Who Am I?

by PBA Editor June 20, 2002 19:00
Photo: It’s Bob Chamberlain, who, over the last year, has won more senior titles than anyone (3). Chamberlain is pictured in the Stroh’s Brewery uniform that he adorned from 1971-86 – lambchops not included.
Once again in his career, Bob Chamberlain is making noise. Most fans and bowlers consider Bob Glass as the preeminent player on the PBA Senior Tour. But, Chamberlain, a 53-year-old, of Auburn Hills, Mich., has developed into a true contender for the unofficial title. “It’s actually a pretty nice feeling,” he said. “It’s nice when I go home. I talked to Matt Fiorito (Detroit Free Press bowling columnist) the other day and he said, ‘Bob, people keep asking me all the time what’s happening with you out there. You’re making noise.’ I guess that’s good.” What’s good is Chamberlain’s game. Since winning his first senior title last summer in the PBA Senior Northwest Classic he has followed-up with two more wins and a flurry of top-five finishes. “I think it has a lot to do with what I’ve done to my game. I’ve changed my game to the point where I went to spinning the ball, instead of rolling it. It took me a couple of years out here to learn what I had to do. I used to be a very high roller.” Chamberlain turned 50 in 1999 and immediately joined the Senior Tour. “I watched the success that Bob Glass has out here. He’s a spinner. When I first came out here, Al Sanford had won a couple of titles. He’s a spinner. So, I decided I had to find a way to change my roll.” Just as all the pieces fell together in late 2000, Chamberlain hurt his knee while bowling on the Tour. Following surgery and rigorous physical therapy, he was ready to give it another go – only to be set back once again. During the 2001 ABC Senior Masters in Reno, Nev., he was struck by a car while walking from the National Bowling Stadium, re-injuring the knee. “I don’t want to say the knee injury has been a blessing, but it got me to slow down and throw the ball a little bit different. It made me think about things more. I had to be aware of what I was doing at the foul line, how I was going into the slide. I had to make sure that I wasn’t going to stick. It probably added more concentration to what I was doing.” Ultimately, the knee had to be replaced. He had a new, titanium joint installed late in 2001. Amazingly, Chamberlain battled through the pain and won his first two senior titles in hobbled pain (2001 PBA Senior Northwest Classic & 2001 PBA Senior Tar Heel Open). Then, he picked up crown No. 3 on the new knee earlier this season (2002 PBA Senior Pennsylvania Open). No player has equaled Chamberlain’s winning pace over that stretch. “I hate to say it’s a feeling of power, but it’s a great feeling. People come up to you all the time and ask you, ‘What are you throwing?’ or ‘Where are you throwing it?’ People want to know what you’re doing all the time – the same as I always wanted to know what the top players were doing.”
AN ABBREVIATED RUN Chamberlain had already made considerable noise as a bowler prior to bowling on the PBA Senior Tour. He was always known as a great bowler, bowling leagues and exhibitions with the prominent Stroh’s Brewery Team for 16 years throughout the 70s and 80s. But, unlike the PBA Legends who lived the professional dream for decades, Chamberlain’s National Tour career lasted only four years. “I’m a plumber by trade – and plumbing got really slow. We didn’t have any work around the Detroit area. So, I had spent some time on the road. I went down to Tennessee and worked on the Watts Barr Dam for a little while. I got sick of being on the road, so I came back. As long as there wasn’t any real work, I thought it was a good opportunity to try the Tour. I hooked up with Dave Bernhardt and he became my first sponsor. He said, ‘Yeah, Bob, let’s just make a commitment right now and let’s just go for it.’” That was 1984. Chamberlain’s first tournament was in Peoria, Ill., followed by an event in the Cleveland, Ohio, area. However, it was stop No. 3, the Toledo Trust PBA National Championship, that proved to be the most memorable moment of his career. “It started snowing in Detroit. I was driving back-and-forth to Toledo from my house in Auburn Hills (Mich.). I was on C-Squad and I went down there to bowl the first round and the snow just kept coming. They just got hammered down there and we got snowed-in. “I couldn’t get back home. I couldn’t get any clothes because, for the first few days, I couldn’t get anywhere and a lot of the stores were closed. I wound up washing my shirt and pants in the sink of the motel room so I could continue on and have a clean shirt to bowl in every day. I wore that same shirt for a couple of days along with burgundy and grey pants. Harry Smith kept telling me right from the get-go, ‘I’ve been watching you throw the ball. You’re going to win this tournament.’ I’d known Harry for a long time, so I laughed at him and just kind of went on. After I won the tournament, he came up to me and said, ‘I told you what you were going to do. I think you should have your banner made in burgundy and grey.’ That’s exactly what I did. “Now, for my senior banner, I have Michigan colors, Maze and Blue. They had lost my original banner by the time I came to the Senior Tour, so I had to pick something different. I couldn’t have those Ohio State-like colors anymore. I love Michigan Football and have been a season-ticket holder for 12 years.”
A SECOND ‘FIRST’ Chamberlain didn’t do well in defense of first National Title (he didn’t cash). But, this week, he’ll have another pop at defending a first title – only this time it’s a senior title. “I’m more relaxed about bowling. Plus, I’m bowling really well. I’ve got a win already this year, a third-place finish in Detroit and second-place in Brentwood (Calif.). So, I feel pretty comfortable about going back into Beaverton. And, I’ve bowled well there the past two years.” Chamberlain will defend his PBA Senior Northwest Classic title, June 23-26, at Valley Lanes in Beaverton, Ore. He’ll be the one making noise.
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2nd Annual Coors Light Silver Bullet Classic

by PBA Editor June 20, 2002 19:00
Top 5 for stepladder finals. 1 PATRICK ALLEN (OR) - TARRYTOWN, NY 1735 1819 1923 5477 228.21 14 2 0 5897 +1097 2 TOMMY JONES - GREENVILLE,SC 1885 1708 1760 5353 223.04 11 5 0 5683 +883 3 CHRIS HAYDEN - TAMPA, FL 1764 1822 1732 5318 221.58 11 5 0 5648 +848 4 RUDY KASIMAKIS - GOLDSBORO, PA 1723 1928 1673 5324 221.83 9 7 0 5594 +794 5 ANDY ZOOK - RALEIGH,NC 1767 1749 1723 5239 218.29 11 5 0 5569 +769 Match 1 Andy started with 7 out of the first 8 and easily won this match. Andy Zook 247 Rudy Kasimakis 170 Match 2 This match went back and forth for 9 frames. Each bowler had the opportunity in the 10th. If Chris doubles, he wins. He didn't. If Andy strikes on the first ball, he wins. He didn't. Andy Zook 188 Chris Hayden 194 Match 3 Chris started with 4 spares and a 5 bagger and Tommy started with 3 strikes, 2 spares and a 4 bagger. Tommy had to strike on the first ball in the 10th to seal the victory and was successful. Chris Hayden 242 Tommy Jones 257 Match 4 WOW!!! Tommy Jones 299 Patrick Allen 181 6 GUPPY TROUP (S) - TAYLORSVILLE,NC 1735 1812 1642 5189 216.21 6 9 1 5384 +584 185 $800 7 BOBBY HALL II - WASHINGTON,D.C. 1734 1540 1826 5100 212.50 9 7 0 5370 +570 199 $700 8 KENNY SIMARD - GREENVILLE, SC 1725 1709 1658 5092 212.17 8 8 0 5332 +532 237 $675 9 TIM CRISS (OR) - BELAIR, MD 1856 1602 1683 5141 214.21 6 10 0 5321 +521 248 $650 10 SHAWN EVANS - SATELLITE BCH, FL 1804 1692 1584 5080 211.67 8 8 0 5320 +520 249 $600 11 DAVID WATSON - CARY, NC 1723 1656 1717 5096 212.33 6 9 1 5291 +491 278 $550 12 MIKE WHITTINGTON - CHARLOTTE,NC 1734 1645 1599 4978 207.42 7 9 0 5188 +388 381 $500 13 JOHN MAY - LINCOLNTON,NC 1772 1635 1615 5022 209.25 4 11 1 5157 +357 412 $475 14 WES GODWIN - MONROE,NC 1725 1540 1629 4894 203.92 6 9 1 5089 +289 480 $470 15 JERRY CZZOWITZ - LEXINGTON PARK,MD 1726 1535 1631 4892 203.83 5 11 0 5042 +242 527 $460 16 BRIAN FRANKLIN * - HAMPTON, VA 1722 1675 1446 4843 201.79 5 11 0 4993 +193 576 $450 For the rest of the scores go to pbamembers.com click on tournament info click on south scroll down to the tournament name and click on it
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PBA Senior Northwest Classic - Info

by PBA Editor June 20, 2002 19:00
The tournament marks the eighth event of the 2002 PBA Senior season, which includes ten events and runs through August. Several of the sport’s all-time stars, including PBA Hall of Famers Ernie Schlegel, Teata Semiz, George Pappas and Dave Soutar will compete. Bob Chamberlain returns to Valley Lanes to defend his 2001 PBA Senior Northwest Classic title. Chamberlain, a three-time senior champion, seeks his second win this season. He won his first championship of the year in Sinking Springs, Pa. He has appeared in the final round in two additional tournaments year and has advanced to match play in five events. In addition to the Hall of Fame members and Chamberlain, other notables scheduled to compete include former senior players of the year, Pete Couture, Dale Eagle and Gene Stus. There will be six Oregonians vying for the PBA senior title, including: Mal Acosta (Sweet Home), Dale Ballou (Seaside), Bob Dunn (Kaiser), Robert Lite (Portland), Bill Starnes (Corvallis), Dain Wilmarth (Milwaukie) and Mike Winklepleck (Gladstone). The tournament will employ a 34-game format, with a cut to the top 24 for match play made after the first 18 games of qualifying. Following 24 games of head-to-head competition, the top five will advance to the stepladder final on Wednesday evening, June 26, from 8:00-9:30 p.m. Fans can attend the professional's practice session on Sunday, June 23, and can participate in the Pro-Am competitions that follow. This is an excellent opportunity for fans to compete alongside the pros, as well as get autographs and photographs with the PBA Senior stars. Anyone interested in entering Pro-Ams or attending the tournament should contact Valley Lanes at (503) 292-3523. During the first two rounds of qualifying, the admission is free. Tickets for the final day of competition are $5 each for the Round of 24 and the stepladder finals.
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Winger Snags Fourth Title

by PBA Editor June 19, 2002 19:00
Photo: Ron Winger won his fourth title in the PBA Senior Epicenter Classic.
Winger, Tarzana, Calif., defeated John Shreve Sr. 278-247 to win his fourth PBA Senior Championship and his first since 1998. “I was focused,” the 60-year-old said. “I just kept focusing on getting to that point (winning). The ball was rolling good and I was making good shots.” Although he has cashed in every tournament this year, this is his first appearance in the finals. “I made it five times to the top five finals last year – but I could never get the win.” Winger said. “It was a lot of hard work during week to get this win.” Winger entered match play in fourth place and after 16 games, his consistency elevated him to the second place position behind Shreve, who was the first seed. “It was fitting that John and I bowl each other for the title,” Winger said, referring to the fact that he and Shreve faced each other in the final game of match play (Winger won 247-204). “John bowled so well all week. I just got him in the end. I had a better carry and that made the difference.” Shreve made his first cash of the year this week and his first appearance in a championship final on the PBA Senior Tour. He bowled a solid championship game, it just wasn’t enough to catch Winger. “I was a little nervous but after I threw the first two strikes, I was okay,” the 52-year-old said. “When I left the seven pin in the fourth, I opened the door for him and Ron was just locked in and throwing the ball great.” Shreve left the seven pin in the ninth frame and then in the tenth, rolled a nine-spare and a strike. Winger need 17 pins to win. Rolling off a strike, he hit nine pins and sealed the victory. During the semi-final match, Winger defeated Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 256-210 to advance to meet Shreve in the final game. In the closest game of the evening, Eagle defeated Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., in the first game of the stepladder finals, 236-222. Eagle then faced Gene Stus in the second game. It was a battle until the tenth frame when Stus threw one strike but then left the ten-pin. Eagle finished the game with four strikes and won 279-258. The PBA Senior Tour travels to Beaverton, Ore., as Valley Lanes hosts the PBA Senior Northwest Classic, June 23-26.
PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Senior Epicenter Classic Epicenter Bowling Complex, Klamath Falls, Ore. Wednesday, June 19 FINALS RESULTS Pos. Name/Hometown Total/Games Money 1. Ron Winger, Tarzana, Calif. 534 (2 games) $8,000 2. John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio 247 (1 game) $4,000 3. , Dale Eagle, Tavares, Calif. 703 (3 games) $3,000 4. Gene Stus, Taylor, Mich. 258 (1 game) $2,500 5. Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif. 222 (1 game) $2,000 PLAYOFF RESULTS – In the first match, Eagle def. Gurney, 236-222; in the second match, Eagle def. Stus, 279-258; in the semifinal, Winger def. Eagle, 256-210; and in the final, Winger def. Shreve, 278-247. This is Winger’s fourth PBA Senior Championship.
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Winger Snags Fourth Title

by PBA Editor June 19, 2002 19:00
Ron Winger questioned if he was ever going to win again. He got his answer Wednesday night in the PBA Epicenter Classic at Epicenter Bowling Complex when he won the $8,000 first place check. Winger, Tarzana, Calif., defeated John Shreve Sr. 278-247 to win his fourth PBA Senior Championship and his first since 1998. “I was focused,” the 60-year-old said. “I just kept focusing on getting to that point (winning). The ball was rolling good and I was making good shots.” Although he has cashed in every tournament this year, this is his first appearance in the finals. “I made it five times to the top five finals last year – but I could never get the win.” Winger said. “It was a lot of hard work during week to get this win.” Winger entered match play in fourth place and after 16 games, his consistency elevated him to the second place position behind Shreve, who was the first seed. “It was fitting that John and I bowl each other for the title,” Winger said, referring to the fact that he and Shreve faced each other in the final game of match play (Winger won 247-204). “John bowled so well all week. I just got him in the end. I had a better carry and that made the difference.” Shreve made his first cash of the year this week and his first appearance in a championship final on the PBA Senior Tour. He bowled a solid championship game, it just wasn’t enough to catch Winger. “I was a little nervous but after I threw the first two strikes, I was okay,” the 52-year-old said. “When I left the seven pin in the fourth, I opened the door for him and Ron was just locked in and throwing the ball great.” Shreve left the seven pin in the ninth frame and then in the tenth, rolled a nine-spare and a strike. Winger need 17 pins to win. Rolling off a strike, he hit nine pins and sealed the victory. During the semi-final match, Winger defeated Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 256-210 to advance to meet Shreve in the final game. In the closest game of the evening, Eagle defeated Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., in the first game of the stepladder finals, 236-222. Eagle then faced Gene Stus in the second game. It was a battle until the tenth frame when Stus threw one strike but then left the ten-pin. Eagle finished the game with four strikes and won 279-258. The PBA Senior Tour travels to Beaverton, Ore., as Valley Lanes hosts the PBA Senior Northwest Classic, June 23-26.
PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Senior Epicenter Classic Epicenter Bowling Complex, Klamath Falls, Ore. Wednesday, June 19 FINALS RESULTS Pos. Name/Hometown Total/Games Money 1. Ron Winger, Tarzana, Calif. 534 (2 games) $8,000 2. John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio 247 (1 game) $4,000 3. , Dale Eagle, Tavares, Calif. 703 (3 games) $3,000 4. Gene Stus, Taylor, Mich. 258 (1 game) $2,500 5. Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif. 222 (1 game) $2,000 PLAYOFF RESULTS – In the first match, Eagle def. Gurney, 236-222; in the second match, Eagle def. Stus, 279-258; in the semifinal, Winger def. Eagle, 256-210; and in the final, Winger def. Shreve, 278-247. This is Winger’s fourth PBA Senior Championship.
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