Sam the Man

by PBA Editor May 14, 2007 19:00
Sam Zurich is competing in just his second career PBA Senior Tour event, but he’s hoping some valuable lessons he has already learned will pay quick dividends.

Zurich earned the top seed for match play in the 2007 PBA Senior Northern Illinois Classic at Sunset Bowl, leading the field after two rounds of qualifying with a 3,901 16-game pinfall and a 243.81 average.

In his first career PBA Senior Tour event two weeks ago in the PBA Senior Manassas Open, Zurich finished eighth in qualifying to earn a bye through the first two rounds of match play. The rookie drew nine-time PBA Senior Tour titlist Pete Couture in the Round of 16, however, who swept Zurich away, three-games-to-none.

“The format was really Greek to me when I came in for that Round of 16 and I wasn’t prepared for it,” Zurich said. “I think I’ll be more prepared mentally this time. This week was the same as it was in Manassas where I bowled the early squad and then had to wait a whole day and half to bowl again. It’s a lot of time in between but this time I’ll be using it constructively.”

Zurich wasn’t as sharp Tuesday as he was in Monday’s eight-game block when he fired four consecutive games of 279 in one stretch at Fair Haven Lanes in Mundelein, Ill. He opened Tuesday’s block at Sunset Bowl with a 248 before slipping with games of 212 and 200. After a strategy change, he got back on track with a 267 in game four, and closed the round with games of 248, 225, 225 and 268.

“When I started bowling today the lanes seemed a little tighter (than Monday) and I got duped into playing further out. That’s not where I was playing yesterday,” Zurich (Grant, Fla.) said. “I started out well but then went 212-200 and after the third game I really focused on a few other players and saw where they were playing, and I knew my shot yesterday was still there. After that I came back with a couple big games. There are so many transitions that go on and that’s the part I’m lacking, but I’ll learn after a while.”

Roger Kossert, who teamed with Liz Johnson last week to win the PBA Ladies and Legends presented by the Illinois State Bowling Proprietors Association, had a big day Tuesday to move into second overall with 3,856. Kossert (Lithia, Fla.) fired the only 300 game of the day and averaged 248.88 for the day.

Michael Henry (Brunswick, Ohio) finished third with 3,750, Henry Gonzalez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished fourth with 3,700 and Keith Sharp (Maitland, Fla.) rounded out the top five with 3,694.

Earning the eighth and final bye into the Round of 16 was Norb Wetzel (Fon du Lac, Wis.), who edged out two-time defending PBA Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker (King, N.C.) for the final bye by just three pins.

The top 32 advance to single elimination match play Wednesday which gets underway at 10 a.m. CT. The final two bowlers will square off for the $8,000 top prize Wednesday evening at Sunset Bowl. The Round of 8 gets underway at 7 p.m. with the Round of 4 and championship match immediately following.

PBA Senior Tour
2007 PBA Senior Northern Illinois Classic
Sunset Bowl/Fair Haven Lanes
Waukegan/Mundelein, Ill.
Tuesday, May 15


(Pos., name, hometown, 16-game pinfall. Positions 1-32 advance. Positions 33-37 cash. $600 indicates Super Senior cashers, 60 years and older.)

1, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 3,901.
2, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,856.
3, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,750.
4, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,700.
5, Keith Sharp, Maitland, Fla., 3,694.
6, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,691.
7, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,674.
8, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,658.
9, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,655.
10, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,653.
11, Ben Hoefs, West Bend, Wis., 3,648.
12, Martin Letscher, Niles, Ohio, 3,639.
13, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,604.
14, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill, 3,554.
15, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,547.
16, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 3,545.
17, Jerry Edwards, Wood Dale, Ill., 3,543.
18, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3,540.
19, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,531.
20, Steve Cook, Granite Bay, Calif., 3,528.
21, (TIE) Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, and Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 3,518.
23, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3,510.
24, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,506.
25, (TIE) Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., and Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 3,503.
27, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,500.
28, Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., 3,496.
29, Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, 3,491.
30, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 3,485.
31, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,478.
32, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 3,476.
33, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3,475, $800.
34, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,471, $800.
35, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,467, $800.
36, (TIE) Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., and Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 3,465, $800.
38, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,447.
39, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,442.
40, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,441.
41, Don Patterson, Knoxville, Tenn., 3,438.
42, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,435.
43, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,434.
44, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,431, $600.
45, (TIE) Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,424.
47, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,419.
48, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va, 3,412.
49, Frank Kobli, Jr., Highland, Ind., 3,407.
50, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,401, $600.
51, James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 3,400, $600.
52, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,396.
53, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 3,390, $600.
54, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3,381, $600.
55, (TIE) Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., and Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,377.
57, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,375, $600.
58, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 3,373, $600.
59, Dale Diamond, Springfield, Ill., 3,351, $600.
60, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 3,350, $600.
61, David Doane, Buffalo, Iowa, 3,344.
62, George Hall, Palatine, Ill., 3,342.
63, Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., 3,333.
64, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,326.
65, Jan Kravcheno Sr., Kalida, Ohio, 3,316.
66, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 3,313.
67, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,305.
68, Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., 3,297.
69, Harry Lample, Mundelein, Ill., 3,295.
70, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,294.
71, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 3,291.
72, Patrick Cahalan, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,287.
73, Cregg Bernard, Jamestown, N.Y., 3,280.
74, Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore, 3,264.
75, John Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3,254.
76, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,251.
77, Chuck Pierce, Dallas, 3,247.
78, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 3,245.
79, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 3,243.
80, Terry Hockstad, Shelby Twp, Mich, 3,239.
81, Al Markle, Grayslake, Ill., 3,230.
82, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,229.
83, Matt Buxton, Jefferson City, Mo., 3,218.
84, Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 3,206.
85, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,200.
86, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,196.
87, Chuck Haus, Linden, Mich., 3,194.
88, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,192.
89, Frank Tardio, Palatine, Ill., 3,185.
90, Sam DaSilva, North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,183.
91, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 3,180.
92, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 3,167.
93, Robert Holzbauer, Madison, Wis., 3,163.
94, Robert Kennedy, Lindenhurst, Ill., 3,148.
95, (TIE) John Evanoff, Chicago, and Hollis McMullen, Rockville, Md., 3,141.
97, James Gochis, Ivanhoe, Ill., 3,130.
98, Jimmy Plessinger, York, Pa., 3,111.
99, Keith Hennricks, Green Bay, Wis., 3,109.
100, Peter George, Chicago, 3,106.
101, Larry Grandt, Gurnee, Ill, 3,102.
102, (TIE) Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., and Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 3,073.
104, Pat Cornell, Beach Park, Ill., 3,068.
105, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis.., 3,067.
106, Ernie Bourque, Acushnet, Mass., 3,045.
107, Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 3,004.
108, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 2,933.
109, Bernie Carlisle, Evansville, Ind., 2,907.
110, James Scott, Villa Park, Ill, 2,847.
111, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich, 2,773.
112, Bruce Siegel, Highland Park, Ill., 2,735.
113, Joseph Stalnaker, Alderson, W.V., 1,514 (WD).

300 games (1) - Roger Kossert.
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