Three Hall of Famers and 32nd Seed Advance to Semis

by PBA Editor June 6, 2002 19:00
The field in the PBA Suncoast Senior World Championship at the Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center was cut to the final four on Friday. Mel Wolf, the 32nd seed entering match play and a one-time PBA Senior Champion, is one of the remaining four that will vie for the title. In the semi-final round, he faces Hall of Famer Ernie Schlegel, who defeated Darrell Storkson in the round of 8, who came back from a 0-2 deficit and win three games in a row to advance. “Ernie’s got experience on me,” Wolf said. “But in a short match, anything can happen.” Wolf faced Steve Neff to advance, after defeating Vince Mazzanti Jr. in the Round of 16 on Friday morning. “Steve struggled in the first couple of games but then seemed to figure out what he needed to do,” said Wolf, who rolled a 276 in the final game of qualifying to advance to match play. “He came on to take two games and in that last game I had to knock down 18 pins to win and on these conditions, that’s not always easy.” He eliminated Neff in a decisive 174-171 victory but still has two matches to go if he were to make a run at the championship and will have to get past Schlegel, who bowled a 279 in his final game against Storkson. Schlegel is ready to win his first senior title and feels comfortable on the lanes. “I have a really good shot today,” he said. “As long as the rhythm and the pace is going my way, nobody can beat me.” In the other semi-final match, it will be a battle of two Hall of Famers when Mark Roth and George Pappas face off. Roth eliminated Roy Buckley in three matches to advance. Pappas outpaced Dave Soutar, 3-1, and moves on to the semi-finals. The final four begins best-of-five, single-elimination match play today beginning at 3 p.m. The final match starts at approximately 5 p.m. The champion takes home $20,000.
PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Suncoast Senior World Championship Single-Elimination Best of Five Games Matches (Losers eliminated, earn $4,000) #32Mel Wolf vs. #24 Steve Neff GAME 1: Mel Wolf def. Steve Neff, 190-182 GAME 2: Mel Wolf def. Steve Neff, 242-223 GAME 3: Steve Neff def. Mel Wolf, 232-158 GAME 4: Steve Neff def. Mel Wolf, 226-172 GAME 5: Mel Wolf def. Steve Neff, 174-171 Mel Wolf defeated Steve Neff, 3-2 and advances to the semi-finals vs. Ernie Schlegel. #15 Roy Buckley vs. #10 Mark Roth GAME 1: Mark Roth def. Roy Buckley, 214-198 GAME 2: Mark Roth def. Roy Buckley, 237-205 GAME 3: Mark Roth def. Roy Buckley, 280-200 Mark Roth defeated Roy Buckley, 3-0, and advances to the semi-finals vs. George Pappas. #3 Dave Soutar vs. #6 George Pappas GAME 1: George Pappas def. Dave Soutar, 181-153 GAME 2: George Pappas def. Dave Soutar, 238-202 GAME 3: Dade Soutar def. George Pappas, 220-207 GAME 4: George Pappas def. Dave Soutar, 238-211 George Pappas defeated Dave Soutar, 3-1, and advances to the semi-finals vs. Mark Roth. #29 Darrell Storkson vs. #5 Ernie Schlegel GAME 1: Darrell Storkson def. Ernie Schlegel, 234-220 GAME 2: Darrell Storkson def. Ernie Schlegel, 201-181 GAME 3: Ernie Schlegel def. Darrell Storkson, 216-187 GAME 4: Ernie Schlegel def. Darrell Storkson, 223-188 GAME 5: Ernie Schlegel def. Darrell Storkson, 279-212 Ernie Schlegel defeated Darrell Storkson, 3-2, and advances to the semi-finals vs. Mel Wolf.
TODAY'S SEMI FINAL MATCHUPS #32 Mel Wolf vs. #5 Ernie Schlegel --------------------------------- #10 Mark Roth vs. #6 George Pappas
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Roth Wins First Senior Major of Career

by PBA Editor June 6, 2002 19:00
Photo: Mark Roth captured first place and a $20,000 prize at the PBA Suncoast Senior World Championship. In the final match, Roth defeated left-hander Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3-1 (209-187, 203-234, 256-169, 203-167), for his second senior title. “Once I got lined up, I just kept hitting the pocket,” said Roth, a PBA Hall of Famer. The Wall Township, N.J., resident opened the final match with a 209-187 win over Mel Wolf. Wolf took the second game after Roth left an open in the sixth and a split in the ninth. “It’s tough on the lanes, but that’s the way I like it,” the reigning Senior Rookie of the Year said. “You just have to get up there and know what to do.” In the third game, Wolf was only able to strike twice and left a split in the ninth. Roth took a comfortable lead and won the game 256-169. The sixth frame was again a deciding factor in the fourth game when Wolf opened in the sixth and Roth answered with three strikes. “Earlier in the day I could strike when I needed to. In the final match, I just couldn’t get a good ball reaction and I never felt comfortable,” Wolf said. In the semi-final round, Roth rolled the only 300 game of the tournament during his 3-2 win over George Pappas. Wolf, who shot a 276 in the last qualifying game to make the match play cut, defeated Ernie Schlegel 3-0. The PBA Senior Tour travels to Brentwood, Calif., for the third-annual PBA Northern California Senior Classic at Harvest Park Bowl, June 9-12. PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Suncoast Senior World Championship Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center Friday, June 7 FINALS RESULTS Pos. Name/Hometown Match Play Record Money 1. Mark Roth, Wall Twp., N.J. 16-4 $20,000 2. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich. 14-10 $10,000 PLAYOFF RESULTS – Roth def. Wolf, 3-1 (209-187, 203-234, 256-169, 203-167). This is Roth’s second PBA Senior Tour title and first senior major.
TOURNAMENT ARCHIVE RD. OF 4 RD. OF 8 RD. OF 16 RD. OF 32 RD. 4 QUALIFIER RD. 3 QUALIFIER RD. 2 QUALIFIER RD. 1 QUALIFIER ONE MAN, FOUR NAMES INFO SCHEDULE
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Roth Wins First Senior Major of Career

by PBA Editor June 6, 2002 19:00
During only his second year on the PBA Senior Tour, Mark Roth won his first senior major championship in the PBA Suncoast Senior World Championship Friday at Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center. In the final match, Roth defeated left-hander Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3-1 (209-187, 203-234, 256-169, 203-167), for his second senior title. “Once I got lined up, I just kept hitting the pocket,” said Roth, a PBA Hall of Famer. The Wall Township, N.J., resident opened the final match with a 209-187 win over Mel Wolf. Wolf took the second game after Roth left an open in the sixth and a split in the ninth. “It’s tough on the lanes, but that’s the way I like it,” the reigning Senior Rookie of the Year said. “You just have to get up there and know what to do.” In the third game, Wolf was only able to strike twice and left a split in the ninth. Roth took a comfortable lead and won the game 256-169. The sixth frame was again a deciding factor in the fourth game when Wolf opened in the sixth and Roth answered with three strikes. “Earlier in the day I could strike when I needed to. In the final match, I just couldn’t get a good ball reaction and I never felt comfortable,” Wolf said. In the semi-final round, Roth rolled the only 300 game of the tournament during his 3-2 win over George Pappas. Wolf, who shot a 276 in the last qualifying game to make the match play cut, defeated Ernie Schlegel 3-0. The PBA Senior Tour travels to Brentwood, Calif., for the third-annual PBA Northern California Senior Classic at Harvest Park Bowl, June 9-12. PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Suncoast Senior World Championship Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center Friday, June 7 FINALS RESULTS Pos. Name/Hometown Match Play Record Money 1. Mark Roth, Wall Twp., N.J. 16-4 $20,000 2. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich. 14-10 $10,000 PLAYOFF RESULTS – Roth def. Wolf, 3-1 (209-187, 203-234, 256-169, 203-167). This is Roth’s second PBA Senior Tour title and first senior major.
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Neff Defeats Hall of Famer to Advance to Round of 16

by PBA Editor June 6, 2002 19:00
Steve Neff found a rhythm in his third game Thursday to beat Hall of Famer Gary Dickinson in the first round of match play in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Suncoast Senior World Championship at Suncoast Hotel, Casino and Bowling Center. “I felt awful in the first game,” Neff said after the round of 32. “Finally in the third game, I started feeling good and things started flowing. I made some changes and adjusted in the nick of time – both on the lanes and with my equipment.” The match between Neff, a five-time Senior champion, and Dickinson went seven games. With a chance to win the match in the sixth game, Neff missed a mark in the tenth frame. Every game of the match was decided by less than 21 pins, with three of the games being decided by four pins (201-197, 189-194, 201-210, 210-206, 198-177, 224-228, and 225-208). Neff advances to face Donald Breihan in the Round of 16 on Friday at 9 a.m. in a best-of-five, single-elimination match. In the upset of the night, the leader for three of the qualifying rounds, Henry Gonzalez lost to the 32nd seed, Mel Wolf, in a seven game showdown. In the final game, Gonzalez had the opportunity to stay close if he threw a strike in the eighth frame. He couldn’t convert the spare and left the frame open, allowing Wolfe to win the match. Three matches were decided in four games – Vince Mazzanti Jr. eliminated Bob Hart, Darrell Storkson defeated Ross Packard and Mark Roth advances over John Tavano. Dave Soutar advances after Darwin Skrzynecki was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury during the third game. The round of 16 begins best-of-five, single-elimination match play today beginning at 9 a.m. The field is pared to eight, four and two. The final match starts at approximately 5 p.m. The champion takes home $20,000.
PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA Suncoast Senior World Championship Single-Elimination Best of Seven Games Matches (Losers eliminated, earn $2,000) #1Henry Gonzalez vs. #32 Mel Wolf GAME 1: Henry Gonzalez def. Mel Wolf, 205-188 GAME 2: Mel Wolf def. Henry Gonzalez, 212-169 GAME 3: Mel Wolf def. Henry Gonzalez, 238-175 GAME 4: Mel Wolf def. Henry Gonzalez, 180-170 GAME 5: Henry Gonzalez def. Mel Wolf, 215-209 GAME 6 Henry Gonzalez def. Mel Wolf, 219-177 GAME 7: Mel Wolf def. Henry Gonzalez, 204-190 Mel Wolf defeated Henry Gonzalez, 3-2, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Vince Mazzanti Jr. #2 Junichi Yajima vs. #31 Randy Niehaus GAME 1: Junichi Yajima def. Randy Niehaus, 233-188 GAME 2: Junichi Yajima def. Randy Niehaus, 188-168 GAME 3: Junichi Yajima def. Randy Niehaus, 201-197 GAME 4: Randy Niehaus def. Junichi Yajima, 245-205 GAME 5: Junichi Yajima def. Randy Niehaus, 202-192 Junichi Yajima defeated Randy Niehaus, 4-1, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Roy Buckley. #3 Dave Soutar vs. #30 Darwin Skrzynecki Dave Soutar advances as Darwin Skrzynecki is forced to withdraw after a knee injury in the third game. #4 Ross Packard vs. #29 Darrell Storkson GAME 1: Darrell Storkson def. Ross Packard, 254-175 GAME 2: Darrell Storkson def. Ross Packard, 217-188 GAME 3: Darrell Storkson def. Ross Packard, 189-179 GAME 4: Darrell Storkson def. Ross Packard, 222-170 Darrell Storkson defeated Ross Packard and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Bruno Vitasovic. #5 Ernie Schlegel vs. #28 Matt Surina GAME 1: Ernie Schlegel def. Matt Surina, 216-253 GAME 2: Ernie Schlegel def. Matt Surina, 253-186 GAME 3: Ernie Schlegel def. Matt Surina, 182-167 GAME 4: Ernie Schlegel def. Matt Surina, 216-185 Ernie Schlegel def. Matt Surina, 4-0, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Dave Davis. #6 George Pappas vs. #27 James Brenner GAME 1: George Pappas def. James Brenner, 221-209 GAME 2: James Brenner def. George Pappas, 226-211 GAME 3: James Brenner def. George Pappas, 214-210 GAME 4: James Brenner def. George Pappas, 210-194 GAME 5: George Pappas def. James Brenner, 202-181 GAME 6: George Pappas def. James Brenner, 188-158 GAME 7: George Pappas def. James Brenner, 264-195 George Pappas defeated James Brenner, 3-2, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Michael Henry. #7 Takeo Sakai vs. #26 Yasuyuki Sadamatsu GAME 1: Yasuyuki Sadamatsu def. Takeo Sakai, 228-201 GAME 2: Takeo Sakai def. Yasuyuki Sadamatsu, 201-168 GAME 3: Takeo Sakai def. Yasuyuki Sadamatsu, 247-212 GAME 4: Takeo Sakia def. Yasuyuki Sadamatsu, 215-180 GAME 5: Yasayuki Sadamatsu def. Takeo Sakai, 215-194 GAME 6: Yasayuki Sadamatsu def. Takeo Sakai, 215-194 GAME 7: Takeo Sakai def. Yasayuki Sadamatsu, 204-178 Takeo Sakai defeated Yasayuki Sadamatsu, 3-2 and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Mark Roth. #8 Donald Breihan vs. #25 Vince Range GAME 1: Vince Range def. Donald Breihan, 206-158 GAME 2: Donald Breihan def. Vince Range, 177-172 GAME 3: Donald Breihan def. Vince Range, 226-180 GAME 4: Vince Range def. Donald Breihan, 183-151 GAME 5: Donald Breihan def. Vince Range, 181-169 GAME 6: Donald Breihan def. Vince Range, 191-180 Donald Breihan defeated Vince Range, 4-2 and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Steve Neff. #9 Gary Dickinson vs. #24 Steve Neff GAME 1: Steve Neff def. Gary Dickinson, 201-197 GAME 2: Gary Dickinson def. Steve Neff, 194-189 GAME 3: Gary Dickinson def. Steve Neff, 210-201 GAME 4: Steve Neff def. Gary Dickinson, 210-206 GAME 5: Steve Neff def. Gary Dickinson, 198-177 GAME 6: Gary Dickinson def. Steve Neff, 228-224 GAME 7: Steve Neff def. Gary Dickinson, 225-208 Steve Neff defeated Gary Dickinson, 4-3, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Donald Breihan. #10 Mark Roth vs. #23 John Tavano GAME 1: Mark Roth def. John Tavano, 205-174 GAME 2: Mark Roth def. John Tavano, 229-182 GAME 3: Mark Roth def. John Tavano, 227-193 GAME 4: Mark Roth def. John Tavano, 222-205 Mark Roth defeated John Tavano, 4-0 and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Takeo Sakai. #11 Michael Henry vs. #22 Dick Baker GAME 1: Michael Henry def. Dick Baker, 212-192 GAME 2: Dick Baker def. Michael Henry, 193-190 GAME 3: Dick Baker def. Michael Henry, 234-174 GAME 4: Michael Henry def. Dick Baker, 197-191 GAME 5: Dick Baker def. Michael Henry, 194-193 GAME 6: Michael Henry def. Dick Baker, 225-184 GAME 7: Michael Henry def. Dick Baker, 187-181 Michael Henry defeated Dick Baker, 4-3, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. George Pappas. #12 Dave Davis vs. #21 Karl Wolf GAME 1: Dave Davis def. Karl Wolf, 237-185 GAME 2: Dave Davis def. Karl Wolf, 180-176 GAME 3: Karl Wolf def. Dave Davis, 213-187 GAME 4: Dave Davis def. Karl Wolf, 245-154 GAME 5: Dave Davis def. Karl Wolf, 206-179 Dave Davis defeated Karl Wolf, 4-1, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Ernie Schlegel. #13Allie Clarke vs. #20 Bruno Vitasovic GAME 1: Bruno Vitasovic def. Allie Clarke, 224-213 GAME 2: Allie Clarke def. Bruno Vitasovic, 226-206 GAME 3: Bruno Vitasovic def. Allie Clarke, 207-160 GAME 4: Bruno Vitasovic def. Allie Clarke, 235-234 GAME 5: Bruno Vitasovic def. Allie Clarke, 244-233 Bruno Vitasovic defeated Allie Clarke, 4-1, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Darrell Storkson. #14 Gary Hiday vs. #19 Bob Glass GAME 1: Bob Glass def. Gary Hiday, 187-172 GAME 2: Bob Glass def. Gary Hiday, 247-158 GAME 3: Gary Hiday def. Bob Glass, 182-179 GAME 4: Gary Hiday def. Bob Glass, 208-174 GAME 5: Gary Hiday def. Bob Glass, 222-191 GAME 6: Bob Glass def. Gary Hiday, 189-172 GAME 7: Bob Glass def. Gary Hiday, 202-198 Bob Glass defeated Gary Hiday, 4-3, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Dave Soutar. #15 Roy Buckley vs. #18 Robert McDonald GAME 1: Roy Buckley def. Robert McDonald, 204-170 GAME 2: Robert McDonald def. Roy Buckley, 200-193 GAME 3: Roy Buckley def. Robert McDonald, 236-199 GAME 4: Roy Buckley def. Robert McDonald, 199-190 GAME 5: Robert McDonald def. Roy Buckley, 214-205 GAME 6: Roy Buckley def. Robert McDonald, 193-165 Roy Buckley defeated Robert McDonald, 4-2, and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Junichi Yajima. #16 Bob Hart vs. #17 Vince Mazzanti, Jr. GAME 1: Vince Mazzanti, Jr. def. Bob Hart, 203-179 GAME 2: Vince Mazzanti, Jr. def. Bob Hart, 191-177 GAME 3: Vince Mazzanti, Jr. def. Bob Hart, 203-166 GAME 4: Vince Mazzanti, Jr. def. Bob Hart, 277-222 Bob Hart defeated Vince Mazzanti, Jr. and advances to the Round of 16 vs. Mel Wolf.
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Wolf and Roth Contend for the Title

by PBA Editor June 6, 2002 19:00
Mark Roth rolled the only 300 game of the tournament to advance to the finals. He will face Mel Wolf, who entered match play as the 32nd seed. PBA SENIOR TOUR PBA SUNCOAST SENIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP At Suncoast Bowling Center in Las Vegas Friday, June 7, 2002 Semi-Finals Single-Elimination (Losers eliminated, earn $5,000) #10 Mark Roth vs. #6 George Pappas GAME 1: George Pappas def. Mark Roth, 229-215 GAME 2: Mark Roth def. George Pappas, 227-223 GAME 3: Mark Roth def. George Pappas, 300-176 GAME 4: George Pappas def. Mark Roth, 233-162 GAME 5: Mark Roth def. George Pappas, 233-231 Mark Roth defeated George Pappas, 3-2, and advances to the Round of 8 vs. #32 Mel Wolf vs. #5 Ernie Schlegel GAME 1: Mel Wolf def. Ernie Schlegel, 201-192 GAME 2: Mel Wolf def. Ernie Schlegel, 216-213 GAME 3: Mel Wolf def. Ernie Schlegel, 235-227 Mel Wolf defeated Ernie Schlegel, 3-0, and advances to the Round of 8 vs.
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