August 17, 2007 19:00
Kenny Parks described his day Saturday in the 2007 PBA Senior Dick Weber Invitational as a roller coaster. Unlike a lot of the field, Parks' roller coaster ride ended on a high.
Parks overcame a tough start to take the lead after the first day of qualifying in the final event of the 2007 PBA Senior Tour season, finishing with a 1,824 eight-game pinfall.
The PBA Senior Tour rookie needed a strong performance in last week’s PBA Senior Decatur Open to qualify for the invitational, which is open to all PBA Senior Tour champions, PBA Hall of Famers age 50 and older, the top 75 in the PBA Senior Point Rankings and bowlers who have competed in at least eight events this season.
“Last week I felt like I could win that tournament but you have to win your matches,” Parks (East Chicago, Ind.), who finished 14th last week, said. “I had to make match play last week just to make this tournament. I’ve made match play in four of the five events I’ve bowled in but hadn’t bowled enough tournaments. I was 96th going into last week and ended up 53rd so I was happy just to be here.”
Parks got off to a slow start with a 171 in the first game before bouncing back to shoot over 200 in each of his final seven games. He averaged 250 over his final four games, and nearly fired the first 300 of the tournament in game eight, striking with his first nine shots before settling for a 277.
“That was a roller coaster ride. I can’t believe I shot that much,” Parks (East Chicago, Ind.) said. “I was lost the first game because I tried to play what I was playing yesterday (in practice) but I couldn’t because the ball was reading (the lane) so quickly and would roll out when it made a turn. The equipment I used wouldn’t work. I just took my hand out of the ball and started stroking the ball. It went straight as an arrow.”
Mike Pullin, who is looking for his first PBA Senior Tour title since 2000, led the early squad and finished second overall with 1,762. After throwing a Brunswick Arch he estimated was eight years old and struggling over the first three games, he switched to a Brunswick Fury drilled by fellow PBA Senior Tour bowler Tom Carter. Pullin went on to average 251 over his next four games with the ball before finishing with a 179.
Like all bowlers competing this week, Pullin (Rochelle, Ill.) said it would be a thrill to win the event named after Dick Weber, the PBA Hall of Famer and legend from the St. Louis area.
“It’s really a great honor to bowl in this tournament because Dick was a good friend of mine,” Pullin (Rochelle, Ill.), the 1999 PBA Senior Rookie of the Year, said. “I put on a Senior regional event in Rochelle and Dick came up every year and he was the featured bowler, of course. To bowl in a tournament in his name is fantastic.”
PBA Senior Tour rookie Hugh Miller (Seattle) is third with 1,748 while last season’s PBA Senior Rookie of the Year Bob Kelly (Dayton, Ohio) is fourth with 1,738. Dale Eagle (Tavares, Fla.), who ranks fourth all-time with 10 PBA Senior Tour titles, rounds out the top five with 1,732.
A trio of PBA Hall of Famers are in the top 10 as Johnny Petraglia (Manalapan, N.J.) is seventh with 1,715, David Ozio (Beaumont, Texas) is ninth with 1,711 while Tom Baker (King, N.C.) is 10th with 1,696.
Ozio and Baker are in a heated battle for 2007 PBA Senior Player of the Year with this week’s tournament marking the conclusion of the PBA Senior Tour season. Baker leads the Tour with two titles including a Major, but Ozio leads the PBA Senior Point Rankings, finishing in the top four in seven of 12 events.
The field will bowl another eight-game block Sunday after which the top 24 bowlers will advance to match play. Round robin match play takes place Monday and Tuesday with the final five bowlers squaring off in the stepladder finals Tuesday evening at West County Lanes at 6 p.m. CST. The winner will take home $9,000 and a berth in the 2008 H&R Block Tournament of Champions, one of four Majors on the Denny’s PBA Tour.
PBA Senior Tour
PBA Senior Dick Weber Invitational
West County Lanes
Saturday, Aug. 18
ROUND ONE QUALIFYING
1, Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., 1,824.
2, Mike Pullin, Rochelle, Ill., 1,762.
3, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 1,748.
4, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 1,738.
5, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 1,732.
6, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 1,716.
7, John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., 1,715.
8, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 1,713.
9, David Ozio, Beaumont, Texas, 1,711.
10, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 1,696.
11, Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., 1,692.
12, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 1,679.
13, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 1,668.
14, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 1,659.
15, Shannon Starnes, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,657.
16, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 1,652.
17, Dan Duskin Sr, Atlantic, Iowa, 1,646.
18, Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 1,641.
19, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 1,628.
20, James Brenner, LeClaire, Iowa, 1,623.
21, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 1,610.
22, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 1,609.
23, (TIE) Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., and Rich Holden, Chinchilla, Pa., 1,604.
25, Ronald Krippelcz, St. Louis, 1,603.
26, Chuck Pierce, Dallas, 1,601.
27, George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., 1,600.
28, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 1,598.
29, Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 1,596.
30, (TIE) Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., and William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., 1,590.
32, (TIE) Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla, and Sam Maccarone, Glassboro, N.J., 1,589.
34, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 1,588.
35, Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 1,576.
36, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 1,573.
37, Gary Dickinson, Edmond, Okla., 1,571.
38, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 1,557.
39, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 1,544.
40, Donald Kilgore, Las Vegas, 1,534.
41, Fred Cole, Visalia, Calif, 1,527.
42, Roger Kossert, Lithia, Fla., 1,503.
43, Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, 1,501.
44, (TIE) Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., and Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 1,489.
46, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 1,488.
47, Les Zikes, Palatine, Ill., 1,487.
48, Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., 1,486.
49, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 1,480.
50, Steve Neff, Homosassa Springs, Fla., 1,476.
51, Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 1,472.
52, Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 1,470.
53, (TIE) Randy Niehaus, Rockford, Ill., and Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 1,461.
55, (TIE) Leo Plaia, New Orleans, and Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 1,460.
57, John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, 1,416.
58, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 1,402.
59, Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 1,384.
60, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 1,358.
61, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 1,330.
62, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 1,277.
63, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich, 1,265.
64, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 1,418 (WD).
65, Gene Vincent, Decatur, Ill., 1,413 (WD).
300 games - None.
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