Tommy Jones' Impressive Run


    PBA Spare Shots

    2004JPNCupTommyJones1.jpg Tommy Jones must really like the Denny's PBA Tour format for standard events, which features 14 games of qualifying followed by the best-of-seven games match play rounds of 32, 16 and 8. Jones has won three of the last four standard events on Tour and he's posted some gaudy numbers in the process.

    Dating back to his victory in the 2005 Cambridge Credit Classic last season, Jones has gone 42-19 in match play games (including one-game matches on telecasts) over the last four standard events and is 3-0 in matches that went the full seven games.

    After defeating Tony Reyes, 266-217, to win the 2005 Cambridge Credit Classic, Jones was swept in the following week's Round of 32 of the 2005 Baby Ruth Real Deal Classic by Dennis Horan Jr. After that loss, Jones has won 10 consecutive matches in standard events.

    In capturing the 2005 Banquet Open, Jones endured back-to-back, four-games-to-three match play victories over Rick Steelsmith and Mika Koivuniemi in the rounds of 16 and 8. After that, he dispatched of Steve Jaros and Liz Johnson in the televised finals to win his fourth career Tour title.

    In last week's 2005 Tulsa Championship, Jones needed seven games to hold off Jaros in the Round of 32, then blew by Joe Ciccone and PBA Hall of Famer Gary Dickinson with 4-1 victories in the rounds of 16 and 8. In the championship round, Jones defeated six-time Tour title winner Chris Barnes and Wes Malott for his sixth career Tour title.

    What may be most impressive of Jones' last three wins in standard Denny's PBA Tour events is the fact each one featured a different oil pattern. The 2005 Cambridge Credit Classic sported the Scorpion pattern while the 2005 Banquet Open showcased the Chameleon pattern. Last week, the Cheetah pattern was used.

    Lights, Camera, Action!

    Tommy_Jones_5732.jpg Jones' 15-match winning streak in nationally televised finals is just one shy of Jim Pencak's Denny's PBA Tour record of 16 victories from 1989-91.

    Jones' streak began with the Dydo Japan Cup 2004 and has spanned six telecasts. He's averaged 232.00 on TV during the run while opponents are averaging just 196.27. In fact, Jones' opponents have shot under 200 in seven matches while he has shot 248 or better in five matches.

    During Jones' winning streak he's beaten two PBA Hall of Famers (Amleto Monacelli and Brian Voss), a 22-time Tour title winner (Norm Duke), three former PBA Rookie of the Year award winners (Brad Angelo, Chris Barnes and Paul Fleming) and the 2005 PBA Player of the Year Patrick Allen.

    Malott's 248 Not Enough

    Wes_Malott_5537.jpg Last week was a successful one for Wes Malott, Austin, Texas. Not only did he advance to the televised finals of the 2005 Tulsa Championship, but he broke a three3-game losing streak on TV and won his first career televised match when he dispatched of Mile Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., in the semifinals, 236-209.

    In the title match, Malott converted two single-pin spares to start the match, then struck on his next five shots to hang close to Jones. However, a disastrous gutterball in the 8th frame could have unraveled the 29-year-old. Instead Malott rebounded and picked up the spare then struck on his next three shots. There was nothing Malott could do about Jones' incredible run, but he still shot a career-best 248 in the match despite missing out on the title.

    Malott's 248 was the highest losing score in a title match since Doug Kent fell to Walter Ray Williams Jr. in the title match of the 2004 Uniroyal Tire Classic, 268-248. In the 18 tournaments between the 2004 Uniroyal Tire Classic and last week's 2005 Tulsa Championship, Malott's 248 would have been good enough to win the title match in 13 of those events.

    Did You Know?

    As you know, Jones has won four of the past seven Denny's PBA Tour events, but did you know the last bowler to accomplish that feat was none other than Walter Ray Williams Jr.? He made his run in 1993, when Jones was just 14 years old.

    2004PBA03WRW1.jpg Williams' streak began with his 1993 Columbia Open victory where he beat Butch Soper in the title match, 279-222. After failing to win the next two events, Williams struck out in the 10th frame and defeated Bryan Goebel, 258-254, to win the 1993 Northwest Classic. The following week, Williams ousted fellow PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss in the title match of the 1993 Oregon Open, 224-217, by doubling in the 10th frame.

    Voss recovered to win the following week's 1993 Active West Open, but Williams responded by winning his fourth Tour title in seven events in the 1993 Tucson Open. He won four matches on TV that week, finally beating Dave D'Entremont in the title match, 236-224.

    Jones Makes More History

    Jones' win last week, coupled with his Dydo Japan Cup 2005 win in September, makes him just the fourth bowler in Tour history to win the first two events in a Tour season.

    David_Ozio_3705.jpg The last bowler to do that was PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio, who won the 1991 AC-Delco Classic and the 1991 Showboat Invitational to start that season's campaign.

    Prior to Ozio's performance in 1991, only the legendary Dick Weber and Don Johnson had accomplished the impressive mark. Weber won the 1962 season-opening Benesch Open and followed that with a win in the 1962 Puerto Rico Invitational. Johnson opened up the 1972 season with victories in the BPAA U.S. Open and the 1972 Denver Open.

    On to Denver

    DPBATourLogoS.jpg The Denny's PBA Tour heads now heads to Lakewood, Colo. for the 2005 Mile High Classic beginning Wednesday, Nov. 2 at Brunswick Zone Lakewood. ESPN will televise the finals live on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. ET.

    The 2005 Mile High Classic marks the 2second Denny's PBA Tour event to be held in the great state of Colorado. Andy Marzich won the Tour's first-ever event in Colorado, the 1963 Coca Cola Open at Celebrity Lanes in Denver, Colo.

    Just two currently exempt bowlers have ever won a Denny's PBA Tour title in Colorado. PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker won the 1981 Denver Open at the Celebrity Fun Center in Denver and Tommy Jones won last season's 2004 Denver Open.

    Baker and Jones will be looking to join PBA Hall of Famers Don Johnson and Dick Weber as the only bowlers to win multiple Tour titles in the state of Colorado. Johnson won the 1964 and 1972 Denver Open events while Weber won the 1966 and 1971 Denver Open events.

    2005-06 Denny's PBA Tour Statistical Leaders

    2005-06 Denny's PBA Tour Point Leaders
    1. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 25,000
    2. Wes Malott, Austin, Texas, 21,714
    3. Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 19,249
    4. Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., 17,332
    5. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 15,398
    6. Michael Fagan, Greenlawn, N.Y., 14,143
    7. Mike DeVaney, Temecula, Calif., 13,097
    8. Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 12,212
    9. Randy Weiss, Irmo, S.C., 11,054
    10. Paul Fleming, Bedford, Texas, 10,397

    2005-06 Denny's PBA Tour Earnings Leaders
    1. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. $90,000
    2. Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla. $30,000
    3. Wes Malott, Austin, Texas, $23,800
    4. Patrick Healey Jr. Flower Mound, Texas, $14,000
    5. Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, $13,000
    6. Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind. $12,380
    7. Patrick Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y. $9,500
    8. Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y. $8,000
    9. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J. $6,700
    10. Robert Smith, Thousand Oaks, Calif. $6,600

    2005-06 Denny's PBA Tour Average Leaders
    1. Parker Bohn III, Jackson, N.J., 240.16
    2. Mike Scroggins, Amarillo, Texas, 234.47
    3. Wes Malott, Austin, Texas, 232.97
    4. Brian Himmler, Cincinnati, 231.68
    5. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 231.67
    6. Michael Haugen Jr., Las Vegas, Nev., 231.50
    7. Chris Barnes, Flower Mound, Texas, 230.36
    8. Jason Couch, Clermont, Texas, 229.48
    9. Royce Rusher, Tulsa, Okla., 229.14
    10. Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 228.75

    2005-06 Denny's PBA Tour Strike Percentage Leaders
    with Strikes/Attempts and Percentage
    1. Tommy Jones, 152/216, 70.37
    2. Wes Malott, 125/180, 69.44
    3. Dale Traber, 44/67, 65.67
    4. Chris Barnes, 142/217, 65.44
    5. Gary Dickinson, 119/182, 65.39
    6. Jason Couch, 97/150, 64.67
    7. Michael Fagan, 123/193, 63.73
    8. Brian Kretzer, 42/66, 63.64
    9. Joe Ciccone, 72/114, 63.16
    10. Parker Bohn III, 35/56, 62.50

    2005-06 Denny's PBA Tour Spare Percentage Leaders
    with Spares/Attempts and Percentage (including splits)
    1. Dale Traber, 20/22, 90.91
    2. Randy Weiss, 48/53, 90.57
    3. Mike Scroggins, 18/20, 90.00
    4. Paul Fleming, 49/56, 87.50
    5. Michael Machuga, 21/24, 87.50
    6. Brian Himmler, 21/24, 87.50
    7. Wes Malott, 44/52, 84.62
    8. Mike Wolfe, 60/71, 84.51
    9. Steve Jaros, 26/31, 83.87
    10. Walter Ray Williams Jr., 26/31, 83.87

    Match Play Games Win Percentage Leaders
    with Wins/Losses and Percentage
    1. Wes Malott, 13/3, .813
    2. Tommy Jones, 14/5, .737
    3. Mike Wolfe, 12/4, .706
    4. Chris Barnes, 12/7, .632
    5. Michael Fagan, 10/7, .588
    6. Randy Weiss, 7/5, .583
    7. Norm Duke, 11/8, .579
    8. Gary Dickinson, 9/7, .563
    9. Paul Fleming, 7/6, .538
    (tie) Jack Jurek, 7/6, .538