August 12, 2007 19:00
Chewing on some low fat sesame crackers he bought at a health food store earlier in the day, Vince Mazzanti Jr. reminisced about the days of eating steak and pizza. While he misses his favorite foods, the results he’s seeing in his bowling from a change in his lifestyle have been well worth the deprivation.
The new Mazzanti, who is 25 pounds lighter, earned the top seed for qualifying in the 2007 PBA Senior Decatur Open at Spare Time Lanes with a 3,846 16-game pinfall.
Mazzanti has been rooming with fellow PBA Senior Tour bowler Frank Fiscello (Bloomfield, N.J.), who is the subject of a special television show, “You: Staying Young,” based on the book co-authored by Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen. The show, which is being produced by Discovery Studios, will air later this year on Discovery Health.
Fiscello has lost over 40 pounds on a three-month program which includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. Mazzanti has joined Fiscello on the program and has lost 25 pounds. The change has showed up in Mazzanti’s game as he’s made match play in the last three events after a stretch where he did not make the cut in four of five events.
“This swing, things are really feeling better. Frank and I have been eating better and exercising and I feel a lot stronger. When there are two people doing it, it helps a lot. We’re pushing each other,” Mazzanti (Levittown, Pa.) said. “I haven’t had the good stuff in a long time but it’s been worth it. If that’s what it takes to get to the top then I’m all in.”
The three-time PBA Senior Tour titlist and 2002 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year is looking for his first title since the 2005 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Senior Masters. He outpaced a high-scoring field, averaging 249.88 on Monday, including games of 280 and 278.
“I didn’t know I was going to score so high, I just got it going. I knew I needed a lot of strikes so I drilled a new ball and got a good reaction,” Mazzanti said. “It’s good to have the byes but a lot of guys are striking so you have to come back with it tomorrow and get a good reaction.”
Mazzanti earned one of eight byes into Tuesday’s Round of 16. He’ll look to improve on his performance two weeks ago in the PBA Senior Council Bluffs Open where he earned the No. 2 seed for match play but fell in the Round of 16, three-games-to-two, to Dale Eagle.
Jim Knoblauch (Waukesha, Wis.) finished second behind Mazzanti with 3,764 while Roger Kossert (Lithia, Fla.) was third with 3,749.
Finishing back-to-back for the second consecutive week were the two leading candidates for 2007 PBA Senior Player of the Year. PBA Hall of Famers David Ozio (Beaumont, Texas) and Tom Baker (King, N.C.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively with 3,746 and 3,708. Last week, Baker led qualifying while Ozio was second, which could have produced a title match of epic proportions, but both lost in match play.
Baker, the two-time defending PBA Senior Player of the Year has a Tour-best two titles including a Major victory, while Ozio has one title, is leading the Senior Point Rankings and has a Tour-leading six championship round appearances.
Rounding out the players earning byes were Kenny Parks (East Chicago, Ind.) in sixth, Kevin Croucher (Grants Pass, Ore.) in seventh and Dale Traber (Cedarburg, Wis.) in eighth.
The top 32 advanced to match play which gets underway Tuesday at 9 a.m. CST with qualifiers 17-32 bowling each other. The final two bowlers will square off for the $8,000 top prize Tuesday evening at Spare Time Lanes at 6 p.m.
PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Decatur Open
Spare Time Lanes
Monday, Aug. 13
ROUND TWO QUALIFYING
(Pos, name, hometown, 16-game pinfall. Positions 33-36 cash. $600 indicates Super Senior check - 60 years and older.)
1, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,846.
2, Jim Knoblauch, Waukesha, Wis., 3,764.
3, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 3,749.
4, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 3,746.
5, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,708.
6, Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., 3,705.
7, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,692.
8, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,691.
9, Gary Smith, E. Peoria, Ill., 3,683.
10, Butch (Lynn) Woollen Jr, Forsyth, Ill., 3,668.
11, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,654.
12, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3,653.
13, Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, 3,648.
14, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 3,642.
15, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,639.
16, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,628.
17, George Hall, Palatine, Ill., 3,621.
18, Jerry Edwards, Wood Dale, Ill., 3,617.
19, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,609.
20, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,591.
21, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 3,585.
22, Andy Ippolito, Forest Hills, N.Y., 3,576.
23, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,575.
24, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 3,570.
25, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 3,565.
26, Dennis Lane, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,564.
27, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,562.
28, (TIE) Billy Young Jr., Tulsa, Okla., and Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,554.
30, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 3,546.
31, William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 3,545.
32, David Axon, Bellevue, Neb, 3,537.
33, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 3,534, $800.
34, Roger LeClair, Clackamas, Ore., 3,533, $800.
35, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,529, $800.
36, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 3,526, $800.
37, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 3,525.
38, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 3,510, $600.
39, Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., 3,503.
40, (TIE) Chuck Pierce, Dallas, and Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, 3,501, $600.
42, (TIE) Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, and John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 3,490.
44, Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 3,488.
45, (TIE) Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., and Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,477.
47, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,472.
48, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,471.
49, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 3,469, $600.
50, Mark Jones, Amelia, Ohio, 3,457.
51, Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., 3,456, $600.
52, (TIE) Terry Hockstad, Shelby Twp, Mich, and Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,450, $600.
54, Kerry Fulford, Waco, Texas, 3,437.
55, (TIE) Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, VA., and James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 3,418, $600.
57, Daniel Seppa, Madison, Wis., 3,417.
58, (TIE) Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, and Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 3,404.
60, Lee Tucker, Camarillo, Calif., 3,403, $600.
61, Bob Amoruso, Glenview, Ill, 3,395.
62, Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,391.
63, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,389.
64, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 3,384.
65, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,381.
66, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 3,367.
67, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,360.
68, Jeff Bellinger, Columbia, S.C., 3,356.
69, James Gochis, Ivanhoe, Ill., 3,355.
70, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,350.
71, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3,345.
72, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 3,344.
73, Richard Hunt, Valparaiso, Ind., 3,343.
74, Johnny Howe, Columbia, S.C., 3,333.
75, Robert McDonald, Addison, Ill., 3,332.
76, Vinnie Atria, Louisville, Ky, 3,325.
77, Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., 3,320.
78, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 3,319.
79, Ross McDonald, Clarksville, Md., 3,309.
80, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla, 3,308.
81, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, 3,304.
82, Edward Kramarcik Sr., Lake Mary, Fla., 3,290.
83, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,283.
84, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,280.
85, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,275.
86, Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, 3,251.
87, Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., 3,250.
88, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,235.
89, Gregory Goetz, Washington, 3,233.
90, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 3,230.
91, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3,209.
92, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 3,191.
93, (TIE) Gary Friedman, Farmingdale, N.Y., and Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 3,161.
95, Bob Pazur, Venice, Fla, 3,160.
96, Daniel Nicklin, Aviston, Ill, 3,146.
97, Jimmy Plessinger, York, Pa., 3,137.
98, Ronald Libs, Tinley Park, Ill., 3,132.
99, James Stanley, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,088.
100, Melvin Lingafelter, Decatur, Ill., 3,079.
101, Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,062.
102, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,020.
103, Peter Brainard, Tampa, Fla., 2,988.
104, Larry Hall, Marengo, Iowa, 2,980.
105, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich, 2,941.
106, Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 2,853.
107, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,634 (WD).
108, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 1,491 (WD).
300 games (1) - Ron Garr.
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