Bob Learn Jr. cruises to victory in WTBA World Challenge

    04/24/06

    Live Coverage

    Kegel Training Center in Lakes Wales, Fla.

    2006WTBATCBobLearnchampion.jpg Five-time PBA champion Bob Learn Jr. rolled eight 200-plus games to cruise to victory in first WTBA World Challenge at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla. On Sunday, April 22.

    All players - professionals, former professionals, internationals and medium bowlers - had to use one bowling ball ony, the "WBA Test Ball", which is available in two weights - 15 lbs. (red) and 16 lbs. (blue).

    All test balls given to the players prior to the competition had between 2.5 and 3.5 ounces of top weight prior to drilling. To get maximum information from the event, the WTBA Technical Committee allowed the players to place the center of gravity (CG) at any position.

    KegelTedThompson.jpg "Ted Thompson, Kegel's representative in Europe, was responsible for the lane maintenance and used only one third to one quarter of the normal amount of oil for the 34-feet pattern: 7.21 ml, 4:1 ratio by volume.

    "I was interested from the very first moment I heard about the tournament," said Learn, who is also known as 'Mr. 300' due to his 60-plus approved 300-games. "I was unsure what to expect." The WTBA Test Ball puts everybody on the same playing field, the same level, and it comes up to you to decide what you physically need to do."

    Obviously Bob did everything right. He was sole player, who didn't shoot under 200 (Finnish general secretary Pekka Korpi was the sole player not to shoot a 200-game). Learn rolled games of 256, 227, 236, 217, 278, 205, 238 and 223 to finish with 1880, eight-game total and an average of 235,00.

    "I grew up in times when a 240 was a big number and a 700-series meant something. Today's game is based on getting the right ball in the hand to create the biggest opportunity that the lanes provide."

    The first winner of a WTBA World Challenge tournament received the 2.000 Dollar top prize from John Davis, chairman of the WTBA Technical Committee, which will be working on the concept of a "Regulation Bowling Ball" over the next year.

    Vernon Petersen.jpg Bob Handley.jpg Second place belonged to 1996 U.S. National Amateur Champion Vernon Petersen (left), who finished with 1770 and an average of 221,25. Matt Gilmann was third with 1715 and 214,38. Petersen received $1.000, while Gillmann garnered $500. Rounding out the top 5 were Bob Handley (right, 1675) and Mike Purdy (1671), worth $300 and $200.

    Sami Luoto.jpg Storm DeVincent.jpg Sami Luoto, coach of the Finnish national team and member of the WTBA Technical Committee was the best European participant. Luoto was tied with Storm DeVincent for 10th place at 1627 (203,38). Both earned $125 apiece. The top 12 players cashed.

    Chris Chartrand.jpg Chris Chartrand took the 12th place with 1612 pinfall total and an average of 201,50. Chris was very surprised about what happened afterwards. "I got more congratulations today for finishing 12th than I did when I won a tournament two weeks ago".

    Another bowler, who grew up in times before today Do Do balls, Dennis Psaropoulos, finished in 20th place with 1512. "I shot only one 200 game," said the High Roller champ, well known as a fierce competitor not only on the lanes in Las Vegas.

    Dennis Psaropoulos.jpg "This was the way how I learned to bowl. It was like going back to old school," said Psaropoulos (left). "Throwing a reactive ball is really different to this. All I could do was to alter my grip a little bit."

    Asked what he would do before he competes in another WTBA World Challenge, the PBA Senior bowler said: "You have to retrain yourself. Rotation with this ball means much more than rotation on the reaction balls. Bowling should be more challenging as it is today. Perhaps this is the future."

    Pekka Korpi.jpg Josh Moore.jpg Pekka Korpi (left) and Josh Moore battled it out for the anchor man position. The Finn shot a 175 in the last game to overtake Moor, who had a 140, in the very last moment and finish 23rd with 1383 (172,88). Moore (right), a nephew of former PBA champion Dave Ferraro, landed in 24th and last place with 1354 (169,25).


    1st WTBA World Challenge - Final Standings


    Players with position, right or left-handed, Game 1-8, pinfall total and average, Place 1-12 show earnings

    1. Bob Learn, R, 1880, 235,00, $2.000
    (256-227-236-217-278-205-238-223)
    2. Vernon Peterson, R, 1770, 221,25, $1.000
    (199-211-206-247-235-258-191-223)
    3. Matt Gilmann, R, 1715, 214,38, $500
    (203-199-212-210-237-218-207-229)
    4. Bob Handley, R, 1675, 209,38, $300
    (229-204-227-215-203-191-189-217)
    5. Mike Purdy, R, 1671, 208,88, $200
    (167-175-181-194-245-216-236-257)
    6. Larry Barwick, R, 1670, 208,75, $175
    (216-197-207-245-166-237-213-189)
    7. Rob Comito, R, 1666, 208,25, $150
    (213-212-234-204-195-228-194-186)
    8. Steve Johnson, L, 1660, 207,50, $150
    (170-192-171-220-235-188-250-234)
    9. Neil Stremmel, R, 1655, 206,88, $150
    (227-175-236-269-213-159-194-182)
    10. Storm Devincent, R, 1627, 203,38, $125
    (176-236-208-200-207-204-212-184)
    (tie) Sami Luoto, R, 1627, 203,38, $125
    (222-206-201-215-206-191-203-183), $125
    12. Chris Chartrand, R, 1612, 201,50, $125
    (216-179-211-189-226-183-199-209)
    13. Dennis Davis, R, 1598, 199,75
    (192-203-160-240-189-204-232-178)
    14. Craig Auerbach, R, 1596, 199,50
    (239-170-191-187-176-171-227-235)
    15. Saul Insignares III, R, 1573, 196,63
    (188-201-204-147-191-203-207-232)
    16. Tony Lavance, R, 1572, 196,50
    (172-180-150-234-196-188-192-260)
    17. Ron Dixon, R, 1523, 190,38
    (172-213-199-178-188-202-169-202)
    18. Jose Rodriguez, L, 1514, 189,25
    (204-223-200-177-145-223-161-181)
    19. John Forst, R, 1513, 189,13
    (164-233-211-233-139-188-182-163)
    20. Dennis Psaropoulos, R, 1512, 189,00
    (188-180-185-194-225-165-192-183)
    21. Tony Crews, L, 1477, 184,63
    (178-137-182-222-192-179-189-198)
    22. Bill Blackwell, R, 1454, 181,75
    (172-204-189-171-204-159-161-194)
    23. Pekka Korpi, R, 1383, 172,88
    (149-173-160-193-190-193-150-175)
    24. Josh Moore, L, 1354, 169,25
    (146-194-178-183-160-151-202-140)


    Bob Learn Jr. one game away from victory in WTBA World Challenge


    Bob Learn.jpg Bob Learn Jr. rolled a 238-game in the seventh round of the first WTBA World Challenge in Lake Wales, Fla., to hold a comfortable 110-pin lead heading into the final game. The five-time PBA champion felled 1657 pins, an average of 236,71. Vernon Peterson is second at 1547 behind a 191-game. Matt Gillman is third with 1486, with Larry Barwick fourth 1481 and Rob Comito fifth 1480. Josh Moore, one of four lefties in the 24-player field, rolled his first 200-plus game to make Finn Pekka Korpi a fine wine - both you can find in the cellar.


    1st WTBA World Challenge - Standings after Game 7


    Players with position, right or left-handed, Game 1-7, pinfall total and average

    1. Bob Learn (R), 9A (256-227-236-217-278-205-238), 1657, 236,71
    2. Vernon Peterson (R), 5C (199-211-206-247-235-258-191), 1547, 221,00
    3. Matt Gilmann (R), 11C (203-199-212-210-237-218-207), 1486, 212,29
    4. Larry Barwick (R), 12B (216-197-207-245-166-237-213), 1481, 211,57
    5. Rob Comito (R), 7B (213-212-234-204-195-228-194), 1480, 211,43
    6. Neil Stremmel (R), 11A (227-175-236-269-213-159-194), 1473, 210,43
    7. Bob Handley (R), 10B (229-204-227-215-203-191-189), 1458, 208,29
    8. Sami Luoto (R), 12C (222-206-201-215-206-191-203), 1444, 206,29
    9. Storm Devincent (R), 10C (176-236-208-200-207-204-212), 1443, 206,14
    10. Steve Johnson (L), 8C (170-192-171-220-235-188-250), 1426, 203,71
    11. Dennis Davis (R), 5A (192-203-160-240-189-204-232), 1420, 202,86
    12. Mike Purdy (R), 6B (167-175-181-194-245-216-236), 1414, 202,00
    13. Chris Chartrand (R), 9B (216-179-211-189-226-183-199), 1403, 200,43
    14. Craig Auerbach (R), 11B (239-170-191-187-176-171-227), 1361, 194,43
    15. John Forst (R), 10A (164-233-211-233-139-188-182), 1350, 192,86
    16. Saul Insignares III (R), 7A (188-201-204-147-191-203-207), 1341, 191,57
    17. Jose Rodriguez (L), 6C (204-223-200-177-145-223-161), 1333, 190,43
    18. Dennis Psaropoulos (R), 12A (188-180-185-194-225-165-192), 1329, 189,86
    19. Ron Dixon (R), 9C (172-213-199-178-188-202-169), 1321, 188,71
    20. Tony Lavance (R), 8B (172-180-150-234-196-188-192), 1312, 187,43
    21. Tony Crews (L), 8A (178-137-182-222-192-179-189), 1279, 182,71
    22. Bill Blackwell (R), 7C (172-204-189-171-204-159-161), 1260, 180,00
    23. Josh Moore (L), 6A (146-194-178-183-160-151-202), 1214, 173,43
    24. Pekka Korpi (R), 5B (149-173-160-193-190-193-150), 1208, 172,57


    Vernon Petersen overtakes second place in WTBA World Challenge


    Vernon Petersen.jpg 1996 U.S. National Amateur champion Vernon Petersen climbed the ladder at the first WTBA World Challenge. Petersen shot 247, 235 and 258 in the last three games to overtake second place with 1356, six-game total and an average of 226. Bob Learn needed three strikes in a row in the last two frames to avaoid his first sub-200 game. The five-time PBA champion continued to lead with 1419 pinfall total. Despite using only one third to one quarter of the normal amount of oil players haven't moved much on the approach. We haven't seen a 2-10 split in the entire tournament.


    1st WTBA World Challenge - Standings after Game 6


    Players with position, right or left-handed, Game 1-6, pinfall total and average

    1. Bob Learn (R), (256-227-236-217-278-205), 1419, 236,50
    2. Vernon Peterson (R), (199-211-206-247-235-258), 1356, 226,00
    3. Rob Comito (R), (213-212-234-204-195-228), 1286, 214,33
    4. Matt Gilmann (R), (203-199-212-210-237-218), 1279, 213,17
    (tie) Neil Stremmel (R), (227-175-236-269-213-159), 1279, 213,17
    6. Bob Handley (R), (229-204-227-215-203-191), 1269, 211,50
    7. Larry Barwick (R), (216-197-207-245-166-237), 1268, 211,33
    8. Sami Luoto (R), (222-206-201-215-206-191), 1241, 206,83
    9. Storm Devincent (R), (176-236-208-200-207-204), 1231, 205,17
    10. Chris Chartrand (R), (216-179-211-189-226-183), 1204, 200,67
    11. Dennis Davis (R), (192-203-160-240-189-204), 1188, 198,00
    12. Mike Purdy (R), (167-175-181-194-245-216), 1178, 196,33
    13. Steve Johnson (L), (170-192-171-220-235-188), 1176, 196,00
    14. Jose Rodriguez (L), (204-223-200-177-145-223), 1172, 195,33
    15. John Forst (R), (164-233-211-233-139-188), 1168, 194,67
    16. Ron Dixon (R), (172-213-199-178-188-202), 1152, 192,00
    17. Dennis Psaropoulos (R), (188-180-185-194-225-165), 1137, 189,50
    18. Saul Insignares III (R), (188-201-204-147-191-203), 1134, 189,00
    (tie) Craig Auerbach (R), (239-170-191-187-176-171), 1134, 189,00
    20. Tony Lavance (R), (172-180-150-234-196-188), 1120, 186,67
    21. Bill Blackwell (R), (172-204-189-171-204-159), 1099, 183,17
    22. Tony Crews (L), (178-137-182-222-192-179), 1090, 181,67
    23. Pekka Korpi (R), (149-173-160-193-190-193), 1058, 176,33
    24. Josh Moore (L), (146-194-178-183-160-151), 1012, 168,67


    Bob Learns sets shoots 278 to take commanding lead in WTBA World Challenge


    Pekka Korpi.jpg Dennis Psaropoulos.jpg Bob Learn Jr. a.k.a. 'Mr. 300' for his 60-plus approved 300-games widen his lead 96 pins behind the tournament high game of 278 in the first WTBA World Challenge at the Kegel Training Center. Learn felled 1214 pins and averaged 242,80 for five games using just one ball, the WTBA Test Ball. Neil Stremmel remained second with 1120, Vernon Petersen leaped into third with 1089. High Roller champion Dennis Psaropoulos (left) is 14th with 972. Finnish Bowling Federation Secretary General, Pekka Korpi (right), who was pushing the 24-player field after four games left the anchor man position thanks to a 190-game.


    1st WTBA World Challenge - Standings after Game 5


    Players with position, right or left-handed, Game 1-5, pinfall total and average

    1. Bob Learn, R (256-227-236-217-278), 1214, 242,80
    2. Neil Stremmel, R (227-175-236-269-213), 1120, 224,00
    3. Vernon Peterson, R (199-211-206-247-235), 1098, 219,60
    4. Bob Handley, R (229-204-227-215-203), 1078, 215,60
    5. Matt Gilmann, R (203-199-212-210-237), 1061, 212,20
    6. Rob Comito, R (213-212-234-204-195), 1058, 211,60
    7. Sami Luoto, R (222-206-201-215-206), 1050, 210,00
    8. Larry Barwick, R (216-197-207-245-166), 1031, 206,20
    9. Storm Devincent, R (176-236-208-200-207), 1027, 205,40
    10. Chris Chartrand, R (216-179-211-189-226), 1021, 204,20
    11. Steve Johnson, L (170-192-171-220-235), 988, 197,60
    12. Dennis Davis, R (192-203-160-240-189), 984, 196,80
    13. John Forst, R (164-233-211-233-139), 980, 196,00
    14. Dennis Psaropoulos, R (188-180-185-194-225), 972, 194,40
    15. Craig Auerbach, R (239-170-191-187-176), 963, 192,60
    16. Mike Purdy, R (167-175-181-194-245), 962, 192,40
    17. Ron Dixon, R (172-213-199-178-188), 950, 190,00
    18. Jose Rodriguez, L (204-223-200-177-145), 949, 189,80
    19. Bill Blackwell, R (172-204-189-171-204), 940, 188,00
    20. Tony Lavance, R (172-180-150-234-196), 932, 186,40
    21. Saul Insignares III, R (188-201-204-147-191), 931, 186,20
    22. Tony Crews, L (178-137-182-222-192), 911, 182,20
    23. Pekka Korpi, R (149-173-160-193-190), 865, 173,00
    24. Josh Moore, L (146-194-178-183-160), 861, 172,20


    Neil Stremmel comes up strong in WTBA World Challenge


    Neil Stremmel.jpg Vernon Petersen.jpg USBC Technical Director Neil Stremmel (left) posted the high score with WTBA Test Ball thus far to leap two spots into fourth place in the first WTBA World Challenge at halftime. Stremmel is 107 pins over after 4 games and has an average of 226,75. Bob Learn Jr. continued to lead with 936 behind a 217-game. 1996 U.S. National Amateur champion Vernon Petersen leaped into fifth place due to a 247 game.


    1st WTBA World Challenge - Standings after Game 4


    Players with position, right or left-handed, Game 1-4, pinfall total and average

    1. Bob Learn (R), (256-227-236-217), 936, 234,00
    2. Neil Stremmel (R), (227-175-236-269), 907, 226,75
    3. Bob Handley (R), (229-204-227-215), 875, 218,75
    4. Larry Barwick (R), (216-197-207-245), 865, 216,25
    5. Vernon Peterson (R), (199-211-206-247), 863, 215,75
    (tie) Rob Comito (R), (213-212-234-204), 863, 215,75
    7. Sami Luoto (R), (222-206-201-215), 844, 211,00
    8. John Forst (R), (164-233-211-233), 841, 210,25
    9. Matt Gilmann (R), (203-199-212-210), 824, 206,00
    10. Storm Devincent (R), (176-236-208-200), 820, 205,00
    11. Jose Rodriguez (L), (204-223-200-177), 804, 201,00
    12. Dennis Davis (R), (192-203-160-240), 795, 198,75
    (tie) Chris Chartrand (R), (216-179-211-189), 795, 198,75
    14. Craig Auerbach (R), (239-170-191-187), 787, 196,75
    15. Ron Dixon (R), (172-213-199-178), 762, 190,50
    16. Steve Johnson (L), (170-192-171-220), 753, 188,25
    17. Dennis Psaropoulos (R), (188-180-185-194), 747, 186,75
    18. Saul Insignares III (R), (188-201-204-147), 740, 185,00
    19. Tony Lavance (R), (172-180-150-234), 736, 184,00
    (tie) Bill Blackwell (R), (172-204-189-171), 736, 184,00
    21. Tony Crews (L), (178-137-182-222), 719, 179,75
    22. Mike Purdy (R), (167-175-181-194), 717, 179,25
    23. Josh Moore (L), (146-194-178-183), 701, 175,25
    24. Pekka Korpi (R), (149-173-160-193), 675, 168,75


    Sami Luoto.jpg Neil Stremmel.jpg Bob Learn Jr., USBC representative for proprietor relations, rolled a 719 three-game series with the new "WTBA Test Ball" to set the pace in the first WTBA World Challenge. Learn had games of 256, 227 and 236 and begins to pulling away. The winner of the tournment will receive $2.000. Bob Handley is second at 660. Next are Rob Comito 659, USBC Technical Director Neil Stremmel 638 (left) and Finnish national coach and WTBA Technical Committee member Sami Luoto (right), 629.


    1st WTBA World Challenge - Standings after Game 3


    Players with position, right or left-handed, Game 1-3, pinfall total and average

    1. Bob Learn (R), (256-227-236), 719, 239,67
    2. Bob Handley (R), (229-204-227), 660, 220,00
    3. Rob Comito (R), (213-212-234), 659, 219,67
    4. Neil Stremmel (R), (227-175-236), 638, 212,67
    5. Sami Luoto (R), (222-206-201), 629, 209,67
    6. Jose Rodriguez (L), (204-223-200), 627, 209,00
    7. Storm Devincent (R), (176-236-208), 620, 206,67
    (tie) Larry Barwick (R), (216-197-207), 620, 206,67
    9. Vernon Peterson (R), (199-211-206), 616, 205,33
    10. Matt Gilmann (R), (203-199-212), 614, 204,67
    11. John Forst (R), (164-233-211), 608, 202,67
    12. Chris Chartrand (R), (216-179-211), 606, 202,00
    13. Craig Auerbach (R), (239-170-191), 600, 200,00
    14. Saul Insignares III (R), (188-201-204), 593, 197,67
    15. Ron Dixon (R), (172-213-199), 584, 194,67
    16. Bill Blackwell (R), (172-204-189), 565, 188,33
    17. Dennis Davis (R), (192-203-160), 555, 185,00
    18. Dennis Psaropoulos (R), (188-180-185), 553, 184,33
    19. Steve Johnson (L), (170-192-171), 533, 177,67
    20. Mike Purdy (R), (167-175-181), 523, 174,33
    21. Josh Moore (L), (146-194-178), 518, 172,67
    22. Tony Lavance (R), (172-180-150), 502, 167,33
    23. Tony Crews (L), (178-137-182), 497, 165,67
    24. Pekka Korpi (R), (149-173-160), 482, 160,67


    Bob Learn Jr. widens his lead after two games in 1st WTBA World Challenge


    WTBATestBallbluered_small.jpg Bob Handley.jpg Five-time PBA Champion Bob Learn Jr. added a 227 game to his 256 from game one to widen his lead in the first "WTBA World Challenge" at the Kegel Training Center in Lakes Wales, Fla. After two of eight games. Learn leads the field of 24 players with 483 pinfall total and an average of 241,50. PBA Senior champion Bob Handley (pictured) is second with 433. Remember - all players can only use one ball, the "WBA Test Ball", which is available in two weights - 15 lbs. (red) and 16 lbs. (blue).


    1st WTBA World Challenge - Standings after Game 2


    Players with position, right or left-handed, Game 1-2, pinfall total and average

    1. Bob Learn (R), (256-227), 483, 241,50
    2. Bob Handley (R), (229-204), 433, 216,50
    3. Sami Luoto (R), (222-206), 428, 214,00
    4. Jose Rodriguez (L), (204-223), 427, 213,50
    5. Rob Comito (R), (213-212), 425, 212,50
    6. Larry Barwick (R), (216-197), 413, 206,50
    7. Storm Devincent (R), (176-236), 412, 206,00
    8. Vernon Peterson (R), (199-211), 410, 205,00
    9. Craig Auerbach (R), (239-170), 409, 204,50
    10. Neil Stremmel (R), (227-175), 402, 201,00
    (tie) Matt Gilmann (R), (203-199), 402, 201,00
    12. John Forst (R), (164-233), 397, 198,50
    13. Dennis Davis (R), (192-203), 395, 197,50
    (tie) Chris Chartrand (R), (216-179), 395, 197,50
    15. Saul Insignares III (R), (188-201), 389, 194,50
    16. Ron Dixon (R), (172-213), 385, 192,50
    17. Bill Blackwell (R), (172-204), 376, 188,00
    18. Dennis Psaropoulos (R), (188-180), 368, 184,00
    19. Steve Johnson (L), (170-192), 362, 181,00
    20. Tony Lavance (R), (172-180), 352, 176,00
    21. Mike Purdy (R), (167-175), 342, 171,00
    22. Josh Moore (L), (146-194), 340, 170,00
    23. Pekka Korpi (R), (149-173), 322, 161,00
    24. Tony Crews (L), (178-137), 315, 157,50


    Bob Learn Jr. takes the early lead in 1st WTBA World Challenge


    Bob Learn.jpg Five-time PBA Champion Bob Learn Jr. took the early lead in the first "WTBA World Challenge" at the Kegel Training Center in Lakes Wales, Fla. With 256. Learn, who has more than 60 approved 300-games under his belt, started with four strikes, spared a 10-pin and fired another four-bagger before another 10-pin spoiled his bid for a 279-game. Craig Auerbach is second with 239, Bob Handley third 229, Neill Stremmel fourth 227 and Sami Luoto, Finland, fifth 222.


    1st WTBA World Challenge - Standings after Game 1


    Players with position, right or left-handed and pinfall

    1. Bob Learn (R), 256
    2. Craig Auerbach (R), 239
    3. Bob Handley (R), 229
    4. Neil Stremmel (R), 227
    5. Sami Luoto (R), 222
    6. Larry Barwick (R), 216
    (tie) Chris Chartrand (R), 216
    8. Rob Comito (R), 213
    9. Jose Rodriguez (L), 204
    10. Matt Gilmann (R), 203
    11. Vernon Peterson (R), 199
    12. Dennis Davis (R), 192
    13. Dennis Psaropoulos (R), 188
    (tie) Saul Insignares III (R), 188
    15. Tony Crews (L), 178
    16. Storm Devincent (R), 176
    17. Bill Blackwell (R), 172
    (tie) Tony Lavance (R), 172
    19. Ron Dixon (R), 172
    20. Steve Johnson (L), 170
    21. Mike Purdy (R), 167
    22. John Forst (R), 164
    23. Pekka Korpi (R), 149
    24. Josh Moore (L), 146


    First "World Challenge" is underway at the Kegel Training Center


    2006WTBAWC01John Davis.jpg Three days after the the WTBA Technical Committtee has presented its concept of a "Regulation Bowling Ball" (read more all about this topic) to the American bowling writers, 24 players will take on the 12 lanes at the Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., for the first "World Challenge" tournament. The pictures shows WTBA Technical Committee chairman John Davis.

    WTBATestBallbluered.jpg All players - professionals, former professionals, internationals and medium bowlers - have to use the "WBA Test Ball", which is available in two weights - 15 lbs. (red) and 16 lbs. (blue).

    All test balls given to the players prior to the competition have between 2.5 and 3.5 ounces of top weight prior to drilling.

    USBCLogoRedsmall.jpg USBC Rules say you cannot have more than three ounces top or bottom weight, not more than one ounce positive or negative side weight, and not more than one ounce finger or thumb weight.

    However, to get maximum information from the event, the WTBA Technical Committee allowed the players to place the center of gravity (CG) at any position.

    KegelTedThompson.jpg "The players can do whatever they want," stated Ted Thompson, Kegel's representative in Europe, who is responsible for the lane maintenance at the first "World Challenge. "If they wante they could have maximum 3.5 ounce side weight. The players could also prepare the surface in any manner that they think it would help them knocking down more pins."

    2006WTBAWC01OilPattern.jpg Thompson gave us the facts about the oil pattern: 7.21 ml, 4:1 ratio by volume, 34 feet lenghts. "You can compare it to the pattern we used at the 2005 Women's World Championship in Aalborg, Denmark," said Thompson. "However, as the 'WTBA Test Ball' has little flare and no carry down we use only one third to one quarter of the normal amount of oil." ." Download the the Oil Pattern here (pdf file....

    Cats_3666.jpg C.A.T.S. data will be available for every player and every shot, like it was for the 2005 World Ranking Masters at Kegel Training Center. All players have to fill out a questionaire with social and technical qestions twice - BEFORE and AFTER the competition.

    All players will bowl eight games on eight lanes (5-12), three players per lane, lane change after each game, international style, the right players goes right, the left player goes left. The top 12 will cash.

    Players with their starting lanes (R/L indicates left and right-handers)

    Vernon Petersen.jpg 5A Dennis Davis, R
    5B Pekka Korpi, R
    5C Vernon Peterson, R (pictured)

    6A Josh Moore, L
    6B Mike Purdy, R
    6C Jose Rodriguez, L

    7A Saul Insignares III, R
    7B Rob Comito, R
    7C Bill Blackwell, R

    8A Tony Crews, L
    8B Tony Lavance, R
    8C Steve Johnson, L

    Bob Learn.jpg 9A Bob Learn, R (pictured)
    9B Chris Chartrand, R
    9C Ron Dixon, R

    10A John Forst, R
    10B Bob Handley, R
    10C Storm Devincent, R

    11A Neil Stremmel, R
    11B Craig Auerbach, R
    11C Matt Gilmann, R

    Sami Luoto.jpg 12A Dennis Psaropoulos, R
    12B Larry Barwick, R
    12C Sami Luoto, R (pictured)






    Total Prize Fund: $5,000,00


    Place 1 - $2.000,00
    Place 2 - $1.000,00
    Place 3 - $500,00
    Place 4 - $300,00
    Place 5 - $200,00
    Place 6 - $175,00
    Place 7 - $150,00
    Place 8 - $150,00
    Place 9 - $150,00
    Place 10 - $125,00
    Place 11 - $125,00
    Place 12 - $125,00