VERNON HILLS, Ill. -- Danny Wiseman was nearly perfect en route to winning his 10th career title Sunday in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Miller High Life Open at Hawthorn Lanes.
Wiseman, Baltimore, defeated PBA Hall of Famer Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla., in the championship match, 277-237, and earned the $40,000 top prize.
With nine strikes to the open game, Wiseman stepped up in the 10th having already won the trophy. He just needed three strikes to claim the 15th televised 300 game in PBA history. The 35-year-old right-hander came up light on his first ball and left the 2-8 "sleeper" combination.
"I'd like to have that one back again," he said. "I threw it on line, but miss-hit the ball at the bottom of my swing. I just 'amped' it up a little too much."
Wiseman, who finished second last week at Memphis, Tenn., became the 40th player to reach the fabled 10-title plateau. The feat now carries eligibility for the PBA Hall of Fame after retirement.
"I finally tied Barry Asher," said Wiseman about one of the eight players he tied for 32nd in career wins. "He's been on my butt for a while now about that."
Williams, who earned $20,000, threw six strikes against Wiseman including a five-bagger from the fifth frame. He converted single-pin leaves in every other frame. Williams now has 33 second place finishes to go along with his 34 titles.
"I bowled a great game, you can't fault me for that," commented Williams. "Sometimes the pins just don't want to cooperate. But, they did for Danny. That also happened to me three weeks ago (Wichita, Kan.) when I shot 258 and Dave D'Entremont brought a 270 at me. So, it's not the first time it's happened. It won't be the last."
In the semifinals, Wiseman beat Steve Hoskins (215-197) while Williams clobbered Jason Couch (256-176). Couch, Clermont, Fla., and Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla., tied for third and picked up $10,000 each. In the opening match, Hoskins ousted Wild Card Mike DeVaney (254-211). DeVaney, Escondido, Calif., pocketed $9,000 in fifth.
The PBA Tour travels to Taylor Lanes in Taylor, Mich., for the PBA Greater Detroit Open, Nov. 6-10. The tournament will mark the seventh of 22 events on the 2002-03 schedule.
PBA Miller High Life Open
Hawthorn Lanes, Vernon Hills, Ill.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Pos. Name/City & State Total/Games Money
1. Danny Wiseman, Baltimore 492 (2 games) $40,000
2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Ocala, Fla. 493 (2 games) $20,000
3-t. Steve Hoskins, Tarpon Springs, Fla. 451 (2 games) $10,000
Jason Couch, Clermont, Fla. 176 (1 game) $10,000
5. Mike DeVaney, Escondido, Calif. 211 (1 game) $ 9,000
PLAYOFF RESULTS - In the wildcard match, Hoskins def. DeVaney, 254-211; in the semifinals, Williams def. Couch, 256-176, and Wiseman def. Hoskins, 215-197; and in the final, Wiseman def. Williams, 277-237.