Baker Continues his Roll

by PBA Editor June 20, 2007 19:00
Tom Baker picked a good time to get hot on the PBA Senior Tour. After winning five PBA Senior Tour titles the last two years and the last two PBA Senior Player of the Year awards, Baker was having what some considered a down year with no title match appearances.

After finishing the first day of qualifying of the PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast in 46th, Baker has served notice to the rest of the field he intends to make it three straight U.S. Open victories, jumping to the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of 18 games of qualifying.

Thursday, Baker reiterated his statement by rolling through the first of three eight-game round-robin match play blocks as the only bowler with an undefeated record and an eight-game pinfall of 1,747, with 30 pins being awarded for each match play win and 15 for each tie, to give Baker a 35-game total pinfall of 8,119.

“I feel very fortunate to be where I’m at. The lanes were very different today and I got some very fortunate breaks,” said Baker (King, N.C.). “Any time I needed a strike to win a match, I got it. I never shot anything big, but I never shot anything bad. The reaction was different on each pair of lanes. When you moved to the next, it was like starting all over again.”

Twenty pins behind Baker is amateur Rick Minier, who posted the rounds highest pinfall of 1,953 while going 5-3 to finish with a total pinfall of 8,099. Minier (Houston, Texas) entered match play in 16th, 221 pins behind then-leader Rohn Morton.

David Ozio (Beaumont, Texas), who posted the highest pinfall in the morning’s cashers qualifying round to move from 57th to inside the match play cut at 14th, continued his rise to the top, going 6-2 in match play with 1,821 to finish with 8,021.

A second amateur and Las Vegas resident, Terry Leong, rounds out the top four. Leong went 7-1 through match play to finish with 8,014.

Morton (Vancouver, Wash.) is fifth with a 3-5 record and 1,690 to finish with 7,997.

All 24 bowlers will return Friday at 7 a.m. PST for the second of three eight-game round-robin match play blocks with the final block scheduled to begin at Noon. At the conclusion of the final block, the top four bowlers will advance to the stepladder finals slated to begin at 3:30 p.m. with the winner taking home $20,000 and a berth into the 2008 PBA Tournament of Champions.

PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast
Suncoast Bowling Center
Las Vegas, Nev.
Thursday, June 21

ROUND-ROBIN MATCH PLAY


(Pos., name, hometown, win-loss record, 35-game pinfall. Thirty bonus pins awarded for a victory and 15 bonus pins for a tie.)

1, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 8-0-0, 8,119.
2, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 5-3-0, 8,099.
3, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 6-2-0, 8,021.
4, Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 7-1-0, 8,014.
5, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3-5-0, 7,997.
6, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 4-4-0, 7,951.
7, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 5-3-0, 7,946.
8, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 2-6-0, 7,932.
9, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 4-4-0, 7,908.
10, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 5-3-0, 7,906.
11, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3-5-0, 7,884. 12, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 4-4-0, 7,878.
13, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 5-3-0, 7,863.
14, Tim Miller, Irving, Texas, 3-5-0, 7,859.
15, Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., 4-4-0, 7,842.
16, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 4-4-0, 7,836.
17, Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 3-4-1, 7,828.
18, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 2-6-0, 7,813.
19, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 4-4-0, 7,810.
20, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3-5-0, 7,799.
21, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 3-4-1, 7,796.
22, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3-5-0, 7,724.
23, Vaughn Doody, Las Vegas, 3-5-0, 7,666.
24, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 2-6-0, 7,655.

CASHERS QUALIFYING ROUND

(Pos., name, hometown, 27-game pinfall. Top 24 advance to round-robin match play. Pos. 25-72 eliminated, cash.)

1, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 6,217.
2, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 6,156.
3, Tim Miller, Irving, Texas, 6,133.
4, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 6,132.
5, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 6,128.
6, Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., 6,096.
7, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 6,094.
8, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 6,090.
9, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 6,077.
10, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 6,075.
11, Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 6,057.
12, Jeff Jamison, Boulder City, Nev., 6,050.
13, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 6,031.
14, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 6,020.
15, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 6,016.
16, Rick Minier, Houston, Texas, 5,996.
17, (TIE) Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, and Terry Leong, Las Vegas, 5,979.
19, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 5,971.
20, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 5,969.
21, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 5,963.
22, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 5,950.
23, Vaughn Doody, Las Vegas, 5,943.
24, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 5,938.
25, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 5,936, $1,180.
26, Greg Shields, Independence, Mo., 5,935, $1,150.
27, Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 5,924, $1,135.
28, Warren Nelson, Fresno, Cal, 5,923, $1,125.
29, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 5,900, $1,115.
30, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 5,879, $1,110.
31, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 5,872, $1,105.
32, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 5,864, $1,100. 33, Steve Fehr, Cincinnati, Ohio, 5,863, $1,095.
34, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 5,862, $1,090.
35, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 5,859, $1,085.
36, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 5,856, $1,080.
37, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 5,855, $1,075.
38, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 5,852, $1,070.
39, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky, 5,850, $1,065.
40, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 5,844, $1,060.
41, Martin Letscher, Niles, Ohio, 5,826, $1,055.
42, Alex Hernandez, Palmdale, Calif., 5,824, $1,050.
43, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 5,817, $1,045.
44, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 5,809, $1,040.
45, (TIE) Frank DeRemer, Lacey, Wash., and Kenneth Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 5,807, $1,032.
47, Edward Regehr, Hesperia, Calif., 5,796, $1,025.
48, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 5,793, $1,020.
49, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb, 5,787, $1,015.
50, Ronald Gales, Las Vegas, 5,777, $1,010.
51, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 5,772, $1,005.
52, Daniel Emmett, Las Vegas, Nev., 5,771, $1,000. 53, (TIE) Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., and Ronald Krys, Sparks, Nev., 5,764, $992.
55, Craig Kisro, Granada Hills, Calif., 5,752, $985.
56, Don Jackson, Bonita, Calif., 5,729, $980.
57, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 5,728, $975.
58, Avery LeBlanc, Lexington, Tenn., 5,714, $970.
59, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 5,702, $965.
60, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 5,691, $960.
61, Edwin Case, Albuquerque, N.M., 5,655, $955.
62, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 5,649, $950.
63, Ronald Krippelcz, St. Louis, 5,647, $945.
64, Colin Leisy, Wilson, N.C., 5,644, $940.
65, John Dudak, Orland Park, Ill., 5,634, $935.
66, Tom Smith III, Newark, Del., 5,622, $930.
67, Greg Benefield, Lee's Summit, Mo., 5,621, $925.
68, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 5,613, $920.
69, Gregory Goetz, Washington, 5,601, $915.
70, Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 5,590, $910.
71, Dave Washburn, Las Vegas, Nev., 5,571, $905.
72, Gary James, Spring, Texas, 5,466, $900.
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