Croucher Leaps to Lead

by PBA Editor May 11, 2008 19:00
The last time Kevin Croucher put himself in a position to earn two byes in match play, he parlayed that advantage to his first career PBA Senior Tour title.

Croucher will look to repeat the feat Tuesday as he earned the top seed for match play and byes through the Rounds of 32 and 24 by leading the field with a 3,727 18-game pinfall in the 2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open at Airport Lanes.

Last August, Croucher qualified seventh in the PBA Senior Decatur Open in Decatur, Ill., and was one of eight players to earn two byes. He won all four of his matches, including the title match in a one-ball sudden death roll-off after he and Gary Smith tied at 227. This time, Croucher earned the top seed by averaging 233.63 over his eight games on Monday.

“I started the day off well with a 279 and 235 and that got me up there quite a ways,” Croucher (Grants Pass, Ore.) said. “The shot was a little different from yesterday. You really had to stay further right. There were some tough pairs so you just had to hang in and shoot 200 on those and then got some big scores when you can. If you’re patient enough you could do well on what was out there.”

Croucher was trailing Sunday’s leader Rohn Morton (Vancouver, Wash.) heading into the final game of the night, but he shot 267 to take the overall lead. He’ll look to bounce back from a slow start to the season after finishing fifth in the 2007 PBA Senior Point Rankings.

“The first week the shot was very different than it was on that pattern last year and that was one of the first times where I didn’t even cash,” Croucher said of the season-opening PBA Senior Dayton Classic. “Last week I threw the ball well and cashed but didn’t make match play because I couldn’t carry. This week my bowling balls really like the condition and I’m just able to knock down more pins.”

Morton finished second with 3,700 while rookie Brian Brazeau (Ocala, Fla.) finished third with 3,681. Two-time PBA Senior Tour titlist Henry Gonzalez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished fourth with 3,665 while PBA Senior Dayton Classic champion Keith Sharp (Orlando, Fla.) finished fifth with 3,660.

Rounding out the eight bowlers who earned two byes were Ron Profitt (Brookville, Ohio), John Bennett (Clarkston, Mich.) and Bob Brady (Santa Monica, Calif.).

A handful of PBA Hall of Famers advanced to match play including Johnny Petraglia (Manalapan, N.J.) who finished 15th, Dave Soutar (Bradenton, Fla.) who was 20th, Mark Roth (Fulton, N.Y.) who finished 25th and three-time defending PBA Senior Player of the Year Tom Baker (King, N.C.) who was 28th.

Match play gets underway Tuesday with qualifiers 17-32 bowling each other at 9 a.m. EST followed by those winners taking on qualifiers 9-16 at 11 a.m. The Round of 24 winners will face the top eight from qualifying at 1:30 p.m.

The Round of 8 takes place at 6:30 p.m. with the final two bowlers rolling off for the $8,000 top prize Tuesday evening at Airport Lanes.


PBA Senior Tour
2008 PBA Senior Jackson Open
Airport Lanes
Jackson, Mich.
Monday, May 12

ROUND TWO QUALIFYING

(Pos., name, hometown and 16-game pinfall. Top 32 advance to match play. Positions 33-53 cash. $700 indicates Super Senior check – 60 years and older.)

1, Kevin Croucher, Grants Pass, Ore., 3,727.
2, Rohn Morton, Vancouver, Wash., 3,700.
3, Brian Brazeau, Ocala, Fla., 3,681.
4, Henry Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3,665.
5, Keith Sharp, Orlando, Fla., 3,660.
6, Ron Profitt, Brookville, Ohio, 3,648.
7, John Bennett, Clarkston, Mich., 3,639.
8, Bob Brady, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,631.
9, Doug Spicer, Canton, Mich., 3,624.
10, Dale Traber, Cedarburg, Wis., 3,620.
11, (TIE) Kenny Parks, East Chicago, Ind., and Rick Vittone, Canada, 3,606.
13, Dennis Psaropoulos, Lake Worth, Fla., 3,585.
14, Dale Eagle, Tavares, Fla., 3,577.
15, John Petraglia, Manalapan, N.J., 3,574.
16, Hugh Miller, Seattle, 3,567.
17, Mel Wolf, Jackson, Mich., 3,561.
18, Gary Hiday, Indianapolis, 3,546.
19, Karl Wolf, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., 3,545.
20, Dave Soutar, Bradenton, Fla., 3,531.
21, (TIE) Mark Weller, Jonesville, Mich., and Vince Honeycutt, Monroe, Ga., 3,528.
23, Sam Zurich, Grant, Fla., 3,524.
24, Norb Wetzel, Fond du Lac, Wis., 3,522.
25, Mark Roth, Fulton, N.Y., 3,517.
26, (TIE) John Shreve Sr., Elyria, Ohio, and Dave Patchen, Oregon, Ohio, 3,515.
28, Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3,513.
29, Robert Flaws, Chicago Ridge, Ill., 3,504.
30, Bob Chamberlain, The Villages, Fla., 3,493.
31, Mitchell Jabczenski, Novi, Mich., 3,486.
32, Don Blatchford, Santa Monica, Calif., 3,485.
33, Emilio Mora Sr., Defiance, Ohio, 3,479, $900.
34, Tom Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,467, $900.
35, Chuck Haus, Linden, Mich., 3,460, $900.
36, James Stanley, Cincinnati, Ohio, 3,457, $900.
37, Dave Bernhardt, Shelby Twp., Mich., 3,456, $900.
38, (TIE) Don Sylvia, Discovery Bay, Calif., and Ted Hannahs, Zanesville, Ohio, 3,452, $900.
40, Matt Buxton, Jefferson City, Mo., 3,434, $900.
41, Steven Jansson, Barnes, Wis., 3,429, $900.
42, Paul McCordic, Sugarland, Texas, 3,427, $900.
43, Michael Henry, Brunswick, Ohio, 3,426, $900.
44, Michael Truitt, Orland Park, Ill., 3,416, $900.
45, Mickey Higham, Bowling Green, Ohio, 3,411, $900.
46, (TIE) Roy Buckley, New Albany, Ohio, and Jim Shuck, Huntingdon, Pa., 3,410, $900.
48, Charlie Tapp, Kalamazoo, Mich., 3,402, $900.
49, Mark Glover, Woodbridge, Va., 3,394, $900.
50, Barry Gurney, West Hills, Calif., 3,393, $900.
51, Linda Carter, Rockford, Ill., 3,392, $900.
52, Steve Stein, Staten Island, N.Y., 3,387, $900.
53, Scott Weston, Auburn, Mich., 3,381, $900.
54, Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 3,378.
55, (TIE) Bill Spigner, Vernon Hills, Ill., and Marc Lineberry, Camanche, Iowa, 3,377.
57, (TIE) Jerry Lau, St. Peters, Mo., $700 and Pete Bryan, Laurel, Del., 3,375.
59, Ken Waters, Kingsport, Tenn., 3,370, $700.
60, Michael Chrzanowski, Shepherd, Mich., 3,367.
61, (TIE) Doug Evans, Southgate, Mich., $700 and Ron Mohr, Eagle River, Alaska, 3,365.
63, Steve Ferraro, Kingston, N.Y., 3,362.
64, Michael Longmire, Urbandale, Iowa, 3,356.
65, (TIE) Bobby Johnson, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Larry Galloway, Fresno, Calif., 3,353, $700.
67, Dannie Hettinger, Circleville, Ohio, 3,351.
68, (TIE) Larry Montgomery, Safety Harbor, Fla., $700 and Frank Gallo Jr., Newport News, VA., 3,349, $700.
70, Mark Scime, Winter Garden, Fla., 3,348.
71, Kerry Painter, Henderson, Nev., 3,344.
72, Leo Scantamburlo, Riverview, Mich., 3,337.
73, Bob Kelly, Dayton, Ohio, 3,332.
74, (TIE) Fred McClain, Lincoln Park, Mich., $700 and Ron Garr, Ridgedale, Mo., 3,327, $700.
76, Leo Plaia, New Orleans, 3,321, $700.
77, Gregg Getzlow, St Peters, Mo., 3,318.
78, Doug Arden, Havelock, N.C., 3,316.
79, Vince Mazzanti Jr., Levittown, Pa., 3,313.
80, (TIE) Perry Keplinger, Amherst, Ohio, $700 and Steve Fulton, Lansing, Mich., 3,309.
82, Vic Portalatin, Jackson, Mich., 3,308.
83, (TIE) Paul Mielens, Menomonie, Wis., and Robert Harvey, Boise, Idaho, 3,297.
85, Mark Fahy, Chicago, Ill., 3,296.
86, (TIE) William Keenan, Jr., Orlando, Fla., and Daniel Miner, East Moline, Ill., 3,290.
88, (TIE) Randy Rau, Belleville, Ill, and Patrick Cahalan, Maricopa, Ariz., 3,289.
90, (TIE) Aron Lipshy, Roseville, Mich., and Jerry Owczarski, South Lyon, Mich., 3,288.
92, Timothy Kauble, Marion, Ohio, 3,276.
93, Barry Mefford, Aurora, Ill, 3,271.
94, George Miller III, Grand Rapids, Mich., 3,270.
95, Bill McCorkle, Westerville, Ohio, 3,260.
96, Ray Johnson, Battle Creek, Mich., 3,254.
97, Tim Stancil, North Augusta, SC, 3,244.
98, Dick Baker, Henderson, Nev., 3,240.
99, Teata Semiz, North Brunswick, N.J., 3,239.
100, (TIE) Tom Howison, Chillicothe, Ohio, and Bill Hewlett, Meridian, Idaho, 3,231.
102, Michael LaRocca, New Hudson, Mich., 3,227.
103, John Hunt, Grayling, Mich., 3,226.
104, Rod Michael, Florissant, Mo., 3,224.
105, Mark Koehler, Saint Clair Shores, Mich., 3,209.
106, John McClure, Maumee, Ohio, 3,208.
107, Patrick King, Yankton, S.D., 3,200.
108, Larry Graybeal, Elizabethton, Tenn., 3,191.
109, Allen Meskan, Wood Dale, Ill., 3,188.
110, Bill Argenbright, Fisherville, Va., 3,184.
111, Brian Miller, Springfield, Ohio, 3,178.
112, D.A. Carbone, Broomfield, Colo., 3,172.
113, Barry Witmer, St. Charles, Mo., 3,166.
114, Timothy Bates, Orlando, Fla., 3,154.
115, (TIE) Harley Trumbull, New Boston, Mich., and Bob Oakes, Akron, Ohio, 3,152.
117, Chuck Huckelberry, Rockford, Ill., 3,147.
118, John Milletics, Sandusky, Mich., 3,143.
119, Terry Hockstad, Shelby Twp, Mich., 3,140.
120, Steve Rosen, Toronto, Canada, 3,136.
121, Fred Kaczmarczyk, Martinez, Calif., 3,124.
122, Jamie Lawrence, Camillus, N.Y., 3,122.
123, Thomas Kelley Sr., Omaha, Neb., 3,109.
124, Dan Clausse, Reno, Nev., 3,108.
125, Fred Baldwin, Sturgis, Mich., 3,107.
126, Bill Henson, Westerville, Ohio, 3,104.
127, Mark Fordin, Oceanside, N.Y., 3,103.
128, Edward Buco, Berlin, Md., 3,083.
129, Robert Teeters, Lapel, Ind., 3,079.
130, James Scott, Villa Park, Ill, 3,077.
131, (TIE) George Lord, Lakeland, Fla., and Jay Aono, Boise, Idaho, 3,071.
133, Dale Diamond, Springfield, Ill., 3,065.
134, Oliver Mabry, West Bloomfield, Mich., 3,055.
135, (TIE) Frank Fiscello, Bloomfield, N.J., and Charles Sitko, Jackson, Mich., 3,051.
137, Charlie Juliano, Batavia, N.Y., 3,049.
138, Frank Ensweiler, Lowell, Ind., 3,045.
139, Don Boone, South Euclid, Ohio, 3,043.
140, Douglas Weese, Carson City, Mich., 3,035.
141, Mike Schmid, St. Paul, Minn., 3,026.
142, Richard Felten, Rockville, Md., 3,016.
143, Steve Tetil, Albion, Mich., 3,010.
144, Donald Breihan, Columbia, S.C., 3,009.
145, Ron Sandusky, Visalia, Calif., 3,007.
146, Brian Buczek, Brighton, Mich., 3,004.
147, Bob Brissette, Toledo, Ohio, 2,995.
148, Bruce Himschoot, Sanford, Fla., 2,985.
149, Joseph Venezio, Linden, N.J., 2,965.
150, Larry Grandt, Gurnee, Ill, 2,944.
151, Jim Hunt, Albion, Mich., 2,938.
152, Howard Frostman, Washburn, Wis., 2,937.
153, Andy Anderson, Falls Church, Va., 2,919.
154, Terence Freeman, Union City, Mich., 2,903.
155, Ray Randall, Dearborn, Mich., 2,883.
156, Dave Kangas, Gwinn, Mich., 2,850.
157, Bob Powers, Port Charlotte, Fla., 2,849.
158, Donald Greer, Bourbon, Ind., 1,522 (WD).
159, Harv Pallas, Stevensville, Mich., 1,098 (WD).

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