Banking on Zurich

by PBA Editor May 15, 2007 19:00
Sam Zurich was so surprised with his performance this week, he could hardly find the words.

The PBA Senior Tour rookie won a title in just his second career event, defeating Michael Henry, 205-200, Wednesday to win the 2007 PBA Senior Northern Illinois Classic at Sunset Bowl.

Zurich, who just turned 50 in December, led the tournament from start to finish. He was the top seed for match play to earn one of eight byes into the Round of 16, where he was pitted against Pete Couture, who had knocked Zurich out of the Round of 16 in his first career event two weeks ago in Manassas, Va.

After dropping the first game to Couture, Zurich came back to win the next three games and take the best-of-five match, 3-1. He then defeated eighth-seeded Norb Wetzel in the Round of 8 and fellow PBA Senior Tour rookie and PBA Hall of Famer Steve Cook in the semifinal.

In the title match, Zurich trailed early on before Henry left a 6-7-10 split and opened in the 6th frame. Zurich responded with three strikes in the next four frames, forcing Henry to double in the 10th. Henry struck with his first ball in the 10th and threw a solid shot with his second ball, but left a 7-pin to give Zurich the narrow victory.

“I’m elated. I can’t tell you how much this means to me to have the success I’ve had in a relatively short period of time,” Zurich said. “It’s the greatest feeling. I just kept believing and had positive thoughts and things just worked out.”

Zurich was the recipient of a lucky break in his semifinal match against Cook. Leading the one-game match, Zurich opened in the 8th frame, giving Cook a chance to double which would have forced Zurich to double. Cook, however, left a 2-10 split and opened, meaning Zurich only needed nine pins to win. He then left a split of his own – a 4-6-10 – but picked up the 6- and 10-pins to squeak by with a 214-213 win.

“Mike bowled great all week and I knew I had my hands full,” Zurich (Grant, Fla.) said. “I didn’t want to end up in a position where I had to finish the last match after what happened against Cook so I let him finish and it worked out where he needed to double.”

Zurich, who owns two Denny’s PBA Tour titles, took home $8,000 for the win. Henry (Brunswick, Ohio), who defeated Vince Mazzanti Jr., 269-245, in the semifinals, earned $4,500. Cook (Granite Bay, Calif.) and Mazzanti (Levittown, Pa.) each took home $3,000.

Next week the PBA Senior Tour heads to Dayton, Ohio for the 2007 PBA Senior Dayton Classic, May 18-22 at Capri Bowling Lanes. The winner will take home $8,000.

PBA Senior Tour
2007 PBA Senior Northern Illinois Classic
Sunset Bowl
Waukegan, Ill.
Wednesday, May 16


#3 Michael HenryXX9/XXs71X9/8/X9/

#1 Sam ZurichXs8 1XX9/9/X9/XX9/

(One-game matches. Losers eliminated, earn $3,000.)

#1 Sam Zurich214
#20 Steve Cook213
Zurich Advances

#10 Vince Mazzanti Jr.245
#3 Michael Henry269
Henry Advances


(Single elimination, best-of-three games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,700.)

#1 Sam Zurich254279
#8 Norb Wetzel232257
Zurich Advances

#5 Keith Sharp189208
#20 Steve Cook268228
Cook Advances

#2 Roger Kossert196221
#10 Vince Mazzanti Jr.201225
Mazzanti Advances

#11 Ben Hoefs205279
#3 Michael Henry258300
Henry Advances


(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,300.)

#16 Pete Couture244169180214
#1 Sam Zurich236234227228
Zurich Advances

#9 Tom Baker237236 (20)200239204
#8 Norb Wetzel183236 (19)268290211
Wetzel Advances

#5 Keith Sharp211258248
#21 Shannon Starnes195192213
Sharp Advances

#4 Henry Gonzalez191237217179
#20 Steve Cook267196258224
Cook Advances

#31 Bob Kelly208205219181
#2 Roger Kossert202288236214
Kossert Advances

#10 Vince Mazzanti Jr.268224258215
#7 Kevin Croucher199245225171
Mazzanti Advances

#6 Hugh Miller224232169
#11 Ben Hoefs225269224
Hoefs Advances

#3 Michael Henry237199226220300
#30 David Ozio200213200227266
Henry Advances


(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,100.)

#32 John Bennett245227159248207
#16 Pete Couture201236279208260
Couture Advances

#25 Bill Spigner226224202
#9 Tom Baker300244233
Baker Advances

#12 Martin Letscher223206212162
#21 Shannon Starnes183223240175
Starnes Advances

#13 Mike Dias268216183212
#20 Steve Cook279203184269
Cook Advances

#31 Bob Kelly248184205202
#15 Gary Hiday245175215193
Kelly Advances

#26 Roger LeClair177201223
#10 Vince Mazzanti Jr.207265226
Mazzanti Advances

#11 Ben Hoefs198179225214225
#27 Bob Chamberlain181209222225196
Hoefs Advances

#14 Tom Carter178276205207
#30 David Ozio215220255237
Ozio Advances

(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,000.)

#17 Jerry Edwards205220176
#32 John Bennett246246223
Bennett Advances

#25 Bill Spigner234221226
#24 Kerry Painter224201199
Spigner Advances

#21 Shannon Starnes209225212232
#28 Kenny Parks167254207204
Starnes Advances

#29 Murray Hickman Sr.223181159
#20 Steve Cook248279248
Cook Advances

#18 Rohn Morton191257184185
#31 Bob Kelly214245260267
Kelly Advances

#26 Roger LeClair168223215214255
#23 Dave Bernhardt204204204266237
LeClair Advances

#22 Steve Neff185188217191
#27 Bob Chamberlain204225211237
Chamberlain Advances

#30 David Ozio227226236300246
#19 Dave Patchen256258224248224
Ozio Advances

300 games (4) - David Ozio, Tom Baker, Michael Henry (2).
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