Croucher Grabs Early Lead

by PBA Editor June 18, 2007 19:00
In a tournament that requires 51 games over five days for a bowler to even qualify for the four-bowler stepladder final, Kevin Croucher knows that leading the first day in the 2007 PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast isn’t something to get too excited about.

Croucher, who is still looking for his first career PBA Senior title, got out to a quick start firing a six-game pinfall of 1,421 in the first block of the day.

“This is the U.S. Open and it’s a very long format, so the people who make fewer mistakes are going to do well,” said Croucher (Grants Pass, Ore.) “Everyone is going to have their strikes, but spares are at a premium. You have to convert them to stay alive.”

Croucher made a quick jump atop the leaderboard by posting his two highest scores, 258 and 268, in the first two games. After dropping a 195 in his third game, Croucher rebounded with scores of 227, 252 and 221.

“It’s the first day and usually for the A squad the lanes are a little tighter. You have to throw the ball a little more direct and everybody basically tries the same thing, so the key is not making mistakes and throwing as many good shots as you can,” added Croucher, who has finished in the top 12 three times this season.

In second place is Rohn Morton (Vancouver, Wash.), who also bowled in the day’s first block, just four pins behind Croucher. Morton stayed consistently close to his 236.17 average over his six games, scoring between 236-248 in five of his six games.

Randy Niehaus (Rockford, Ill.) led C squad on the day to finish third on the day with 1,389, rolling a 259 in his fifth game to hold off 60-year old Dave Bernhardt (Shelby Township, Mich.), who is fifth with 1,384.

Amateurs occupy the top two spots in the B squad as Avery LeBlanc (Lexington, Tenn.) is fourth with 1,385 and Tim Miller (Irving, Texas) is sixth with 1,382.

Defending PBA Senior U.S. Open champion and two-time defending PBA Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker (King, N.C.) is tied for 46th with 1,313.

All 290 bowlers return Tuesday for the second of three six-game qualifying blocks, with B squad beginning action at 7 a.m. PST. The third six-game block will take place Wednesday. The top 25 percent of the field after the first 18 games of qualifying will advance to an additional nine-game qualifying round Thursday morning. The field will then be cut to the top 24 for round robin match play which gets underway Thursday at 2 p.m. PT.

PBA Senior Tour
2007 PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast
Suncoast Bowling Center.
Las Vegas, Nev.
Monday, June 18


A, B and C Squads

(Pos., name, hometown, six-game pinfall)

1, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,421.
2, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,417.
3, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,389.
4, Avery LeBlanc, Lexington, Tenn., 1,385.
5, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 1,384.
6, Tim Miller, Irving, Texas, 1,382.
7, (TIE) Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., and Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,378.
9, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb, 1,375.
10, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,371.
11, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,370.
12, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,366.
13, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 1,364.
14, (TIE) Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, and Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 1,361.
16, (TIE) Edward Regehr, Hesperia, Calif., and Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,360.
18, (TIE) Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., and Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,356.
20, Martin Letscher, Niles, Ohio, 1,354.
21, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,352.
22, (TIE) Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., and Steve Freeman, Hermantown, Minn., 1,348.
24, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 1,347.
25, (TIE) Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., and Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,346.
27, Ronald Krys, Sparks, Nev., 1,345.
28, (TIE) Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., and Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,342.
30, (TIE) Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., and Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,341.
32, Stephen Bruck, Cincinnati, 1,339.
33, (TIE) Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,333.
35, (TIE) Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Otis Dixon, Forest Park, Ill., 1,330.
37, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,329.
38, Vaughn Doody, Las Vegas, 1,328.
39, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,326.
40, (TIE) Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, and Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,323.
42, (TIE) Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., and Don Jackson, Bonita, Calif., 1,321.
44, (TIE) Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., and Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, NM, 1,320.
46, (TIE) Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,313.
48, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 1,312.
49, Greg Shields, Independence, Mo., 1,311.
50, Doug Arden, Havelock, N.C., 1,310.
51, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,309.
52, Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., 1,308.
53, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,306.
54, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1,305.
55, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,304.
56, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 1,303.
57, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky, 1,301.
58, Alan Schafer, Sun City West, Ariz., 1,300.
59, Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev., 1,297.
60, (TIE) Brad Newhouse, Las Vegas, Nev., and Bobby Hall, Landover, Md., 1,296.
62, (TIE) Tony Maresca, Mesa, Ariz., and Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,295.
64, (TIE) Frank DeRemer, Lacey, Wash., and Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,292.
66, (TIE) Bill Ades, Minden, Nev., and Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, Nev, 1,291.
68, Greg Benefield, Lee's Summit, Mo., 1,290.
69, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,289.
70, (TIE) Tom Smith III, Newark, Del., and Warren Nelson, Fresno, Cal, and Gil Martinez, Fresno, Calif., 1,288.
73, (TIE) Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va, and Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., and Lauri Karppala Jr., Folsom, Ca, 1,285.
76, (TIE) David Zonfrilli, Pahrumph, Nev., and Alex Hernandez, Palmdale, Calif., 1,283.
78, (TIE) Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., and John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,282.
80, Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 1,281.
81, Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 1,280.
82, (TIE) Jules Soetaert, Ardrossan, Alberta, and Edwin Case, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,279.
84, (TIE) Raymond Gaunt, El Monte, Calif, and Hugh Miller, Seattle, and Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,278.
88, (TIE) Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., and Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,277.
90, (TIE) William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,275.
92, (TIE) Kenneth Gibson, Greenville, S.C., and Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill., and Gary James, Spring, Texas, 1,274.
95, (TIE) Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., and Peter Hakim, Jericho, N.Y., 1,273.
97, (TIE) Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., and Dave Gualeni, Gladstone, Mo., 1,272.
99, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 1,270.
100, (TIE) Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif, and Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 1,268.
102, Craig Kisro, Granada Hills, Calif., 1,267.
103, (TIE) Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., and Darrel Curtis, Las Vegas, 1,266.
105, Aron Lipshy, Roseville, Mich., 1,264.
106, Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 1,262.
107, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 1,261.
108, Frank Weiler, San Bernardino, Calif., 1,258.
109, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,256.
110, (TIE) Bill Stewart, Plainwell, Mich., and Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 1,255.
112, (TIE) Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., and Rich Cook, Olympia, Wash., 1,254.
114, Mike Procaccino, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,253.
115, (TIE) Leo Plaia, New Orleans, and Ken Racette, San Diego, Calif., 1,252.
117, (TIE) Bill Stempke, Moorpark, Calif., and Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 1,251.
119, (TIE) Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, and Val Benson, Bronx, N.Y., 1,250.
121, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,248.
122, (TIE) Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., and Jeff Mackey, Mexico, Mo., 1,247.
124, Jack Guay, Canada, 1,246.
125, Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 1,245.
126, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,244.
127, (TIE) Chuck Pierce, Dallas, and Gregory Goetz, Washington, 1,243.
129, Dale Ballou, Seaside, Ore., 1,242.
130, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,241.
131, (TIE) Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., and Tim Bowers, East Wenatchee, Wash., and Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 1,240.
134, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 1,239.
135, Kirk Tupper, Phoenix, 1,238.
136, (TIE) Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., and Lee Rautenberg, Boca Raton, Fla., 1,237.
138, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,235.
139, (TIE) Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and Ray Morgan, Scottsdale, Ariz, and Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,233. 142, Jack Heimel, Janesville, Wis., 1,230.
143, (TIE) Rich Holden, Chinchilla, Pa., and Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 1,229.
145, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,228.
146, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 1,227.
147, James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 1,225.
148, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 1,223.
149, (TIE) D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., and William Dickey, Cedar City, Utah, 1,222.
151, Mark Fenton, Aurora, Colo., 1,221.
152, (TIE) Norm Black Sr., Whittier, Calif., and Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, VA., 1,220.
154, Rodney Chong, Torrance, Calif, 1,219.
155, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 1,218.
156, (TIE) Ronald Gales, Las Vegas, and Mike Landrith, Chandler, Ariz, and Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 1,217. 159, John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., 1,216.
160, Ronald Krippelcz, St. Louis, 1,215.
161, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va, 1,213.
162, Jim Moran, Las Vegas, 1,211.
163, Gary Coultas, Huntinton Beach, Calif., 1,208.
164, (TIE) Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., and Jim Rock, Kalamazoo, Mich., and Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., and Frank Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 1,206.
168, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,204.
169, (TIE) Mike Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore., and Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 1,203.
171, Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., 1,202.
172, John Hoppe, Venice, Fla., 1,200.
173, T C Hilderbrand, Clearwater, Fla., 1,199.
174, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 1,197.
175, (TIE) Byron Richmond, Simi, Calif., and Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 1,195.
177, (TIE) Richard Holmes, Luray, Va., and Jim Wynne Sr., Bemidji, Minn., and Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 1,193.
180, John Dassi, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,192.
181, (TIE) Frank Manley Jr., Fletcher, N.C., and Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 1,191.
183, (TIE) Carl Hendrickson, Duluth, Minn., and Ron Van Ostenbridge, Colorado Springs, Colo, and Tony DeLaTorre III, Highland, Calif., 1,190.
186, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 1,189.
187, Peter George, Chicago, 1,187.
188, (TIE) Dave Rhoads, Las Vegas, Nev., and Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,185.
190, (TIE) Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., and Greg Wilhelm, Stafford, Va., 1,184.
192, (TIE) Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., and Jeff Gordon, Ventura, Calif., 1,183.
194, Ray Bailey, Asheville, N.C., 1,181.
195, Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 1,180.
196, Colin Leisy, Wilson, N.C., 1,179.
197, Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., 1,176.
198, Allen Sobelman, Moorpark, Calif., 1,175.
199, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,174.
200, (TIE) Jim King, New Braunfels, Texas, and Hollis McMullen, Rockville, Md., 1,172.
202, (TIE) Michael Kelly, Seattle, Wash., and Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 1,170.
204, Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 1,168.
205, Roger Koplin Jr., Citrus Heights., Calif., 1,167. 206, Russ Davies, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,166.
207, (TIE) Odell Hughes, Oak Park, Ill., and Kent Whitson, Sausalito, Calif., and Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,165.
210, (TIE) Dino Cantoria, Fontana, Calif., and Arthur Monzidelis, Pelham, N.Y., 1,162.
212, (TIE) Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, and David Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., and Glen Smith, Seattle, Wash, 1,161. 215, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 1,159.
216, (TIE) Bobby Holmes, North Las Vegas, Nev., and Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., and Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,158.
219, Robert Lite, Portland, Ore., 1,157.
220, (TIE) Ed Bordenka, Las Vegas, and Gary Smith, E. Peoria, Ill., and Doyle Radford, Candler, N.C., and Lee Tucker, Camarillo, Calif., 1,156.
224, Wayne Onstad, Red Bluff, Calif, 1,155.
225, Tom Giffin, Bassett, Va, 1,154.
226, Marc Clyburn, Pittsburg, Calif., 1,152.
227, (TIE) Bob Priess, Las Vegas, and David Woodfield Sr., Jamestown, N.Y., 1,151.
229, George Psaropoulos, Jupiter, Fla., 1,149.
230, Wayne Brandwein, Centennial, Colo., 1,147.
231, (TIE) Lomon Brunson, Milton, Pa., and Steven Saltz, San Juan Capistrano, Calif, 1,145.
233, Terry Thomas, Las Vegas, 1,143.
234, Stephen Hill, San Diego, 1,142.
235, (TIE) Gregory Jackson, Los Angeles, and Daniel Emmett, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,141.
237, Ray Shuel, Canada, 1,140.
238, (TIE) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and John Eberhard, Reno, Nev, 1,139.
240, Ed Gagnon, Fall River, Mass., 1,138.
241, (TIE) Jim Jakus, Las Vegas, Nev., and Frank DeFilippo, Las Vegas, 1,137.
243, Dennis Van Laanen, Coon Rapids, Minn, 1,136.
244, Fred Strasser, Pismo Beach, Calif., 1,134.
245, Dave Morales, Georgetown, Texas, 1,133.
246, (TIE) Jimmy Plessinger, York, Pa., and Richard Rathjen Sr., Naples, Fla., 1,132.
248, Robert Shelton, Goldvien, Va, 1,130.
249, Ronald Roberts, Lake Havasu, Ariz., 1,129.
250, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,125.
251, Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 1,124.
252, R. Mark Rice, Parawan, Utah, 1,121.
253, Ron Bays, Bloomington, Ill., 1,120.
254, (TIE) Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., and Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,117.
256, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 1,115.
257, (TIE) Bruno Vitasovic, Aurora, Colo., and Randy Corey, Henderson, Nev., 1,114.
259, Pete Heim, Omaha, Neb., 1,111.
260, (TIE) Robert Rogers, Brick, N.J., and George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,103.
262, Wally Kayser, Green Valley, Ariz, 1,101.
263, Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,100.
264, (TIE) John Tavano, Mars Hill, N.C., and Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., and Larry Grandt, Gurnee, Ill, and Jack Wallisch, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 1,096.
268, Jerry Dallum, Prescott, Ariz., 1,095.
269, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich, 1,093.
270, Fred Edick III, Glendora, Calif., 1,091.
271, Gerry Chinn, Castaic, Calif., 1,087.
272, John Fowles, England, 1,083.
273, (TIE) Reuben (Dean) Butz, Las Vegas, Nev, and Dewaine West, Temecula, Calif., 1,082.
275, Mike Castleton, San Diego, 1,079.
276, Marvin Nezvensky Jr., Pueblo, Colo., 1,075.
277, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,072.
278, Marvin Martin, Arden, N.C., 1,069.
279, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 1,062.
280, Rob Mautner, Las Vegas, Nev, 1,053.
281, Lenny Guccione, Thornton, Colo., 1,046.
282, (TIE) Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif, and Sam DaSilva, North Richland Hills, Texas, 1,040.
284, Lee Taylor, Las Vegas, 1,032.
285, Phillip Woods, Marshville, N.C., 1,026.
286, Sidney Smith, Bellevue, Neb., 1,025.
287, Tom Greco, West Palm Beach, Fla., 1,024.
288, Ted Karbownik, Clarkston, Mich., 977.
289, Bob Williams, Sparks, Nev., 945.

300 Games (2) -- Brian Brazeau, Ron Winger.
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