Paradise Found

by PBA Editor August 11, 2007 19:00
Gary Smith has been lucky enough to get some time away from his full-time job to bowl on the PBA Senior Tour lately, and so far he’s making the most of his opportunity.

Smith finished Sunday’s first round of qualifying in the 2007 PBA Senior Decatur Open at Spare Time Lanes with a 1,962 eight-game pinfall to take the lead heading into Monday’s final round of qualifying.

The 53-year-old works full time as a casino supervisor at Par-A-Dice Casino in Peoria, Ill., but has been able to get some time off the last couple weeks and has put up some impressive performances. He finished 12th in the 2007 PBA Senior Council Bluffs Open two weeks ago, then fell in the semifinals of last week’s PBA Senior Lake County Open to eventual runner-up Roger LeClair.

The last three weeks have been a vast improvement over his only other appearance on the PBA Senior Tour this summer when he finished 117th in the PBA Senior U.S. Open.

“I bowled really badly at the U.S. Open,” Smith (East Peoria, Ill.) said. “I have had really great ball reaction the last couple weeks. Every ball I get off the truck just works perfectly.”

Smith, who is searching for his first career PBA Senior Tour title, shot five games of 246 or better Sunday. He got off to a strong start with a 255 in game one and after his low game of the round in game two – a 219 – he rebounded to average 256.75 over the next four games to put distance between himself and the rest of the field. He finished with games of 237 and 224.

“I’d love to win one,” Smith said. “I enjoy bowling out here and it’s always better when you bowl better, but I thoroughly enjoy bowling out here. The competition is fun and if I could do it more I would.”

Right behind Smith in second is Jim Knoblauch (Waukesha, Wis.) with 1,958 while Kenny Parks (East Chicago, Ind.) is third with 1,950. PBA Hall of Famer David Ozio (Beaumont, Texas), who is battling it out with fellow PBA Hall of Famer Tom Baker for PBA Senior Player of the Year honors, is fourth with 1,941.

Last week’s PBA Senior Lake County Open champion Don Sylvia (Discovery Bay, Calif.) continued his recent streak of hot bowling and sits eighth with 1,884.

The top eight bowlers after Monday’s second eight-game block receive byes into Tuesday’s Round of 16.

The field of 106 will bowl another eight-game block Monday after which the field will be cut to the top 32 bowlers for Tuesday’s match play. The final two bowlers will square off for the $8,000 top prize Tuesday evening at Spare Time Lanes at 6 p.m. CST.

PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Decatur Open
Spare Time Lanes
Decatur, Ill.
Sunday, Aug. 12


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

1, Gary Smith, E. Peoria, Ill., 1,962.
2, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 1,958.
3, Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., 1,950.
4, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1,941.
5, Butch (Lynn) Woollen Jr, Forsyth, Ill., 1,900.
6, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,894.
7, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,889.
8, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,884.
9, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 1,863.
10, Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 1,855.
11, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,852.
12, (TIE) Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., and Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,847.
14, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,840.
15, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 1,819.
16, (TIE) Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., and Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,818.
18, George Hall, Palatine, Ill., 1,815.
19, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 1,811.
20, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,808.
21, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,790.
22, Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, 1,789.
23, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb, 1,786.
24, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,781.
25, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 1,778.
26, (TIE) Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., and Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,777.
28, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,775.
29, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 1,771.
30, Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 1,768.
31, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 1,763.
32, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 1,760.
33, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,758.
34, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 1,755.
35, Jerry Edwards, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,754.
36, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,751.
37, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,747.
38, (TIE) Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla., and Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 1,744.
40, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 1,739.
41, (TIE) Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, and Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 1,738.
43, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 1,736.
44, Chuck Pierce, Dallas, 1,735.
45, (TIE) Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., and Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 1,731.
47, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,729.
48, Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 1,728.
49, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 1,709.
50, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,707.
51, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 1,706.
52, (TIE) Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., and Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 1,705.
54, James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 1,704.
55, (TIE) Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., and Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 1,702.
57, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,696.
58, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky, 1,693.
59, Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, VA., 1,690.
60, Lee Tucker, Camarillo, Calif., 1,689.
61, (TIE) Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., and Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,688.
63, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,683.
64, (TIE) Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, and James Gochis, Ivanhoe, Ill., 1,681.
66, (TIE) Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., and Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,678.
68, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 1,676.
69, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 1,668.
70, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 1,664.
71, (TIE) Edward Kramarcik Sr., Lake Mary, Fla., and William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,663.
73, Kerry Fulford, Waco, Texas, 1,656.
74, (TIE) Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 1,655.
76, Terry Hockstad, Shelby Twp, Mich, 1,653.
77, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 1,647.
78, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,638.
79, Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 1,637.
80, Gregory Goetz, Washington, 1,618.
81, Johnny Howe, Columbia, S.C., 1,602.
82, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla, 1,600.
83, Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla, 1,594.
84, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,592.
85, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,586.
86, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 1,585.
87, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 1,583.
88, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 1,581.
89, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 1,574.
90, (TIE) Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., and Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,570.
92, Daniel Nicklin, Aviston, Ill, 1,567.
93, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,562.
94, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 1,560.
95, Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, 1,556.
96, Melvin Lingafelter, Decatur, Ill., 1,549.
97, Ronald Libs, Tinley Park, Ill., 1,544.
98, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,542.
99, Jimmy Plessinger, York, Pa., 1,522.
100, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 1,507.
101, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 1,502.
102, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,490.
103, James Stanley, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1,451.
104, Larry Hall, Marengo, Iowa, 1,449.
105, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich, 1,402.
106, Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 1,304.
107, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,634 (WD).
108, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,491 (WD).

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