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Win in N.J. delivers Wiseman top payday


© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 1, 2001

Danny Wiseman's hot-flame shirt matched his game as the right-hander stopped Steve Jaros 255-226 to win the PBA Johnny Petraglia Open on Tuesday at North Brunswick, N.J.

Wiseman captured his ninth career title and his biggest paycheck, $40,000, by defeating defending champion Walter Ray Williams Jr. of Ocala in the semifinals. Two 300 qualifying games propelled Wiseman into the final five. Williams, a 33-time PBA champion, and David Traber tied for third and earned $10,000 each. Steve Hoskins, 10-time winner from Tarpon Springs, has yet to break into the TV finals as the tour heads into Cincinnati next week. Hoskins made the cut to single-elimination play the past three weeks and gained the round of eight the past two. He finished 58th at North Brunswick and Tampa's Chris Hayden was 53rd.

At the Greater Detroit Open on Oct. 23, Patrick Allen defeated Robert Smith 236-204, and collected $40,000. Allen started the match with five strikes and Smith left two unconverted splits.

Jason Hurd of Titusville earned $10,000, tying for third with Chris Barnes. Smith, the wild-card entry, defeated Williams.

Hayden was 23rd, rookie Tom Daugherty from Tampa was 65th, Ken Fishman of Lutz was 91st and Steve Neff of Homosassa Springs, a two-time senior tour winner, finished 132nd.

Parker Bohn III is this season's money leader with $131,050. Jason Couch of Clermont is second with $97,025 and Barnes third with $88,675. The telecasts switch to Sundays starting with the finals at the Greater Cincinnati Classic from 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The Greater Detroit Open finals yielded the tour's best rating for ESPN's live Tuesday night broadcasts with a 1.16. SENIOR ROUNDUP: Dale Eagle returned to the site of his first senior title to win No. 7 at the PBA Senior National Championship in Seattle on Oct. 18. The right-hander defeated Gene Stus 237-205 to collect $12,000 as the top seed and win his first title since 1999. Defending champion finished third.

Glass came back Friday to win his fourth senior stop of the year, beating 233-232 at the Hammond (Ind.) Open. Glass earned $8,000. It was the seniors' final event this year.

Glass becomes the third senior player to win four titles in a year, joining Titusville's Pete Couture and Eagle.

The PBA released a tentative schedule for the 2002 tour with nine to 12 stops planned around two major events. The Senior Masters is set for June 2 at Tucson, Ariz., and the Senior World Championship is scheduled for June 9 at Las Vegas. The full schedule will be released later and no TV plans were announced.

LADIES TOUR: Michelle Feldman won her second Professional Women's Bowling Association title Oct. 18, defeating Tammy Turner 206-191 for the $50,000 Three Rivers Open at Pittsburgh. Turner, making her second TV show in the past four events, defeated defending champion and 247-211-187 in the shootout. was third.

Johnson turned the tables on Feldman Oct. 24, beating her 205-202 in the Hammer Players Championship at Rockford, Ill. It was Johnson's 10th career title, fourth this season and second major, worth $13,000.

Feldman, with the championship on the line, failed to pull off a double in the 10th, settling for second place. Dorin-Ballard appeared in her PWBA-record 16th televised finals. She beat and 233-152-171 in the shootout. The tour is at Las Cruces, N.M., with the finals tonight. ESPN2 will air the finals at 8 p.m. Monday and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

- Phil Gulick can be reached at

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