St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com

printer version

Bowling

Couch falls to 1st-time winner

By PHIL GULICK
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 20, 2003

Chris Hayden spoiled the homecoming party for Clermont's Jason Couch by winning the PBA VIA Open Sunday at Orlando's Boardwalk Bowl.

Hayden of Greenville, S.C., claimed his first title and became only the second player to go undefeated (12-0) in a single-elimination, match-play format. He defeated Couch 236-227 to earn $40,000.

"It's such an unbelievable feeling to win a title," said Hayden. "To beat a champion like Jason for my first title makes it that much better." In the semifinals, Hayden breezed past Paul Fleming of Bedford, Texas, 265-185. Couch, the wild-card qualifier, defeated top-seeded Bob Learn Jr. of Erie, Pa., 278-209, and then Tommy Delutz Jr. of Flushing N.Y., 223-209 in the semifinals.

Couch, a 10-time winner, received $20,000. He rolled a perfect game in the round of 32. Fleming and Delutz each earned $10,000 for finishing third, and Learn earned $9,000 for fifth.

Ricky Ward of North Fort Myers, Darin Hays of Tampa, and Clermont's Norm Duke and Doug Becker failed to make the second-round cut. Steve Hoskins, a 10-time winner from Tarpon Springs, defeated Dale Eagle of Tavares in the round of 32, then lost to Fleming in the round of 16.

Dennis Rakauskas of Apopka, Jason Hurd of Titusville and Andres Gomez of Orlando lost in the round of 32.

The tour is at Burlington, N.C., for the Tar Heel Open today through Sunday. ESPN will televise the finals live from 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday.

BARNES WINS: Chris Barnes ended a 35-tournament winless streak by capturing the PBA Days Inn Open on Feb. 9 at Dallas.

Barnes won his fourth title in his adopted hometown with a 244-194 victory over Parker Bohn III of Jackson, N.J. "It was great to win here, but I know I don't want to wait 18 months to win again," said Barnes, who earned $40,000.

Barnes defeated Pete Weber of St. Ann, Mo., 201-189 before topping Fleming 234-201. Bohn entered the finals undefeated and beat Hugh Miller of Seattle 191-166 in the semifinals.

"I tried everything out there and I never really found it," said Bohn, seeking his 30th win.

He received $20,000 as the runner-up while Fleming and Miller tied for third worth $10,000. Weber, in his second straight finals, earned $9,000 for fifth.

Roger Bowker of Ocala, Duke and Hurd missed the second-round cut. Ocala's Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Ward were eliminated in the round of 16.

PBA NOTES: Williams is $3,500 closer to passing Mike Aulby's single-season earnings record of $298,237. ... Bohn made his first ESPN appearance this year in the Days Inn Open. ... Delutz remains near the top of the PBA World Rankings behind Barnes, Williams and Duke, who all have at least one title. Delutz has not won, but has three thirds, five round of 16 finishes and seven round of 32 appearances. ... Players are battling for points to secure eight seeded positions in the PBA World Championship March 3-9, with Williams the leader. He also is the money leader with $296,100, followed by Barnes ($169,180) and Duke ($135,750).

UCF STRONG: The University of Central Florida women's squad finished fourth in the Brunswick Coca-Cola Classic Feb. 2 at Las Vegas and the men were fifth. Nebraska-Lincoln won the women's title, Wichita State captured the men's crown.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright
 

From the Times sports desk

Grand Prix
  • Jourdain ready to move to the front
  • Best part of Prix for VIPs: It's free
  • Sitting out and not in a car is hard on driver
  • What do they really drive?

  • Golf
  • Age no factor for Irwin; it's victories he counts
  • Optimism high event will go on
  • Nissan Open challenge for Woods
  • Nissan Open challenge for Woods

  • College basketball
  • Raiders' Sharp gets win No. 500
  • Streaking Memphis powers past Louisville

  • Season on the bubble
  • Salukis watch

  • NFL
  • Meeting focuses on hiring minorities

  • College football
  • USF, UCF decide to delay series

  • Baseball
  • Turmoil in home nation keeps Abreu grounded
  • Flaherty happy to cede flash to team
  • Bechler had a history with heart ailments

  • NHL
  • Senators rebound to beat Devils after blowing a three-goal lead

  • NBA
  • Orlando trades Miller, Humphrey to Memphis

  • Sailing
  • Shifting winds force Race 4 postponement

  • In brief
  • Tyson vs. Etienne gets green light

  • Motorsports
  • Cup teams anxious for next race

  • Preps
  • A Tigers win here won't be so easy
  • Injury keeps champ grounded
  • Hernando squeaks into semis
  • Celebration can wait, Anders' Rams still busy
  • UT's Sargeant gives a boost off the bench
  • Boca Ciega rallies to win
  • St. Pete Catholic receives a lesson

  • Bowling
  • Couch falls to 1st-time winner

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report

  • Rays
  • Rays give their pitchers a hand
  • Roster battle gets under way

  • Bucs
  • Bucs won't take drastic steps to keep Jackson
  • Bears may look at King

  • Lightning
  • Striking while hot
  • Gary Shelton: Owners, it's time to ante up


  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts