Ozio Rolls Into the Lead

by PBA Editor June 25, 2007 19:00
After coming close to winning his second PBA Senior Tour title of the season in last week’s PBA Senior U.S. Open presented by Suncoast, David Ozio has one goal, to win, in this week’s PBA Senior Epicenter Classic.

Ozio, who won the season-opening PBA Senior Manassas Open for his second career PBA Senior Tour title, has put himself into a pretty good position to accomplish the goal after two days of qualifying in the event.

Ozio (Beaumont, Texas), who was second entering Tuesday’s eight-game block, captured the top seed heading into Wednesday’s match play with a 16-game pinfall of 3,808.

“You always want to win, nobody ever remembers the second best,” said Ozio, who entered this week No. 1 in the PBA Senior Tour point rankings. “This week’s oil pattern is very, very similar to last week’s pattern. I am taking what I learned last week and applying it this week. It’s actually a little easier for me this week than it was last.”

Ozio posted the day’s highest round with an eight-game block of 1,905. The Texan opened the round with a 288 and closed with games of 254 and 246.

As one of the top eight bowlers after qualifying, Ozio earns a bye into Wednesday’s Round of 16, bypassing the Rounds of 32 and 24.

Monday’s leader Henry Gonzalez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is second, 127 pins behind Ozio, with 3,681. Gonzalez’s eight-game pinfall fell almost two hundred pins from Monday’s round, finishing with 1,785 after posting Monday’s highest score of 1,923.

Bob Handley (Winter Park, Fla.) finished third with 3,677 after picking up 1,808 in Tuesday’s round.

Defending PBA Senior Epicenter Classic champion Jim Brenner (LeClaire, Iowa) is 20th with 3,463.

Seventy-three year-old Teata Semiz (East Brunswick, N.J.) made the cut after posting a 290 in his final game to finish qualifying with 3,452.

Match play, which begins at 9 a.m. PST, is best-of-five games until the format switches to best-of-three for the Round of 8, which gets underway at 6 p.m. The final four will bowl single-game matches immediately following, with the winner taking home $8,000.

PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Epicenter Classic
The Epicenter Bowling Complex
Klamath Falls, Ore.
Tuesday, June 26

QUALIFIYING, DAY TWO


A & B squads
(Pos., name, hometown, 16-game pinfall.)

1, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 3,808.
2, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,681.
3, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 3,677.
4, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,635.
5, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,629.
6, Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 3,612.
7, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 3,607.
8, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3,604.
9, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 3,600.
10, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,587.
11, (TIE) Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., and Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 3,579.
13, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,570.
14, Leon Loucks, Marysville, Wash., 3,563.
15, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,545.
16, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,523.
17, Tommy Kress, Rochester, N.Y., 3,483.
18, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 3,479.
19, Mike Landrith, Chandler, Ariz, 3,467.
20, (TIE) James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, and Conway Sunell, Eugene, Ore., 3,463.
22, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3,459.
23, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 3,458.
24, Gregory Goetz, Washington, 3,456.
25, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 3,452.
26, Jerome Lee, Medford, Ore., 3,451.
27, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 3,444.
28, Don Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 3,439.
29, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 3,438.
30, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,433.
31, (TIE) Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., and Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,409.
33, Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore, 3,397.
34, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,396.
35, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3,395, $600.
36, Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., 3,393.
37, Ron Merritt, Florence, Ore., 3,389, $600.
38, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,369.
39, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 3,365, $600.
40, Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 3,349, $600.
41, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,348, $600.
42, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,339, $600.
43, Warren Nelson, Fresno, Cal, 3,338.
44, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,334.
45, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 3,326, $600.
46, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,319.
47, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 3,315, $600.
48, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,296.
49, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,291.
50, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 3,280.
51, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,278, $600.
52, (TIE) Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., and Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,277, $600.
54, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 3,270.
55, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 3,266.
56, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,248.
57, Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., 3,245.
58, Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., 3,238.
59, (TIE) Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., and Floyd Persson Jr., Everett, Wash., 3,228.
61, Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 3,220.
62, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 3,196.
63, Pat Kruse, Castro Valley, Calif., 3,189.
64, Andy Magerle, Medford, Ore., 3,183.
65, Robert Smith, Ripon, Calif., 3,176.
66, Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 3,173.
67, Jerry Hargrove, Merrill, Ore., 3,172.
68, Richard Holmes, Luray, Va., 3,162.
69, (TIE) Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., and Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 3,139.
71, Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 3,124.
72, Tim Bowers, East Wenatchee, Wash., 3,114.
73, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,105.
74, Robert Reed Sr, Weed, Calif, 3,085.
75, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 3,064.
76, Ron Van Ostenbridge, Colorado Springs, Colo, 3,062. 77, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 3,048.
78, Dennis Amato, Pine Brook, N.J., 3,041.
79, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 3,038.
80, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 3,032.
81, Gary Nichols, Florence, Ore., 3,025.
82, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 3,013.
83, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,000.
84, Robert Lite, Portland, Ore., 2,999.
85, Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 2,995.
86, Randy Cochran, Medford, Ore., 2,981.
87, Steve Rosen, Toronto, Canada, 2,974.
88, Tony Barker, Tooele, Utah, 2,893.
89, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 2,883.
90, Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif, 2,822.
91, Raymond Flanagan, Carson City, Nev., 2,761.
92, Dale Ballou, Seaside, Ore., 1,337 (WD).

300 Games (1) -- Bob Kelly.
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