The Master

by PBA Editor June 10, 2005 19:00
A little over six months ago, the last thing on Gary Dickinson’s mind was bowling. While winning the Senior All-Star Bowling Association Tournament in Longview, Texas back in late November of 2004, Dickinson had a feeling something wasn’t quite right. When he returned home, a visit to the doctor confirmed the worst: Dickinson had suffered a heart attack. After undergoing quadruple-bypass surgery, many things were in question. But successful surgery and a fast recovery have left little doubt as to whether Dickinson is ready to defend his Senior ABC Masters title. Dickinson is back in Las Vegas, Nev. this week, along with 384 other bowlers, as they compete for the second and final major title of the 2005 PBA Senior Tour season. The event will take place at Suncoast Bowling Center for the second consecutive season. Last year at Suncoast, Dickinson defeated Roy Buckley, 638-580, in the three-game final. Dickinson, an 11-time PBA Senior Tour champion, will look to become the first three-time winner of the ABC Senior Masters and the second to win the event back-to-back (Dave Davis, 1995-96). Dickinson also won the event in 1997. The ABC and PBA Hall of Famer will face some tough competition. Dave Soutar, the only bowler to win the ABC Masters (1973) and Senior ABC Masters (2000), will also be competing. And you can never count out PBA exempt bowler Tom Baker, who has finished in the top five in all five PBA Senior Tour events this season. Baker won the first major of the season, the 2005 PBA Senior U.S. Open, and has finished 2nd twice, most recently in the 2005 PBA Senior Tucson Open which concluded Friday night. Competition begins Sunday with 384 bowlers bowling five games of qualifying, and continues Monday and Tuesday with players bowling five games a day. The 63 bowlers with the highest 15-game pinfall will join Dickinson, who receives a bye through qualifying as the defending champion, in three-game, double-elimination match play. The last undefeated bowler from the winner’s bracket will face the winner of the loser’s bracket on Thursday for the $20,000 top prize and a spot in next season’s PBA Dexter Tournament of Champions.
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Surina Wins Tight Contest

by PBA Editor June 9, 2005 19:00
Matt Surina won his first career PBA Senior Tour title by nine pins – spread over three grueling games. In what proved to be close call after close call, Surina edged-out PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker, two-games-to-one, in the title match of the 2005 PBA Senior Tucson Open Friday evening at Golden Pin Lanes. Surina, who earned $8,000 for the win, dropped the opening game, 259-256, failing to double in the 10th frame. He evened the match by winning game two, 226-224. A Baker six-count to start the 7th frame proved to be the difference. “All I did was try to bowl the best I could…I just believe its fate. If it’s going to happen, it’ll happen,” said Surina, who won the 1981 PBA Tucson Open in the same bowling center. “This is something I thought I was never going to do. There are so many great bowlers out here; I’m flabbergasted.” The top-seeded qualifier from Everett, Wash., won game three, 192-188, striking on his first shot in the 10th frame to seal the victory. The title match wasn’t the first close call for Surina, who edged out a tight 3-2 win over PBA Hall of Famer Dave Soutar in the best-of-five games match play round of 8 earlier in the day. Tied 2-2, Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., opened in the 8th and 9th frames of game five to give Surina the win, 194-179. Surina then defeated Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 2-1, in the best-of-three games semifinals. Baker, Buffalo, punched his ticket to the title match by defeating fellow PBA Hall of Famer Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., in the semifinals, 2-0, averaging 278.50. The PBA Senior Tour continues with the American Bowling Congress Senior Masters June 11-16 at the Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas, Nev. PBA Senior Tour PBA Senior Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Ariz. Friday, June 10 CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND (Best-of-three games match play. Winner earns $8,000. Loser earns $4,500.) #1 Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., def. #7 Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., 2-1 (256-259, 226-224, 192-188). SEMIFINAL ROUND (Best-of-three games match play. Losers earn $3,000.) #1 Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., def. #4 Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 2-1 (227-299, 279-244, 246-214). #7 Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., def. #27 Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 2-0 (268-225, 289-235). ROUND OF 8 (Best-of-five games match play. Losers earn $1,700.) #1 Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., def. #8 Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3-2 (268-209, 191-227, 246-207, 238-268, 194-179). #7 Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., def. #2 Junichi Yajima, Japan, 3-1 (238-214, 259-268, 268-247, 225-202). #27 Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., def. #3 Takeo Sakai, Japan, 3-1 (225-223, 214-193, 238-247, 202-182). #4 Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., def. #28 Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3-2 (268-239, 247-279, 237-248, 238-197, 279-233). ROUND OF 16 (Best-of-five games match play. Losers earn $1,300.) #1 Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., def. #32 Larry Graybeal. Elizabethton, Tenn., 3-0 (277-214, 219-193, 246-168). #8 Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., def. #24 Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3-0 (227-196, 246-223, 211-204). #28 Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, def. #5 Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3-0 (279-234, 258-243, 279-245). #4 Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., def. #20 Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 3-2 (259-256, 290-233, 201-300, 214-218, 226-194). #2 Junichi Yajima, Japan, def. #31 Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 3-1 (257-257 [40-39], 268-279, 268-234, 246-224). #7 Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., def. #10 Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3-1 (234-228, 197-206, 278-248, 268-243). #27 Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., def. #6 Bob Glass, Lawrence, Kan., 3-2 (217-257, 234-227, 268-213, 169-258, 228-218). #Takeo Sakai, Japan, def. #14 Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3-1 (268-200, 246-263, 213-205, 299-213). 300 Games – Roger LeClair.
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Surina Takes Top Spot

by PBA Editor June 8, 2005 19:00
Matt Surina used a 244.13 average over his final eight-game set Thursday to take over the lead in the 2005 PBA Senior Tucson Open at Golden Pin Lanes. The top eight qualifiers receive a bye into the best-of-five games match play round of 16. The round of 32, also best-of-five games match play, features qualifiers 17-32, and begins tonight at 5 p.m. PT. “Anytime you don’t have to bowl against anyone that’s good,” Surina, Everett, Wash., said. “I get two byes, which is nice. It gives me a chance to rest up a bit, and just relax a little bit.” Surina, who finished qualifying with a 5,725 24-game pinfall, entered the day in 5th place while Junichi Yajima, Tokyo, Japan, held the top spot. Yajima, who owns a record 41 career Japanese Professional Bowlers Association titles, finished 2nd overall with 5,717. The 54-year-old Surina started Thursday with a 243 in his opening game before firing back-to-back scores of 279 in games three and four. That was followed by back-to-back scores of 224. Surina capped off his session with a 248 in game eight. PBA Hall of Famer Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., finished 8th, and captured the final bye into the round of 16, with 5,535. Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., was 32nd with 5,150, and beat out the 2003 PBA Senior Player of the Year Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., for the final match play spot by three pins. Qualifiers 17-32 will bowl each other in best-of-five match play with the winners advancing to face qualifiers 9-16 tonight at 7 p.m. The winners of those matches will play qualifiers 1-8 on Friday at 11 a.m. The semifinals and finals on Friday will feature best-of-three match play, with the winner taking home the $8,000 top prize. PBA Senior Tour PBA Senior Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Ariz. Thursday, June 9 THIRD ROUND (Pos., name/hometown and 24-game pinfall. Places 33-38 earn $800. Places 9-17 earn a bye into the round of 24 while places 1-8 earn a bye into the round of 16.) 1, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 5,725. 2, Junichi Yajima, Japan, 5,717. 3, Takeo Sakai, Japan, 5,647. 4, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, NM, 5,615. 5, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 5,612. 6, Robert Glass, Lawrence, Kan., 5,573. 7, Tom Baker, Buffalo, N.Y., 5,555. 8, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 5,535. 9, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 5,534. 10, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 5,507. 11, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 5,480. 12, Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., 5,475. 13, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 5,447. 14, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 5,426. 15, James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 5,389. 16, Ron Winger, Westlake Village, Calif., 5,369. 17, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 5,353. 18, Chuck Pierce, Dallas, 5,351. 19, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 5,331. 20, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 5,327. 21, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 5,298. 22, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 5,258. 23, William Roeben, Bonney Lake, Wash., 5,239. 24, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 5,238. 25, Gene Vincent, Stonington, Ill., 5,230. 26, Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 5,212. 27, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 5,207. 28, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 5,198. 29, Hobo Boothe, Winnetka, Calif., 5,189. 30, Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 5,161. 31, Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 5,158. 32, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 5,150. 33, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 5,147, $800. 34, Don Patterson, Knoxville, Tenn., 5,137, $800. 35, Roger Kossert, Brandon, Fla., 5,105, $800. 36, Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., 5,104, $800. 37, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 5,086, $800. 38, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 5,059, $800. 300 Games: None.
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Schlegel Moves On

by PBA Editor June 8, 2005 19:00
Ernie Schlegel has appeared in over 1,050 PBA events, including 65 PBA Senior Tour events, but he still has to try something different every now and then. Schlegel took a big step left and played deep inside to average 254.33 in a three-games-to-none win over James Brenner in the round of 24 Thursday evening at Golden Pin Lanes. “This would be a real big feather in my cap if I can win this week since I’m winning from my least favorite angle,” said Schlegel, a PBA Hall of Famer from Vancouver, Wash. “I have to try to play there, or I go home.” Schlegel, 62, won the opening game against Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 268-201, before taking game two, 227-215. He improved his match play games record to 6-2 this week with a 268-201 win in game three. The victory gives Schlegel, who usually plays further out towards the gutter, a ticket into the round of 16 where he will face Japan’s Junichi Yajima, the second-highest qualifier this week. In other matches, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., defeated five-time title winner Ron Winger, Westlake Village, Calif., 3-0. Graybeal is 6-0 over his first two matches after earning the 32nd, and final, match play spot this week. Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., needed five games to beat Bill Roeben, Bonney Lake, Wash., 3-2. The win gives Eagle, a nine-time title winner, a match against PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker, Buffalo, in the round of 16. The round of 16 begins Friday at 11 a.m. PT, and features the winners from the round of 24 against the top-8 qualifiers. The round of 8 will immediately follow. The semifinals and finals begin Friday at 7 p.m. and will feature best-of-three match play, with the winner taking home the $8,000 top prize. PBA Senior Tour PBA Senior Tucson Open Golden Pin Lanes Tucson, Ariz. Thursday, June 9 ROUND OF 24 (Best-of-five games. Losers earn $1,100.) #24 Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., def. #9 Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-2 (239-254, 254-236, 222-203, 246-265, 268-190). #10 Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., def. #23 William Roeben, Bonney Lake, Wash., 3-2 (247-225, 236-258, 267-234, 217-219, 267-234). #27 Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., def. #11 Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-1 (246-186, 264-237, 224-255, 255-248). #28 Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio., def. #12 Roger Bowker, Ocala, Fla., 3-2 (218-247, 238-259, 247-204, 255-217, 227-224). #20 Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., def. #13 Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 3-2 (215-191, 211-259, 279-300, 290-204, 249-201). #14 Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, def. #19 Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio., 3-1 (237-246, 267-195, 258-234, 196-173). #31 Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., def. #15 James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 3-0 (268-201, 227-215, 268-201). #32 Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., def. #16 Ron Winger, Westlake Village, Calif., 3-0 (255-247, 216-213, 235-217). ROUND OF 32 (Best-of-five games. Losers earn $1,000.) #32 Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., def. #17 John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 3-0 (247-242, 259-245, 236-216). #31 Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., def. #18 Chuck Pierce, Dallas, 3-2 (234-227, 238-179, 205-205 [29-30], 199-242, 216-204). #19 Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, def. #30 Patsy DellaPenna, Palm Harbor, Fla., 3-1 (247-242, 200-269, 268-217, 268-245). #20 Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., def. #29 Hobo Boothe, Winnetka, Calif., 3-0 (269-216, 214-195, 236-205). #28 Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, def. #21 Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3-1 (181-187, 189-166, 237-189, 236-226). #27 Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., def. #22 Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3-2 (227-205, 255-268, 184-185, 237-167, 259-225). #23 William Roeben, Bonney Lake, Wash., def. #26 Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 3-2 (258-214, 217-226, 201-259, 247-207, 247-208). #24 Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., def. #25 Gene Vincent, Stonington, Ill., 3-0 (231-214, 211-195, 233-206). 300 Games: (One) Don Sylvia.
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Allen Wins 2005 PBA Player of the Year

by PBA Editor June 8, 2005 19:00
The PBA announced today that Patrick Allen has won the 2005 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year Award and Jason Queen has been named the 2005 Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award winner. Allen, Tarrytown, N.Y., set career highs in nearly every statistical category, winning three titles while earning a Tour-best $350,740 during the 2004-05 Tour season. Allen, who also won the 2005 Harry Smith Point Leader Award, finished 5th or better in each of the PBA Tour’s four major events, including his first career major victory in the 2005 PBA Denny’s World Championship in Taylor, Mich. “I take a lot of pride in this award because there are a lot of great players who have never won the award. I feel very fortunate,” said Allen. “I’d like to thank all the people who supported me through the good times and the bad…going through the learning curve of bowling on Tour is a lot more difficult than I ever imagined. Hard work can pay off.” Allen, owner of five career titles, was tied for the Tour lead with 11 top-10 finishes and had at least one top-10 finish on each of the PBA Tour’s five standard oil patterns. He was the first bowler to win back-to-back PBA Tour events since Walter Ray Williams Jr. in 2000, when he captured the 2005 PBA Dallas Open and the 2005 PBA Birmingham Open. Tommy Jones, Mauldin, S.C., was second in the PBA Player of the Year voting after winning a Tour-best four titles last season. Chris Barnes, who won the 62nd U.S. Open presented by Odor-Eaters for his first career major title, was third. Others receiving votes were: Tom Baker, Parker Bohn III, Jason Couch, Norm Duke, Steve Jaros, Mika Koivuniemi, Robert Smith, Brian Voss, Walter Ray Williams Jr. and Danny Wiseman. Queen, Oreana, Ill., won the PBA Steve Nagy Sportsmanship Award for the second time since becoming a PBA member in 1999, having also won the award in 2003. Queen finished 56th in the 2004-05 PBA World Point Rankings, with his best performance coming in a 9th place finish in the 2005 PBA Atlanta Classic. Queen has been nominated for this award on numerous occasions. “This definitely is an honor because you’re getting the award from the greatest people in game – people you call competitors and friends,” said Queen. “It’s a true honor to know they view you in that way. It means a lot to me.” Tony Reyes and Ritchie Wolf tied for second place while Tim Criss and Rick Lawrence also received votes. The Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year Award was not awarded for the 2004-05 PBA Tour season since no bowler fit the criteria to be nominated for the award. To be eligible for the award, nominees must have less than seven career PBA Tour appearances prior to the start of a season and earn an exemption for the following season. The PBA Player of the Year Award is named after the long-time television play-by-play announcer Chris Schenkel. Schenkel provided commentary for the PBA Tour for 36 years and was elected to the PBA Hall of Fame in 1976. Steve Nagy, a member of the American Bowling Congress and PBA Hall of Fame, is the namesake of the PBA’s Sportsmanship Award. The award is given annually to the PBA professional who demonstrates the highest degree of sportsmanship on Tour. The PBA Tour Awards were voted on by PBA members after the completion of the 2004-05 season.
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