forkel - 1999 Brunswick Long Island N.Y City PBA Experience (Meteor Flash)
8th Win - Pete Weber - 2000 Empire State Open (El Nino 2000)
9th Win - Dennis Horan Jr. - 2000 Bayer/Brunswick Touring Players Championship (ThunderFlash Pro)
10th Win - Second Major - Robert Smith - 2000 U.S Open (Fire Power)
11th Win - Robert Smith - 2000 Flagship Open (Super Power)
12th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2001 Orleans Casino Open Championship (X-IT)
13th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Great Lakes Classic (X-IT/Eraser)
14th Win - Pete Weber - 2001 Greater Louisville Open (Trauma Recovery)
15th Win - Pete Weber - 2002 Columbia 300 Tar Heel Open (Trauma ER)
16th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 PBA Empire State Open (Erase It/Super Power)
17th Win - Hugh Miller - 2002 PBA Dream Bowl 2002 (Erase It)
18th Win - Robert Smith - 2002 Japan Cup (Shock Trauma)
19th Win - Danny Wiseman - 2002 Miller High Life Open (Eraser/Eraser Blaze)
20th Win - Randy Pedersen - 2002 Pepsi Open (X Factor)
2nd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2003 Storm Las Vegas Classic
21st Win - Mike DeVaney - 2003 PBA GEICO Earl Anthony Classic (X Factor)
22nd Win - Pete Weber - 2003 PBA Tar Heel Open (X Factor Deuce)
23rd Win - Robert Smith - 2003 PBA Banquet Open (Eraser Boost)
24th Win - Brian Himmler - 2003 PBA Miller High Life Open (Hotwire)
25th Win - Ryan Shafer - 2003 PBA Empire State Open (X Factor Deuce)
26th Win - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA GEICO Open (X Factor)
27th Win -Third Major - Patrick Healey Jr. - 2003 PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions (Flash Point/Hot Rod)
3rd Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Earl Anthony Classic presented by Storm Products
28th Win - Pete Weber - 2004 PBA Medford Open (Super Charge/X Factor Re Loaded)
29th Win - Fourth Major - Pete Weber - 2004 U.S Open (X Factor)
30th Win - Robert Smith - 2004 PBA Odor Eaters Open (Eraser Boost)
31st Win - Brian Himmler - 2004 PBA Chicago Open ( X Factor Ace)
4th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2004 PBA Orange County Classic presented by Storm Products
32nd Win - Pete Weber - 2005 Bowlers Paradise.com Classic (Fired Up)
33rd Win - Pete Weber - 2006 PBA Etonic Championship (Special Agent)
34th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Lake County Indiana Classic ( X Factor Ace)
35th Win - Brian Himmler - 2006 PBA Earl Anthony Medford Classic (Paradigm)
36th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 PBA Ace Hardware Championship (X Factor Ace)
37th Win - Norm Duke - 2006 Columbia 300 Classic (Spit Fire)
38th Win - Fifth Major - Pete Weber - 2007 U.S Open (Shift)
39th Win - Norm Duke - 2007 PBA Pepsi Championship (Spit Fire/Fired Up)
40th Win - Sixth Major - Norm Duke - 2008 PBA Denny's World Championship (Hy-Road)
41st Win - Seventh Major - Norm Duke - 2008 U.S Open (Shift)
42nd Win - Mike Machuga - 2008 PBA Chameleon Championship (Hy-Road)
43rd Win - Mike Wolfe - 2008 PBA Ultimate Scoring Championship (Dimension/T-Road Pearl)
44th Win - Rhino Page - 2008 Shark Championship (Hy-Road)
45th Win - Eighth Major Norm Duke - 2008 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)
46th Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 National Bowling Stadium Championship (T-Road Solid/Rapid Fire)
47th Win - Ninth Major - Patrick Allen - 2009 PBA H & R Block Tournament of Champions (T-Road Pearl/Rapid Fire)
48th Win - Norm Duke/Liz Johnson 2009 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)
49th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Dick Weber Open (Hy-Road)
50th Win - Jeff Carter - 2009 GEICO Plastic Ball Championship (Plastic)
51st Win - Jason Belmonte - 2009 PBA Long Island Classic - (Hy-Road/Team Storm Plastic)
52nd Win - Tenth Major - Mike Scroggins- 2009 U.S Open (Hy-Road/T-Road Pearl)
53rd Win - Patrick Allen - 2009 Dydo Japan Cup (Hy-Road)
54th Win - Norm Duke - 2009 PBA Cheetah Championship (Second Dimension)
55th Win - Rhino Page - 2009 PBA Viper Open (Natural)
56th Win - Mike DeVaney 2009 PBA Scorpion Championship (Natural/Street Rod)
57th Win - Jack Jurek - 2009 PBA Shark Championship (Virtual Energy)
58th Win - Brian Voss/Diandra Asbaty - 2010 Don and Paula Carter Mixed Doubles Championship (Hy-Road)
59th Win - Pete Weber - 2010 PBA Lumber Liquidators Marathon Challenge (Hy-Road)
60th Win - Yong Jin Gu - 2010 PBA Scorpion Championship (Anarchy)
61st Win - Osku Palermaa - 2010 PBA GEICO Shark Championship (Hy-Road)
5th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2010 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products
62nd Win - 11th Major - Tom Hess - 2011 USBC Masters (Virtual Gravity Nano)
63rd Win - 12th Major - Norm Duke - 2011 U.S Open (Prodigy)
64th Win - Stuart Williams - 2012 Bayer Viper Open (Victory Road Solid/Tropical Heat)
65th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Chameleon Open (Marvel Pearl)
66th Win - Dominic Barrett - 2012 WSOB Scorpion Open (Marvel Pearl)
67th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 WSOB Shark Open (Marvel Pearl)
68th Win - 13th Major - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA World Championship (Hy-Road)
69th Win - Andres Gomez - 2012 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Marvel Pearl)
70th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Elite Players Championship (Marvel Pearl)
6th Storm Sponsored PBA Tour Event - 2012 Chris Paul PBA Celebrity Invitational sponsored by Storm Products
71st Win - Scott Newell - 2012 PBA Ricart Ford Open (Victory Road Solid)
72nd Win - Osku Palermaa - 2012 PBA Kuwait International Open (Natural)
73rd Win - 14th Major - Pete Weber - 2012 U.S Open (Marvel Pearl/Frantic)
74th Win - Norm Duke/Wes Malott - 2012 PBA Roth/Holman Doubles (Anarchy/Frantic)
75th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)
76th Win - Jason Belmonte - 2012 PBA Australian Masters (Lucid)
77th Win - Norm Duke - 2012 PBA Dick Weber Playoffs (Frantic)
78th Win - Brad Angelo - 2012 PBA Viper Championship (Hy-Road)
79th Win - Tom Daugherty - 2012-13 BJ Scorpion Championship - (Victory Road)
80th Win - Andres Gomez - 2013 PBA Carmen Salvino Classic (Hy-Road)
81st Win - Michael Haugen Jr. - 2013 PBA Mark Roth Classic - (IQ Tour Pearl)
82nd Win - 15th Major - Jason Belmonte - 2013 USBC Masters (Lucid)
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