Eagle Lands on His Feet

by PBA Editor July 1, 2007 19:00
Too much bowling and the loss of a close friend sapped some of Dale Eagle’s desire recently, but the fire appears to be back in the 10-time PBA Senior Tour titlist.

Coming off three lackluster performances since the West Coast swing began, Eagle recaptured some of the desire he had lost recently to lead the PBA Senior Northern California Classic after one day of qualifying with a 1,993 eight-game pinfall Monday at Harvest Park Bowl.

Eagle finished 46th in the PBA Senior Tucson Open, 51st in the PBA Senior U.S. Open and 52nd in the PBA Senior Epicenter Classic the last three weeks, an uncharacteristic stretch for one of the Tour’s most consistent bowlers who is just four titles shy of tying the all-time PBA Senior Tour mark.

“I haven’t really had the desire lately, and I’ve been losing my focus. I’ve been cashing but my heart just wasn’t in it,” Eagle (Tavares, Fla.) said. “Then I went to Reno and bowled in the USBC Open Championship and bowled really well and made some money and things turned around for me. I got my desire back.

“I’ve just been bowling a lot and needed a break. I kept trying and I was cashing, but I didn’t have that fight and that little extra you need.”

Along with the rest of the Tour, Eagle has also been coping with the loss of close friend Jan Kravcheno, who died in an accident in his RV while traveling to the PBA Senior Tucson Open. Kravcheno, along with Eagle, was part of a large contingent of PBA Senior Tour bowlers who traveled in RVs from stop to stop.

“I was thinking about him (today). God bless him, he was a good man,” Eagle said. “He was just a nice man, quiet but always kept his word and was just a good friend. He was always there for you.”

Eagle, looking to dedicate a win to Kravcheno, started the day strong by averaging 260.75 over his first four games, with games of 259, 258, 269 and 257. After a 237 in game four, Eagle made an adjustment which didn’t pay immediate dividends but later came in handy.

“The first four games I was trying to get a side roll and let it roll on the backend and play more direct, but then in the fifth game I hit the transition and I didn’t know what to do,” Eagle said. “I just kept experimenting until I started lofting it and playing with more of a forward roll. I only shot 180 that game but it felt good so I stayed with it.”

The change resulted in a 289 in game seven before he finished his round with a 236.

A pair of bowlers from California follow Eagle as Edward Silva (Manteca, Calif.) is second with 1,937 and Ty Dawson (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is third with 1,912. James Brenner, who last season became the oldest bowler to win a PBA Senior Tour title at the age of 66, is fourth with 1,899.

The Round of 8, originally scheduled for 5 p.m. PST with the Round of 4 and Championship Round immediately following, has been moved to 6 p.m. The Championship match will take place at 7 p.m.

PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Northern California Classic
Harvest Park Bowl
Brentwood, Calif.
Monday, July 2


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

1, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,993.
2, Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 1,937.
3, Ty Dawson, Sunnyvale, Calif., 1,912.
4, James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 1,899.
5, (TIE) Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, NM, and Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,896.
7, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,892.
8, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,882.
9, Mike Landrith, Chandler, Ariz, 1,874.
10, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1,869.
11, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va, 1,866.
12, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 1,856.
13, Sam Carter, BenLomond, Calif., 1,851.
14, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 1,850.
15, Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 1,845.
16, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 1,841.
17, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,837.
18, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,834.
19, (TIE) Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., and Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,833.
21, Scott Groves, Byron, Calif., 1,832.
22, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,828.
23, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 1,827.
24, Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 1,814.
25, (TIE) Tom Baker, King, N.C., and Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,812.
27, John Blaylock, Modesto, Calif., 1,807.
28, Pat Kruse, Castro Valley, Calif., 1,792.
29, (TIE) Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., and Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 1,790.
31, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky, 1,788.
32, John Curtis, Newark, Calif., 1,780.
33, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,779.
34, Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., 1,774.
35, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 1,773.
36, (TIE) Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., and Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,772.
38, Pete Couture, Titusville, Fla., 1,770.
39, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,767.
40, Gregory Waldon, Manhattan, Mont., 1,762.
41, Ron Bloodworth, Yukon, Okla., 1,761.
42, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,760.
43, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,758.
44, Craig Kisro, Granada Hills, Calif., 1,756.
45, Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif, 1,748.
46, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,740.
47, Roger Koplin Jr., Citrus Heights., Calif., 1,738.
48, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 1,733.
49, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 1,729.
50, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 1,727.
51, Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 1,726.
52, Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 1,724.
53, Warren Nelson, Fresno, Cal, 1,723.
54, Chet Steengrafe, San Martin, Calif., 1,722.
55, Ron Glick, Morganville, N.J., 1,720.
56, Brian Parks, Visalia, Calif, 1,719.
57, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,718.
58, Ray Cobb, Highland, Calif., 1,706.
59, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, 1,704.
60, Marc Clyburn, Pittsburg, Calif., 1,698.
61, (TIE) Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., and Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,696.
63, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 1,691.
64, Bob Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 1,682.
65, (TIE) William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 1,678.
67, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 1,666.
68, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,664.
69, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,663.
70, (TIE) Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., and Joe Salvemini, Las Vegas, Nev., and Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 1,655.
73, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 1,647.
74, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,646.
75, Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 1,639.
76, (TIE) Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., and Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,638.
78, Curtis Cage, Santa Clara, Calif., 1,637.
79, (TIE) Gregory Goetz, Washington, and Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 1,632.
81, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,631.
82, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,628.
83, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,627.
84, Chuck Best, Buda, Texas, 1,625.
85, Richard Holmes, Luray, Va., 1,622.
86, Murray Hickman Sr., Las Vegas, 1,617.
87, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif, 1,616.
88, Donnie Todd Sr., Somerset, Ky., 1,609.
89, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1,601.
90, Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 1,599.
91, Steve Rosen, Toronto, Canada, 1,597.
92, John Eberhard, Reno, Nev, 1,583.
93, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla, 1,578.
94, Alan Sabin, Winston, Ore, 1,576.
95, Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif, 1,559.
96, (TIE) Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., and Linda Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,557.
98, Sam Perrotta, Lincoln Park, N.J., 1,555.
99, (TIE) Anthony Gervasini, Melbourne, Fla., and Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 1,550.
101, Jim Montgomery, San Mateo, Calif., 1,537.
102, Thomas Andres Sr., Highland, Calif., 1,532.
103, Ronald Sandusky, Blue Jay, Calif., 1,523.
104, David Shell, Elk Grove, Calif, 1,513.
105, Robert Smith, Ripon, Calif., 1,498.
106, Roger Painter, Woodbridge, Va., 1,489.
107, Randy Cochran, Medford, Ore., 1,480.
108, (TIE) Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., and Philip Davis, Union City, Calif., 1,476.
110, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,474.
111, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 1,470.
112, Don Simonian, Carson City, Nev., 1,464.
113, Raymond Flanagan, Carson City, Nev., 1,379.
114, Steve Valente, Concord, Calif., 1,342.
115, Ron Van Ostenbridge, Colorado Springs, Colo, 1,517 (WD).

300 games (1) - David Ozio.
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