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March 29, 2005
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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2005 Denny's PBA Championship set to roll into EMU

YPSILANTI - If it were a movie, it could be called "The PBA Strikes Back!"

There will be plenty of bowling stars on hand when Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center plays host for the second consecutive year to the 2005 PBA Denny's World Championship, April 2-3.

ESPN will televise the championship live Sunday, April 3, at 1 p.m. ET

Tickets for Saturday's sessions at the EMU Convocation Center are $20. Tickets for Sunday's finals are $20, $30, $50, and $75. For more information, call the EMU ticket office at 487-2282. Tickets also are available at the PBA's official website, www.PBA.com.

The 2005 PBA Denny's Championship is the culmination of the 2004-05 season and will feature defending champion Tom Baker of Buffalo, N.Y.; current PBA World Point Ranking leader Patrick Allen; and Walter Ray Williams Jr., who is one title away from tying Earl Anthony's PBA Tour record of 41 career titles.

Thirty-seven bowlers from Michigan are on the tournament roster for the event. Mika Koivuniemi, of Hartland, is currently sixth in the point standings and was the runner-up in the 2004 PBA World Championship last season.

The winner gets $120,000 in prize money, a four-season tour exemption, and a pass into the PBA Motel 6 Roll to Riches, a winner-take-all event with a record payday of $200,000.

Sixteen bowlers will participate in the championship round at the Convocation Center Saturday, April 2. Bowlers will participate in two sessions of best 4 of 7 match play. The sessions are 2-5:30 p.m. and 6-9:30 p.m. The field will be cut to four bowlers for Sunday's Championship at 1 p.m.

Taylor Lanes is hosting the preliminary rounds of the event March 28-April 1.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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