Baker's Half Dozen

by PBA Editor July 3, 2007 19:00
The Bakes is back.

Two-time defending PBA Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker got back in the winners’ circle Wednesday, defeating Mark Glover, 245-221, to win the 2007 PBA Senior Northern California Classic at Harvest Park Bowl.

Baker won the PBA Senior Player and Rookie of the Year awards in his first season on Tour in 2005, then dominated the Tour last season, winning a Tour-record four titles in nine events including both Majors.

The road hasn’t been as smooth for Baker in 2007, however, as several big names have joined the Tour full time. PBA Hall of Famers David Ozio and Mark Roth have returned full time along with a solid group of rookies, including PBA Hall of Famer Steve Cook, and Sam Zurich and Sam Maccarone, each of whom have won titles this season.

Baker was on a mission after coming up empty in the first seven events. He finished second to Ozio in the season-opening PBA Senior Manassas Open and despite coming into the week second in the PBA Senior Point Rankings, he had made just one other championship round appearance.

On Tuesday, Baker caught a break to get into the title match. Trailing Sam Carter by 44 pins after four frames, Carter left the 4-6-7-10 split and opened, giving Baker an opening. The PBA Hall of Famer and exempt bowler on the Denny’s PBA Tour took advantage, striking five consecutive times to take the match, 234-219.

“I was worried there,” Baker (King, N.C.) said. “The right lane broke down and I went high and left a 4-9, but then he went to the right lane and left that split. I made a move and went a couple boards in on that lane and that was the turning point.”

Baker then moved on to face Glover, who was looking for his first career PBA Senior Tour title. The 52-year-old fell behind again as Glover started with three strikes, but after he nine-spared in the fourth frame, Baker took advantage and struck six times in a row to take the lead. The match all but ended when Glover fell to the same fate as Carter, leaving the 4-6-7-10 in the eighth frame, giving Baker his sixth title in under three seasons.

“I guess I was pretty frustrated,” Baker said about his season thus far. “I knew I was bowling well, but I didn’t have the success I’ve had the last couple seasons and it was just a matter of me carrying the 10-pin. It’s been my nemesis. Today it came down to 10th frame in a lot of the matches and when I needed strikes today I got them where earlier in the year when I needed them I left a 10-pin.

Baker earned $8,000 for the win while Glover took home $4,500. Carter (BenLomond, Calif.) and John Curtis (Newark, Calif.) each took home $3,000.

The PBA Senior Tour heads to Reno, Nev., next week for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters at the National Bowling Stadium July 8-13, the second and final Major event of the season.


PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Northern California Classic
Harvest Park Bowl
Brentwood, Calif.
Wednesday, July 4

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

(Single-game match. Winner earns $8,000. Loser earns $4,500.)

#14 Tom BakerX9/XXXXXX9/9/7
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#5 Mark GloverXXX9/XX9/s62XX9/
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ROUND OF 4

(Single-game match. Losers eliminated, earn $3,000.)

#32 John Curtis212
#5 Mark Glover237
Glover Advances


#10 Sam Carter219
#14 Tom Baker234
Baker Advances


ROUND OF 8

(Single elimination, best-of-three games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,700.)

#8 Rohn Morton212 (38)209
#32 John Curtis212 (39)213
Curtis Advances


#5 Mark Glover244268237
#13 Kerry Painter199279228
Glover Advances


#15 Bob Brady232245
#10 Sam Carter254258
Carter Advances


#6 Ty Dawson204223
#14 Tom Baker223229
Baker Advances


ROUND OF 16

(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,300.)

#32 John Curtis223265187
#1 Edward Silva210233182
Curtis Advances


#24 Keith Sharp237226225216195
#8 Rohn Morton300167192257207
Morton Advances


#5 Mark Glover234200234245
#12 Kevin Croucher200290233237
Glover Advances


#4 Dave Soutar214258159216
#13 Kerry Painter223221246236
Painter Advances


#15 Bob Brady226226238278
#2 Dale Eagle221279194269
Brady Advances


#10 Sam Carter242215202204
#7 Vinnie Atria210207235194
Carter Advances


#6 Ty Dawson247227269254
#11 Tom Carter243232175236
Dawson Advances


#3 David Ozio257232194218
#14 Tom Baker278222203221
Baker Advances


ROUND OF 24

(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,100.)

#32 John Curtis234258285233
#16 James Brenner237221246200
Curtis Advances


#24 Keith Sharp224235238228
#9 Dan Duskin Sr.226199150209
Sharp Advances


#12 Kevin Croucher279214254217258
#21 Roger LeClair239224221267207
Croucher Advances


#13 Kerry Painter208258228258300
#29 Mike Landrith251259215218233
Painter Advances


#31 Chet Steengrafe213166279 (9)248
#15 Bob Brady268274278257
Brady Advances


#23 Steve Stein178203219
#10 Sam Carter259259237
Carter Advances


#11 Tom Carter273232199268
#27 Teata Semiz136212208247
Carter Advances


#14 Tom Baker197214290
#19 Jerry Walls191152206
Baker Advances


ROUND OF 32

(Single elimination, best-of-five games. Losers eliminated, earn $1,000.)

#17 Ted Staikoff222244212193
#32 John Curtis224247203227
Curtis Advances


#25 Roger Kossert227196172
#24 Keith Sharp236252215
Sharp Advances


#21 Roger LeClair259246204
#28 Pete Couture180231183
LeClair Advances


#29 Mike Landrith247278278
#20 Bob Chamberlain222237218
Landrith Advances


#18 Steve Ferraro223255195186
#31 Chet Steengrafe231184217233
Steengrafe Advances


#26 Gary Skidmore246266205203
#23 Steve Stein189268218236
Stein Advances


#22 Mark Roth172185214199
#27 Teata Semiz237239200238
Semiz Advances


#30 Don Blatchford219236201
#19 Jerry Walls264245221
Walls Advances
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