| HAMMER DIESEL PARTICLE DOMINATES 2002 SUPER HOINKE
Kent. - Just shortly after becoming the latest ball in the Hammer
Arsenal, the Diesel Particle took amateur Hammer staffer Mike Bixler to
an unprecedented win at the 2002 Super Hoinke Classic (December 1,
2002, Cincinnati, Ohio).
Bixler dominated the tournament and ultimately defeated Tommy
Humphreys, 216-191. He took home $50,000 and became the youngest ever
champion of this major amateur event. Now with the Super Hoinke under
his belt, he's got plans.
"Personally, I'm looking to win the High Roller and Mini Eliminator in
the near future, and Hammer's going to take me there," said Bixler.
Twenty-four-year-old Bixler began bowling after high school, looking to
?fatten his wallet? prior to college. In 1997, his first year out, he
became the youngest ever winner of the Limpus Open and, with 30 - 300s
and 21 - 800s to his credit, he's been on a roll ever since. His
1997 - PSBA State Champion Team (with a record score - 3693);
1998 - Colgate Invitational Champion, Reading Bowling Association Doubles Champion;
2001 - World Team Challenge Champion; Reading Bowling Association -
Doubles, Team and All Events Champion (with a record score for All
Events - 2333); and
2002 - Reading Bowling Association Singles, Doubles and All Events Champion.
"Hammer likes to make a statement with every product release and staff
addition," said Ed Gallagher, product manager for Hammer. "Mike is
aggressive and intense. So is our product. We couldn't dream up a
Hammer Bowling exploded back onto the scene in 2002 with the release of
three new ball series, the Blade&Mac217;, Diesel&Mac217; and
Vicious, as well as the Hammer Everclear&Mac217;. In addition to
new product releases, Hammer created its women's and men's pro staff
with PWBA player Kendra Gaines and PBA player Patrick Allen. Jeff Lizzi
and Michael Machuga were added to Hammer's pro staff in January 2003
and Mike Bixler signed on as Hammer's first amateur staff member.