Bakes is Back

by PBA Editor June 19, 2007 19:00
A PBA Senior Major may be just the thing that Tom Baker needs to return to the form that captured him the last two PBA Senior Player of the Year awards.

Baker, who has also won the last two Senior U.S. Opens, leads the PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast after 18 games of qualifying at the Suncoast Bowling Center.

After beginning Tuesday, the second day of qualifying, in 46th, Baker jumped to seventh before completing his run to the top on Wednesday with an 18-game pinfall of 4,156.

“I feel like I’ve been bowling well all year and for some reason I have a lot of good luck here,” said Baker (King, N.C.). “This year it will be a lot harder to win again because the competition is so stiff and the lanes are driving the scores up. But that is why we are here, the competition.

Baker began his block with his high score of the day, 256, and followed it up with scores of 237 and 248. He concluded the block with games of 226, 234 and 228 to finish with a six-game block of 1,429, the top score of the day.

“It’s just a matter of carrying the shot out there. Monday I bowled just as well, but I left a lot of 10-pins, which was very frustrating. On Tuesday I switched balls to a Total Inferno and shot 278 and 268 in my final two games. I think the key is not giving the pocket away and keeping it on line,” added Baker.

In second is local favorite Kerry Painter, just 21 pins behind Baker. Painter (Henderson, Nev.), who is in his first year on the PBA Senior Tour, compiled the day’s second-highest six-game pinfall,1,415, to improve seven spots from ninth.

Tuesday’s leader Tim Miller (Irving, Texas), is third with 4,134 after finishing Wednesday with a 1,292 six-game pinfall and leads all amateurs.

Ted Staikoff (Black Hawk, S.D.) is fourth with 4,107 while Monday’s leader, Kevin Croucher (Grants Pass, Ore.) rounds out the top five with 4,094, tops for the A squad.

The top 25 percent of the field advance to an additional nine-game qualifying round Thursday morning at 7 a.m. PST. The field will then be cut to the top 24 for round robin match play which gets underway Thursday at 2 p.m.

PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast
Suncoast Bowling Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
Wednesday, June 20

DAY THREE QUALIFYING

A, B & C Squads

(Pos., name, hometown, 18-game pinfall.)


1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 4,156.
2, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 4,135.
3, Tim Miller, Irving, Texas, 4,134.
4, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 4,107.
5, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4,094.
6, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 4,085.
7, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 4,084.
8, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 4,083.
9, Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., 4,054.
10, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 4,043.
11, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 4,034.
12, Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 4,030.
13, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 4,002.
14, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3,997.
15, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,996.
16, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 3,983.
17, Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 3,976.
18, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 3,975.
19, (TIE) Daniel Emmett, Las Vegas, Nev., and Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,969.
21, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,963.
22, Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 3,962.
23, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,954.
24, Alex Hernandez, Palmdale, Calif., 3,946.
25, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,944.
26, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 3,942.
27, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,937.
28, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 3,936.
29, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb, 3,934.
30, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,929.
31, Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,928.
32, Don Jackson, Bonita, Calif., 3,927.
33, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,918.
34, Ronald Krys, Sparks, Nev., 3,917.
35, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 3,915.
36, Ronald Gales, Las Vegas, 3,902.
37, Warren Nelson, Fresno, Cal, 3,901.
38, (TIE) Kenneth Gibson, Greenville, S.C., and Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,898.
40, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,895.
41, (TIE) Colin Leisy, Wilson, N.C., and Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3,894.
43, Vaughn Doody, Las Vegas, 3,893.
44, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 3,890.
45, Avery LeBlanc, Lexington, Tenn., 3,888.
46, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,885.
47, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 3,884.
48, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,875.
49, (TIE) Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., and Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,872.
51, Edward Regehr, Hesperia, Calif., 3,871.
52, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 3,867.
53, (TIE) John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., and Greg Shields, Independence, Mo., 3,865.
55, Martin Letscher, Niles, Ohio, 3,858.
56, Gary James, Spring, Texas, 3,851.
57, (TIE) Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky, and David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 3,850.
59, Edwin Case, Albuquerque, N.M., 3,847.
60, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 3,845.
61, Greg Benefield, Lee's Summit, Mo., 3,841.
62, (TIE) Gregory Goetz, Washington, and Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,836.
64, (TIE) Tom Smith III, Newark, Del., and Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 3,835.
66, Craig Kisro, Granada Hills, Calif., 3,831.
67, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 3,829.
68, Frank DeRemer, Lacey, Wash., 3,828.
69, (TIE) Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., and Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,815.
71, (TIE) Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., and Ronald Krippelcz, St. Louis, 3,814.
73, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,813, $600.
74, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,811.
75, Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, 3,809.
76, (TIE) Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,797, $600.
78, (TIE) Tim Bowers, East Wenatchee, Wash., and Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 3,796.
80, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 3,795.
81, Bill Stewart, Plainwell, Mich., 3,788.
82, Stephen Bruck, Cincinnati, 3,787.
83, Peter Hakim, Jericho, N.Y., 3,786.
84, (TIE) Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., and Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va, 3,783.
86, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, NM, 3,778.
87, (TIE) Mike Landrith, Chandler, Ariz, and Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 3,776.
89, (TIE) John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., and Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, and Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,775, $600.
92, Ken Racette, San Diego, Calif., 3,774.
93, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,771, $600.
94, Daniel Winter, Rockford, Ill., 3,770, $600.
95, Jules Soetaert, Ardrossan, Alberta, 3,769, $600.
96, Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 3,765.
97, Russ Davies, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,763.
98, Ron Van Ostenbridge, Colorado Springs, Colo, 3,757. 99, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,754.
100, Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., 3,752.
101, (TIE) Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., and Otis Dixon, Forest Park, Ill., 3,751, $600.
103, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,745.
104, Aron Lipshy, Roseville, Mich., 3,744.
105, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,743.
106, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3,742.
107, Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev., 3,737.
108, (TIE) Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, and Rich Holden, Chinchilla, Pa., 3,735.
110, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3,734.
111, Jim King, New Braunfels, Texas, 3,733.
112, (TIE) Bill Stempke, Moorpark, Calif., and Marc Clyburn, Pittsburg, Calif., 3,732.
114, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,728.
115, David Zonfrilli, Pahrumph, Nev., 3,726.
116, Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., 3,725.
117, Gary Smith, E. Peoria, Ill., 3,724.
118, Jim Rock, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,721.
119, (TIE) David Wilson, Lakewood, Calif., and Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill., and Gil Martinez, Fresno, Calif., 3,720. 122, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3,715.
123, Gary Coultas, Huntinton Beach, Calif., 3,713.
124, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,712.
125, Raymond Gaunt, El Monte, Calif, 3,711.
126, (TIE) Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., and Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,710.
128, (TIE) Gregory Jackson, Los Angeles, and Leo Plaia, New Orleans, and Dave Gualeni, Gladstone, Mo., 3,708.
131, (TIE) John Hoppe, Venice, Fla., and Doug Arden, Havelock, N.C., 3,706.
133, Odell Hughes, Oak Park, Ill., 3,705.
134, Dick Selgo, Archbold, Ohio, 3,702.
135, Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 3,700.
136, Kirk Tupper, Phoenix, 3,698.
137, (TIE) Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, and Frank Manley Jr., Fletcher, N.C., 3,695.
139, Chuck Pierce, Dallas, 3,693.
140, Les Shirwindt, Las Vegas, Nev, 3,692.
141, Dave Morales, Georgetown, Texas, 3,690.
142, Brad Newhouse, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,688.
143, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 3,682.
144, Carl Hendrickson, Duluth, Minn., 3,681.
145, Lee Snow, Wixom, Mich., 3,677.
146, (TIE) Edward Roberts, Braintree, Mass., and Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,674.
148, (TIE) Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., and Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., and Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 3,664.
151, (TIE) Richard Rathjen Sr., Naples, Fla., and Darrel Curtis, Las Vegas, 3,662.
153, (TIE) Lomon Brunson, Milton, Pa., and Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 3,658.
155, Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, VA., 3,657.
156, (TIE) Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., and John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, and Steve Freeman, Hermantown, Minn., 3,655.
159, Mike Procaccino, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,653.
160, Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif, 3,648.
161, George Psaropoulos, Jupiter, Fla., 3,646.
162, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,642.
163, Steve Kiss, Clackamas, Ore., 3,639.
164, Jack Guay, Canada, 3,635.
165, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,632.
166, Alan Schafer, Sun City West, Ariz., 3,631.
167, (TIE) Tony DeLaTorre III, Highland, Calif., and Doyle Radford, Candler, N.C., 3,630.
169, (TIE) Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., and Mike Winklepleck, Gladstone, Ore., and Lauri Karppala Jr., Folsom, Ca, 3,629.
172, Jim Moran, Las Vegas, 3,628.
173, (TIE) Roger Koplin Jr., Citrus Heights., Calif., and Michael Kelly, Seattle, Wash., 3,626.
175, (TIE) Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., and James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 3,625.
177, Randy Corey, Henderson, Nev., 3,619.
178, Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 3,617.
179, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,613.
180, John Dassi, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,611.
181, Kent Whitson, Sausalito, Calif., 3,610.
182, (TIE) Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., and Darrell Adams, Flintstone, Ga., 3,609.
184, (TIE) Dennis Van Laanen, Coon Rapids, Minn, and Rich Cook, Olympia, Wash., 3,600.
186, Greg Wilhelm, Stafford, Va., 3,594.
187, Byron Richmond, Simi, Calif., 3,592.
188, Val Benson, Bronx, N.Y., 3,589.
189, Will Friedrich, Green Bay, Wis., 3,586.
190, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 3,585.
191, Bobby Hall, Landover, Md., 3,582.
192, (TIE) David Woodfield Sr., Jamestown, N.Y., and William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Jeff Gordon, Ventura, Calif., 3,578.
195, (TIE) Terry Thomas, Las Vegas, and George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,576.
197, (TIE) Jim Wynne Sr., Bemidji, Minn., and Frank Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 3,575.
199, (TIE) John Eberhard, Reno, Nev, and Ray Bailey, Asheville, N.C., 3,574.
201, Dave Rhoads, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,572.
202, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,567.
203, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,566.
204, Jack Wallisch, Hot Springs Village, Ark., 3,561.
205, (TIE) Ron Bays, Bloomington, Ill., and Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 3,560.
07, (TIE) Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., and D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 3,559.
209, Ray Morgan, Scottsdale, Ariz, 3,551.
210, Bobby Holmes, North Las Vegas, Nev., 3,550.
211, Dale Ballou, Seaside, Ore., 3,546.
212, Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 3,541.
213, Robert Shelton, Goldvien, Va, 3,539.
214, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,537.
215, (TIE) Lee Tucker, Camarillo, Calif., and Richard Holmes, Luray, Va., 3,535.
217, Ronald Roberts, Lake Havasu, Ariz., 3,533.
218, Bruno Vitasovic, Aurora, Colo., 3,523.
219, Frank DeFilippo, Las Vegas, 3,513.
220, Rodney Chong, Torrance, Calif, 3,510.
221, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 3,508.
222, Mike Castleton, San Diego, 3,507.
223, Bob Priess, Las Vegas, 3,504.
224, Glen Smith, Seattle, Wash, 3,503.
225, Frank Weiler, San Bernardino, Calif., 3,500.
226, Robert Rogers, Brick, N.J., 3,499.
227, Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 3,497.
228, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va, 3,496.
229, Jim Jakus, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,494.
230, (TIE) Steven Saltz, San Juan Capistrano, Calif, and Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 3,492.
232, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif, 3,486.
233, Jack Heimel, Janesville, Wis., 3,483.
234, (TIE) T C Hilderbrand, Clearwater, Fla., and Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, and Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., 3,482.
237, Tony Maresca, Mesa, Ariz., 3,479.
238, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 3,474.
239, Lenny Guccione, Thornton, Colo., 3,470.
240, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 3,466.
241, Reuben (Dean) Butz, Las Vegas, Nev, 3,462.
242, Dewaine West, Temecula, Calif., 3,454.
243, Mark Fenton, Aurora, Colo., 3,445.
244, Hollis McMullen, Rockville, Md., 3,443.
245, (TIE) Stephen Hill, San Diego, and Lee Rautenberg, Boca Raton, Fla., 3,442.
247, Ed Gagnon, Fall River, Mass., 3,440.
248, Arthur Monzidelis, Pelham, N.Y., 3,429.
249, Pete Heim, Omaha, Neb., 3,427.
250, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,426.
251, Jeff Mackey, Mexico, Mo., 3,416.
252, Bobby Dunn, Augusta, Ga., 3,414.
253, Norm Black Sr., Whittier, Calif., 3,408.
254, Wayne Onstad, Red Bluff, Calif, 3,407.
255, Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 3,402.
256, William Dickey, Cedar City, Utah, 3,398.
257, Rodney Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 3,397.
258, Allen Sobelman, Moorpark, Calif., 3,394.
259, Jimmy Plessinger, York, Pa., 3,388.
260, Dino Cantoria, Fontana, Calif., 3,379.
261, (TIE) Larry Grandt, Gurnee, Ill, and Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 3,369.
263, Tom Giffin, Bassett, Va, 3,360.
264, Lee Taylor, Las Vegas, 3,355.
265, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 3,349.
266, Ted Karbownik, Clarkston, Mich., 3,344.
267, Phillip Woods, Marshville, N.C., 3,342.
268, John Tavano, Mars Hill, N.C., 3,337.
269, Marvin Nezvensky Jr., Pueblo, Colo., 3,329.
271, Peter George, Chicago, 3,320.
272, R. Mark Rice, Parawan, Utah, 3,315.
273, Gerry Chinn, Castaic, Calif., 3,313.
274, Fred Strasser, Pismo Beach, Calif., 3,312.
275, Jerry Dallum, Prescott, Ariz., 3,306.
276, Ed Bordenka, Las Vegas, 3,294.
277, Marvin Martin, Arden, N.C., 3,278.
278, Wayne Brandwein, Centennial, Colo., 3,267.
279, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich, 3,261.
280, Ray Shuel, Canada, 3,219.
281, Fred Edick III, Glendora, Calif., 3,217.
282, Sam DaSilva, North Richland Hills, Texas, 3,159.
283, John Fowles, England, 3,157.
284, Sidney Smith, Bellevue, Neb., 3,148.
285, Wally Kayser, Green Valley, Ariz, 3,135.
286, Rob Mautner, Las Vegas, Nev, 3,132.
287, Bob Williams, Sparks, Nev., 2,929.
288, Bill Ades, Minden, Nev., 2,731 (WD).
289, Tom Greco, West Palm Beach, Fla., 1,024 (WD).
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