June 24, 2007 19:00
Two weeks ago in the PBA Senior Tucson Open, Henry Gonzalez was in the exact same position as he was after Monday’s first round of qualifying in the PBA Senior Epicenter Classic, leading the pack.
This time around, Gonzalez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is hoping things will go differently for the remainder of the event. In the Tucson event, Gonzalez slipped to 11th in the second day of qualifying heading into match play. He rebounded with two match play wins before being upset by amateur and eventual third-place finisher Terry Leong in the Round of 8.
This week, Gonzalez posted an eight-game pinfall of 1,923 in Monday’s first qualifying round.
“I just kind of go with the flow when I bowl. I have great shots every now and then,” said Gonzalez, who owns two career PBA Senior Tour titles. “With 16 games of qualifying, it’s a long format and it’s a grind. It’s nice to finish in the top eight and get the bye in match play. I always try to get out of the gate early and it’s easy to here. I really like bowling in this center.”
Gonzalez opened the block with a high score of 279 and followed it up with 260. Gonzalez then averaged 230.67 over his final six games, closing the block with a 237
David Ozio is in second after leading the morning’s A squad with 1,903. Ozio (Beaumont, Texas) narrowly edged Sam Zurich by two pins, posting consistent scores through the block, scoring 227 or higher in six of his eight games.
Zurich (Grant, Fla.), who won the third event of the season, the PBA Senior Northern Illinois Classic, finished the block with 1,901 after making a late charge at Ozio. Zurich closed out the block with scores of 269, 224 and 267 in his final three games.
Defending PBA Senior Epicenter Classic champion Jim Brenner (LeClaire, Iowa) is 51st with 1,639.
All 92 bowlers return Tuesday for a second eight-game qualifying block, with B squad beginning action at 9 a.m. PST. The A squad will bowl their second block at 4 p.m. The field will then be cut to the top 32 based on total pinfall after Tuesday’s action with match play beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m.
PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Epicenter Classic
The Epicenter Bowling Complex
Klamath Falls, Ore.
Monday, June 25
(Pos., name, hometown, eight-game pinfall.)
1, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,923.
2, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1,903.
3, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 1,901.
4, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,869.
5, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,848.
6, (TIE) Leon Loucks, Marysville, Wash., and Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,828.
8, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,822.
9, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,818.
10, (TIE) Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., and Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 1,817.
12, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 1,798.
13, (TIE) Conway Sunell, Eugene, Ore., and Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,793.
15, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,776.
16, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,772.
17, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 1,771.
18, Jerome Lee, Medford, Ore., 1,768.
19, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 1,764.
20, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,758.
21, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,756.
22, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,740.
23, Warren Nelson, Fresno, Cal, 1,731.
24, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,728.
25, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,726.
26, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,725.
27, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,724.
28, (TIE) Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., and Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 1,719.
30, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,717.
31, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,715.
32, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,714.
33, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,709.
34, Floyd Persson Jr., Everett, Wash., 1,702.
35, (TIE) Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., and Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 1,695.
37, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,692.
38, Mike Landrith, Chandler, Ariz, 1,691.
39, (TIE) Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., and Ron Merritt, Florence, Ore., 1,689.
41, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,685.
42, (TIE) Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., and Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,675.
44, (TIE) Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., and Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,670.
46, (TIE) Gregory Goetz, Washington, and Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,667.
48, Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore, 1,661.
49, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1,645.
50, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 1,642.
51, James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 1,639.
52, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,633.
53, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 1,632.
54, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,615.
55, Don Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 1,613.
56, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,609.
57, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,608.
58, Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 1,601.
59, Jerry Hargrove, Merrill, Ore., 1,590.
60, Andy Magerle, Medford, Ore., 1,589.
61, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,586.
62, Tim Bowers, East Wenatchee, Wash., 1,581.
63, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,580.
64, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,576.
65, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 1,575.
66, Robert Smith, Ripon, Calif., 1,572.
67, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,568.
68, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 1,566.
69, (TIE) Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., and Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,564.
71, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,547.
72, Ron Van Ostenbridge, Colorado Springs, Colo, 1,534.
73, Richard Holmes, Luray, Va., 1,530.
74, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,528.
75, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 1,526.
76, Pat Kruse, Castro Valley, Calif., 1,525.
77, Robert Lite, Portland, Ore., 1,520.
78, Steve Rosen, Toronto, Canada, 1,518.
79, Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 1,502.
80, Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., 1,493.
81, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,473.
82, Tony Barker, Tooele, Utah, 1,466.
83, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 1,465.
84, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 1,463.
85, Robert Reed Sr, Weed, Calif, 1,448.
86, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 1,447.
87, Randy Cochran, Medford, Ore., 1,446.
88, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 1,443.
89, (TIE) Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif, and Gary Nichols, Florence, Ore., 1,388.
91, Raymond Flanagan, Carson City, Nev., 1,351.
92, Dale Ballou, Seaside, Ore., 1,337 (WD).
300 Games (1) -- Leo Plaia.
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