Croucher Seeking Hidden Title

by PBA Editor July 8, 2007 19:00
Kevin Croucher has quietly become one of the most consistent bowlers on the PBA Senior Tour the last two years, but he’s not going to be able to hide for long.

Croucher struck out in his final game Monday to take the overall lead with a 1,152 five-game pinfall after the first day of qualifying in the 2007 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Masters at the National Bowling Stadium, the second of two Majors on the PBA Senior Tour.

Coming into this week as the No. 4 bowler in the PBA Senior Point Rankings, Croucher has had a solid year, which included leading after the first day of the PBA Senior U.S. Open three weeks ago. He finished sixth in the event, however, and is still searching for his first career PBA Senior Tour title.

“I’d just rather lead the last day instead,” Croucher (Grants Pass, Ore.) said. “I pick up a lot of spares, that’s the key. They’re important to everyone but I really pay attention to them closely and I didn’t miss any today. You have to pay attention to spares because of the long format. You want to stay as patient as you can whether it’s the first or the fifth game. It’s a grind out there.”

Croucher is also looking for a little atonement from his performance in last year’s USBC Masters. The Masters was the only one of the six events he bowled in where he did not make match play. He finished second in the 2006 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year voting.

Just behind Croucher is Rod Tramp, one of the feel good stories of the event. Tramp has been battling diabetes the last three years which has kept him off the lanes until recently. He used a 278 in his second of five games to finish second with 1,146.

After being diagnosed three years ago, Tramp only saw his condition get worse. After switching to a different kind of insulin, he has seen great improvement, the main reason he’s chosen to get back on the lanes.

Tramp competed for the first time since the diagnosis three weeks ago in the PBA Senior U.S. Open, but finished just 257th.

“It was a big struggle for me at the U.S. Open because it was the first time I’ve been out since I became diabetic and I had a hard time getting my blood sugar under control,” Tramp (Porterville, Calif.) said. “This time I monitored it all night and kept it closer to where it was supposed to be. My blood sugar was so high at the U.S. Open which was probably due to adrenaline. But since I’ve had the new insulin, it’s turned my whole life around, not just my bowling. I’m a human being again.”

With two days left of qualifying there’s a long way to go, but Tramp’s outlook alone could keep him in contention.

“(Diabetes) has put everything into a lot different perspective,” Tramp said. “Now I’m more out to have fun. Don’t get me wrong, I want to win, but I want to enjoy life and bowling again.”

Rounding out the top five were Harry Mickleson (Yakima, Wash.) with 1,129, Bob Handley (Winter Park, Fla.) with 1,109 and USBC Hall of Famer Bob Chamberlain (The Villages, Fla.) with 1,104.

PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio (Beaumont, Texas), who finished second in the PBA Senior U.S. Open and is one of the favorites for 2007 PBA Senior Player of the Year, is seventh with 1,087.

The field of 298 bowlers will return Tuesday for another five-game block followed by the final five games on Wednesday. The top 63 after qualifying will join defending champion Tom Baker in double elimination match play, which begins Wednesday evening.

The championship match will take place Friday, July 13 at Noon PST. The winner will take home $16,000 and a berth in the 2008 PBA Tournament of Champions. Non-PBA members, however, are not eligible for the Tournament of Champions.


PBA Senior Tour
USBC Senior Masters
National Bowling Stadium
Reno, Nev.
Monday, July 9

ROUND ONE


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

1, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,152
2, Rod Tramp, Porterville, Calif., 1,146
3, *Harry Mickelson, Yakima, Wash., 1,129
4, Bob Handley, Winter Park, Fla., 1,109
5, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,104
6, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 1,094
7, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1,087
8, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 1,085
9, Norm Palomares, San Francisco, Calif., 1,078
10, Roger Le Clair, Clackamas, Ore., 1,070
11, Nick Morgan, Sacramento, Calif., 1,067
12, Mike Truitt, Roscoe, Ill., 1,066
13, *Norb Wetzel, Fond Du Lac, Wis., 1,066
14, *Dan Kukuk, Spokane, Wash., 1,060
15, *Danny Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 1,058
16, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,058
17, Kevin Humble, Lake Mary, Fla., 1,058
18, Bob Hanson, Spokane, Wash., 1,057
19, Rohn Morton, Portland, Ore., 1,054
20, Mark Estes, Grapevine, Texas, 1,052
21, Hugh Miller, Marcos Island, Wash., 1,050
22, Ken Gibson, Greenville, S.C., 1,048
23, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 1,047
24, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,045
25, Trent Zabelle, Portland, Ore., 1,045
26, Carl Chavez, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,044
27, Pete Mc Cordic, Katy, Texas, 1,043
28, Terry Leong, Henderson, Nev., 1,042
29, Jeff Suma, Auburn Hills, Mich., 1,040
30, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,039
31, *Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif., 1,038
32, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,031
33, Mark Van Meter, Albuquerque, N.M., 1,028
34, *Ronald Krys, Sparks, Nev., 1,027
35, *Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,026
36, Chris Magory, Lauallette, N.J., 1,025
37, Tim Ruelle, Racine, Wis., 1,024
38, *William Keenan Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,023
39, Arnie Goldman, Inkster, Mich., 1,021
40, Paul Herrera, San Jose, Calif., 1,019
41, Joe Salvemini, Klamouth Falls, Ore., 1,019
42, *Irwyn Atkinson, Raleigh, N.C., 1,017
43, Robert Maki, Ishpeming, Mich., 1,017
44, Matt Surina, Everett, Wash., 1,017
45, *Kirk Tupper, Phoenix, Ariz., 1,017
46, *Bob Knipple, Long Beach, Calif., 1,016
47, Ernie Harding, Reno, Nev., 1,014
48, *Roger Wiemer, Springfield, Mo., 1,014
49, David Chew, Brentwood, Calif., 1,013
50, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,012
51, Don Lane, Oakland, Calif., 1,010
52, *Ron Winger, Las Vegas, Nev., 1,009
53, *Thomas Carbone, Arvada, Colo., 1,005
54, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,005
55, Danny Gould, Palm Bay, Fla., 1,004
56, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,004
57, Michael Landrith, Chandler, Ariz., 1,003
58, *Larry Laub, Lincoln, Calif., 1,003
59, Sam Carter, Ben Lemond, Calif., 1,001
60, Timothy Pierce, Portland, Ore., 1,001
61, Gregory Waldon, Sun City West, Ariz., 1,000
62, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 999
63, Steve Calyore, Naples, Fla., 998
64, *George Lord, Mulberry, Fla., 998
65, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 994
66, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 993
67, Tony Castillo, Stockton, Calif., 993
68, John Curtis, San Jose, Calif., 991
69, Ross Packard, San Jose, Calif., 991
70, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill., 990
71, Carey Hofmann, Phoenix, Ariz., 990
72, *James Garriott, Reno, Nev., 987
73, *Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 987
74, Joseph Andreone, New Freedom, Pa., 986
75, Michael Hastings, Georgetown, Del., 986
76, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 985
77, *Robert Andersen, Forest City, N.C., 984
78, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 984
79, *Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 984
80, *Dennis Jones, Fremont, Calif., 982
81, *Ernie Schlegel, Vancouver, Wash., 982
82, John Czipka, Sparks, Nev., 981
83, Billy Young, Tulsa, Okla., 981
84, *Robert Pazur, Venice, Fla., 979
85, Robin Romeo, Newhall, Calif., 979
86, P. Gregory Jackson, Belflower, Calif., 978
87, Joseph Bachan II, Little Falls, Minn., 976
88, Alan Sabin 2, , , 976
89, *Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 975
90, Dick Selgo Jr., Archbold, Ohio, 974
91, Lenny Biondi, Maitland, Fla., 973
92, *Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 973
93, Vince Honeycutt, Charlotte, N.C., 973
94, Steve Jansson, Blaine, Minn., 973
95, *Rudy Moreno, Reno, Nev., 972
96, *Ed Roberts, Braintree, Mass., 970
97, Tom Smith, Wilmington, Del., 970
98, Paul Mc Cordic, Sugar Land, Texas, 968
99, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 967
100, *Del Lee, Hayward, Calif., 967
101, Ron Libs, Tinley Park, Ill., 967
102, Dean Butz, Las Vegas, Nev., 965
103, Michael Marks, Elmira, N.Y., 965
104, *Greg Goetz, Crofton, Md., 963
105, *Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, Nev., 963
106, Skip Pavone, San Jose, Calif., 963
107, Warren Nelson, Madera, Calif., 962
108, Greg Bellm, Tulsa, Okla., 961
109, Tim Fife, Proctorville, Ohio, 961
110, Mike Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 961
111, Jerry Owczarski, South Lyon, Mich., 961
112, Dale Eagle, Kingsport, Tenn., 960
113, Rickey Kendrick, Castle Rock, Colo., 959
114, *Bob Neuerburg, Ceres, Calif., 959
115, *Bob Janego, Longwood, Fla., 958
116, Lela Larkin, Medford, Ore., 958
117, *Tim Bowers, East Wenatchee, Wash., 956
118, *Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 956
119, Roger Koplin Jr, Citrus Heights, Calif., 956
120, Jim King, New Braunfels, Texas, 954
121, Ron Ware, Huntsville, Ala., 954
122, *Thomas Ream, Tampa, Fla., 953
123, *Henry Blough, Elizabethtown, Pa., 952
124, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 952
125, Bill Hewlett, Meridan, Idaho, 952
126, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 952
127, Phil Mann, Hazen, N.D., 952
128, Linda Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 951
129, Jim Hutchinson, Ludlow Falls, Ohio, 949
130, Ronald Boroff, Mansfield, Texas, 948
131, Tom Lovely, Pittsbutgh, Pa., 948
132, Conway Sunell, Eugene, Ore., 948
133, Jim Plessinger, York, Pa., 947
134, Marc Scherlis, Littleton, Colo., 947
135, *Mike Schmid, St Paul, Minn., 947
136, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 947
137, *Bob Lite, Portland, Ore., 946
138, *William Mose Jr., Piscataway, N.J., 946
139, *Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, Va., 945
140, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 944
141, Bob Priess, Las Vegas, Nev., 944
142, Gary Skidmore, Albuquerque, N.M., 944
143, *Gary Bessette, Summerdale, Ala., 943
144, Larry Cooper, Reno, Nev., 943
145, Lyle Elo, Spokane, Wash., 943
146, Dennis Powell, Eugene, Ore., 942
147, Jace Peterson, Elkhorn, Wis., 941
148, *Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., 941
149, Ron Hosler, Denver, Colo., 940
150, Donald Robinson, Boise, Idaho, 939
151, Ralph Smith, Colorado Springs, Colo., 939
152, *Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 936
153, *John Eberhard, Reno, Nev., 936
154, John Tolnai, Portland, Ore., 936
155, Jim Cote, Spokane, Wash., 935
156, Jack Nelson, Bismark, N.D., 935
157, Edwin Case, Albuquerque, N.M., 933
158, *Jerome Lee, Medford, Ore., 933
159, *Phil Prieto, El Paso, Texas, 932
160, *Duane Cagley, Shasta Lake, Calif., 931
161, *Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 931
162, Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 928
163, *Jim Brenner, Le Claire, Iowa, 927
164, Robert Michaux, Detroit, Mich., 927
165, Paul Kreins, Lakewood, Colo., 926
166, *Stan Winters, Simi Valley, Calif., 926
167, Colin Leisy, Wilson, N.C., 925
168, *Ron Merritt, Florence, Ore., 925
169, Diogenes Perez, New York, N.Y., 924
170, Daniel Young, Kathleen, Fla., 924
171, Jim Gordin, Modesto, Calif., 923
172, Frank Verni, Brewerton, N.Y., 923
173, Rick Winther, Fairbanks, Alaska, 922
174, Wayne Perry, Ft Meyers, Fla., 921
175, Jay Spellman, Gresham, Ore., 921
176, *Bobby Hall Sr., Landover, Md., 920
177, Tom Havlish, Fridley, Minn., 919
178, Michael Lucente, Warren, Mich., 916
179, *Jim Micus, Renton, Wash., 916
180, Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 915
181, *Wes Puishis, Seattle, Wash., 915
182, *Frank Weiler, San Bernadino, Calif., 913
183, *Frank Bellinder, Fullerton, Calif., 912
184, *Pete Couture, Cocoa, Fla., 912
185, *Joe Colley, El Cajon, Calif., 911
186, *Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 911
187, Ray Gaunt, El Monte, Calif., 911
188, George Gibson, Palm Coast, Fla., 911
189, *Elmer Wessels, Greencreek, Idaho, 910
190, Sammy Dillard, Raleigh, N.C., 908
191, Murray Hickman Sr, Las Vegas, Nev., 907
192, Raymond Howard, Paradise, Calif., 907
193, Stan Krisch, San Diego, Calif., 906
194, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Livittown, Pa., 906
195, Johnny Cook, Oneonta, Ala., 905
196, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 905
197, Rob Forest, Reno, Nev., 904
198, *William Hrouda, Helena, Mont., 903
199, *Ron Bloodworth, Yukon, Okla., 902
200, Steve Kamentz, Dubuque, Iowa, 902
201, Bill Argenbright, Fishesrville, Va., 901
202, *Bob Alstott, Vero Beach, Fla., 900
203, Rick Beighley, Levittown, Pa., 899
204, *John Campbell, Vero Beach, Fla., 899
205, Marc Clyburn, Pittsburg, Pa., 899
206, *David Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 899
207, *Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky., 897
208, Mark Bourdase, Clovis, Calif., 896
209, *Bob Spore, Princeton, Ind., 896
210, *Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 895
211, Rick Vashaw, Chester, Calif., 893
212, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 892
213, Ron Melson, Hannibal, Mo., 892
214, Robert Reed, Weed, Calif., 892
215, *Len Mawson, Albany, Ore., 891
216, Wash Haney Sr, Mansfield, Ohio, 890
217, *Gene Johnson, Brier, Wash., 890
218, *David Rhoads, Las Vegas, Nev., 890
219, *Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 888
220, *Tom Garbarini, Jackson, Calif., 887
221, *Jerry Walls, Klamath Falls, Ore., 887
222, *Wayne Brandwein, Centennial, Colo., 886
223, *Glen Smith, Seattle, Wash., 886
224, Ted Staikoff, Black Hawk, S.D., 886
225, *Gary Workman, Chattanooga, Tenn., 886
226, Stephen Rosen, Toronto, Ontarior, , 885
227, Joseph Buggs, Honolulu, Hawaii, 883
228, Butch Hrouda, Dickinson, N.D., 878
229, Larry Plecha, Reno, Nev., 877
230, Tony Maresca, Mesa, Ariz., 874
231, *John Mc Cloud, Lincoln City, Ore., 874
232, Mike Stewart, Fernley, Nev., 874
233, Phillip Williams, Bradenton, Fla., 874
234, Gordon Terakami, West Jordan, Utah, 873
235, *Bobby Dunn, Evans, Ga., 872
236, Ross Larsen, Riverside, Calif., 872
237, *Hal Wilber, Las Vegas, Nev., 872
238, *Gerry Chinn, Castaic, Calif., 871
239, *Sam Perrotta Jr., Lincoln Park, N.J., 871
240, *Jack Martin, Hilsboro, Kan., 869
241, Lauri Karppala, Sacramento, Calif., 868
242, *William Zuben, Largo, Fla., 868
243, Randolph Kerr, Troutdale, Ore., 867
244, Steve Marchino, Huntingburg, Ind., 867
245, *Jerry Calvin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 866
246, Greg Mc Mahan, Dandridge, Ind., 864
247, Tony Gervasini, Melbourne, Fla., 862
248, Chuck Rigsby, Spokane, Wash., 862
249, Rich Cutler, Valley Springs, Calif., 861
250, *Allen Krieger, Albany, Ore., 860
251, *Bob Teeters, Anderson, Ind., 858
252, Spencer Combs, Troy, Idaho, 857
253, *Mike Servenack, Colusa, Calif., 856
254, Gregg Zanfino, Gold Canyon, Ariz., 855
255, Pat Kruse, Castro Valley, Calif., 853
256, *Darrel Curtis, Las Vegas, Nev., 852
257, Donnie Todd Sr, Somerset, Ky., 851
258, *Charles Best, Buda, Texas, 850
259, John Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 849
260, *Peter George, Rochelle, Ill., 844
261, Tom Mc Naughton, Sylmar, Calif., 844
262, *Earl Yohn, Shermans Dale, Pa., 844
263, *Doug Gray, Powell Butte, Ore., 842
264, *Tenos Pete, Beno, Ore., 842
265, *Norm Black Sr., Whittier, Calif., 841
266, Jeff Henry, Hales Corners, Wis., 838
267, Barry Richards, Lodi, Calif., 834
268, Rickey Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla., 834
269, *Len Comden, Tarzana, Calif., 833
270, Gary Morgan, Marietta, Ga., 832
271, Sal Bongiorno, Hollywood, Fla., 831
272, Payton Reddick, Norman, Okla., 831
273, George Sanders, Golden Valley, Ariz., 829
274, Don Simonian, Carson City, Nev., 827
275, J R Myers, Cottonwood, Calif., 826
276, *Daniel Schumann, Palm Coast, Fla., 825
277, *Dan Duskin Sr., Atlantic, Iowa, 824
278, Bill Goodenough, Spanaway, Wash., 824
279, Henry Fonvergne, Canoga Park, Calif., 823
280, *Dom Esposito, Vero Beach, Fla., 821
281, *Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 820
282, Jack Renshaw, Rifle, Colo., 817
283, James Kurisu, Henderson, Nev., 815
284, *Jim Lee, Rogersville, Ind., 815
285, *Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 814
286, Glenn Masukawa, San Ramon, Calif., 812
287, *Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 812
288, *Jerry Netherton, Reno, Nev., 810
289, *Wayne Shank, Winter Park, Fla., 806
290, *Charles Gadd, Grand Junction, Colo., 782
291, Paul Mullis, Murry, Utah, 781
292, Gregory Miller, Bonney Lake, Wash., 779
293, Gary Hadley, Santa Fe, N.M., 764
294, Paul Leymeister, Buddlake, N.J., 763
295, Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., 757
296, *Walter Roy, Redding, Calif., 750
297, Steve Gustafson, Little Falls, Minn., 704
298, *George Norris Jr., Elk Grove, Calif., 385

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