Only Four Remain

by PBA Editor July 11, 2007 19:00
Last year it took Tom Baker 54 total games and 12 wins in match play to earn the 2006 USBC Senior Masters crown. So far, it’s taken him just 15 games to pull within two wins of going back-to-back.

Baker cruised through his three matches in double elimination match play Thursday to stay undefeated and reach the championship round of the 2007 USBC Senior Masters seeking to become the second bowler in history to successfully defend a title in the event. The Masters is the second of two Majors on the PBA Senior Tour.

As the defending champion, Baker (King, N.C.) earned a bye through 15 games of qualifying. He then reversed the fortune of the last two defending champions, who went a combined 1-4, and reversed his own fate from last season when he lost his second match and had to win 11 in a row to take home the title.

After winning two matches Wednesday night, Baker defeated Pete McCordic (Katy, Texas), 687-627, in his first match Thursday, then defeated Mark Estes (Grapevine, Texas), 685-621, and Bob Handley (Winter Garden, Fla.), 632-536, to move a step away from the title match. Should he win his first match Friday, he would face the winner of the loser’s bracket, who would have to defeat him twice in the finals.

Baker, who has dominated the Tour the last two seasons but had struggled this season until winning last week’s PBA Senior Northern California Classic, is looking to win his record fourth career PBA Senior Major in six tries. He won both Majors last season en route to his second consecutive PBA Senior Player of the Year award.

Also remaining undefeated was Shannon Starnes (Ft. Worth, Texas), who is looking for his first career PBA Senior Tour title. Starnes defeated Norb Wetzel (Fond du Lac, Wis.), 555-549, Rod Tramp (Porterville, Calif.), 604-601, and Sam Zurich (Grant, Fla.), 611-584.

Still alive in the loser’s bracket are Zurich and four-time PBA Senior Tour champion Bob Chamberlain. Chamberlain (The Villages, Fla.) came back for a 612-609 win over Handley. Zurich, who is the front-runner for PBA Senior Rookie of the Year with one title already this season, defeated Terry Leong (Henderson, Nev.), 667-653. The winner of the Zurich-Chamberlain match Friday morning moves on to play the loser of the Baker-Starnes match for a berth in the finals.

The championship round begins at 9:30 a.m. PST with the title match set to take place at Noon. The winner will take home $16,000 and a berth in the 2008 PBA Tournament of Champions.


PBA Senior Tour
2007 USBC Senior Masters
National Bowling Stadium
Reno, Nev.
Thursday, July 12

LOSERS BRACKET ROUND EIGHT

(Three-game matches. Losers eliminated, finish 5th-6th and earn $3,500 each.)

Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., def. Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., 667-653.
Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., def. Bob Handley, Winter Garden, Fla., 612-609.

WINNERS BRACKET ROUND FOUR
(Three-game matches. Winners stay in winner’s bracket. Losers fall to loser’s bracket.)

Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, def. Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 611-584.
Tom Baker, King, N.C. def. Bob Handley, Winter Garden, Fla., 623-536.

LOSERS BRACKET ROUND SEVEN
(Three-game matches. Losers eliminated, finish 7th- 8th and earn $2,500 each.)

Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., def. Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., 575-559.
Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., def. Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 641-503.

LOSERS BRACKET ROUND SIX
(Three-game matches. Losers eliminated, finish 9th- 12th and earn $1,700 each.)

Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., def. Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 666-637
Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 669-638
Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., def. Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 666-615
Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., def. Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 566-552

LOSERS BRACKET ROUND FIVE
(Three-game matches. Losers eliminated, finish 13th- 16th and earn $1,400 each.)

Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., def. Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 594-571
Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., def. Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, 705-598
Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., def. Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 664-608
Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., def. Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 666-648

WINNERS BRACKET ROUND THREE
(Three-game matches. Winners stay in winner’s bracket. Losers fall to loser’s bracket.)

Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, def. Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 604-601
Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., def. Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., 635-631
Bob Handley, Winter Garden, Fla., def. Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 686-636
Tom Baker, King, N.C. def. Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 685-621

LOSERS BRACKET ROUND FOUR
(Three-game matches. Losers eliminated, finish 17th-24th and earn $1,200 each)

Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., def. Roger LeClair Clackamas, Ore., 607-603
Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., def. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Miss., 639-577
Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, def. Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., 650-539
Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., def. Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 626-523
Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., def. Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., 676-595
Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., def. Dave Soutar Bradenton, Fla., 684-578
Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, def. Norm Palomares, San Francisco, 642-600
Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., def. Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 597-526

LOSERS BRACKET ROUND THREE
(Three-game matches. Losers eliminated, finish 25th-32nd and earn $1,100 each)

Roger LeClair Clackamas, Ore., def. Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 666-648
Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., def. Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 609-607
Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., 679-628
Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., def. William Keenan, Orlando, Fla., 675-550
Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., def. Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn., 607-561
Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., def. Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 665-606
Norm Palomares, San Francisco, def. Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 620-453
Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., def. Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 615-548

WINNERS BRACKET ROUND TWO
(Three-game matches. Winners stay in winner’s bracket. Losers fall to loser’s bracket.)

Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., def. Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 726-606
Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, def. Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., 555-549
Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., 624-572
Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., def. Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 629-606
Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., def. Mel Wolf, Jackson, Miss., 657-578
Bob Handley, Winter Garden, Fla., def. Dave Soutar Bradenton, Fla., 674-619
Tom Baker, King, N.C. def. Pete McCordic, Katy, Texas, 687-627
Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, def. Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., 633-554

LOSERS BRACKET ROUND TWO
(Three-game matches. Losers eliminated, finish 33rd-48th and earn $1,000)

Roger LeClair Clackamas, Ore., def. Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 605-571
Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., def. Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 618-570
Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., def. Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 688-637
Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., def. David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 614-575
Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., def. Ron Winger, Las Vegas, 552-WD
Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., def. Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 638-552
William Keenan, Orlando, Fla., def. Michael Landrith, Chandler, Ariz., 650-626
Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., def. Mike Truitt, Roscoe, Ill., 625-524
Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn., def. Sam Carter, BenLomond, Calif., 615-580
Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., def. Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 561-543
Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., def. Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., 605-599
Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., def. Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 686-551
Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., def. Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 567-528
Norm Palomares, San Francisco def. Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 589-581
Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., def. Joe Salvemini, Klamath Falls, Ore., 586-560
Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., def. Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 632-589

300 games – None.
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