May 13, 2007 19:00
As one of a handful of star rookies on the PBA Senior Tour this summer, but not having bowled much recently, Sam Zurich didn’t expect a lot out of his first few events on the Tour.
He certainly didn’t expect to bowl like he did Monday.
Zurich fired four consecutive games of 279 in his eight-game block at Fair Haven Lanes to take the lead after the first day of qualifying in the 2007 PBA Senior Northern Illinois Classic in Mundelein, Ill, with a 2,008 eight-game pinfall.
The event features two rounds of qualifying at both Fair Haven Lanes and Sunset Bowl in Waukegan, Ill.
The two-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist became eligible for the PBA Senior Tour last December when he turned 50. He bowled the season-opening event in Manassas, Va., and had a strong debut, but after finishing eighth in qualifying, he was swept in the Round of 16 by Pete Couture, three-games-to-none.
On Monday, Zurich was on pace early to break a 16-year-old PBA Senior Tour record for eight-game pinfall. He shot 230 in his first game before missing just four times over the next four games to string together four games of 279. He ended up 86 pins shy of Mickey Spiezio’s record of 2,094, finishing with games of 211, 213 and 238.
“I’m very excited. It’s probably the largest collection of strikes I’ve put together in a long time,” Zurich (Grant, Fla.) said. “Everything just worked out. My moves went right and I just happened to have the right ball in my hand at the right time. I was excited to be out there.”
Zurich is part of a strong rookie class on Tour, including PBA Hall of Famer Steve Cook and seven-time Denny’s PBA Tour titlist Hugh Miller, as well as new PBA member Kerry Painter, who led qualifying after the first round in the first two events this season.
“My expectations were not super huge only for the fact that with my job I haven’t given a lot to the game the last few years,” Zurich said. “I felt that through a bunch of tournaments I would gain strength, but I didn’t expect to do this well this quick. I thought it would take me a lot longer to get the cobwebs out and get my body to handle eight games.”
Michael Henry (Brunswick, Ohio) led the morning squad and finished second behind Zurich overall with 1,997. Miller (Seattle) finished third with 1,900.
Roger Kossert (Lithia, Fla.), who teamed up with Liz Johnson last week to win the PBA Hammer Ladies and Legends pres. by the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association, finished seventh with 1,865.
The field of 113 will bowl another eight-game block Tuesday after which the field will be cut to the top 32 bowlers for Wednesday’s match play. The final two bowlers will square off for the $8,000 top prize Wednesday evening at Sunset Bowl. The championship round will get underway at 7 p.m. CT.
PBA Senior Tour
2007 PBA Senior Northern Illinois Classic
Sunset Bowl/Fair Haven Lanes
Monday, May 14
ROUND ONE QUALIFYING
(Pos., name, hometown, eight-game pinfall.
1, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 2,008.
2, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,997.
3, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,900.
4, Keith Sharp, Maitland, Fla., 1,892.
5, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,876.
6, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,874.
7, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,865.
8, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,864.
9, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,863.
10, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 1,862.
11, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,861.
12, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,845.
13, Ben Hoefs, West Bend, Wis., 1,841.
14, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,835.
15, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 1,832.
16, (TIE) Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., and Martin Letscher, Niles, Ohio, 1,812.
18, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,806.
19, Jerry Edwards, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,804.
20, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 1,782.
21, Don Patterson, Knoxville, Tenn., 1,781.
22, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 1,776.
23, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,768.
24, Tom Carter, Rochelle, Ill, 1,766.
25, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,765.
26, (TIE) Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., and Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 1,760.
28, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,757.
29, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,756.
30, (TIE) Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,752.
32, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 1,751.
33, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,733.
34, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 1,728.
35, Chuck Haus, Linden, Mich., 1,725.
36, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 1,724.
37, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,719.
38, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1,717.
39, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,715.
40, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,705.
41, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 1,703.
42, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,701.
43, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 1,700.
44, Dale Diamond, Springfield, Ill., 1,699.
45, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,698.
46, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,696.
47, Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, 1,693.
48, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 1,689.
49, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 1,688.
50, (TIE) Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, and Hollis McMullen, Rockville, Md., 1,683.
52, David Doane, Buffalo, Iowa, 1,681.
53, Terry Hockstad, Shelby Twp, Mich, 1,679.
54, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,678.
55, George Hall, Palatine, Ill., 1,673.
56, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,670.
57, Jan Kravcheno Sr., Kalida, Ohio, 1,665.
58, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 1,664.
59, Matt Buxton, Jefferson City, Mo., 1,663.
60, (TIE) Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., and Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,662.
62, Harry Lample, Mundelein, Ill., 1,660.
63, John Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 1,659.
64, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,654.
65, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,644.
66, (TIE) Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., and Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va, 1,640.
68, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,638.
69, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,636.
70, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,633.
71, (TIE) James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, and David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1,624.
73, (TIE) Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., and Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis.., 1,623.
75, Larry Grandt, Gurnee, Ill, 1,621.
76, (TIE) Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, and Al Markle, Grayslake, Ill., 1,617.
78, Patrick Cahalan, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,616.
79, (TIE) Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., and Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., 1,614.
81, Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 1,605.
82, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,604.
83, Frank Kobli, Jr., Highland, Ind., 1,593.
84, James Gochis, Ivanhoe, Ill., 1,590.
85, John Evanoff, Chicago, 1,589.
86, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,588.
87, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,584.
88, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 1,579.
89, Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,573.
90, (TIE) Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., and Peter George, Chicago, 1,565.
92, Chuck Pierce, Dallas, 1,559.
93, (TIE) Pat Cornell, Beach Park, Ill., and Frank Tardio, Palatine, Ill., 1,557.
95, Sam DaSilva, North Richland Hills, Texas, 1,555.
96, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 1,552.
97, Cregg Bernard, Jamestown, N.Y., 1,548.
98, (TIE) Keith Hennricks, Green Bay, Wis., and Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,544.
100, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 1,533.
101, (TIE) Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore, and Jimmy Plessinger, York, Pa., 1,528.
103, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,523.
104, Robert Kennedy, Lindenhurst, Ill., 1,517.
105, Joseph Stalnaker, Alderson, W.V., 1,514.
106, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 1,499.
107, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,472.
108, Bernie Carlisle, Evansville, Ind., 1,459.
109, Ernie Bourque, Acushnet, Mass., 1,444.
110, Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 1,411.
111, Bruce Siegel, Highland Park, Ill., 1,355.
112, James Scott, Villa Park, Ill, 1,317.
113, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich, 1,308.
300 games (1) - Roger LeClair.
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