Atria ends inaugural GPBT season with victory in Houston

    04/24/07

    GPBT 2007 Championship

    Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas (April 21-23, 2007)

    2007GPBTCVinniaAtria.jpg Vinnie Atria won his second Generations Pro Bowling Tour title by defeating likely GPBT player of the Year, David Ozio, 245-224 in the championship match of the Generations Pro Bowling Tour 2007 Championship at Houston's Emerald Bowl.

    Atria earned $9,000 for the victory. Ozio cashed for $4,500 to boost his money total to $86,300 for GPBT's first season.

    In the title match, Atria came out striking, starting with an opening six-bagger. Ozio missed a 10 pin in the first frame, then rolled four in a row. In the seventh, Atria hung up in the ball to miss a 7 pin to let Ozio back in the match, and 'the wizard' mounted a charge with a double in the eighth; but a solid 9 pin took his breath away in the ninth, and Atria came back with a double to seal the victory.

    "Golly, to end the year this way is great, and to beat David on top of it, as good as he is, although I did get a little lucky, makes it even sweeter," said Atria. "He led this thing by so much, but it happens to all of us. I lead the one in Ohio by a lot and got beat. I guess it was my day."

    Atria's two titles netted him $43,500 for his first pro season. "I'm so happy to end the year this way because I started backing myself this swing, and that adds a little more pressure," said Atria. "I haven't been bowling well, and I was beginning to wonder if I made a mistake."

    "I only missed three spares all week long, and I couldn't have thrown it any better on the nine pin," said Ozio. Still, he capped an incredible year where he won his division nine times in the 16 GBT events he bowled. "It's a little frustrating because I could have done so much better, but overall, it was a pretty good year," he said.

    The Generations Pro Bowling Tour will now evaluate its first season, and announce its second year schedule in a few months.


    GPBT 2007 Championship


    Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas (April 21-23, 2007)

    Playoff Results:
    First Match: Mark Estes def. Dale Eagle, 247-213
    Second Match: Dennis Psaropoulos def. Mark Estes, 288-170
    Third Match: Vinnie Atria def. Dennis Psaropoulos, 245-212
    Title Match: Vinnie Atria def. David Ozio, 245-224


    Final Standings including match play records


    1. Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 11-3-0, 7001, 233.37, $9,000
    2. David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 7-6-0, 6947, 239.55, $4,500
    3. Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 4-10-0, 6879, 229.30, $2,700
    4. Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 8-6-0, 6619, 220.63, $2,000
    5. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 7-6-0, 6449, 222.38, $1,500
    6. Joe Vito, San Antonio, Texas, 6-6-0, 6149, 219.61, $1,000
    7. Phil Prieto, El Paso, Texas, 7-5-0, 6113, 218.32, $950
    8. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 2-10-0, 5803, 207.25, $900


    Ozio keeps lead in GPBT 2007 Championship


    2007GPBT15DavidOzio_small.jpg David Ozio held on to his lead in the Generations Pro Bowling Tour Championship Monday morning, but he won only two of his six matches.

    He now holds a slim eight pin lead over Vinnie Atria in the final event of GPBT's inaugural season. Ozio averaged 236 in round three.

    "I tried to play them the same as yesterday," said Ozio, "but my carry was not as good, and I've still got that target on my back. My opponents averaged 245 against me this morning. I hope I can win a few more matches this afternoon."

    The top five players will advance to a stepladder finals Monday afternoon after six more games of round robin match play. Going into round four, Dennis Psaropoulos is third, Mark Estes is fourth, and Dale Eagle holds the fifth spot.

    The champion will earn $9,000, and the runner-up will take home $4,500.


    Standings after Match Play Round One (Round Three overall)

    Players with position, hometown, 22-game total, average and won-loss-tie record

    1. David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 5217, 234.41, 2-4-0
    2. Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 5209, 231.32, 4-2-0
    3. Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 5088, 228.55, 2-4-0
    4. Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 4996, 221.64, 4-2-0
    5. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 4939, 219.05, 4-2-0
    6. Joe Vito, San Antonio, Texas, 4881, 217.77, 3-3-0
    7. Phil Prieto, El Paso, TexA; 4849, 216.32, 3-3-0
    8. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich.; 4727, 212.14, 2-4-0


    Ozio powers his way into the lead in GPBT 2007 Championship


    2007GPBT15DavidOzio_small.jpg David Ozio put on a show Sunday to move all the way from ninth place to take the lead in the Generations Pro Bowling Tour Championship at Emerald Bowl in Houston, Texas. After averaging 211 in round one on Saturday, Ozio made a smart ball change to average 255 on Sunday. His overall average for the 16 qualifying games was 233.8.

    "I pondered it half the night last night and came to the conclusion that I needed to use a straighter ball and slow my swing down. I softened up the tension in my armswing, and it matched really well today," said Ozio.

    "My carry was much better today. It's amazing when you can figure out a way to match up when you have been struggling. I changed balls after game six today and got 19 in a row. Nothing worked yesterday. Everything worked today."

    Vinnie Atria and Dennis Psaropoulos also had a good day Sunday and sit in second and third entering Monday's match play. Mark Estes is fourth and Dale Eagle qualified fifth for the next round.

    Two Texas players put on a charge to capture the seventh and eighth spots in the round robin match play. In the final qualifying game Sunday, Joe Vito rolled a 300 and Phil Prieto shot 268 to make the cut.

    The top eight players will roll 12 games of match play Monday, after which the top five will advance to a stepladder finals to bowl for the $9,000 top prize.

    The top eight players include four classic bowlers (60+) and five more earned bonus checks for $450 each. The top two ranked GPBT players, Ozio and Eagle, will be fighting it out for the title and Bowler of the Year honors. Both have three titles in GPBT's inaugural season.


    Standings after Round Two

    Players with position, hometown, 16-game total and average

    1. David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 3741 (1694-2047), 233.81
    2. Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 3680 (1778-1902), 230.00
    3. Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3650 (1862-1788), 228.13
    4. Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 3508 (1739-1769), 219.25
    5. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3438 (1753-1685), 214.88
    (tie) Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3438 (1643-1795), 214.88
    7. Joe Vito, San Antonio, Texas, 3427 (1668-1759), 214.19
    8. Phil Prieto, El Paso, Texas, 3408 (1715-1693), 213.00

    Missed Cut:
    9. Jim King, New Braunfels, Texas, 3399 (1722-1677), 212.44
    10. Jimmy Young, Friendswood, Texas, 3360 (1598-1762), 210.00
    11. Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 3346 (1696-1650), 209.13
    12. Paul Coover, Sugar Land, Texas, 3325 (1633-1692), 207.81
    13. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3311 (1727-1584), 206.94, $450
    14. Roderick Gonzalez, Dorado, P.R., 3300 (1556-1744), 206.25
    15. Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 3255 (1658-1597), 203.44
    16. Dave Barmore, San Marcos, Texas, 3250 (1572-1678), 203.13
    17. William Keenan Jr. E. Orlando, Fla., 3238 (1639-1599), 202.38, $450
    18. Mike Holland, Houston, Texas, 3184 (1613-1571), 199.00
    19. Robert Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 3135 (1571-1564), 195.94, $450
    20. Gary James, Houston, Texas, 2999 (1436-1563), 187.44
    21. Tommy Crouch, Sweeny, Texas, 2915 (1482-1433), 182.19, $450
    22. John Rosebud, Lake Jackson, Texas, 2902 (1495-1407), 181.38, $450
    23. Steve Binder, Dickinson, Texas, 1203 (1203-0), 150.38
    *$450 Classic Bonus

    300 Games – David Ozio, Joe Vito


    Psaropoulos leads GPBT Championship after Round One


    Dennis Psaropoulos.jpg Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Florida averaged 232.75 for the first eight games to lead the 23-player field in the Generations Pro Bowling Tour Championship after round one at Emerald Bowl Saturday. Psaropoulos started the event with a 153 game, but dug himself out of the hole quickly with a 279 in game two.

    In games five and seven, he rolled a 286 and 289 to further erase his poor start. "I didn't quite spot it quick enough on that first pair, but I managed to bail out," said Psaropoulos. "Other than that, most of the pairs were relatively close for me."

    The wood lane surface provided a little more challenge for most of the players in the opening round. Psaropoulos made a ball change in the seventh game that paid off to put him in the lead. "I went from a shiny coverstock to a surface ball in that game," he said. "The back ends tightened up, and the new ball allowed me to deal with that."

    Vinnie Atria.jpg GPBT champion Vinnie Atria (left) is in second going into round two, followed by Dale Eagle and Mark Estes in third and fourth. Three time champ and last week's winner David Ozio is in ninth place after round one.

    Round two of the qualifying will start at 10:00 am Sunday, after which the top eight will advance to the round robin match play rounds on Monday. After match play, the top five will roll in a stepladder finals for the $9,000 top prize.


    Standings after Round One

    Players with position, hometown, 8-game total and average

    1. Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 1862, 232.75
    2. Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 1778, 222.25
    3. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1753, 219.13
    4. Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 1739, 217.38
    5. Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1727, 215.88
    6. Jim King, New Braunfels, Texas, 1722, 215.25
    7. Phil Prieto, El Paso, Texas, 1715, 214.38
    8. Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 1696, 212.00
    9. David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1694, 211.75
    10. Joe Vito, San Antonio, Texas, 1668, 208.50
    11. Paul McCordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 1658, 207.25
    12. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1643, 205.38
    13. William E. Keenan Jr. Orlando, Fla., 1639, 204.88
    14. Paul Coover, Sugar Land, Texas, 1633, 204.13
    15. Mike Holland, Houston, Texas, 1613, 201.63
    16. Jimmy Young, Friendswood, Texas, 1598, 199.75
    17. Dave Barmore, San Marcos, Texas, 1572, 196.50
    18. Robert Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 1571, 196.38
    19. Roderick Gonzalez, DeDorado, P.R., 1556, 194.50
    20. John Rosebud, Lake Jackson, Texas, 1495, 186.88
    21. Tommy Crouch, Sweeny, Texas, 1482, 185.25
    22. Gary James, Houston, Texas, 1436, 179.50
    23. Steve Binder, Dickinson, Texas, 1203, 150.38