Play it Again, Sam?

by PBA Editor April 27, 2008 19:00
Sam Maccarone looks forward to the prospects of not only winning his second PBA Senior Tour title on Tuesday, but also the possibility of putting his daughter through college.

The defending champion Maccarone averaged 226.13 on Monday to lead qualifying with a 3,637 16-game pinfall and earn the top seed for match play in the 2008 PBA Senior Dayton Classic at Capri Bowling Lanes.

By finishing in the top eight, Maccarone earned a bye through the first two rounds of match play and will need to only win three matches to reach the title match where a special $50,000 bonus is on the line.

Capri Bowling Lanes proprietor Mike Irwin has offered $50,000 to any bowler who can fire a perfect 300 game in Tuesday evening’s title match. While this week’s event is taking place on the normally high-scoring Cheetah pattern, just one 300 game has been thrown thus far.

Nevertheless, Maccarone looks forward to the chance to step up to the line with so much riding on every shot.

“My first priority is bowling for the title. The $50,000 would come second, but that would be pretty nerve racking,” Maccarone (Glassboro, N.J.) said. “I choked today when there was just $100 (300-game bonus) on the line. I have a daughter going to college and that would be an awesome feat to win the title, shoot 300 in the title match and help my daughter go to a college of her choice.”

Irwin, meanwhile, looks forward to the excitement and buzz the incentive will create at Capri Bowling Lanes Tuesday evening.

“I just woke up Thursday with this idea. I have a lot of inspiration when I’m sleeping,” Irwin said. “It’s good for bowling. It gives quite an incentive and it will be fun for the spectators. It’s a great way to start the Senior Tour and a great way to provide an added incentive to these professional bowlers.”

Maccarone, a two-time champion on the Denny’s PBA Tour who won the event last year in Dayton in his rookie season, has been in a groove all week.

“I’m going to tell Mike to look for some real estate for me,” Maccarone joked about Irwin. “It’s two different oil patterns from this year to last year – we were on Shark last year – so I don’t know what it is about this place. I was just working hard to grind it out early and get a spot in the top eight because I didn’t have anything.”

After finishing Sunday’s first round second overall, Maccarone got off to a slow start Monday, averaging just 200.33 over the first three games. He made a ball change over the final four games, however, which resulted in games of 229, 266, 277 and 219.

“The first few games I tried to play like yesterday and it didn’t work,” Maccarone said. “I changed balls but wasn’t comfortable and was really struggling. I went back to the ball I used yesterday and in the fifth game the lanes started hooking more so I moved in further. I was really swinging it right and finished strong the last four.”

Also in a solid position to advance to the finals is Bill Henson, who averaged 249.13 on Monday to move from 33rd to second and secure two byes. Henson (Westerville, Ohio) started the day with a 289 and never looked back, also firing two games of 279 along the way.

The other six bowlers who earned byes were Michael Llaneza (Columbus, Ohio), Dale Traber (Cedarburg, Wis.), Ron Mohr (Eagle River, Alaska), Dale Csuhta (Wadsworth, Ohio), Henry Gonzalez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Patrick King (Yankton, S.D.).

The 2007 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year Sam Zurich (Grant, Fla.), who fired the only 300 game of the week so far, finished ninth to just miss the byes by five pins but still advanced to match play. Three-time defending PBA Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker (King, N.C.), a PBA Hall of Famer who is exempt on the Denny’s PBA Tour, finished 11th and will look to win his ninth PBA Senior Tour title.

The top 32 bowlers based on 16-game total pinfall advanced to single-elimination match play on Tuesday. Qualifiers 17-32 face off at 9 a.m. ET with the winners advancing to face qualifiers 9-16. Those winners will face the top eight from qualifying at 1:30 p.m.

The final eight bowl best-of-three at 5:30 p.m. at Capri Bowling Lanes followed immediately by the single-game semifinal and title matches. The winner will take home $8,000 with a $50,000 bonus going to a bowler if he shoots 300 in the title match.

PBA Senior Dayton Classic
Capri Bowling Lanes
Dayton, Ohio
Monday, April 28


(Pos., name, hometown and 16-game pinfall. Positions 1-32 advance to match play. Positions 33-53 cash. $700 indicates Super Senior check – 60 years and older.)

1, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 3,637.
2, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,635.
3, (TIE) Michael Llaneza, Columbus, Ohio, and Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,621.
5, Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,595.
6, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 3,550.
7, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,531.
8, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,489.
9, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 3,484.
10, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,473.
11, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,464.
12, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla, 3,430.
13, Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., 3,406.
14, Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, 3,389.
15, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,373.
16, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,364.
17, (TIE) Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla, and Karl Wolf, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 3,361.
19, Doug Spicer, Canton, Mich., 3,352.
20, Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, VA., 3,345.
21, Keith Kolozsi, Las Vegas, Nev, 3,339.
22, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,336.
23, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,331.
24, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,330.
25, Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 3,321.
26, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 3,305.
27, (TIE) Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill, and Gary Burz, Fairview Park, Ohio, and Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, 3,300.
30, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 3,298.
31, (TIE) Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., and Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 3,292.
33, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3,285, $900.
34, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,284, $900.
35, Mike Swackhamer, Parkersburg, W.V., 3,275, $900.
36, Patrick Cahalan, Gilbert, Ariz., 3,267, $900.
37, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,265, $900.
38, (TIE) Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, and Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, 3,264, $900.
40, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb, 3,247, $900.
41, (TIE) John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., and Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,242, $900.
43, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,240, $900.
44, Ken Konczos, Sagamore Hills, Ohio, 3,234, $900.
45, Vic Portalatin, Jackson, Mich., 3,232, $900.
46, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,229, $900.
47, Stan Eaton, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,225, $900.
48, (TIE) Chuck Haus, Linden, Mich., and Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3,224, $900.
50, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,219, $900.
51, (TIE) Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., and Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,213, $900.
53, Kim Kirkpatrick, Rockford, Ill., 3,211, $900.
54, Dave Frame, Stockton, Kansas, 3,207, $700.
55, Mark Pickford, Charlotte, N.C., 3,194.
56, John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., 3,193, $700.
57, (TIE) Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, and Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., 3,180, $700.
59, (TIE) William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Randy Lightfoot, St. Charles, Mo., 3,160.
61, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,159, $700.
62, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 3,152.
63, Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 3,145.
64, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,142.
65, Matt Buxton, Jefferson City, Mo., 3,141, $700.
66, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3,128.
67, Thomas Ochs, Salisbury, N.C., 3,127.
68, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,125.
69, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,122, $700.
70, (TIE) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 3,121.
72, Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Township, Mich., 3,119.
73, Jerry Owens, Beavercreek, Ohio, 3,117.
74, Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., 3,111, $700.
75, Fred Ferreira, Kings Park, N.Y., 3,107.
76, Dick Gran, Hartville, Ohio, 3,104.
77, (TIE) David Benchic, Dayton, Ohio, and Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., 3,100, $700.
79, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,086.
80, Norm Ginsberg, Kissimmee, Fla., 3,083, $700.
81, Ronald Sandusky, Blue Jay, Calif., 3,080.
82, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 3,076.
83, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,072.
84, Kenneth Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 3,065.
85, William Peters, Dayton, Ohio, 3,064.
86, Michael Meehan, Jacksonville, Fla., 3,063.
87, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,056.
88, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3,049.
89, Tom Farley, Charlotte, N.C., 3,048.
90, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 3,047.
91, Brendan Bierch, Grafton, Mass., 3,038.
92, Roy Ellsberry, Cincinnati, 3,036.
93, Guppy Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 3,034.
94, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,030.
95, Stephen Bruck, Cincinnati, 3,029.
96, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,028.
97, (TIE) Jeff Schrum, Cherryville, N.C., and Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,025.
99, Mark Williams, Beaumont, Texas, 3,021.
100, (TIE) George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., and Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3,017.
102, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 3,016.
103, Ed Quinn, Roanoke, Va, 3,010.
104, (TIE) Phillip Moros, Lombard, Ill., and Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., and Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,006.
107, Tom McBride, Morrisville, N.C., 3,004.
108, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 3,002.
109, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 2,999.
110, Rick Vittone, Canada, 2,997.
111, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 2,996.
112, Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 2,994.
113, James Stanley, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2,992.
114, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 2,986.
115, Jackie Miller, Bermuda, 2,976.
116, Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 2,975.
117, Len Gray, Cincinnati, 2,973.
118, William Banks, Laurel Hill, N.C., 2,970.
119, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 2,954.
120, Leo Scantamburlo, Riverview, Mich., 2,952.
121, (TIE) Leo Plaia, New Orleans, and Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 2,948.
123, Bob Brissette, Toledo, Ohio, 2,947.
124, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 2,925.
125, (TIE) Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., and Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla, 2,917.
127, Jim Shuck, Huntingdon, Pa., 2,914.
128, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 2,912.
129, Dowell Milliken, Lake Grove, N.Y., 2,903.
130, Jamie Lawrence, Camillus, N.Y., 2,900.
131, John Sudduth, Jacksonville, Fla., 2,888.
132, Mike Wiggins, Parkersburg, W.Va., 2,884.
133, Gary Newcomb, Vandalia, Ohio, 2,883.
134, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 2,879.
135, Charlie Juliano, Batavia, N.Y., 2,875.
136, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 2,865.
137, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 2,862.
138, Gary Badders, Dayton, Ohio, 2,855.
139, Doug Arden, Havelock, N.C., 2,846.
140, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,840.
141, Terry Hockstad, Shelby Twp, Mich, 2,809.
142, Bob Oakes, Akron, Ohio, 2,806.
143, Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 2,795.
144, (TIE) Greg Wilmoth, Wadsworth, Ohio, and Larry Helton, Bolingbrook, Ill., 2,771.
146, Jim Ragnoni, Creston, Ohio, 2,769.
147, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va, 2,759.
148, Brian Buczek, Brighton, Mich., 2,728.
149, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 2,675.
150, Tom Giffin, Bassett, Va, 2,662.
151, Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 2,649.
152, Walter Sova Sr., South Daytona, Fla., 2,645.
153, Gary Bell, Cincinnati, 2,592.
154, James Scott, Villa Park, Ill, 2,590.
155, Oliver Mabry, West Bloomfield, Mich., 2,570.
156, Gregory Popham, Crestview Hill, Ky., 2,535.
157, Donnie Todd Sr., Somerset, Ky., 2,274 (WD).
158, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 1,550 (WD).
159, Vince Honeycutt, Monroe, Ga, 1,541 (WD).
160, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 544 (WD).

300 games (1) - Sam Zurich.
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